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14-year-old with cystic fibrosis becomes fashion model for a day

Tania Mashburn  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:15pm

Rylee Bess has cystic fibrosis. A couple years ago Make-A-Wish reached out, and Rylee knew just what she wanted: to go to New York and be a model for a day.

Tenn. firm to produce Utah company's first electric big rigs

Jasen Lee  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:54pm

A Utah-based technology firm that unveiled the first-ever battery-powered electric big rig has chosen a Tennessee company to produce the first wave of vehicles for highway driving. The first Nikola One trucks are expected to be on the road by 2019.

Democratic challenger concedes race to GOP Rep. LaVar Christensen

Dec 9th - 7:11pm

After losing to Rep. LaVar Christensen by only five votes in a recount last week, Democratic challenger Suzanne Harrison conceded the House District 32 race to the GOP incumbent Friday.

Volunteering means life-changing experience for woman, children she's helping

Sandra Olney  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:54pm

At South Salt Lake's Lincoln Elementary, there is a volunteer who puts in full-time hours. This spring, Lizzie Whiffen came aboard to help keep a school store stocked. But soon, Whiffen was reading with refugee children and organizing a pillow drive.

Don't text, just dance: Upbeat campaign prompts serious conversations about distracted driving

McKenzie Romero  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:24pm

What do a troop of groovy stormtroopers and a dance called "The Wookiee" have to do with texting and driving? Nothing. But the team behind an online campaign hopes its pledge videos will get drivers thinking about their phone habits behind the wheel.

Judge weighing whether to toss charges against ex-A.G. John Swallow

Dennis Romboy  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:28pm

Former Attorney General John Swallow told reporters Friday that he assumes there will be a trial in the criminal case against him but said, "You never know."

Woman charged in twin's death in Hawaii OKs extradition

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 4:20pm

A woman accused of killing her twin sister by driving their SUV off a cliff in Hawaii has cleared the way for her extradition from upstate New York.

Teen charged with killing youth facility staffer said he 'lost his mind'

Pat Reavy  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:52pm

A 17-year-old boy accused of viciously beating a staff member to death at a youth rehabilitation facility told authorities he woke up "heartless" that morning, according to charging documents.

Judge delays hearings in 'dirty soda' lawsuit

Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:01pm

A judge has delayed depositions in a court battle over flavor-shot-spiked "dirty sodas."

Endangered 24-year-old found safe, police say

Faith Heaton Jolley  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:31pm

Hurricane City police have found a missing 24-year-old man who they classified as endangered.

Utah pharmacists can now dispense overdose reversal drug without a prescription

Daphne Chen  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:17pm

Advocates in Utah have been trying to get more naloxone kits into the hands of the public and police officers in recent years. didn't take incentive in deal to collect Utah sales taxes

Lisa Riley Roche  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 11:50am

The state negotiated a deal for to start collecting sales taxes from Utah customers that does not include an incentive available in state law that would have allowed the online retailer to keep 18 percent of the revenue.


Out in the cold: Addicted, mentally ill choosing streets over shelter, advocates say

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 11:14am

The vulnerability of Utah's most needy — from the homeless to the addicted — is a deepening worry as winter continues to sink its teeth into the Wasatch Front.

Gov. Herbert: Education groups need to 'quit the fighting,' unite on long-term strategy

Daphne Chen  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 10:32am

At his Education Excellence Commission meeting, Gov. Gary Herbert said: "We’re going to quit the fighting. We’re going to quit being offended when somebody comes up with a new idea, and we’re going to say, 'You know what? Let me consider it.'"

Round 2: Which is Utah's favorite Christmas song?

Xoel Cardenas  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 10:00am

As we count down the days until Christmas, we also continue to count down Utah’s favorite Christmas songs. Last week, we asked you to narrow the field from 32 to 16. In this poll, you will narrow down the field to the elite eight.

'Tis the season for holiday scams, FBI warns

Dennis Romboy  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 9:23am

With Christmas about two weeks away and seasonal shopping in full swing, criminals are also stealthily walking those bustling virtual sidewalks. Internet criminals don't take the holidays off.

Utah communities struggle with fewer volunteer firefighters

Mike Anderson  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:27am

Utahns depend on firefighters to respond in their time of need. But there's a growing struggle in some communities to find people willing to respond to the call.

Utah elections director describes John Swallow as a 'con artist' in new court documents

Dennis Romboy  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:22am

The Utah elections director says John Swallow seemed like a "con artist" during a state investigation of the former attorney general's campaign finances three years ago.

Judge in polygamous child labor case orders $200k payment

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:47am

A federal judge has ordered a company with ties to a polygamous sect to pay at least $200,000 in back wages to children who were sent to work picking pecans for long hours in the cold.

Police: FBI fugitive captured in St. George after pursuit

Ben Lockhart  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:24pm

Police arrested a felony fugitive after the man led the FBI on a vehicle chase Thursday afternoon that ended with a crash into a fence.