Latest Utah state government News

Utah death-row inmate featured in best-selling book dies

Nov. 11, 2019 7:01 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah death-row inmate who killed his brother's wife and her toddler because of his strong polygamist beliefs in a case made famous by the book "Under the Banner of Heaven" has died of natural causes, prison officials said Monday. Ron Lafferty, 78, died at the state prison in the...

Williams leads Austin Peay past UT Martin 38-24

Nov. 9, 2019 8:04 PM EST

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kentel Williams rushed for 118 yards and three touchdowns and Austin Peay breezed to a 38-24 victory over Tennessee-Martin on Saturday. After a scoreless first quarter, Austin Peay (7-3, 5-1 Ohio Valley Conference) caught fire in the second. Baniko Harley opened the scoring with a...

Utah officials weigh ideas to ease congestion on canyon road

Nov. 9, 2019 10:55 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Department of Transportation will begin assessing a wide array of ideas to ease traffic on a canyon road that leads up to some of the state's most popular and well-known ski resorts, including gondolas, a rail line, buses, and wider roads and more parking lots. The Salt Lake...

Pollution-fighting councilwoman wins Salt Lake mayor race

Nov. 6, 2019 7:07 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Salt Lake City councilwoman who rose to prominence fighting pollution clinched a win in the mayoral race Wednesday with the concession of her opponent, a state lawmaker who was aiming to be the Utah capital's first Latina mayor. Democratic Sen. Luz Escamilla conceded the race in a...

Salt Lake councilwoman appears headed for win in mayor race

Nov. 6, 2019 1:07 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Salt Lake City councilwoman who rose to prominence fighting pollution appeared headed to victory Tuesday in the mayoral race against a state lawmaker aiming to become the capital's first Latina leader. Democrat Erin Mendenhall spoke to supporters with totals showing her winning 59...

2 candidates get endorsements for state monument designation

Nov. 3, 2019 10:54 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gov. Gary Herbert's office has endorsed the first two designations for new state monument candidates, but they will need approval by Utah lawmakers. The Deseret News reports Danger Cave State Park Heritage Area near the Nevada border and Old Iron Town in Iron County received unanimous...

Racial disparities in Utah prisons need study, lawmaker says

Nov. 3, 2019 10:51 AM EST

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — A proposal to study how implicit racial biases may play into the disproportionate number of minorities in the Utah prison system is in the works for the 2020 legislative session. Republican state Rep. Marsha Judkins of Provo told the Standard-Examiner she is working on a prosecution...

Person found dead following Salt Lake City house fire

Nov. 2, 2019 12:05 PM EDT
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities say one person was found dead after a fire that started in a home's basement and destroyed the residence Saturday. Cause of the fire is under investigation and no additional information was released.

Utah governor asks Trump to send more refugees to the state

Nov. 1, 2019 9:46 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gov. Gary Herbert has asked the White House to send more refugees to Utah. The Republican governor sent a letter to President Donald Trump last week. Herbert says Utah has the resources and space for refugees. In the past, Herbert says Utah has been able to accept 1,000 refugees per...

Governor appoints Salt Lake City lawyer to judgeship

Oct. 31, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gov. Gary Herbert has appointed Salt Lake City lawyer Kristine Johnson as a judge for the state district court that serves Salt Lake, Teoele and Summit counties. Johnson is a shareholder with the Parsons Behle & Latimer law firm and she has practiced law since 1995. Herbert's...