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Past articles by Daniel:

Latter-day Saint temple in Ukraine reopens on 'limited basis'

The Kyiv Ukraine Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has reopened, officials said Saturday. → Read More

Man uses stolen excavator to rip up store's parking lot, police say

A man was arrested after police said he stole an excavator, drove nearly a mile down the street, and started ripping up the ground at a store's parking lot. → Read More

Salt Lake City no longer under consideration to host 2024 GOP convention

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — Salt Lake City is no longer being considered to host the 2024 Republican National Convention, bid officials confirmed to KUTV 2News. The RNC site selection committee voted to remove Utah's capital city from consideration, which Politico first reported Thursday morning. The outlet noted that this leaves Milwaukee and Nashville as the final candidates to host the party's… → Read More

Republican governor promises to veto transgender athlete bill when it reaches his desk

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — In the final hours of the Utah legislative session, lawmakers approved a ban on transgender athletes participating in K-12 sports, but Gov. Spencer Cox promised to veto it when it reaches his desk. The Utah House of Representatives voted late Friday to approve the bill in a 46 to 29 vote. It came one hour after the Utah Senate introduced and passed the ban in a narrow 16… → Read More

Free period products in schools closer to reality after Utah Senate vote

A bill to put free period products in schools has cleared another hurdle. The Utah Senate unanimously passed House Bill 162 in a 24 to 0 vote Thursday afternoon. The bill needs to be voted on in the Senate one more time, but it is on hold while funding is being worked out. The bill uses public and private money to provide period products in elementary, middle, and high school restrooms. Schools… → Read More

Utah Senate committee approves new rules limiting news media access

A Utah Senate committee has approved new rules that would limit access for news media. Senate Rules Resolution 1, sponsored by Sen. Mike McKell (R-Spanish Fork), passed 7 to 1 despite arguments from journalists that the measure would harm openness, transparency, and access to lawmakers. During the often-tense committee meeting Wednesday afternoon, senators argued there need to be rules in place… → Read More

Animal fighting bill fails to pass Utah House of Representatives

The Utah House of Representatives voted down a bill that would have banned all forms of animal fighting in Utah. House Bill 112, sponsored by Rep. Marsha Judkins (R-Provo), failed to pass Thursday with a vote of 36 to 37. State law already prohibits dog fighting and cockfighting, but Judkins’ bill would have expanded that to include all animals. “Cockfighting and animal fighting of any type is a… → Read More

Bill to put period products in Utah schools moves forward

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — An effort to put period products in public and charter school bathrooms is moving ahead in the Utah Legislature. The House Education Committee gave a green light to House Bill 162 Tuesday afternoon in a unanimous vote. Supporters said this bill is long-overdue and will help girls who have missed school when they had their period at school and had no menstrual products to… → Read More

Utah Senate moving ahead with income tax cut. Here's how much you would save

The Utah Senate is moving ahead on an income tax cut that would reduce the rate from 4. 95 to 4. 85 percent. Sen. Evan Vickers (R-Cedar City), the Senate majority leader, told reporters Monday Senate Bill 59 will be the vehicle to cut the tax rate. He said the bill is expected to be heard by a Senate committee by the middle of the week. → Read More

Latter-day Saint missionaries being moved out of Ukraine amid unrest with Russia

Latter-day Saint missionaries are being moved out of Ukraine amid a drawdown of the U. S. Embassy in Kyiv and worries about a potential Russian invasion. "Due to ongoing uncertainty in Ukraine, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is temporarily reassigning full-time missionaries assigned to both the Ukraine Dnipro and Ukraine Kyiv/Moldova missions to locations outside of Ukraine,"… → Read More

2 more Utah lawmakers test positive for COVID-19

Two members of the Utah House of Representatives recently tested positive for COVID-19. Rep. Angela Romero (D-Salt Lake City) announced her positive test Friday during the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee where she appeared remotely, House Democratic spokesman Ross Chambless told KUTV 2News. Another House lawmaker, Rep. Mark Strong (R-Bluffdale), also recently tested positive. → Read More

Cut Utah's income tax rate to 4.5%? Senate leaders say that's too much

Another income tax reduction bill has been introduced at the Utah Legislature. House Bill 197, sponsored by Rep. Nelson Abbott (R-Orem), would reduce the state’s income tax rate from 4. 95 percent to 4. 5 percent. It’s the fourth bill so far proposing to slash that rate. "We've had tremendous growth in Utah. Taxpayers are being productive, and we've seen an increase in tax revenues," Abbott told… → Read More

Utah Senate votes 22-5 to overturn mask orders in Salt Lake, Summit counties

The Utah Senate has passed a resolution to overturn county mask orders in Salt Lake and Summit counties. The orders were issued amid concerns over the surge in coronavirus cases brought on by the Omicron variant. The vote was 22-5 to terminate the orders. The measure passed under suspension of Senate rules with no public hearing, as most bills usually get. It now heads to the House of… → Read More

Lawmaker proposes penalizing 100 mph+ drivers in Utah with reckless driving

A Utah lawmaker is taking aim at drivers who travel more than 100 miles an hour on the roads. Sen. Jani Iwamoto (D-Holladay) plans to introduce a bill at the upcoming legislative session that would classify driving 100 miles an hour or more as reckless driving, which is a class B misdemeanor. Right now, driving that quickly results in a traffic ticket. Iwamoto said there needs to be a higher… → Read More

Wasatch Front metro areas among highest in country for home price jumps

Utah’s housing market is getting more attention for just how high prices have jumped. According to new data from the National Association of Realtors, three Wasatch Front metropolitan areas saw some of the biggest price changes in the country over the last three years – Ogden/Clearfield, Provo/Orem, and Salt Lake City. Colton Whitney has been deep in the market lately. He sold a condo in… → Read More

Utah State police chief resigns after 'reprehensible' comments

Utah State University’s police chief has resigned after comments he made to the football team. In a statement announcing Earl Morris’s resignation one day after he was put on leave, the university called his comments in August to USU football players “reprehensible and unacceptable. ”The comments were brought to light in a lawsuit filed earlier this week that argues the university still gives… → Read More

Utah governor, first lady highlight early childhood mental health

Amid a global pandemic with serious mental health consequences for children and their caregivers, Utah’s governor and child advocates put the focus on early childhood mental health Wednesday during the second Ready! Resilient! Utah Early Childhood Mental Health Summit. “We need to focus more on providing fair and equitable access to mental health services for all young children,” Gov. → Read More

Busy day for UDOT crews during first snowfall of the season

As the snow picked up Thursday across the Wasatch Front, Dale Talbot got busy. Talbot is a UDOT incident management member, driving one of the large trucks you often see pulled off to the side of the freeway, helping with crashes and slide-offs. “These things are beasts,” said Talbot, driving the truck up Parleys Canyon as light snow was falling and sticking to the roads. “We push and pull… → Read More

Utah County Commission votes to split clerk/auditor into two positions

The Utah County Commission has voted to separate the clerk/auditor’s office into two separate functions. The 2 to 1 vote Wednesday gave the green light to the proposal from Commissioner Tom Sakievich, who said his effort comes after a 13-month study. The clerk and auditor positions were consolidated in 1989. “My focused approach was to restore the significant, independent executive roles of… → Read More

Lt. Gov. Henderson defends election system as Utah lawmakers move ahead with audit

Utah’s lieutenant governor is responding to state lawmakers’ decision to move ahead with an election audit. The Legislative Audit Subcommittee voted Tuesday evening 4 to 2, along party lines, for the audit into the state’s election integrity. The move drew criticism from Democrats who said it fed into the lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, and that it’s a waste of resources.… → Read More