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With millions of dollars and reputations at stake, businesses learn more about AI, virtual threats

With millions of dollars and reputations at stake, businesses learn more about AI, virtual threats

Sky Mundell, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 27 - 9:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

As the technology for conducting cyberattacks becomes more accessible, businesses are forced to battle increasingly sophisticated digital threats on a virtual battlefield or risk the loss of tangible, real-life assets.
BYU-Wyoming Black 14 ties come into focus as 1969 football flap memorialized at exhibit

BYU-Wyoming Black 14 ties come into focus as 1969 football flap memorialized at exhibit

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 27 - 8:05 p.m.  |  Save Story

BYU and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have solidified their ties with the Black 14 philanthropic group as part of reconciliation efforts.
ACLU, Utah Library Association, others send letter urging Cox to veto sensitive materials bill

ACLU, Utah Library Association, others send letter urging Cox to veto sensitive materials bill

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 27 - 7:29 p.m.  |  Save Story

A coalition of Utah organizations on Tuesday sent a letter asking the governor to veto HB29, which targets books and other material with sexually explicit passages for removal from school libraries.
Several states, including Utah, working to reduce cellphone distractions in classrooms

Several states, including Utah, working to reduce cellphone distractions in classrooms

Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press   |  Posted Feb. 27 - 3:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

Around the country, educators say students routinely send Snapchat messages in class, listen to music and shop online, distracting from teaching and learning.
A New York medical school goes tuition-free thanks to a $1B gift

A New York medical school goes tuition-free thanks to a $1B gift

Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 27 - 11:30 a.m.  |  Save Story

A New York City medical school will be tuition-free for all students from now on thanks to a $1 billion donation from a former professor, the widow of a Wall Street investor.
Bill would allow input from victims when student offenders reintegrate back into schools

Bill would allow input from victims when student offenders reintegrate back into schools

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 27 - 8:05 a.m.  |  Save Story

A West Jordan lawmaker is sponsoring a bill to give victims a voice when it comes to reintegrating student offenders of violent felonies or sexual assault.
Why there's a 'significant increase' in travel expected this spring break

Why there's a 'significant increase' in travel expected this spring break

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 26 - 9:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

Spring break is just around the corner and it appears Americans may be antsier than ever to travel.
Beyond diversity, equity and inclusion: Unpacking Utah's debate over campus diversity initiatives

Beyond diversity, equity and inclusion: Unpacking Utah's debate over campus diversity initiatives

Brigham Tomco, Deseret News  |  Posted Feb. 25 - 11:47 a.m.  |  Save Story

When asked whether the establishment of diversity, equity and inclusion offices in public institutions and private businesses make the state better or worse, 45% of respondents said the programs have had a positive impact on Utah.
School bus driver hailed as hero for saving student lives after another driver ignored bus stop arm

School bus driver hailed as hero for saving student lives after another driver ignored bus stop arm

Emma Benson, KSL-TV  |  Posted Feb. 23 - 10:42 p.m.  |  Save Story

A Jordan School District bus driver is being praised after he prevented a possible tragedy from happening to students. 
Second grader's letter to FBI brings detectives into classroom to share cookie caper

Second grader's letter to FBI brings detectives into classroom to share cookie caper

Sky Mundell, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 23 - 6:31 p.m.  |  Save Story

The FBI paid a visit to Canyon Creek Elementary in Farmington to lead second grade students through a series of interactive educational activities to help them understand what the FBI is and how it protects the communities it serves.
'Reading saved my life': Hundreds gather at Utah Capitol to protest sensitive materials legislation

'Reading saved my life': Hundreds gather at Utah Capitol to protest sensitive materials legislation

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 22 - 9:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

A group of over 100 people came together for a read-in at the Utah Capitol to advocate for the freedom to choose what to read and push back against legislation that clarifies school library book challenges.
Chaplains in public schools? Lawmaker wants to give districts, public charter schools the option

Chaplains in public schools? Lawmaker wants to give districts, public charter schools the option

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Feb. 22 - 8:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah could allow volunteer school chaplains in public neighborhood and charter schools starting in the 2025-2026 school year under legislation endorsed by the House Education Committee.
Northern Utah school district apologizes for 'wrong call' after not issuing a start delay

Northern Utah school district apologizes for 'wrong call' after not issuing a start delay

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 21 - 2:22 p.m.  |  Save Story

Cache County school district officials issued an apology Wednesday for not delaying the start of schools after over a half-foot of snow fell on roads across the Cache Valley.
Biden administration to cancel another $1.2B of student loans

Biden administration to cancel another $1.2B of student loans

Jeff Mason, Reuters  |  Updated Feb. 21 - 10:37 a.m.  |  Save Story

President Joe Biden's administration said on Wednesday it is cancelling $1.2 billion worth of student loans for some 153,000 people who are eligible under a program used to make good on promises to increase loan forgiveness.
BYU cybersecurity program awarded prestigious scholarship grant for students

BYU cybersecurity program awarded prestigious scholarship grant for students

Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 21 - 9:47 a.m.  |  Save Story

BYU has been given a more than $3 million grant for scholarships to benefit students in cybersecurity programs.
University of Utah highlights positive impacts of equity, diversity and inclusion programs

University of Utah highlights positive impacts of equity, diversity and inclusion programs

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 21 - 6:15 a.m.  |  Save Story

The University of Utah has produced a new 'scorecard' highlighting the positive impacts of equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives that face revamping due to new state legislation.
Utah Senate, House reach compromise on 'sensitive materials' bill

Utah Senate, House reach compromise on 'sensitive materials' bill

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 20 - 10:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah House and Senate lawmakers reached preliminary compromise on Tuesday on HB29, the measure fine-tuning the process governing removal of sexually explicit books from public school libraries.
'We have to get this one right,' lawmaker says of Utah school safety bill

'We have to get this one right,' lawmaker says of Utah school safety bill

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 20 - 7:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah lawmakers, state officials and parents pushing for school safety reform spoke in support of HB84. The bill would establish a statewide system for school safety incidents.
Pencils down: SAT makes all-digital change for college entrance exam

Pencils down: SAT makes all-digital change for college entrance exam

Phil Tenser, CNN  |  Posted Feb. 20 - 6:13 p.m.  |  Save Story

The College Board is ditching the paper and pencil version of the SAT exam for an all-digital version that it says will be more efficient.
University of Utah board of trustees votes to retain test-optional admissions policy

University of Utah board of trustees votes to retain test-optional admissions policy

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 20 - 12:09 p.m.  |  Save Story

Over the past few years, prospective students applying to the University of Utah have not been required to submit standardized test scores to be considered for admission. Now, the policy is here to stay.
Natalie Cline affirms plans to vie for State School Board seat despite widespread rebuke

Natalie Cline affirms plans to vie for State School Board seat despite widespread rebuke

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 19 - 8:37 p.m.  |  Save Story

Even as she faces widespread rebuke from Utah lawmakers, state and local school officials and others, Natalie Cline, under fire for a social media post seemingly taking aim at a student, isn't backing down.
Debate league for refugees offers scholarships, pathways to higher education

Debate league for refugees offers scholarships, pathways to higher education

Katie Workman for KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 19 - 7:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

The University of Utah John R. Park Debate Society partners with the Utah Refugee Center to provide a speech and debate class for adolescent and young adult refugees. The program offers a critical opportunity for refugees to build communication skills — and prepare for university education.
Federal student financial aid's rocky rollout — and why bigger families may be unhappy

Federal student financial aid's rocky rollout — and why bigger families may be unhappy

Lois M. Collins, Deseret News  |  Posted Feb. 19 - 1:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

The rollout of the new Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, which was designed to be simpler and broaden access to college, has been more painful than expected.
Jordan School District partnering with Utah company to integrate AI into classrooms

Jordan School District partnering with Utah company to integrate AI into classrooms

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 19 - 10:11 a.m.  |  Save Story

Jordan School District has partnered with Lehi-based SchoolAI to bring artificial intelligence into classrooms for personalized one-on-one tutoring, guidance and support.
Utah elementary school students try to sink or swim with 'Shark Tank' experience

Utah elementary school students try to sink or swim with 'Shark Tank' experience

Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 17 - 7:40 p.m.  |  Save Story

Dozens of elementary school students in Vineyard got to try their hand at entrepreneurship as they pitched their ingenious products to local business owners in their own "Shark Tank."
Payson High School celebrates 40 years of Footloose, inviting Kevin Bacon to upcoming prom

Payson High School celebrates 40 years of Footloose, inviting Kevin Bacon to upcoming prom

Brianna Chavez, KSL-TV  |  Posted Feb. 17 - 4:43 p.m.  |  Save Story

Payson High students took to social media to campaign for Kevin Bacon to return to the school, 40 years after Footloose was released.
Bill requiring removal of school library books deemed pornographic by 3 districts close to passage

Bill requiring removal of school library books deemed pornographic by 3 districts close to passage

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Feb. 16 - 9:45 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Utah Senate passed legislation Friday that calls for the removal of school library books from collections statewide if three school districts or two school districts and five charter schools determine the materials are pornographic or indecent.
Utah House committee approves Ten Commandments bill despite constitutional concerns

Utah House committee approves Ten Commandments bill despite constitutional concerns

Daniel Woodruff, KSL-TV  |  Posted Feb. 16 - 3:13 p.m.  |  Save Story

A Utah lawmaker is no longer pushing for public schools to display a copy of the Ten Commandments but wants to add other biblical precepts and the Magna Carta to the curriculum.
Cox calls end of diversity, equity and inclusion a 'positive vision' for struggling students in Utah

Cox calls end of diversity, equity and inclusion a 'positive vision' for struggling students in Utah

Brigham Tomco, Deseret News  |  Posted Feb. 16 - 2:44 p.m.  |  Save Story

Gov. Spencer Cox spoke about his decision to sign legislation banning "discriminatory" DEI practices in public entities and expanding race-neutral student success resources at universities.
Bus drivers, administrators ask UDOT for help with highway speeds in Cache County

Bus drivers, administrators ask UDOT for help with highway speeds in Cache County

Mike Anderson, KSL-TV  |  Posted Feb. 16 - 10:33 a.m.  |  Save Story

Highway speeds near one Cache Valley School are drawing concern from both administrators and bus drivers. Now they're turning to the Utah Department of Transportation for help.
Utah Legislature formally censures embattled state school board member Natalie Cline

Utah Legislature formally censures embattled state school board member Natalie Cline

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Updated Feb. 15 - 10:36 p.m.  |  Save Story

Both chambers of the Utah Legislature voted overwhelmingly Thursday to pass a resolution of formal censure against State School Board member Natalie Cline.
Taiwanese group offering Lunar New Year performance as visit to Utah winds down

Taiwanese group offering Lunar New Year performance as visit to Utah winds down

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 15 - 7:36 p.m.  |  Save Story

A Taiwanese contingent invited by a Provo-based group that promotes Chinese culture will be offering a free public performance after two weeks of visits to several Utah schools.
Utah Board of Education votes unanimously to request Natalie Cline's immediate resignation

Utah Board of Education votes unanimously to request Natalie Cline's immediate resignation

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Updated Feb. 14 - 8:26 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Utah State Board of Education on Wednesday night voted unanimously to request that controversial board member Natalie Cline resign from her position, effective immediately.
Higher education leads to individual, societal and economical benefits, analysts say

Higher education leads to individual, societal and economical benefits, analysts say

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 14 - 7:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

The University of Utah's Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute convened a panel of four university presidents for a roundtable discussion focused on the value of higher education.
Utah Board of Education answers Natalie Cline's claims of harassment, election interference

Utah Board of Education answers Natalie Cline's claims of harassment, election interference

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Updated Feb. 14 - 3:12 p.m.  |  Save Story

A Utah school board member has come under fire for a Facebook post she made that critics say took aim at a girls high school basketball player.
69% of Utahns support banning cellphones in classrooms

69% of Utahns support banning cellphones in classrooms

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Feb. 14 - 2:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

At Ogden High School, the expectation is that when students are in class, their cellphones are stowed in their backpacks or purses.
Utah lawmakers running nearly 100 education-related bills

Utah lawmakers running nearly 100 education-related bills

Lindsay Aerts, KSL-TV  |  Posted Feb. 14 - 1:24 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah's lawmakers are currently sifting through nearly 100 bills related to education.
Kevin Costner to open new film studio in St. George, mayor announces

Kevin Costner to open new film studio in St. George, mayor announces

Katie Workman for KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 13 - 7:24 p.m.  |  Save Story

Kevin Costner is opening a film studio in St. George, Utah Tech University is opening another campus, and a tech hub that is expected to input $3.24 billion into the local economy are all in the planning or construction stages in southern Utah.
Legislators working on resolution that could result in Natalie Cline's impeachment

Legislators working on resolution that could result in Natalie Cline's impeachment

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Feb. 12 - 8:13 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah lawmakers are working to establish a process this week to address festering concerns about a Utah State Board of Education member who posted on Facebook an image of a high school girls basketball player with a caption that inferred she is male.
A leg up: Real Salt Lake teams up to help donate shoes, clothes to kids after break-in

A leg up: Real Salt Lake teams up to help donate shoes, clothes to kids after break-in

Sky Mundell, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 12 - 7:10 p.m.  |  Save Story

Real Salt Lake and America First Credit Union collaborated Monday to make a massive clothing donation, which included over 650 pairs of brand-new shoes, to the Granite Education Foundation.
University of Utah President Taylor Randall: 'U.'s diversity is its strength'

University of Utah President Taylor Randall: 'U.'s diversity is its strength'

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Feb. 11 - 6:17 p.m.  |  Save Story

University of Utah President Taylor Randall acknowledged the state's flagship institution's "pain and hurt" after the passage of legislation that requires replacement of colleges' diversity, equity and inclusion offices and another regulating the use of restrooms, dressing rooms and showers in public schools and government-owned buildings.
BYU study illuminates gender difference in vigilance at night

BYU study illuminates gender difference in vigilance at night

Lois M. Collins, Deseret News  |  Posted Feb. 11 - 4:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

Women and men clearly ponder different things as they walk alone at night, according to new research from BYU. Women are wary and scan their surroundings. Men plow forward.
BYU alumnus names newly discovered nematode after former professor

BYU alumnus names newly discovered nematode after former professor

Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 10 - 4:09 p.m.  |  Save Story

A BYU alumnus honored his former professor and mentor by naming a microscopic worm he discovered after him.
BYU psychologist explains potential impact of school board member's post on student-athlete

BYU psychologist explains potential impact of school board member's post on student-athlete

Shelby Lofton, KSL-TV  |  Posted Feb. 10 - 2:08 p.m.  |  Save Story

The parents of the 16-year-old girl at the center of a controversial social media post about her appearance told KSL they expect this situation will impact their daughter for some time.
How artificial intelligence is shaking up these school classrooms

How artificial intelligence is shaking up these school classrooms

Art Raymond, Deseret News  |  Posted Feb. 10 - 12:21 p.m.  |  Save Story

Educators were among the most concerned demographic groups when the artificial intelligence chatbot ChatGPT made its public debut less than a year-and-a-half ago.
Cough? Sore throat? More schools suggest mildly sick kids attend anyway

Cough? Sore throat? More schools suggest mildly sick kids attend anyway

Bianca Vázquez Toness, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 10 - 11:52 a.m.  |  Save Story

Schools are confronting soaring absence rates. Some are calling for parents to send their children to class even if they are not feeling 100% well.
Sewage leak temporarily closes Bear River Middle School

Sewage leak temporarily closes Bear River Middle School

Mike Anderson, KSL-TV  |  Posted Feb. 10 - 9:09 a.m.  |  Save Story

Workers will spend the weekend deep-cleaning parts of Bear River Middle School after approximately 1,000 gallons of sewage spilled inside.
Resolution calls on school boards, elected bodies to demand Natalie Cline's resignation

Resolution calls on school boards, elected bodies to demand Natalie Cline's resignation

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Feb. 9 - 9:17 p.m.  |  Save Story

On Tuesday, Al and Rachel van der Beek were cheering on their daughter as she played in a high school basketball game.
Utah House opens resolution file to address Natalie Cline controversy

Utah House opens resolution file to address Natalie Cline controversy

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 9 - 3:47 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Utah House of Representatives opened a resolution file to address a widely condemned social media post by State School Board member Natalie Cline.
Massachusetts student fights '2 genders' shirt ban in US appeals court

Massachusetts student fights '2 genders' shirt ban in US appeals court

Nate Raymond, Reuters  |  Posted Feb. 9 - 8:42 a.m.  |  Save Story

A federal appeals court on Thursday appeared skeptical that a Massachusetts middle school violated a student's right to free speech by requiring him to stop wearing a T-shirt that said, "There are only two genders."
A Utah House committee approved the state's first NIL bill

A Utah House committee approved the state's first NIL bill

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted Feb. 9 - 6:21 a.m.  |  Save Story

A Utah legislative committee Thursday voted to advance a bill that would exempt college athletes' NIL agreements submitted to universities from the state's public records law.
Lawmakers considering impeachment of school board member Cline over controversial post

Lawmakers considering impeachment of school board member Cline over controversial post

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Updated Feb. 8 - 10:23 p.m.  |  Save Story

Some Utah lawmakers and LGBTQ advocates condemned a social media post from a State School Board member that implied a high school athlete was transgender.
Bill would consider victims' needs when student offenders go back to school

Bill would consider victims' needs when student offenders go back to school

Hanna Seariac, Deseret News  |  Posted Feb. 8 - 3:11 p.m.  |  Save Story

A new bill would take victims' perspectives into account when reintegrating student offenders back into the school setting.
Davis County principal calls on parents to track down cyberbully on TikTok

Davis County principal calls on parents to track down cyberbully on TikTok

Debbie Worthen, KSL-TV  |  Posted Feb. 8 - 1:53 p.m.  |  Save Story

An elementary principal in the Davis School District is asking all parents of sixth grade students to help track down and stop a cyberbully.
'Embarrassed the state': Cox denounces school board member for post about student-athlete

'Embarrassed the state': Cox denounces school board member for post about student-athlete

Logan Stefanich and Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com  |  Updated Feb. 7 - 11:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox and Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson denounced Utah State Board of Education member Natalie Cline on Wednesday evening for her post on social media about a high school student-athlete and said Cline "embarrassed the state."
'It hurts deeply': District investigating allegations of racial slurs during Lehi High game

'It hurts deeply': District investigating allegations of racial slurs during Lehi High game

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Updated Feb. 7 - 2:09 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Alpine School District has launched an investigation into allegations that some Lehi High students yelled racial slurs at a biracial basketball player during a game Tuesday night.
Revamped Utah bill aims to exempt college athletes' NIL agreements from open records law

Revamped Utah bill aims to exempt college athletes' NIL agreements from open records law

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted Feb. 7 - 8:05 a.m.  |  Save Story

A new version of a bill to regulate name, image and likeness in Utah would exempt college athletes' NIL agreements submitted to public universities from the state's open records law, closing them off to any public scrutiny.
Utah Board of Education revamps, renames controversial 'educational equity' rule

Utah Board of Education revamps, renames controversial 'educational equity' rule

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 7:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Utah Board of Education has revamped and renamed a controversial rule outlining certain standards for Utah's teachers, including how to address race issues in the classroom.
New legislation would allow armed school guardians to respond to emergencies in Utah schools

New legislation would allow armed school guardians to respond to emergencies in Utah schools

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 3:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

Two parents whose children died in the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, urged support of HB84.