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Whittney Evans

Whether you’re seeing it because you want a good laugh this Christmas or because you want to support free expression, there are a handful of venues in Utah to catch the controversial film The Interview tomorrow.

In downtown Salt Lake City, Brewvies film consultant Norman Chesler said the movie house and bar jumped on the chance to bring the film to customers Christmas Day.

“We have customer’s we’ve dealt with for years and we want to make sure they’re happy with what we do,” Chesler says.

Kanab Teens Restore Community Nativity Set

Dec 24, 2014

More than 40 Kanab High School Students have restored their community’s life-size nativity set over the past several months.

Brian Grimmett

As holiday travel ramps up, thousands of people will come and go using Salt Lake City International Airport. If handling the increased volume isn’t hard enough, airport employees often have to deal with severe winter weather as well.

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A federal judge has decided that San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman can afford legal counsel and will not be allowed to use a court appointed public defender. Lyman is facing charges related to his participation in a protest on federal land.

World War One Veteran awarded Silver Star by Hatch

Dec 22, 2014

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch presented the military’s Silver Star for valor to the local family of a World War One veteran on Monday.

Brian Grimmett

The Prison Relocation Commission has narrowed the list of potential prison sites down to three. 

After doing a more detailed assessment of the six top rated potential prison sites, the commission has chosen to move forward with three. One is located at I-80 and 7200 West, another is on the southern boundary of Eagle Mountain, and the third is in Tooele County next to the Miller Motorsports Park.

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Environmentalists want state regulators to come up with a tougher plan to clean up air pollution in rural Utah caused by coal-fired power plants.

Brian Grimmett

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has recused himself from being involved with the state’s defense of SB54.

SB54 makes changes to Utah election law and allows candidates to bypass the caucus/convention system and appear on a primary ballot by gathering signatures from registered voters. The Utah Republican Party is suing the state over those changes because they say that it’s unconstitutional for a state to dictate to a party how they choose candidates.

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Jim Steenburgh began probing the deep questions about the Greatest Snow on Earth since he settled in Utah after college.

Whittney Evans

Derek Kitchen and Moudi Sbeity two of the plaintiffs in Utah’s same sex marriage case are celebrating one year of marriage equality in the state with an announcement about their wedding plans.

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A new study released from the Harvard School of Public Health shows a link between exposure to particulate air pollution and autism.

Brian Grimmett

Several legislators are now saying that they are considering legislation to address some of the regulatory issues facing the online HR company Zenefits.

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  Utah posted strong employment numbers again in November.  But there’s one area of the economy where there may be trouble ahead.

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Utah lawmakers will be taking a hard look next year at how much water developers pledge for each new property.

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Some influential Utah lawmakers delivered a blow Thursday to Governor Gary Herbert’s plan to expand health coverage to low-income Utahns. In a motion led by Republicans, the state Health Reform Task Force voted not to recommend the governor’s plan to the legislature. Instead, they recommended their own plan.

Tim Slover

Officials with the Utah Weights and Measures Program announced a dramatic increase in the accuracy of commercial-use scales today.

Brian Grimmett

Governor Gary Herbert has appointed Judge Constandinos Himonas to the Utah Supreme Court.If confirmed by the Senate, Judge Himonas will take the place of Utah Supreme Court Justice Ronald Nehring who is retiring on February 1st.

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13 Title-I schools in Salt Lake are now providing on-site after-hours dental clinics thanks to a complex partnership of 11 groups including United Way of Salt Lake and Intermountain Healthcare.

Dan Bammes

Jews in Utah and around the world are celebrating Chanukah this week, and one synagogue in Salt Lake City is also welcoming a new rabbi with a familiar name.

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New research out of the University of Utah shows that the use of methamphetamine increases the risk of developing a neurological disease later in life. The study published this month in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence also suggests that gender may influence that risk.

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Gas prices are tumbling, thanks to a glut of petroleum on the world market. That may be great for consumers, but it’s tough for Utah’s petroleum industry and the state budget.

The online Human Resource services company, Zenefits, has officially asked the Utah Department of Insurance to reconsider its decision that the company is operating illegally in the state.

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A Utah mother is alive today thanks to an unusual donation by her daughter. Betty Garcia was in desperate need of a liver transplant, but she wasn’t sick enough to qualify for a liver from a deceased donor.

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New research on Utah’s higher education system is pointing out ways the state can improve its low college graduation rate.

Tim Slover

The Salt Lake City Council and Mayor Ralph Becker expressed their opposition to relocating the state prison to Salt Lake’s west side today.

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The parent company of Rocky Mountain Power has decided to shut down the Deer Creek coal mine near Huntington.   The closure represents a blow to organized labor in Utah.

Grades evaluating the performance of Utah schools were released today, but they won’t be all that useful to parents who want to compare the results to last year. This year’s grades were calculated based on SAGE, the states’ new year-end student assessment.

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Historic Trolley Square is undergoing a facelift this holiday season. When Utah businessman Khosrow Semnani bought the troubled shopping center last year, he vowed to return it to its former glory. Semnani is optimistic even though many shop spaces remain empty.

Brian Grimmett

North Salt Lake City officials say they are very close to a final remediation plan for the landslide that happened in August, but many questions still remain.

Officials from the Navajo Nation have been able to reclaim seven sacred masks that were up for auction in Paris. 

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