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‘Great Utah Shakeout’ earthquake drill underway

SALT LAKE CITY — Emergency responders, firefighters, law enforcement officials and other emergency personnel throughout the state are joining Utah residents to participate in the “Great Utah Shakeout” earthquake drill Thursday morning.

The Great Utah Shakeout is part of a worldwide effort to increase awareness of earthquake emergency procedures and improve earthquake preparedness.

“There’s a million different things that people can do to be prepared, but the Great Utah Shakeout is one of the great things we can do as a state to be unified in all of our preparedness efforts,” said Joe Dougherty, Utah Division of Emergency Management.

The Great Utah Shakeout began at 10:15 a.m. with a mock earthquake. Event organizers ask Utahns to “drop, cover and hold,” as if a real earthquake were happening, at that time.

Authorities offer more transparency in sexual assault investigations

SALT LAKE CITY — We learned Tuesday there are hundreds of untested rape kits in the Salt Lake City Police Department. A city council member, sexual assault victim advocates, and some victims themselves say more needs to be done.

During a news conference Wednesday, Chief Chris Burbank announced he will provide unprecedented access to the process of Code R Kit – or rape kit – examinations. His department is working with the District Attorney’s Office and Department of Public Safety on this project.

Starting June 1, you’ll see a new page on the Salt Lake City Police Department’s website, titled “Code R Project.”

State lawmakers discuss governor’s ‘Healthy Utah’ plan

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

However, the governor’s bigger hurdle may 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 “Healthy Utah 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.”

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.

‘Blood moon’ will be a sight to behold during Tuesday’s total lunar eclipse

FOX 13 News’ Nineveh Dinha spoke with local experts about the upcoming eclipse, see the video above for details.

CNN story continues below:

By Ben Brumfield

CNN

(CNN) — Prophecy loves signs from the heavens, and they will deliver Tuesday with a moonlight spectacle.

What will happen could sound sort of like this:

The moon will turn to blood as it aligns with Earth and sun Then do so thrice more ere a year and a half is done, ‘Tis not the herald of the apocalypses Just the first of four total lunar eclipses.

In other words, get ready for an unusually beautiful moon to grace the night skies next week. There will be a total lunar eclipse Tuesday that will turn the moon a burnt reddish orange, NASA says.

It’s called a blood moon, and this one is just the first in a series of four consecutive total eclipses.

Political parties hold conventions in Utah Saturday

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Republicans and Democrats held county conventions in Utah Saturday, and several candidates have secured their party’s nomination.

There was a bit of controversy in Salt Lake County as a candidate for the Fourth Congressional District, Tim Aalders, was told he could not have booth space at the Republican event because he was registered to run as an independent candidate.

Aalders said he had made that clear when he paid for the booth prior to the event but said he was still turned away, after receiving a refund. See the video above for details.

Democrats also met Saturday, and officials spoke on camera with FOX 13 News.

Several candidates have secured a nomination from their party, while others will be involved in a primary election. See the video above for a look at some of those results.

Utah soldiers return from Afghanistan

SALT LAKE CITY — Staff Sgt. Gregory Herrera returned to Utah after an 11-month deployment, and for the Herrera family it was 11 months of constant worry.

In 2007, they lost Greg’s cousin, Rocky Herrera; it’s a loss that’s changed the military family forever.

“Every time you’d hear on the news someone got killed in Afghanistan, it just made you sick,” said Johnny Herrera, Greg Herrera’s father.

Saturday, the Herrera’s and other friends and family welcomed home Greg Herrera, Levi Brandon and Anthony Wolfe. The three had been serving under a military transportation division detachment since May of 2013.

“We take great pride in being Americans and doing our part for our country,” said Staff Sgt. Gregory Herrera.

Staff Sgt. Herrera comes from a large military family; a family that has sacrificed for the country now for generations.