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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.
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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.

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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.
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  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.

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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.
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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".
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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
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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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