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The team built on a legacy in USU’s food science program since over the past 10 years a USU team has won either the grand prize or first place in the IMPA competition.
David Dang

Sometimes figuring out the next step in your life means moving off the path you were on and finding your way in a new direction. 

South Jordan City

Police say they're investigating a fatal attack at an Alzheimer's center that left one man dead and another resident in custody.

Search warrants show a 69-year-old man shoved another 88-year-old resident, then got on top of the fallen man and started hitting him.

Provo Canyon

Utah County authorities say a body found in Provo Canyon is believed to that of a missing 36-year-old hiker from Orem.

The Sheriff's Office says its search and rescue team with help from a state Department of Public Safety helicopter recovered the body believed to be that of Jake Routt, who was missing since Sept. 16.

Brian Champagne

UPDATE: The driver in the semi-truck accident has died. 31-year-old Ahmed M. Abdelgader was operating the Kenworth semi-truck carrying a load of butter in boxes. The passenger is in critical condition. 

ORIGINAL STORY: The crash happened around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of US 89 and HWY 30 in Garden City. The semi was heading northbound on US 89, the highway that connects Logan to the Bear Lake area and comes to a T interaction when it meets HWY 30.

Three attorneys: The defense attorneys at Intermountain Legal are offering a scholarship to those who have been wronged by the justice system.
Intermountain Legal


A new scholarship is being offered to students at Utah universities through a law-firm in Salt Lake. What makes this scholarship unique? You have to be accused of or found guilty of a crime to qualify.


For refugees who have left their countries to flee violence and war, Halloween can be a traumatic holiday. One Utah organization is working to help these children and families have a fun and safe holiday experience.


 Mitt Romney said the bitter fight over Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation shows the Supreme Court nominating process is "awful," a sentiment his Democratic Senate opponent largely shared even though they differed on how to fix it during a Tuesday debate.

Russell M. Nelson

Some woman candidates for public office, who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are worried that a recommended social media break could hurt their campaigns.

Russell M. Nelson, the president of the church, has challenged women of the faith to take a 10-day break from social media, "and from any other media that bring negative and impure thoughts to your mind."

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Sixteen of Utah’s reservoirs are below 20 percent capacity and eight of those are below five percent, according to the Utah Division of Water Resources. 

Chris Holmes

Thursday, the Utah System of Higher Education released the latest enrollment numbers and Southern Utah University once again leads the state’s colleges and universities in percentage growth from the previous year.


The president of the Mormon church reiterated Sunday that he wants members, the media and others to use the faith's full name, saying nicknames are "a major victory for Satan."

Addressing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' twice-yearly conference in Salt Lake City, Russell M. Nelson said the church's name "is not negotiable."


The well-known Mormon Tabernacle Choir was renamed Friday to strip out the word Mormon in a move showing the faith's new president is serious about ending shorthand names for the religion that have been used for generations by church members and previously promoted by the church.

The Mormon church backed a deal that would legalize medical marijuana.

The Mormon church joined lawmakers, the governor and advocates to back a deal Thursday that would legalize medical marijuana in conservative Utah after months of fierce debate.

The compromise comes as people prepare to vote in November on a medical marijuana ballot initiative that held its ground despite opposition from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Police say a Starbucks customer shot a man and wounded who attacked a clerk outside Salt Lake City.

Authorities said the man was shot once in the chest Thursday morning after he jumped over the counter and started hitting the female employee's head with a metal object.

Artifacts on a cart: This waste can include charred wood and other organic items and can help researchers date archaeological remains.
Lauren Bennett / USU's Museum of Anthropology

A group of anthropologists has released new anthropological and archaeological research that spans 10,000 years and across four continents about human energy consumption.

Bronson Teichert


William Clyde Allen III of Logan has been arrested in connection with letters containing a potentially poisonous substance sent to the President and the Pentagon. 

  Authorities say a Utah man has been arrested in connection with suspicious envelopes sent to President Donald Trump and others.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney for Utah said Wednesday that 39-year-old William Clyde Allen III was taken into custody Wednesday in Logan.

Pentagon authorities say two envelopes were addressed to top military chiefs containing the substance from which the poison ricin is derived.

Another envelope was sent to the president with unknown contents. The Secret Service says it didn't reach the White House.



During next month’s election, Utahns will be able to either support or oppose a new gas tax. Utah Senator Lyle Hillyard said if the question receives high voter support, there will likely be legislation to implement the increase during the 2019 session.

San Juan County

The state of Utah will send an election official to a county dogged by allegations of discrimination against Navajo voters.

Elections Director Justin Lee said Tuesday it's a major step to ensure everything goes smoothly in the politically charged situation in San Juan County, which borders Arizona and New Mexico and overlaps with the Navajo Nation.

Salt Lake City TRAX system.

Utah Transit Authority officials say sparks and an explosion on a light rail train have shut down service lines in downtown Salt Lake City.

Officials say a catenary wire that carries power and runs above the TRAX train fell onto it late Tuesday, causing the sparks and an explosion.

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Weber School District is overhauling the way it deals with racism and discrimination with new policies and plans to hire a new administrator to focus on the issues.

School officials say they want to change the culture at the district, both in the ways they deal with specific instances and in encouraging students to speak out if they see something that isn't right.

Mary Heers

Residents in Cache and Box Elder counties saw skies darken Monday night. Winds sent smoke from two prescribed burns east. In Mendon ash from burning brush and invasive phragmites fell throughout the evening.


  A student at Gunnison Valley High School is in custody and facing multiple sexual abuse charges.

The 16-year-old student was arrested Friday afternoon and charged in the county’s juvenile court with six counts of first-degree felony object rape and five charges of second-degree felony forcible sexual abuse.


A U.S. Senate committee is expected to vote this week on a measure that could inject billions of dollars into national parks, in Wyoming and across the nation. If passed, the Restore Our Parks Act would approve up to $6.5 billion over five years to help address the $11.6 billion maintenance backlog at national parks. 

Pills in a prescription bottle.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention

The number of heroin-related overdose deaths in Utah decreased for the first time in six years, according to the Utah Department of Health.