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  • Ralph Becker, Jackie Biskupski square-off in final debate of SLC Mayoral race

    SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City’s mayoral candidates squared off for their final debate Wednesday night. Mayor Ralph Becker and challenger Jackie Biskupski met at the Salt Lake City Library, just days before voters will decide which one should lead the city. “This city thrives like never before,” Becker said in his opening remarks. For months, Biskupski has challenged that notion, criticizing Becker’s record over the last eight years. “We will need someone who is a project manager, and […]

  • Arches Health Plan shutting down

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah health insurance company, Arches Health Plan, will be closing, officials announced Tuesday. The insurance company will move to receivership, which will allow the Insurance Commissioner to supervise the process of closing out current policies. Policy holders will remain insured until Dec. 31, 2015, but Utahns will no longer be able to purchase insurance from Arches. The closure will affect about 45,000 policy holders, many of which were located in Grand County and other rural […]

  • Proposed land swap causes stir among Bountiful residents

    BOUNTIFUL, Utah — A proposed land swap in Bountiful has started a heated debate within the city. A developer is asking the city to support a proposal that would trade private land with a pristine piece of property owned by the U.S. Forest Service. However, residents want nothing to do with the plan. “To take this property and trade it away from the forest service to them is an unfair thing to the citizens,” said Earl Thomas, who lives across […]

  • 15,000 tourists evacuated in advance of Hurricane Patricia

    Thousands were evacuated from the coast of Mexico as Hurricane Patricia made landfall Friday, and among them were many Utahns who are now stranded in the area. “They could be there awhile,” said John Potter, a travel agent with Columbus Travel. As of Friday, Potter was working with 10 customers who were vacationing at resorts in the Puerto Vallarta area. “From what we’ve been told, they’ve all been located to secure locations inland, low floor,” Potter said. “Plenty of food, […]

  • Trunk or Treat event helps kids with special needs celebrate Halloween

    DRAPER, Utah — From the outside looking in, it had all the makings of Halloween: the candy, costumes and decorations. But, for the kids, Thursday night in Draper was a glimpse into something they usually don’t get to enjoy. “Happy Halloween,” yelled 7-year-old Adrian Paz. Born with Spina Bifida, Paz is used to getting around by wheelchair and crutches. It’s made the idea of trick or treating seem difficult in the past, although, you would never guess when talking to […]

  • Health insurance premiums increase in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — Ana and Oswaldo Demoura got their letter last month: a notice from their health care provider that thousands will soon receive in the mail. “I thought that was a mistake. I think it’s obscene,” said Oswaldo Demoura. Addressed to Mrs. Demoura, it outlines a new coverage plan from Arches Mutual Insurance, putting their monthly premium, with tax credits, at $416.59. The problem with that is they are currently paying $126.22. That means their insurance is going […]

  • Closed-door meeting during Medicaid expansion discussion sparks debate

    SALT LAKE CITY — For nearly four hours, House Republicans met behind closed doors last week. When the meeting opened, they had killed a Medicaid expansion bill and started a debate about what took place. “That’s problematic. That’s anti-democratic,” said Rep. Brian King, D-Salt Lake City. The House Minority Leader was left out of the discussion, as were the 11 other Democrats in the House. Prior to the meeting Tuesday, House Speaker Greg Hughes announced he would only count Republican […]

  • Child fighting cancer in remission one year after he signed with Utah Jazz for a day

    SALT LAKE CITY — Sitting in the crowd at a Utah Jazz game, the biggest fan you will find may just be the smallest. “He has his little roster sheet, and he’s going through, pointing out the players, checking on the numbers,” Megan Gibson said. Every home game this year, Gibson and her 6-year-old son, JP, were in the stands. His favorite player is Rudy Gobert, and he likes the Jazz because “they’re good” and “they’re tall.” And, one day, […]

  • Rifle found in suspicious package at Utah State Capitol; Police release image of suspect

    SALT LAKE CITY – Thursday afternoon, an officer at the Utah State Capitol noticed something odd on a surveillance camera. A man walked in carrying a large package and wreath. He headed straight to the center of the Capitol rotunda and placed the items on the floor. Then, he knelt before them. “It appeared to us that he knelt down by the package, and offered a silent prayer and was saying some words and got up and left,” said Captain […]

  • Utah lawmakers agree to revisit Medicaid expansion alternatives in 2016 legislative session

    SALT LAKE CITY — One day after House Republicans killed a Medicaid expansion plan, state leaders met to discuss an alternative. “It was a good meeting,” said Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-District 9. Niederhauser sat down with Gov. Gary Herbert and House Speaker Greg Hughes Wednesday afternoon. The meeting lasted approximately hour, during which the three agreed they would revisit the issue during the 2016 legislative session. “What we do here is a long-term solution for the state,” Niederhauser explained. […]

  • House Republicans nix Utah Access Plus Medicaid expansion proposal

    SALT LAKE CITY — House Republicans have voted against Utah Access Plus, the latest proposal to expand health care coverage for more than 100,000 Utahns. The plan received only 7 votes from the 63 House Republicans, falling well short of the 38 Republican votes needed to move the plan forward. According to House Speaker Greg Hughes, the criticism from many in the medical community had a major impact on the vote, as did the concern of increased costs over time. […]

  • $40K donation for Magna teen’s cancer treatments turned out to be fake, family says

    SALT LAKE CITY — A $40,000 donation to help a Magna teenager with cancer treatments turned out to be fake, according to the family. “This wasn’t real. It didn’t happen. We’re not sure of the motivation,” said Emily Gould. Gould’s 15-year-old daughter, Alexis, was diagnosed with Stage 3 Neuroblastoma in September. The Magna community helped organize a fundraiser at Cyprus High School, where Alexis is a sophomore. During the event, it was announced that an anonymous donor had given $40,000 […]

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