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  • Episcopalian Church votes to approve religious marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples

    SALT LAKE CITY — After decades of debate, the Episcopalian Church voted to allow same-sex couples to marry through religious ceremony at Episcopalian churches. The decision was made during the church’s General Convention held in downtown Salt Lake City. “You could hear the exhale in the room,” said Rev. Nina Pooley of Maine. Tuesday, the church’s House of Bishops voted overwhelmingly in favor of the change. Wednesday, the vote was similar in the House of Deputies, solidifying the move. “I […]

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    Utah Utes football player arrested for allegedly robbing victim buying X-Box from online ad

    MILCREEK, Utah – Utah Utes cornerback Dominique Hatfield has been arrested and booked on suspicion of felony aggravated robbery while using or threatening to use a weapon, according to Unified Police. The junior from Los Angeles was arrested just before 2 a.m. and has not been charged at this time. Officials said a victim agreed to meet the seller, Hatfield, to buy an X-Box from an online classified ad. Unified Police said Hatfield allegedly pulled a knife on the victim when […]

  • Law passed by Utah lawmakers not enforceable

    SALT LAKE CITY — It was passed by Utah lawmakers and signed by the Governor, but a new law that was supposed to take effect Wednesday will be ignored. “It seems kind of silly to me that we can’t do this,” said Rep. Lee Perry, R-Perry. Perry was the co-sponsor of SB-184, which would have expanded the background checks for undocumented immigrants seeking a Driving Privilege Card. Currently, potential drivers only need to be checked in nine western states. The […]

  • Teen accused of carjacking, kidnapping Salt Lake woman has been charged as adult

    SALT LAKE CITY – The teen accused of carjacking and kidnapping a Salt Lake woman has been charged as an adult Thursday. Officials said 17-year-old Dallas Kochamps is facing felony charges of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery. According to authorities, Kochamps is accused of carjacking Leslie Wilkey and holding her captive for about eight hours. A Bureau of Indian Affairs officer rescued her during a routine traffic stop in Uintah County Friday. It happened Friday evening outside an apartment complex […]

  • Man who sculpted iconic flamingo passes away; shop in Holladay honors his legacy

    HOLLADAY, Utah — Not far from Flamingo Drive in Holladay is a home known for that very bird and its owner, Missy Combs. “They’re great. I just love these guys,” Coombs said. On her lawn, you’ll find almost a dozen pink, plastic flamingos. Some are a salmon tone, others a lighter pink, but all were inspired by a design created decades ago in Massachusetts. “It’s very Don Featherstone-ish,” Coombs said. “In a very simple, plastic manner it makes a big […]

  • Family, friends mourn Roy family found dead in apparent murder-suicide

    ROY, Utah — The community of Roy is mourning the loss of a family four, all found dead inside their house Sunday. Tuesday, a crowd gathered outside the Smith family home to pay their respects. “I was just here in the backyard two months ago for Blake’s second birthday,” said Karlie Dye, who worked with Shawna Smith at a Roy daycare center. According to police, Russell Smith shot his wife Shawna, along with their two young children, Blake and Tylee, […]

  • SLC woman talks about night she was carjacked and her rescue

    SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake City woman carjacked and kidnapped was rescued during a routine traffic stop, according to Salt Lake City police. It happened Friday evening outside an apartment complex along Foothill Drive, where Leslie Wilkey had just parked to visit her daughter. “I couldn’t even believe it. It was surreal,” Wilkey said. As she stepped out of her car, Wilkey noticed a man approach her door. Initially, she thought it was her son-in-law, however, she quickly […]

  • Climate change moral issue, not political issue, Pope Francis says

    SALT LAKE CITY — The debate over climate change gained an unlikely voice Thursday from Pope Francis.  In a nearly 200-page encyclical, Francis called climate change a crisis that political leaders have failed to address for too long. “Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods,” Francis wrote. The open letter criticized the naysayers of climate change, who argue it is not a human-caused problem.  Francis argued that the […]

  • Airport unveils flat rates for taxi fare into Salt Lake City after complaints of price gouging

    SALT LAKE CITY — Reports of price gouging by cab drivers prompted the Salt Lake City International Airport to intervene, and, starting Monday, cab drivers will have limits on how much they can charge people going to certain areas within Salt Lake City boundaries. “The fares themselves were not regulated, so this is sort of new territory for us,” said Bianca Shreeve, a spokeswoman for the airport. The airport had received customer complaints that some drivers were charging exorbitant fees […]

  • Downtown parking tickets will cost you $50 in mayor’s new budget

    SALT LAKE CITY — A vote on the Salt Lake City Mayor’s budget proposal Tuesday night took a hit from a mayoral candidate. Councilman Luke Garrott is running for the mayor’s seat and he had some choice words for Mayor Ralph Becker and his plans for the city. “We have a certain way of raising funds under this mayor, which has been, ‘I’m not going to raise taxes, but I will be sneaky about raising fines and license fees,’” Garrott […]

  • 2 charges dropped, new charges filed against former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff

    SALT LAKE CITY — The corruption case against former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff took a turn on Monday, as prosecutors dropped a bribery charge and others he was facing. “It shows that Troy Rawlings, that he cared enough to review the evidence and conclude that there was no bribery, there was no quid pro quo for employment,” said Shurtleff’s attorney, Rick Van Wagoner. Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings filed an amendment to the case Monday, listing new charges. Shurtleff […]

  • Veteran who lost both legs in Afghanistan going cross-country on a handcycle

    SALT LAKE CITY — Toran Gaal lost both of his legs in Afghanistan in 2011 while serving in the military, and since then he’s gotten help from the Semper Fi Fund, which is an organization set up to help injured veterans almost 10 years ago. Now Gaal wants to give back and inspire others. For most of us, traveling almost 4,000 miles cross-country would be daunting. Gaal, though, is a veteran who is not like most people. “It was June […]

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