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  • Report indicates Utah has fourth largest gender wage gap in the country

    SALT LAKE CITY — It could be more than 70 years before women in Utah earn as much as men. According to a new study, Utah has the fourth largest gender wage gap in the country. “If our wage gap was only as bad as the nation’s as a whole, the mathematical difference is $1.6 billion, with a B, that would be added to Utah’s economy. It’s a huge number,” said Matthew Weinstein, who co-authored the report. His non-profit, Voices […]

  • Four GOP heavyweights in Utah Thursday; Bush has meeting with Romney

    SALT LAKE CITY — Four Republican heavyweights and possible presidential candidates were in Utah on Thursday. Former governors Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush as well as current Ohio governor John Kasich were all in town, and at least two of them sat down together. In a highly publicized “secret” meeting, Bush flew into Salt Lake City to speak with Romney. The former Florida governor announced in December that he was actively exploring a 2016 presidential run. Then, Romney told a […]

  • Reports from Citizen Review Boards on use of force by police in SLC to be made public

    SALT LAKE CITY — In an effort to improve police transparency, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker has ordered that all Civilian Review Board reports be made public. The review board investigates officer-involved shootings and complaints of excessive force, and, until now, their reports were considered protected documents. “This is something that I’ve never been opposed to,” said Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank. Last Friday, the mayor signed an executive order that directed the city to release the […]

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    SLC Council criticizes city officials on topic of future of homeless shelter

    SALT LAKE CITY — Some hot button issues were discussed at Tuesday’s Salt Lake City council meeting. First, the council grilled city officials on a plan that could potentially move the city’s homeless shelter. Last year, Mayor Ralph Becker established a commission of service providers, lawmakers and business owners to look at issues facing the Rio Grande/Pioneer Park area. However, the council criticized the mayor’s staff for not including them more in the process; even pointing out commission members they […]

  • Salt Lake City Council to hear updates, solutions for future of downtown homeless shelter

    SALT LAKE CITY — On any given day in Salt Lake City, a long line forms just off Rio Grande Street, waiting for a hot meal or some temporary shelter.  It’s a visual the area has become accustomed to in recent years, but one that could be changing. “Right now, it’s not a safe community,” said Scott Howell, co-chair of the Pioneer Park Coalition. The coalition is a nonprofit, aimed in part at addressing homeless issues in the area and […]

  • Draper Police Dept. releases body cam video of fatal officer-involved shooting

    DRAPER, Utah — A chase and struggle, followed by a shooting, was all caught on camera by police involved in a shooting in Draper Wednesday morning. Jeffrey Nielson, 34, was killed in the shooting after police said he attacked them with a knife. The video, released by Draper Police Friday, is nearly 30 minutes long. It begins with West Valley City Police officer Jason Vincent questioning Nielson on the side of a street. “If there’s dope in your car, now’s […]

  • Salt Lake City Council amends regulation regarding patio seating at restaurants

    SALT LAKE CITY — Even in the dead of winter, when customers are heading inside, the focus at the Avenues Bistro on Third is all on what is happening outside. “The first thing I’m going to do is put a fence right here, a 6-foot fence,” Owner Kathie Chadbourne said. The 28 seats she’s now allowed to have will be contained to a space right outside her restaurant, a piece of property that she hasn’t been able to profit from, […]

  • Family of man shot, killed by police says drugs led him into trouble

    DRAPER, Utah — A man shot and killed by police in Draper Wednesday morning has been identified as Jeffrey Nielson, 34, of Sandy. According to authorities, Nielson was shot after he pulled a knife on four officers who were trying to arrest him in the neighborhood of 120 East Honey Berry Court in Draper. “He was having a hard time, and it’s a sad situation,” said Trina Massa, Nielson’s mother-in-law. Massa’s daughter had been married to Nielson for nearly decade. […]

  • Utah skier thought ‘I might not make it’ after night on mountain

    SALT LAKE CITY — Growing up alongside Utah’s outdoors, there is little terrain on the mountains that Bill Dunn has not covered. “I’m a backcountry skier, a free-hill skier,” Dunn said. “Little Cottonwood Canyon is my backyard.” But on Sunday, Dunn was introduced to a part of the canyon he had never intended to visit or ski during his daily trip to Alta. “Everybody has their addictions and they all come at a cost,” Dunn said. “And I found mine […]

  • Utah lawmaker proposes income tax hike to fund education

    SALT LAKE CITY — A hike in the state’s income tax would be good for education, according Rep. Jack Draxler, R-Logan. Draxler is drafting legislation that calls for a 1 percent increase, which would raise the state’s personal income tax rate from 5 to 6 percent. “We can’t maintain our spot as the top state in the union to do business, and as one of the lowest states in education,” Draxler said. “We’ve been doing this dance for too long.” […]

  • Watch: Body cam footage from fatal officer-involved shooting in SLC Avenues

    SALT LAKE CITY — A heated exchange between a Salt Lake City police officer and a man was captured on camera moments before the officer shot him. Police released the body camera footage Friday, just one day after James Barker, 42, was killed in the Avenues neighborhood of the city. In the video, you can see the officer approach Barker on the porch of a home. “What are you doing in the area?” the officer asked. When Barker explained he […]

  • Man who attacked officer with shovel shot, killed by police

    SALT LAKE CITY – A man who attacked a police officer with a shovel was shot and killed by police, who were responding to the Avenues area of Salt Lake City due to a homeowner who reported a suspicious person Thursday afternoon. The incident occurred in the area of Second Avenue and I Street Thursday around 4 p.m., and on Friday the footage captured by the officer’s body camera was released. See the link below. Related story: Watch: Body cam […]

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