• Rowers race in paddling pumpkin parade

    Rowers race atop their giant pumpkins at the sixth annual Ginormous Pumpkin Regatta held at Oquirrh Lake in South Jordan on Saturday. Pumpkins weighing between 500 and nearly 1,500 pounds were converted into watercraft and raced across the 67-acre freshwater lake at Daybreak. Growers began making preparations for the regatta months ago as they meticulously cared for their seedlings in anticipation of the event. At the official weigh-in several weeks ago, Ed Dennis took home the grand prize with
  • Son continuously pulls trigger, parents spared when no shots fire, charges state

    FILE - A man who police say pointed a gun at a Midvale couple in their home and continuously pulled the trigger has been charged.Stock imageMIDVALE — A man who police say pointed a gun at his parentes in their Midvale home and continuously pulled the trigger has been charged.The couple did not receive any serious injuries, however, because the gun continuously malfunctioned, according to charging documents.Greg. R. McCleery, 37, of Midvale, was charged Wednesday in 3rd District Court with
  • Questions raised about dating apps as search continues for missing Utah student

    FILE - Salt Lake City Assistant Police Chief Tim Doubt discusses the search for missing 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck during a press conference at the Public Safety Building in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. As the search for missing University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck continued Wednesday, questions were being raised about whether her social media and dating accounts might lead to a break in the case.Kristin Murphy, Deseret NewsPhotos provided by Salt Lake City police show Macken
  • Friend of missing University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck spoke on Fox News: 3 points

    Kennedy Stoner, a friend of the missing Utah college student Mackenzie Lueck, appeared on Fox News Channel’s "Outnumbered Overtime" on Tuesday.ScreenshotSALT LAKE CITY — Kennedy Stoner, a friend of the missing Utah college student Mackenzie Lueck, appeared on Fox News Channel's "Outnumbered Overtime" on Tuesday and opened up about her missing friend Lueck.Here are some highlights from her interview. You can watch the full segment in the video below or on Fox News.
    "I honestly am just
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  • Utah Sens. Mike Lee, Mitt Romney looking to involve EPA earlier in local pollution prevention plans

    FILE - Utah's two senators have introduced legislation to allow the Environmental Protection Agency to work with local governments to lower pollution before they violate the Clean Air Act.Associated Press, Deseret News composite photoSALT LAKE CITY — Utah's two senators have introduced legislation to allow the Environmental Protection Agency to work with local governments to lower pollution before they violate the Clean Air Act.Republican Sens. Mike Lee and Mitt Romney say the Early Action
  • 2 Utah teachers headed to D.C. for White House History Teacher Institute

    Two Utah teacher will get an upclose look at history during the White House Historical Association's fourth annual White House History Teacher Institute this summer.Don Mski, Adobe StockWASHINGTON — Two Utah teacher will get an upclose look at history during the White House Historical Association's fourth annual White House History Teacher Institute this summer.The weeklong immersive educational experience will be held for two groups of 30 teachers from across the country, including Madi F
  • Utah police investigating shooting after stories 'didn't add up'

    Unified police are investigating a shooting that left a woman on life support.Stock imageMIDVALE — Unified police are investigating a shooting that left a woman on life support.Just after 10 p.m. Tuesday, police received a call that a 27-year-old woman suffered a gunshot wound to her head near 200 West and 8600 South during a suicide attempt, said police Sgt. Melody Gray.But when officers arrived and began interviewing people, statements made by witnesses "didn't add up," she said. Because
  • Zion to crack down on drunken driving over July 4th weekend

    FILE - Law enforcement officials at Zion National Park will be keeping an eye out for those drinking and driving over the four-day Fourth of July weekend.Adobe StockZION NATIONAL PARK — Law enforcement officials in the park will be keeping an eye out for those drinking and driving over the four-day Fourth of July weekend.Drivers to the park should expect increased road patrols and expanded checkpoints. Visitors should note that consuming or carrying an open alcoholic beverage in a motor ve
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  • Utah man appeals murder case to get out of plea deal

    Brandon Keith ThompsonBox Elder County JailBRIGHAM CITY — A Tremonton man who could spend the rest of his life in prison after he admitted to murder will appeal a judge's decision to bar him from withdrawing his guilty plea, court records show.New attorneys for Brandon K. Thompson, 31, argue his former lawyer misled him and coerced him into taking a plea deal. They contend in a notice of appeal filed Friday that prosecutors threatened to criminally charge his girlfriend if he took the case
  • Gang members charged in Utah mall shooting now charged with cemetery shooting

    Jorge Luis Crecencio-Gonzalez, 20, of Salt Lake City, was charged Wednesday with attempted murder and other charges in connection with a Jan. 6, 2019, shooting at the Taylorsville Memorial Cemetery. A member of the Florencia 13 gang, he is also charged with causing a riot in connection with a Jan. 13 gang shooting at the Fashion Place Mall.Salt Lake County JailJesus Joshua "Cyko" Payan-Mendoza, 19, of Heber City, was charged Wednesday with attempted murder and other charges in connection with a
  • 13 kids in U.S. have died of heatstroke in hot cars already this summer, Utah health department cautions caregivers

    FILE - Baby Safety Snaps, a safety device that helps prevent heat-related child injuries and deaths inside vehicles, hangs from a car seat outside of Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital Eccles Outpatient Services Building in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. A record number of child deaths in hot cars last year has prompted health officials to urge caution from caregivers to remember kids in carsKristin Murphy, Deseret NewsSALT LAKE CITY — Now that summer is finally hea
  • City Creek general manager to lead Salt Lake Chamber’s board

    Linda Wardell, City Creek Center general manager, speaks at a roundtable discussion on City Creek’s impact on downtown Salt Lake City at the CBC Advisors office in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, Wardell was named chairwoman of the The Salt Lake Chamber’s board of governors.Kristin Murphy, Deseret NewsSALT LAKE CITY — The general manager of City Creek Center has been named chairwoman of the Salt Lake Chamber's board of governors.Linda Warde
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  • Utah Sen. Mitt Romney says rape allegation against President Donald Trump should be 'fully evaluated'

    FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2018 photo, Mitt Romney walks the hallway on Capitol Hill in Washington. Elle magazine columnist and author E. Jean Carroll claims in her new book that Trump raped her in the dressing room of a high-end clothing store more than 20 years ago.Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Associated PressSALT LAKE CITY — A new sexual assault allegation against President Donald Trump should be "fully evaluated," Sen. Mitt Romney said Wednesday.The Utah Republican told CNN there needs to be
  • Woman shot in head, Utah house sprayed with bullets, charges state

    FILE - A Springville man was charged Wednesday with shooting a woman in the head and spraying a house with gunfire.Stock imageSALT LAKE CITY — A Springville man is accused of shooting a woman in the head and spraying a Millard County house with gunfire.Joshua Baer, 18, was charged in Millard County's 4th District Court on Wednesday with attempted aggravated murder and discharge of a firearm, both first-degree felonies.Millard County sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a woman shot
  • Man rear-ends car, then runs over driver, Utah police say

    FILE - Police arrested a West Valley man who allegedly dragged another man while driving off from the scene of an accident, eventually running him over.Stock imageWEST VALLEY CITY — Police arrested a West Valley man who allegedly dragged another man while driving from the scene of an accident, eventually running him over.Thiap Ngor Kuany Ngor, 22, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on Monday for investigation of aggravated robbery, failing to remain at the scene of an accident, foll
  • The Mars Desert Research Station in Southern Utah lets students and professionals train for surviving Mars

    BYU mechanical engineering students Neil Hinckley (left) and Todd Reeder work on H.A.L., a mars rover prototype at the Mars Desert Research Station near Hanksville, Utah, June 1, 2007.Keith Johnson, Deseret NewsThe Mars Desert Research Station. About ten miles northwest of Hanksville, Utah.The Mars SocietyYou’ve probably heard before the Utah looks a lot like Mars. And, according to NPR, that’s exactly why the Mars Desert Research Station exists down in Hanksville.Adobe StockSALT LAK
  • In our opinion: Let's face it, Utahns should pay more for water

    USU water check specialist Tanner Smith conducts a water check at Brickyard Condominiums in Salt Lake City Tuesday, June 14, 2016.Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret NewsAt a time when water seems plentiful and snowpack abundant, it may seem odd to worry about how Utah's water supply will keep up with the increasing demand of relentless growth. But water is a perpetual problem in the arid West, and Utah's leaders would be derelict if they were not thinking about it now and always.And while they're thinki
  • As border security debate rages, Utahns look to take action close to home

    Protesters attend a rally against deportation, organized by the the Party for Socialism and Liberation, outside the Department of Homeland Security building in West Valley City on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.Steve Griffin, Deseret NewsDeb Blake, of Utahns Against Police Brutality, holds up a sign as she attends a rally protesting deportation outside the Department of Homeland Security building in West Valley City on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.Steve Griffin, Deseret NewsSupporters shadows are cast across
  • Photos: Keeping cool on the hottest day of the year — so far

    Lauren Nelson rides a tube into a pool in Parleys Creek at the top of Parleys Historic Nature Park in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Water from Parleys Creek is carried under I-215 at the mouth of Parleys Canyon, through the large pipe pictured.Steve Griffin, Deseret NewsA trout jumps out of the water as people float down Parleys Creek at the top of Parleys Historic Nature Park in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.Steve Griffin, Deseret NewsJax Loter climbs out of the pool at L
  • Wildfire smoke poses increasing health threat in Utah, experts say

    Nick Fouche, of Salt Lake City, bikes on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, as smoke-filled air blankets the city.Laura Seitz, Deseret NewsWith wildfire smoke filling the air, the sun glows orange as it sets on the Salt Lake City skyline on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018.Steve Griffin, Deseret NewsSmoke from wildfires blankets a section of the Wasatch Mountains on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018.Ravell Call, Deseret NewsSALT LAKE CITY — As Utah and the West experien
  • Utahns backing Joe Biden for president say he's 'moderate enough' for state's voters

    FILE - In this June 17, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden, speaks in Washington. With most of the two dozen Democrats running for president in 2020 set to hold their first debates this week, Biden's campaign released new endorsements from four states on Tuesday, including Utah.Susan Walsh, Associated PressSALT LAKE CITY — With most of the two dozen Democrats running for president in 2020 set to hold their first debates this week, former Vi
  • Bureau of Land Management eyes removing vegetation to stop wildfires in West

    In this aerial photo, a burned-out structure is visible through the smoke as a wildfire burns east of Strawberry Reservoir in Wasatch County on Tuesday, July 3, 2018.Scott G Winterton, The Deseret NewsA wildfire burns in Tollgate Canyon in Summit County on Monday, July 30, 2018.Kristin Murphy, Deseret NewsBOISE, Idaho — Federal officials have released their review on removing or changing vegetation over a huge swath of the U.S. West to stop wildfires on land used for cattle ranching, recre
  • Salt Lake County urges Utah Legislature to pass conversion therapy ban

    FILE - Testimony is given during a House Judiciary Committee hearing at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 regarding HB0399 which would prohibit the practice of conversion therapy upon minors.Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret NewsSALT LAKE CITY — After legislation that would have banned conversion therapy in Utah was gutted on Capitol Hill earlier this year, the body overseeing Utah's most populous county is calling on the Utah Legislature to act.Both Republicans and Democrat
  • Spanish Fork man admits he murdered his wife

    Curtis Ray NicholsUtah County JailPROVO — A Spanish Fork man has admitted to murdering his wife nearly two years ago, part of a deal with prosecutors that could significantly limit how much time he spends in prison.Curtis Ray Nichols, 37, pleaded guilty Monday to murder in the strangling death of his wife, Robin Nichols, court records show. Prosecutors dropped the charge from a first-degree felony, punishable by up to life in prison, to a second-degree felony. A conviction carries a maximu
  • Utah County latest body to adopt anti-abortion stance amid national Roe v. Wade pressure

    FILE - Members of the new group Abortion-Free Utah launch a campaign to end elective abortion in the state at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, June 19, 2019.Laura Seitz, Deseret NewsPROVO — Another Utah community is taking a strong stance against abortion, declaring formal support for state and national legislation "that protects human life from its earliest stages."The Utah County Commission — applauded by more than a dozen supporters wearing bright yellow shirts in solid
  • Woman killed in Spanish Fork crash identified

    A woman was killed in a multiple-vehicle crash in Spanish Fork on Monday night, according to police. Investigators say the driver believed to have caused the crash may have experienced a medical episode.Adobe StockSPANISH FORK — A woman killed in a multiple-vehicle crash in Spanish Fork on Monday night has been identified as 54-year-old Angela Marie Palmer of Mapleton, according to Spanish Fork police.A driver in a Nissan Pathfinder, traveling east on U.S. 6, rear-ended a Porsche stopped i
  • Police looking for leads in missing Utah student Mackenzie Lueck's social media

    Salt Lake City Assistant Police Chief Tim Doubt discusses the search for missing 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck during a press conference at the Public Safety Building in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.Kristin Murphy, Deseret NewsJuliana Cawley, a friend of Mackenzie Lueck, reads a statement from Lueck's family during a press conference at the Public Safety Building in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. The 23-year-old has been missing since June 17.Kristin Murphy, Deseret NewsSalt
  • Photos show missing student Mackenzie Lueck walking through Salt Lake airport

    Salt Lake City Assistant Police Chief Tim Doubt discusses the search for missing 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck during a press conference at the Public Safety Building in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.Kristin Murphy, Deseret NewsJuliana Cawley, a friend of Mackenzie Lueck, reads a statement from Lueck's family during a press conference at the Public Safety Building in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. The 23-year-old has been missing since June 17.Kristin Murphy, Deseret NewsSalt
  • Lawsuit claims Utah hotel exploited immigrants through J-1 visa program

    FILE - This Sunday, June 23, 2019, photo shows the Grand America Hotel, in Salt Lake City. A lawsuit filed Tuesday, accuses the luxury Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City of luring workers from the Philippines to a program that promised training and cultural immersion but instead forced them to work long hours doing menial jobs for low pay.Rick Bowmer, Associated PressSALT LAKE CITY — A lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses the luxury Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City of luring workers from
  • Electric scooter program is coming to Provo this summer

    FILE - Downtown Provo with Utah Lake in the background, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011.Ravell Call, Deseret NewsPROVO — Mayor Michelle Kafusi has announced 200 electric scooters are coming to the city this August.Kafusi tweeted Monday the city has launched a pilot program with bike sharing program Zagster to bring 200 dockless Spin scooters and 100 bikes to Provo later this year.Electric scooters are popular in a number of Utah cities already, including Salt Lake City and Ogden. St. George also h

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