(KUTV) As the Utah State Legislature heads to its final week, around a dozen of bills to help clean up Utah's air are still up for debate.
One bill that is still going through the process would give a $2,500 tax credit to those who buy an electric car and would allow anyone to sell electricity for cars only, without it becoming a regulated utility.
Another bill that is picking up steam is one that would offer subsidies to replace wood-burning stoves, which are a big polluter during the winter months.
One other bill that might pass is the $40 million program to replace old school buses with newer cleaner ones.
None of the bills that deal with the clean air have passed so far during this year's legislative session, but none have died either.
Police Looking to Solve String of Bank Robberies in Salt Lake County
(KUTV) A flurry of weekend robberies have police on the hunt for suspects in a couple of cases in Salt Lake County.
Police have a break in one of the robberies as Unified Police arrested Randy Platt, 23, who police say went into the Fort Union Wells Fargo bank on Friday, demanded cash, and took off.
Now police are looking for two other suspects in two different robberies that happened over the weekend.
In Taylorsville, police are looking for a man that walked into the Mountain America Credit Union on Friday night and demanded cash from the teller. Police say he was a white man, about 5'10" in height, and 160 pounds. He was wearing a blue windbreaker, blue jeans, a blue baseball cap with orange writing, and a surgical mask to hide his face.
In Salt Lake City, police are looking for a man that they say robbed the Zions Bank on 2100 South. This man also walked into the bank, demanded cash, and took off.
Police do not believe the robberies are connected, but they do say there are common threads in most of the cases as Salt Lake County has seen a rash of robberies over the past couple of weeks.
The recent trend even has the attention of the FBI.
The FBI is working closely with police to try and solve these cases as well as working with banks on prevention efforts.
Police say if the same pace of robberies continues in Salt Lake County, there will be more than 120 bank robberies by the end of the year which is compared to around 70 last year.
Women Ask LDS Church Again To Attend Priesthood Session
(KUTV) Once again, the group Ordain Women is asking the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to allow them to attend next month's General Conference priesthood session, which is currently restricted to men.
"I think that we are ready. It has been quite some time. Women used to give blessings in the LDS Church not through the priesthood but healing blessings. I think we've got a lot of legacy of women being powerful, spiritual authorities in the church," said Ordain Women spokeswoman Hannah Wheelwright, who said women were told to stop giving blessings at General Conference in 1946. "Women are not equal in the LDS Church. Equality is not a feeling; it's something that can be measured and something looking at women's organizations in the church."
Two weeks ago, the group submitted a request to the Director of Events for Temple Square for tickets to the meeting, Wheelwright said. She and a group of as many as 500 people from around the world plan to head to Temple Square on April 5.
"We are hoping that showing up outside of the Tabernacle and trying to get tickets to the priesthood session that we can demonstrate to the church leaders that we still support them praying and asking The Lord about women's ordination in the LDS Church," Wheelwright said of their efforts not only to attend the meeting but to move toward gaining a new role in the church. "We believe all are alike unto God and that God views women equally, but we need to have the church manifest that equality."
Wheelwright and an estimated 250 other participants attempted to enter the meeting last October. The church turned them down, instead broadcasting the session live to anyone.
"I was immensely disappointed. I was very, very distraught," said Wheelwright, who will graduate Brigham Young University in June with a minor in women's studies. "Being individually turned away demonstrated to me that it was solely on the basis of my gender. It didn't matter that I was ready and willing, and didn't matter that there were plenty of empty seats in the Conference Center and more than enough in the Tabernacle. It only mattered that I was a woman."
Wheelwright's friend, Rachel Mitchell, is behind the group's efforts, despite some initial reluctance.
"I didn't want to be seen as disrespecting anyone, but what I'd like to be seen as is just someone asking a question," Mitchell said of her participation in the group. "I think that it's pretty exciting. I like the discussion."
The LDS Church did not have a statement regarding the group's request, spokesperson Jessica Moody said.
Last year, the church said LDS leaders denied the group tickets because the priesthood session was meant to "strengthen men" and "parallel" Relief Society meetings were already in place for women.
Nonetheless, Wheelwright and Mitchell are hopeful this General Conference will be different.
"I think they expected us to turn away quietly, and so I do not anticipate the church doing the same thing," Wheelwright said. "We'll be there no matter what, and we'll just roll with whatever happens."
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