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State now focused on single site near airport for new prison

The state has narrowed its search for the specific location of a new Utah State Prison.

State now focused on single site near airport for new prison

The state has narrowed its search for the specific location of a new Utah State Prison to a single site within some 4,000 acres west of Salt Lake City International Airport already identified for... Read more »

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ACLU says feds must get warrant to access drug database

The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah is pushing back against the Drug Enforcement Administration in a lawsuit over whether investigators should have access to the state's prescription drug... Read more »

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Judge sends Jeremy Johnson to prison for more than 11 years

A once wealthy internet marketer who lit the fuse on one of Utah's most explosive political scandals, who lost everything and who still faces a federal complaints, will have a lot of time to think... Read more »

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San Juan County residents say 'doodah' to national monument

Hundreds of San Juan County residents loudly shouted "doodah" to a proposed Bears Ears National Monument during a raucous hearing Wednesday on the heated controversy that has reached fever pitch. Read more »

July 27, 2016

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Attorneys for teen accused of killing 2 with car want case kept in juvenile court

Attorneys for a 16-year-old Layton girl charged as an adult for deliberately crashing into another car, killing two people, filed a motion Wednesday asking to keep the girl's case in juvenile court. Read more »

July 27, 2016

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After 8 years with no 'true increase' in foster care stipends, foster parents seek more funding

Utah would need to increase foster care stipends as much as 70 percent to cover actual costs of providing care for children in the state's custody, one national study says. Utah foster parents seek... Read more »

July 24, 2016

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Ruling on dismissing Shurtleff charges might not come until August

A 3rd District judge has not yet ruled on motions to dismiss public corruption charges against former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff not has she canceled a hearing next month on the matter. Read more »

July 22, 2016

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Utah delegates finally stand and cheer for Donald Trump

After a week of friction over Donald Trump, the Utah delegation at the Republican National Convention stood and even cheered him. Earlier, they debated whether they've been an embarrassment because... Read more »

July 21, 2016

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The day after: Lee defends Cruz at GOP convention; Hughes calls it 'black eye'

Sen. Mike Lee chastised Republican delegates Thursday for booing his friend Sen. Ted Cruz during his national convention speech in Cleveland. Read more »

July 21, 2016

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Poll: Utah voters support raising taxes to help students

The majority of Utahns support paying more in income taxes to provide additional money for students, teachers and classrooms, a new poll shows. Read more »

July 21, 2016

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Photos: Utah delegates tour historic sites in Kirtland

Utah delegates to the Republican National Convention tour the Kirtland Temple in Kirtland, Ohio, on Wednesday before attending the third day of the convention in Cleveland. Read more »

July 20, 2016

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Utah GOP delegates finally fired up — but over Cruz, not Pence

Utah Republicans reluctant to accept Donald Trump as their nominee finally were fired up at the Republican National Convention, when their choice for president, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, spoke Wednesday. Read more »

July 20, 2016

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Local government board fostered 'culture of excess,' state audit shows

Board members for a little-known local governments' insurance co-op treated themselves to high-end restaurants, fancy hotels, golf and major league baseball games at taxpayer expense, a new state... Read more »

July 20, 2016

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Audit: Ex-employee embezzled $67K from Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind

A former employee of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind spent more than $67,000 in donated and state funds on personal purchases from 2012 to 2016, then took steps to conceal the transactions,... Read more »

July 19, 2016

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Prosecutor rails on DOJ handling of Shurtleff, Swallow investigations

A day after deciding to drop the criminal charges against a former Utah attorney general, Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings went on a rant about what the Department of Justice did or didn't do in... Read more »

July 19, 2016

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Independent state agencies routinely violate Utah open meeting law, audit shows

The Utah Dairy Commission held a third of its 2015 public meetings outside the state, and the Utah Valley Historic Railroad Authority didn't provide notice for any of its board meetings last year,... Read more »

July 18, 2016

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Herbert signs bills for Fairpark arena funds, tougher drone law

Gov. Gary Herbert has signed all eight bills the Utah Legislature passed in a special session last week, including funding for a stadium at the state fairgrounds. Read more »

July 18, 2016

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Prosecutors 'stand down' and drop criminal case against Mark Shurtleff

Prosecutors filed a motion Monday to have all criminal charges against former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff dismissed in part because of "insufficient evidence." The case against his... Read more »

July 18, 2016

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Monumental decision: All eyes look to Jewell on divisive Bears Ears issue

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell capped a four-day tour of southeastern Utah with a Bluff community meeting that drew thousands in the heat of a July sun. Emotions ran just as hot as people pleaded... Read more »

July 16, 2016

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Utah Republicans heading to national convention unsure of Trump

Gov. Gary Herbert, one of the state's 40 delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland that begins Monday, isn't sure what to expect from his party's presumptive nominee, Donald Trump. Read more »

July 16, 2016

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Graphic: All eyes look to Jewell on divisive Bears Ears issue

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell capped a four-day tour of southeastern Utah with a Bluff community meeting that drew thousands in the heat of a July sun. Emotions ran just as hot as people pleaded... Read more »

July 16, 2016

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State alleges Wayne County clerk manipulated primary to help her husband win

State election officials are suing to contest the results of the Wayne County Commission Republican primary last month, claiming the victor was illegally helped by his wife, who is also the... Read more »

July 15, 2016

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Former Utah House speaker to ask for recount after losing by 8 votes

Former Utah House Speaker Mel Brown plans to call for a recount after official results certified this week determined he was defeated in the Republican primary by eight votes. Read more »

July 14, 2016

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Change in Utah law is cleaning up the substance abuse treatment industry

A recently implemented Utah law is helping to clean up the substance abuse treatment industry, cutting down on questionable practices by some providers. Read more »

July 14, 2016

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Utah Legislature continues to weigh end-of-life concerns

Utah lawmakers continued to grapple with the ethical and legal implications of so-called death with dignity legislation at a packed interim committee meeting on Wednesday. Read more »

July 13, 2016

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Keeping teachers in the classroom may bring a 'K-20 conversation'

In the midst of an intensifying teacher shortage, Utah lawmakers and education leaders are looking for ways to improve collaboration between K-12 and higher education when it comes to preparing new... Read more »

July 13, 2016

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Legislature commits $10 million to new stadium at Utah State Fairpark

Lawmakers also passed bills to crack down on people caught flying drones over wildfires, and create tax breaks to lure a new Facebook data center to Utah. Read more »

July 13, 2016

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Cost of death penalty giving rise to competing bills

A Utah lawmaker still intends to run a bill next year to condense Utah's death penalty appeals process, even though state law enforcement officials Wednesday told legislators it's already as tight... Read more »

July 13, 2016

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Judge considers dismissing charges against ex-Utah A.G. John Swallow

A defense lawyer implored a judge Wednesday to dismiss the charges against former Utah Attorney General John Swallow because he claims state investigators purposefully circumvented a process to... Read more »

July 13, 2016

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Bears Ears controversy ramps up with Jewell's visit, Bishop's planned legislation

Discussion around a proposed national monument for the Bears Ears in southeastern Utah is ramping up with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell's planned three-day trip to the region this week and Rep.... Read more »

July 13, 2016

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Mosquito experts: Prison relocation plan may take some debugging

Dust storms. Soggy soil. Now the Utah State Prison relocation faces another challenge: mosquitos. Read more »

July 12, 2016

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Utah lawmakers to consider $10M for new arena at state fairgrounds

State lawmakers will consider Wednesday whether to spend $10 million to build a stadium at the Utah State Fairpark to give the Days of '47 Rodeo a permanent home and hold other events to revitalize... Read more »

July 12, 2016

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Planned Parenthood wins preliminary injunction in lawsuit against Herbert

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals granted Planned Parenthood Association of Utah a preliminary injunction on Tuesday in the reproductive health organization's lawsuit against Gov. Gary Herbert and... Read more »

July 12, 2016

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Pollutants study reveals elevated levels of formaldehyde in Bountiful

An air toxics study by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality shows a Bountiful monitor recorded high levels of formaldehyde. Although formaldehyde is a carcinogen, state officials stress... Read more »

July 12, 2016

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Special session on tap for $17 million Fairpark stadium

Gov. Gary Herbert called a special session for Wednesday so lawmakers can decide if the state will spend $10 million for a new stadium at the Utah State Fairpark. Other issues including toughening... Read more »

July 11, 2016

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz introduces bill to manage central Wasatch Mountains

A hard-fought comprise on conservation, preservation and future development of the central Wasatch Mountains' most popular and critical recreation areas could become federal law. Read more »

July 11, 2016

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Prosecutor in Mark Shurtleff case urges evidence hearing

The prosecutor in the public corruption case against former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is urging a 3rd District judge to hold an evidence hearing. Read more »

July 8, 2016

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Feds investigating Utah Democratic governor candidate's wife for marijuana use

The U.S. Attorney's Office for Utah confirmed it has an open investigation into Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Weinholtz's wife using marijuana. Read more »

July 8, 2016

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Public lands lawyers billed Utah for luxury flights, hotels

Lawyers hired to help Utah prepare a $14 million lawsuit against the federal government for control of public lands billed the state for first-class airfare, stays at luxury hotels and steakhouse... Read more »

July 7, 2016

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Group raises conflict of interest concerns in vote on coal port

A Utah organization is raising conflict of interest concerns over the Community Impact Board's April 2015 vote to move ahead with $53 million in funding for a coal port. A board member works for a... Read more »

July 7, 2016

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Poll: Utahns oppose public bathroom accommodations for transgender people

A majority of Utahns oppose making accommodations in public bathrooms for transgender people, a new poll shows. And the issue could come up when the Utah Legislature meets in general session next... Read more »

July 5, 2016

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Challenger maintains slim lead over former Utah House speaker

As an incumbent House representative and his challenger near the finish line in a near neck-and-neck race, it appears one is inching toward a slight victory. Read more »

July 5, 2016

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Meet the new state superintendent and her charge to help 630,000 students

Sydnee Dickson, a former elementary school teacher, school counselor and education administrator, hopes to see more fiscal transparency and collaboration with lawmakers during her tenure as state... Read more »

July 4, 2016

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Low Utah Lake alters search and rescue operations (w/video and photos)

With the depth of Utah Lake at its lowest in 11 years, the Utah State Lake Park and Utah County Sheriff's Office are altering their search and rescue operations. People will continue to be rescued,... Read more »

July 4, 2016

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Utah GOP delegates urged to dump Trump for 'ludicrous' credentials

Utahns headed to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland later this month are being urged to support a last-ditch effort to dump their party's presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump. Read more »

July 2, 2016

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Ex-A.G. Mark Shurtleff wants improper gift charges tossed from case against him

Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff wants accusations that he received improper gifts tossed from the criminal case against him. Read more »

July 1, 2016

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Sen. Al Jackson resigns from Utah Legislature

State Sen. Al Jackson, R-Highland, turned in his resignation Friday after announcing last fall that he intended to step down after the 2016 Legislature. Read more »

July 1, 2016

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Ex A.G. John Swallow claims investigators lied about email searches

Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow continues to push for the public corruption charges against him to be dropped, claiming in new court documents that investigators have lied and twisted... Read more »

July 1, 2016

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Updated primary results narrow House race involving ex-speaker

An incumbent House representative may lose his seat after updated results released Friday showed only seven votes separate him from his opponent. Read more »

July 1, 2016

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Quiz: How well do you actually know Utah's 'weird laws'?

Take this quiz to find out how well you actually know Utah's "weird laws"! Read more »

July 1, 2016

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