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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.

Strong storm causes damages, power outages in northern Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — “It was blasting things off the trees and into the yard and knocked slats off my fence and I’m thinking this is pretty bad,” said Brad Gregory of Sugar House.

But things got worse for Gregory when a large branch snapped off of his neighbor’s tree and crashed through his car.

“It’s a mess, and there was nothing wrong with this tree; I swear that was a powerful, powerful gust of wind,” Gregory said.

Gregory’s house was just one of several clean up stops for tree removal businesses working in Salt Lake County Wednesday.

The gusts knocked down trees and left yards covered with debris, which crews have been out cleaning up since Tuesday night. But trees weren’t the only thing to come down: The wind was so strong it toppled power poles, and the lack of electricity is making it hard for one business to get anything done.

Hazmat situation resolved, no leak found official says

SALT LAKE CITY — Officials have determined there was no leak of hazardous material after a vehicle incident in west Salt Lake City Tuesday.

A semi-trailer truck dropped its trailer, a tanker containing compressed hydrogen gas. It happened near California Avenue and Redwood Road at appropriately 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“Compressed hydrogen; the concern is that it is highly flammable. It’s lighter than air so if the gas did get out and find an ignition source, then we could be in some trouble,” said Jasen Asay, spokesman for the Salt Lake City Fire Department.

Initially, Salt Lake City Fire firefighters secured the area and looked for any leaks. When none were discovered, the trailer was towed away, according to Asay.

Officials are investigating why the tanker because loose.

New U-Turn in Kearns causes accidents, residents say

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Experts, residents react to earthquake that shook Salt Lake Valley

SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Geological Survey reported a magnitude 3.2 earthquake just a few miles northeast of Tooele on Saturday night.

While no immediate damage was reported, it certainly shook quite a few homes.

“It’s scary. I’m glad it was just a minor one,” said Melody Addis, who lives in Erda.

As she and her kids were heading to bed Saturday night, they felt a jolt.

“All of a sudden we just feel this major shaking going on,” said 13-year-old Branden Addis.

According to data from seismic monitors, their home was in the community closest to the epicenter of the quake, which is why they felt so much movement.

“It was really light. It just happened to be in an area where a lot of people live,” said Keith Koper, a seismologist at the University of Utah.

While the quake did not register high on the Richter scale, it was still fairly significant in Koper’s eyes.

Utahns attend Easter services

SALT LAKE CITY — Churches across Utah held Easter services Sunday, and Utahns of various faiths congregated to celebrate the holiday.

FOX 13 News spoke with religious figures at several Salt Lake City churches, see the video above for their comments on the celebration of Easter.

Thousands go the distance in Salt Lake City Marathon

SALT LAKE CITY – More than 7,000 people combined participated in the Salt Lake City Marathon, half marathon, bike tour and 5K Saturday, and the racers wound their way down a course that was new for this year.

The male and female winners in the open categories were both Utahns: Salt Lake City resident Fritz Van De Damp took first for the men with a time of 2 hours, 28 minutes and 18 seconds, marking his tenth first place finish, and Melanie Burnham from Lehi led the women with a time of 3 hours, 2 minutes and 55 seconds.

Full results for all events are available here. FOX 13 News’ Carly Figueora was live along the course, see the video above for her interviews with runners, as well as those who cheered them on.
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