SB57: Bill would allow state to tap federal postal workers during emergencies

SALT LAKE CITY—One can learn a lot about a person by delivering their mail. A Salt Lake Valley senator, working with U.S. Rep. Jason...

Police Beat Jan. 15 – Jan. 22

The top crime stories within the past week.

Provo crime down 14 percent as officers police ‘smarter, not harder’

New data from the FBI Uniform Crime Reports suggests that crime in America is on the decline. Most recently, index crimes such as homicide, rape, and robbery have decreased nationally by 4.6 percent in 2014. Index crimes, also known as part 1 crimes, dropped 15 percent throughout the Provo area from 2013 to 2015.

Obama bans solitary confinement for juveniles in fed prisons

President Barack Obama said Monday he will ban the use of solitary confinement for juvenile and low-level offenders in federal prisons, citing the potential for "devastating, lasting psychological consequences" from the use of the isolation as punishment.

Lawmakers open 2016 version of Utah’s grand exercise in democracy

Utah's House speaker told representatives to focus on political courage and cooperation as they and their Senate colleagues opened the 45-day legislative session on Utah's Capitol with pomp and speech making.

Blizzard packing hurricane-force winds cripples East Coast

A blizzard with hurricane-force winds brought much of the East Coast to a standstill Saturday, dumping as much as 3 feet of snow, stranding tens of thousands of travelers and shutting down the nation's capital and its largest city.
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