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  • SALT LAKE CITY — May is a month for musicals in the Beehive State, including three musical comedies, one featuring '70s and '80s pop songs, one with an Elvis-type heartthrob and another based on a well-loved fairy tale. Top that off with a play that turned into a film that was one of Julia Roberts' early big breaks and you have a wide variety of options for a date night or family night out.

    'Steel Magnolias'

  • PROVO — Spurred in part by allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful men across the country, three former teenage employees of a youth symphony orchestra in Utah County say one of its longtime leaders either sexually abused them or inappropriately touched them years apart.

  • LEHI — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert took a moment to show off his piloting skills at an event Wednesday to kick off a massive, $430 million I-15 expansion project in the north end of Utah County.

    Herbert flew a camera-equipped drone over a segment of the project — one that will likely contribute to some additional commuter challenges before helping ease traffic snarls when it's completed in about three years.

  • ST. LOUIS — Prior to the NCAA women’s gymnastics championship, Utah co-head coach Megan Marsden was confident about how her team matched up with the competition — that is, against the competition with which the Red Rocks are familiar.

    “We know how we compare to UCLA. We’ve seen them multiple times this season,” said Marsden. “We are pretty evenly matched with them. They’ll win one and we will win one.”

  • Conservationist, explorer, author and environmental philosopher John Muir was born nearly two centuries ago on April 21, 1838, in a small coastal Scottish town.

  • BANGKOK, Thailand — During his first trip to Thailand in 1966, President Russell M. Nelson traveled by boat through the canals and klongs of Bangkok.

    He watched women gather water for their daily needs from the same river as their children bathed. He shopped at floating markets. And he visited the home of a medical colleague, spotting geckos on the walls controlling the insect population.

  • OGDEN — Police say a woman called in three bomb threats to an Ogden courthouse in order to keep her boyfriend from going to jail.

    The calls came a week apart from each other, on April 5, 12, and on Thursday, when the man, Jerry Larkin, was due in court in a DUI case. Each time, police swept the courthouse and determined there were no explosives.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • OREM — Astrid S. Tuminez, who was raised in poverty in the Philippines and went on to earn graduate degrees at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been selected the next president of Utah Valley University.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — A tax expert testified Friday he visited the Delta site of a purported solar energy facility, walked into a home and flipped the switch on and off, believing solar lenses were generating the power.

    "I did not think it was connected to the grid," said Richard Jameson, a specialist in federal tax law who filed tax returns to the IRS on behalf of RaPower3 clients.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — The Beehive State ranked first in overall and private sector job growth for the month of March, according to the Utah Department of Workforce Services.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — Chris Mautz and Darin Piccoli, owners of the popular downtown music venue the State Room, are opening a new venue in Salt Lake City.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — The rising number of deaths from suicide and substance abuse is creating secondhand suffering among children who might be helped if schools were able to take a more active role in students' mental health, a new report says.

    If this happens, it would be a marked change in how schools have traditionally dealt with behavioral-health issues, which has often been through discipline.

  • CEDAR CITY — Best-selling author and former CIA operative Jason Hanson wants people to know that working for the CIA is not quite like a Jason Bourne movie.

  • OKLAHOMA CITY — Seeing how the Utah-Oklahoma City playoff series involves only small-market teams, can we speak in country talk? Toby Keith and Garth Brooks are Oklahoma natives. SHeDAISY is from Magna and Julianne Hough from Orem.

    Jeans are fine for the theater in both places, especially if “Oklahoma!” is playing.

  • Editor's note: Deseret News and Church News writers are chronicling the ministry of LDS Church President Russell M. Nelson as he and other church officials travel to Europe, Africa and Asia. Tad Walch reports today from Kenya.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — The family of former Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott, who died after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's, has signed a settlement agreement with his former employee and fiancee who was accused of hiding his condition, leaving her his house and other belongings.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — While Utah gas prices are currently among the highest in the country, and have jumped 50 cents a gallon in just the last month, Beehive State drivers will likely be paying even more as the summer travel season approaches.

    Escalating prices track back to higher demand and a petroleum market that's up significantly over the past year, American Automobile Association spokesman Michael Blasky told the Deseret News.

  • OKLAHOMA CITY — After a stellar playoff debut, Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell’s status for Game 2 is currently unclear.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — Sen. Mike Lee continues to question the authority President Donald Trump cites to justify the U.S. missile strike on Syria last week.

    "While the president has the authority under the War Powers Act to respond when the U.S. is under attack or in imminent danger, such circumstances did not exist with regard to Syria," the Utah Republican said Monday.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — The world's hungriest comedian is returning to Salt Lake City later this year.

  • PROVO, Utah — For a home where teenagers outnumber adults by a 2-1 margin, the Ruiz household is remarkably lacking in drama or angst. Gerardo, Leslie, Milagros and Salvador don't argue over clothes, chores or whose turn it is.

    Unlike lots of siblings, they say they'd rather spend time with each other than with almost anyone else in the world, whether they pal around or tackle homework and housework.

  • LAYTON — Recently returned from a rigorous tour across the United States and Canada, The National Parks are back in town for a set with LANY, Knox Fortune and Harry Hudson at The Great Saltair on April 18.

  • Gmail is getting a makeover.

  • BEIRUT — Loud explosions rocked Syria's capital and filled the sky with heavy smoke early Saturday after U.S. President Donald Trump announced airstrikes in retaliation for the country's alleged use of chemical weapons. Syrian television reported that air defenses responded to the attack.

  • The Utah men's basketball team will apparently have a void to fill after redshirt freshman forward Chris Seeley announced on Twitter Friday his intention to transfer.

  • WASHINGTON — The United States, France and Britain launched military strikes in Syria to punish President Bashar Assad for an apparent chemical attack against civilians and to deter him from doing it again, President Donald Trump announced Friday. Pentagon officials said the attacks targeted the heart of Assad's programs to develop and produce chemical weapons.

  • SALT LAKE CITY — Data gathered in a new report shows that Utah's juggernaut tech economy is continuing to gain momentum, leading the country in job growth and among the top 10 states for tech jobs as an overall portion of all occupations.

    And while the average wage for tech workers in Utah is lagging behind the national average, it's still almost double the average for non-tech jobs.

  • PROVO — Loved ones and investigators are adamant that the search for an English language student who vanished in Provo three years ago has not been closed, but they remain desperate for new leads in the investigation.

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