Utah News

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Mia Love

Republican Utah Congresswoman Mia Love is hosting a campaign rally with the state's beloved adopted son, Mitt Romney, as she gears up for the final months of a tight election race.

The rally at Friday night at Thanksgiving Point will also include more than 40 local elected officials.

Aggie Chocolate Factory Coming To Logan

Aug 23, 2018
Man making chocolate; The new Aggie Chocolate factory will let visitors see the bean to bar process of chocolate making.
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Logan has long been famous for Aggie Ice Cream. Visitors to the northern Utah town will soon be able to try a new local treat-- Aggie Chocolate. 

Affordable Housing Advocates: Utah Policymakers Can Do More

Aug 23, 2018
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The cost of buying or renting a home in Utah has been on the rise for years. Now, affordable-housing advocates say state government needs to take action before Utah reaches a crisis point.

University of Utah

A University of Utah graduate assistant was reassigned from teaching a class after she said bringing a concealed carry gun to class "is absurd, antisocial, and frightening behavior," and that any of her students — even if permitted — who do would be forced to stand in a "3x3 taped square."

University spokesman Chris Nelson says the "weapons policy" was removed from the online curriculum Tuesday and students were "alerted to the error."

Zion National Park entrance.

Zion National Park is planning to overhaul its main entrance to help ease long lines of cars that can stretch back for miles.

The National Park Service is proposing changes that include increasing the number of visitor-entry lanes and creating a short-term visitor pull-out area.

The Utah-based robotics company Sarcos is working to develop technologies to augment, instead of replacing humans working in the industrial, public safety and military sectors. The robotics company is receiving financial incentives from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

The Pickle Factory in Salt Lake's Granary District

Salt Lake City's redevelopment agency has chosen artists to create nearly a dozen murals in an increasingly popular downtown neighborhood.

Officials said Tuesday that 15 artists have been commissioned for the large-scale artwork on the exterior of privately owned buildings in the Granary District.

Man installs home solar panels.

  New rooftop solar installations are down 23 percent after Utah's main power company reached a deal to pay customers less for the power they generate.

Rocky Mountain Power in a deal that went into effect in November phased out the net-metering program, which paid solar customers the market rate for their excess energy sent to the grid.

Police in a Salt Lake City suburb say a man kicked open the door of his estranged wife's apartment and beat her and their 13-year-old daughter with a crowbar, killing the woman and critically injuring the girl.

A Unified Police Department spokeswoman says 54-year-old Walter Brantzeg was arrested Wednesday after he called at least one local television station to talk about the attack while driving away from the apartment in Millcreek.


Fire managers have rescinded fire restrictions on all unincorporated private lands, state lands and BLM lands in central Utah. This includes all of Sanpete, Juab, Millard, Sevier, Wayne and Piute Counties.

A portrait photo of Dean Craig Jessop: The founding dean of Utah State's Caine College of the Arts has announced his resignation.
Utah State Today



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.

Dixie State University

A crowd of demonstrators at Dixie State University has started the first day of school by protesting the treatment of a music professor.

The St. George News reports professor Ken Peterson said Monday that he appreciates the support from the group with signs like "Stop the Abuse of Power" and "Investigate Dixie State."

Frontrunner Train

A new federal ruling says the Utah Transit Authority illegally fired a transit planner for warning the agency that it was violating safety rules.

U.S. Department of Labor Administrative Law Judge Lee Romero Jr. issued the order Aug. 13, requiring the authority to reinstate J. Michael Clara to his former position and pay him back wages, as well as $10,000 in compensatory damages.

Utah will use the grant money completely replace the voter registration database.

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.

UPDATE: Crews have opened the I-15 Northbound lanes Tuesday around 12 p.m. UDOT is still warning drivers that flooding is possible throughout the day.


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.

Students with Brigham Young University’s legal design lab are seeing success in a new software designed to help people respond to debt collections. The BYU law students are now working to reduce the number of evictions in Utah.

Timpanogos Cave

Timpanogos Cave National Monument will be closing so construction on a new visitor center can get underway.

The caves in north-central Utah will be closed for the rest of the season after Labor Day.

Williams was charged for kidnapping, assault and drug paraphernalia.

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.

David Cross

The University of Utah says a tweet from comedian David Cross showing him wearing undergarments sacred to the Mormon faith was "deeply offensive."

College president Ruth Watkins issued a statement Sunday about the tweet, says she resisted calls to cancel Wednesday's performance and that the tweet is protected by the First Amendment.

SafeUT App To Include Higher Education Institutions In Utah

Aug 17, 2018
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To help reduce the number of suicide deaths in Utah, new features are being added to the SafeUT app. The app allows users to talk with a crisis counselor or submit a tip if they have a safety concern about their school.

BYU Hawaii

Mormon critics are asking the U.S. Internal Revenue Service to investigate allegations that the church uses a Hawaii cultural center to commit tax fraud.

Gay-rights activist and Mormon critic Fred Karger delivered a complaint to a Honolulu IRS office Thursday asking for an investigation into possible tax abuses involving the Polynesian Cultural Center, Brigham Young University-Hawaii and a Hawaii land management company.

Firefighter battles California wildfire.

  The Trump administration is pledging to work more closely with state and local officials to prevent wildfires and fight those choking California and other western states.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says officials are targeting wide swaths of land — including cutting down small trees and underbrush and setting controlled fires — to reduce the frequency and severity of fires now burning across the western United States.

The Salt Lake City LDS temple.

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.

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.