(Salt Lake City, UT) — President Thomas Monson is announcing four new L-D-S temples. He made the announcement yesterday afternoon as the General Conference of the L-D-S Church was wrapping up. The temples are going up in Zimbabwe, Ecuador, Brazil and Peru.
(Provo, UT) — BYU is adding some top-flight football competition to its schedule. The Cougars announced yesterday that they’ve added the Baylor Bears of the Big 12 to their 2021 and 2022 football schedules. BYU will play in Waco, Texas, during the 2021 season, then host Baylor in 2022. Scheduling the game is a big win for BYU, as it will give the Cougars another Power Five conference opponent to help bolster their chances to make the College Football Playoff field.
(Salt Lake City, UT) — The Utah Supreme Court will allow two convicted murderers to argue their case to have their DNA tested in a bid to prove their innocence. The court decided last week to send the cases of Adrian Gordon and Jimmy Dean Meinhard back to a lower court for consideration. Both men were denied requests to have their DNA tested against crime scene evidence after they were convicted. A spokesperson for the Rocky Mountain Innocence Project tells the “Tribune” that he’s confident both men will get the DNA tests they want.
(Salt Lake City, UT) — A crackdown on multinational gang members has captured 22 people in Utah. The recent arrests were part of “Project Shadowfire” led by Homeland Security Investigations. Federal officials say it included 12 arrests in Salt Lake City, three in Ogden, and seven in Saint George. More than eleven-hundred arrests were made nationally.
(Salt Lake City, UT) — Many of Utah’s independent pharmacies and grocery stores are going to start carrying naloxone, an overdose reversal drug available without a prescription. Associated Food stores announced the decision yesterday. They represent stores including Harmons, Fresh Market, Dan’s and Maceys. Utah passed a law two years ago allowing people to administer the drug to someone they believe is overdosing.
(Salt Lake City, UT) — Salt Lake City fire officials are still assessing the damage of a fire this morning at the Utah Film Center. The blaze closed down Main Street downtown early this morning, but no injuries are reported. UFC representatives believe the damage is extensive. Investigators believe the cause might be related to a gas leak sparking an electrical fire.
(Layton, UT) — The Layton Hills Mall is about to get a new attraction that lets people interact with fish, sharks and other animals that live in and around the water. Seaquest is expected to open on Pioneer Day, July 24th. Owner Brad Boyle is leading the two-million-dollar project that will give customers an underwater tour that includes 15-hundred animals. The attraction will also feature an aviary and a tank where people can swim with stingrays. Layton officials expect the exhibit to bring an additional half-million people to the city every year.
(Provo, UT) — Seven-time Emmy Award-winning news anchor John Quinones is set to speak at Utah Valley University’s commencement ceremony next month. University officials say Quinones will speak April 28th at the university’s 75th commencement in the UCCU center in Orem. Quinones has reported for ABC News for 25 years and currently hosts the highly rated newsmagazine franchise “What Would You Do?”
(Provo, UT) — A Fort Duchesne woman is facing murder charges for allegedly trying to run a man over with her car. A judge charged 48-year-old Jill Suzanne Norton Tuesday with first-degree felony attempted murder and leaving the scene of an accident involving injury. Police say Norton crashed into the man last week following a dispute at their home near 11000 North and 700 East in Fort Duchesne. The man suffered a broken leg in the crash.
(Provo, UT) — An expecting couple is doing all right after crashing their car on the way to a hospital to give birth. Police say the 18-year-old pregnant woman and her boyfriend were driving between Orem and Provo Tuesday when she felt the baby coming and asked her boyfriend to pull over. The man reportedly jerked the wheel to the right to pull over and crashed into another car, causing the couple’s vehicle to flip on its side. Police were able to break one of the vehicle’s windows to get the pregnant woman out. Police say no one was injured and the woman was safely taken to a hospital to give birth.