Utah County Deputy Greg Sherwood remains in the hospital after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds to the head Thursday. However, authorities are optimistic about his condition as Sherwood was updated from critical to serious condition early this week.
"He’s showing signs of improvement," said Utah County Sherriff’s Office spokesman Sergeant Spencer Cannon. "We’re cautiously optimistic that he will continue to improve and eventually be able to be released and hopefully return to full active service with the sheriff’s office."
Desert tortoises can live as long as a human, and are listed as a threatened species. But now, through a state program, the large reptiles can be adopted.
Krissy Wilson, with the Division of Wildlife Resources, said the reptiles cannot be reintroduced into the wild because of health concerns, and may be unable to fend for themselves after living in captivity, but the long-living tortoises make good pets.
"There have been tortoises that when you go out in your yard they will come to you. I've had tortoises that come along and they like to sit on your feet when you're outside. So they become very used to you. They can become very social animals,” Wilson said.
The price of electricity for some St. George residents is set to increase starting Feb. 1. The St. George City Council approved a 7 percent across-the-board rate increase on Thursday.
Phillip Solomon is the city’s energy services director. He says PacifiCorp unexpectedly raised the cost of transporting the power by 46 percent in September. Higher scheduling rates and a boost to the cost of electricity also prompted the decision, which occurred in the middle of the city’s fiscal year.
USU President Stan Albrecht spoke at the higher education appropriations subcommittee meeting this afternoon. This marks the beginning of USU’s quest for funding at this year’s legislature.
Today’s meeting was not a request for any funding, but rather a presentation before the committee on the current university budget.
"What we've done to manage our budgets during the downturn from a few years ago; efficiencies have been created, maybe things that have been reallocated or things that have been cut," said Neil Abercrombie, director of governmental relations for USU.
Tax-filing season is here again and is scheduled to run from Jan. 31 to April 15. However, tax payers can file for more time if needed.
"If an individual needs additional time to file, they can request it by filing a form 4868 on or before midnight Tuesday April 15, and receive an additional six months of time to submit the return, not pay the tax," said Bill Brunson, Internal Revenue Service spokesman.
Senate leaders said no big decisions have been made on Medicaid expansion, though no potential options have been ruled out.
On Friday, Senate majority leader Ralph Okerlund said Republicans have barely scratched the surface on that topic in Senate caucus meetings, and no position has been taken.
“At this point, I believe all of the options are still out there on the table for our caucus,” Okerlund said. “We’re still willing to look at everything, and I suspect that (among) our caucus members, you’d find that we’ve got a lot of different opinions on whether we should go, at this point, with one of the options or with full expansion.”
U.S. House Republican leaders released their guidelines for a bi-partisan effort to overhaul the immigration system on Thursday. The Republican statement on standards for immigration reform call for a step-by-step approach and multiple little bills rather than one large piece of legislation few understand.
The statement says, "Our nation's immigration system is broken and our laws are not being enforced. Washington's failure to fix them is hurting our economy and jeopardizing our national security."
Former Utah Republican Chairman Stan Lockhart said he knows this all too well.
"So in Utah we've actually had our state legislature get involved in this issue because the federal government just showed so much inaction, and it's our experience that the current policies with the extreme difficulty to get a legal visa has created an environment of de-facto amnesty," Lockhart said.