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State, education leaders gear up for summer deliberation as school year ends

Morgan Jacobsen  |  Posted  May 28th - 2:03pm

School's out for several school districts across the Wasatch Front, but state lawmakers plan to address several education issues during their interim meetings over the summer, such as testing, accountability and Utah's teacher shortage.

Holiday air travelers get a break from long security lines

Jeff Martin and Russ Bynum, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 28th - 12:56pm

Travelers who were dreading long airport security lines ahead of the Memorial Day weekend instead reported moving quickly through checkpoints Friday after authorities opened extra screening lanes and used bomb-sniffing dogs to give some passengers a break from removing their shoes.

Salt Lake City fire chief plans to retire this fall

Katie McKellar  |  Posted  May 28th - 12:21pm

To some city leaders' surprise, Salt Lake Fire Chief Brian Dale has announced he will be retiring this fall.

Consumers warned to beware of real estate scam

Jasen Lee  |  Posted  May 28th - 11:16am

The Utah Division of Real Estate warns Utah consumers to be aware of a scam that targets property transactions through fake emails in an effort to trick people into wiring loan transfers and other high dollar amounts to fraudulent accounts.

Man with fake gun subdued at Park City hospital, official says

Ben Lockhart  |  Posted  May 28th - 10:54am

A man caused a brief scare Friday when he attempted to pull from his waistband what turned out to be a fake gun at Park City Medical Center, hospital officials said.

Retired teacher writes letters to former students at graduation one last time

Alex Cabrero  |  Posted  May 28th - 10:28am

Barbara Langford can tell you what made each of her students special. In her 17-year career spent mostly at Manila Elementary School in Pleasant Grove, Langford estimates she has taught more than 500 students in 4th and 5th grades.

Polygamous leader asks again to be let out of jail

Associated Press  |  Posted  May 28th - 9:49am

A high-ranking polygamous sect leader accused of helping orchestrate a multimillion-dollar food stamp fraud scheme says he should be let out of jail since the trial has been pushed back to October.

Former Springville High student charged with threat of terrorism

Abby Hobbs, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted  May 28th - 9:16am

An 18-year-old Springville man was charged Friday for allegedly making online threats of a terrorism attack at Springville High on May 19.

Smarty pants: 15 smartest states according to test scores

Nick Selbe, Graphiq  |  Posted  May 28th - 8:43am

State testing is among the most widely used tools for evaluating public schools, with exams given annually to students of all grade levels.

Are Utahns tiring of Mitt Romney challenging Donald Trump?

Lisa Riley Roche  |  Posted  May 28th - 7:59am

Mitt Romney said he's critical of presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump so he "can sleep at night," but some Utahns may be growing tired of him challenging a fellow Republican.

Teen amputee continues to dance even after complicated surgery

Ed Yeates  |  Posted  May 27th - 10:52pm

17-year-old Tim Wright dances with his peers at Herriman High School. In fact, the dance group there recently took first place in a division competition.

Police looking for person of interest involved in Cottonwood Heights shooting death

Pat Reavy  |  Posted  May 27th - 10:39pm

A 31-year-old man was found dead in the passenger seat of a car parked at a Cottonwood Heights credit union early Friday. Police said he was shot and the crime appears to have occurred at another location.

Man accused of murdering wife to be released from jail

Ben Lockhart  |  Posted  May 27th - 10:39pm

Arrangements were made Friday to release a man from the Weber County Jail, five days after police arrested him for investigation of aggravated murder in the death of his wife. Investigators say they are waiting for toxicology test results.

UTA to briefly halt buses, trains in honor of slain worker

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 10:38pm

The Utah Transit Authority will briefly halt all trains and buses on Saturday in memory of a slain rail line worker who disappeared during his shift.

Unlike: Tenants fume over apartment complex's new Facebook addendum

Mike Anderson  |  Posted  May 27th - 10:03pm

Some tenants at a Salt Lake City apartment complex are fuming over a new lease agreement that requires tenants to “like” the complex on Facebook.

Manti senior conquers classes and cancer

Sam Penrod  |  Posted  May 27th - 9:43pm

Kelsie Albee learned more during her senior year than most of her classmates will in their lifetimes. When school started last fall, she was at Primary Children’s Hospital, having been diagnosed three weeks prior with a cancerous tumor on her liver.

Police ID man killed in Vernal crash

Megan Marsden Christensen  |  Posted  May 27th - 9:35pm

A Vernal man was killed and others were injured Friday afternoon after one car rear-ended another, pushing it into oncoming traffic, where it was hit again, officials said.

Mother's struggle reaching 911 highlights emergency response problems

Ladd Egan  |  Posted  May 27th - 9:11pm

When Ashley Olsen found her 2-year-old son Landon blue-faced and gasping for air while suffering from a severe asthma attack Thursday afternoon, she called 911.

Lunar rock escorted to downtown vault for Clark Planetarium renovation

Ashley Stilson, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted  May 27th - 8:52pm

The moon rock at Clark Planetarium was moved to a Zions Bank vault in preparation for summer construction of new exhibits.

Police: Woman died on zipline after falling tree branch hit her

McKenzie Romero  |  Posted  May 27th - 6:02pm

A South Carolina woman killed on a zip line at Sundance Mountain Resort this week was hit by a broken tree branch as it fell, police said Friday.