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‘Blood moon’ will be a sight to behold during Tuesday’s total lunar eclipse

FOX 13 News’ Nineveh Dinha spoke with local experts about the upcoming eclipse, see the video above for details.

CNN story continues below:

By Ben Brumfield

CNN

(CNN) — Prophecy loves signs from the heavens, and they will deliver Tuesday with a moonlight spectacle.

What will happen could sound sort of like this:

The moon will turn to blood as it aligns with Earth and sun Then do so thrice more ere a year and a half is done, ‘Tis not the herald of the apocalypses Just the first of four total lunar eclipses.

In other words, get ready for an unusually beautiful moon to grace the night skies next week. There will be a total lunar eclipse Tuesday that will turn the moon a burnt reddish orange, NASA says.

It’s called a blood moon, and this one is just the first in a series of four consecutive total eclipses.

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Political parties hold conventions in Utah Saturday

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Republicans and Democrats held county conventions in Utah Saturday, and several candidates have secured their party’s nomination.

There was a bit of controversy in Salt Lake County as a candidate for the Fourth Congressional District, Tim Aalders, was told he could not have booth space at the Republican event because he was registered to run as an independent candidate.

Aalders said he had made that clear when he paid for the booth prior to the event but said he was still turned away, after receiving a refund. See the video above for details.

Democrats also met Saturday, and officials spoke on camera with FOX 13 News.

Several candidates have secured a nomination from their party, while others will be involved in a primary election. See the video above for a look at some of those results.

Utah soldiers return from Afghanistan

SALT LAKE CITY — Staff Sgt. Gregory Herrera returned to Utah after an 11-month deployment, and for the Herrera family it was 11 months of constant worry.

In 2007, they lost Greg’s cousin, Rocky Herrera; it’s a loss that’s changed the military family forever.

“Every time you’d hear on the news someone got killed in Afghanistan, it just made you sick,” said Johnny Herrera, Greg Herrera’s father.

Saturday, the Herrera’s and other friends and family welcomed home Greg Herrera, Levi Brandon and Anthony Wolfe. The three had been serving under a military transportation division detachment since May of 2013.

“We take great pride in being Americans and doing our part for our country,” said Staff Sgt. Gregory Herrera.

Staff Sgt. Herrera comes from a large military family; a family that has sacrificed for the country now for generations.

Utahns rally in support of Amendment 3, traditional marriage

SALT LAKE CITY — Lawyers for the state of Utah went before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver Thursday, arguing their case for Utah’s Amendment 3, which defines marriage as solely between a man and a woman.

The Utah Eagle Forum and several other groups supporting traditional marriage held a rally at the Utah State Capitol to welcome them back Friday.

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and lead counsel Gene Schaerr received a warm welcome at the event.

“We appreciate everything that you’ve done to help us stand up and defend the laws of the state of Utah and to help us defend Utah’s right to define marriage as between a man and a woman,” Reyes said.

The author and sponsor of Amendment 3, Rep. LaVar Christensen, R-District 32, was also honored by those at the rally.

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Community day at Clark Planetarium

SALT LAKE CITY — Clark Planetarium hosted a community event that featured some free hands on, science related activities.

The community partner days included activities featuring things like live animals, snow making and solar system creation. FOX 13 News’ Big Budah was at the event, see the video above for details.

To learn more about Clark Planetarium, visit their website.

Event at U of U focuses on recycling electronic waste

SALT LAKE CITY –An event will allow Utahns to recycle everything from cell phones to printers to microwaves in a safe and environmentally friendly way.

Ayrel Clark-Proffitt from the University of Utah’s Resource Center and Eric Michaels came to the FOX 13 News Studio to discuss the importance of recycling electronics as well as Friday’s event.

The event will be held at the University Services Building, 1795 S. Campus Drive, from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday.

Metech Recycling will be collecting the electronic waste, and the effort is part of a partnership between them and the Sustainability Resource Center, UIT and the Salt Lake Valley Health Department.

Click here for event details.

Woman arrested in connection with robbery at credit union

SALT LAKE CITY – Police arrested a woman early Thursday morning in connection with a robbery that took place at a credit union earlier this week.

Natalie K. Rhodes, 34, was arrested and faces a charge of aggravated robbery; the woman also has several outstanding warrants.

According to information from the Salt Lake City Police Department, Rhodes was arrested at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday.

Rhodes allegedly entered a Heritage West Credit Union, 25 E. 1700 South, Tuesday and demanded money. The suspect fled after the teller complied.