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Business & Labor
4:44 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Judge Pushes Back Decision On Park City Mountain Resort Bond Payment

Utah Third District Court Judge Ryan Harris listens to arguments
Pool: Salt Lake Tribune

Third District Court Judge Ryan Harris has decided to wait a week before making a decision on how much it will cost Park City Mountain Resort to continue to operate on land the business no longer leases. 

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Transportation
1:39 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

UTA Defends Salaries After Critical Legislative Audit

UTA's TRAX light rail train in Draper
Utah Transit Authority

The general manager of the Utah Transit Authority is defending the high salaries paid to executives as money well spent.  That comes after another critical audit of the agency from the legislative auditor general.

The audit released Tuesday says UTA’s top managers are comparing their compensation to the wrong standard – other public transit agencies from around the country.  It says the Utah Department of Transportation and the Salt Lake City Airport Authority might be better benchmarks.

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Public Safety
10:24 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Mother of Abandoned Infant Charged with Attempted Murder

A 24-year-old Kearns woman has been charged with attempted murder after she discarded her infant child in a neighbor’s trash can Tuesday morning. In an effort to avoid cases like these, local elected officials, medical professionals and law enforcement officers came forward Tuesday afternoon to remind expectant mothers of their legal options.

Alica Englert told Unified Police officers she was afraid to tell her parents about her pregnancy so she discarded the baby girl hoping she would die.

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Public Safety
5:12 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Dozens Sickened by Raw Milk from Weber County Dairy

Utah public health officials are investigating a cluster of illness associated with the consumption of raw or unpasteurized milk.  Officials from the Utah Department of Health say 45 cases of Campylobacter infection have been reported in Northern Utah, Idaho, and California. All cases are linked to the consumption of raw milk or cream purchased at Ropelato Dairy in Weber County. 

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Mid-Term Elections 2014
3:19 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Utah Debate Commission Names Three Moderators

Brian Grimmett

The Board of Directors of the Utah Debate Commission have announced who will moderate the commission’s first series of debates between candidates of Utah’s congressional and Attorney General races.

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Politics
1:04 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Millard Primary Election Goes to Utah Supreme Court

Results from the official canvass of the primary election in Millard County, Utah

  The Republican primary election for a seat on the Millard County Commission could be decided by the Utah Supreme Court.  State election officials are asking for a quick ruling in the case.

Election night returns on June 24th showed Jim Dyer defeating incumbent County Commissioner Jim Withers by one vote.  But the official canvass a few weeks later gave Withers the victory by five votes.  Dyer then sued Withers in 4th District Court to challenge the results of the election.  But Mark Thomas, who oversees elections in the lieutenant governor’s office, says that was a mistake.

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Immigration
5:47 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Salt Lake County Settles Immigrant Detention Lawsuit

Andrea Smardon KUER

Salt Lake County sheriff’s office has settled a lawsuit with the American Civil Liberties Union over its immigration detention policies.                                                                        

The ACLU of Utah filed the lawsuit in 2011, accusing Salt Lake County jail officials of holding 22-year-old Enrique Uroza unlawfully for 46 days after he posted bail. As part of the settlement, the county has agreed to end its procedure of delaying releases when authorities suspect an inmate is in the country illegally.

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Education
4:33 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Common Core Fight Rages, Misinformation Reigns

A new poll sponsored by Utahpolicy.com shows most Utahns do not understand where the Common Core comes from or what it does. Meanwhile, proponents continue to defend the education standards against what they say is false information and unfounded fears about federal intrusion.

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Sports
4:20 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

U of U Athletics Department Reminds People Not to Give Student-Athletes Extra Benefits

Rice-Eccles Stadium
University of Utah

As students return to campus and football season begins, the University of Utah Athletics Compliance department is reminding people of the importance of not giving extra benefits to student-athletes.

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Health Care
2:22 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

SLCo Health Department Reports State's First Human West Nile Virus Case

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention August 19th West Nile Virus Report modified to show Salt Lake County report.
Credit CDC, KUER

The Salt Lake County Health Department has confirmed Utah’s first human case of West Nile Virus this year. Health officials are urging people to protect themselves against the mosquito-borne virus.  Dr. Dagmar Vitek is a health director with the Salt Lake County Health Department.  She says the department does regular testing for the presence of the virus in mosquitoes.

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Religion
1:57 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

New Greek Orthodox Mission Parish in Salt Lake City

Iconostasis at Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church
Elaine Emmi

  The Greek Orthodox church has sanctioned a new mission parish in Salt Lake City. 

Back in April, about two dozen members of Salt Lake City’s Greek Orthodox parish decided to study options to resolve ongoing issues within the congregations.  The parish includes both Holy Trinity Cathedral in downtown Salt Lake and Prophet Elias church in Holladay.

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Religion
12:40 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Families Remember 3 LDS Missionaries

Sister Nancy Ann Vea
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  The family of a Mormon missionary who died in Taiwan is waiting to hear from the Taiwanese government before making funeral arrangements.

Elder Connor Thredgold, who was 19, comes from Springville, Utah. He and his companion, 24-year-old Elder Yu Peng Xiong, were found dead in their apartment in New Taipei City on Saturday. Police think carbon monoxide from a faulty water heater is to blame.

Tom McHoes, a family friend, says many people have stepped forward to comfort Elder Thredgold’s parents in Springville, Utah.

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Education
5:22 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

State School Board Selects Interim Superintendent

The Utah State School Board decided Thursday to name Joel Coleman as interim Superintendent of Public instruction. Coleman will hold the place until the board chooses a permanent replacement this fall. But the board was divided on the appointment. 

Coleman was an LDS seminary teacher, a city councilman and a member of the state board of education. Most recently he held the post of Superintendent of Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind. Dave Thomas is the vice chair of the state school board. He says Coleman will be an effective interim leader of Utah schools.

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Education
5:01 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Lockhart Competes for Job as State School Superintendent

Brian Grimmett

Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart wants to be the next state schools chief. Lockhart announced today  she’s officially applied for the position of State Superintendent of Public Instruction. 

Less than a year ago, Lockhart signaled she might challenge Republican Governor Gary Herbert for his seat in 2016, but those speculations might have come too soon now that Lockhart is lining up to capture the state’s highest office in public education.  

Lockhart, who is a Registered Nurse, sent an email to members of the media Friday confirming her decision. 

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Arts & Entertainment
4:06 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Arts Showcase Aims to Help the Homeless in Salt Lake City

The Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center is home to 6 performing arts companies.
Credit Courtesy photo

Some Salt Lake City arts companies are joining forces Saturday to put on a show that will benefit a homeless shelter.

They call it The Rose Exposed. All six arts groups involved are based at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. Linda Smith is artistic director for the Repertory Dance Theatre, and she’s hoping the show will raise awareness about what goes on at the Rose, and build relationships with people in the community.

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Local Government
1:50 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

New Popperton Community Garden Dedicated

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker dedicates the new Popperton Plots community garden
Dan Bammes

  The newest of Salt Lake City’s community gardens was dedicated Friday morning.

The Popperton Plots are in the Federal Heights neighborhood just uphill from Shriner’s Hospital.  Neighborhood gardeners claimed 36 four-by-twenty foot garden plots this past spring.  Now they’re producing everything from Swiss chard to heirloom tomatoes.

The plots are surrounded by an eight-foot fence.  Bridget Stuchly with the city’s Division of Sustainability says it’s meant to protect the harvest.

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Public Safety
10:04 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Utah Woman Recovering After Drinking Tea Laced with Lye

Jan and Jim Harding
Courtesy photo

The family of the woman who was severely injured when she drank sweet tea mixed with lye at a Dickey’s Barbecue in South Jordan spoke to the media Thursday at their attorney’s office. Family members say they are not thinking at this time about pressing charges, but their lawyer says he is gathering evidence and witness testimony of the incident.

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Public Safety
4:14 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Drug Busts Get 31 Pounds of Heroin Off Salt Lake Streets

DEA agent Nicki Hollmann explains how drug traffickers transport heroin.
Whittney Evans

Law enforcement agencies in Salt Lake County seized 31 pounds of heroin in a series of busts from February through July of this year.   But cracking down on the drug trade is complicated and could have some negative consequences.

Officials say the demand for heroin in Utah is a public health crisis. Drug cartels operating from Mexico are bringing significant volumes of the drug into the state. The latest series of busts led to 21 arrests accompanied by charges that range from distribution and racketeering to money laundering.

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Public Lands
3:00 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Is Utah Ignoring the Cost of Fighting Wildfires in Public Lands Debate?

University of Utah Center for Natural and Technological Hazrds

A conservation group says states like Utah that are demanding control over federal public lands are ignoring the costs of managing that land – including the cost of fighting wildfires. 

Utah passed a state law in 2012 demanding the federal government turn over title to its public lands within the state by the end of this year, and authorizing a lawsuit if the feds don’t cooperate.

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Religion
2:51 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

LDS Blogger Responds to Call to Use Social Media

LDS blogger Allison Kimball with her husband and nine children
www.allisonkimball.com

A top leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is urging Mormons to “sweep the earth” with positive messages in social media.  One LDS blogger says she's already trying to do that.

Elder David Bednar of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles gave a talk at Brigham Young University on Monday, saying members of the church have only begun to tap the potential of social media.  He encouraged Mormons to do much more – without going overboard.

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Business & Labor
2:50 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Sen. Mike Lee Criticizes Regulatory Climate at Utah Solutions Summit

Sen. Mike Lee, R-UT
Brian Grimmett

Sen. Mike Lee, R-UT, criticized the United States’ regulatory climate in Salt Lake on Thursday at the Utah Solutions Summit.

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Energy & Environment
4:47 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Eagle Mountain Council Accepts Rocky Mountain Power’s Bid to Buy City’s Utilities

Eagle Mountain City officials voted Tuesday to approve Rocky Mountain Power's bid to purchase its municipal power company. But it will be up to voters to make a final decision in November.

Eagle Mountain is projected to be among the fastest growing areas in the state over the coming decades. That’s one of the reasons City Councilor Tom Westmoreland thinks the city should get out of the power business.

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Public Safety
4:59 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Victims of North Salt Lake Landslide Waiting For Someone to Take Responsibility

The tennis courts at the Eagleridge Tennis and Swim Club in North Salt Lake
Brian Grimmett

North Salt Lake City officials have declared they are not responsible or at fault for the recent landslide that destroyed one home and damaged the Eagleridge Tennis and Swim Club.

North Salt Lake City Mayor Len Arave says officials posted the statement on the city’s website to clarify their position and correct what they saw as misinformation. While Arave says the city isn’t responsible, he wouldn’t offer up who he thinks is to blame.

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Energy & Environment
4:20 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Salt Lake City: A "Heat Island" with Health Consequences

Salt Lake City, like other cities, captures heat and holds onto it much longer than surrounding communities in rural Utah, because it is a "Heat Island."
Credit Garrett / Flickr Creative Commons

Cities are getting hotter thanks to climate change. And the heat in cities is rising faster than rural America. It’s a trend playing out in Utah.

Eric Pardyjak is a University of Utah mechanical engineering professor who studies what are called “heat islands,” which generally make summer nights hotter in cities than in rural communities.

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Education
4:19 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Utah Students Outshine Other States in ACT Scores

Utah State Office of Education

Utah students have the highest ACT scores in the nation-- among states that test all of their high school juniors. This is the second year the state has topped the list since officials began paying for all public school students to take the college entrance exam, back in 2012.

Last year, Utah trumped eight states on ACT scores. This year it outscored 12, as more states have decided to offer the exam to students for free.  The exam costs upwards of $40 per student.

Mark Peterson is a spokesperson for the Utah State Office of Education.

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Energy & Environment
2:36 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Grand County Council Delays Coalition Vote

Grand County Courthouse in Moab, Utah

The Grand County Council has decided to take another look at joining a coalition that will pool resources on construction of roads and other projects in eastern Utah. 

The Seven County Infrastructure Coalition was created earlier this year to study rail links, pipelines and road proposals stretching from Daggett County in the north to San Juan County in the south.

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Public Safety
4:14 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Salt Lake City Police Chief: This Is Not Ferguson

Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank
Whittney Evans

With all eyes on the death of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Missouri and two recent officer involved shootings in Salt Lake City, Police Chief Chris Burbank opened his doors to members of the media today to discuss appropriate vs. inappropriate force.

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LGBT
3:27 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

ACLU Opposes Extension of Utah’s Same-Sex Marriage Appeal Deadline

ACLU of Utah staff and volunteers march in the Utah Pride Parade.
Photo courtesy ACLU of Utah

The Utah Attorney General’s Office is asking for more time to file its opening briefs in the case involving same-sex marriage recognition, but the ACLU opposes the extension.

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Business & Labor
3:06 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Utah Reaches 100K Jobs Goal

Gov. Gary Herbert announces that Utah created 112,200 jobs in the last 1000 days.
Brian Grimmett

Governor Gary Herbert says his challenge to create 100,000 jobs in 1,000 days was a huge success.

In his 2012 state of the state address Governor Gary Herbert challenged the private sector to create 100,000 jobs in 1,000 days. The unemployment rate at the time was 5.8%.  Now at the end of the challenge, Herbert says they were actually able to create 112, 200 jobs.

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Energy & Environment
1:22 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Grand County Council Considers Joining Coalition

Arches National Park in Grand County, Utah
Dan Bammes

Six counties in eastern Utah have formed a coalition to plan and build infrastructure projects such as roads and rail lines.  The Grand County Council will decide this afternoon whether to join the group.

Grand County is the last to consider joining what’s called the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition.  It was formed earlier this year and already includes Daggett, Uintah, Duchesne, Carbon, Emery and San Juan counties.

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