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  • SLC Public Library considering opening 24 hours a day

    SALT LAKE CITY – The downtown branch of the Salt Lake City Public Library may soon be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. John Spears, Executive Director of the Library told Fox 13 he was recently approached by a few organizations, including Downtown Alliance and the Bruce Bastian Foundation, interested in funding a two-year pilot project that would allow the library to keep its doors open at all times. “On one level it’s a massive undertaking. It’s […]

  • SLC Council votes to regulate rideshare services

    SALT LAKE CITY — The future of two popular rideshare services in Salt Lake City is unclear after a City Council vote Tuesday night. The council unanimously passed new amendments to its ground transportation law — something Lyft and Uber have said would prompt them to leave the city. Under new rules, drivers with Transportation Network Companies, or rideshare services, must undergo city-mandated background checks and vehicle inspections. Lyft and Uber argued that they already require both through their own […]

  • Man found with handgun before he was shot, killed, S. Jordan police say

    SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — A man shot and killed by police in South Jordan was found with a small caliber handgun next to him, according to authorities. Just after noon Saturday, a 911 call about a trespasser in South Jordan led police to 26-year-old Ty Worthington. According to relatives of Worthington, family members called police when he showed up at their home, where he had recently been kicked out. When officers arrived, Worthington ran to a neighbor’s property. “The officer […]

  • Executive action impacts an estimated 48,000 immigrants in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — For a crowd that’s used to being told, ‘No, they can’t,’ there was no translation necessary to understand what they were celebrating Friday. “Si se puede!” yelled one man, standing in front of the Utah State Capitol. In response to President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, dozens of immigrants who have been living in secrecy publicly announced their support for the decision. “I am here for my daughter, for her future,” said Bernice, a 17-year […]

  • ‘FreeBYU’ pushes for policy change on leaving LDS church while attending BYU

    PROVO, Utah — The majority of the students walking around campus at Brigham Young University are members of the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but there are some who belong to other religions, and even a few who are lying about theirs altogether. “I really was afraid,” said Zach, who is a BYU student. The college senior asked that FOX 13 News not reveal his identity, due to fear of expulsion from the school–which is a private […]

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    Relatives discuss mental illness, warning signs after 5 found dead inside Springville home

    SPRINGVILLE, Utah — On September 27, a couple and their three young children were found dead inside their Springville home. Near their bodies, police found empty boxes of cold and flu medicine. Relatives believe it was the parents, Ben and Kristi Strack, who decided to kill their children and commit suicide. But rather than place blame, they want to look at the cause, which they believe was an ongoing battle with mental illness and substance abuse. “It was very surreal,” […]

  • Officials says misuse of HOV lanes costs Utah thousands each month

    SALT LAKE CITY — One in every five people driving on the I-15 express lane is actually breaking the law, and the Utah Department of Transportation said those drivers are costing the state a lot of money. UDOT officials said these people are either driving in the lane by themselves or that they aren’t paying the tolls in the lane with their electronic pass. The passes cost the state $2.85 a month, but many people want to avoid being charged […]

  • Rideshare services threaten to leave SLC over possible change in regulations

    SALT LAKE CITY — The ridesharing services, Uber and Lyft, are threatening to leave Salt Lake City. Customers order Uber or Lyft’s services through an app on a smart phone.  But a dispute over how to regulate the rideshare businesses has complicated things between Salt Lake City and the two companies. After several months in Salt Lake City, both are threatening to leave the area because of proposed amendments to the city’s ground transportation laws. “It’s unfortunate that the rhetoric has gotten […]

  • Recent suicides in Alpine School District spark discussion with parents, school officials

    HIGHLAND, Utah — Two suicides within nearly two weeks in the Alpine School District prompted a meeting with parents and school officials Monday night. “The first 12 days of November, we’ve had three attempted suicides, three overdoses and two suicides,” said Chief Joseph McRae of the Lone Peak Fire Department. The numbers prompted the high school to host a suicide prevention discussion, which was led by the organization Hope4Utah. “It’s even more important than ever that we are constantly talking […]

  • Fundraising underway for facility to serve homeless youth in SLC

    SALT LAKE CITY — During the day, Natascha Deininger walks around Salt Lake City, looking for those living there during the night. “They’re kind of falling through the cracks,” Deininger said. Throughout the winter months, the city’s homeless youth are often times left out in the cold. Deininger hopes to make the nights a little easier, as part of Volunteers of America’s youth outreach program. “They’ll get all the blankets they can,” Deininger said. “They’ll get hand warmers, foot warmers […]

  • Case of man who disappeared on Dugway Proving Ground in 2011 remains a mystery

    TOOELE COUNTY, Utah — Along a dirt road in Tooele County, John Sorensen begins a long journey that he has been making for more than three years. “You still hope. You still want to find him,” Sorensen said. He leaves the main gates of the Dugway Proving Ground every two months in the hope he’ll find what no one else has been able to in the past: any trace of his friend and former co-worker, Joseph Bushling. “I believe that […]

  • Vote to ban new billboards in Orem not final, another vote scheduled for December

    OREM, Utah — The city of Orem is considering a proposal that would ban any new billboards from going up in town and prohibit electronic signs from coming within 500 feet of the east I-15 corridor. The council voted in favor of the plan 3-2 Tuesday night, but a majority of four was required. Because two council members were not present, the initiative failed. “I thought it was a limit on free speech; It was a limit on private enterprise, […]

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