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  • New development aims to create a more walkable downtown

    SALT LAKE CITY — In the early 20th century, the first Ford Motor dealership opened west of the Mississippi in downtown Salt Lake City. Fast forward to 2015, that same building is reopening, making room for an entirely new wave of businesses. “I don’t think we have anything like any of this in downtown Salt Lake,” said Joel LaSalle, a local restaurateur and head of the LaSalle Restaurant Group. Friday, LaSalle and his partner, Mikel Trapp, closed on their purchase […]

  • 1 suicide, 2 attempts in span of 1 week prompts officials to discuss prevention

    UTAH COUNTY — One suicide and two attempts in the span of a week at Lone Peak High School in Utah County are prompting heightened focus on the issue. FOX 13 News has confirmed that a person who jumped to their death at a FrontRunner stop Wednesday was a student at the school. “It’s very emotional,” said Chief Joseph McRae of the Lone Peak Fire Department. McRae’s department is not unaccustomed to responding to suicides in the community. In November […]

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    House Speaker declares “Healthy Utah” plan dead in the legislature

    SALT LAKE CITY — In comments to reporters on Wednesday, House Speaker Greg Hughes declared that “Healthy Utah” — the Medicaid expansion plan supported by the governor and passed by the Senate — would not be going anywhere in the House. “We’re done with the proposal of Healthy Utah,” Hughes said, adding that it would stay in the House Rules Committee–which determines what legislation advances. Hughes, R-Draper, said he was not interested in “political pageantry” of letting a bill go […]

  • Conditions of Utah’s infrastructure determined to be mediocre

    SALT LAKE CITY — In April of 2013, a neighborhood in Murray found itself underwater when the canal above them gave way. That same year, in June, crews in Weber County were tending to a massive break in a levee. Fast forward to 2015 — a report released Tuesday on Utah’s infrastructure comes as no surprise, according to those behind it. “We simply cannot ignore the fact that those infrastructure elements were built for a different purpose, but they’re in […]

  • Utah lawmaker hopes to eliminate statute of limitations on civil child sex abuse cases

    SALT LAKE CITY — A proposal that would eliminate the statute of limitations on civil child sexual abuse cases received unanimous support from lawmakers, Monday. Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, argued his bill would allow victims to seek the justice they deserve in court. “Every single day, someone who turns 22, loses any opportunity to bring a claim against a perpetrator who abused them sexually as a child,” Rep. Ivory said. Seated behind him during a meeting before the House […]

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    Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah reviewing shooting of Darrien Hunt

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah – The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah is working with a division of the Department of Justice and the FBI to conduct a federal review of the shooting of Darrien Hunt, who was shot and killed by police in Saratoga Springs in September of 2014 after police say he lunged at officers while wielding a sword. Robert Sykes, an attorney representing the Hunt family, received a letter from the organizations conducting the review saying […]

  • Organization resigns from coalition, says agenda is about relocating homeless in SLC rather than helping them

    SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake City homeless service provider is at odds with a group aimed at dealing with homeless issues. The Crossroads Urban Center resigned from the Pioneer Park Coalition on Wednesday, explaining they no longer believe the coalition shares their view on how to help the homeless. “Their agenda really is about moving, relocating homeless services from the Gateway area, which is a position we don’t support,” said Glenn Bailey, Executive Director of the center. Bailey […]

  • Lawmaker calls for change in child sex abuse cases, says Utah ‘one of the best at protecting predators’

    SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah lawmaker criticized the state on Wednesday for not doing more to protect child victims of sexual abuse. Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, brought a bill before a House committee that he believes will remedy the problem by removing the statute of limitations in civil cases filed by victims. “It’s kind of tragic that Utah is one of the worst states in the nation in protecting child victims of sexual abuse,” Ivory said. “And it’s […]

  • 2 Utah lawmakers present dueling distracted driving bills

    SALT LAKE CITY — When it comes to the rules of the road, state lawmakers aren’t sure of the best way to navigate what comes next. Two lawmakers, in particular, are headed in completely opposite directions. Rep. Jake Anderegg, R-Lehi, and Sen. Stephen Urquhart, R- St. George, are proposing dueling bills that focus on Utah’s distracted driving law. Anderegg’s bill would scale back the law, while Urquhart’s would strengthen it. “I think that his (Urquhart’s) bill is a smaller version […]

  • New bill unveiled in Legislature could potentially tear down ‘Zion Curtains’

    SALT LAKE CITY — A new bill unveiled in the Utah State Legislature could lead to the dismantling of so-called “Zion Curtains” in restaurants. On Monday, Rep. Kraig Powell, R-Heber City, quietly filed House Bill 339, which makes changes to liquor laws in bars and restaurants. Buried in the bill are lines that appear to tear down “separate preparation areas,” as they are officially known. Instead, restaurants will be required to post a sign notifying the public that they serve […]

  • LDS Church’s new Family Search Discovery Center offers high-tech, interactive approach to genealogy

    SALT LAKE CITY – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been helping people discover their family history for many years, but a new take on genealogy is making the process more advanced and interactive than ever before. Brigham Skarda is a youth host with the new Family Search Discovery Center in Salt Lake City, and he said he’s already learned some interesting things about his family. “I’ve learned that my 64th grandpa was a Gothic king, so that […]

  • Proposal to protect moms breast-feeding in workplace passes committee in Utah House

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s anti-discrimination law could soon cover breast-feeding mothers. Friday, lawmakers debated a proposal aimed at ensuring new mothers could not be fired from work because of the practice. While Utah currently has protections for pregnancy and pregnancy related conditions, Rep. Justin Miller, D-Salt Lake City, said there is too much ambiguity when it comes to breast-feeding. “It sets the flag in the sand, if you will, by the policy makers saying, ‘Yes, this is a recognized […]

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