More than a thousand Utah business leaders gathered at the Grand America Hotel Friday for the Governor’s Economic Summit.

Arches Turns 87 and Feels Some Growing Pains

Apr 13, 2016
National Park Service Photo

Arches National Park celebrated its birthday this week. This year is shaping up to be a memorable and exhaustive one for the park.

Gov. Herbert Signs Bills that Cut State Regulations

Apr 12, 2016
Nicole Nixon / KUER

Governor Gary Herbert signed more than a dozen bills Tuesday aimed at removing red tape in state government.

Jenn Vargas

University of Utah information security officials urged the staff, faculty and students on Friday to be on alert for ransomware.

It’s software that installs itself on a computer, encrypts its data and makes files inaccessible without an encryption key. Hackers basically hold the computer hostage until they receive payment of hundreds or thousands of dollars for the decryption key.

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National parks in Utah are reporting less trash in their bins thanks to bans on selling bottled drinks within the parks.

Whittney Evans

After counting and verifying all the ballots from last week’s caucuses, Utah Democrats have released their party’s official results. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders came away with 77.19% of the votes and Hillary Clinton had 19.80%.

Nicole Nixon / KUER

Every four years, ahead of a gubernatorial election, the nonprofit Utah Foundation surveys Utahns about what issues they are most concerned about. In a panel discussion put on by the foundation on Thursday, candidates for the governor’s race were given a chance to respond to those concerns.

Brussels is LDS Missionary's Third Brush with Terror

Mar 23, 2016
Courtesy Wells family

All four of the LDS missionaries injured in the bombings at the Brussels airport Tuesday are recovering. One of those missionaries has now witnessed several terror attacks.

Four LDS Missionaries Injured in Brussels Bombings

Mar 22, 2016
Courtesy Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Four missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were among those injured in the bombings at the Brussels Airport Tuesday.

John Kasich Begins Utah Town-Hall Tour

Mar 18, 2016
Nicole Nixon / KUER

Kicking off a weekend of visits from presidential hopefuls, Ohio governor John Kasich hosted town-hall meetings at two university campuses in Utah. 

Nicole Nixon / KUER

Democrat Charlene Albarran has officially filed for candidacy to run for Congress in Utah’s Second District. As a resident of Park City, Charlene Albarran doesn’t actually live in the district she's hoping to represent.

Another Plan for Granite High School Rejected

Mar 15, 2016
Granite School District

The future of the old Granite High School is up in the air again after the South Salt Lake mayor vetoed the latest plan for its development. The city officials can’t seem to come to an agreement about what to put there.

State lawmakers gave final approval to a bill that would allow public schools to provide firearm safety training to students.

Members of the Utah House have passed a bill that lowers criminal penalties for parents of truant schoolchildren.


The Utah House passed a resolution Wednesday asking the federal government to lower marijuana’s drug class in order to allow research on its effects.

Jacob B. Frank / National Park Service

Utah legislators want the federal government to reimburse the state for the money it spent keeping open its national parks during the government shutdown of 2013.

Andrea Smardon / KUER

Legislators heard passionate testimony for a bill that would allow terminally ill patients to legally end their own lives but ended up rejecting the proposal.

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Researchers say the Great Salt Lake is on its way to completely drying up. Officials from Utah State University and the Utah Division of Water Resources released a white paper detailing the impact water development has had on the Great Salt Lake.

Brian Grimmett/KUER

The Utah Senate gave preliminary approval to a resolution that would declare pornography a public health hazard.

Nicole Nixon / KUER

Supporters of a new hate crimes bill held a press conference Thursday in response to a statement from the Mormon church opposing it. Republican Sen. Steve Urquhart’s bill would add sexual orientation, gender identity and disability to the list of protections under Utah’s existing hate crimes law.

Nicole Nixon / KUER

  Efforts to minimize homelessness in Utah took another step forward Wednesday with the creation of a new private contribution fund.

Committee Passes 5 Bills to Prevent Drug Overdoses

Feb 11, 2016
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A legislative committee passed several bills dealing with Utah’s growing problem of drug overdose deaths on Thursday.

The Utah Domestic Violence Coalition is asking for nearly $900,000 to implement training for police officers who respond to domestic violence calls. The Lethality Assessment Protocol (LAP) helps law enforcement identify victims of domestic violence who have a high risk of being seriously injured or killed by their partner.

Brian Grimmett / KUER

Members of a senate committee heard overwhelming support for a resolution that would declare a public health crisis due to the affects of pornography on Friday.

Governor Gary Herbert and homeless advocate Pamela Atkinson are urging Utahns to set a few dollars aside for the homeless when filing tax returns this year.

Nicole Nixon

Hundreds of elementary school students met at the state capitol on Thursday morning asking for solutions to the state’s air quality problem.  

Charlene Alberran

Congressman Chris Stewart has a challenger for his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Park City businesswoman Charlene Albarran is running as a democrat for Utah’s second district.

Lawmakers Set Sights on Online Sales Tax Collection

Jan 28, 2016

Lawmakers are working on several bills that would deal with reporting and collecting sales tax made from online and out-of-state purchases.

Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort

The dispute continues over Snowbird’s event permit for serving beer, wine and cocktails at Oktoberfest. One lawyer is hoping the resort will be barred from serving alcohol.

Hogle Zoo Welcomes Baby Giraffe

Jan 21, 2016
Nicole Nixon

The Hogle Zoo welcomed a new baby giraffe last week. Baby Willow was born on January 13, measuring about 6 feet tall and weighing 125 pounds. The zoo now has five giraffes in its herd.