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Orrin Hatch and Mitt Romney
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Orrin Hatch is stepping down, but he's not planning on fading away.

The long-serving Republican senator spoke Monday at an event kicking off a $40 million fundraising campaign to build the Hatch Center library and think tank.

Navajo Generating Station
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A potential new operator of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation says it would run the plant at less than half its capacity to ensure it's economical.

Fewer employees, and a new lease and coal supply agreement also are in the mix as Chicago-based Middle River Power pursues a takeover of the Navajo Generating Station.

Man who crashed into own home had access to hangar code.
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The president of a Utah company whose small plane was used by a man who crashed into his own house says the pilot had access to the plane because he had earned the firm's trust.

Leon Van Sickle, president of the VanCon, Inc., a general engineering company, said on Tuesday that Duane Youd was a "rock-solid" employee during his 13 months as company pilot.

Yellow vehicle on Salt Flats: This year marks the 70th anniversary of Speed Week.
Bureau of Land Management

 

The 70th annual Speed Week is this week at the Bonneville Salt Flats in northwestern Utah and one driver has already been injured at the event.

Man supposedly crashed plane into house following domestic dispute.
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  Authorities say a man killed after crashing a small plane into a Utah house appears to have intentionally flown into his own home just hours after being arrested on suspicion of assaulting his wife.

Police in the city of Payson, south of Salt Lake City, say Duane Youd's wife was in the home when the plane hit early Monday but survived.

Cedar City authorities are currently investigating after finding a man's body following a house fire.
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Authorities in Cedar City are investigating after a man's body was found in the ashes of a house fire.

The house caught fire Sunday afternoon, and when crews arrived it was fully engulfed in flame. Some neighbors were told to leave their homes due to the fire danger.

Crews cut off power and gas to the home when they couldn't get a response from the residents.

The man's body was found several hours later, after most of the fire was out and crews were searching the scene for possible hot spots. An autopsy will determine his cause of death.

McKenna Denson
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 A judge is refusing to dismiss a lawsuit claiming a woman was raped after the Mormon church allowed a man to oversee young missionaries in the 1980s despite a history of sexual misconduct.

McKenna Denson's attorney, Craig Vernon, says the Monday decision will allow them to investigate for other possible victims.

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A Utah man died Monday night at a California hospital after he was injured while battling the massive Mendocino Complex wildfire north of San Francisco, the largest recorded blaze in the state's history.

 

Firefighter Matthew Burchett leaves behind a wife and a young son and worked for the Draper Fire Department. 

Box Elder County Scuba and Search and Rescue were called out Monday night to help find a missing 16-month-old.

Box Elder County Sherriff Chief Deputy Dale Ward says the call to help locate the missing boy came in around 9:00 p.m. After searching an irrigation canal in Thatcher, west of Tremonton, the child's body was found 45 minutes later in a body of water near the child's home. Ward says it appears the child drown.

The name of the child has not been released. 

Many college students in Utah will be heading back to class later this month. Because of the traditional low-paying jobs held by college students, there is growing concern nationwide that students won’t have enough to eat with their limited financial resources.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement center.
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has received three proposals for a new detention facility for its operations in Salt Lake City, but none of the proposals would be built in Utah.

The federal agency began its search last year for a new detention facility somewhere in the Salt Lake City area or at least within 180 miles (290 kilometers) from its local field office and immigration court.

"Dang You To Heck" is a card game similar to Cards Against Humanity
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A Provo woman has developed a card game that pokes fun at unique Mormon culture in a similar mold as the intentionally offensive party game Cards Against Humanity.

Jerilyn Pool began producing her Dang You to Heck game in January, hiring a Provo printer to make the cards and packaging the game at home to then sell online.

Greater Sage-Grouse
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Some Western governors say a new Trump administration directive threatens to undermine a hard-won compromise aimed at saving a beleaguered bird scattered across their region.

The directive, issued in late July, severely limits a type of land swap involving federal property. Critics say that eliminates an important tool for saving habitat for the shrinking population of greater sage grouse.

U.S Rep. Rob Bishop is scheduled to hold a series of town hall meetings this week. The meetings will be held Tuesday in Vernal, Wednesday in North Logan and Thursday in both Morgan and South Weber.

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.

West Valley, Utah neighborhood.
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A Utah code enforcement officer is dead after being shot by a 64-year-old man who police say also set blaze to a neighbor's house and the officer's car.

West Valley City Police Roxeanne Vainuku said the unarmed, female code enforcement officer was fatally shot Thursday morning in the man's driveway a neighborhood near a golf course in the Salt Lake City suburb.

Senator Orrin Hatch
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Republican Orrin Hatch is going before a hometown crowd to tout his party's second Supreme Court nominee in as many years as he prepares to finish a four-decade career in the U.S. Senate.

In a speech at a conservative think tank in Salt Lake City Thursday, Hatch described judge Brett Kavanaugh as a "decent, honorable person" caught in bitter partisan wrangling. He has said he'll do everything in his power to see Kavanaugh confirmed to the high court.

Conservation Corps
By Bureau of Land Management

AmeriCorps members around the United States participate in community service efforts such as disaster relief, conservation projects and education programs. Utah is one of the top states for AmeriCorps participation.

Utah County Jail
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Authorities say a Salt Lake County Metro Jail inmate has died after being injured in a fist fight with another inmate.

County Sheriff's officials say 38-year-old Daniel Lamont Davis died Saturday at a hospital.

Mitt Romney
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Mitt Romney is calling for a high-tech early detection system and more logging to prevent wildfires ravaging the U.S. West.

The U.S. Senate candidate in Utah said in an essay Tuesday the government can do more to prevent fires there and other places like California, which is fighting its largest wildfire in state history.

F-35A Lightning II Aircraft flying by Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
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Hill Air Force Base officials say northern Utah residents can expect increased flight activity at the base near Ogden into late August as aircraft from units based at Hill and elsewhere participate in two training exercises.

Aircraft participating in the exercises include F35s from Hill, F-15s from Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho and F-16s from Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada and Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida.

Logan citizens show support for Cache Valley animals after the Cache Humane Society ended their contract with Logan city
Brianne Johnson

Logan city residents hoped to address animal care in Cache Valley at a city council meeting Wednesday but Logan’s mayor suggested a separate meeting to discuss community concerns. The date of the meeting will be announced at a later date.

Children playing; U of U professor discusses how to talk about race with children.
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A recent article published by the University of Utah features 10 tips for talking with children about race. UPR’s Matilyn Mortensen visited with author Karen Tao about her research and her recommendations for talking to children about differences.

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development has approved a $365,000 grant for geothermal energy research in Beaver County. The project is also receiving $140 million from the Federal Department of Energy. Experts from the University of Utah will be cond
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The Governor’s Office of Economic Development has approved a $365,000 grant for geothermal energy research in Beaver County. 

San Juan Power Plant
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GOP gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce says if he is elected he will work to prevent the closure of coal-fired power plants in the Four Corners area.

The Hobbs Republican told an audience last week he would seek to find potential buyers for the San Juan Generating Station and other coal-fired power plants.

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