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Third Utah student this week arrested for alleged school threats

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:16:07 GMT

The latest incident occurred Thursday when a Springville High School student was arrested after a Snapchat post was discovered "that suggested a threat of violence at the high school," according to a statement from Springville police. Springville Police Lt.




Op-ed: The death penalty is an undue burden on Utah taxpayers

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:08:40 GMT

In June 2016, the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice created a working group to study Utah's death penalty. I was honored to be able to serve on this committee alongside dedicated professionals from the Utah Attorney General's Office, county district attorney's offices, the Utah Board of Probation and Parole, Utah Crime Victims' Legal Clinic and others.




Jay Evensen: Are Utahns ready to ditch the death penalty?

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:29:39 GMT

Rep. Gage Froerer, R-Huntsville, left, listens as House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, discusses HB379 during a press conference at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. The bill would would ban the state from seeking the death penalty for aggravated murder committed after May 7, 2018.




Utah lawmakers declare 'Orrin Hatch Day,' share stories honoring retiring senator

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:49:52 GMT

Members of the Utah Legislature declared Wednesday "Orrin G. Hatch Day" and honored the retiring U.S. senator from Utah with their own stories from his 42 years in office. An emotional Hatch told the Senate in his last annual appearance there that he was "deeply humbled by today's resolution" and offered praise for the work of both Republicans and Democrats in the Utah Legislature over the years.




Utah Senate committee endorses grant program for after-school programs

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:15:18 GMT

The Senate Education Committee endorsed a bill Wednesday that creates a state competitive grant program for high-quality after-school programs. Such programs have primarily relied on federal or private funds, said Sen. Luz Escamilla, D-Salt Lake, sponsor of SB202 .




Utah House shoots down bill to create legislative oversight committee

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 03:45:07 GMT

The Utah House on Tuesday shot down a bill that would have created a new legislative entity to oversee state and local governments, despite being supported by GOP heavyweights. It's not the first time the bill has been shot down.




Utah musician charged with sexually abusing woman

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:22:15 GMT

James Matthew Cheshire, 30, of Murray, was charged Wednesday in 2nd District Court with three counts of forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony; and four counts of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony. Cheshire met his alleged victim on an LDS dating app called Mutual and on Jan. 22, he exchanged several text messages with the woman, according to charging documents and a search warrant affidavit.




Utah sect leader pleads guilty to rape after marrying 8-year-old

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 22:54:08 GMT

Samuel Shaffer, a former self-proclaimed prophet of the Knights of the Crystal Blade, could face 25 years to life in prison in Utah. Samuel Shaffer, leader of the Iron County-based religious sect Knights of the Crystal Blade, pleads guilty to rape of a child and child abuse Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in 5th District Court in Cedar City.




Utah sect leader pleads guilty to rape after marrying 8-year-old

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 22:54:07 GMT

Samuel Shaffer, leader of the Iron County-based religious sect Knights of the Crystal Blade, pleads guilty to rape of a child and child abuse Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in 5th District Court in Cedar City. Samuel Shaffer, leader of the Iron County-based religious sect Knights of the Crystal Blade, pleads guilty to rape of a child and child abuse Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in 5th District Court in Cedar City.




2newsNational ethics group calls for investigation of Utah Rep. Mike...

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 22:54:06 GMT

The Salt Lake Tribune) Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, in the House Chamber in Salt Lake City, Tuesday Feb. 13, 2018. Utah Rep. Mike Noel's apparent failure to disclose significant land holdings worth $1.2 million near and in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument has prompted a formal ethics complaint and an inquisitive letter from a Democratic congressman to the Interior Department.




Utah's Life Sciences Industry One of the Fastest Growing in the U.S., Powering Utah's Economic Growth

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:38:55 GMT

BioUtah, an independent, non-profit trade association serving Utah's life sciences industry, today released their 2018 Life Sciences Report highlighting the industry's positive impact on the state economic landscape. The report, containing preliminary results from the Utah Life Sciences Economic Contribution Study conducted by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, was presented at Life Sciences Day at the Utah State Capitol on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.




Bill would ensure state oversight of oil and gas production in Utah

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:04:14 GMT

The Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee endorsed legislation Tuesday that would put into law the "bright line of authority" Utah has over oil and gas production, as opposed to state and local government. SB191, sponsored by Sen. Kevin Van Tassell, R-Vernal, establishes that state authority in instances where state and local government may pass ordinances and rules that thwart mineral production.




Bill requiring greater crisis line accessibility in Utah moves forward

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:04:13 GMT

A bill requiring all Utah suicide hotlines to be available or capable of rolling over to other lines at all times was approved by the Senate on Tuesday for a third reading. HB41 passed its second reading by a 27-0 vote, and its third reading is now tabled until later in the legislative session when state lawmakers consider which bills to prioritize funding for.




Scenic, sacred and now sexy! Utah wilderness takes a turn on the catwalk during Fashion Week

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:04:52 GMT

The clothes were designed by Chris Leba for R13 Denim. courtesy Mode PR) New York Fashion Week models wear clothes featuring images of Utah protests.




What to consider before having a baby at age 50

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:23:50 GMT

When Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth gives birth in April, she'll be the first U.S. senator to have a baby in office. She'll also be 50 years old.




After Florida shooting, Utah congressman says, - We can and must provide solutions'

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 04:04:08 GMT

Before being elected to Congress, he was a partner and executive at Action Target, a Provo company that helps design and manufacture shooting ranges. And he has studied ballistics enough to expert ly track the trajectory of bullets.




Utah lawmaker abandons online sex ed effort to instead urge lessons...

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 04:04:07 GMT

The bill would broaden the content of sex education in Utah, sponsor Rep. Justin Fawson says, but don't call it a "comprehensive" curriculum. The Salt Lake Tribune) Miriam Hall, Miss Springville-Mapleton, who's service platform is "Education on the Harms of Pornography," goes before the House Education Standing Committee at the Utah Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, to speak in support of HB286 which amends provisions to health and sex education.