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Judge releases Utah student accused of threats

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The father of a Utah college student charged with threatening to kill a professor over his stance on immigration on Monday said his son may not have understood that his email comments could land him in so much trouble.

Aaron Michael Heineman was born deaf and has been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, which makes it difficult for the Utah Valley University student to understand appropriate social behaviors and cues, Phil Heineman said.

Girl hit by SUV in parking lot

A 3-year-old girl in Lehi was flown to the hospital after being hit by an SUV in a Lehi parking lot.

Around 4 p.m., the girl's family was leaving church near Point Meadow Drive at 2100 N when she ran into the parking lot and was hit by an SUV. The vehicle wasn't going very fast, but it did knock the girl to the ground and she hit her head on the pavement.

She was taken by helicopter to the hospital in stable condition.

New Lindon bridge opening Friday

The new Lindon 200 S bridge is reopening Friday.

The bridge was moved into place back in March using an accelerated bridge technology. It is the third opened bridge on the I-15 CORE project.

Prestigious Chinese orchestra to hold free concert at UVU

The following is a news release from Utah Valley University:

The Utah Valley University campus community and local fine arts aficionados will be treated next week to a free concert from one of China’s more prestigious musical groups.

Fifty-two members of the Shanghai Xuhui Orchestra and Chorus will perform on May 11 at 7 p.m. at UVU’s Centre Stage venue in the Sorensen Student Center. There is no fee for admission.

Hundreds of Cars to be Showcased in UVU’s 24th Annual Auto Expo and Swap Meet May 21

This is a news release from Utah Valley University:

More than 700 vehicles will get their place in the sun at Utah Valley University’s 24th Annual Auto Expo and Swap Meet on May 21 at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi. This year’s stable features everything from classic roadsters to modern muscle, with plenty of elder statesmen, like a 1912 Metz, rounding out the field.

Any patrons inspired by the gleaming horsepower can also wheel and deal at the state’s largest automotive swap meet, where more than 300 vendors will sell auto-related wares, including old cars.

UVU Culinary Arts Professor Named Chef of the Year at Regional Competition

UVU Culinary Arts Professor Named Chef of the Year at Regional Competition

The following is a news release from Utah Valley University:

Too many cooks in the kitchen can be a good thing — just ask students and faculty of Utah Valley University’s Culinary Arts Institute, which came home with top awards at the American Culinary Federation Western Regional competition held April 29-May 2 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Todd Leonard, UVU Culinary Arts chef instructor and assistant professor, was named Chef of the Year in the Western Region. Leonard, who is also executive chef at Blue Lemon restaurant in Highland, Utah, advances to the “final four” in July in Dallas where he will compete against other region winners for National Chef of the Year honors. Leonard is the first UVU culinary faculty member to compete in a national competition.

“I am so excited. This is the highlight of my career,” Leonard said after the award medal was draped around his neck. “This helps elevate the entire culinary program at UVU and shows that we are really doing great things.”

Uta County Democrats' annual convention

Democrats in Utah County are a vast minority, but they say things are looking up.

Utah County Democrats held their annual convention at Orem Junior High School on Saturday, and while many consider Utah County the most Republican county in the nation, the party is making strides.

"We want to make sure we get strong candidates in Utah County and we are addressing the goals that we are making in Utah County, we've made progressive amounts of gains in Utah County in percentages," said Robert McMurray, Utah County Democratic Party Vice-Chair. "We haven't actually won any elections yet but we are making progressive gains."

Party officers and chairs of state legislative districts were elected at Saturday's convention.