— St. George Firefighters extinguished a fire that is suspected to have begun on an upper level deck and spread to the inside of a home just after 4 p.m. on Thursday.
SGFD Fire Chief Robert Stoker said smoke was coming out of the attic of a home at 710 W. Lava Point Drive when neighbors called 911. Stoker said the fire appeared to have originated outside on the back patio on the upper level and had been”burning for a while.”
Crews were able to remove three dogs from the home without incident, and no injuries were reported.
— A new traffic count study indicates that the freeway interchange built at Dixie Drive had a dramatic impact on traffic flows in St. George in its first year, saving motorists a total of $6.5 million in travel costs.
The report showed traffic reductions at locations as far away as the intersection of Sunset Blvd. and Bluff St., as well as more dramatic differences on nearby roads, with travel times typically cut by more than 25 percent.
(Fruit Heights, UT) – Police are warning parents about the importance of gun safety education after a group of children found a loaded handgun in a field in Davis County. Police say the boys were playing in a field in Fruit Heights last week when they discovered the gun. One of the boys reportedly picked it up and pulled the trigger, but police say the gun didn’t fire until he lowered it to his side. No one was injured in the incident.
(Salt Lake City, UT) – A proposal giving all Utah students tablet computers is in trouble. State Senator Lyle Hilliard said yesterday the 200-million-dollar proposal has become a budget sticking point and if they don’t “come together” he expects to be called back into a special session. Hilliard said the state can only afford 26-million for such a proposal right now. Governor Gary Herbert has threatened to veto the legislation.
(Salt Lake City, UT) – The Utah House is giving its okay to a couple of bills prompted by the probe of former Attorney General John Swallow. One bill passed yesterday would make candidates itemize expenses and give more information on conflict of interest forms. The second bill approved yesterday would make it illegal to obstruct a legislative investigation. A committee is about to okay a final report on a probe into the former AG that’s cost four-million dollars.
(Salt Lake City, UT) – The group Ordain Women is pushing again to get admitted to the priesthood session of the LDS Church’s general conference. The group says its supporters will meet next month to make the effort to get into the historically male-only session. Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly says they “look forward to a future where Mormon women participate side by side with Mormon men.” She says they will “be in the line for standby tickets” on April 5th.