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Cougars in Green Canyon near North Logan have wildlife experts working to keep the area safe. Listen to what you should do if you see one.
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You can find hikers, bikers and sightseers in Green Canyon all day, year round. According to Utah State University wildlife specialist Terry Messmer, houses are moving closer to the mountains and to wild animals.

Utah State University campus.
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  A Utah State University piano professor has been removed from his teaching duties as the college investigates a sexual assault allegation made against him in a recent lawsuit.

University President Noelle Cockett said Wednesday in a statement that professor Dennis Hirst's students will be reassigned to other faculty members this fall semester as the college investigates the claims.

The Deseret Mill and Pasta Plant in Kaysville.
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The Mormon church is planning to increase food donations to community charities by more than 20 million pounds (9 million kilograms) annually over the next several years.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the changes to its welfare operations in a Thursday statement.

Rural Utahns More Likely To Be Uninsured, According To Study

Sep 27, 2018
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Twenty percent of low-income Utahns living in metro areas don’t have health insurance and in rural areas, 31 percent of adults are uninsured, according to a report released this week. The findings show that this disparity is the third largest in the nation and cites Medicaid expansion as the most effective way to close the gap.

Students of Utah State University Latinos-In-Action Boot Camp
Vladimir Robles

In 2017, only 77 percent of Utah Latinos graduated high school. The percentage of those going to college is even lower.

Wells Fargo Bank
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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that alleged Wells Fargo engaged in predatory and unlawful banking practices with members of the Navajo Nation.

The tribe filed the lawsuit last December in federal court in New Mexico. It sought recovery of improper fees, service charges and penalties on unauthorized cards and accounts.

'Deadpool's' leading actor Ryan Reynolds got involved in bar fundraiser to fight the state of Utah.
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A judge is ordering the state of Utah to pay $475,000 in legal fees after it lost a court fight over a law that banned serving alcohol during the superhero film "Deadpool."

Judge David Nuffer handed down a strongly worded decision Wednesday denying the state efforts to reduce the bill. He wrote the "political judgment" of behind passing the law was a "legitimate choice, but it has consequences."

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Many young parents face unique barriers that keep them and their children caught in cycles of poverty, according to a national report. The report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows just 17 percent of Utah parents age 18 to 24 have an associate degree or higher.

Police say Jarrod Baum has made more than 1,000 calls from jail.
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Police say a man charged in the deaths of two Utah teenagers found down an abandoned mine shaft has discussed the slayings during hundreds of jailhouse phone calls.

A newly unsealed search warrant says 41-year-old Jerrod Baum has made more than 1,000 calls on a recorded line.

Zion Narrows
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Zion National Park visitors are no longer allowed to experience a popular, 16-mile (26-kilometer), one-way hike through the Virgin River Narrows.

Park officials began discontinuing permits for the hike Tuesday after a private landowner posted "no trespassing" signs in the popular canyon.

Farmers looking for ways to improve crop production while maintaining soil health for future yields are working with scientists at Utah State University. Because of Utah's arid climate, the soil’s health and weeds provide a challenge to farmers and researchers. 

Logan City Water Treatment Plant
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The estimated cost for a new wastewater treatment plant in northern Utah has increased by $25 million over the last two years, and officials say it's because of climbing construction costs and President Donald Trump's steel tariffs.

Officials are planning to borrow more money and ask for a loan extension so they don't have to further increase water rates for people in seven Cache County cities that will use the new system.

Navajo Generating Station
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  Hopi tribal officials are calling on the federal government to explore other options for the Navajo Generating Station near Page.

Two companies that were negotiating to take over a coal-fired power plant on the Arizona-Utah line ended the effort last week, saying the challenges were too great.

Yellow school bus: School buses can bring harm to school children and Cache Valley School District is doing what it can to address the issue.
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School buses are one of the worst vehicles for emissions due to their stop and go routine and one school district in Utah is trying to address the issue.

Brian Head Fire
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A judge has picked a new venue for the trial of a Utah man charged with accidentally starting a massive wildfire in southern Utah last year.

Court records show 62-year-old Robert Lyman will be tried in Provo after a judge decided he couldn't get a fair trial in a county torched by the blaze.

Lake Powell
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  A federal agency's decision to pass on permitting for much of the Lake Powell Pipeline has opponents cheering the move they say will bring increased scrutiny while supporters maintain the project is still on track.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced Thursday that it had submitted an order, saying it would only handle permitting for hydroelectric facilities in the 140-mile (225-kilometer) pipeline project.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir: The choir will perform at Utah State University for the first time in 10 years.
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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, colloquially known as the MoTab, is a 360-person choir made up of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Craig Jessop, the dean of the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University, says listening to the choir is an experience of a lifetime.

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The Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday took final steps to weaken Obama-era methane rules requiring oil and gas companies to reduce the amount of natural gas lost through venting, flaring and leaks on public lands.

Elizabeth Smart
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Elizabeth Smart says it is "incomprehensible" that a woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap her will be released from prison next week.

Smart said in a statement Tuesday she was "surprised and disappointed" to learn that Wanda Barzee will be freed after failing to undergo mental health evaluations and failing to attend her own parole hearing in June.

A sample of a moon rock brought back from the Apollo 11 mission.
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A former NASA investigator who has spent many years tracking missing moon rocks is closing in on his goal of finding all 50 lunar samples gifted to U.S. states after Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon.

In recent weeks, two more of the moon rocks that dropped off the radar after the 1969 Apollo 11 mission have been located by reporters in Louisiana and Utah.

Loving Our Lands: What Did Summer Do To Our Lands?

Sep 11, 2018
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Zion National Park is now the third most visited National Park in the United States, bringing in 4.5 million visitors a year – an increase of 60 percent of visitation over the past three years.

Event Celebrates History Of Women's Suffrage In Utah

Sep 11, 2018
Girls selling art; Dalloway Smith and Gwyneth Park sell artwork at the Better Days 2020 event.
Matilyn Mortensen

Looking to the past is one Utah organization’s way of trying to direct the future for women in the state. Better Days 2020 is a group based on celebrating the role Utah women played during the suffrage movement.

Austin James Corry
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  A central-Utah assistant fire chief has been charged with sexually assaulting a co-worker several times over the course of three years.

26-year-old Austin J. Corry appeared in court Thursday on 14 counts, including rape and forcible sexual abuse.

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A Utah conservation group is calling for more environmental protections in a federal land management bill for Emery County. The group says the proposed bill is a step backward.

Police line.
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Authorities say the brother-in-law of a Dallas woman found raped and slain in 1996 as her infant daughter slept nearby has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the killing.

That 40-year-old Victor Serrano pleaded guilty to murder Thursday in the death of Manuela Dominguez after DNA from the body connected him to the crime scene.

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