Man's guilty plea upheld in 2009 murder of BYU professor

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Supreme Court has rejected a bid by a man convicted of killing a retired Brigham Young University professor in 2009 to withdraw his guilty plea. The justices said in a ruling issued Wednesday that 30-year-old Benjamin Rettig’s guilty plea will stand despite his...


Northwest tree shortage leads to Christmas conundrum in Utah

Christmas Tree Shortage

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah families looking for a fresh-cut Christmas tree might come up short because fewer conifers are available in the Pacific Northwest this year. The shortage involves the Great Recession, the Salt Lake Tribune reported Tuesday. Joe Shadle, owner of J&T Trees in Utah, said it...


Training run canceled at Lake Louise ahead of men's downhill

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (AP) — Training for the men’s World Cup skiing stop at Lake Louise was canceled for a second straight day. The runs were called off Thursday because of rain and temperatures above freezing. Training was canceled Wednesday after warm temperatures after a heavy snowfall made the...


Utah lawmakers worried about logjam of proposals

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Utah state legislative leaders are considering creating rules to reduce the logjam of legislative proposals submitted by lawmakers before the session even starts.


Anglers win access to stretch of Weber River

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Anglers scored a key legal victory when the Utah Supreme Court ruled that a one-mile stretch of the Weber River will remain open even where it winds through private property. The Standard-Examiner in Ogden reports that the Tuesday ruling found the stretch is “navigable water”...


Salvation Army looking for participants in needle mishap

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Salvation Army in Las Vegas is working to locate people who may have been involved in a needle mishap. KLAS-TV reports two students in the health program at Southern Utah University led a free health clinic in Las Vegas during the school’s fall break. The students were...


Miami, Northwestern, Utah to play in 2018 Wooden Legacy

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Miami, Northwestern and Utah are among the eight schools that will play in the 2018 Wooden Legacy men’s college basketball tournament. Next year’s field for the tournament to be played Nov. 22, 23 and 25 was announced Thursday. Miami won two of three games when it played in...


Police: Woman responsible for fatal hit-and-run was drinking

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities say a woman responsible for a fatal hit-and-run was drinking alcohol while driving. KUTV reports that a probable cause statement shows that suspect Roxanna Molina acknowledged to police that she had several shots and beers before driving to a party. Unified Police...


Turkey and cocktails: $3.4M in pre-holiday liquor sales

Record Liquor Sales Thanksgiving

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah sold $3.4 million in alcohol on Wednesday at 45-state owned liquor stores to set a record for the day before Thanksgiving. Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control released sales figures Thursday that show about 347,000 bottles were sold on a day when residents...


Olympic exploratory chair: Salt Lake can't just break even

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The chairman of Salt Lake City’s Olympic exploratory committee says the city shouldn’t bid to host another Winter Games unless they’re sure they can make a profit. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Fraser Bullock said Monday at the committee’s meeting that nobody wants to...

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