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Ed Smart calls coming out as gay the 2nd miracle of his life

Dec. 8, 2019 3:15 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Ed Smart says the first miracle on his life happened when his teenage daughter returned home after being kidnapped from the family’s house in Salt Lake City in June 2002. He says the second miracle was being warmly accepted by his neighbors, friends and family after he came out...

School construction costs rising in Utah amid boom

Dec. 7, 2019 11:25 AM EST

Building new high schools along the Wasatch Front could soon exceed $145 million, an increase of nearly 50% in recent years. The steep rise is due to several factors, including Utah’s strong economy and a low unemployment rate as well as escalating costs for materials, driven in part by tariffs affecting...

Kearns High School journalists start community newspaper

Dec. 6, 2019 3:01 PM EST

KEARNS, Utah (AP) — Kearns didn’t have a community newspaper. So a group of students decided to start one. Since the start of the school year, the journalists who create The Cougar Claw, Kearns High School’s monthly paper, have worked to make sure their coverage spans issues that affect both...

Utah County officials consider selling $10M equestrian park

Dec. 6, 2019 12:22 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — County leaders in Utah have announced plans to consider selling a county-owned equestrian center to help close a budget gap despite opposition from members in the horse community. KUTV-TV reported Thursday that Utah County commissioners voted to accept bids on the North County...

Copper mine near Salt Lake City to remain open through 2032

Dec. 4, 2019 2:34 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A massive open-pit copper mine southwest of Salt Lake City will remain open through 2032 after the owners announced a new $1.5 billion investment. Rio Tinto announced Tuesday it will invest $1.5 billion in the Bingham Canyon Mine due to increasing demand for copper in electric...

Utah man injured after drone flies into his face downtown

Dec. 4, 2019 11:11 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man is recovering from swelling and a cut after he was hit in the face by a drone in downtown Salt Lake City, authorities said. Salt Lake City police have located the licensed drone operator who was attempting to land his drone on the sidewalk Monday near a popular Christmas light...

High school in Salt Lake City suburb closed due to gas leak

Dec. 4, 2019 11:02 AM EST

Midvale, Utah (AP) — A high school in a Salt Lake City suburb has been evacuated and closed for the day because of a gas leak. Authorities say Hillcrest High School was evacuated Wednesday morning. with students being sent home for the day due to the possible prolonged duration of the closure. KUTV-TV...

Utah officer helping to save lives at crash scene again

Dec. 2, 2019 10:45 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Salt Lake police officer can’t explain his habit of arriving at the right time, but there are now two crash victims who benefited from him being in the right place when they needed him. In 2011, Officer Kevin Peck crawled under a crashed bus in Utah to hold a woman’s...

Report: Substitute teacher fired for berating child on dads

Dec. 2, 2019 7:04 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Officials say a substitute teacher in Utah has been fired after berating a fifth-grade student who said he was thankful for being adopted by his two dads, one of whom is a former dancer on “Dancing with the Stars.” The Salt Lake Tribune reports staffing company Kelly...

Correction: Rape Kit-Backlog story

Dec. 2, 2019 5:27 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — In a story Nov. 30 about rape kits in Utah, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of kits expected to be in the backlog by next summer. State crime lab officials expect to process an estimated 3,300 kits by July 2020, which would eliminate the backlog, not increase the...