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Body found near Tooele wildfire prompts homicide investigation

DN Stock TOOELE — The death of a man whose body was found on the edge of a fire that burned several acres in Soldier Canyon over the weekend has been ruled a homicide, authorities said. The body was found on the west edge of the fire by crews on Sunday about 12:35 p.m., the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday. A white late ’90s Honda Accord was abandoned near the scene. Tooele County Sheriff’s deputies responded after the body was found Sunday but had to wait to investigate until the fire was contained. After authorities were able to access the scene, they determined the suspicious death was a homicide. As of Monday authorities […]Read full article >
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BYU didn’t ‘act like a police department,’ state argues in certification appeal

BYU police monitor traffic at a university basketball game in Provo on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — The Brigham Young University Police Department didn’t do “what any professional police department does,” attorney Michael Hansen with the Utah Attorney General’s Office argued Monday. “What we have is a police department that doesn’t act like a police department,” he said. But even if one of the department’s former officers violated the law by accessing protected records and then shared them with the BYU Honor Code Office, decertifying an entire police department for one officer’s actions would […]Read full article >
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Deseret News, Salt Lake Tribune will not renew Joint Operating Agreement

The MediaOne building in West Valley City is pictured on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. | Steve Griffin, Deseret News Salt Lake Tribune announces weekly newspaper, will stop daily print publication The Salt Lake Tribune Monday said the news organization will print a weekly publication beginning next year and end its daily print option for subscribers of the newspaper. The Tribune’s board of directors announced the decision Monday, shortly after The Tribune and the Deseret News released a joint statement confirming the end of the decadeslong Joint Operating Agreement between the Deseret News and The Salt Lake Tribune at the end of 2020. With the end […]Read full article >
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Virtual energy summit underscores Utah’s diverse resources

Area at I-80 near 7200 South where the Utah Inland Port is planned to be built in Salt Lake City on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. | Steve Griffin, Deseret News COVID-19 emphasizes importance of regional trade SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is benefitting greatly from the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement negotiated and approved in 2018, seeing $5 billion worth of trade with Mexico and $3 billion in trade with Canada, capitalizing on important products like agriculture and manufactured goods. The agreement was one of many Utah success stories highlighted Monday at the state’s first virtual-only Economic and Energy Summit, which was to be a limited […]Read full article >
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Taylorsville appoints precinct chief to lead new police department 

Tracy Wyant | Taylorsville city TAYLORSVILLE — Tracy Wyant, chief of the Unified police’s Taylorsville precinct, on Monday was tapped to lead the city’s new police department. City leaders decided in June to end their contract with the Unified Police Department and move police services in-house. The new department is set to be up and running by July 1, 2021. “We are so happy to extend this offer to Chief Wyant and that he has accepted,” Mayor Kristie Overson said in a press release, Wyant has worked as precinct chief since 2012. Wyant has worked in law enforcement for 23 years, serving in a myriad of assignments and positions with the Salt […]Read full article >
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Utah reports slight dip in new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations Monday

Phlebotomist Ethan Laudie performs a COVID-19 test at an Intermountain Healthcare COVID-19 mobile testing site outside of Orem Community Hospital in Orem on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News 1,201 positive cases reported SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials reported slightly fewer COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations Monday compared to the record numbers over the previous five days. Just over 1,200 new cases were reported of 5,745 tests, with a 20.9% positive rate, according to the Utah Department of Health. But the rolling seven-day average for new cases now is nearly 1,500 per day (1,495) and the average positive test […]Read full article >