President Nelson Will Be Home For Conference: KSUB News Summary
The Semi Annual Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is set to begin this Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Mountain Time. However, President Russell M Nelson will not be in attendance. In a message to church members, President Nelson said, “I will be watching general conference through technology just as most of you will. Three weeks ago, I fell and injured the muscles in my lower back. This episode has reminded me of the reality that things sometimes change quickly in our lives.” The church president hopes to be able to record a message to be delivered at the conference. Also, Elder Jeffery R Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles is continuing to recuperate from his health challenges and will also watch the proceedings from home. KSUB will broadcast the sessions of conference at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
Truck Driver Dies Following Accident In Parowan
Iron County Troopers were dispatched to a crash on I-15 Southbound near milepost 77 at about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday morning. A semi truck was reportedly cut off by a passenger vehicle and had swerved to the left, crossed through the median, over the Northbound lanes, and off of the Northbound shoulder.
The truck continued through a fence where it came to rest in a field. Troopers arrived on scene and collected documents from the driver to begin a report. While the 60-year-old male driver of the semi was interacting with medical personnel on scene, he lost consciousness for a short period of time and a medical helicopter was called to transport him. While medical was preparing to transport, he was talking, coherent, and advising his desire to stay with his semi and take care of his cargo. The scene was cleared and the subject was transported to the hospital. Word came from the hospital that the driver passed away at 11:13 a.m.
Operation Underground Railroad Founder Accused
The founder and former president of a local non-profit anti-sex trafficking organization is being accused of sexual harassment and other misconduct by former employees. An attorney representing "several" former Operation Underground Railroad employees held a news conference Thursday at the Utah State Capital.
The attorney said her clients had filed complaints several months ago that they were subjected to "sexual harassment, spiritual manipulation, grooming, and sexual misconduct" by Tim Ballard, who founded the organization in 2013. A statement from the organization said it launched an investigation after receiving the complaints and "immediately" placed Ballard on administrative leave. Ballard resigned at the conclusion of the investigation, according to the statement.
Governor Prepares To Keep National Parks Open If Shutdown Occurs
Governor Spencer Cox says he and state legislative leaders are preparing a plan to keep Zion National Park and Utah's other national parks open in case a federal government shutdown comes to pass this weekend. Cox said the plan is similar to what's been done in the past. Cox said national parks are the "lifeblood" for nearby communities like those in Washington County. Meanwhile, U.S. Senator Mike Lee on Wednesday introduced a bill that would keep parks open and require the Secretary of the Interior to repay states for money they spend keeping parks open.