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Law enforcement officials in Salt Lake County got a private screening Thursday of a new documentary that looks at what happens to police officers in the aftermath of a shooting.  

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Utah law enforcement officials held a meeting with faith leaders this week to talk about protecting houses of worship from security threats.

This week, the Utah Attorney General’s Office announced the sentencing of a man who attempted to recruit a 15-year-old girl to work in a commercial sex operation. This comes in the wake of a series of investigations and arrests into human trafficking and Internet crimes against children.

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A Unified Police K9 who was shot and killed in the line of duty was honored Monday with a portrait presented by the sister of the man who killed him.

Law enforcement officials across the country are preparing for a series of nationwide rallies held in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement called “Day of Rage”. One of those rallies is planned tonight at the Salt Lake Community College Redwood Road campus.

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Utah Lawmakers approved a bill that gives fire regulators the right to disable drones flying over wildland firefighting operations. 

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More people turned out for anti-police-brutality rallies in Salt Lake City over the weekend. Hundreds gathered at police headquarters twice on Saturday to vent their frustration over last week’s violence in Baton Rouge, St. Paul and Dallas. 

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Salt Lake City’s police chief called for peace Friday after five police officers were shot and killed in Dallas. Meanwhile, a protest is scheduled to proceed as planned on Saturday at police headquarters.

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Utah's amateur radio community is holding the 2016 Great Salt Lake Hamfest this weekend. A Hamfest has not been held in this area for several decades.

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Utah’s chief medical examiner Dr. Todd Grey retired on July 1st. After 30 years in the office, he’s performed nearly 9000 autopsies. In that time, Dr. Grey says the most significant issue that he’s seen is the epidemic of drug-related overdose deaths. He spoke with us in studio.

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Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams joined President Obama’s senior advisor on a media call Thursday to unveil the White House’ new initiative aimed at disrupting the cycle of incarceration.

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A new project aims to train Boy Scouts on how to respond when they encounter pornography or violence online.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah is suing the state for failing to provide adequate indigent defense services to the public…a requirement under the 6th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 5-3 in favor of the state of Utah in a case exploring the limits of a person’s 4th amendment rights.

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Utahans reacted to the Orlando shooting on Sunday with anger and sorrow.

The first notable fire of the 2016 season has crews busy controlling a blaze started by lightening in the desert terrain of West-central Utah. By Friday afternoon the North Moore fire was at about 1400 acres.

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A Salt Lake City council proposal to purchase a portable trailer and toilets could benefit the health of the homeless in the area.

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Young people who spend their days and nights on the streets, now have a place to go in Salt Lake City for a hot meal, a good night’s sleep and other services to get them on their feet. Volunteers of America opened the doors Tuesday to the new Homeless Youth Resource Center.

Brigham Young University launched a website Thursday to collect comments about sexual assault on campus. It’s part of a BYU-led study of the school’s sexual assault reporting process.

The Utah chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says body camera footage of a Salt Lake City Police officer shooting 17-year-old Abdi Mohamed should be made public in accordance with Utah’s public records law.

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A former St. George doctor has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for illegally prescribing pain pills.

It’s been more than two months since teenage Somali refugee Abdi Mohamed was shot by Salt Lake City Police. People are still asking law enforcement to release information regarding the case.

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Utah Transit Authority officials are investigating the derailment Sunday of a Green Line TRAX train just after it left Central Pointe Station and began turning west.

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Thousands of Northern Utah Residents are still without power after high winds damaged the electrical system in Weber and Davis Counties over the weekend.

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Law enforcement officials are asking for help in curbing what they call a tidal wave of addiction in Utah.

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Officials in Weber County say the region's new Juvenile Justice Center will be much more than a warehouse for troubled youth. Wednesday’s groundbreaking in Ogden represents a new era for the state’s juvenile justice system.

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski has named Mike Brown as the city’s permanent Chief of Police. Brown has served as interim police chief since June.

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The spring runoff season’s starting for the creeks surrounding the Wasatch Front valleys and beginning  an especially hazardous time around those streams.

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In an official ceremony Tuesday, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis.

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Utah’s law prohibiting bigamy has been reinstated following a ruling by federal appeals court judges. The move has dealt a legal blow to the Brown family from the reality TV show “Sister Wives.”

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