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Salt Lake City, UT, United States

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Past articles by Kelly:

Utah art teacher fired over classical nude images wants an apology from school district

Mateo Rueda had big plans for his Lincoln Elementary School students upon their return from winter break. → Read More

A simple color change is allowing Rich High School to drop its Confederate soldier mascot

Rich High School is changing its mascot of more than 30 years after complaints that it is racially insensitive. → Read More

Voters saying yes to Canyons, Granite school bonds — so far

Voters in the Canyons and Granite school districts were embracing multimillion-dollar bond proposals in unofficial early returns Tuesday night. → Read More

Morgan School District seeks $49 million bond measure to ease overcrowding

Doug Jacobs joked that if enrollment in Morgan School District keeps growing the way it has, students will have to be shuttled into school like skiers headed to Snowbasin Resort. → Read More

Granite School District would use $238 million bond for school upgrades, improving earthquake safety

Granite School District will tackle a major overhaul of its buildings should voters approve its $238 million bond proposal on Tuesday. → Read More

Ogden School District says $106.5 million bond would expand schools, improve learning

As snows melt each spring, empty buckets line the hallways and classrooms of Ogden School District’s T.O. Smith Elementary School to catch water dripping from its leaky roof. → Read More

Scores dipped in all subjects last year on Utah’s student proficiency tests

Fewer students across Utah met grade-level standards, according to the latest round of SAGE scores – the first dip in results since the state proficiency test’s inception four years ago. → Read More

Utah Red Cross volunteers being deployed to Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma

Three days before Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, the American Red Cross of Utah deployed dozens of volunteers to prepare for the relief efforts. → Read More

Westminster College president to retire

Westminster College President Stephen Morgan announced Friday he will retire at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. → Read More

Digital 2nd opinion: Utah hospitals picked to develop new algorithms for cancer screening

Dana Lombardi’s life changed with one phone call from her mother’s cousin four years ago. → Read More

U. researcher etches university logo onto his own red blood cells

British mountaineer George Mallory famously said he climbed Mt → Read More

Utah insurers want high-cost patients removed from the Obamacare marketplace

The last two insurers still offering to cover Utahns under Obamacare say the system is broken — and to help fix it, they want state lawmakers to exclude patients with the highest medical costs → Read More

Salt Award win gives new food truck and brewery affirmation, motivation

Anne Mouritsen discovered her love of cooking while watching her father experiment in the kitchen during her childhood in Brazil → Read More

The Great American Eclipse: What you need to know

The day of the Great American Eclipse is finally here. Just over an hour before 11:33 a.m. MDT, the Salt Lake Valley sky will start to transition from a typical late-morning hue to dusk as the moon makes it way across the sun, gradually blotting out sunlight. Monday’s eclipse is the first in 99 years to traverse the U.S. coast to coast, with the path of totality stretching from Salem, Oregon,… → Read More

Medical marijuana backers in Utah launch signature-gathering campaign

Nicole Cook and Jayna Bousum walked to a food-truck event at Salt Lake City’s Gallivan Center Thursday expecting to pick up lunch and quickly head back to the office. But when they arrived, organizers for Utah’s medical-marijuana ballot initiative offered them a chance to be among the first to sign petitions to put the issue to a vote in November 2018. “My mom died three years ago of multiple… → Read More

Two human cases of West Nile virus found in Salt Lake County, health officials say

Two human cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed in Salt Lake County, health officials said Wednesday. The two cases were confirmed over the weekend, a county health department spokesman said. And with the potentially fatal virus’ transmission to humans and the number of mosquitoes carrying West Nile growing across the state, officials with the state and county Departments of Health are… → Read More

Traveling to see the total solar eclipse? Here is what you can expect.

Storee Powell planned on being one of the many Utahns heading north to witness the total solar eclipse on Monday. She and her husband would pack up their car and head to Shelley, Idaho, just south of Idaho Falls, to watch the moon block out the sun, turning day to night for two minutes, from her parents’ backyard. The trip normally takes the Logan couple just under two and half hours, but after… → Read More

Creole-inspired food truck lets owners embrace and share their roots

Helena Carter believes everyone is put on Earth to share their gifts, but she didn’t always think that sharing cooking was for her. Carter discovered a love for it early on while helping her chef mother in the kitchen and on catering jobs. But witnessing the day-to-day struggles of the profession firsthand made her hesitant to pursue it as a career. “I told myself I’d do whatever it takes to… → Read More

Eight bats test positive for rabies, Utah officials confirm

Eight bats caught at various locations across Utah have tested positive for rabies, officials confirmed Thursday. The Utah Public Health Laboratory, located in Taylorsville, has identified the cases out of dozens of bats submitted for testing since January, one of which was confirmed late Wednesday. And although that number is not abnormal, a spokesman for the Utah Department of Agriculture and… → Read More

Utah approves signature-gathering for 2018 medical marijuana initiative

Medical marijuana supporters in Utah received a go-ahead from state election officials Thursday to start gathering signatures needed to qualify the measure for the November 2018 ballot. Utah Patients Coalition officials said they will begin collecting signatures next week — with a stated goal of gathering all 113,143 signatures required before the January start of the 2018 legislative session.… → Read More