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  • How car insurance companies may use social media against you to hike costs

    SALT LAKE CITY — The majority of Utah’s insurers all hiked up their rates this past year, saying there was more risk on state roadways. But consumer advocates say the risk isn’t in the motorist’s driving – it’s in their lifestyle and part of a new pricing tactic insurers are using. Insurance companies typically look at things like accidents or tickets a motorist received to calculate their pricing. But now there’s concern the companies are expanding their analysis, reviewing things […]

  • Task force offers three proposals for homeless services in Salt Lake City

    SALT LAKE CITY — Not far from Salt Lake City’s Rio Grande district and homeless shelter there was a glimpse into what it could look like there in the future Thursday night. “It’s an issue for the whole community,” said Sue Ativalu. The Salt Lake City resident joined others at an open house to review potential plans for the city’s homeless services. After a meeting between the city and county, a task force addressing the need released three proposals. One […]

  • Orem man accused of raping 11-year-old girl requests to withdraw guilty plea

    UTAH COUNTY — An Orem man who pleaded guilty to sodomizing an 11-year-old girl tried to back out of the deal he struck with prosecutors, Monday. Jayson Johnson, 27, was accused of kidnapping and raping the girl as she walked home from school in 2014. In September, Johnson accepted a plea agreement, requiring he admit to first-degree felony sodomy. However, during Monday’s scheduled sentencing hearing, Johnson requested to withdraw his plea. “She lost her innocence. She lost that sweet part […]

  • Comedy club opening at Gateway may be start of shift from retail to entertainment

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Gateway mall has been struggling to attract business in recent years, but that could be changing with a new vision for the area that includes both retail and entertainment. Last week, the Wiseguys Comedy Club opened up a new location at the mall, attracting a big crowd for its first night. “I just did my first sets here, the crowds were amazing,” Comedian Guy Seidel said. The club used to maintain a downtown presence in […]

  • Role of women in government debated during meeting to set guidelines for Constitutional Convention

    SALT LAKE CITY — Lawmakers from all around the country are meeting at the Utah State Capitol this week to talk about amending the Constitution one day. They’re setting rules and guidelines for a potential Constitutional Convention, but Thursday’s discussion prompted a heated debate on something else: women in government. It started when State Rep. Deb Lavender, D-Missouri, made a proposal. “I would like to add a simple amendment to this please,” said Lavender to those convened. Lavender wanted to […]

  • Rep. Stewart visits veterans, thanks them for service

    SALT LAKE CITY — On Wednesday, many of us will make an extra effort to thank our service men and women this Veteran’s Day. But for many veterans in Utah, sharing that sentiment is an everyday thing. “It’s not important what I’ve done. It’s important that we work together,” said Lloyd Barker, who served in World War II. In his 90s, Lloyd can vividly recount his time in the U.S. Air Force. However, he would prefer to talk about the […]

  • LGBT community gathers for ‘Family Homo Evening’ in reaction to new LDS policy

    SALT LAKE CITY — A new policy within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints prompted families within the LGBT community to rally in support of one another. Church members typically spend Mondays partaking in Family Home Evening, where they spend time with their loved ones. Monday, a similar event was hosted by Equality Utah. It was called Family Homo Evening. “Family Homo Evening is a little tongue and cheek. But we have gathered together to celebrate our families,” […]

  • Found: Salt Lake man’s stolen wheelchair-accessible van found in South Salt Lake

    SALT LAKE CITY – There is good news for a paralyzed Salt Lake man whose wheelchair-accessible van was stolen. Salt Lake City officers said Tommy Ohmart’s missing maroon van has been found in South Salt Lake at 170 E. Bank Ave. near 3000 S. Friday afternoon. The missing maroon van has just been located in South Salt Lake at 173 E Bank Ave 30th S. — SLC Police Dept. (@slcpd) November 6, 2015 “If they felt the need to steal it, I […]

  • Layton PD sets up ‘Safe Exchange Zone’ for completing online transactions, other meetings

    LAYTON, Utah — Buying and selling things online through sites like Craigslist is pretty common, but, according to police, it’s also pretty dangerous. That’s why cities here in Utah are creating safe zones for the public to do business. “You don’t know who they’re meeting. They’re total strangers, usually,” said Lt. Travis Lyman of the Layton Police Department. Earlier this week, two parking spots outside the Layton Police Department were painted over and designated a “Safe Exchange Zone.” Within view […]

  • Group hosts conference to discuss abuse, family violence

    LAYTON, Utah — Utah is eighth in the country for child abuse cases, according to Prevent Child Abuse Utah. This week, the group hosted a two-day Joining Forces conference to discuss abuse and family violence. “I’m just trying to give education and tools and resources to those so they can help protect themselves, and end child abuse if it is happening to them as soon as possible,” said associate director, Carrie Jenkins. Tuesday morning, Davis County District Attorney Troy Rawlings […]

  • Bystander shot by police in Midvale; suspect who fired on cop in custody

    UPDATE: Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder announced in a press conference Saturday the man shot by police was not actually a suspect, but rather an innocent bystander. Click here for the details. MIDVALE, Utah — An innocent bystander was shot and a suspect is in custody after an officer-involved shooting in Midvale Friday night, and authorities said no officers were injured in the incident. The incident began around 8:30 p.m. and was in the area of 7200 South and 180 […]

  • Family of man shot, killed by Salt Lake police files lawsuit

    SALT LAKE CITY — The family of Dillon Taylor, who was shot and killed by a Salt Lake City police officer in 2014, has filed a lawsuit against Salt Lake City and several police officers. “They could have deescalated so many ways and they didn’t,” said Gina Thayne, Taylor’s aunt. “They just shot. They just fired. They took his life.” According to the complaint, filed Wednesday, Salt Lake City, “improperly trained and groomed through a vicious culture and cycle of […]

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