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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.

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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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.

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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
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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.
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  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
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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.

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