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Unified Police of Greater Salt Lake
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Police say two people were injured after a THC extraction lab explosion inside a home in the Salt Lake City metro area.

The explosion was reported at the Millcreek home Tuesday afternoon.

Police arrest suspect in double killing.
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Police in suburban Salt Lake City have arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of man and woman in West Valley City.

Police say the two victims lived in a shed in West Valley City on the same property as the man accused of killing them owns a home.

President Donald Trump
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President Donald Trump is not on the ballot, but he has invested time and energy in a slate of primary contests across America that will again test his clout within his own party.

Voters are weighing in on candidates in seven states.

John Curtis and Chris Herrod square off in the Utah Republican Primary Tuesday.
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  The Utah Republican primary Tuesday offers a rematch between U.S. Rep. John Curtis and conservative businessman Chris Herrod.

Curtis needs to prevail if he wants to earn his first full term in Congress.

Mitt Romney and Mike Kennedy were forced into a runoff primary since neither won 60 percent of delegates' votes.
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  Mitt Romney is readying for a second chance to dispatch a state lawmaker who defeated him at the state Republican Party convention in the race for a Utah Senate seat.

He's competing with Mike Kennedy in a primary election Tuesday to replace U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, who is retiring after more than 40 years in office.

Men in thier 20s are most likely to need search and rescue in Utah National Parks.
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 Rescues at Utah's national parks are up 68 percent from 2014 — and men in their 20s are the ones most likely to need help.

Recently released statistics from the National Park Service show that most of the search and rescues from last year involved male hikers in their 20s.

Mitt Romney makes final bid for Senate seat this week.
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  Mitt Romney is flashing his familiar smile at city parks and backyards in Utah's mountains and suburbs this week, making his final pitch after being forced into a Republican primary against a conservative state lawmaker.

At stake is the party's nomination to vie for the Senate seat long held by retiring Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch.

A Utah man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison and ordered to pay full restitution after defrauding his insurance clients.
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  A Utah man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison and ordered to pay full restitution after defrauding his insurance clients.

41-year-old Brian Smart of Lehi took more than $1,800 from his clients between May 2005 and March 2006.

LDS leaders release questions asked during youth interviews.
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  The Mormon church is for the first time posting the list of questions lay leaders are supposed to ask youth during closed door, one-on-one interviews that have come under scrutiny for sexual questions that sometimes arise.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Wednesday posted the 13 questions that were previously only sent to local leaders. A letter from church President Russell M. Nelson encourages the leaders to share them with children and parents before the interviews.

Utah Commission releases safety recommendations following school shootings.
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A coalition of Utah officials are recommending the state create a waiting period for people wanting to buy guns, require background checks on all firearm sales and make it easier to take guns away from people believed to be a threat.

The 11 recommendations released by the Utah Safe Schools Safety Commission Wednesday were developed in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Alterra Mountain Company has purchased Solitude Mountain Resort.
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  A fast-growing ski resort company is buying another Utah property less than a year after it acquired a ski resort east of Salt Lake City.

The Denver-based Alterra Mountain Company announced Tuesday the purchase of Solitude Mountain Resort, a 1,200-acre (486-hectare) property in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Solitude has been owned by Park City's Deer Valley Resort since 2014. The company acquired Deer Valley Resort in August 2017 but its owners had retained the Solitude resort.

The company called the new acquisition a "tremendous addition to our family of destinations."

A registered sex offender has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing three young Utah girls.

33-year-old Johnathon Nixon pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of aggravated child sexual abuse and child sodomy.

Body of missing man found in Newton Dam.
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Authorities say the body of a man who disappeared while swimming in a reservoir at Newton Dam has been found.

The Cache County Sheriff's Office says 35-year-old Austin Nsegiyumva's body was found about 50 feet from shore under 8 feet of water.

Teen attempts to blow up a homemade explosive device at school in St. George, Utah.
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  Authorities say a Utah teenager told police he tried to blow up a homemade explosive device in his backpack at school because he'd been looking at Islamic State propaganda and wanted to cause fear.

Prosecutors showed video Monday of the 16-year-old talking to police after the smoking but inert backpack was found at the school in March.

Salt Lake City School District was forced to ban leis due to graduation venue policies.
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  Some Utah high schools don't allow students to wear leis and other ornamentation during graduation ceremonies, a restriction that the state's Pacific Islander community says feels discriminatory.

Some schools around the state have sought a uniform look for graduating students that limits distractions or special attention, resulting in bans on ornamentation.

Mitt Romney has large lead on opponent for the primary elections.
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Financial disclosures show former presidential candidate Mitt Romney has a large leg up on his opponent heading into Utah Republican primary next Tuesday.

Romney's campaign reported raising nearly $2 million between April and June. He spent $1.4 million in that period and has roughly $1.6 million in the bank.

Volunteers search for missing man in Newton Dam.
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Northern Utah authorities are scaling back the search for a swimmer who disappeared while swimming at Newton Dam over the weekend.

Cache County Sheriff's Lt. Brian Locke told the Herald Journal Monday that volunteers will remain throughout the week to search for the 35-year-old man.

St. George woman found dead in suspected homicide.
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  Authorities say a suspect has been arrested in the death of a St. George woman last week.

St. George police say 28-year-old Kevin Ray Mcatlin was taken into custody Saturday in the Moab area on suspicion of murder.

Jason Summers was arrested on Friday for child abuse and trespassing.
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  Law enforcement authorities in northern Utah are accusing a man of throwing sulfuric acid on a child.

32-year-old Smithfield resident Jason Keith Summers was arrested Friday on charges including child abuse and trespassing.

Man who rented equipment from Provo Canyon Outfitters stole keys and IDs from the company.
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  Authorities are searching for a man who allegedly stole a box containing several car keys from an outdoor recreation company, leaving as many as 30 people stranded.

Provo Canyon Outfitters, which rents tubes and rafts to float on the Provo River, said Saturday a man had stolen a box containing car keys and identification cards of customers.

University of Utah campus
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The U.S. Department of Energy will give the University of Utah up to $140 million to support a research laboratory studying manmade geothermal energy.

The department announced the five-year funding plan Thursday for the facility outside Milford, in Beaver County.

LGBTQA+ groups allowed to march in Utah July 4 Parade
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Organizers of a prominent Utah July Fourth festival are reversing course and allowing LGBTQA organizations to march in its parade.

LGBTQA Mormon activist Kendall Wilcox said Thursday he and other activists had an emotional meeting with organizers of America's Freedom Festival that resulted in an agreement allowing the five organizations to participate.

Provo, Utah neighborhood.
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A new report indicates the cost of housing in Utah is increasing at a faster rate than wages for low income households.

A study by the National Low Income Housing Coalition released Wednesday shows people earning minimum wage would need to work 98 hours per week to be able to afford a two-bedroom apartment at fair market rent in the state.

Sam Shaffer (left) and John Coltharp (right).
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A self-styled prophet who helped lead a Utah doomsday cult that believed in polygamy is pleading guilty to sodomy and child bigamy charges.

John Coltharp agreed to the plea deal in a courtroom in Manti Wednesday in exchange for prosecutors dropping kidnapping and obstruction of justice charges.

Utah sees increase in child death following child-welfare involvement.
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  Utah officials say 23 children died over the last year after state child-welfare authorities became involved in their cases, marking a slight increase over the year before.

A report released Wednesday shows four of the deaths between July 2017 and June 2018 were homicides. The others were suicides, accidents or from natural causes.

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