Kerry Bringhurst

When Megan Bohman learned that her neighbors and friends in Brigham City were dying from opioid misuse and abuse she decided as a health education specialists for the Bear River Health Department that something needed to be done. So she applied for a grant and went to work.

Utah State University Police and Logan City emergency crews join Cache County EMT and SWAT teams for campu shooter training
Donna Barry / USU Media Relations

Utah State University held an active shooter training Wednesday to prepare emergency crews, coordinate, compare notes, and plan for what they hope will never happen in their campus community.

Utah voters will decide if lawmakers should increase the state gas tax to fund education
Our Schools Now

In November Utah voters will be given an opportunity to ask lawmakers to consider increasing the state gasoline tax. A group supporting Question 1, an opinion question, is releasing a statewide campaign to convince voters that it is a good idea to pay more at the pump as an indirect way of paying to improve Utah schools.

A national organization that promotes cancer awareness and research says a recently released state-by-state report shows Utah can improve tobacco control efforts to save lives and money. 

Cache County Sheriff Dept.

A K-9 partner with the Cache County Sheriff’s Office has died. This is the second local K-9 officer to have died in less than a year. The officer’s name was Storm, a 2-year-old Malinois who joined the sheriffs’ K-9 team last year, around the time another K-9 team member, Endy, passed away.

run2heal

An extreme athlete running cross-country was forced to change his route to avoid a Utah wildfire. Christian Griffith is an ultra-endurance sports enthusiast whose crossing country run for a cause had him scheduled to travel through the state when the fire broke out earlier this month.

U.S. Senate candidate Mitt Romney defended himself at a debate Tuesday from attacks on his status as a recent Utah transplant who has previously criticized President Donald Trump.

Earlier this month the Federal Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner, Brenda Burman, called on western states to work together on long-term solutions to address water shortages on the Colorado River.

A letter sent to Cache County residents who signed a petition supporting a ballot initiative that, if passed, would legalize the medical use of marijuana for individuals with qualifying medical illnesses has led to inquiries by the Utah Lt. Governor's office. Opponents of the initiative claim many who signed the petition have been misled. A group of those being asked to remove their signatures say they are being harassed.

William "Billy" Thompson was among a group of poaches arrested and convicted for illegally killing wildlife in Northeastern Utah.
Utah DWR

Investigators and officers with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources have made at least two arrests in a series of animal poaching cases because of a tip hotline. One of the cases involved the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Residents living in the southern Utah community of Cedar City watched as flames fueled a fire and filled the air with smoke beginning in June 2017. The Brian Head fire damaged more than 72,000 acres of Dixie National Forest and Bureau of Land Management land.

Brian Champagne

Logan City Police called a SWAT crew to assist Monday following a pursuit near a downtown elementary school.

Utah State University and the College of Education and Human Services is opening a new facility to serve individuals with varying needs
USU CEHS

A 100,000-square-foot clinic is opening in Logan. The Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Clinical Excellence is designed to serve as many as 5,000 clients of varying abilities each year.

The driver and passenger in a vehicle that was hit while trying to make a left hand turn have died.
videvo.net

A vehicle collision in Idaho killed two people and injured four Wednesday. The highway crash happened in Preston, Idaho near the Utah-Idaho border. Traffic was stopped for nearly four hours while emergency and law enforcement crews cleared the area.  

Idaho State Police report 83-year-old Franklin resident L. Max Richards was driving a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee when the vehicle was hit as Richards attempted to make a left hand turn onto Cub River Road. He and a passenger, 80-year-old Phyllis Richards, died at the scene when their vehicle was hit by an oncoming  2011 Ford Edge.

A suspect has been arrested following a Monday morning shooting that left one man dead in Tremonton.
Box Elder County Sheriff Dept.

An investigation into a possible homicide continues in Tremonton. A press release from local police outlines the details of a shooting early Monday morning.

Followers of the Kyle Burton Search Party Facebook group received a status update Monday. They wonder if the remains of a male body found near Providence Canyon could be Burtons.
Facebook

UPDATE:

On Monday, UPR's Arden Ott reported on a possible connection between a body found Sunday in Cache Valley and a Wyoming man missing since November.

A northern Utah teenager who was shot by two Smithfield boys and left to die in a canal is representing crime victims during Utah's National Crime Victim’s Rights Week. Shooting victim Deserae Turner was featured during Sunday events, along with Utah Governor Gary Herbert who read and signed a proclamation for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week 2018.

Groups Gather To Advocate Against Idaho Sex Trafficking

Apr 10, 2018

Sex trafficking isn't just an issue in other parts of the world, it is going on in Idahoans' backyards. But there's growing interest in the Gem State to fight back.

A fire at a northern Utah automotive products plant has claimed the life of a Cache Valley man. Box Elder County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dale Ward tells Utah Public Radio the man has been identified as 64-year-old Ronald Larsen of Cache Valley.

A group of residents living in a community near southern Utah's Zion National Park are concerned about a proposed plan to pave and widen a local road. Washington County and Utah Department of Transportation officials are holding an information meeting about the plan on Friday and predict it will be greeted by protestors.

Congress has approved $150 million annual for type 1 diabetes research through the Special Diabetes Program.
JDRF

Advocates of research to treat and cure Type 1 Diabetes are meeting with members of Congress this week. A Utah mother from Riverton is in Washington, D.C. to share her 13-year-old son's story. While there, Stacey Warnick will encourage continued federal funding for programs that she hopes will lead to a cure of the metabolic disease.

Local lawmakers discuss funding for the homeless as they prepare for the final week of the session
Kerry Bringhurst / Utah Public Radio

When Logan City Mayor Holly Daines first learned about House Bill 462 for homeless services she began researching how an annual tax for low-income or homeless programs would impact her city.

“We are watching that bill,” Daines said.

Republican Representative Steve Eliason is sponsoring the bill that would give the state the ability to tax cities that don’t have programs for their homeless population.

USDA recalls ground beef and pork potentially contaminated with E. coli.
kansasbeef.org

More than fourteen-thousand pounds of ground beef and pork products are being recalled.   U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the products may be contaminated with E. coli.

The Interstate Meat Distributors, Inc., of Clackamas, Oregon says the products subject to recall bear establishment number “965” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in Oregon, Utah, and Washington state.

During the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Utah plays host to producers and directors from around the world. They come to promote international films to the U.S. consumer. UPR’s Kerry Bringhurst spent her time at the festival viewing international films and explains why the dark comedy Pity, that plays out like a Greek tragedy, captured her attention.

Community members and arts advocates in Utah are seeking signatures in support of a collection of Western art. The petition has been posted online by the Utah Cultural Alliance.

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