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A bill to allow a presidential primary in Utah next year passed out of committee on Thursday, a day after Mitt Romney urged state leaders to create one. But Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans said his party will skip …

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Boris Johnson, the mayor of London , lays a bouquet of flowers on the south pool during a tour of the National September 11 Memorial, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) Utah study: 9/11 attacks literally hurt our hearts
    The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks coincided with a decline in heart health among Utahns, according to a study by the Intermountain Heart Institute. Rese...
    Updated Mar 05 2015 12:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah man sentenced to jail time in beating death
    A LaVerkin man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter — admitting that he beat a man to death with a tree branch in 2013 — was sentenced Thursday to two ...
    Updated Mar 05 2015 12:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • UHP: I-15 leaper was likely DUI, trying to flee crash scene
    Updated Mar 05 2015 01:18 pm   |     |   Share
    Find Rejuvenation at the Women’s Adventure Retreat, May 3-9, 2015
    When Teri Birk was looking for a getaway that would mix ultimate adventure with sublime relaxation, she found just what she needed at the Women’s Adve...
    Updated Feb 20 2015 08:12 am   |     |   Share

    The Sugar Plum Fairy played by Beckanne Sisk takes the stage as cast members of Ballet West, of Salt Lake City, Utah work through a dress rehearsal for their performance of The Nutcracker at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC., Wednesday, December 10, 2014. (Photo Rod Lamkey Jr.) Trib Talk Exclusive: Ballet West announces new season
    What does Ballet West have in store for its 2015-2016 season? Find out at 12:15 p.m. Thursday as Ballet West artistic director Adam Sklute unveils the...
    Updated Mar 05 2015 01:00 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Hands raise in the audience for those that want to speak against the Antidiscrimination and Religious Freedom, SB296 sponsored by Sen. Stephen Urquhart, R, Saint George, and Sen. Stuart Adams, R-Layton, as it gets its first hearing Thursday March 5 in the Senate Business and Labor Committee.  Many in the audince spoke for two minutes each for and against the bill. Mormon-backed anti-discrimination bill passes first test — unanimously
    By unanimous vote, a Utah Senate committee advanced a trailblazing bill Thursday that would bar housing and employment discrimination against the LGBT...
    Updated Mar 05 2015 01:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • Bill advances to allow presidential primary, a day after Mitt Romney requests it
    A bill to allow a presidential primary in Utah next year passed out of committee on Thursday, a day after Mitt Romney urged state leaders to create on...
    Updated Mar 05 2015 02:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • Plane skids off runway at LaGuardia; no injuries reported
    New York• A Delta plane has skidded off a runway while landing at LaGuardia Airport. The Fire Department of New York says no injuries have been report...
    Updated Mar 05 2015 10:00 am   |     |   Share
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in San Francisco, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) News roundup: Jeb Bush asks donors not to give too much -- well, $1 million or less
    Jeb Bush asks donors not to give too much -- well, $1 million or less. Lawmakers, LDS officials and LGBT leaders unveil anti-discrimination bill. Mitt...

    Updated Mar 05 2015 01:42 pm   |     |   Share

  • Along the parade route children sit mesmerized as elephants pass by them. The Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey  Circus' elephant parade, complete with clowns, balloons, costumed performers, and of course, elephants, made its way down First South through the Gateway  up South Temple to Third West and back to First South on Wednesday, September 24 2008. Paul Fraughton / Salt Lake Tribune Ringling Bros. Circus is eliminating elephant acts
    POLK CITY, Fla. • The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is ending its iconic elephant acts. The circus’ parent company, Feld Entertainment, to...
    Updated Mar 05 2015 09:55 am   |     |   Share
  • Supreme Court will hear gay marriage cases on April 28
    Washington • The Supreme Court will hear arguments over same-sex marriage on April 28. The court released its calendar Thursday for the final two week...
    Updated Mar 05 2015 09:55 am   |     |   Share
  • Snowmobiler rescued from upper Logan Canyon
    A 47-year-old snowmobiler was in serious condition Thursday, the day after he was rescued by Cache County Search and Rescue crews from a crash site in...
    Updated Mar 05 2015 10:57 am   |     |   Share
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LDS missionaries in Ghana LDS apostle Jeffrey R. Holland predicts 100,000 Mormon missionaries by 2019
    The LDS Church expects to have more missionaries than ever in its global proselytizing force by 2019, according to a top Mormon leader. “We’re project...
    Updated Mar 04 2015 12:39 pm   |     |   Share

  • Woman robbed at knifepoint in downtown Salt Lake City
    Police are hunting for a man who robbed a woman at knifepoint late Wednesday night in downtown Salt Lake City. Detectives say the 30-year-old woman wa...
    Updated Mar 05 2015 11:10 am   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy | Spanish Fork Fire Department Spanish Fork firefighters say a blaze destroyed a garage, two vehicles and heavily damaged a home the morning of Thursday, March 5, 2015. Spanish Fork family forced from home by fire
    A family of four was left without a home early Thursday after a fire heavily damaged their Spanish Fork house. A 911 call reporting the blaze at 113 N...
    Updated Mar 05 2015 11:09 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah forecast: Snow-clogged Wasatch Front braces for . . . warmth
    After nearly a week of icy rain and bountiful snow, northern Utah is bracing for a spell of . . . merciful warmth. See, Janice Joplin was right. Alway...
    Updated Mar 05 2015 08:54 am   |     |   Share
    What happens if the zombie outbreak starts in Salt Lake City?
    What would happen if the zombie outbreak’s patient zero popped up in Salt Lake City? If you're not content to sit back and imagine it during the "Walk...
    Updated Mar 04 2015 11:00 am   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

From 1924 through the 1940's live cougars prowled the sidelines of BYU games. It wasn't until October 15, 1953 that Daniel T. Gallego became the first person to wear the now famous costume of Cosmo the Cougar. Here Cosmo takes to the floor during a BYU basketball game in Provo, Saturday, January 31, 2015. I Love video series: Cosmo the Cougar loves BYU
    Cosmo can’t bring himself to talk about it. But he really loves Brigham Young University. See his story in the latest video in The Tribune’s “I Love”...
    Updated Mar 05 2015 09:33 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Swat team members get into position, near 9200 South and Quail Hollow Drive in Sandy.  A 37-year-old male was found dead in the home after the 5 hour stand off,  Thursday, March 5, 2015 SWAT standoff ends with apparent suicide by gunman in Sandy
    SWAT officers entered a Sandy home following a five-hour standoff Thursday morning only to find the barricaded gunman inside was dead of an apparent s...
    Updated Mar 05 2015 09:33 am   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Citizens line up to speak about a bill, SB164, which later failed to pass during a meeting of the House Business and Labor Committee at the State Capitol Building in Salt Lake City, Wednesday March 4, 2015. SB164 would have enacted Healthy Utah, the Governor's plan for expanding Medicaid to cover those in the so-called coverage gap and even more low-income Utahns. Panel rejects Healthy Utah; opts for House alternative, Utah Cares
    A House committee Wednesday snubbed the governor’s Healthy Utah plan but forwarded House Majority Leader Jim Dunnigan’s Utah Cares plan for Medicaid e...
    Updated Mar 04 2015 10:58 pm   |     |   Share
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Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, is among the Republicans interested in criminal justice reform, with the goal of reducing the number of people incarcerated. News roundup: Like Clinton, Utah’s Chaffetz uses a personal email for his job
    Like Clinton, Utah’s Chaffetz uses a personal email for his job. Speaker Hughes reverses, will allow Healthy Utah to be heard. Compromise bill would h...

    Updated Mar 04 2015 03:39 pm   |     |   Share