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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.

Video: 2 people custody after leading police on high-speed chase

FARR WEST — Helicopter video from a high-speed chase Monday has been released.

Two suspects were taken into custody after police pursued the men through multiple northern Utah counties. The chopper with the Department of Public Safety recorded the chase.

Sgt. Todd Royce with the Utah Highway Patrol said an attempt to locate was put out for a reckless driver in Summit County. When the vehicle was finally spotted A UHP deputy attempted to stop the car when the driver fled.

The driver then led officers on a high-speed chase through Summit County, down Parley’s Canyon, through Salt Lake and Davis Counties and into Weber County where officers were able to stop the vehicle in Farr West, Royce said.

The driver and passenger reportedly fled on foot but were eventually taken into custody. Police say the men are wanted felons from Colorado.

There were no reported injuries.

New program seeks to ‘Bridge the Gap’ to combat hunger

WEBER COUNTY, Utah – A religious organization is starting a program that will help Utah children who are in need of food get additional nutritional support.

The effort is the work of Utah Catholic Community Services, who estimates there are 16,000 children in Weber County who need food support.

“There are so many people in our communities across the state who are struggling with the very real issues of hunger,” said Marcie Valdez, who is the director for Northern Utah Catholic Community Services.

Valdez said the northern Utah organization distributes about 200,000 pounds of food each month, serving about 2,300 households. They gave away 2.5 million pounds of food in 2013.

Want to see Utah’s liquor store inventory? Click here

SALT LAKE CITY — Becky Rosenthal knows first-hand what it’s like to find a great drink on Utah liquor store shelves one day, only to find it gone the next.

“We’ve gone from store to store and bounced around until we’ve found the right thing,” said Rosenthal, who writes about food and drink in Utah on her website, theslcfoodie.com.

Recently, the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control quietly made its inventory available online for everyone to see. Through a search engine tool on the DABC’s website, customers can look up a particular bottle or type of drink (say, “merlot” or “absinthe”) and view the brands and how many bottles are available at what liquor store in the state.

Experts discuss health insurance enrollment numbers in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — President Obama is calling the Affordable Care Act a success, since millions of Americans have signed up for health care on the federal exchanges.

But how many Utahns have signed up and are now covered? FOX 13 News spoke with experts at Arches Health Plan, who said it’s still too soon to call Utah’s enrollment numbers good or bad.

The official report has not come in yet, but based on the estimates so far, Utah’s youth enrollment is above the national percentage.

After a rough roll out of the new health care exchange under the Affordable Care Act, President Obama was eager to announce the national enrollment numbers Thursday. He said 8 million Americans have enrolled, with 35 percent of those people under the age of 35.

In Utah, no official statewide numbers have been released, but a spokesperson for Arches Health Plan said about 68,000 Utahns have enrolled, with 47 percent in the coveted 35 and younger demographic.

Suspect in custody after SWAT situation in Ogden

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