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Utah Supreme Court
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Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a Utah couple accused of taunting their malnourished 3-year-old daughter with food before she died.

The state filed the notice Tuesday in the case of 25-year-old Miller Costello and 23-year-old Brenda Emile.

People enjoy the sharks at Utah's Living Planet Aquarium.
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Utah police are searching for the owner of a loaded gun left behind on a baby changing table in a women's restroom at a suburban Salt Lake City aquarium.

Authorities said Tuesday they don't plan to file criminal charges against the gun's owner. Draper Police Lt. Chad Carpenter says they want to find out how the .380-caliber pistol was left behind and return it.

A Utah movie theater has canceled a planned town hall on gun reform with survivors of the Florida high school massacre, saying the event "appears to be escalating into a potentially contentious situation."

Logan City Visioning Meeting; Developers from Cowboy Partners stand in front of a list of ideas for future developments on Logan's central block.
Matilyn Mortensen

The Logan city council chambers were full of attendees during a visioning meeting Tuesday evening. Residents were invited to share what kind of a project they wanted to replace the currently empty Emporium property located across the street from the Tabernacle in downtown Logan.

Blue sky and red desert cliffs above a curved portion of river.
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The commissioner for the Federal Bureau of Reclamation recently called for renewed commitment to drought contingency plans from states using the Colorado River. The region has been in a sustained drought since 2000.

Utah Wildfires
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At least 74 homes have been destroyed and six more damaged in a Utah wildfire that forced more than 1,000 people from their homes.

The Duchesne County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday the fire in a mountain area near a popular fishing reservoir also damaged or destroyed 131 camp trailers and 158 sheds or agricultural buildings.

Derek Kitchen
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Salt Lake City councilman Derek Kitchen has been declared the winner of his Democratic primary race for a Utah Senate seat representing one of the state's rare left-leaning districts.

The Salt Lake County Clerk released final results Tuesday showing 29-year-old Kitchen won the race by 5 percentage points over physician Jennifer Plumb.

First Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City, UT
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A Honduran woman who has been taking sanctuary with her two daughters in a Utah church for the past six months is vowing to keep fighting for asylum.

Vicky Chavez told reporters Monday night that she hopes to be a voice for other women who are victims of domestic violence. She fled Honduras four years ago out of fear of an abusive boyfriend.

Westminster College

Dale and Sheri Holt recently donated their home to Westminster College. The historic building will be used to host gatherings and to house future university presidents.

Battling Utah's Dollar Ridge Wildfire is costing the state nearly $1 million daily.
Utah Wildfire Info.

The first of two private meetings with owners of property in the Dollar Ridge Wildfire area was held in Fruitland Tuesday morning. Home and seasonal cabin owners in Duchesne and Wasatch Counties learn today whether or not their property was destroyed.

Parkland Shooting Survivors To Speak In Salt Lake City

Jul 10, 2018

Story updated Friday, July 13, 2018

Survivors of a February Florida high school shooting massacre have secured a new venue for their planned Utah gun reform town hall after a suburban movie theater revoked its earlier offer.

Salt Lake City, UT
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Many Salt Lake County government services are being suspended due to broken air conditioning in its central offices.

Spokeswoman Michelle Schmitt said temperatures in some offices were as high as 100 degrees (37.8 Celsius) Monday because of a heat wave sweeping the region.

Utah Bull Moose
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A moose has been released into the Utah wildness after spending several hours wandering around the University of Utah campus.

University library spokeswoman Heidi Brett said the moose ate shrubs and meandered around a plaza adjacent to the library early Monday morning.

Man released from jail following attempted bombing of federal cabin.
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A Utah militia group leader who pleaded guilty to trying to blow up a federal cabin in Arizona is being released on time served after spending two years in jail.

Judge David Sam said Monday that 59-year-old William Keebler had been a model prisoner and noted his multiple physical ailments including prostate cancer and cardiac disease as reasons for not imprisoning him longer.

The Reading Corral is designed to improve literacy skills, life lessons and how to treat and care for horses.
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The Reading Corral program at North Logan Library is a literacy project aimed to help young children improve reading skills while learning about horses. During each session, two miniature horses come to the library and the children are able to interact with them.

Large Drug Bust In Sevier County

Jul 9, 2018
Sevier Sheriff

A Richfield man could face at least 15 years in prison after a large drug bust in Sevier County on Tuesday.

Jason Saunders was arrested with 3/4th of a pound of pure crystal meth. According to Sevier County Sheriff Nate Curtis, Saunders has been dealing meth out of his home. He also had firearms in his home, which increases his charges.

Cache County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public to contact them with information about possible cases of sexual assault after arresting Brevan Baugh.
Cache County Sheriff

The Cache County Sheriff’s Office is looking for information as part of an investigation into possible incidents of sexual abuse involving a Cache County man.

Lt. Brian Locke says 41-year-old Brevan Baugh was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual abuse of a child Thursday, July 5. Baugh was booked into the Cache County Jail but has since posted the $40,000 bail.

The sheriff’s department believes there may be other victims and is asking anyone with information to contact their office, (435) 755-1000

Estimated $500,000 of damage done due to rental car fires at Salt Lake City International Airport.
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  Authorities say 20 cars have been destroyed and others damaged in an overnight fire at Salt Lake City International Airport.

The cars were in the Hertz rental car lot.

Study on medical marijuna delayed in Utah.
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Results of a state-funded study in Utah designed to gauge marijuana's impact on pain might not be ready until after voters in the state decide on a medical marijuana ballot initiative in November.

Utah Science Technology and Research executive director Ivy Estabrooke says that strict federal regulations around marijuana delayed the study for nearly a year and a half.

Baby born in back of car back home safe and healthy.
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A baby born on a northern Utah roadside is home and settling into a routine after her unusual arrival.

Jaclyne Crookston was on her way to the hospital with her husband when she realized her baby was coming — ready or not.

Utah Implements Online Sexual Assault Kit Tracking System
Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault

A new bill passed by the Utah legislature calls for the implementation of an online system allowing survivors of sexual assault to track the status of their sexual assault kits. 

Access to resources have allowed Utah to see its second highest growth in its number of small businesses.
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Starting a business is never easy, according officials at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Close to a fifth of all startups don’t survive more than one year of operation, and nearly half never make it to their fifth anniversary. But Utah’s economic climate is better than most states in the U.S.

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Current and forecasted weather paired with extremely dry vegetation throughout northern Utah have created hazardous fire conditions. 

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In May, the city of St. George initiated an ordinance for residents that limits outdoor watering from 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. Data from the last 2 months show that most people are watering their lawns between 4:00 and 6:00 a.m. Because of this, there is a large drop in water pressure causing water coverage from sprinklers to be less effective.

Blue Lake, Utah
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Law enforcement authorities say a 10-year-old boy died while scuba diving with his father in northwest Utah.

Tooele County sheriff's office Lt. Ron Johnson says the boy died Wednesday. He had been at the 60-foot-deep Blue Lake with his father, who is a certified scuba diver.

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