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State lawmakers discuss governor’s ‘Healthy Utah’ plan

SALT LAKE CITY — The Obama Administration reportedly gave Governor Gary Herbert preliminary approval up on his plan to provide health care coverage to uninsured Utahns.

However, the governor’s real hurdle will be with the Utah legislature. It will take a special session from the Utah Legislature to approve the Governor’s plan, and scoring the support from the State House of Representatives will be challenging.

Governor Herbert was in good spirits after a trip to Washington D.C., where the feds gave his “Utah Healthy Plan” to cover tens of thousands of uninsured Utahns an initial OK.

“This will be a work in progress,” Herbert said during a press briefing. “We don’t have all the answers because we don’t know all the questions, but I’m confident this is going to be a better approach for the Utah citizens and taxpayers than just Medicaid expansion.”

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Governor talks ‘Healthy Utah’ plan with team behind Obamacare

SALT LAKE CITY — Fresh off a trip to Washington D.C., Governor Gary Herbert says he is confident his plan to provide health coverage to low income Utahns, called “Healthy Utah,” will be approved by the Obama Administration.

Herbert met with the White House Health Policy team. In the governor’s words, “The people who wrote the Affordable Care Act.”

“Their comment to me was this was never intended to be a one size fits all approach, so we embrace your proposal to have a unique Utah solution,” Herbert said.

Herbert also met with outgoing Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius. He said the Secretary also said she didn’t see any major objections to Healthy Utah.

Teen faces hearing in deputy’s murder

PROVO — A police dash camera that recorded the final moments of Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cory Wride was played in front of weeping relatives in court here, as a judge decided whether to order a 17-year-old girl to face trial as an adult in his murder.

Meagan Grunwald huddled with her attorneys but showed little emotion as the recording played out. On screen, the traffic stop outside Eagle Mountain was played. Wride walked up to the Toyota Tundra and spoke with Grunwald, who was driving.

Jose Angel Garcia-Jauregui was in the passenger seat.

The tape showed Wride also speaking with Garcia-Jauregui, then returning to his vehicle. Shortly after Wride received a computer alert that Garcia-Jauregui had a warrant for his arrest, the brake lights of the Tundra come on and the rear-window slide open. An arm holding a handgun appears and seven shots are fired.

Budah previews ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ 1980s-style

Big Budah went to Utah Valley University for an inside look at their 1980′s-style production of “The Taming of the Shrew.”

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Photos: Crazy things Americans tried to take on planes in 2013

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  • A mace was one of the more menacing items confiscated. Would love to have heard the explanation for this one.

  • Just some of the cane swords discovered in 2013. TSA screened more than 600 million passengers last year.

Police: Woman admits to strangling or suffocating six newborn babies

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah –  Pleasant Grove police arrested a woman Saturday who they said admitted to giving birth to at least seven babies, then strangling or suffocating six of them to death immediately after they were born.

Megan Huntsman, 39, faces six charges of first-degree felony murder in connection with the deaths, all of which allegedly occurred between 1996 and 2006 at her former residence in Pleasant Grove.

According to a probable cause statement, Huntsman told police she also gave birth to a stillborn baby at the home.

Click here to read the probable cause statement. [PDF, 135 KB]

Huntsman made these admissions after she had been read her Miranda rights, the statement said.

Uniquely Utah: Zack’s Shack sells sweet treats, funds wheelchairs for the needy

Zack’s Shack is an annual effort put on by a young Utah boy who decided he wanted to help provide people in need with wheelchairs. Todd Tanner takes a look at the young man’s efforts in this week’s edition of Uniquely Utah.

Click here to learn more about Zack’s Shack, which is located in Provo.