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Children psychologists will be placed in all Jordan School District elementary schools.
collegeatlas.org

A Utah school district is planning to have a full-time psychologist in each of its 36 elementary schools.

The Jordan School District board approved a mental health initiative last month as part of a $710 million budget, which includes more staff and training for students at all of its schools, including 10 middle schools and eight high schools and technical schools.

St. George, Utah
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A southern Utah teenager accused of trying to blow up a homemade backpack bomb at school will face trial as an adult on charges of attempted murder and using a weapon of mass destruction.

A judge made the decision Thursday in the case of a 16-year-old boy accused of trying to cause fear after viewing Islamic State propaganda online.

Fire Department
backcountrypilot.org

  A teenager has been charged in connection with the fire that burned eight homes in Moab last month.

The 16-year-old suspect was charged in Moab's 7th District Juvenile Court with reckless burning and causing a catastrophe.

Sprinkler; Farmington residents under strict water restrictions.
Anton, Wikemedia Commons

Some Utah residents are being fined for using irrigation water during restricted times. Drought conditions are forcing water agencies to charge fines and shut off access in hopes of encouraging residents to conserve.

White middle-aged male doctor greets white middle-aged male patient. They shake hands.
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There are two possibilities for expanding Medicaid in Utah. A House bill that has been signed by Governor Gary Herbert, and a ballot initiative called Proposition 3.  

Used fireworks set blaze to Utah home.
livingstonnj.org

Authorities say a Utah home has been badly damaged by a fire sparked by used fireworks in a trash can.

The blaze started early Wednesday morning in Pleasant Grove, after the homeowners and others set off fireworks in the neighborhood on the popular holiday Pioneer Day.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert sits at a table and signs a bill. He is surrounded by Mayor Jackie Biskupski and other people who stand behind him as he signs.
Office of Governor Gary Herbert

In November, Utahns will vote on an initiative to expand Medicaid. A recent town hall in Logan featured lawmakers who tried to explain the difference between Proposition 3 and a Medicaid expansion bill signed by Governor Gary Herbert.

Utah TRAX
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Authorities say a pedestrian is dead after being hit by a light-rail train near Millcreek.

Utah Transit Authority officials say the incident occurred about 10 p.m. Monday about 500 yards south of the Millcreek station.

A group of Mormon pioneers at South Pass, Wyoming, circa 1859.
Charles Roscoe Savage

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has lauded Utah's Mormon pioneers in a stop that comes as state leaders try to persuade him to relocate the nation's largest land management agency to the state.

Zinke didn't make any major announcement about the future of the Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday, but the visit was another chance for Gov. Gary Herbert tout Utah's central location close to vast tracts the agency oversees in several Western states.

Girl loses fingers in escalator at a Smith's Marketplace.
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  A Utah family says in a lawsuit that a child lost two fingers in a faulty grocery store escalator.

The lawsuit filed Monday says the girl's mother was at a register buying her groceries at Smith's Marketplace when she heard a scream.

New Species Of Dinosaur Discovered In Utah

Jul 24, 2018
Life reconstruction illustration (closeup) of the new armored dinosaur Akainacephalus johnsoni: New dinosaur discovered in Utah.
Andrey Atuchin / Natural History Museum Of Utah


 

A new species of dinosaur, discovered at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, was officially announced Thursday by the Natural History Museum of Utah.

Ex-cheerleader won't be reinstated to the cheer squad despite complaints of free-speech violations by the school.
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A Utah cheerleader who says her school violated her freedom of speech when it booted her from the squad over a profane video posted on social media won't be reinstated while her lawsuit over the decision plays out.

U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball's ruling says the case raises "very interesting First Amendment issues for our social media age." Still, he said she refused the school's offer to return with an apology and community service.

Utah celebrates Pioneer Day on July 24th.
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President Donald Trump is recognizing Mormon pioneers who journeyed across the west to build a new home in Utah.

Trump said in a statement issued Tuesday by the White House that the families who fled persecution in Illinois "worked tirelessly to transform the arid desert landscape into a blossoming new home."

Taste of Utah; The 2017 Taste of Utah Event in Washington D.C.
Associated Foods

Semi-trucks carrying a variety of Utah-made food products left Salt Lake City last week and headed to Washington D.C. for a Taste of Utah event. The event will be hosted for the second year by Senator Mike Lee and will give United State senators and representatives a chance to sample some of the many food items produced in Utah.

A keg wagon with pie wheels and a beer drinking wagon driver. Background the sun setting sun over the prairie.
ILLUSTRATION BY FRANCISCO KJOLSETH

July 24 is Pioneer Day in Utah, a state holiday honoring the arrival of Brigham Young and other Mormon settlers to Salt Lake Valley in 1847.

Utah is getting the attention of large businesses and tech companies as a good place to build a foundation. Data from a recent study found the business environment is also attracting small independent retailers.
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Utah is getting the attention of large businesses and tech companies as a good place to build a foundation. Data from a recent study found the business environment is also attracting small independent retailers.

The Number Of West Nile Cases In Horses Is On The Rise

Jul 23, 2018

Mosquito pools in Box Elder, Davis and Uintah counties have been tested positive for West Nile Virus. State health officials are warning people to take precautions. Veterinarians are warning people to take precautions for horses and other animals.

Summit County, Utah
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Authorities rescued dozens of people trapped by flash floods and debris flows in the area of a wildfire burn scar in northern Utah.

The National Weather Service says heavy rains triggered flash flooding Sunday afternoon near The Pinnacles. Water is over the bridge at Strawberry River and Timber Canyon.

Utah Warns Donors To Verify Veteran Charities
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The state of Utah is warning people to be careful when donating to groups claiming to support veterans.

Officials say most groups are legitimate and do important work, but every year a few fraudsters attract donations by lying about help and support they don't actually deliver.

WIld horses suffering from lack of water.
wyomingpublicmedia.org

Harsh drought conditions in parts of the American West are pushing wild horses to the brink and forcing extreme measures to protect them.

Federal land managers have begun emergency roundups in the deserts of western Utah and central Nevada. And volunteers in Arizona and Colorado are hauling thousands of gallons of water and truckloads of food for wild horses on remote grazing grounds.

Michael is chosen at 2018-2019 U.S Youth Observer To The UN
UNA-USA

Former Utah State University Student Body President, Michael Scott Peters, has been chosen as the youth representative in the United Nations. Peters will work with the United Nations Association to promote awareness of human rights issues and engage US youth globally.

Zion National Park Trail
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Authorities say several popular trails at Zion National Park have been closed indefinitely by damage due to flash flooding.

Park rangers said Thursday the trail closures at the red-rock park include Angels Landing, Kayenta and Upper Emerald Pools.

Large families in Utah will be protected from federal tax reform.
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Utah lawmakers have approved a tax change they say will help protect large families who might otherwise be adversely impacted by federal tax reform.

Supporters said the $30 million tax credit approved during a special Legislative session Wednesday would not entirely make up for the recent federal changes but would eliminate roughly 45 percent of the burden.

Pond in Salem, Utah where scout leader died saving boy scout.
salemcity.org

Police have identified a Boy Scout leader who drowned after saving a boy struggling in a Utah pond.

Salem police said Thursday that 22-year-old Wesley Robert Kratzer of Orem, Utah, disappeared underwater after pushing one of his young charges to safety on Wednesday night.

Woodmoore Point Re-Zone; An image of the area for the proposed re-zone in Logan city.
Loganutah.org

A potential rezone of property in southern Logan would allow for more lower-cost housing in the city. But some city council members are worried about safety issues the potential increase in traffic could cause.

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