Local News

Ladd Egan, KSL TV

‘Tale of two Utahs': Tourism industry faces uneven recovery

Visitation continues to bounce back in rural areas of the Beehive State, while urban areas continue to struggle during the pandemic, according to industry leaders gathered at the Capitol on Friday for Tourism Day on the Hill.
Madison Swenson, KSL TV

Sen. Romney tests positive for COVID-19

Utah Sen. Mitt Romney has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement from his office. 
Lauren Steinbrecher, KSL TV

Hunter High focuses on violence prevention, healing following deadly shooting

A crucial conversation is beginning to open up at Hunter High School, two weeks after a deadly shooting that took the lives of two teens.
Eliza Pace, KSL TV

It's official: Sled Zeppelin leads fleet of SLC snowplows

After polling residents for creativity, Salt Lake City's transportation announced the names of 10 snowplows including names like "Flake Effect" and "Rudy Snowbert."
Madison Swenson, KSL TV

Man dies after crashing into Clearfield City apartment building

A 40-year-old man has died after his vehicle crashed into an apartment building in Clearfield Thursday night. 
Eliza Pace, KSL TV

I-80 eastbound crash turned vehicle fire causes major delays

A crash on I-80 eastbound and 1300 East is blocking traffic in all lanes.

KSL Investigates

Matt Gephardt, KSL TV

Mobile providers are shutting down 3G; what you need to know.

Mobile providers are opening more bandwidth for their new 5G networks, but to do that they are shutting down their old 3G services which could leave some people cut off.
Annie Knox and Daniella Rivera, KSL TV

‘A counterfeit promise’: Brenda Lafferty’s sister urges Utah to finally ditch the death penalty

A lawmaker is making a run at repealing the death penalty in Utah after earlier pushes to do so failed in 2016 and 2018. This year’s bill from Rep. Lowry Snow, R-Santa Clara, would take away capital punishment but add another possible sentence of at least 45 years and up to life in the Utah State Prison.
Matt Gephardt, KSL TV

Hiring and keeping workers amid the 'Great Resignation'

With a worker shortage, companies are having to get creative to hire and keep workers. And workers — in this period dubbed by economists as the “Great Resignation” — have more power than they did just a few years ago. So, what do they want from their employers?
Matt Gephardt & Sloan Schrage, KSL TV

Ads claim title thieves can steal your home, but can you really lose your house?

An infomercial promoting a subscription service that says it can shield your home from title theft is spooking homeowners across Utah. But is it a service you really need to buy into? And how much of a threat is title theft? KSL's Matt Gephardt investigates.
Matt Gephardt, KSL TV

How small businesses, entrepreneurs thrive amidst the pandemic

Ask any entrepreneur — running a business has always been a challenge. But KSL Consumer Investigator Matt Gephardt found that modern entrepreneurs are having to adapt to a whole new slew of challenges.
Matt Gephardt, KSL TV

Draper City Council bans private events on much of the city’s trail system

Draper’s city council this week voted to nix hosting private events on much of the city’s trail system. The vote comes as a slap-in-the-face to the sponsors of the Corner Canyon Half Marathon.  

National News

PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press

East Coast buttons up ahead of snow; Boston could get 2 feet

Parts of 10 eastern U.S. states are under blizzard warnings as a powerful storm that could dump as much as 2 feet of snow on Boston begins churning up the coast.
Kate Bennett, CNN

Bidens welcome new family cat to the White House

First lady Jill Biden has revealed the long-awaited Biden family cat. She is a short-haired, two-year-old gray tabby named Willow. The name is inspired by the first lady's hometown of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania.
MICHAEL TARM and TODD RICHMOND Associated Press

Judge approves agreement to destroy gun used by Kyle Rittenhouse to shoot 3

A Wisconsin judge has approved an agreement by lawyers to destroy the assault-style rifle that Kyle Rittenhouse used to shoot three people during a 2020 street protest.
Steve Almasy, CNN

Colorado police solve four decades-old homicide cold cases with DNA from exhumed killer

Using genetic genealogy and familial DNA, police in Colorado have solved the decades-old cases of the deaths of four females
Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN Business

Apple Music trolls Spotify by calling itself 'the home of Neil Young'

Just a day after Spotify agreed to remove Neil Young's music from its service, Apple Music trolled its streaming rival by giving the musician some rock star treatment.
Michelle Watson, CNN

An Arizona hiker and recently returned missionary fell 700 feet to his death while trying to take a photo

A hiker in Arizona slipped and fell hundreds of feet to his death Monday after trying to take a photo in Lost Dutchman State Park, according to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

Olympics

Madison Swenson, KSL TV

Two Utah National Guardsmen to compete in 2022 Winter Olympics

Two soldiers with the Utah National Guard Joint Force Headquarters will be competing in the 2022 Winter Olympic Games as part of the U.S. Olympic Nordic Combined Team.
DIRK FACER, KSL TV

Partnership is paying off for Olympic athletes

Mogul skier Hannah Soar is among those benefitting from sport science.
Deanie Wimmer, KSL TV

Upgrades at Utah’s Olympic Park lead to record times 

Utah's Olympic venues were state of the art for the Winter Games in 2002. Thanks to a multi-million-dollar upgrade at Utah Olympic Park, some facilities are like-new and already paying dividends in record times. 
BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer

Jackson headed to Olympics after Bowe gives up 500 spot

Erin Jackson is heading to the Beijing Olympics thanks to Brittany Bowe. Bowe has given up her spot in the 500 meters, allowing Jackson who is ranked No. 1 in the world in the 500 to make the U.S. team.
Matt Rascon, KSL TV

Olympic hopeful among figure skaters preparing for US Championships

Figure skaters in Ogden kicked off New Year's Eve training for the World Figure Skating Championships the first week of 2022.
Alex Cabrero, KSL TV

Popular Utah resident, Olympian to miss Beijing Games

Skeleton racer Akwasi Frimpong who represented Ghana but has lived in Utah for several years, will not be going to the Beijing 2022 Olympics. 

COVID-19

CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer

Omicron drives US deaths higher than in fall's delta wave

Omicron, the highly contagious coronavirus variant sweeping across the country, is driving the daily American death toll higher than during last fall's delta wave, with deaths likely to keep rising for days or even weeks.
Josh Ellis, KSL TV

Utah Dept. of Health reports hospitalization record, 7,033 COVID cases and 6 deaths

The Utah Department of Health on Thursday said six more Utahns have lost their lives due to COVID-19 while 7,033 residents have tested positive for the virus since yesterday.
ROD McGUIRK and NICK PERRY, Associated Press

British, Australian ships deliver 'contactless' aid to Tonga

British and Australian navy ships arrived in Tonga and attempted to deliver aid without making contact with anybody ashore to avoid spreading the coronavirus in a nation that has never had an outbreak.
Josh Ellis, KSL TV

Cache County schools adjust schedules due to student, staff absenteeism

The Cache County School District has announced adjusted schedules for all of its schools due to "unprecedented student and staff absenteeism."
Josh Ellis, KSL TV

Utah hits new hospitalization high as 7,493 COVID-19 cases, 18 deaths reported

The Utah Department of Health on Wednesday said 18 more Utahns have lost their lives due to COVID-19 while 7,493 residents have tested positive for the virus since yesterday.
DEE-ANN DURBIN, AP Business Writer

Biden administration officially withdraws vaccine rule

The Biden administration has officially withdrawn a rule that would have required workers at big companies to get vaccinated or face regular COVID testing requirements.

Education

Josh Ellis and Ladd Egan, KSL TV

Controversial Utah curriculum bill to be held

The sponsor of a bill that received backlash from the state's largest teachers union has asked that the proposed legislation be held.
Ladd Egan, KSL TV

UEA voices opposition to education bills requiring curriculum to be posted online

The state’s largest teachers’ union is voicing opposition to two education bills that would require curriculum to be posted online for parents to review.
Associated Press

School district bans Pulitzer Prize-winning Holocaust graphic novel 'Maus'

A Tennessee school district has voted to ban a Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel about the Holocaust due to "inappropriate language" and an illustration of a nude mouse-woman, according to minutes from a board meeting.
Tamara Vaifanua, KSL TV

Board of Education committee addresses transgender, gender identity guidelines

The Utah State Board of Education is one step closer to finalizing guidelines Utah schools can follow when it comes to gender identity issues.
Josh Ellis, KSL TV

Cache County schools adjust schedules due to student, staff absenteeism

The Cache County School District has announced adjusted schedules for all of its schools due to "unprecedented student and staff absenteeism."
Alex Cabrero, KSL TV

Canyons School District offers new mental health screenings for students

Mental health continues to be a big issue for students during the pandemic. Part of the problem is identifying students who might have some challenges with mental health, even if the student doesn't know it themselves. That's why the Canyons School District will hold another screening for students.

Consumer

Ladd Egan, KSL TV

Group calls for Utah to end sales tax on grocery food

A group of religious leaders, Democratic lawmakers and advocates gathered in Salt Lake City Wednesday afternoon to call for an end to Utah’s sales tax on grocery food.
Ladd Egan and Cindy St. Clair, KSL TV

Unaffordable Utah: Strategies & solutions to survive the inflation storm

Inflation is running hot. Prices keep rising on everything from gas to groceries and utilities, and economists say those higher prices could be with us for a while. But don’t panic – Ladd Egan shares steps you can take to protect your budget and ride out the inflation storm.
Ladd Egan, KSL TV

Utah’s home buying frenzy calming down, prices remain high

The Beehive State’s housing market is catching its breath, according to the Utah Association of Realtors, but prices remain high and inventory low.
Ladd Egan and Cindy St. Clair, KSL TV

No home for tiny homes: Living small hits roadblocks in Utah communities

Cheaper. Smaller. More eco-friendly. There’s a lot to love about tiny homes. But as Ladd Egan found out, living the tiny life comes with some big roadblocks.
Debbie Worthen, KSL TV

Unaffordable Utah: Rental, housing prices forcing families into homelessness

As home and rent prices go up in Utah, there is an increasing number of families that are unable to find affordable housing.
Matt Gephardt and Sloan Schrage, KSL TV

GPS gadgets and other devices that can help parents keep tabs on their children

Moms and dads have all sorts of gadget options that can help their peace of mind while keeping tabs on their kids.

Entertainment

JILL BLEED and SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press

‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic resentenced to 21 years in prison

“Tiger King” Joe Exotic is headed to a federal courtroom Friday for a resentencing hearing.
Associated Press

School district bans Pulitzer Prize-winning Holocaust graphic novel 'Maus'

A Tennessee school district has voted to ban a Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel about the Holocaust due to "inappropriate language" and an illustration of a nude mouse-woman, according to minutes from a board meeting.
Sandra Gonzalez, CNN

'Jeopardy!' champ's impressive winning streak ends

It's game over for "Jeopardy!" champ Amy Schneider, but she has more than 1.3 million reasons to be grateful for her impressive run.
The Associated Press

Broadway's 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' actor fired

The actor playing Harry Potter has been fired from the Broadway production of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” following a complaint by a co-star about his conduct.
Morgan Wolfe & Madison Swenson, KSL TV

Tourists make most of Sundance Film Festival online

The Sundance Film Festival was going to make its grand in-person return this weekend, but unfortunately, that's not happening because of the spike in COVID-19 cases. The change is having some impacts on hospitality, but Park City is still buzzing.
LEANNE ITALIE, AP Entertainment Writer

Ian Alexander Jr., only child of Regina King, dies at age 26

Ian Alexander Jr., the only child of award-winning actor and director Regina King, has died. He turned 26 on Wednesday.

Science

Josh Ellis and Brittany Tait, KSL TV

Satellite built by USU students deployed from International Space Station

A satellite built entirely by Utah State University undergraduates has been deployed from the International Space Station.
MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope reaches final stop, 1 million miles out

The world's biggest and most powerful space telescope has reached its final destination 1 million miles away.
JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press

Major airlines cancel, change flights to US over 5G dispute

Major international airlines have canceled flights heading to the U.S. or changed the planes they’re using.
The Associated Press

EXPLAINER: Why airlines fear 5G will upend travel this week

The airline industry is raising the stakes in a showdown with AT&T and Verizon over plans to launch new 5G wireless service this week, warning that thousands of flights could be grounded or delayed if the rollout takes place near major airports.
MATT O'BRIEN, AP Technology Writer

Microsoft buys gamer Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion

Microsoft is paying nearly $70 billion for Activision Blizzard, the maker of “Candy Crush’’ and ‘’Call of Duty."
DAVID KOENIG, AP Airlines Writer

Airlines again warn of potential disruption from 5G rollout

The airline industry is raising the stakes in a showdown with AT&T and Verizon over plans to launch new 5G wireless service this week, warning that thousands of flights could be grounded or delayed if the rollout takes place near major airports.

Health

Andrew Adams, KSL TV

Attorney General joins Midvale care facility investigation as families call for justice

The investigation into a Midvale care facility shut down for alleged “deplorable” conditions deepened Thursday.
CHRISTOPHER RUGABER AP Economics Writer

Federal Reserve plans to raise interest rates as soon as March to cool inflation

The Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday that it plans to begin raising its benchmark interest rate as soon as March, a key step in reversing its pandemic-era low-rate policies that have fueled hiring and growth but also escalated inflation.
DIRK FACER, KSL TV

Red Cross seeking continued support during blood shortage

The American Red Cross is seeking continued donations of blood and pkatelets.
DIRK FACER, KSL TV

'No Fare February' being proposed for UTA to help clean the air

Salt Lake County councilman Richard Snelgrove is proposing a "No Fare February" for UTA to combat air pollution.
DAVE COLLINS, Associated Press

Youth's overdose death renews pleas for Narcan in schools

The death of a 13-year-old student who apparently overdosed on fentanyl at his Connecticut school has drawn renewed pleas for schools to stock the opioid antidote naloxone, as well as for training of both staffers and children on how to recognize and respond to overdoses.
Madison Swenson, KSL TV

Intermountain Healthcare updates visitation policy for its hospitals, clinics

All Intermountain hospitals and clinics are temporarily tightening their visitor guidelines due to a rise in the number of patients and the prevalence of the omicron variant.

World News

VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press

Russia says it won't start a war as Ukraine tensions mount

Russia’s top diplomat says that Moscow will not start a war in Ukraine. But he warned Friday that it also won't allow the West to trample on its security interests amid fears it is planning to invade its neighbor.
DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer

The age-old question in figure skating: How old is too old?

Of the three American women competing at the Beijing Games next week, 25-year-old Mariah Bell and 22-year-old Karen Chen are older than every gold medalist since 1932 save one: Japan's Shizuka Arakawa
MARIA CHENG AP Medical Writer

Staffers complain of racism, abuse by WHO leader in Asia

Current and former staffers have accused the top director of the World Health Organization in the Western Pacific of racist, unethical and abusive behavior.
ROD McGUIRK and NICK PERRY, Associated Press

British, Australian ships deliver 'contactless' aid to Tonga

British and Australian navy ships arrived in Tonga and attempted to deliver aid without making contact with anybody ashore to avoid spreading the coronavirus in a nation that has never had an outbreak.
Josh Ellis, KSL TV

M6.2 earthquake reported near Tonga; no tsunami warning issued

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake was reported about 200 miles northwest of the Tongan capital late Wednesday night.
SAMUEL PETREQUIN, Associated Press

World remembers Holocaust as antisemitism rises in pandemic

Holocaust survivors and politicians warned Thursday about the resurgence of antisemitism and Holocaust denial as the world remembered Nazi atrocities and commemorated the 77th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Religion

Eliza Pace, KSL TV

Church announces all employees of church education must have temple recommend

The Church Educational System for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Thursday that all employees who are members of the church must hold a current temple recommend. 
Eliza Pace & Debbie Worthen, KSL TV

Missionaries temporarily taken out of Ukraine

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Monday that missionaries would be temporarily removed from Ukraine.
Madison Swenson, KSL TV

Tongan Latter-day Saints on Tongatapu gather, send supplies to outer islands

Some members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tonga spent two days gathering much-needed supplies for those on the outer islands who were hit hard last week by the volcanic eruption and tsunami. 
Josh Ellis, KSL TV

Missionaries in Tonga Nuku’alofa Mission safe; no contact yet with Tonga Outer Island Mission

Missionaries serving in the Tonga Nuku'alofa Mission have been reported safe following Saturday's volcanic eruption and ensuing tsunamis in Tonga.
Eliza Pace, KSL TV

CAIR urges investigation into possible hate crime of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, (CAIR) urged law enforcement to further investigate vandalism of a local church building of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Park City, Utah. 
Josh Ellis, KSL TV

Provo MTC implementing additional COVID-19 protocols

The Provo Missionary Training Center will implement additional COVID-19 protocols, including face covering requirements and additional testing after 91 of the center's 588 missionaries tested positive for the virus.

Politics

Ladd Egan, KSL TV

‘Tale of two Utahs': Tourism industry faces uneven recovery

Visitation continues to bounce back in rural areas of the Beehive State, while urban areas continue to struggle during the pandemic, according to industry leaders gathered at the Capitol on Friday for Tourism Day on the Hill.
Madison Swenson, KSL TV

Sen. Romney tests positive for COVID-19

Utah Sen. Mitt Romney has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement from his office. 
Josh Ellis and Ladd Egan, KSL TV

Controversial Utah curriculum bill to be held

The sponsor of a bill that received backlash from the state's largest teachers union has asked that the proposed legislation be held.
COLLEEN LONG, ZEKE MILLER and DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press

President Biden: Historic representation with pick of Black female justice 'long overdue'

President Joe Biden has strongly affirmed that he will nominate the first Black woman to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Tamara Vaifanua, KSL TV

Utah saw a lighter fire season despite severe drought conditions, state firefighters say

Catastrophic fires raged across the West and despite severe drought conditions, Utah managed to come out of last wildfire season in good shape.
VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press

Russia says US gives written response on Ukraine demands

The Russian Foreign Ministry says the U.S. has delivered a written response to Moscow’s security demands on Ukraine and NATO.

Wildfires

Tamara Vaifanua, KSL TV

Utah saw a lighter fire season despite severe drought conditions, state firefighters say

Catastrophic fires raged across the West and despite severe drought conditions, Utah managed to come out of last wildfire season in good shape.
Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

Utah had fewer wildfires in 2021 despite record drought

Utah saw a remarkable turnaround during last year’s fire season despite a record-setting drought. The 2021 Utah Wildfire Annual Report released Monday showed Utah had 922 fewer fires in 2021 compared to 2020, a 62% decrease. 
COLLEEN SLEVIN & BRITTANY PETERSON, Associated Press

Some still don't know fate of pets after Colorado wildfire

Most people safely evacuated from a fast-moving Colorado wildfire that destroyed nearly 1,000 homes last week. But dozens of homeowners either had pets who died, had to scramble to find them or still don’t know the fate of their dogs or cats.
BRITTANY PETERSON & EUGENE GARCIA, Associated Press

Official: Nearly 1K homes destroyed in Colorado wildfire

A Colorado official says nearly 1,000 homes were destroyed, hundreds more were damaged, and that three people are missing after a wildfire charred numerous neighborhoods in a suburban area northwest of Denver.
Associated Press

2 Colorado cities evacuated because of wind-driven wildfires

Residents of two northern Colorado cities were ordered to evacuate Thursday because of wildfire.
Associated Press

Fire crews make big gains against Southern California blaze

Fire crews made significant progress overnight against a wildfire burning for nearly a week in Southern California coastal mountains, officials said Sunday.