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The Utah Legislature has named the members of the redistricting committee who will be responsible for drawing the boundaries of state Senate, House and Congressional districts.

The Utah Department Of Transportation released a statement on Thursday, detailing the top road projects on its agenda through 2022. 

Utah Governor Spencer Cox is defending the Utah Jazz’s scholarship program — which gives a four-year scholarship to a minority student each time the team wins — saying it’s not racist against white students.

Providence Middle School Teacher Arrested For Allegedly Assaulting Multiple Students

Apr 16, 2021

A Spring Creek Middle School teacher was arrested on suspicion of physically assaulting students on Wednesday.

Courtesy of Art Around the Corner.

Art Around the Corner is presenting their annual spring Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit in St. George, Utah with new pieces from nationally renowned artists. 

A Natural Gas Operator Begins a Different Type of Extraction: Bitcoin

Apr 15, 2021
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Operators at Wesco’s Blue Hills natural gas processing plant near Moab, Utah had a problem. After the Greentown pipeline was shut down by regulators who deemed it hazardous, Blue Hills’ gas was left stranded. 

Vaccine Equity Efforts See Success In Utah

Apr 15, 2021
Memorial Medical Center

As more and more vaccines are distributed in Utah, vaccine equity continues to be an important part of the effort.

El gobernador Spencer Cox ordenó que el mandato de la mascarilla acabará el 10 de abril para el público en general. De acuerdo con el noticiero Fox 13, el uso de la mascarilla seguirá en efecto para los empleados del estado y los que visiten los inmuebles de propiedad estatal por lo menos hasta el 31 de mayo. El gobernador anima a los dueños de negocios en el estado a seguir requiriendo la mascarilla.


According to a new study by WalletHub, Utah is the sixth-least safe state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Middle Fork is a popular Wildlife Management Area in Ogden Valley. However, due to mistreatment, camping on part of the area has been closed. 

Over The Rainbow: Ridgeline High Incident Goes Viral, Prompts Rally

Apr 15, 2021

Although there were loud cheers when a student cut down a Pride flag at Ridgeline High School on Tuesday, a pro-LGBTQ rally outside the school Wednesday faced no vocal opposition.

Despite howling wind, more than 150 people gathered at Utah State University as advocates shone flashlights in a rainbow pattern on Old Main to support LGBTQ+ students at BYU.

Preliminary Hearing Set For Man Accused Of Sexually Abusing Children

Apr 15, 2021

A 74-year-old man accused of sexually abusing children was set to appear for a preliminary hearing during his 1st District Court appearance on Wednesday.

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Utah families need more resources to counter concerns of a slumping economy and the pandemic, which could subject more children to abuse and neglect, the group Voices for Utah Children contended.

Utah Senator Mike Lee introduced the Military Spouse Licensing Relief Act on Wednesday — legislation that would give military spouses with valid professional licenses in one state reciprocity in the state where their spouse is serving on military orders. 

According to Rocky Mountain Power, more than 2,200 of its customers in Salt Lake, Davis and Weber counties are without electricity.

Utah’s housing market is already extremely tight, but an extra complication for home builders is the shortage of materials — particularly copper used for wiring. 

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Landlords in Utah, and across the country, who wrongly evict renters protected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Eviction Moratorium Order could face stiff penalties from state and federal authorities.

A video showing a Ridgeline High School student cutting down an LBGTQ flag during a school diversity celebration on Tuesday is getting wide circulation on social media and generating controversy.

Case Dismissed Against Man Once Accused Of Auto Shop Burglary

Apr 14, 2021

A man once charged in 1st District Court with the alleged burglary of a Smithfield auto body shop had his case dismissed on Monday.

Cache County Sheriff Issues Statement On Biden Administration Gun Control Proposals

Apr 14, 2021

Cache County Sheriff Chad Jensen issued a press release on Friday taking a position against “several proposed measures of gun control and plans to sign executive orders” discussed last week by U.S. President Joe Biden.

Tom Williams here with Utah State University President Noelle Cockett with our weekly conversation here at Utah Public Radio. President Cockett, thanks so much for joining us.

The Utah Department of Health is recommending vaccine providers temporarily pause administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine due to reports of a rare type of blood clot experienced by six women who received the vaccine. According to a press release, the pause is to allow the FDA and CDC time to investigate these reports. 

Utah’s COVID Testing Numbers Down Statewide

Apr 13, 2021

According to KUTV, only 185 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Utah since Sunday — and the Utah Department of Health is expressing concerns about the decreasing number of Utahns getting tested. 

A man who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a Logan Canyon crash that critically injured four teenagers will be sentenced during an in-person setting this month.

Live Music Returns To USU With Quad Event

Apr 13, 2021

Live music is returning to Utah State University later this month with a planned free outdoor concert on the Quad, open to the public.

Local agencies have coordinated disposal sites for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Cache County Sheriff D. Chad Jensen released a statement Friday, saying he believes in the people of Cache County’s constitutional rights. This comes after President Biden unveiled new gun control executive orders last week after five people were shot and killed in South Carolina. 

According to a report from KUTV, unemployment claims remain high in Utah, but there has been an overall decrease in the need for assistance for nine consecutive weeks.

Logan Park Amenities To Reopen April 15

Apr 12, 2021

The City of Logan has announced that park restrooms will be opened beginning April 15.