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12:57 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Art Center in Provo Invites Artists and Crowds

At the Covey Center for the Arts in Downtown Provo, three couples seem to float across the stage as they practice a ballroom dance routine. The couples are preparing for a performance with reality TV star Mark Ballas from “Dancing with the Stars”.  

It is one of many shows that come to the Covey Center to show off their talent.  

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Utah News
12:31 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

St. George Police Investigate Counterfeiting in Sting Operation

A sting operation conducted by the Department of Homeland Security and the St. George Police Department has resulted in the arrests of three suspects allegedly trying to sell counterfeit merchandise.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and St. George police met the three individuals in the parking lot of a Walmart in Washington City.  Agent-in-charge Mark Cutchen was quick to point out that the apparent operation has no connection to Walmart—that was just the meeting location chosen by agents and the suspects.

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Cedar City
12:12 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Cedar City Youth Soccer Director Arrested in Investigation of Missing Funds

A former director of a Cedar City youth soccer club has been arrested on charges of stealing from the organization.

The investigation began in September after the Cedar City Police Department was contacted by members of the club’s board of directors who had discovered accounting discrepancies.

The investigation culminated this week in the arrest of the club’s director, Rhonda Case.

Southern Utah
11:59 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Park Authorities Search For Missing Camper in Grand Canyon

The search 21-year-old Kaitlin Anne Kenney, of Englewood, Colorado began over the weekend. Kenney  was last seen at her group's overnight camp site located near Tapeats Creek, a remote area of the Grand Canyon.  

Park authorities were notified of her disappearance and responded to the remote location after receiving a call from a member of the group carrying a satellite telephone.

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Utah News
11:21 am
Thu January 17, 2013

University of Utah Creates LGBT Housing

The University of Utah is taking more steps to accommodate LGBT students. Beginning in the fall, gender-neutral housing will be an option for on campus and University officials say the dorm is already filling up.

Last year the University of Utah was named one of the country's top 25 friendly schools for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. Huffington Post and Campus Pride ranked the U LGBT friendly in nearly every category, except housing and residential life.

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Utah News
2:06 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Utah Republicans Seek to Overrule Federal Gun Laws

Some Washington County Republicans are preparing state legislation to exempt Utah from federal gun laws and fine any federal agents who try to seize any guns.  

The move comes as a President Barack Obama pushed Congress on Wednesday to ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that republicans in Utah’s Washington County will ask state lawmakers to enact a law that would levy a $5,000 fine on any federal agent who takes a gun away from a Utah resident.

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Environment
4:03 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

State Climatologist Predicts Inversions

Robert Gillies is a part of the team that has created this program that predicts when inversions will take place, weeks in advance. Gillies and the Utah Climate Center  use the climate data and input it into the model that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association runs, to predict inversions before they happen, based on  weather patterns from around the world.

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Utah News
3:35 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Legislature to Debate State Tax Credit for Low Income Families

When the Utah Legislature convenes later this month, one topic to be debated is whether to enact a state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low-wage workers. The number of Utah families using the federal EITC has been climbing, but previous attempts to create a state EITC have failed. Comments are from two staff members at Voices for Utah Children: Tracy Gruber, policy analyst; and Allison Rowland, director of budget and research.

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Utah News
3:21 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Man Killed by Own Car in Arizona

A security guard at a Kingman, Ariz. business discovered an unconscious man laying underneath a pick up truck in the business’s parking lot.  

Mohave county sheriff’s deputies and medical personnel were called to the scene, and pronounced 54-year-old James Henry, of Kingman, deceased.

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Utah News
2:19 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Flu Season Comes Early This Year

Utah officials say  flu season has arrived early and remains active, but the strain doesn't appear dangerous.

The influenza has sent 233 people to Utah hospitals, about half the usual number for a full season.

No deaths have been reported.

Utah Department of Health epidemiologist, Valoree Vernon, says the flu season arrived about a month early this year.

Vernon says flu cases spiked last week, dropped slightly this week, and could spike again next week.

The flu season normally runs through February.

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