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Harrison Boulevard closed due to fatal accident

Faith Heaton Jolley  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 12:55pm

The southbound lanes of Harrison Boulevard were closed Thursday afternoon after a fatal accident, officials said.

Former UTOPIA employee charged with using public money to buy $51K in iTunes cards

Pat Reavy  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 12:48pm

The former human resources manager of an ultra high-speed fiber-optic network in Utah has been charged with misusing public money, including the purchase of $51,000 in iTunes cards, according to charging documents.

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Utah League of Cities and Towns director resigns amid audit questioning charges

Katie McKellar  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 12:23pm

League of Cities and Towns Director Ken Bullock resigned Wednesday, the day before an audit says he improperly charged about $57,000 to the taxpayer-funded group's credit card for personal purposes and racked up about $130K in questionable charges.

Lawmakers discuss alternate solutions for Utah's education budget

Ryan Morgan  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 11:21am

Sen. Jerry Stevenson, R-Layton, and Rep. Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, raised concerns about suggested changes to budget earmarks to free up money for public education.

Rapist to serve 23 more years before next parole hearing

Pat Reavy  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 10:58am

A man sentenced to prison for the 1996 rape of a University of Utah student will get another chance at parole, but not until he's 73 years old.

Orem man charged in federal machine-gun converter case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 9:57am

An Orem man is facing federal charges accusing him of making machine-gun converter devices for AR-15-style rifles.

Salt Lake airport 'vulnerable' but 'not a soft target,' chief says

Lisa Riley Roche  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 9:45am

The Salt Lake City International Airport is vulnerable to an attack similar to the deadly shootings recently at a Florida airport but is not a "soft target," members of the airport board were told Wednesday.

Canyons School Board votes to seek state waiver of 2 required courses

Marjorie Cortez  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:44am

In a Tuesday night meeting that spilled over into the early hours of Wednesday, the Canyons Board of Education voted shortly before midnight to seek a waiver of two state-required courses for middle schoolers.

Utah 1 of 13 states suing to block Obama coal mining rule

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:30am

Texas and 12 other states, including Utah, have asked a federal court to block final rules from President Barack Obama's administration designed to reduce coal mining's impact on streams.

Utah Medical Association makes stance against 'medical marijuana' phrase, says it's deceptive

Ben Lockhart  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:09am

The Utah Medical Association is making a public stand against the term "medical marijuana" as it pertains to debates about the legality of the whole plant in the state.

Charges: Carjacker tells police owner is hostage after she refused to leave car

Pat Reavy  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:29am

A man who prosecutors say tried to carjack a woman's vehicle told police dispatchers during the incident that it was now a "hostage situation" because she refused to get out.

Former attorney general asks judge to be removed from case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:59am

Weeks before his corruption trial is set to begin, former Utah Attorney General John Swallow says the judge overseeing the case is biased against him and she should remove herself form the case.

Elderly woman meets police officer who helped her after falling, dialing wrong number

Nicole Vowell  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 10:37pm

A week after Halene Johnson took a nasty fall by her bed, she got to meet her “hero,” the police officer who picked up the wrong-number phone call that Johnson says saved her life.

Scathing audit says ex-chiefs overbilled, hid expenses

Katie McKellar  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 10:35pm

Former Unified Fire Authority Chief Michael Jensen — who was re-elected last year as a Salt Lake County Councilman — and his former deputy could be facing felony charges in wake of a scathing audit released Wednesday.

Judge says competency of woman in trash can baby case not restorable

Pat Reavy  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 10:35pm

A judge has ruled that the woman accused of leaving her newborn baby in a trash can will never be restored to competency to stand trial because her intellectual disability is too severe.

West Jordan man accused of planting note on plane warning of bomb

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 10:34pm

An airline passenger has been arrested on charges of planting a note on a plane en route from San Diego to Denver that falsely claimed a bomb was on board.

'Just go by instinct:' Pilot recalls surviving Tooele County plane wreck, being rescued

Ben Lockhart  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 10:33pm

Although Jasen Thompson escaped a plane wreck with no major injuries, he is under no illusions about just how close his brush with death was when his aircraft went down Tuesday on a remote mountain in Tooele County.

Researchers hoping to learn more about how pollutants form, get trapped in Cache Valley

Mike Anderson  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 9:56pm

What's now a regular monitoring station for pollution in Cache Valley will soon become enhanced with the help of the Environmental Protection Agency.

3 movies, 1 series with Utah ties to premiere at Sundance Film Festival

Carole Mikita  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 9:40pm

Utah has been and continues to be a destination for filmmakers. This year, 27 feature film and television projects were shot in Utah, bringing more than 1,900 jobs and nearly $60 million to the state's economy.

2 police officers involved in American Fork shooting return to work

Sam Penrod  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 9:25pm

The two police officers involved in a shooting in American Fork last month have been cleared and are no longer on administrative leave.