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If you’re planning on taking a road trip this weekend, pay extra attention to the speed limit, especially in construction zones. Utah joins 11 other states this weekend in increasing speed enforcement for a speeding safety campaign. 

Living with Cougars in Utah

Oct 23, 2020

In recent weeks, reports of cougar sightings have increased across Utah.

Navigating Grizzly Safety This Hunting Season

Oct 15, 2020
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Don't be afraid, but be prepared, and always keep at least two cans of bear spray within easy reach. That's advice from Kristin Combs with Wyoming Wildlife Advocates for hunters who may encounter a grizzly bear while tracking mule deer, elk or other game. If you don’t take your kill home the same day, Combs said be alert upon return. 

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Last spring, while trying to work on the emergency alert system, Utah State University sent out a false active shooter alert to students, faculty and families. The university’s executive director of public safety Earl Morris explained that the institution has since made it their goal to finalize updates for a better emergency alert system.

Livestock Haulers Asking For Less Regulation In Farm Bill

Jun 25, 2018

Earlier this year the Department of Transportation and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration implemented ELD’s or electronic logging devices to regulate the amount of time truckers are driving and resting. Truckers can drive 11 hours then have to rest for 10.

The Utah Farm Bureau is focusing on farm safety. This week has been designated as Agricultural Safety Awareness Week. The bureau identified safety risks while focusing on the theme, “No One Can Take Your Place.”

Angel's Landing trail at Zion, where a teen Utah girl died from a fall.

Zion National Park officials say a 13-year-old girl has fallen to her death from a popular narrow trail bordered by steep drops.

Zion park ranger John Marciano said Tuesday the Utah girl was hiking with family when she tumbled from the Angel's Landing Trail Monday evening.

How To Put Safety First During The Holidays

Dec 22, 2017

Teresa Hunsaker is a family and consumer sciences educator with Utah State University Extension. When it comes to holiday safety, there are three categories to look out for: food, electricity, and toys.

Budget Cuts To Affect Life-Saving Farm Equipment

Jun 29, 2017

In the proposed budget for 2018, cuts are being considered to a federal program that helps farmers afford safety equipment. Funding to reduce tractor roll-over deaths could be especially hard for farmers.

Oh, Deer! Collisions Expected To Increase This Year

Oct 11, 2016

In terms of the number of people killed annually, deer are deadlier than sharks, alligators, and bears combined, many times over.  According to a new report from State Farm, the likelihood of hitting a deer while driving is 1 in 150 for Utah, a 30% increase compared with last year.

After the recent attack at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, lighting designers began discussing online ideas on how lighting could save lives and possibly slow down shooters.

Escalante's Only Police Officer Under Investigation

Feb 20, 2015

A rural town in Southern Utah has, at least temporarily, lost the area's only police officer.  Escalante Mayor Jerry Taylor confirmed Thursday that Police Chief Kevin Worlton has been placed on administrative leave with pay as of Jan. 12.

The Utah Attorney General's Office is conducting an unspecified investigation involving Worlton.  Taylor said he doesn't know why Worlton is under investigation. Garfield County sheriff's deputies are policing the town during the investigation.

Compromises of private corporate or consumer data are all too common. This month, health insurer Anthem announced its customer data was hacked.

Yet even President Obama last week poked fun at our common line of defense: the lazy password.

"It's just too easy for hackers to figure out usernames and passwords like 'password' or '123457.' Those are some of my previous passwords," he said.

In short, passwords have, in some cases, undermined their own security intent.

The Justice Department is poised to declare that former police officer Darren Wilson should not face civil rights charges over the death of Michael Brown, law enforcement sources tell NPR. Wilson, who is white, shot and killed Brown, who was black, in August. Brown was not armed.

"Two law enforcement sources tell NPR they see no way forward to file criminal civil rights charges" against Wilson, NPR's Carrie Johnson reports. She adds, "Those charges would require authorities to prove the officer used excessive force and violated Brown's constitutional rights."

Jury selection starts today in the trial of James Holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people and wounding 70 others in the Aurora, Colo., theater shooting in July 2012.

Overnight, police in France, Belgium and Germany arrested more than two dozen people suspected of having ties to terrorism.

In Paris, NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports that police moved in at dawn and arrested about a dozen people, who police said were tied to Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, who attacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo, and Amedy Coulibaly, who attacked a kosher market in eastern Paris.

"These people are said to have been in their entourage," Eleanor told our Newscast unit. "They may have helped them to obtain cars, guns or may have been drivers."

More than 30 states have laws that allow people to use deadly force if they have a reasonable fear for their life or property. But this week, a Montana jury said that type of law has its limits, finding a homeowner who shot a teenager in his garage guilty of deliberate homicide.

In the early hours of April 27, a motion detector alerted homeowner Markus Kaarma someone was in the garage of his home in Missoula, Mont. He went outside and almost immediately fired four shotgun blasts, killing 17-year-old Diren Dede, a German exchange student.

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Family members of some of the victims of the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., have filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used by the gunman to kill 26 people.