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A portrait photo of Dean Craig Jessop: The founding dean of Utah State's Caine College of the Arts has announced his resignation.
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After serving for nearly 11 years, Craig Jessop, the first dean of the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University, announced his resignation. Jessop said he’s grateful for the experience he’s had at USU.

Utah will use the grant money completely replace the voter registration database.
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The state of Utah will use $4.1 million in federal grant money to help buy new voting equipment, replace the state's voter registration database and to train county and state officials on new voter security measures.

A report released Tuesday shows states around the country are moving quickly to tap their shares of the $380 million program to strengthen voting systems.

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Since the Great Recession in 2008, Utah’s overall employment base has increased by almost 19 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, this growth hasn’t spread evenly throughout the state. Many of Utah’s economically rural counties have not experienced any employment expansion.

Williams was charged for kidnapping, assault and drug paraphernalia.
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A man is facing kidnapping and other charges after allegedly dragging a woman 30 feet with his car in Salt Lake City.

Authorities say 39-year-old Keith Davontya Williams was charged Friday in 3rd District Court with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault resulting in serious bodily injury, failure to stop or respond at command of police and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Fire on Wild About Utah

Aug 17, 2018

The haze above Cache Valley begins to dissipate after weeks of hovering low and thick like a winter inversion, even as the Goring and Hansel Point Fires rage on just west of the Wellsville Mountains that bookend the valley. Both blazes, just two of the more than ten active fires in the state, are still less than 50% contained. Farmers and ranchers in Box Elder County are now doubling as volunteer fire crews.

The Salt Lake City LDS temple.
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The president of the Mormon church wants people to stop using "Mormon" or "LDS" as substitutes for the full name of the religion: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Russell M. Nelson said Thursday that the "Lord has impressed upon my mind the importance of the name he has revealed for his church." The faith's presidents are considered prophets who lead the church through revelations from God.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert introduces new drivers liscense.
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Utah residents without a star on their state-issued driver's licenses may soon be turned away by airport security.

The Department of Homeland Security requires Utah drivers' licenses to have a little gold star on the top right corner.

Orrin Hatch and Mitt Romney
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Orrin Hatch is stepping down, but he's not planning on fading away.

The long-serving Republican senator spoke Monday at an event kicking off a $40 million fundraising campaign to build the Hatch Center library and think tank.

Yellow vehicle on Salt Flats: This year marks the 70th anniversary of Speed Week.
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The 70th annual Speed Week is this week at the Bonneville Salt Flats in northwestern Utah and one driver has already been injured at the event.

Man supposedly crashed plane into house following domestic dispute.
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  Authorities say a man killed after crashing a small plane into a Utah house appears to have intentionally flown into his own home just hours after being arrested on suspicion of assaulting his wife.

Police in the city of Payson, south of Salt Lake City, say Duane Youd's wife was in the home when the plane hit early Monday but survived.

Cedar City authorities are currently investigating after finding a man's body following a house fire.
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Authorities in Cedar City are investigating after a man's body was found in the ashes of a house fire.

The house caught fire Sunday afternoon, and when crews arrived it was fully engulfed in flame. Some neighbors were told to leave their homes due to the fire danger.

Crews cut off power and gas to the home when they couldn't get a response from the residents.

The man's body was found several hours later, after most of the fire was out and crews were searching the scene for possible hot spots. An autopsy will determine his cause of death.

U.S Rep. Rob Bishop is scheduled to hold a series of town hall meetings this week. The meetings will be held Tuesday in Vernal, Wednesday in North Logan and Thursday in both Morgan and South Weber.

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A judge rules that San Juan County Commission candidate Willy Grayeyes be put back on the ballot after an elections official backdated a complaint against him. U.S.

Conservation Corps
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AmeriCorps members around the United States participate in community service efforts such as disaster relief, conservation projects and education programs. Utah is one of the top states for AmeriCorps participation.

F-35A Lightning II Aircraft flying by Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
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Hill Air Force Base officials say northern Utah residents can expect increased flight activity at the base near Ogden into late August as aircraft from units based at Hill and elsewhere participate in two training exercises.

Aircraft participating in the exercises include F35s from Hill, F-15s from Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho and F-16s from Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada and Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida.

Children playing; U of U professor discusses how to talk about race with children.
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A recent article published by the University of Utah features 10 tips for talking with children about race. UPR’s Matilyn Mortensen visited with author Karen Tao about her research and her recommendations for talking to children about differences.

San Juan Power Plant
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GOP gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce says if he is elected he will work to prevent the closure of coal-fired power plants in the Four Corners area.

The Hobbs Republican told an audience last week he would seek to find potential buyers for the San Juan Generating Station and other coal-fired power plants.

Leonard Gorman is put back on Utah ballot.
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A Navajo man will be put back on the ballot for a Utah county commission after a judge sided with him in his lawsuit against a county that disqualified him in the first election since a judge ruled local voting districts were illegally drawn based on race.

Leonard Gorman of the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission said U.S. District Judge David Nuffer ordered San Juan County to put Willie Grayeyes back on the ballot during a hearing Tuesday in Moab that Gorman attended.

Mia Love Holding Open Office Hours

Aug 8, 2018
Mia Love to hold open office hours.
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U.S. Rep. Mia Love will hold open office hours to hear from people in her district for up to 10 minutes at a time on Wednesday.

Her office says in a statement she will meet with small groups at her West Jordan office to hear about the issues they care about.

Mom and twin girls; Affordable child care is one issue YWCA Utah will address in it's policy conference later this month.
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How women of color are treated in the justice system, resources for mothers facing depression, and access to affordable childcare are topics of concern for one Utah women’s organization. A YWCA Utah conference later this month will bring together community stakeholders to discuss policies for addressing these areas.

Zion Bighorn Sheep Herd Infected With Pneumonia

Aug 7, 2018
Bighorn Sheep: Some Zion National Park sheep have contracted pneumonia.
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A few bighorn sheep in the Zions National Park herd have been diagnosed with a sheep-specific strain of pneumonia. While the number of infected sheep is currently less than 10, that number could change every day and two sheep have already been euthanized for testing.

Navajo Mountain High School Robotics Team
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A team of Navajo high school students from a remote town in southern Utah is building a robot to represent North America in an international robotics competition.

The group from Navajo Mountain High School will travel to Mexico City for the event beginning Aug. 14. They were invited to compete in the First Global Challenge, which will draw teams from 190 countries to create robots capable of feeding power plants and building environmentally efficient transmission networks.

Albion Basin
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Professional photographers are upset to learn they will be charged $125 for a special permit fee and $50 per shoot to be able to take pictures in a picturesque northern Utah area full of vivid summer wildflowers.

The Forest Service officials recently began being tough on permits and fees since large crowds at Little Cottonwood Canyon's Albion Basin are taking a toll on resources.

Peregrine Falcon Nest
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Zion National Park in Utah has reopened popular rock-climbing routes after peregrine falcons finished their nesting season on the cliffs.

Park rangers say four juvenile falcons were raised successfully, two on Tunnel Wall and two on Angels Landing. Another nest and breeding pair were detected, but biologists did not record any successful offspring.

Teen accused in attempted backpack bomb pleads not guilty.
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A teenager accused of trying to blow up a homemade backpack bomb at a St. George high school after looking at Islamic State propaganda has pleaded not guilty.

The 16-year-old boy entered his plea Wednesday and is due back in court Aug. 22.

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