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Anonymous threat closes Elko High School

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — Authorities in northeast Nevada are investigating an anonymous threat that prompted the closure of the high school in Elko. The Elko Daily Free Press reports Elko County School Superintendent Jeff Zander decided to cancel classes and close Elko High on Wednesday based on the threat received […]

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Lawmakers advance bill requiring annual jail death reports

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers are working to find out more about deaths in Utah’s jails after a series of inmate deaths last year. Republican Sen. Todd Weiler’s proposal requires jails and prisons to submit annual reports on jail deaths, how they treat inmates who are addicted to […]

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Haws and Worthington earn WCC All-Academic Honors

SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The West Coast Conference has named BYU guard TJ Haws to the 2017-18 West Coast Conference Men’s Basketball All-Academic Team. Cougar forward Luke Worthington also earned WCC All-Academic Honorable Mention. Haws, a sophomore from Alpine, Utah, has started all 29 games in 2017-18 and is averaging […]

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Doomsday cult leader pleads guilty but his follower pleads not guilty

(Iron County, UT) — The leader of a doomsday cult is pleading guilty to child rape and child abuse charges. Samuel Shaffer faces at least 25 years in prison after agreeing to the plea deal in Iron County Wednesday. Child kidnapping and additional abuse counts were dropped in the agreement […]

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Winter storm didn’t help snowpack much

(Salt Lake City, UT) — Those who study Utah’s snowpack say the recent winter storm has done little to help improve the state’s water supply. Hydrologists with the National Weather Service say the snowpack increased about three-percent from snowfall on Sunday and Monday. Utah reservoirs are currently at about 80-percent […]

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Keep guns locked up, teen suicide prevention group urges

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A new task force created to attempt to slow a troubling rise of teen suicides in Utah recommended Tuesday that officials ratchet up public messaging to implore gun-owing parents to keep firearms locked up. That was part of a series of recommendations unveiled by a […]

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Man pleads not guilty to officer-involved shooting charges

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — A Utah man involved in an officer-involved shooting on Christmas Eve has pleaded not guilty. The Spectrum reports that 38-year-old Benjamin Dee Wilcken’s attorney entered the plea on Tuesday. Wilcken is charged with second-degree assault against law enforcement, second-degree terroristic threats and third-degree possession of […]

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Utah gun store owner removes ad for AR-15

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — The owner of a Utah gun store says he has taken down a sign with an advertisement for an assault rifle after a number of complaints from what he calls “anti-gun people.” Darin Kendall, operations manager for Impact Guns in Ogden, says the ad for the […]

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Utah House votes to repeal sales tax on food

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah House has voted to repeal the statewide sales tax on food and raise the rate slightly on other purchases. The Deseret News reports lawmakers sent the measure to the Senate Tuesday on a vote of 42-27. It would remove the 1.75 percent tax […]

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