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Slippery Sales: Utah’s MLM companies push high volumes of “immunity boosting” essential oils during pandemic scare despite lack of scientific support
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Slippery Sales: Utah’s MLM companies push high volumes of “immunity boosting” essential oils during pandemic scare despite lack of scientific support

The following story was written by Eric S. Peterson of The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with Utah Stories.   “Hi!  I just need some advice please!,” read a panicky post made to the Facebook page of “DT Essential Oils – Best Recipes & Remedies” on March 24. The woman wrote that her husband was...

A Utah senator who has had run-ins with judge has a bill to allow switching courts
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A Utah senator who has had run-ins with judge has a bill to allow switching courts

The following story was written by Eric S. Peterson of The Utah Investigative Journalism Project  in partnership with  The Salt Lake Tribune. The website for the law offices of Kirk A. Cullimore proudly touts decades worth of experience in evictions and debt collections, not just arguing the law — but even making it. “Our firm’s work...

Cash Canyon: Former Lawmaker’s Bill to Allow Canyon Tolling Could Benefit His Development Project
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Cash Canyon: Former Lawmaker’s Bill to Allow Canyon Tolling Could Benefit His Development Project

The following story was written and reported by Eric S. Peterson of The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with Utah Stories. In the 2018 Legislature, then-Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, one of the most powerful legislators on the hill, presented a bill in a committee to pave the way for toll roads to be established...

Utah’s rehab deserts: Despite crises, drug treatment options decline in rural counties
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Utah’s rehab deserts: Despite crises, drug treatment options decline in rural counties

The following story was written and reported by Taylor Hartman for The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with The Spectrum. Addiction touches every corner of Utah, altering the lives of families in both rural areas and cities, prompting a need for recovery resources, treatment and hope. With alcohol and drug abuse —especially opioids — on...

Investigative report shines new light into dark corners of a controversial Draper train station development
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Investigative report shines new light into dark corners of a controversial Draper train station development

The following was written and reported by Eric S. Peterson of The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with The Salt Lake Tribune. The FBI has shut down its yearslong investigation into the murky, conflict-riddled deals involving a Utah Transit Authority commuter train station and related development in Draper. No charges resulted aside from the...

Zions Bank accused of facilitating fraud in California Ponzi scheme
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Zions Bank accused of facilitating fraud in California Ponzi scheme

The following story was written and reported by Eric Peterson of The Utah Investigative Journalism Project  in partnership with Utah Stories.   Before he pled guilty to running a $125 million fraud and being labeled a “scammer extraordinaire” by the FBI, Deepal Wannakuwatte was known as a charming entrepreneur who owned his own tennis team....