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Mascots rally to surprise local Wal-Mart greeter, painter with new bike after accident

Carter Williams  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 9:10am

A group of family, friends, co-workers and even local mascots rallied to surprise a Wal-Mart greeter, who went viral because of his act of kindness earlier this year, with a new bicycle after he destroyed his bike in a crash last week.

Complaint calls S.L. County recorder 'a target for exploitation' by his staff

Katie McKellar  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 7:56am

A man who considers himself a longtime friend of Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott submitted a formal complaint with the Utah Attorney General's Office on Wednesday, calling for an investigation into Ott's well-being.

Utah's poor student-to-nurse ratio puts pressure on volunteers, parents

Daphne Chen  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 7:49am

Each Utah school nurse serves about 4,300 students on average, according to a recent report from the Utah Department of Health — among the worst student-to-nurse ratios in the nation.

Teacher shortage ranks as Utahns' biggest concern in education

Daphne Chen  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 7:02am

Utah’s teacher shortage is the No. 1 education-related concern for residents, according to a new report from Envision Utah.

Police seeking out TV news footage from '95 in unsolved murder of 6-year-old girl

Ben Lockhart  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 6:53am

Police say they are seeking out local TV news footage from 1995 in an attempt to find more information in the unsolved murder of 6-year-old Rosie Tapia.

1 dead, 2 injured after 3-vehicle crash in Roy

Carter Williams  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 11:22pm

A 59-year-old man is dead and two others suffered minor injuries after a three-car crash Wednesday night, police said.

Police encourage people to be aware on Provo trail after 3 women accosted

Sam Penrod  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 10:18pm

Police are still looking for a man suspected of groping several women along the Provo trail this week.

Cross-country coach called a hero after pulling students out of speeding truck's way

Alex Cabrero  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 9:43pm

A Herriman High coach is being called a hero. He has coached cross country for seven years now, but never had a team practice run out on the streets quite like the one he had this past Monday morning.

Utah body cam law not open enough, critics say

Mike Anderson  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 9:19pm

A law passed earlier this year designates police body cam videos as public record. Still some worry it gives agencies too much leeway to hold back on releasing them.

US House requests investigation into possible abduction of BYU student

Ben Lockhart  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 9:00pm

A resolution passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday directs the State Department and Intelligence Community to investigate whether North Korean government operatives abducted a BYU student who disappeared in China in 2004.

Time capsule from 1914 recovered from Capitol, set to be opened Monday

Ben Lockhart  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 8:32pm

More than 100 years after being placed inside a column of the Utah Capitol, a time capsule was removed late Tuesday night still intact. And on Monday, the long wait to examine its contents will be over.

Wednesday's Child - Megan

Ashley Kewish  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 7:32pm

Megan is a 16-year-old girl who one day hopes to work in the beauty industry. Today, she's just a teenager desperately hoping to be adopted so she can leave foster care for good.

Ever found an injured or homeless bird? There's a sanctuary for them

Heather Simonsen  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 7:17pm

Nestled in a neighborhood in West Valley is a place you'd never expect: a spot where injured and homeless birds can find refuge.

UTA elects new board chairman as H. David Burton steps down

Jasen Lee  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 7:03pm

The Utah Transit Authority Wednesday elected a new chairman of its board of trustees. Former vice chairman Robert McKinley will now lead the panel. McKinley replaces H. David Burton who was recently appointed as chair of the U of U board of trustees.

Law enforcement, health care professionals come together to discuss Utah drug epidemic

Jed Boal  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 6:28pm

Utah is fourth in the nation for fatal drug overdoses, according to the Utah Department of Health. That's one reason state law enforcement and health care professionals came together this week for a two-day Utah Heroin and Opioid Summit.

Utah man may have contracted Zika from dying father's tears

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 5:51pm

A Utah man who mysteriously contracted Zika from his infected father may have got it by touching his dad's tears or sweat with his bare hands, according to new research unveiled Wednesday that found the unusual transmission method was likely caused by his dying father having 100,000 times the normal level of the virus.

Harper still on ballot in attorney general race despite dropping out

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 5:22pm

Though he announced last week he's no longer running to be Utah's attorney general for medical reasons, Democrat Jon Harper is still officially on the ballot against incumbent Republican Sean Reyes, Utah Democrats said Wednesday.

Musician plays piano in Syria after ISIS bans music

Carole Mikita, Candice Madsen  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 5:18pm

Mormon Tabernacle Choir organist Richard Elliott has met many world-renowned musicians, but none with a story as unique as the Pianist of the Rubble. Aeham Ahmad refused to stop playing after ISIS banned music in Syria and burned his piano.

9 charged with 'tagging' railroad cars

Pat Reavy  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 4:50pm

New criminal charges were filed Wednesday against eight people suspected of tagging Union Pacific railroad cars.

State: Water district didn't alert regulators over Tibble Fork sediment release

Amy Joi O'Donoghue  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 4:31pm

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality issued a notice of violation and compliance order to the North Utah County Water Conservancy District over the Tibble Fork Dam sediment release into American Fork River that resulted in a fish kill.