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What Qualifies A President For Impeachment?

Jul 19, 2018
President Donald Trump; USU professor explains what evidence would have to be available to impeach President Donald Trump.

During the past 18 months of Donald Trump’s presidency, there have been national conversations about whether or not he should be impeached. There are organized efforts to move the idea forward, including the group Need to Impeach, which recently visited Utah.

Utah mountains above Bear River with yellowed grasses reflected in water.
Linda Tanner/Flickr

The Utah Division of Water Resources, or DWR, held a workshop this week where they discussed the drought. Representation from the Four Corners states, including Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado joined local water groups.

One Injured In Small Plane Crash In Cache Valley

Jul 19, 2018

One person was injured when a small plane crashed in southern Cache Valley Thursday morning. 

A northern Utah woman has admitted she made up a story about being sexually assaulted by a door-to-door salesman.

South Jordan police say the woman confessed she fabricated the story about an attack over the weekend after investigators determined that surveillance video showed no one visited her home during the time she had claimed.

United Utah Party logo

Utah's centrist United Utah Party has nominated a senior Mormon missionary center leader in a race for U.S. Congress.

The third party nominated Tim Zeidner Tuesday evening to replace Melanie McCoard, its former nominee for Utah's 3rd Congressional District who the party says dropped out due to health reasons.

Utah Legislature

Utah lawmakers will meet for a special session to force some online companies to collect sales tax and make changes to a planned shipping hub in Salt Lake City.

Republican Gov. Gary Herbert called lawmakers back into session Wednesday after completing negotiations with lawmakers and members of the Salt Lake City Council on the contentious trade facility.

People who use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, could lose the ability to buy fruits and vegetables at farmers markets by the end of the month. Officials in Utah are working to avoid impacts on farmers and SNAP customers.
Downtown SLC Farmers Market

People who use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, could lose the ability to buy fruits and vegetables at farmers' markets by the end of the month. Officials in Utah are working to avoid impacts on farmers and SNAP customers.


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.

Sandy, Utah Town Hall

Police say a car with a sticker of a Utah online gun marketplace was found vandalized after a Sandy town hall on gun reform.

The car owner reported to police Saturday night that someone had scratched lines and a vulgar word into the paint on the side of his vehicle.

Utah's federal court.

  A former U.S. intelligence officer has pleaded not guilty to charges he tried to sell secrets to China.

Ron Rockwell Hansen entered his plea in a federal court in his home state of Utah on Friday.

Sundance Film Festival

An economic impact study estimates that attendance at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival increased dramatically over the previous year.

The study from Y2 Analytics released Tuesday says that nearly 125,000 people attended some part of the 11-day event last year, a growth of more than 70 percent over the estimated 71,600 attendees in 2017.

Rachel Hager

At a town-hall style March For Our Lives event in Utah, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students joined local policymakers and Second Amendment rights groups to share ideas about ways to protect students from gun violence.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has called the Legislature into a special session to approve revisions for a planned massive shipping hub in Salt Lake City that has drawn the ire of the capital city's mayor, he said Monday.

Lawmakers are scheduled to meet to vote on the plan, which Herbert called a "win-win," Wednesday.

A Utah man has been arrested for allegedly impersonating a corrections officer and threatening to kill two men he accused of being in the country illegally.

Police said 41-year-old Jerred Martin Loftus and three other men approached a pair of men on a trail outside of Provo Sunday and got into a heated argument.

During the argument, Loftus allegedly said he was a corrections officer who had a gun.

One of the men said Loftus threatened to kill them and bury their bodies in the woods.

Police in Utah say a vehicle pursuit that ended in a crash that killed an 88-year-old motorist began with a traffic stop for a revoked registration.

American Fork police Sgt. Josh Christensen said Monday that 21-year-old Trevor Pitcher feared police would impound his pickup truck and tried to elude officers before running a red light, causing the Friday crash that killed Hal Gadd.

Police say Gadd's wife was hospitalized with serious internal injuries. Her name was not released.

Tour of Utah Race;The Tour of Utah Race will begin August 6th and bring racers from around the world.
Tony Webster / Wikemedia Commons

As teams from around the world participate in the Tour de France, Utah prepares for its own international bike race. Five international teams currently racing in France, and 17 teams in total, will come to Utah in August to compete in the Tour of Utah.

Authorities in Utah are considering demolishing an old iron bridge popular for illicit dives after a teenage boy died when he jumped into the water.

Officials say that despite "no trespassing" signs posted on the bridge in Lehi, people have been flocking to it for years to jump into the Jordan River below. One of those trips took a deadly turn the night of July 8, when 16-year-old Cole Merrill of Alpine did a backflip off the bridge's railing.


More than half of all search warrants approved by Utah judges in the last year received less than three minutes of consideration, according to state data.

Civil liberties advocates and defense attorneys say this is cause for concern and note that judges may not be carefully reviewing the information before signing off on the warrants.

Survivors of the Florida high school shooting massacre were part of a gun reform town hall in Utah addressing school safety and gun laws.

Students from the Parkland, Florida, school where 17 people were shot dead in February held a 90-minute panel discussion Saturday night at a packed Mountain America Expo Center in Salt Lake City. Among those in attendance was Mayor Jackie Biskupski.

The panel included Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivors, Utah high school students and other activists on the "Road to Change" tour.

A Latino youth leadership boot camp is taking place for the first time at Utah State University. The university is joining Latinos-in-Action, a national organization working to encourage Latino youth to consider pursuing higher education.

Highway near Tooele, Utah.

  A truck carrying radioactive dirt has caught fire in Utah.

The North Tooele Fire District said the fire was extinguished Thursday morning and did not damage containers holding 82,000 pounds (37,195 kilograms) of radioactive waste or pose a threat to the public.

Salt Lake City Interstate

The maximum toll rate for Interstate 15 express lanes is being doubled to ease commuter crowding around Salt Lake City.

The Utah Department of Transportation says the new rate begins Saturday.

Bonneville cutthroat trout.

Wildlife officials are moving hundreds of local fish to a hatchery to rescue them from a southern Utah wildfire they worry could destroy a native fishery.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said sediment spewed by the fire could flush into a restored fishery for Bonneville cutthroat trout and make it uninhabitable for two years.

View of an officer's back. He is wearing a vest that says in white block letters "Police Ice".
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Immigration and immigrant rights have been hot topics under the Trump administration. New policies for assessing whether or not people seeking asylum are eligible to require officers to turn away asylum-seekers who claim fear of gang or domestic violence.

Farmers use information and data used in safflower trials on their own operations
Bronson Teichert

Experimenting with new crop varieties adds to the many risks farmers already face, according to experts at Utah State University. USU research farms throughout the state are working with farmers to eliminate risks by creating a more efficient food system.