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  • Judge blocks order cutting off federal funding for Planned Parenthood in Utah

    September 29, 2015 4:19 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY - A judge has blocked an order by Utah's governor to cut off federal money from going to the state's Planned Parenthood organization. Judge Clark Waddoups issued a restraining order Tuesday during a hearing in federal court to allow the money to keep flowing to the group... more »
  • Police ID 3rd victim found dead in Utah home

    September 20, 2015 6:45 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY - Police in Utah have identified a man who was among three victims, including a 2-month-old girl, found fatally shot inside a northwest Salt Lake City home. Authorities said Saturday that the body of 28-year-old Dakota Smith was discovered alongside 50-year-old Heike Poike and her 2-month-old granddaughter,... more »
  • Utah twins pregnant with 2nd set of twins

    September 13, 2015 12:57 PM

    LINDON, Utah - Kerri Bunker and Kelli Wall know a thing or two about twins. The two women are identical twins who already each have one set of twins. Now, they are getting ready to each have a second set of twins next spring. The two women found out this... more »
  • Wildlife advocates accuse Utah of ignoring wolf sighting

    September 10, 2015 2:17 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY - Wildlife advocates are criticizing Utah officials for not suspending a coyote bounty program after they were told about a wolf sighting - one month before a rare gray wolf was killed by a hunter who mistook it for a coyote. State officials defended their actions... more »
  • Mormons keep affiliation with Boy Scouts despite gay leaders

    August 26, 2015 12:00 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY - The Mormon church - the nation's largest sponsor of Boy Scout units - is keeping its longtime affiliation with the organization despite its decision to allow gay troop leaders. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the decision Wednesday in a news release. Church... more »
  • 1st known all-girls tackle football league formed in Utah

    May 26, 2015 3:28 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY - The first known all-girls tackle football league has been formed in Utah featuring a star player who earned an invitation to the Super Bowl three years ago thanks to a highlight video of her exploits against boys. KSL-TV reports 12-year-old Sam Gordon is part of a... more »
  • Police: Utah man arrested after video of violent cat beating

    April 20, 2015 5:30 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY - A Utah man has been arrested after authorities say a hidden video camera in the home where he was staying captured him violently beating a cat. Authorities say 19-year-old Jordan Lindquist of Saratoga Springs was taken into custody Friday on a felony animal cruelty charge. Police... more »
  • Governor signs law making Utah only state with firing squad

    March 23, 2015 5:56 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's governor has signed a law that makes his state the only one to allow firing squads for carrying out executions if no lethal injection drugs are available. Gov. Gary Herbert signed the bill Monday. He has said he finds the method "a little bit gruesome,"... more »
  • Utah could bring back firing sqaud

    March 10, 2015 7:57 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH- Utah could become the only state to use a firing squad to execute prisoners on death row if there is a shortage of execution drugs for lethal injection. The State Legislature sent a bill to do it to Governor Gary Herbert, who hasn't said if... more »
  • Toddler stolen along with car helped police find him

    January 13, 2015 11:41 AM

    SALT LAKE CITY - Authorities say they found a 3-year-old boy who was sitting in a car stolen outside a Utah day care after he answered his mother's cellphone and honked the horn to draw their attention. Police in the city of Ogden say the boy's mother left the unlocked... more »
  • Colorado vs. Utah in ski slogan

    November 14, 2014 7:46 PM

    SAL LAKE CITY, UTAH- What's in a name led to a legal fight that ended in a settlement over winter sports marketing. Steamboat Ski Resort in Colorado sued, claiming a Utah advertising campaign violated its trademark involving the name Ski Town, U.S.A. Utah dropped the "USA" from its Ski... more »
  • Plea deal in child abuse case where boy was chained to bed

    November 12, 2014 7:58 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH- A lawyer who represents a father accused of child abuse for chaining his son to a bed while he went to work cut a plea deal with prosecutors that means he won't serve prison time. He pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of child abuse.... more »
  • Teacher takes plea after gun discharges at school

    November 5, 2014 1:52 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY - A Utah schoolteacher whose gun accidentally went off in an elementary school bathroom is agreeing to pay a fine and take a firearm-safety class as part of a plea deal. Authorities say Michelle Montgomery has already paid $200 to replace a toilet that exploded when her... more »
  • Wrong side of the road

    September 25, 2014 7:43 PM

    WOODLAND, UTAH- Authorities say a motorcyclist from England was killed after driving on the wrong side of the road in Utah. Vehicles in England drive on the left side of the road instead of the right. State Troopers say the man and another tourist also vacationing from England were driving... more »
  • Woman who drank poisoned tea is critical

    August 14, 2014 7:59 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH- A woman who drank tea laced with lye is in critical condition and can't talk. Jan Harding and her husband were at Dickey's Barbecue in South Jordan when she sipped a glass of sweet tea. She told her husband it felt like she drank... more »
  • Utah to appeal gay marriage ruling to high court

    July 9, 2014 1:58 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY - Utah is going straight to the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge a federal appeals court ruling that found states must allow gay couples to marry. State Attorney General Sean Reyes' office said in a statement Wednesday it will file an appeal to the high court sometime... more »
  • More time to charge mom

    April 21, 2014 7:33 PM

    PROVO, UTAH- Prosecutors were granted more time to figure out what charges to file against a mom who confessed to killing six of her babies. The bodies were stored in her garage. Megan Huntsman is held on $6 million bail. Investigators hope DNA testing will determine the... more »
  • All in the family

    January 8, 2014 7:40 PM

    PROVO, UTAH- A 58-year-old woman in Utah is about to give birth to her granddaughter as she serves as a surrogate mother to her daughter. Her daughter, Lorena McKinnon, says she's struggled with fertility issues and she and her husband tried to find a surrogate but several offers fell... more »
  • Hit twice by trains

    October 15, 2013 7:32 PM

    WOODS CROSS, UTAH- A woman survived after her car was hit by not one, but two different trains. Police say the 29-year-old was fleeing officers at speeds up to 100 miles per hour when she drove under crossing arms and smashed into the side of a train. Officers tried breaking... more »
  • Beauty queen cuts deal in bottle bomb case

    September 26, 2013 7:38 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH- A beauty contest winner and three of her friends took a plea deal after riding around and tossing homemade bottle bombs from a car. The plastic bottles were filled with toilet bowl cleaner and reacted with aluminum foil to explode. Kendra McKenzie Gill and... more »
  • Police: Utah soccer referee punched by player dies

    May 5, 2013 10:59 AM

    MURRAY, Utah - Police say a Utah soccer referee who was in a coma after being punched by a teenage player has died. They say 46-year-old Ricardo Portillo of Salt Lake City died late Saturday night. Unified police spokesman Justin Hoyal says Portillo passed away at the hospital, where he... more »
  • Millsap leads Jazz over Hornets

    January 30, 2013 10:59 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY - Paul Millsap scored 25 points, Al Jefferson had 22 and the Utah Jazz defeated the New Orleans Hornets 104-99 on Wednesday night. Ryan Anderson's 3-pointer with 15 seconds left pulled the Hornets within 100-97 but Randy Foye and Millsap each hit two free throws down the... more »
  • Group objects to state money for film festival

    January 15, 2013 7:41 PM

    A conservative group in Utah called on the state to stop giving taxpayer money to the Sundance Film Festival due to movies it says violate family values. The Sutherland Institute says the state shouldn't spend $300,000 on the festival that promotes films about porn stars and women who have affairs... more »
  • "All Shook Up" over musical

    January 3, 2013 7:41 PM

    A parent in Utah upset about Elvis Presley songs in a high school musical got it canceled for a day and then the school district changed its mind. The criticism was the songs were too sexual. The Jordan School District now says the show will go on with minor edits... more »
  • Utah Gov asks Obama to approve state's exchange

    December 11, 2012 2:31 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Governor Gary Herbert is asking President Barack Obama to approve the state's health insurance exchange and declare that it meets the requirements of the federal health overhaul. Herbert sent the letter Tuesday ahead of Friday's deadline for states to decide if they'll do their own... more »
  • Utah wants Winter Games again

    December 3, 2012 7:23 PM

    Utah and Salt Lake City plan to make another bid for the Winter Olympics after having hosted in 2002. It's considered a long shot bid for the 2026 games since other U.S. cities argue its their turn. Denver and the Reno-Lake Tahoe area want to make a bid, as well.... more »
  • Settlement with man who flipped-off cop

    November 15, 2012 7:29 PM

    There's a settlement in a lawsuit where the ACLU says a man's constitutional rights were violated when a police officer pulled him over for giving the cop the middle finger in Orem, Utah. The ACLU sued on behalf of Seth Dame, who flipped off the officer. The officer pulled over... more »
  • Prosecutors: Man stabbed grandmother 111 times

    October 15, 2012 12:49 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY - Court records say a Utah man accused of killing his grandmother stabbed her 111 times. In the newly released documents, prosecutors also claim Zachary Weston told police he cut her in several places and removed several of her internal organs. According to the records, officers went... more »
  • Police: Call from 'burglar' actually came from dog

    October 5, 2012 12:59 PM

    OREM, Utah - Police in Orem, Utah, say a man who thought he was getting a call from a burglar had actually gotten a call from his dog. Authorities in the community south of Salt Lake City say the man alerted police Wednesday after he received a phone call from... more »
  • Dance cut short over dress length

    October 2, 2012 7:25 PM

    A high school principal in Toole, Utah apologized to dozens of students who were turned away from their homecoming dance because their dress lengths were considered too short. On Monday, The Stansbury high school principal told students the school dress code was too vague to be enforced and offered another... more »
  • Official: 'Goat man' in Utah mountains is hunter

    July 24, 2012 12:26 PM

    OGDEN, Utah - State wildlife officials have identified the man who has been spotted dressed in a goat suit among a herd of wild goats in the mountains of northern Utah. Phil Douglass of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said Monday the mystery man is a 57-year-old hunter from... more »
  • Utah man uses obituary to confess indiscretions

    July 17, 2012 12:31 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY - A 59-year-old Utah man who wrote his own obituary before he died last week used the opportunity to come clean. Friends and family of Val Patterson learned Sunday that the man they thought held a doctorate from the University of Utah received the degree thanks to... more »
  • Swallowed diamond ring

    July 10, 2012 7:55 PM

    A woman in Utah is accused of theft after she swallowed a $4,000 diamond ring at a department store before pawning it off after it passed through her system. Angela Hardman is accused of shopping at Macy's and asking to try on the ring. Police say she switched it with... more »
  • Utah mayor says vote too close to call on fate of his 18-inch handlebar mustache

    July 5, 2012 12:36 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY - The vote on whether a Utah mayor should shave off all 18 inches of his handlebar mustache is too close to call. Residents of the Salt Lake City suburb of Murray cast votes Wednesday on whether Mayor Dan Snarr saves it or shaves it by giving... more »
  • 'Shame' punishments like ponytail cutting increase

    June 25, 2012 6:07 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY- A legal scholar says unconventional sentences that seek to shame defendants are steadily increasing and turning state courts into circus shows. A 13-year-old Utah girl received such a punishment recently in juvenile court after cutting a 3-year-old girl's hair with dollar-store scissors. George Washington University Professor Jonathan... more »
  • Jindal going to Romney fundraising retreat in Utah

    June 22, 2012 2:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is joining Mitt Romney this weekend in Utah, for a retreat with top GOP donors and other Republican heavyweights. Jindal spokesman Kyle Plotkin said Friday that the Republican Louisiana governor will be attending. But he didn't respond to further questions about the trip. The... more »
  • Five Wives Vodka banned in Idaho

    May 29, 2012 7:53 PM

    Liquor regulators in Idaho banned a vodka called "Five Wives Vodka" saying its in bad taste. The vodka is distilled in neighboring Utah, the home of the Mormon Church and the label shows five women hiking up their skirts. State Liquor Division administrator Jeff Anderson says the brand is offensive... more »
  • Police: Utah man bound, tortured by roommates

    May 23, 2012 12:38 PM

    MAGNA, Utah - A Utah man's roommates have been arrested after police say they tied him up, stapled his lips shut, and tortured him with a power tool over the weekend. Police tell The Salt Lake Tribune the roommates accused the 41-year-old man of provoking other people to threaten them... more »
  • Moose on the Loose

    May 17, 2012 7:23 PM

    A moose on the loose in a neighborhood in Utah triggered a police chase. Division of Wildlife Resources agents tried to corner him, but the wandering bull moose kept running away. It was stopped when one officer shot him with a tranquilizer dart. The moose was then loaded on a... more »
  • Homework leads to burglary arrest

    May 14, 2012 7:20 PM

    Police in Utah say they got their man for a home burglary because the 18-year-old left his homework at the scene of the crime. They tracked a USB drive found at the house to Dallas Naljahih and say it contained his homework and was in a backpack abandoned in the... more »
  • Salazar set to approve major gas well project

    May 8, 2012 9:47 AM

    SALT LAKE CITY- U. S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was set to approve a major natural gas drilling project in Utah. Salazar planned to make the announcement Tuesday at a pipeline compression station on Salt Lake City's west side. He offered no details before the event got under way.... more »
  • Jindal travels to Utah, Colorado and New Mexico

    April 26, 2012 2:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is heading southwest for a string of Republican money-raising events. Jindal's office said the GOP governor was traveling to Salt Lake City on Thursday for a fundraiser to support Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and to Denver for a fundraiser for the Colorado Republican Party.... more »
  • Booby traps found by military expert

    April 25, 2012 1:06 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY - A U.S. Forest Service officer who came across two potentially deadly booby traps along a popular Utah hiking trail says his years of military experience as a bomb disposal technician helped him spot the devices. James Schoeffler told The Associated Press on Wednesday he's been in... more »
  • Naked run inspired by "American Pie"

    March 29, 2012 7:35 PM

    Four teens in Utah got a warning for running naked through a neighborhood armed with a BB gun in case they were attacked by deer during their jaunt. They say they were inspired by a scene from the movie "American Pie: The Naked Mile". Authorities say the kids were spotted... more »
  • Man's shot aimed at mouse hits roommate

    February 28, 2012 11:36 AM

    SALT LAKE CITY- A Utah man has been charged after police say he tried to shoot a mouse in his pantry and ended up wounding his roommate. Christian Sunil Paul, of Taylorsville, was charged Monday in Salt Lake City's 3rd District Court with one felony count of discharging a firearm... more »
  • Cougar Controversy

    January 20, 2012 7:55 PM

    A school district in Utah will not allow a new high school to use "Cougars" as a mascot because of its connotation in popular culture. The Canyons School District Superintendent says some see the word cougar as carrying a "negative double ententre" since the term can refer to women in... more »
  • Utah school passes on 'cougars' as mascot

    January 20, 2012 1:18 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY - A Utah school district has decided against using "Cougars" as a mascot for a new high school in part because of the negative connotation of the word in popular culture. Canyons School District Superintendent David S. Doty says the selection of "Chargers" as mascot was driven... more »
  • Utah officer dies following drug-related shootout

    January 5, 2012 8:17 AM

    OGDEN, Utah (AP) - Authorities say a Utah police officer has died following a shootout that left five other officers and the suspect wounded. Ogden police say Jared Francom died from his wounds following Wednesday night's drug-related shooting. Five police officers from multiple agencies remain hospitalized with serious to critical... more »
  • Officers Cleared in Pepper-Spraying of Dancers

    November 2, 2011 7:42 PM

    Police in a small town in Utah were cleared of excessive force allegations after they pepper-sprayed some dancers performing a traditional Polynesian dance after a high school football game last week. A report says the Roosevelt, Utah officers could have chosen other ways to maintain security but spraying the dancers... more »
  • Virginity For Sale

    October 24, 2011 7:46 PM

    UTAH - A woman in Utah accused of trying to sell her 13-year-old daughter's virginity pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a minor. She admits she forced her daughter to model for men in her underwear. She faces up to 30 years in prison. Authorities say she... more »
  • Rat Eater has Cruelty Charge Dismissed

    October 4, 2011 7:16 PM

    A man in Utah says it was grotesque, but he did nothing wrong by eating a live baby rat and his animal cruelty charge was dismissed. Andy Ray Harris of Tooele was charged in April after authorities saw a Facebook video of him eating what appeared to be a baby... more »
  • Man with broken leg survives 4 days in Utah desert

    September 25, 2011 1:46 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY- A 64-year-old man who broke his leg while hiking crawled through the Utah desert for four days near Canyonlands National Park before rangers rescued him. Amos Wayne Richards of Concord, N.C. is now recovering at home. He was hiking alone Sept. 8 in the rugged... more »
  • Organ Donor-Suicide

    July 15, 2011 7:22 PM

    A woman called 911 saying she wanted to be an organ donor, drove to a hospital and committed suicide in Utah. St. George police say the unidentified 57 year old parked outside the emergency room of Dixie Regional Medical Center, left her car and shot herself in the head. Doctors... more »
  • Fake Drilling Lease Trial

    March 2, 2011 7:24 PM

    The lawyer for a man on trial for making bids he couldn't pay on federal oil and gas leases in Utah says Tim DeChristopher had no advance plan to disrupt the auction in 2008. He says DeChristopher had no intention of harming anyone, including the federal Bureau of Land Management.... more »
  • Music Group Abuse

    February 17, 2011 7:34 PM

    The father of a musical group called The 5 Browns pleaded guilty to sexually abusing his daughters when they were children. Keith Brown admitted to three felony counts of sodomy on a child and sexual abuse of a child in Provo, Utah. His daughters are part of the classical piano... more »

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