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    Advocacy groups ask feds to investigate Mormon church for allegedly procuring 'favors' from foreign governments


    An equal rights group and a nontheistic group have called for a federal investigation of the Mormon church in light of allegations that it procured “favors” from foreign governments through a former senator. A letter sent last week by Rights Equal...

    An equal rights group and a nontheistic group have called for a federal investigation of the Mormon church in light of allegations that it procured “favors” from foreign governments through a former senator. A letter sent last week by Rights Equal Rights and the Secular Coalition for America alleges that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints secured foreign visas for missionaries illegally and unethically, and asks Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to ...

    Gov. Herbert signs rape kits bill, along with 65 others


    Gov. Gary Herbert signed 66 more bills from this year’s Legislature on Wednesday, including one mandating that the state’s rape kits be tested. Of the 535 bills the Legislature passed, Herbert has signed 300 into law. He has not yet vetoed a...

    Gov. Gary Herbert signed 66 more bills from this year’s Legislature on Wednesday, including one mandating that the state’s rape kits be tested. Of the 535 bills the Legislature passed, Herbert has signed 300 into law. He has not yet vetoed a bill. Herbert has until March 29 to decide whether to veto, sign or allow the remaining bills to become law without his signature. HB200 • It mandates that law enforcement agencies submit rape kits to the Utah Crime Lab, which is required to test all kits, ...

    San Juan County, home of new Bears Ears monument, No. 1 for U.S. population growth


    The Bears Ears National Monument wasn’t the only thing new to San Juan County last year. Enough new residents settled there to make it America’s fastest-growing county. “We seem to be in the spotlight for a lot of things these days,” said San...

    The Bears Ears National Monument wasn’t the only thing new to San Juan County last year. Enough new residents settled there to make it America’s fastest-growing county. “We seem to be in the spotlight for a lot of things these days,” said San Juan County Commission Chairman Phil Lyman, referring to Bears Ears and public lands fights (Lyman landed in jail recently for leading an ATV protest drive into banned areas). “It’s good to have some positive news, something less controversial.” That county...

    Hatch emerges as Gorsuch cheerleader for the Supreme Court


    Washington • Sen. Orrin Hatch, taking on his 14th confirmation hearing for the Supreme Court, has emerged as a top cheerleader for nominee Neil Gorsuch, defending President Donald Trump’s choice for the high court, criticizing his opponents and...

    Washington • Sen. Orrin Hatch, taking on his 14th confirmation hearing for the Supreme Court, has emerged as a top cheerleader for nominee Neil Gorsuch, defending President Donald Trump’s choice for the high court, criticizing his opponents and lobbing softballs to deflect Democrats’ tough questions. “One of my Democratic colleagues said that it is important to know whether you are a surrogate for President Trump or for particular interests groups. Are you?” Hatch asked during the second day of ...

    Former Utah cop pleads guilty to child pornography charge


    A former Tremonton police officer has pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of child pornography, a charge that could put him behind bars for a decade. Under a plea agreement, charges of coercion and enticement and production of child pornography...

    A former Tremonton police officer has pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of child pornography, a charge that could put him behind bars for a decade. Under a plea agreement, charges of coercion and enticement and production of child pornography were dropped against Jeremy Rose. He is slated to be sentenced June 8 by U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby, who, in addition to a prison term, could impose a fine of up to $250,000. In his plea, made Tuesday, Rose admitted to having more than 100...
    Utah State appeals to keep Torrey Green sex assault investigation records private

    Utah State appeals to keep Torrey Green sex assault investigation records private


    Utah State University is going to court and asking a judge to prevent the release of some documents created during an investigation of sexual assault allegations against former football player Torrey Green. The school originally denied a records request...

    Utah State University is going to court and asking a judge to prevent the release of some documents created during an investigation of sexual assault allegations against former football player Torrey Green. The school originally denied a records request filed in early September by Salt Lake Tribune reporter Alex Stuckey, but was ordered last month by the State Records Committee to release some documents. The committee ruled some documents should be public and others it deemed could be public wi...
    Salt Lake City joins brief challenging Trump's threat to 'sanctuary cities'

    Salt Lake City joins brief challenging Trump's threat to 'sanctuary cities'


    Sanctuary city or not, Salt Lake City says it would be unconstitutional for President Donald Trump to withhold money from cities that won’t support his immigration crackdown. Mayor Jackie Biskupski announced Wednesday that Salt Lake City joined 33...

    Sanctuary city or not, Salt Lake City says it would be unconstitutional for President Donald Trump to withhold money from cities that won’t support his immigration crackdown. Mayor Jackie Biskupski announced Wednesday that Salt Lake City joined 33 other cities in a friend-of-the-court brief supporting Santa Clara, California’s attempt to block Trump’s Jan. 25 executive order. The brief says the order’s intent was confirmed by Trump himself: “[I]t is a ‘weapon’ to coerce cities, counties and stat...
    UTA ridership down, so bonuses are, too

    UTA ridership down, so bonuses are, too


    Low gasoline prices last year may have made Utah drivers happy, but they led to decreased ridership on Utah Transit Authority buses and trains. And fewer riders has resulted in smaller bonuses for UTA administrators — and prompted a new UTA board...

    Low gasoline prices last year may have made Utah drivers happy, but they led to decreased ridership on Utah Transit Authority buses and trains. And fewer riders has resulted in smaller bonuses for UTA administrators — and prompted a new UTA board member to try Wednesday to kill off what he called a far-too-big bonus program. However, no other board member would second his motion. UTA ridership last year dropped by 2.16 percent, the agency reported. It had 45.57 million boardings — defined as eve...

    Utah group starts medical marijuana ballot initiative push


    Medical marijuana advocates in Utah are planning to try to get an initiative on the November 2018 ballot that would allow the drug to be used for treatment. Advocates say they’re done waiting for state lawmakers, who have rejected passing a broad...

    Medical marijuana advocates in Utah are planning to try to get an initiative on the November 2018 ballot that would allow the drug to be used for treatment. Advocates say they’re done waiting for state lawmakers, who have rejected passing a broad medical pot law during the last three consecutive sessions. Medical marijuana advocate Christine Stenquist says the legislature’s decisions over the last few years have made it clear that lawmakers have no desire to move forward with legalizing the drug...
    Latest hearing on Utah homeless shelters includes accusations, name calling

    Latest hearing on Utah homeless shelters includes accusations, name calling


    Residents of South Salt Lake and West Valley City struck a desperate, pleading tone during what they thought was their last opportunity to dissuade leaders from siting a homeless shelter in their communities. Hundreds lined up at the state Capitol to...

    Residents of South Salt Lake and West Valley City struck a desperate, pleading tone during what they thought was their last opportunity to dissuade leaders from siting a homeless shelter in their communities. Hundreds lined up at the state Capitol to voice concerns to a 16-member committee that has until March 30 to weigh seven sites identified by the county and recommend one for a new shelter. In the hallway, Sen. Daniel Thatcher, R-West Valley City, suggested to those waiting to speak that Sal...

    127 people naturalized at Utah State Capitol were also treated to a song


    The United States gained 127 new citizens Wednesday during a naturalization ceremony at the Utah State Capitol. The people represented 43 countries on six continents. “We live in a country that is a melting pot,” state House Speaker Greg Hughes told...

    The United States gained 127 new citizens Wednesday during a naturalization ceremony at the Utah State Capitol. The people represented 43 countries on six continents. “We live in a country that is a melting pot,” state House Speaker Greg Hughes told them. “We are a nation of immigrants.” Hughes applauded the work the immigrants put into becoming U.S. citizens and spoke of his own ancestors, who came from Ireland in the late 1860s during a famine. Former state Rep. Sophia DiCaro also spoke of sa...

    Utah mother charged with two more counts of child abuse after her 12-year-old was found weighing 30 pounds


    Based on reports from doctors and psychologists, prosecutors have filed additional child abuse charges against a Utah mother accused of leaving her severely malnourished son locked in a filthy bathroom for a year. Brandy K. Jaynes, 36, of Toquerville,...

    Based on reports from doctors and psychologists, prosecutors have filed additional child abuse charges against a Utah mother accused of leaving her severely malnourished son locked in a filthy bathroom for a year. Brandy K. Jaynes, 36, of Toquerville, was originally charged in 5th District Court with one count of second-degree felony child abuse after her 12-year-old son was found locked in a feces-covered bathroom weighing 30 pounds. In charges amended earlier this month, Jaynes faces two addit...

    Four charged with murder for gang-related robbery, shooting at Provo home


    Three men and a woman have been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a man during an alleged gang-related robbery at a Provo home last week. The alleged triggerman, Jesse William Gourdin, 21, of Orem, was charged this week in 4th District...

    Three men and a woman have been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a man during an alleged gang-related robbery at a Provo home last week. The alleged triggerman, Jesse William Gourdin, 21, of Orem, was charged this week in 4th District Court with capital murder, which carries the possibility of the death penalty, for the March 13 death of Gustavo Ramirez, 24. Three others, Brayden Kenneth Marshall, 18, of Provo; Maria Guadalupe Hernandez, 18, of Sandy; and Jerry Otis Hawley, 34, o...

    South Salt Lake protests as city lands two more possible homeless shelter sites


    West Valley City • South Salt Lake already holds two jails, two juvenile detention facilities and a sewage treatment plant, but its residents learned Tuesday that the chance for the city to host a large homeless shelter went up this week. Salt Lake...

    West Valley City • South Salt Lake already holds two jails, two juvenile detention facilities and a sewage treatment plant, but its residents learned Tuesday that the chance for the city to host a large homeless shelter went up this week. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams told South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood that the county had located two more possible sites for the new facility, as the state, county and Salt Lake City seek to house homeless ahead of the planned June 2019 closure of The Roa...
    Making the cut: U. Health runs March Madness vasectomy campaign

    Making the cut: U. Health runs March Madness vasectomy campaign


    Friday marks a new chapter for Shane Bryson. After talking it over with his wife, the Layton resident has scheduled a vasectomy as part of a University of Utah campaign. Bryson said the birth-control procedure is a symbol of their decision to focus...

    Friday marks a new chapter for Shane Bryson. After talking it over with his wife, the Layton resident has scheduled a vasectomy as part of a University of Utah campaign. Bryson said the birth-control procedure is a symbol of their decision to focus on their own goals and the adventures life will bring. “Friday is D-Day,” Bryson joked. “I’m excited for this kind of birth control and how it opens up things for me and my family.” He took to leap thanks to the U. Vas Madness campaign, now in...

    Gehrke: Fake Tweets! What President Trump might have tweeted after damning FBI testimony


    In the aftermath of FBI Director James Comey’s bombshell testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Monday, President Donald Trump’s Twitter feed was uncharacteristically silent. Here is the Twitter storm he might have been tempted to...

    In the aftermath of FBI Director James Comey’s bombshell testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Monday, President Donald Trump’s Twitter feed was uncharacteristically silent. Here is the Twitter storm he might have been tempted to make: @fakeTrump 3:32 a.m. Watched FBI Dir. Comey on Fox News. Disgusting! Obviously they didn’t know I was tapped or it would leak to media. Leaks are the real crime! @fakeTrump 3:33 a.m. Next they’ll try to say Rosie O’Donnell isn’t a fat sl...
    Salt Lake City School District commits to protecting privacy of undocumented students

    Salt Lake City School District commits to protecting privacy of undocumented students


    Members of the Salt Lake City School District board took a stand against the harassment and deportation of undocumented students on Tuesday, voting unanimously for a safe schools resolution pushed by an immigration advocacy group. The resolution directs...

    Members of the Salt Lake City School District board took a stand against the harassment and deportation of undocumented students on Tuesday, voting unanimously for a safe schools resolution pushed by an immigration advocacy group. The resolution directs district employees to reject efforts by individuals or agencies to enforce federal immigration law on school grounds, “except in the rarest cases,” and to avoid collecting or maintaining information on the immigration status of individual studen...

    Jeremy Johnson to deny prior statements of John Swallow's involvement in federal election fraud case, court filing says


    Imprisoned St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson is prepared to say former Utah Attorney General John Swallow was not involved in any alleged illegal bundling of campaign contributions to former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and Sens. Mike Lee and...

    Imprisoned St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson is prepared to say former Utah Attorney General John Swallow was not involved in any alleged illegal bundling of campaign contributions to former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and Sens. Mike Lee and Harry Reid. Swallow’s attorney, Scott C. Williams, made that claim in a document filed Tuesday in a Federal Elections Commission lawsuit in federal court in Salt Lake City against Johnson and Swallow. The 2015 lawsuit alleges that Johnson could make ...
    Utah forecast: Mid-50s north, 60s in the south herald more 'sensible' spring weather

    Utah forecast: Mid-50s north, 60s in the south herald more 'sensible' spring weather


    Finally, after two weeks of daytime temperatures well above normal, Utah is settling down to what forecasters call more “sensible weather” for early spring: wet, windy and highs in the low- to mid-50s. After Salt Lake City set or tied five records...

    Finally, after two weeks of daytime temperatures well above normal, Utah is settling down to what forecasters call more “sensible weather” for early spring: wet, windy and highs in the low- to mid-50s. After Salt Lake City set or tied five records this month alone — the capital hit 75 on Tuesday, edging out a 1972 mark of 74 degrees — a Pacific storm system settled over the Wasatch Front by Wednesday morning. Highs from the midweek through the weekend will be in the 50-60 range, on target for th...

    Residents opposing paved Dimple Dell trail deliver over 6,000 signatures


    Sandy and Salt Lake County leaders can’t easily ignore opponents of a plan for a 3-mile stretch of pavement in a portion of the 646-acre Dimple Dell Regional Park in Sandy. A group of outdoor-enthusiasts geared up to fight the proposal has organized...

    Sandy and Salt Lake County leaders can’t easily ignore opponents of a plan for a 3-mile stretch of pavement in a portion of the 646-acre Dimple Dell Regional Park in Sandy. A group of outdoor-enthusiasts geared up to fight the proposal has organized and multiplied and on Tuesday delivered 6,400 signatures and a survey of 494 people to the county council and Mayor Ben McAdams. “They have [thousands] of their informed residents saying we don’t want this,” said Monica Zoltanski, chairwoman of the...

    Tribune town hall will explore 'Fake or Fact: What is news?'


    Utah State University journalism professor Matthew LaPlante gave his students an atypical exercise last semester: Throw together a fake news story. The goal, LaPlante told them, was to learn how to identify hoax stories, which are written to mislead...

    Utah State University journalism professor Matthew LaPlante gave his students an atypical exercise last semester: Throw together a fake news story. The goal, LaPlante told them, was to learn how to identify hoax stories, which are written to mislead readers, boost website traffic or push out propaganda. “The scary thing was, I honestly believe they were better at writing fake news than they are at writing real news,” said LaPlante, a former Salt Lake Tribune reporter. The prevalence of fake new...

    Man acquitted by jury in West Valley City killing, robbery case


    West Valley City resident Eddie Salazar is free after he was acquitted of all charges in a 2015 killing and robbery. A 3rd District Court jury on March 8 found Salazar, 42, not guilty of murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated...

    West Valley City resident Eddie Salazar is free after he was acquitted of all charges in a 2015 killing and robbery. A 3rd District Court jury on March 8 found Salazar, 42, not guilty of murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault. Salt Lake County prosecutors said Salazar was involved, along with two others, in the July 2015 slaying of Steven Louis Valdez, 63, who was found dead by police in his West Valley City home at 4150 S. Bluejay Street (4985 West). Salazar’...

    Fake or Fact? Panelists in Salt Lake City explore what news to trust in the digital age


    Matthew LaPlante was scrolling through Facebook when he saw a video advertising a Harry Potter version of the popular game Pokemon Go. “Oh my god,” he thought, “I need to know about this.” As he looked at the post, though, something didn’t seem...

    Matthew LaPlante was scrolling through Facebook when he saw a video advertising a Harry Potter version of the popular game Pokemon Go. “Oh my god,” he thought, “I need to know about this.” As he looked at the post, though, something didn’t seem quite right. Sure, it had a release date and special effects, but LaPlante wanted to check it out before sharing online. And he’s glad he did: It was fake news. “It was an elaborate hoax,” he explained Wednesday during a Salt Lake Tribune panel on the top...
    Protesters call for Hatch and Lee to push back against Trump

    Protesters call for Hatch and Lee to push back against Trump


    A loyal band of nearly two dozen activists gathered Tuesday outside the Wallace Bennett Federal Building in Salt Lake City to hoist anti-President Donald Trump signs, display pictures of loved ones and publicly air their grievances about the policies of...

    A loyal band of nearly two dozen activists gathered Tuesday outside the Wallace Bennett Federal Building in Salt Lake City to hoist anti-President Donald Trump signs, display pictures of loved ones and publicly air their grievances about the policies of the new president and the GOP Congress. Salt Lake Indivisible helped organize the rally, a weekly display of discontent with the nation’s leaders and petitioning Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee to push back against Trump policies. Deeda Seed, a fo...

    Second boy to stand trial in shooting of Utah girl; parents say she is recovering


    Logan • On the day that a Utah judge ordered a second teen boy to stand trial on charges related to the shooting of 14-year-old Deserae Turner, the girl’s father spoke publicly for the first time, saying their prayers have been answered. More than a...

    Logan • On the day that a Utah judge ordered a second teen boy to stand trial on charges related to the shooting of 14-year-old Deserae Turner, the girl’s father spoke publicly for the first time, saying their prayers have been answered. More than a month after the girl was shot and left to die in a Smithfield canal, Matt Turner said his daughter is recovering at Primary Children’s Hospital. She was admitted to inpatient rehabilitation Wednesday, and will continue to undergo therapy. “We contin...
    Mother sentenced to 8 months house arrest after baby dies in DUI car crash

    Mother sentenced to 8 months house arrest after baby dies in DUI car crash


    A mother whose infant daughter died from injuries in a drug- and alcohol-related crash in Provo last year was sentenced Tuesday to eight months of house arrest for her role in the death. Susanne McClellan, 39, was sentenced by 4th District Judge James...

    A mother whose infant daughter died from injuries in a drug- and alcohol-related crash in Provo last year was sentenced Tuesday to eight months of house arrest for her role in the death. Susanne McClellan, 39, was sentenced by 4th District Judge James Brady to eight months of home confinement with an ankle monitor as part of a three-year probation. McClellan, who was given credit for three days already served in jail, also must pay a $1,050 fine and pay $3,276 in restitution. McClellan pleaded g...
    Among nation's largest metro areas, Salt Lake City has the most millennials, report finds

    Among nation's largest metro areas, Salt Lake City has the most millennials, report finds


    A real estate website found that the Salt Lake City metropolitan area has the highest concentration of millennials among the nation’s 60 largest housing markets. What’s more, according to Realtor.com, Salt Lake City is the “top” market for...

    A real estate website found that the Salt Lake City metropolitan area has the highest concentration of millennials among the nation’s 60 largest housing markets. What’s more, according to Realtor.com, Salt Lake City is the “top” market for millennial homebuyers because of relative affordability and low unemployment. The site based its scores on views of its online listings over the past eight months. Nearly 16 percent of those living in the Salt Lake City metropolitan area — which includes Salt ...

    'Something is seriously wrong': Hatch, Lee decry Democrats' 'litmus tests,' back Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch


    Washington • Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee on Monday offered their enthusiastic support for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and castigated Democrats for trying to pin down President Donald Trump’s choice to fill the high court vacancy on how he...

    Washington • Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee on Monday offered their enthusiastic support for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and castigated Democrats for trying to pin down President Donald Trump’s choice to fill the high court vacancy on how he would rule in specific cases. “Something is seriously wrong when a confirmation process for Supreme Court justice resembles an election campaign for political office,” Hatch said during his opening remarks. “This dangerous approach contradicts the oat...

    Juvenile court judge orders 16-year-old boy to stand trial for allegedly trying to kill Utah girl


    Logan • A month after 14-year-old Deserae Turner was shot in the back of the head and left to die in a Smithfield canal, she asked two questions of a police investigator. Who did this? And why? Smithfield Detective Brandon Muir testified on Tuesday...

    Logan • A month after 14-year-old Deserae Turner was shot in the back of the head and left to die in a Smithfield canal, she asked two questions of a police investigator. Who did this? And why? Smithfield Detective Brandon Muir testified on Tuesday that he didn’t answer the girl right away during their March 10 interview at Primary Children’s Hospital. Instead, after consulting with her therapist, they decided her father would be the one to tell her that police suspect two 16-year-old boys — who...