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Group asks Utah lawmakers to vote no on tobacco bill; Senate Democrats miss update from Romney, Curtis, others

KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 10:00am

"We just want to do it the right way the first time," a member of the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network said while asking lawmakers to vote against a tobacco bill Thursday. Also, Senate Democrats never heard from Senator Mitt Romney or Reps. Chris Stewart and John Curtis at their annual update to lawmakers.

Utah lawmakers hold bill intended to prohibit instructional fees in secondary school

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 9:31am

The House Education Committee voted unanimously Thursday to hold HB273, a bill that would have prohibited instructional fees in Utah secondary schools. The bill was held at the request of its sponsor, Rep. Adam Robertson, R-Provo.

Utah bill would put flavored e-cig cartridges for sale only in smoke shops

Wendy Leonard, KSL  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 9:27am

Utah lawmakers are considering a bill that would keep popular flavored e-cigarette cartridges further out of the reach of minors by mandating sale only in specialty smoke shops throughout the state.

Utah Senate Democrats miss update from Romney, Curtis, Stewart

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL and Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 9:23am

Sen. Mitt Romney's first report to the Utah Legislature since taking office earned applause from Republican and Democratic caucuses Thursday -- except from Senate Democrats.

Cancer advocates say tobacco bill is flawed, encourage lawmakers to vote no

Emily Ashcraft, KSL  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 9:15am

Although the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network is in favor of legislation raising the age for purchasing tobacco to 21, they used the annual Cancer Action Day to lobby against HB324 because it preempts local laws and penalizes youth.

KSL Investigators uncover rise in unsafe vehicle tickets after end of mandatory safety inspections

Debbie Dujanovic and Mark Stevens, KSL TV  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 9:14am

During the first full year after Utah eliminated mandatory safety inspections for most passenger vehicles, court records show the number of citations issued to motorists for unsafe vehicles jumped 43 percent.

Cone snail venom may improve diabetes treatment, U. study says

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 9:02am

University of Utah Health researchers have been investigating the function of cone snail insulin, which they believe can be used as a faster-acting form of insulin to treat diabetes.

Utahn who took photos of boys in church restrooms seeks parole

Pat Reavy, KSL  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 8:38am

A man who created an uproar in his community when he was caught taking photographs of young boys in the bathroom of a church meetinghouse, says being sent to prison was the best thing that happened to him.

Utah man arrested after chaotic fight with parole agents

Pat Reavy, KSL  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 8:03am

Police say a Wyoming convict who went to Adult Probation and Parole to see if he could be supervised in Utah, only to learn he had outstanding warrants in Utah, became extremely combative while being arrested.

Utah House passes bill that would cover college tuition and fees for needy Utah students

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 7:45am

Utah students of limited means would pay no tuition or fees for two years to attend state colleges, universities and technical colleges under HB260, which passed the House on a vote of 69-3 on Thursday.

Man with police scanner to avoid being caught meeting teen gets arrested anyway, charges state

Pat Reavy, KSL  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 7:24am

A man who police say tried to avoid being caught in a sting operation by carrying a police scanner with him was arrested and charged this week with enticing a minor.

2 lanes of southbound I-15 reopen after tanker crash, fire force closure in Salt Lake City

Linda Williams, KSL.com and Liesl Nielsen, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 6:12am

Two lanes have reopened after a crash and tanker fire closed southbound I-15 between 400 South and 2100 South in Salt Lake City early Friday morning.

Woman saves life of man suing her parents in Logan courtroom

Caitlin Burchill, KSL TV  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:13pm

A Centerville woman found herself in a precarious situation in a Logan courtroom.

Why Stericycle's medical waste incinerator operations are leaving Utah

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, KSL  |  Posted Feb 21st - 9:37pm

Stericycle will cease its medical waste incineration operations in Utah after it abandoned plans to move to a Tooele County location. The move was part of a settlement agreement inked with the state over air quality violations. Discussions continue.

Man, 35, killed in Layton shooting

Ashley Imlay and Andrew Adams, KSL  |  Posted Feb 21st - 8:17pm

A man was killed Thursday evening in a shooting in Layton, police said.

102 small earthquakes shake Bluffdale area in more than a week, U. seismography reports

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 21st - 8:05pm

According to the University of Utah Seismograph Stations, there been 102 small earthquakes in Bluffdale from Feb. 13 to noon Thursday.

Controversy continues over trio of Utah water reform measures

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, KSL  |  Posted Feb 21st - 7:10pm

Three water bills that could enact significant reforms to Utah law will be heard in a legislative committee Friday morning, and while the result of months of work, the measures are still accompanied by questions and concerns that could doom passage.

Abortion, socialism hot topics at Rep. Chris Stewart town hall meeting

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Feb 21st - 7:00pm

Two top-of-mind issues for Rep. Chris Stewart riled up one of his constituents attending a midday town hall meeting at a Main Street eatery Thursday.

Man arrested after false threat leads to lockout at Weber County school, authorities say

Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 21st - 6:44pm

A Weber County man aimed to avoid being linked to a stolen truck Thursday morning by calling in a false school threat to distract emergency responders, authorities say.

Preemie baby born to preemie parents in the same Provo hospital

Aley Davis, KSL TV  |  Posted Feb 21st - 6:29pm

Each year, about 15 million babies are born prematurely throughout the world, but not every family has a story like one Provo couple. Some are calling it a big coincidence.