Tag Archives: Utah

Utah Man Charged In Threat To Kill Claire McCaskill

The Deseret News reports: A Utah man who claimed he was on his way to Missouri to kill a former U.S. senator was arrested after UHP troopers caught him driving up to 130 mph in the snow while impaired. George William Stahl, 36, of Cottonwood Heights, was booked into the Summit County Jail early Wednesday for investigation of making a …

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Utah Governor Declares State Of Emergency, Imposes Statewide Mask Rule: “Our Hospitals Are Full” [VIDEO]

The Salt Lake Tribune reports: Utah’s governor declared a new state of emergency late Sunday after the state’s most devastating week of the pandemic, as COVID-19 infections skyrocketed and deaths hit new highs. His big concern is the surge in hospitalizations that may soon overwhelm doctors and nurses. Gov. Gary Herbert issued a series of new restrictions, including a statewide …

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Utah GOP US House Candidate Accused Of Plagiarism

Media Matters reports: Right-wing pundit and U.S. House candidate Burgess Owens, who is scheduled to speak on August 26 at the Republican National Convention, plagiarized numerous passages in his most recent book Why I Stand: From Freedom to the Killing Fields of Socialism. Owens lifted material from sources ranging from Wikipedia to a relatively obscure blog for sections on subjects …

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UTAH: Officials Say Kanye West Qualified For Ballot

The Associated Press reports: Rapper Kanye West has qualified to appear on Utah’s ballot this November as an unaffiliated presidential candidate, an elections official said Monday. State Elections Director Justin Lee said his office has verified that West’s campaign gathered the necessary 1,000 signatures from registered voters required to appear on the ballot. His campaign filed paperwork on July 15 …

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UTAH: Trump Cultists Disrupt County Meeting On Face Masks In Schools, Chairman Calls Off Meeting [VIDEO]

The Salt Lake Tribune reports: As she walked up to the podium to speak, one of the moms grabbed a face mask and spit her gum out into it. “It’s garbage,” she shrugged, wadding it up. “It doesn’t work anyway. Not for me and not for my kids.” A dad who spoke after her said he, too, doesn’t think the …

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Four States Get “Red Flag” Warnings On Wildfires

ABC News reports: In the west, very dry and blustery conditions continue to spread the Bighorn Fire near Tucson, Arizona, where evacuations have been issued. The Bighorn Fire is only 10% contained and is more than 6,000 acres. A brush fire also broke out just east of San Diego, where evacuation orders were in effect. Red flag warnings have now …

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UTAH: Gov Candidate Jon Huntsman Sick With COVID

Utah’s Deseret News reports: Former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. said Wednesday he’s tested positive for COVID-19. One of four Republican candidates for governor on the June 30 primary ballot, Huntsman tweeted he has “been experiencing classic symptoms … like so many others, my goal is to keep my family safe. Though isolated temporarily, we’ve never been more energized in this …

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Utah Man Aims Bow And Arrow At Protesters [VIDEO]

The Grio reports: A white man declaring “All Lives Matter” during demonstrations in Utah on Saturday was detained by police after he aimed a bow and arrow at protesters. Video footage of the shocking Salt Lake City incident shows Brandon McCormick standing in the street beside his vehicle as he begins to prepare his bow and arrow to apparently use …

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LGBT Group To Host Utah GOP Gubernatorial Debate

Ben Winslow reports at Salt Lake City’s Fox affiliate: The Republican candidates seeking to lead one of the reddest states in the nation have all agreed to appear in a forum on LGBTQ issues. Equality Utah, a political advocacy organization for LGBTQ rights, will host the GOP candidates for governor in an online forum on Friday, FOX 13 confirmed. Thomas …

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UTAH: 68 New Cases Traced To Two Defiant Businesses

The Provo Daily Herald reports: Nearly half of the employees of a Utah County business tested positive for COVID-19 after the business instructed employees to not follow quarantine guidelines and required staff who had tested positive to report to work, according to a written statement from county executives. The statement, which was released Monday evening and was signed by Utah …

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Surveillance Firm Loses Utah Deal Over CEO’s KKK Past

The Salt Lake Tribune reports: The Utah Attorney General’s Office will suspend use of a massive surveillance system after a news report showed that the founder of the company behind the effort was once an active participant in a white supremacist group and was involved in the shooting of a synagogue. Damien Patton, who helped launch and now leads the …

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Second Member Of Congress Tests Positive For Virus

The Salt Lake Tribune reports: Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, says he has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the second member of Congress to confirm similar results within hours. “Today I learned that I tested positive,” McAdams said in a statement Wednesday evening. “I am still working for Utahns and pursuing efforts to get Utahns the resources they need as I …

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UTAH: State Senate Votes To Decriminalize Polygamy

The Salt Lake Tribune reports: A bill that would effectively decriminalize polygamy and dispel fears of prosecution for plural marriage among consenting adults sailed through the Utah Senate on Tuesday. Sen. Deidre Henderson’s bill would reclassify bigamy as an infraction, codifying the practice of the Utah attorney general’s office not to prosecute otherwise law-abiding polygamists. An infraction, like a traffic …

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Trump Lobs Romney Insult At Utah’s Governor [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: President Donald Trump continued his verbal barrage on Sen. Mitt Romney on Monday, telling Utah’s governor, “You keep him.” Trump, who’s repeatedly criticized his fellow Republican since Romney voted last week to convict the president for abuse of power at his Senate impeachment trial, still had the Utah senator on his mind when Gov. Gary Herbert tried …

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UTAH: Republican State Rep Files Resolution To Censure Romney, Fears Retribution On State Interests By Trump

The Salt Lake Tribune reports: A rural Utah lawmaker is asking his colleagues to send a message of support to President Donald Trump by voting to censure Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah. Rep. Phil Lyman, R-Blanding, on Thursday announced that he had filed a resolution to censure Romney, saying the senator’s judgment was questionable even if his motives were pure. “We’re …

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Utah Biggest Paper Hails Romney’s “Profile In Courage”

From the editorial board of the Salt Lake Tribune: He could have voted with the rest of the Republican members of the Senate of the United States to acquit the president of the United States on both of the articles of impeachment brought by the House of Representatives. He could have rationalized it — to himself, to his party, to …

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Utah Becomes 19th State To Ban Ex-Gay Torture

Ben Winslow reports at Salt Lake City’s Fox affiliate: A rule banning conversion therapy on LGBTQ children has gone into effect, making Utah the 19th state to ban the practice. Governor Gary Herbert’s office confirmed to FOX 13 that the administrative rule went into effect on Tuesday night. The governor’s office declined to comment any further on it. Last year, …

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Utah Gov Cancels Racy Anti-HIV Condom Campaign

Ben Winslow reports for Salt Lake City’s Fox affiliate: It was meant as a fun, Utah-themed way to raise awareness of HIV. Utah’s Department of Health planned to distribute 100,000 condoms turning some popular state slogans and landmarks into double-entendres. But it apparently did not amuse Governor Gary Herbert, who put a stop to the campaign just hours after it …

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LDS Church Accused Of Secretly Stockpiling $100B

The Washington Post reports: A former investment manager alleges in a whistleblower complaint to the Internal Revenue Service that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has amassed about $100 billion in accounts intended for charitable purposes, according to a copy of the complaint obtained by The Washington Post. The confidential document, received by the IRS on Nov. 21, …

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UTAH: Activists And LDS Agree On Ex-Gay Torture Ban

The Salt Lake Tribune reports: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and LGBTQ advocates have coalesced around a proposed ban on “conversion therapy” for minors. Gov. Gary Herbert on Tuesday evening announced that groups involved in the emotional debate have finally agreed on language that would prohibit the discredited practice. The proposed professional licensing rule for therapists and …

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