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Utah’s Death Investigation Backlog Impacts Insurance Payouts

Utah state medical examiners have an autopsy caseload that’s twice the recommended maximum, but the state still has a months-long delay in death investigations that’s affecting homicide investigations, insurance payouts and organ donations. The Standard-Examiner reported that Chief Medical Examiner …

Teen Traffic Deaths Continue to Rise in Utah

More Utah teens have died in car crashes during the first nine months of this year than in all of 2015, according to new state data. A total of 26 teenagers have died on Utah roads so far in 2016, …

Utah City Passes Safety Regulations for Growing Number of Trampoline Gyms

Concerns about broken bones and safety at trampoline gyms has prompted the Provo city council to pass new regulations requiring the facilities to have supervised jumping, injury reporting and insurance. The Daily Herald reported Provo’s Municipal Council unanimously approved the …

Mortgage Companies in Utah Will Settle for $10M

Two Utah mortgage lenders will pay a total of nearly $10 million to settle allegations that they approved borrowers without documenting information like income and credit history. The U.S. Department of Justice said this week that the Salt Lake City-based companies …

Weather Service: Tornados Touch Down Hundreds of Miles Apart in Utah

Two tornados touched down hundreds of miles apart in Utah, damaging about two dozen buildings and knocking out power to thousands of people, the National Weather Service Confirmed. The severe weather on Thursday also flooded streets and dropped golf-ball-sized hail …

Utah’s Unique Zika Case Remains Medical Mystery

A case of the Zika virus in Utah is now the only one in the continental U.S. that’s still puzzling researchers on exactly how it spread, health officials said this week. The man caught the illness after caring for his …

Ex-Miss Utah’s Case against Provo Dismissed by High Court

Citing an unpaid court fee, the Utah Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former Miss Utah who says she was wrongly arrested on suspicion of stealing from the skin-care company Nu Skin. The lawsuit against the city of …

Wegkamp Named Utah Captive Insurance Director

Utah Insurance Commissioner Todd E. Kiser has named Travis Wegkamp new director of the captive division. He replaces David J. Snowball, who is retiring this month. Kiser praised Snowball’s tenure as director, under whom Utah’s captive industry grew to a …

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 …