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New program aims to help Utah smokers quit

SALT LAKE CITY — Smoking may be less present in Utah than in other states, but it is still the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the state.

The Utah Department of Health is pushing people to kick the habit, and on Wednesday Adam Bramwell of the Utah Tobacco Prevention and Control Program came to the FOX 13 News studio to discuss their new campaign to help people quit. The new campaign is called Way to Quit, and it embraces the wide variety of methods people use to quit smoking.

See the video above for information about the program, and click here for more details as well as resources for those who hope to quit smoking.

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Public defender appointed for woman accused of killing six newborns

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  • Megan Huntsman, a Utah woman accused of killing six babies she gave birth to over 10 years appears in court Monday, April 21, 2014, in Provo. Authorities say 39-year-old Huntsman told investigators that she either strangled or suffocated the six children and then put them inside boxes in her garage. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool)

Abandoned buildings targeted in series of suspected arson cases

PROVO, Utah — For seven years or so, a row of aging uninhabitable duplexes have stood along 4800 North at the intersection of University Avenue.

They’re conspicuously odd in an otherwise tidy part of town with the Shops at Riverwood directly across the road to the north.

Behind the duplexes and accessible from a small side road are a pair of brick houses which appear to be structurally sound, but they’re also boarded up. An old fruit shed and a few other small structures dot the landscape as well. In all, there are (or were) about 15 vacant structures bordering one another.

In the past month, six of those structures have burned. Some to the ground, others damaged but still standing.

Provo Fire Marshall Lynn Schofield said all six fires (which happened on three different dates) are cases of arson. He tells FOX 13 News that physical evidence has been collected at each scene.

2 injured, 1 in serious condition after crash on SR 68

UTAH COUNTY – Crews responded to a rollover accident on State Route 68 near Utah Lake Sunday, and at least one person was seriously injured.

According to information from the Utah Department of Public Safety, the vehicle was traveling southbound at a high rate of speed when the driver failed to negotiate a turn and lost control at around 5:33 p.m. near mile marker 16.

The vehicle went off a road, through a fence and rolled at least four times.

Officials with the Utah Highway Patrol said the passenger in the vehicle was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected; the 22-year-old male was transported to a hospital by helicopter in critical condition.

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Want to see Utah’s liquor store inventory? Click here

SALT LAKE CITY — Becky Rosenthal knows first-hand what it’s like to find a great drink on Utah liquor store shelves one day, only to find it gone the next.

“We’ve gone from store to store and bounced around until we’ve found the right thing,” said Rosenthal, who writes about food and drink in Utah on her website, theslcfoodie.com.

Recently, the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control quietly made its inventory available online for everyone to see. Through a search engine tool on the DABC’s website, customers can look up a particular bottle or type of drink (say, “merlot” or “absinthe”) and view the brands and how many bottles are available at what liquor store in the state.

Experts discuss health insurance enrollment numbers in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — President Obama is calling the Affordable Care Act a success, since millions of Americans have signed up for health care on the federal exchanges.

But how many Utahns have signed up and are now covered? FOX 13 News spoke with experts at Arches Health Plan, who said it’s still too soon to call Utah’s enrollment numbers good or bad.

The official report has not come in yet, but based on the estimates so far, Utah’s youth enrollment is above the national percentage.

After a rough roll out of the new health care exchange under the Affordable Care Act, President Obama was eager to announce the national enrollment numbers Thursday. He said 8 million Americans have enrolled, with 35 percent of those people under the age of 35.

In Utah, no official statewide numbers have been released, but a spokesperson for Arches Health Plan said about 68,000 Utahns have enrolled, with 47 percent in the coveted 35 and younger demographic.

Condition of DNA leaves questions unanswered in case of 7 dead infants

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah – Officials said Thursday that DNA obtained in the case of seven dead infants found in a home is in bad shape, which may mean certain questions may never be answered.

Megan Huntsman faces six counts of murder after she allegedly gave birth to and then killed six infants during a 10-year span.  A seventh infant found in the home is believed to have been still born.

Capt. Mike Roberts, Pleasant Grove Police Department, told FOX 13 News Thursday that autopsies have been completed on the infants. He said the DNA is in bad condition, which will make it difficult to determine the sex of the babies and who fathered them.

Roberts said they are looking into getting additional help from various labs, including an FBI facility. Prosecutors could bring formal charges against Huntsman by Monday.