State

Government

After unveiling of Utah public lands proposal, many groups decry its contents

While some Utah lawmakers praised the plan’s attempt to strike a balance between stakeholders, many groups blasted the draft’s contents and the process used to create it.


State

Trial begins against polygamous towns in discrimination case

PHOENIX (AP) — Two polygamous towns in Arizona and Utah are corrupt communities where people are spied on and routinely denied basic services as a way to root out non-believers, federal lawyers said Wednesday during opening statements in a discrimination trial. An attorney for one of the...


State

Utah congressmen unveil draft of public lands plan

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two Utah congressmen unveiled a draft of their long-awaited plan Wednesday to manage about 18 million acres of Utah’s public lands, but critics said the proposal touted as a grand compromise actually favors energy development over conservation. Republican Reps. Rob...


State

After plane that left Utah crashed in Colorado, pilot believed to be only

MEEKER, Colo. (AP) — Authorities believe the pilot was the only person killed when a small plane crashed in northwestern Colorado last week. The Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office preliminarily identified the pilot Monday as 62-year-old William Ray Hiler of Tabernash, Colorado. His...


Health

More Utahns died by guns in 2014 than in motor vehicle deaths, CDC data shows

The latest available data from the CDC shows Utah as one of several states where people die more by guns than by cars.


News

Conservative group urges Utah lawmakers to delay carbon emission reduction

Americans for Prosperity, headed by conservative activists David H. Koch and Charles Koch, is urging Utah lawmakers to delay complying with EPA regulations asking states to design carbon emission reduction programs.


Health

Utah named No. 7 healthiest state in national ranking, a decline from years

The United Health Foundation says that while Utah has the country’s lowest smoking rate, it rates poorly in adolescent immunization rates and drug-related deaths.


Government

New Utah Women’s Coalition backing breastfeeding, parental leave legislation

The new women’s group is backing bills that would prevent discrimination against those who are breastfeeding and grant six weeks of paid parental leave to executive agency state employees.


State

Western Utah lab decontaminated after receiving live anthrax

State documents show that a Utah laboratory was decontaminated in June after receiving live anthrax samples from Dugway Proving Ground.


Environment

Conservationists howl for Mexican wolf protection in Utah

Conservationists are enraged at Utah officials’ efforts to keep endangered Mexican wolves out of the Four Corners area, and they’re gathering at the state capitol steps Thursday at noon to protest. The animals are a subspecies of gray wolves and were nearly entirely wiped out by pre-...


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