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Utah Law Enables Authorities to Crash Drones at Wildfires

Utah’s governor has signed into law a measure that makes the state the first to let authorities jam drone signals and crash the devices specifically for flying too close to wildfires. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert’s office announced this week that he …

Zika Case in Utah Raises Questions over How Virus Spreads

The case of a Utah man who contracted the Zika virus after caring for his infected father raised new questions for health experts who said Tuesday that the investigation could guide new research into the way the disease spreads. The …

Utah Train Worker Error Caused Derailment, Report Shows

A Salt Lake City train derailed nearly two months ago because the operator thought he was supposed to go straight and took a curve at more than twice the recommended speed, according to newly released police documents. Operator Bryce Johnson …

Uptick in Fatal Crashes Involving Marijuana in Utah

Utah officials say the number of fatal car wrecks in Utah in which drivers tested positive for marijuana has more than doubled in the last three years, according to annual report from the state’s Department of Public Safety. An annual …

Utah Hunting Guide Files Suit Against Boy Scouts Following Reckless Shooting

A Utah hunting guide is suing the Boy Scouts of America in federal court, claiming someone on a hunting trip he led in 2014 shot him in the eye. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that 61-year-old Craig Bingham filed a …

Utah Doghouse Highway Death Results in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

A northern Utah woman whose husband and 4-year-old daughter were killed when a doghouse fell out of a man’s truck and caused a highway pileup has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Alyssa Chambers filed the suit last week seeking $300,000 …

Utah Earthquake Country Examined

Signs of earthquakes are everywhere in the chaotically beautiful geology of southwest Utah and the region where the mile-high Colorado Plateau falls off into the corrugated Basin-and-Range landscape that dominates neighboring Nevada. The treeless desert lays bare the lines of …

Retrofitting in Utah, Nevada Spurred by Earthquake Report

A new report raising the likelihood of a destructive earthquake striking Salt Lake City, Utah in the next half century has underscored the urgency to retrofit more than 30,000 older brick homes and other unreinforced buildings at high risk of …

Rural Utah Fire Departments Grind to Keep Up Daytime Manpower

Fire chiefs in rural Cache Valley say when someone calls 911, they always manage to send a team to help, but the harsh reality is they don’t have enough volunteers to handle daytime calls. “It’s a tough time to scare …

$1M in Damage at University of Utah from Water Main Break

Fire officials say a water break has caused $1 million in damage to a University of Utah building. The new estimates from last week’s flooding show it impacted 70,000 square feet of offices and equipment. Officials say there were concerns …