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Windfall in treatment beds still expected by around end of year, state official tells lawmakers

Ben Lockhart, KSL  |  Posted   Sep 21st - 7:47am

The director of the Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse said he remains confident that more than 200 treatment beds will be made available, by late December or early January, for people targeted for help by Operation Rio Grande.

GOP lawmaker drafting bill to eliminate state sales tax on food

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted   Sep 21st - 7:44am

A Republican state lawmaker said Wednesday he's drafting a bill to eliminate the state sales tax on food entirely while raising the overall rate by less than a quarter of a percent.

Panel pitches possible fixes to Utah's teacher shortage

Annie Knox, KSL  |  Posted   Sep 21st - 7:17am

At a Wednesday panel, education leaders said growing teachers young, linking them with strong mentors and giving them leadership opportunities are some of the solutions to Utah's teacher shortage. And pay always is an issue, they said.

Is Kim Jong Un insane? Rep. Stewart says no, but he's a real threat

Jasen Lee, KSL  |  Posted   Sep 21st - 6:51am

Rep. Chris Stewart says Kim Jong Un is not insane, but he poses the most pressing threat to the United States as he pushes forward with plans to develop missiles capable of reaching the U.S.

'Hope for Houston' $1 million donation going toward supplies to help rebuild Texas town

Alex Cabrero  |  Posted   Sep 20th - 10:47pm

KSL and Bonneville radio stations presented a million-dollar check to Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster to help victims of Hurricane Harvey after KSL viewers and listeners made donations during a "Hope for Houston" telethon event.

Electricity workers rescue man from burning Salt Lake City home

Jacob Klopfenstein  |  Posted   Sep 20th - 10:30pm

Three Rocky Mountain Power workers helped pull a man out of a burning home on Wednesday morning, probably saving the man’s life, police said.

Police: Long-term approach to gang problem must combat elementary school recruitment

Andrew Adams  |  Posted   Sep 20th - 10:14pm

Community leaders and police in Kearns said Wednesday they were doing what they could to stay on top of the gang problem, after two innocent people died in a crash with a truck that detectives said was fleeing a drive-by shooting.

200 bats invade West High School

Mike Anderson, KSL  |  Posted   Sep 20th - 9:43pm

Students at West High School are used to seeing bats, as the school sits along bats' migratory path. But they aren't used to seeing 200 inside the main building.

Utah Legislature passes 2 bills to fund, facilitate Operation Rio Grande

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted   Sep 20th - 8:37pm

With near-unanimous support, the Utah Legislature has passed two bills to support Operation Rio Grande — one to fund nearly $5 million in law enforcement efforts and one to facilitate a 2-year closure of Rio Grande Street.

Utah tech unicorn hosts inaugural conference, welcomes Michelle Obama

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted   Sep 20th - 8:03pm

Utah tech education company Pluralsight hosted its first user conference Wednesday and welcomed some big names, including former first lady Michelle Obama.

9th-grader donates award-winning mascot sculpture to Herriman middle school

Carter Williams,  |  Posted   Sep 20th - 7:32pm

Joseph Barwick estimates he spent well over 200 hours creating a giant sculpture of his middle school’s mascot, which won him an award at the Utah State Fair. Now, it has a spot at the middle school Barwick attends.

Molina health insurance is leaving: What that means for thousands of Utahns

Heather Simonsen, KSL  |  Posted   Sep 20th - 7:00pm

Last year, Humana health insurance left Utah and now Molina is going too. Soon, thousands of people will have to find new health insurance, with only two options to choose from. Approximately 177,000 Utahns use the Affordable Care Act marketplace.

Crash victim connected to Alex Wubbels arrest still in critical condition, family says

Jacob Klopfenstein  |  Posted   Sep 20th - 6:45pm

A man involved in a crash earlier this summer — who University Hospital nurse Alex Wubbels was overseeing before her controversial arrest — is still in critical condition as of this week.

Man's body pulled from water in Millcreek

McKenzie Romero, KSL  |  Posted   Sep 20th - 6:28pm

Police are investigating after a man's body was found in a creek Wednesday morning.

Fed decisions on interest rates and monetary policy a signal of economic confidence, local analyst says

Jasen Lee, KSL  |  Posted   Sep 20th - 5:49pm

The choice of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank to keep interest rates unchanged and reduce its influence on the national money supply is a sign of belief in the country’s economic strength, a Utah economist said.

Utah lawmakers continue work on 3-digit suicide prevention line

Ryan Morgan  |  Posted   Sep 20th - 5:17pm

State lawmakers are looking at a series of bills in support of Utah's new mental health crisis line.

Police interviewing person of interest in Layton shooting

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted   Sep 20th - 4:37pm

Police are interviewing a 19-year-old person of interest after a shooting in Layton that sent one victim to the hospital, according to the Layton Police Department.

Legislature to consider bill to allow removal of mentally incapacitated elected officials

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted   Sep 20th - 3:04pm

A bill that would allow the removal of mentally incapacitated elected officials and address troubling situations such as what happened with former Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott will have a new chance to become law next year.

'Elvis' charged in Kearns assault of teen girl two years ago

Pat Reavy, KSL  |  Posted   Sep 20th - 2:31pm

Charges have been filed against a transient accused of abusing a teen girl who was walking home from school two years ago in Kearns.

Crews make repairs to docks, marinas after microburst on Lake Powell

Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 20th - 2:02pm

Authorities say repairs are nearly finished to property in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area that was damaged by last week's microburst along the Utah-Arizona border.