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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 filed a motion asking to keep the girl's case in juvenile court.

Utah Legislature restores $4.7 million for education in special session

Utah lawmakers voted to restore more than $4.7 million in funding for various education programs during a special legislative session Wednesday. Read more »

May 18, 2016

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Lawmakers to consider 'grand boulevard' entrances to Salt Lake City from I-15

Utah economic leaders Wednesday urged legislators to begin considering improvements to 500 South and 600 South to create "grand boulevard" entrances into Utah's capital city from I-15. Read more »

May 18, 2016

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United Way of Salt Lake honors Changemakers for 2016

United Way of Salt Lake recognized six recipients of the 2016 United for Change award: Mayor Ben McAdams, Mayor Cherie Wood, Principal Jadee Talbot, Intermountain Healthcare, KSL and Deseret... Read more »

May 18, 2016

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Utah Justice Tom Lee on Trump's list of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees

Utah Supreme Court Justice Tom Lee made Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's list of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees. Read more »

May 18, 2016

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Group of parents against transgender directive ask for action from state leaders

A small group of parents gathered at the state Capitol Wednesday, calling on lawmakers to act against the directive from the Obama administration telling schools to allow transgender students to... Read more »

May 18, 2016

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Drone operators, academics urge Utah lawmakers against too much regulation

Unmanned aerial systems operators and educators urged Utah lawmakers Wednesday to not stifle the emerging industry with too much regulation. Read more »

May 18, 2016

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Opponent accuses Herbert of 'selling access' to governor's office

Democratic candidate for governor Mike Weinholtz accused Gov. Gary Herbert Wednesday of abusing his power at a secretly recorded meeting with lobbyists where he offered to meet with their clients... Read more »

May 18, 2016

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Both sides jockeying over possible Bears Ears monument designation

The Sutherland Institute released a new video highlighting San Juan County Navajo tribal members opposed to a new national monument. Meanwhile, a pro-monument group released a poll showing 71... Read more »

May 17, 2016

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Lawmakers want more control over public safety communication agency bilked by employee

The Utah Communications Authority, an independent agency, should be subject to a series of controls in the wake of about $1 million being stolen by a now former employee over more than a decade,... Read more »

May 17, 2016

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Legislature to study impact of directive on transgender students; LDS Church weighs in

Leaders in the Utah Legislature voted Tuesday to study the local impacts of a recent directive from the White House telling schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms consistent with... Read more »

May 17, 2016

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Trump now leading Clinton, Sanders in Utah, new poll shows

Utahns apparently are warming up to Donald Trump. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee now leads Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in a new public opinion poll released by... Read more »

May 16, 2016

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Education funding, monument discussion on the agenda for special session this week

Lawmakers will meet this week in a special legislative session to vote on restoring more than $4.7 million for several education programs and whether to formally oppose the creation of a national... Read more »

May 16, 2016

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Prosecutors fight motion to toss charges against ex-A.G. John Swallow

Prosecutors say the criminal case against ex-Attorney General John Swallow should go forward because they did not read protected emails between him and his former lawyer. Read more »

May 13, 2016

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Court rejects 'Sister Wives' request to reconsider Utah polygamy law ruling

A federal appeals court Friday rejected a polygamous family's request for a full review of a decision upholding the cohabitation provision in Utah's polygamy law. Read more »

May 13, 2016

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School board calls for review of Common Core, supports removing SAGE from high school

The Utah State Board of Education voted Friday to do a comprehensive review of the state's English and math standards, as well as to replace SAGE testing with the ACT in high school. Both decisions... Read more »

May 13, 2016

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State School Board considers alternatives to SAGE for high schoolers

Movement toward eliminating SAGE, Utah's standardized test, from high schools has gained momentum among state education leaders in light of recent political opposition to the test. Read more »

May 12, 2016

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State rehabilitation office's 'weak' oversight costly, audit says

A new legislative audit shows the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation's oversight of case management is weak, costly to taxpayers, and in some cases in conflict with federal and state regulation. Read more »

May 11, 2016

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After criticism, Herbert backs off push for SAGE on special session agenda

After drawing harsh criticism Tuesday, Gov. Gary Herbert backed off of an attempt to get lawmakers to address an issue related to the controversial Common Core standards in Utah at next week's... Read more »

May 10, 2016

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Opting out of SAGE test is on the rise

Parental concerns over Utah's SAGE test have led to rising rates of children being exempted from the test. But schools aren't immune to the consequences that student opt outs have on teaching,... Read more »

May 10, 2016

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Gov. Herbert may put eliminating SAGE testing on special session agenda

Gov. Gary Herbert may ask lawmakers to go along with his newly announced opposition to mandatory high school SAGE testing at this month's special session of the Utah Legislature. Read more »

May 10, 2016

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Elections officials in most counties request vote-by-mail ballots for June primaries

Twenty of Utah's 29 counties have opted to conduct the June 28 primary election by mail, meaning some voters may have some work to do to make sure they get the right ballot in their mailbox. Read more »

May 9, 2016

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New Utah abortion rule puts some doctors at odds with the law

A Utah law that requires doctors to administer pain medication to the fetus when performing abortions after 20 weeks gestational age has put many doctors and legislators at odds Read more »

May 7, 2016

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Gov. Gary Herbert's 'big change' over Common Core puzzling for some

Puzzling educators is what seems to be new opposition to the Common Core State Standards and SAGE testing from Gov. Gary Herbert after he historically upheld them and commissioned studies that... Read more »

May 5, 2016

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Former Sen. Bob Bennett's funeral set for May 14 in Salt Lake City

Gov. Gary Herbert authorized lowering flags in the state to half-staff until former Utah Sen. Bob Bennett's Utah funeral on Saturday, May 14. Read more »

May 5, 2016

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Governor, challenger call for end to Common Core, SAGE testing

Both Gov. Gary Herbert and his re-election challenger, Jonathan Johnson, called for the end of SAGE testing and Utah's use of the Common Core academic standards Wednesday. Read more »

May 5, 2016

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Judge reduces pretrial check-ins for ex-Utah A.G. John Swallow

Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow now only needs to check with his pretrial officer once a week instead of once a day in the criminal case against him. Read more »

May 4, 2016

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Weber County takes next step to lift children from poverty

A diverse group of Weber County officials launched a local effort Tuesday to rescue thousands of children from intergenerational poverty and reliance on public assistance, the latest step in an... Read more »

May 3, 2016

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Brewvies wants judge to stop DABC from enforcing Utah obscenity law

Brewvies Cinema Pub wants a federal judge to stop the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control from taking any action against the theater for allegedly violating a state obscenity law. Read more »

April 29, 2016

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U.K. doctors embrace e-cigarettes as U.S. officials shy away

A report from the Royal College of Physicians summarized 10 years of data on e-cigarettes and tobacco and concluded that smokers should be urged to switch to e-cigarettes. Read more »

April 28, 2016

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Poll: 66 percent of Utahns support medical marijuana

If it were up to voters, medical marijuana would be a thing in Utah, at least according to the latest poll. Utah Policy surveyed voters and found that 66 percent of those polled favor legalization... Read more »

April 28, 2016

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Utah council wants governor, A.G. probe of monument push

The Constitutional Defense Council voted unanimously Wednesday to ask Gov. Gary Herbert's office, as well as Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, to investigate the support behind the push for a new... Read more »

April 27, 2016

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Poll: Legislature didn't go far enough with Medicaid expansion

Chris Karpowitz, co-director of the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy at BYU, said the results are consistent with previous polls. Read more »

April 26, 2016

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Democratic A.G. candidate says Reyes could have prevented Brewvies lawsuit

A Democratic attorney general candidate says the Utah Attorney General's Office could have prevented a lawsuit Brewvies Cinema Pub filed against the state alcohol control agency. Read more »

April 26, 2016

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GOP's hard feelings over SB54 play part in forcing Herbert into primary with Johnson

Gov. Gary Herbert isn't the first popular governor Republican state convention delegates have forced into a primary election. Read more »

April 25, 2016

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USU expands land grant mission under outgoing presidency

Stan Albrecht, USU's 11-year president, is retiring. But he hopes the institution's land grant mission will be a priority for the next leader. Read more »

April 24, 2016

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Utah Dems nominate Weinholtz to run for governor

Nearly two-thirds of the state's registered Democratic delegates turned out for the statewide convention Saturday, putting many of their candidates on the November ballot, including Mike Weinholtz. Read more »

April 23, 2016

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Less than 15 percent of candidates took signature-gathering path to primary ballot

Less than 15 percent of state and federal candidates successfully used Utah's new signature-gathering path to the primary ballot. Candidates who hired others to gather signatures for them paid... Read more »

April 23, 2016

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Big turnout for Utah Democrats' national delegate elections

The line to register to participate in the Utah Democratic Party's first round of elections for national delegates Friday afternoon nearly stretched the length of the Salt Palace Convention Center... Read more »

April 22, 2016

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Former Utah Sen. Bob Bennett now dealing with stroke

Already suffering from pancreatic cancer, former Utah Sen. Bob Bennett had a stroke last week that paralyzed the left side of his body. Read more »

April 21, 2016

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GOP, Democratic lawmakers get testy over Utah's public lands fight

Democratic and Republican state lawmakers unleashed on each other Wednesday over whether Utah should sue the federal government to gain control of millions of acres of federal land in the state. Read more »

April 20, 2016

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Report: Utah still among the worst states for dirty air

Some Utah cities are still among the worst air quality in the country, despite improvement, according to a report from the American Lung Association. Read more »

April 20, 2016

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Herbert asks Legislature to fight against Bears Ears monument

State lawmakers will consider a resolution opposing President Barack Obama creating a new national monument in southeastern Utah when they go into special session next month. Read more »

April 20, 2016

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Judge declines to force Swallow prosecutors to turn over evidence

A judge sees no reason to force prosecutors to turn over evidence in former Utah Attorney General John Swallow's criminal case that they say they already have provided or will provide. Read more »

April 19, 2016

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Brewvies sues Utah alcohol department over threat to pull liquor license

A Salt Lake movie theater sued the state alcohol control department on Tuesday after the agency threatened to revoke its liquor permit for serving drinks while screening "Deadpool," which features... Read more »

April 19, 2016

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Medical cannabis advocates look to ballot initiative for 2018

After abandoning plans to put medical cannabis on the November ballot, patients are looking ahead to 2018. Read more »

April 19, 2016

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San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman reports to jail for illegal ATV ride

San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman reported to jail Tuesday to serve a 10-day sentence for an illegal ATV protest ride in a protected southern Utah canyon. Read more »

April 19, 2016

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Utah becomes first state to declare pornography a public health crisis

Utah became the first state in the country to declare pornography a public health crisis, and called on the industry and businesses Tuesday to help keep "evil, degrading, addictive" materials away... Read more »

April 19, 2016

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Democratic gubernatorial candidates fire at GOP governor, lawmakers in debate

Democratic gubernatorial candidates Vaughn Cook and Mike Weinholtz took aim at Utah's Republican-dominated state government more than each other in their first debate Monday. Read more »

April 18, 2016

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Three Utah gubernatorial candidates announce running mates

Three gubernatorial candidates announced their pick for lieutenant governor Monday. Read more »

April 18, 2016

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Governor, legislative leaders agree to restore vetoed education funds

Gov. Gary Herbert will call state lawmakers into special session next month to restore nearly $4.8 million in education funding he vetoed in March. Read more »

April 18, 2016

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