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Local and state officials have moved on to phase two of Operation Rio Grande. The state has doubled down on social workers to find out what people need to become stable. 

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Rosie Rivera was sworn in Tuesday as Sheriff of Salt Lake County. The former Unified Police Deputy Chief faces an overcrowded jail and a homelessness crisis marked by crime, mental illness and drug addiction.

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A statewide effort to address crime in Salt Lake City’s Rio Grande neighborhood began Monday. “Operation Rio Grande” has three phases that start with large-scale arrests. 

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If this July felt extra hot to you, you’re right. The National Weather Service says it was the hottest July on record.

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A coalition of Utah journalists have made progress in the fight to access video footage of a U.S. marshal shooting and killing a defendant in federal court. Federal agencies have refused to provide the video despite multiple public records requests.

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Another big fireworks holiday has arrived in Utah, and people are talking about it.

To some, it’s a matter of tradition and celebrating our nation and state. To others, it’s a health and safety hazard that should be left in the hands of professionals.

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For a victim of sexual assault, waiting for an update on his or her case can be a painful process on its own. But a new hotline in Utah, might help put them at ease.

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The Road Home shelter in Salt Lake City met its state-imposed deadline for moving all families out of the facility by July 15th.

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Polygamist leader Lyle Jeffs appeared Monday in federal court in Salt Lake City. It was the latest wrinkle in the federal case against him for alleged food-stamp fraud.

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Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder lifted unpopular booking restrictions at the county jail last month. Since then, bookings have spiked and the jail has repeatedly gone into lockdown.

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The heat’s digging in throughout Utah for the weekend. The National Weather Service is forecasting highs of 100 degrees and above through Sunday -- and close to that through next week.

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Fourth of July Fireworks are being blamed for triggering grass and structure fires in northern Utah. The damage was still being tallied on Wednesday.

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The Road Home Shelter in Salt Lake City signed a contract with the state to move every family out of the facility by July 15th or lose funding. Now, the pressure is on to find low-income housing.

Here at The Road Home, 13-year-old Johnathon Whaley rides the big yellow cart he and his mom are using to move their belongings out of the private room they’ve lived in for about eight months. Lorie Tonge and her son have a new one-bedroom apartment-just down the street.

"I'm feeling uplifted knowing that I never gave up," Tonge says.

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Fireworks and the Fourth of July holiday might seem synonymous. But this Independence Day, Utahns will be hard-pressed to find places where backyard fireworks are allowed.

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The man accused of killing Salt Lake restaurateur John Williams last year has pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and aggravated arson.

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Brigham Young University has formalized a new policy that provides amnesty to victims or witnesses of sexual assault. The university’s Advisory Council on Campus Response to Sexual Assault recommended the policy last October.

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University of Utah administrators are taking steps to make the campus safer. The changes include mandatory sexual assault awareness training for students, faculty and staff.

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A group of lawyers in Utah say some Justice Department policies often confuse and entrap refugees who don’t know their rights. On Tuesday, Refugee Justice League introduced what the group is calling a Refugee Rights Card. It’s designed to help refugees when they’re approached by law enforcement.

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Utah Highway Patrol officers have seen an increase in methamphetamine coming through the state. Seizures of the drug are up 30 percent over the last six months.

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Salt Lake County officials announced additional steps Tuesday for improving public safety in the Rio Grande neighborhood. They called on Salt Lake City officials to get on board.

Nicole Nixon

While some are praising Utah’s new needle exchange program, which operates primarily in Salt Lake County, officials in other parts of the state are skeptical. 

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The Utah Department of Public Safety’s new crime lab is a modern facility for state-of-the-art forensic testing. Officials say crime victims can look forward to more cases being resolved sooner.

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On Wednesday investigators from five federal law enforcement agencies announced indictments of several people in an opioid distribution ring operating out of the Salt Lake Valley. 

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah is calling for independent inspections of county jails across the state. This follows a string of deaths inside county lockups linked to health problems and opioid withdrawals.

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Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder will be the new chief of police in Moab. Moab Mayor Dave Sakrison appointed Winder Tuesday morning.

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The death toll on Utah’s swollen rivers jumped to six on Monday after a West Jordan woman and a Sandy man died trying to rescue the woman’s young daughter, who’d tumbled into the Provo River.

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On Thursday a project to reduce criminal recidivism in Salt Lake County started enrolling clients. It’s part of an innovative partnership between the County and the non-profit, First Step House.

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The National Weather Service is forecasting a beautiful holiday weekend ahead. But it’s also warning of weather hazards: swift and cold water.

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The San Juan County Sheriff and two of his deputies will remain on the job for now. All three were charged Friday with criminal misconduct and obstructing an investigation.

The Utah Attorney General’s office is investigating the death of a 21-year-old woman who died while in custody at the Duchesne County Jail last December.

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