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Inmate dies at Utah State Prison

Utah Department of Corrections officials say 25-year-old Christopher Lucas died Saturday night after fighting another inmate in a cell. They say officers used pepper spray to break up the fight after the two inmates ignored their orders to stop.

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Related Topix: Utah State Prison, State Prisons, Utah, Prison

Sat Sep 13, 2014

KSL-TV

Domestic violence incidents leave 2 Utahns dead, 3 seriously injured

Within the past 36 hours, Utah police agencies have responded to two situations of violence in the home that resulted in serious injury and even death. Law enforcement officers say the key to preventing these crimes is education.

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Related Topix: Domestic Violence (Domestic Abuse), Law, Utah

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Brand USA puts tourism dollars in Utahns' pockets

There is never a wrong time to visit Utah. The beauty of our landscapes, destinations, amusements, resorts and communities is that each season provides visitors a unique and authentic opportunity to experience all that we are able to enjoy each and every day.

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Related Topix: Utah, US Politics, Orrin Hatch, US News, US Senate, Republican, Representative Chris Stewart, Jim Matheson, US House of Representatives, Rob Bishop, Democrat, Opinion

Fri Sep 12, 2014

KSL-TV

With right viewing conditions, Northern Utah may see aurora borealis

Some northern Utahns have a small chance of catching a glimpse of the aurora borealis Friday evening, thanks to solar flares. The flare, ranked as an X-class - the highest class for a solar flare - will be visible around midnight in the northernmost part of Utah.

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Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: S.L. meeting shows Utah's leadership in health care efficiency

On Sept. 16-17 the Board of Directors of the prestigious Massachusetts-based Institute for Healthcare Improvement will be in Salt Lake City for meetings at Intermountain Healthcare.

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Related Topix: Utah, Sundance Film Festival, Salt Lake City, UT, Medicine, Nursing, Opinion

Salt Lake Tribune

Editor column: Swallow-Shurtleff stories, gay-marriage editorials highlight string of Tribune awards

I've been accused before of using this space for self-aggrandizement. One well-known wit, who will remain nameless so as not to encourage him, worried that I'd torn my rotator cuff patting myself on the back.

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Related Topix: Wedding, Gay/Lesbian, Utah, Opinion

Thu Sep 11, 2014

Deseret News

Accidental shooting rekindles debate over teachers packing guns in school

The Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Connecticut nearly two years ago sent a wave of Utah teachers to gun training classes. A free concealed weapons permit course over Christmas break in 2012 drew 200 teachers, bus drivers and janitors.

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Related Topix: Utah, Guns, Education Etc.

Deseret News

UVU announces software testing certificate program

Utah Valley University's Community and Continuing Education has announced a non-credit software testing certificate program designed to help students gain education and training in the technology industry. UVU worked with technology companies DigiCert and Xactware, as well as the state Department of Workforce Services, to create a program that prepares students for immediate employment as software testing professionals.

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Related Topix: Utah, Computers

Salt Lake Tribune

Utah forecast: Late-summer balm for 9/11 memories

On a day when Utahns joined the nation in remembering a time of terror, loss and sacrifice, nature offered the caress of a breeze and warmth of sunshine to dry the tears. The 13th anniversary of 9/11, when four jetliners hijacked by Islamic jihadists were deliberately crashed in the Twin Towers ion New York, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field, brought sunny, mild skies, winds of 10-20 mph and daytime highs in the upper-60s to the Wasatch Front.

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Related Topix: Utah, Terrorism

Wed Sep 10, 2014

Deseret News

Work requirement may be key to selling Utah lawmakers on Medicaid expansion alternative

Utah lawmakers want to see what kind of deal Gov. Gary Herbert finally makes with the Obama administration over a work requirement in his Healthy Utah alternative to Medicaid expansion. That will likely have a signficant impact on how much support the governor gets from the Legislature for his plan to spend nearly $300 million available to help low-income residents obtain health care under the Affordable Care Act.

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Related Topix: Utah, Healthcare Law, Law, US Governors, Gary Herbert

The Horse

BLM to Relocate Utah Mustangs from Utah Corrections' Program

More than 1,000 Bureau of Land Management mustangs will be relocated in the wake of a dispute between the federal agency and the Utah Department of Corrections. As of 2014, the BLM manages about 40,815 horses and 8,394 burros roaming BLM-managed rangeland in 10 Western states.

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Tue Sep 09, 2014

Salt Lake Tribune

Utah gov: We have a 'conceptional' deal on Medicaid

Utah has reached a "conceptual" agreement with the Obama administration to clear the last hurdle to federal approval of Gov. Gary Herbert's alternative to a Medicaid expansion, the governor said late Tuesday from Washington. The last point of contention in Herbert's Healthy Utah plan - a requirement that those who can work, do work, in order to get subsidized health care - has been resolved "conceptually," Herbert said in a conference call with reporters.

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Related Topix: Utah, Health, Medicaid, Gary Herbert, US Governors

Salt Lake Tribune

Utah forecast: Storms pelt state, close down I-15 from St. George west

Heavy rains made an unwelcome encore Tuesday over much of Utah, with especially heavy showers triggering mud flows and flooding that closed down Interstate 15 between St. George and Las Vegas. The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning through 11 a.m. for southwestern Utah from Zion National Park through the St. George area, where the Virgin River picked up nearly a foot, slopping over its banks heading into the Arizona Strip and beyond.

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Related Topix: Utah, Sundance Film Festival, St. George, UT, Weather, Natural Disasters, Flood

Mon Sep 08, 2014

Deseret News

Respiratory illness that has sickened hundreds of kids may be in Utah

Hundreds of children in a dozen states, including Utah, may have been sickened by an uncommon virus. Primary Children's Hospital says it has seen an increase in numbers admitted to the hospital with serious respiratory disease symptoms.

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Related Topix: Utah, Sundance Film Festival, Kids, Family, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Salt Lake Tribune

Poll: Slim majority of Utahns oppose Lockhart as superintendent

A narrow majority of Utahns appear to oppose the idea of House Speaker Becky Lockhart becoming the state's next schools superintendent, according to a recent poll. About 52 percent of those polled said they somewhat oppose or strongly oppose the idea of Lockhart taking the state's top education spot, according to a UtahPolicy.com poll conducted by Dan Jones and Associates.

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Salt Lake Tribune

News roundup: A photographic look at Mitt Romney's political rise

Poll not good for Lockhart's superintendent bid. Five things to watch for as Congress returns.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Mitt Romney, Sundance Film Festival, Utah

Sun Sep 07, 2014

Deseret News

Judge rules State School Board selection process is unconstitutional

With less than two months remaining before this year's election and the deadline to prepare ballots approaching, Utah's frequently criticized process of selecting State School Board candidates may have suffered a fatal blow. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups ruled that the state's selection of school board candidates - a multi-tiered process that includes vetting by a committee and final selection by the governor - violates constitutional guarantees of free speech.

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Related Topix: Utah, US Governors, Gary Herbert

Sat Sep 06, 2014

Deseret News

Gunnison prison wild horse program suspended

In this 2007 file photo, an inmate works with "Norton" in the round pen with part of the herd in the background as part of the wild horse program at the Gunnison State Prison in Gunnison. A disagreement over costs has led to a suspension of the wild horse training program at the Central Utah Correctional Facility at Gunnison, meaning the 1,500 horses stabled there will have to be moved to new locations in the next 30 days.

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Related Topix: Prison, State Prisons, Utah, Central Utah Correctional Facility

Fri Sep 05, 2014

Salt Lake Tribune

Utah ed board votes to consult Legislature on school grades

Almost all Utah schools might earn Ds and Fs this year under the state's grading system because of new tests and more rigorous academic standards, state education leaders said Friday. State school board members voted Friday to discuss the issue with the Legislature's Executive Appropriations Committee to see what lawmakers want to do.

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KSL-TV

Utah ends inmate wild horse program with BLM

Utah prison officials said Friday the federal government has 30 days to relocate 1,100 wild horses after the state ended a program in which inmates cared for the animals. The Utah Department of Corrections announced it was ending the program it has run with the Bureau of Land Management at the Gunnison prison since 2007.

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Related Topix: Utah, Nevada Government, Arizona, Arizona Government, Nevada, California, California Government

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