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Mormons up missionary calls home from twice yearly to weekly

Mormons up missionary calls home from twice yearly to weekly

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Parents of Mormon missionaries will be able to hear their children’s voices a lot more often under new rules announced Friday. The proselytizing youngsters can call home every week instead of only twice a year. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in […]

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Support for beefing up hate-crime law could be faltering

Support for beefing up hate-crime law could be faltering

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A proposal to strengthen hate-crimes legislation in Utah could be faltering. Republican Senate President Stuart Adams said Friday it doesn’t yet have broad support in the GOP caucus. State lawmakers say concerns remain about which groups would have protections and whether the measure would be […]

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Mountain lion sighting near school triggers shelter-in-place

Mountain lion sighting near school triggers shelter-in-place

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two Salt Lake City area elementary schools are keeping students inside after reports of a mountain lion sighting in a backyard near one of the schools. Jordan School District spokeswoman Sandra Riesgraf said Friday that the cougar was spotted by a resident early Friday morning […]

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2 small earthquakes felt in Salt Lake City area

2 small earthquakes felt in Salt Lake City area

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two earthquakes gauged small in strength shook the Salt Lake City area Friday morning. University of Utah Seismograph Stations put the quakes that occurred shortly after 5 a.m. at magnitude 3.2 and 3.7 and said they were centered on the suburb of Bluffdale and occurred […]

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Utah’s largest health provider changes policy on marijuana

Utah’s largest health provider changes policy on marijuana

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s largest health provider has given its doctors the green light to recommend medical marijuana to patients with qualifying conditions. The Salt Lake Tribune reports Intermountain Healthcare sent out new guidance this week to its network of providers, reversing a previous directive that advised physicians against recommending […]

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Trump administration approves 2 coal mining projects in Utah

Trump administration approves 2 coal mining projects in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday announced the approval of two coal mining projects in southern Utah, including one nestled between two national parks in the state’s red rock region. The U.S. Department of the Interior announced the mining projects in a news release Thursday, declaring […]

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Rollover accident near Centerfield sends two teens to hospital

Rollover accident near Centerfield sends two teens to hospital

Two teenage girls are recovering after a rollover accident near Centerfield Wednesday. The two were traveling Northbound on Dair Lane when they crossed to the other side of the road and ended up rolling several times. The vehicle landed on its wheels and fire rescue assisted in popping open a […]

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New push to raise age limit for tobacco comes to Utah

New push to raise age limit for tobacco comes to Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah city is raising the age limit to buy tobacco products to 21, and a state lawmaker says the rest of the state should follow suit. The Deseret News reports the Lehi City Council unanimously approved the change Tuesday, and shortly after Republican Rep. Steve Eliason […]

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Lawmaker pulls proposed transgender birth certificate ban

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A proposal that would have blocked transgender people from changing the sex listed on their birth certificates in Utah was shelved Thursday, prompting relief from LGBT advocates but leaving the issue in limbo. The legislation would have reversed longstanding practice in many parts of the […]

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Target shooter who killed teen ordered to teach gun safety

Target shooter who killed teen ordered to teach gun safety

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A target shooter in Utah who accidentally shot and killed a 14-year-old boy has been ordered to teach gun safety. A judge on Wednesday sentenced 40-year-old Kayleen Richins, who was convicted of negligent homicide, to appear in an educational video for a sportsmen’s group and […]

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