KDXU Up To The Minute News
Candlelight Vigil Held at DSU
Teammates and family members attended a candlelight vigil Monday night for a 23-year-old Dixie State University student-athlete who died Friday. Abraham Reinhardt's football coach, Paul Peterson, said that Reinhardt was a leader and a tough person who led by example. Reinhardt suffered a leg injury during practice last Tuesday. His cause of death hasn't been released.
Utah Supreme Court Considering Whether to Overturn Medical Cannabis Bill
The Utah Supreme Court is considering whether it will overturn the legislative replacement to the medical cannabis ballot initiative that passed back in November. While questioning state attorneys yesterday, Justice Paige Petersen quickly got to the heart of the argument made by a group called The People's Right. The group is challenging the bill passed by lawmakers to replace Proposition Two by asking for the replacement to be put on the statewide ballot as a referendum.
Utah's Homicide Rate on the Rise
Utah's homicide rate is on the rise. New reports show that 24 homicides have been recorded in the state since the beginning of the year. That's the most in the first three months of the year since the Utah Bureau of Criminal Investigation began keeping statistics and posting them online. The highest previous number at this point in the year was 15, back in 1998. There were 11 homicides statewide at this point last year.
ACLU to Sue over 18 Week Abortion Bill
Opponents of a law that would ban abortion after 18 weeks are planning to sue, after Utah's Governor Gary Herbert signed the bill on Monday. The A-C-L-U said in a statement that their challenges to House Bill 136 will argue that pre-viability abortion restrictions are unconstitutional. The A-C-L-U and the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah promised a joint suit Monday, but they didn't say when it would be filed.
Tobacco Age to be Raised to 21
Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill into law Monday that will raise the minimum age to legally use tobacco products. House Bill 324, Tobacco Age Amendments, will gradually raise the legal age from 19 to 20 in 2020 and then to 21 in 2021. The legislation is aimed at keeping tobacco products out of the hands of Utah’s youth.
Utah Woman Rescued off of Cruise Ship
A Utah woman is talking about her experience aboard a cruise ship that lost power along the coast of Norway and led to her being rescued by helicopter. Barbara White of Holladay was vacationing with her daughter when the Viking Sky cruise ship lost its engines Saturday. The two women were told to put on life jackets and sit in a theater as the ship rolled and furniture banged against the doors. After about ten hours of waiting, White was finally airlifted off the ship by the Norwegian Navy.
Governor Makes Adultery and Sodomy Legal Between Consenting Adults
Utah's Governor Gary Herbert is making adultery and sodomy legal between consenting adults. House Bill 40, signed by Herbert on Monday, strikes the misdemeanor of Offenses Against the Family from Utah's code. The bill was sponsored by Representative Paul Ray of Clearfield.
Advocates for U.S. Immigration Holding Forum
Advocates for changes in U.S. immigration law will be holding a forum to show how undocumented workers help Utah's economy. The forum will be held tonight at Salt Lake City's Sorenson Unity Center Black Box Theater beginning at six o'clock. The forum will include a dialogue between local experts as well as artistic elements such as music and spoken word performances. The forum is free and open to the public.