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.
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.
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.
Police are still searching for the suspect involved in a Salt Lake City night club shooting over the weekend. A crowd of people were caught in a hail of gunfire on Saturday at Inferno Cantina, a Mexican restaurant and dance club, located at 122 West Pierpont Avenue in Salt Lake City. Six people suffered non-life threatening injuries as a result of the shooting. Police Detective Greg Wilking says when the suspect fled the bar, an armed security guard from inside the club followed and fired at least one round, uncertain if the bullet hit anyone.
The personal information of patients at a Tooele hospital has been exposed in a cyberattack. Administrators at Community Health Systems, which operates Mountain West Medical Center in Tooele, say the attack took information from its computer network earlier this year.
The Tennessee company says that no medical or credit card records were taken in the attack, which may have happened in April and June. But the company said the attack did bypass its security systems to take patient names, addresses, birthdates, phone and Social Security numbers.
The state of Utah may intervene in a lawsuit challenging the results of a primary election in Millard County. A court decision last Friday raises a number of issues that aren’t addressed by Utah’s current law.
The initial count of votes in the June 24th Republican primary for a seat on the Millard County Commission showed the incumbent candidate, James Withers, losing to Jim Dyer by one vote. A second count showed Withers winning by five votes.
The number of Utahns with non-farm jobs grew by an estimated 3.6 percent in July. That’s equal to nearly 46-thousand jobs. The Utah Department of Workforce Services released its employment numbers for July today Friday. DWS Chief Economist Carrie Mayne says it’s the highest growth so far this year.
“Our largest job gains were in the construction industry, trade, transportation and utilities and in education services,” says Mayne.
It was another great month for Utah in terms of job growth. Mayne says all 10 private sector industries showed job gains during the period.
Landowners won a decision from the Morgan County Planning Commission Thursday night. Conservation groups had asked them to protect a nesting area for the greater sage grouse. But it appears a compromise is already in the works.
The group of about 50 landowners wants to develop a new resort community near East Canyon Reservoir. They were asking the Morgan County Planning Commission to change the designation of their property on the county’s master land use plan from “Natural Resources and Recreation” to “Master Planned Community.”
A growing group of Utah lawmakers want to take control of land inside the states borders that is managed by the federal government. Democratic Attorney General candidate Charles Stormont is arguing that the federal courts should not be the place to stage that fight.
The West Jordan City Council is meeting tonight to consider approving a severance package for former city manager Richard Davis, who resigned from the position on Tuesday.
West Jordan City’s council-manager form of government means Richard Davis was responsible for most of the city’s day-to-day operations. Now, according to city code, assistant city manager Bryce Haderlie will assume that role in the interim.
Utah Senator Mike Lee has asked a small number of donors to verify that their contributions in 2010 actually came out of their own pockets.
Allegations that Sen. Lee received so called “straw man” donations first surfaced during the investigation of former Attorney General John Swallow. In an unsealed search warrant Jeremy Johnson says that Swallow asked him to help funnel $50 thousand to the Lee campaign by giving money to friends and family who would then donate to Lee. That information led the Alliance for a Better Utah to file a complaint with the Federal Election Commission.
Conservationists say a change in Morgan County’s master land use plan could have a big impact on the future of the greater sage grouse in Utah. A potential resort development is the subject of a hearing planned for Thursday evening.
Utahns will have to wait to enjoy the rest of the country’s overall downward trend in gasoline prices.
AAA reports Tuesday’s national average of $3.47 per gallon is 18 cents lower than last month. Utah’s price is only 4 cents lower. Randy Shumway is the economic advisor to Zions Bank. He says aside from any major unforeseen global political or economic events, the state will follow its long history of lagging as fuel prices fall nationally.
Salt Lake City officials have outlined a number of new efforts to combat homelessness and crime in the downtown area recently. In addition to Salt Lake City’s new Metro Support Bureau, the city is trying to making more housing available to those who need it most.
The new Metro Support Bureau is located at The Gateway Mall, about a block from Pioneer Park. Officers there have arrested more than 400 criminals in the area since it was created in early July. But Chief Burbank says arrests alone will not solve the problems that plague the neighborhood.
The Davis County community of Clinton has been working all week to get rid of the drinking-water contamination that was caused when someone illegally connected the secondary water supply to culinary water pipes. By Monday, all water advisories were lifted and the city continued investigating the problem's cause.
Intermountain Medical Center in Murray is one of 50 hospitals nationwide involved in a research trial for next-generation pacemakers. Last month one of its doctors implanted the new, wireless device in a grandmother from Logan.
The Utah Symphony’s tour of Utah’s five national parks begins tonight with a chamber concert in Teasdale, just outside Capitol Reef National Park. The symphony rehearsed with a special guest conductor this afternoon.
Governor Gary Herbert took the podium for the Utah Symphony’s final rehearsal before leaving for what’s called the Mighty Five tour – performances at each of Utah’s national parks. The governor got some coaching from symphony music director Thierry Fischer, but he says it wasn’t too tough.
On August 11th, 1999, a tornado ripped through downtown Salt Lake City. One person died, many more were injured, and hundreds of homes and other buildings were damaged. But fifteen years later, it looks like one city park may have come through the experience better than before.
The tornado ripped down dozens of huge trees that shaded Memory Grove at the mouth of City Creek Canyon next to Utah’s state capitol. But even before the disaster, the park had gained a reputation for crime and vandalism.
Over the weekend, Democratic Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and Republican Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox were out to crush any notions that the political rivals can’t put their party leanings aside for some good-natured fun. The two battled it out in a demolition derby at the Salt Lake County fair.
McAdams orchestrated the derby, hiring James Simko AKA “Gumby” to build both his and Cox’ derby cars.
The fact that you’re a right-wing republican, is that going to color who you’re rooting for today?, I ask him.
The summer outdoor retailer show is at the Salt Palace this week, and some locals are using the event as a chance to get the increasingly powerful outdoor industry involved in the Utah public lands debate. Instead of “drill, baby, drill” they’re pushing the tagline, “play, baby, play.”
The fifth stage of the Tour of Utah bicycle race ends today at the finish line in Kamas after a rainy ride on the Mirror Lake Highway from Evanston, Wyoming. Eric Young won Stage 5. Tom Danielson retained the overall yellow jersey.
The Utah State School Board has voted to extend a waiver that allows the state to forego key parts of the federal No Child Left Behind law. This comes as critics slammed the waiver for tying Utah to a set of college and career-ready education standards known as the Common Core.
School Board members are calling their decision a compromise--- guarding the state against onerous requirements under NCLB while promising to make a firm statement to the federal government that Utah has control of its academic standards, testing and accountability.