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Missouri gov. denies clemency for serial killer; victims include 2 in Utah

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Monday denied a clemency request for white supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin, calling his crime a "cowardly and calculated shooting." Read more »

Published Nov. 18, 2013

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GOP infighting fierce even in Western strongholds like Utah and Idaho

Republicans have made the Mountain West a stronghold, which is why brewing party brawls in Wyoming, Idaho and Utah are bedeviling loyalists who yearn for GOP unity. Read more »

Published Nov. 17, 2013

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Army scrapping 4 US chemical weapons incinerators, including one in Tooele

The Pentagon spent $10.2 billion over three decades burning tons of deadly nerve gas and other chemical weapons stored in four states — some of the agents so deadly even a few drops can kill. Read more »

Published Nov. 16, 2013

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Idaho man convicted of vehicular manslaughter appeals lifetime driving ban

A man who was convicted of vehicular manslaughter after he ran over a child who had been sitting on his front bumper will get a chance to argue that a lifetime suspension of his driver's license is excessive. Read more »

Published Nov. 11, 2013

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Feds to flood Grand Canyon to distribute sediment

An abundance of sand in the Colorado River is giving federal officials an opportunity to flood the waterway through the Grand Canyon. Read more »

Published Nov. 10, 2013

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Man in custody after reports of Idaho highway shootings

A 28-year-old California man who police say shot at two other vehicles on Interstate 84 in southwest Idaho has been taken into custody in Wendell. Read more »

Published Nov. 1, 2013

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Jewell: Congress must fight for more national park, public lands funding

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says Congress needs to do more than talk when it comes to national parks, forests and other public lands. Read more »

Published Oct. 31, 2013

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Man found in Utah ravine penned letters to family

A missing Kansas man spent his final days trapped in the wreckage of his van in a rural Utah ravine — writing goodbye letters to the family he unexpectedly left in early September. Read more »

Published Oct. 29, 2013

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Named but unclaimed remains linger in mortuaries

The resting place for the cremated remains of Donald D. Forsythe and Clinton W. Thompson have been in a safe in the Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary Funeral Homes & Cremation Center for the past two... Read more »

Published Oct. 17, 2013

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Stephen Covey's '7 Habits of Highly Effective People' shakes up schools

One year after Johnathan Kent kicked his principal and school "went all bad," the 8-year-old was recognized at a recent assembly as the "Star of the Month" for being polite and helping out his... Read more »

Published Oct. 15, 2013

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Senate panel to consider Cox for lieutenant gov.

Spencer Cox will face his first confirmation hurdle to becoming Utah's new lieutenant governor at a state Senate hearing Tuesday afternoon. Read more »

Published Oct. 15, 2013

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1974 USU grad one of 3 US economists to win Nobel for work on asset prices

Three American professors won the Nobel prize for economics Monday for shedding light on how stock, bond and house prices move over time— work that's changed how people around the world invest. Read more »

Published Oct. 14, 2013

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Reopening of national parks in Utah draws throngs

Visitors and shop owners were upbeat as all five national parks in Utah were fully operational on Saturday for the first time since the partial government shutdown began 12 days ago. Read more »

Published Oct. 12, 2013

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Utah taking up offer to open national parks

Gov. Gary Herbert has reached a breakthrough with federal officials to open Utah's five national parks. Read more »

Published Oct. 10, 2013

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Protesters adopt road to get close to data center

Opponents of government surveillance have figured out how to get close to a heavily guarded National Security Agency data storage center set to open in a Salt Lake City suburb. Read more »

Published Oct. 9, 2013

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Elizabeth Smart details kidnapping in new memoir

Minutes after 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart was snatched from her bedroom in the dead of night, a police cruiser idled by along a neighborhood street as she was forced to the ground at knifepoint.... Read more »

Published Oct. 7, 2013

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Utah health marketplace scheduled to open Tuesday

Utah's new online insurance marketplace for individuals is scheduled to open Tuesday as part of the federal health care overhaul. Read more »

Published Oct. 1, 2013

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Tropical air meets mountains, and Colorado suffers

Except for the Big Thompson fly fishermen and tubers lolling down Boulder Creek, most residents of the Colorado Front Range usually pay little mind to the small rivers that trickle by on their way... Read more »

Published Sept. 16, 2013

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'My Five Wives': A new Utah polygamous family on reality TV

Brady Williams has five wives, 24 children but no organized religion. Read more »

Published Sept. 16, 2013

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Flood weary New Mexico keeps eyes on rivers, dams

New Mexico residents are keeping wary eyes on rivers and dams as parts of the state cope with weekend rains and the renewed threat of heavy runoff from already saturated soils and flooding in low... Read more »

Published Sept. 16, 2013

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Colorado flooding brings tales of dramatic rescues, improvisation (+photos)

As people came down from the flooded foothills of the Colorado Rockies, they brought tales of dramatic rescues, heartbreaking loss and neighbors coming together to protect their families and homes.... Read more »

Published Sept. 14, 2013

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Miss Kansas follows in footsteps of other military pageant queens, including a Miss Utah

Hey, Kansas, your beauty queen wears combat boots! And has big tattoos, too. Miss Kansas, Army National Guard Sgt. Vail, may just have a slightly different take on world peace than the typical Miss... Read more »

Published Sept. 13, 2013

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Forest Service to speak on Ariz. thinning project

The U.S. Forest Service has planned an announcement Friday on the contract for a massive project aimed at restoring areas along the Mogollon Rim to a natural fire regime, reducing wildfire threats... Read more »

Published Sept. 13, 2013

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Utah's welfare drug testing saved more than $350,000 in first year, officials say

A new state program requiring drug screening for welfare applicants has saved more than $350,000 in its first year, officials said. Read more »

Published Sept. 8, 2013

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Idaho's Rep. Labrador: Syria, debt drama to upstage immigration

Lawmakers are returning to the nation's capital after a five-week break and have unfinished business on immigration. Read more »

Published Sept. 8, 2013

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