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A Black conservative running for Congress in Utah is set to speak at the Republican National Convention Wednesday. 

Popular tourist destinations on the Navajo Nation, including Canyon de Chelly, can start welcoming back tourists Monday under the tribe's reopening plan. 

A member of the Navajo Nation is suing the tribal government to try to force a primary election that was canceled because of the coronavirus. 

 Every day, packed shuttles chug through Zion National Park carrying thousands of hikers, bikers, tourists and locals into the country’s third most visited National Park.

Many members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are deeply uncomfortable with President Donald Trump's penchant for foul language, his tendency to pick on his enemies and his isolationist foreign policy. 

Six-year-old Rosie Tapia was abducted through a window of her family’s Salt Lake City home in August 1995. 

Sen. Mitt Romney says politicians attacking the vote by mail system are threatening global democracy. He stopped short of criticizing President Donald Trump, who has been openly against an expected surge of mail-in ballots. 

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez is urging all schools on the tribe’s reservation to use online learning during the fall semester to help reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus. 

A Marine Corps veteran knelt for nine hours at the Utah Capitol to call attention to racial injustice, police brutality and mental health. Shane Brooks told ABC4 on Thursday that people of color with mental illness are treated as if they have already committed a crime in encounters with police, some of which end with their deaths. Brooks said his marathon silent protest Thursday was inspired by Bobby Duckworth, a 26-year-old who was shot and killed in 2019 by police responding to a report of a suicidal person in Wellington, Utah.

The Utah Board of Education has rejected multiple proposals requiring stricter precautions against the coronavirus as schools reopen across the state. The Deseret News reported that the board voted 9-5 Thursday against a series of mandates, including one that would limit the number of students in a classroom if community spread spikes above the 5% reopening threshold set by the World Health Organization. The changes came a few weeks before about 667,000 students are expected to return to school.

The U.S. government settled a lawsuit Wednesday brought by the state of Utah over a mine waste spill caused by federal workers that sent wastewater downstream to several states from the inactive Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado five years ago. Utah’s lawsuit was one of several legal claims filed over the incident, but no other settlements have been reached. The Environmental Protection Agency says it agreed to fund $3 million in Utah clean water projects and spend $220 million of its own money to clean up abandoned mine sites in Colorado and Utah.

Utah will no longer recommend that schools allow students who have been exposed to COVID-19 to come to class following pushback from doctors and educators. The state issued a new recommendation Thursday that any student or teacher who has come into close contact with a confirmed case should quarantine at home for 14 days. The change in guidelines comes one week after Gov. Gary Herbert and health officials announced a modified quarantine option for exposed students who don’t have symptoms to attend school.

Some Black Lives Matter protesters in Utah could face up to life in prison if they’re convicted of splashing red paint and smashing windows during a protest, a potential punishment that stands out among demonstrators arrested around the country and one that critics say doesn’t fit the alleged crime. The felony criminal mischief charges are more serious because they carry a gang enhancement. Prosecutors said Wednesday that’s justified because the protesters worked together, but watchdogs called the use of the 1990s-era law troubling.

A few hundred people demonstrated in Utah on Wednesday to protest face covering requirements they said curtail civil liberties. The Daily Herald reported that protesters in Orem walked around without masks carrying signs that said “Don’t Mask Our Kids.” Healthcare executives and infectious disease experts have repeatedly told state and Utah County officials that wearing masks is one of the most effective ways to slow the spread of COVID-19. Those officials also say they aren’t harmful to those with respiratory-related medical conditions.

Land officials say a fire burning along the Utah-Arizona border grew over the weekend, burning more than 11,000 acres of grass, brush and woodland habitat. The Spectrum reported that the Bureau of Land Management offices in Utah and Arizona reported that one house and four outbuildings were threatened by the fire, burning about 20 miles east of Kanab. Officials say the fire burned more than 8,000 acres near the stateline campground as of Friday and grew to about 11,400 acres by Monday.

Groups of dueling protesters that included police supporters carrying rifles and flags in favor of President Donald Trump faced off outside a suburban Salt Lake City police department Monday night. The protests were in response to use of force by officers at a protest the night before that resulted in the arrest of eight people. Cottonwood Heights police said Monday that officers used pepper spray, stun guns and batons during the arrests made Sunday after some protesters refused orders to keep the rally on sidewalks.

Suburban Salt Lake City police defended their actions during a clash with protesters that saw the arrest of eight people, including the father of a man who was fatally shot by police two years ago in an incident that inspired the rally.   Cottonwood Heights police said Monday that officers used pepper spray, stun guns and batons during the arrests made Sunday after some protesters refused orders to keep the rally on sidewalks in the suburban neighborhood.

The Salt Lake City School District condemned a student’s yearbook quote after a social media post about it went viral. A student at Highland High School posted on Facebook a photo of another student’s yearbook statement that read, “There are two genders and a lot of mental illnesses.” The school district confirmed the incident in a statement. The post was shared more than 3,000 times. The school district’s Interim Superintendent Larry Madden apologized to those felt attacked.

Two men are dead after a small plane crash in southern Utah. The Deseret News reports the single-engine North American Navion plane went down Sunday morning after hitting a communications tower near a regional airport close to Cedar City. Officials did not immediately release the names of the pilot and passenger, but said they were aged 52 and 63. Investigators are probing why the plane hit the tower.

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Hemp researchers once grew cannabis for rope at Utah State University and had no way to test the THC content in crops other than smoking it and monitoring the effects. Research halted in 1970, but The Herald Journal reports that bow that it’s legal to grow once more USU researchers are back at it — only this time, they’re using technology and testing to determine the optimal ways to grow the plant for high yield and cannabinoid content, and what that means for Utah growers.

A Utah protest over the death of a man who was fatally shot by police has resulted in skirmishes with officers and several people being taken into custody. KSTU-TV reports that Cottonwood Heights Police say officers took eight people into custody and impounded three vehicles during the demonstration Sunday. Police say there were several fights and officers were hit and sprayed with pepper spray. The demonstration focused on the 2018 death of Zane James, who was killed by a Cottonwood Heights officer.

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 A Utah Department of Health report of a coronavirus death Sunday brought the state’s number of deaths for a seven-day period to the highest mark since the pandemic outbreak began in March. The Salt Lake Tribune reports the latest fatality related to the coronavirus was one of 37 in a week. The second highest number of deaths occurred in the previous week, when the deaths of 32 people were attributed to the virus. The most recent victim was a Davis County woman in a long-term care facility.

 A lawsuit filed in federal court accuses Utah State University of unlawfully discriminating against and expelling a student with Down syndrome. The Deseret News reports Emily Arthur was in the Aggies Elevated program which offers students a mix of career exploration and independent living leading to a certificate. The lawsuit filed in Utah’s U.S. District Court seeks unspecified damages and injunctive relief.

Utah’s largest teachers union has called for schools to delay reopening buildings for in-person learning and instead start only with online classes. The Utah Education Association on Tuesday called for state leaders to temporarily resume distance learning until COVID-19 cases further decline. The union says school districts should seek input from educators and local health authorities before moving forward with any reopening plans. The governor's communications director says ensuring that schools are safe before students or teachers return to the classroom is crucial.

A Hawaii man accused of tormenting a Utah family for more than a year by using the internet to send more than 500 people to their house for unwanted services including food deliveries, repairs, tow trucks, locksmiths, plumbers and prostitutes pleaded guilty Monday to one count of cyberstalking. The 44-year-old Loren Okamura entered the pleas during a video conference hearing that capped off a case that prosecutors called an “extreme” example of the darker and seedier side of modern technology.

Police have identified the three adults and 9-month-old child who died after a small airplane crashed in a Salt Lake City suburb this weekend. Police say the pilot, Lee Wyckoff, his 9-month-old daughter Coral Wyckoff and Milda Shibonis died when a Piper PA-32 crashed into a West Jordan backyard on Saturday. Mary Quintana who was on her back porch when the plane crashed died Monday.  The pilot’s wife, Rebecca Wyckoff, and a 2-year-old were critically injured. Shibonis’ 12-year-old daughter was the only passenger who wasn’t critically injured. A total of three homes were damaged. 

The family and friends of two Saratoga Springs teenagers who drowned in Utah Lake after a catastrophic windstorm hit the area in May are proposing building a “life jacket loaner station” to prevent similar accidents from happening in the future. The Daily Herald reports the group proposed building a wooden station equipped with a life jacket rack at the entrance of the Knolls so Utah Lake people could take or leave life jackets free of charge.

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A federal review of existing data unveils an alarming trend for the western bumblebee population, which has seen its numbers dwindle by as much as 93% in the last two decades. The Deseret News reports the find by the U.S. Geological Survey will help inform a species status assessment to begin this fall by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which may ultimately add the insect to its endangered species list.

Minorities who have been charged with crimes in Utah can argue against lengthy conviction sentences if they can provide proof of racial bias in the criminal justice system. The Salt Lake Tribune reported Saturday that the Utah Sentencing Commission approved the guideline in January, but it does not appear many defense attorneys have tried to make the argument yet. Judges look at many factors during sentencing, including a defendant’s age and criminal history, but attorneys can now bring up racial issues.

Authorities say three people are dead and others injured when a small airplane crashed in a suburban Salt Lake City neighborhood on Saturday. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a Piper PA-32 with six people on board had taken off from South Valley Regional Airport and crashed into a West Jordan backyard. West Jordan Police said a 9-month-old, the pilot and a woman died, while a woman is in critical condition and a 2-year-old is in stable condition. They also said an older woman who was inside the house when the plane struck is in critical condition.

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