Orem residents upset with housing project near UVU force issue onto ballot

OREM — Residents angry about a proposed housing project near Utah Valley University learned Friday that they won the first skirmish in their battle by gathering enough signatures to force a citywide vote. “I’m happy, and I’m happy for the 71 petitioners who gave up a lot of family time to do this,” said Mark Tippetts, who opposes the Palos Verdes project. The development — planned for near Lakeridge Junior High School, 951 S. 400 West, just east of the UVU campus — would house approximately 1,600 students and contain a parking lot with room for 1,200 vehicles. When nearby residents heard about a zoning change for the project, many… Read More

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Utah students rally for gun reform on anniversary of Columbine shooting

SALT LAKE CITY — Soon after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Brynna Dow’s school was evacuated for a fire alarm. As the Skyline High School sophomore and her classmates exited English class, their substitute teacher said, “Oh no, this just happened in Florida. I hope there’s not a shooting here,” Brynna recalled. The teen said that moment was the most terrified she’s ever been in her life. “There was no reason why I should be that scared at my school, where I’m supposed to be able to feel safe,” she said. She was one of more than 200 students from the Salt Lake area… Read More

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Air Force Thunderbirds, scheduled for June air show in Utah, resume training following pilot’s death

The Air Force Times reported Thursday that the United States Air Force Thunderbirds have returned to training following the death of a pilot April 4 in a training exercise. The Thunderbirds canceled three aerial shows following the pilot’s death. “We are not currently canceling any shows past Columbus Air Force Base, but we stress that further cancelations are still possible. When we do resume our show season, we’ll do so with the full faith and confidence of senior Air Force leadership that we are safe and ready to perform,” Thunderbirds commander Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh said in a statement. Utah’s Warriors Over the Wasatch Air and Space Show featuring the… Read More

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North Korea’s freeze on nuclear testing isn’t a victory — it’s negotiation

North Korea will be pressing pause on its nuclear and missile tests this weekend in advance of summits with South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in next week and with Donald Trump sometime this spring, Reuters reports. The announcement, via state news agency KCNA, also included plans to shutter its nuclear test site, according to the Washington Post. But that doesn’t mean North Korea’s getting rid of the nuclear weapons that it has already developed, or that testing is done for good: the test site is still there, and the regime can resume testing when it pleases, says Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the Middlebury Institute of… Read More

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Couple hid friend’s body in closet for days after overdose, police say

PROVO — Police arrested two people accused of hiding their friend’s body inside a closet after he suffered a fatal drug overdose earlier this month. Dallas Joe Juggert and Mary Loueze Mace, both 20, hid the body of Anthony Tanner, 22, after Tanner overdosed on April 7, Provo police said in a statement. Six days later, on April 13, officers received a call about Tanner’s body and found it in a closet at the Castlebrook Condominiums, 1439 W. Arthur Drive. Provo Police Sgt. Nisha King declined to provide the exact address of the residence but said the owner there is being cooperative with the investigation. When Tanner overdosed, Juggert called… Read More

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The FAA has ordered inspections of the type of jet engines that failed on deadly Southwest flight

The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered airlines to inspect certain older CFM56-7B turbofan engines. A CFM56-7B failed on Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 on Tuesday, forcing the flight to make an emergency landing. The FAA is requiring inspections to be completed within the next 20 days. The Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency airworthiness directive (EAD) on Friday that requires airlines inspect the fan blades on certain older CFM56-7B engines. The EAD comes after a fan blade on a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 snapped off mid-flight, spraying shrapnel that punctured the aircraft’s fuselage causing depressurization. The incident claimed the life of passenger Jennifer Riordan, the first fatality on board a US… Read More

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Reward offered to find out who tortured a 2-year-old filly named Roxy and left her to die

COLORADO CITY, Utah — A Colorado City family is looking for help finding the person who brutalized their horse, leaving her to die. Roxy was a 2-year-old purebred QH filly owned by Jacob Hammon and his family. Sunday night the Colorado City Marshal’s Office called the family and asked them to come identify a horse. Hammon said he has sturdy fences and the location seemed too far from his farm. He wasn’t home so he asked his wife to go tell the officials it wasn’t their horse. She arrived to find a mangled Roxy, still alive before marshals put her down. Hammon said he believes whoever did this tied Roxy… Read More

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Jeff Sessions reportedly warned the White House he may resign if Trump fires Rosenstein

Attorney General Jeff Sessions reportedly warned the White House that if President Trump fired Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, then he might leave as well. Trump’s fury toward Rosenstein reached its apex last week after it surfaced that Rosenstein had greenlit the FBI’s decision to raid the personal property of Trump’s longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen. Sessions’ reported warning highlights the political firestorm that would likely ensue if the president ousts the deputy attorney general, who is overseeing the Russia investigation. Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the White House last weekend that if President Donald Trump fired Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, it may prompt his departure as well, The Washington… Read More

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