ST. GEORGE – Election Day may be more than two weeks away, but registered Washington County voters have a chance to get in early and beat the crowds.

Early voting starts Tuesday at select locations in St. George, Santa Clara, Washington and Hurricane in Washington County, as well as in Cedar City, Enoch and Parowan in Iron County.

The early option gives registered voters a chance to beat the lines and avoid any potential conflicts on Election Day, part of an effort in recent years to increase voter turnout and make voting more convenient.

The percentage of voting age people in Utah who actually cast ballots has dropped by nearly 40 percent of the past 40 years, according to

www.voteutah.org, a website dedicated to encouraging more voter participation.

(Ogden, UT)  –  Two little girls remain hospitalized in critical condition following a head-on collision on the viaduct in Ogden.  The crash happened Friday morning at 300 West 21st Street.  Police say a woman was driving the wrong way when she crashed into another woman carting a five-year-old girl, a six-year-old girl and an infant boy.  The woman allegedly had a blood alcohol content that was three times the legal limit at the time of the crash.

(Salt Lake City, UT)  –  The Utah National Guard is looking into the use of its equipment in a video featuring bikini-clad women firing high-powered weapons and riding on tanks.  The Utah Department of Public Safety also thinks two of their officers appear in the video in uniform, which is a violation of agency policy.  The racy video was shot at a gun range west of Salt Lake City by a British company for this year’s “Hot Shots Calendar.”  The Guard said it didn’t give permission for its involvement in the project saying it doesn’t represent the values of the Utah National Guard nor it members.

(Salt Lake City, UT)  –  Utah’s jobless rate is holding relatively steady at three-point-five-percent.  That’s one of the lowest rates in the nation.  The Utah Department of Workforce Services says the state added 47-thousand-600 jobs to the economy in September, raising the employment rate by three-point-seven-percent.  The national jobless rate is down two-tenths of a percent at five-point-nine-percent. >>Woman Stabbed Allegedly By Domestic Partner