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‘Great Utah Shakeout’ earthquake drill to be held Thursday

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 begins 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.

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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.”

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.

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Autopsies begin on bodies of infants found in PG home

PLEASANT GROVE — The Utah Medical Examiner began performing autopsies Tuesday on several babies found dead in a Pleasant Grove home.

Megan Huntsman, 39, was arrested on six counts of murder after police discovered the bodies of seven infants in the home’s garage. One of the baby’s was reportedly stillborn.

The babies were born between 1996 to 2006. According to court documents Huntsman admitted to strangling or suffocating the babies after they were born.

As the family tries to heal and search for answers many are wondering how Huntsman was able to conceal her pregnancies.

“She hid her first two pregnancies and the family didn’t know her two oldest daughters until she was in the hospital delivering those two babies,” said Capt. Dan Roberts with Pleasant Grove Police.

Smoke from controlled burn concerns passing residents

UTAH COUNTY — A controlled burn in the Spanish Fork area remains under control, officials said Tuesday afternoon.

The burn operation is being conducted near Benjamin on the southeast corner of Utah, according to a tweet from Jason Curry, spokesman from the State Forestry. Fire personnel are on scene assisting.

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.