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  • SALT LAKE CITY — As expected, Salt Lake City leaders have decided to place an $87 million bond on the fall ballot to leave it up to voters to decide whether to pay slightly more in property taxes in order to fund street repairs.

    The Salt Lake City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to place the question on the upcoming general election ballot.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — Decisions about the long-term fate of the Utah Science, Technology and Research initiative were kicked down the road Tuesday, though an interim legislative committee heard an exhaustive rundown of the work being done by the Governor's Office of Economic Development as part of that process.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — At least Utahns haven't taken to setting electric scooters on fire, throwing them in trash cans or vandalizing them with dog poop, the way people have in some California cities.

    Not yet, anyway.

  • "CRAZY RICH ASIANS" — 3 stars — Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding; Ken Jeong, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan; PG-13 (suggestive sexual content and language); in general release

  • LOGAN — A small modular nuclear power plant design for a facility in southeast Idaho is winding its way through the federal regulatory framework, a procession a key Trump administration official described Tuesday as historic.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — Utahns arriving at the airport could soon find that their state-issued driver's licenses won't allow them past security.

    Like a new chapter in Dr. Seuss' classic tale of "The Sneetches" — a story of creatures who either had stars on their bellies or didn't — a missing star on Utah driver's licenses could mean the difference between getting on a plane or being turned away.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — McDonald's announced Tuesday the company and its franchisees are investing approximately $25 million in Utah throughout 2018 and 2019 on the construction and modernization of more than 35 restaurants.

    In total, McDonald's and franchisees are investing $6 billion to modernize most U.S. restaurants by 2020.

    The transformed restaurants will feature:

  • SALT LAKE CITY — My dad left Memphis the day Elvis died.

    Memphis, Tennessee, was the perfect home for my father, Paul Peterson, who'd been an Elvis Presley fan ever since age 10, when the King of Rock 'n' Roll shook those hips and changed music history with "Heartbreak Hotel" in 1956. But a new job opportunity in Bloomington, Illinois, led him to pack his bags and leave Graceland behind on Aug. 16, 1977.

  • DRAPER — A master of his craft. A hero. Bright. Compassionate. An amazing athlete. A decorated career.

    All these words were used Tuesday by friends and colleagues of Draper Fire Battalion Chief Matt "Matty" Burchett, 42, in remembering a man who touched so many lives. Burchett died at a California hospital Monday night while fighting one of California's many raging wildfires.

  • OREM — The Utah Transit Authority's new Utah Valley Express bus rapid transit system is set to begin operations on Monday, even though there's still plenty of work to be done, including putting the new UVX logo on the 25 buses in the fleet.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — U.S. Senate candidate Mitt Romney called for more controlled burns and logging Tuesday to prevent forest fires that are plaguing the West, including Utah and California.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — MayLee Homer's fingers traced around her ears where oxygen tubes typically hang.

    "It's soft and clear and it helps me to sleep better," she said.

    The 5-year-old has been on and off supplemental oxygen since she was just a week old. It's become her normal, but it is a "normal" that her mother is extremely grateful for.

  • When film producer Karin Gornick made a documentary about teens and anxiety, she purposely didn't mention one thing: anxiety drugs.

    That's because medicating children for anxiety is so controversial that Gornick feared the topic would detract from the film's core message, which is that the nation is awash in anxious teens who need help.

  • GROUSE CREEK, Box Elder County — Residents of Grouse Creek are being urged to evacuate after two wildfires merged and headed toward the town.

    Grouse Creek is located in a rural area near the Nevada and Idaho borders.

    About 6:30 p.m. Sunday, a woman who owns property in Grouse Creek posted to the Friends of Grouse Creek Facebook page that the town was being evacuated.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — As expected, Bird Rides Inc. expanded its fleet of vehicles west of I-15 as it redeployed rentable electric scooters in downtown Salt Lake earlier this week after obtaining a business license.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — After a rocky start, dirt is moving at the site of South Salt Lake homeless resource center, along with the two other shelter sites in Salt Lake City now under construction.

  • REDDING, Calif. — A wildfire that roared with little warning into a Northern California city claimed two lives as thousands of people scrambled to escape before the walls of flames descended from forested hills onto their neighborhoods, leaving at least 500 structures destroyed in its wake, officials said Friday.

  • Call it a vintage Jimmer performance.

    Jimmer Fredette scored a game-high 41 points as Team Fredette beat Fort Wayne Champs 104-91 in the Super 16 of The Basketball Tournament on Friday night to advance to Sunday's quarterfinals.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — With solar energy grabbing more headlines, many Utah consumers are being bombarded with sales offers for home and business use — and that has state officials worried.

    "When (popularity rises), unscrupulous players enter the market and customers can be confused about what they're buying or pressured into sales," Chris Parker, director of the Utah Division of Public Utilities, said.

  • HERRIMAN — After outrage led Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams to veto the high-density Olympia Hills development, Herriman city leaders are now gearing up to work with the developer to perhaps have some say over the project.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff now accuses Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill of pursuing a criminal investigation against him in retaliation for supporting Gill's 2010 election opponent.

    An amended lawsuit filed Friday in federal court spells out in detail Shurtleff's contention that the now-dismissed public corruption case him was politically motivated.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — Lucasfilm announced the cast for "Star Wars: Episode IX" Friday and it has a few big surprises.

    For one, the cast will include Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher.

    That's right. Luke Skywalker, Lando Calrissian and General Leia Organa will all return for the final chapter of the newest "Star Wars" trilogy.

  • Politicians and governments rarely lead. Community and culture leads, and politicians typically follow. Solutions to the great challenges facing the world from poverty, homelessness, violence and addiction, to education, upward mobility and every form of intolerance, are not likely to come from marbled halls, legislative bodies or government agencies. Lasting, sustainable solutions come from community.

  • If you're spending your summer in northern Utah, chances are your plans don't include swimming in the Great Salt Lake.

    Known for its corrosive waters, swarming flies and putrid odor, the Great Salt Lake's briny shores don't offer most people's idea of a fun day at the beach.

  • KAMAS — Searchers located the body Tuesday of a teacher from South Jordan who had been missing since last week.

    Ray Humpherys, 66, was found dead about 3 p.m. in the Middle Fork drainage area, about 1.5 miles from where he was last seen near Hidden Lake, the Summit County sheriff's officials said.

  • SAN ANTONIO — When local LDS leader Vai Sikahema met with New Jersey NAACP president Richard Smith last week, a member of Smith's staff stated the obvious.

    "Boy, talk about strange bedfellows," the man said, sparking laughter on both sides.

  • SANDY — Friday night's game between Utah Royals FC and NC Courage at Rio Tinto Stadium was, all in all, a mixed bag for the home side.

    On the negative end, URFC played poorly in the first half against the best team in the National Women's Soccer League. It didn't defend well against the high-powered North Carolina attack, and it struggled to build much moving forward toward goal.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — The dozens of Bird rentable scooters that perched briefly on downtown streets late last month are poised to return in a flock of hundreds after the company finalized a new agreement with Salt Lake City on Friday.

  • OREM — Former BYU rugby coaches David Smyth and Wayne Tarawhiti have decided to join the Utah Valley University rugby program, according to a press release.

    Smyth and Tarawhiti guided the Cougars to five national championships before resigning earlier this month. Now, they will be helping the Wolverine team.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — A popular Bountiful gynecologist "conspired with the devil" when he recorded video of a girl as he removed her clothing and shared the video with another man, the girl's mother said Friday.

    "You deserve to be forgotten," the woman told Nathan Clark Ward, 56, moments before a federal judge sentenced him to roughly 22 years in prison.

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