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Daily flights from Salt Lake City to Moab, Durango returning soon

Daily flights from Salt Lake City to Moab, Durango returning soon

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 4th - 6:26pm

After being discontinued for years, daily flights from the Salt Lake International Airport to Moab and Durango, Colorado, are coming back in May, according to Delta Air Lines.
Reward offered for information on recent Provo church arson

Reward offered for information on recent Provo church arson

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 4th - 3:45pm

Federal and local authorities are offering a $5,000 reward for information on who set a Provo meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on fire last week.
Utah bill would require colleges to reschedule student exams to accommodate religious beliefs

Utah bill would require colleges to reschedule student exams to accommodate religious beliefs

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 4th - 1:20pm

If passed, the bill would allow students to reschedule academic responsibilities — like a test, for example — if it conflicted with a student's religious belief or observance of religious practice.
'Not a protest': Student-led Rainbow Day at BYU to show solidarity with LGBTQ community

'Not a protest': Student-led Rainbow Day at BYU to show solidarity with LGBTQ community

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 3rd - 4:33pm

Allies and members of the LGBTQ community at BYU will be wearing rainbow colors on campus to show their solidarity with the group to mark the one-year anniversary of the school clarifying Honor Code confusion.
86% of drivers say they'd feel scared to ride in a self-driving car, study finds

86% of drivers say they'd feel scared to ride in a self-driving car, study finds

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 3rd - 2:33pm

A recent survey found drivers are still largely uncomfortable with the idea of a self-driving vehicle, following the trend in other studies in recent years.
Utah rabbi says Holocaust education resolution is 'justified and necessary' as denial increases

Utah rabbi says Holocaust education resolution is 'justified and necessary' as denial increases

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 2nd - 7:02pm

The resolution highlights the importance of Holocaust and genocide education so students understand the event that took the lives of 6 million Jewish people.
'Gender equity in public spaces': Utah State University to provide free menstrual products for students

'Gender equity in public spaces': Utah State University to provide free menstrual products for students

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 1st - 8:41pm

Who walks around with quarters in their pockets anymore? In the world of online banking, pretty much no one, least of all college students. But for a menstruating individual caught in public without supplies, you'd better hope you have quarters.
Here's a look at how the 3 US-approved COVID-19 vaccines compare

Here's a look at how the 3 US-approved COVID-19 vaccines compare

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 1st - 4:01pm

"Getting vaccinated with the first vaccine available to you helps protect all of us from COVID-19," the state health department says.
Take a virtual tour with Elder and Sister Holland of their hometown St. George as they discuss family history

Take a virtual tour with Elder and Sister Holland of their hometown St. George as they discuss family history

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 27th - 4:23pm

The annual RootsTech conference continued Saturday as Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and his wife Sister Pat Holland, took viewers on a family history tour of their hometown St. George.
The Church of Jesus Christ stands by opposition to Equality Act, instead calls for protection of religious freedom and LGBTQ community

The Church of Jesus Christ stands by opposition to Equality Act, instead calls for protection of religious freedom and LGBTQ community

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 27th - 1:50pm

"We stand by our statements from 2019 and reiterate the Church's support for equality and fairness. We could support legislation that provides protection for LGBT persons as well as people and institutions of faith. Both are possible and clearly required in a just society," spokesman Doug Andersen said in the statement.
'Women warriors': UVU President Astrid Tuminez shares family history at RootsTech conference

'Women warriors': UVU President Astrid Tuminez shares family history at RootsTech conference

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 26th - 7:01pm

As the first woman to serve as UVU's president, Astrid Tuminez reflects on the sacrifice her grandmother and mother, along with teachers and others in her life, have made that helped shape her path to the success she sees today.
Latter-day Saint Charities grants $20M to support UNICEF COVID-19 vaccine effort

Latter-day Saint Charities grants $20M to support UNICEF COVID-19 vaccine effort

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 26th - 12:33pm

The money will help UNICEF's work with the Access to the COVID-19 Tools Accelerator and its vaccination effort, called the COVAX Facility, which aims to supply two billion COVID-19 vaccines to around 196 countries by the end of the year.
'It hit me so hard': Utah ICU nurse battling COVID-19 released from hospital after double lung transplant

'It hit me so hard': Utah ICU nurse battling COVID-19 released from hospital after double lung transplant

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 25th - 7:31pm

After a devastating battle with COVID-19, Jill Holker underwent a double lung transplant surgery. Just shy of one month after the surgery, she was able to walk out of the hospital, once again able to breathe on her own.
Google Fiber internet is coming to South Salt Lake

Google Fiber internet is coming to South Salt Lake

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 25th - 4:04pm

South Salt Lake will soon have faster internet options, with residents and businesses potentially able to sign up for the service by the summer, the city council announced at its Wednesday meeting.
Gov. Cox says Utah's mask mandate delay was a mistake

Gov. Cox says Utah's mask mandate delay was a mistake

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 25th - 1:44pm

Gov. Spencer Cox is optimistic about Utah's outlook for ending the pandemic, but he also contends that things could have gone better had the state implemented a mask mandate sooner.
Utah bill would expand Medicaid coverage to include fertility preservation for cancer patients

Utah bill would expand Medicaid coverage to include fertility preservation for cancer patients

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 24th - 7:34pm

HB192 would allow Medicaid cancer patients to apply for a waiver that would cover fertility treatments in order to preserve their ability to parent children. It passed a Senate committee on Wednesday.
New program targets housing affordability for Ogden government employees and educators

New program targets housing affordability for Ogden government employees and educators

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 4:19pm

An affordable housing solution for Ogden City employees and educators is coming through a unique partnership between a brokerage firm, Ogden City and Ogden School District.
Muslims in Utah ask state leaders to invest in their community at virtual day on Capitol Hill

Muslims in Utah ask state leaders to invest in their community at virtual day on Capitol Hill

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 8:08pm

At an event hosted by the Utah Muslim Civic League Monday, Gov. Spencer Cox delivered the keynote address and several state lawmakers joined to discuss different bills from this session and their potiential impact on Utah's Muslim community.
Virtual conference to bring in record numbers for RootsTech 2021

Virtual conference to bring in record numbers for RootsTech 2021

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 7:06pm

This year's online RootsTech Connect conference kicks off Thursday and will be the largest in its 10-year history as more than 380,000 people are expected to virtually join the event.
After 130 years standing, Provo church sets out to renovate historic buildings with help of other faiths

After 130 years standing, Provo church sets out to renovate historic buildings with help of other faiths

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 20th - 12:02pm

The inter-faith fundraising project will officially begin this Sunday.
Black Voices: Utah filmmaker says you can't fight against racism silently

Black Voices: Utah filmmaker says you can't fight against racism silently

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 19th - 3:32pm

Gianfranco Fernandez-Ruiz, a poet and filmmaker in Utah, hopes historical films about racism set some 50 years ago stop being relevant — sooner rather than later.
Don't bet on the next GameStop, BYU professor advises

Don't bet on the next GameStop, BYU professor advises

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 17th - 5:46pm

"If they're looking for the next GameStop, I would say don't hold your breath," BYU professor Bill Tayler advises.
Ash Wednesday in a pandemic will look a little different for Utahns

Ash Wednesday in a pandemic will look a little different for Utahns

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 17th - 9:02am

To avoid a Catholic priest touching multiple people's foreheads amid the COVID-19 pandemic, ashes will be distributed by being sprinkled atop the crown of parishioners' heads — a tradition customary in Rome.
Renderings of the Syracuse Utah Temple released

Renderings of the Syracuse Utah Temple released

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 16th - 11:43am

According to a rendering of the new temple, the building will not feature a gold Angel Moroni statue atop its spire.
Black Voices: Let's meet in the middle to end racism, Utah rapper says

Black Voices: Let's meet in the middle to end racism, Utah rapper says

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 16th - 9:46am

By day, Courtney Kelly works as an account manager in Utah's growing tech industry. By night, she is a musician, performing at live shows and releasing rap albums.