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Candidates for Utah Attorney General talk transparency

SALT LAKE CITY — Restoring public trust in The Utah Attorney’s Generals Office: Sean Reyes says he’s up for the challenge, but so does his democratic challenger, Charles Stormont.

The two were at the Hinckley Institute of politics Friday, discussing ways to improve transparency in the public position.

“We want to make sure, not only do we not step over that line, but that there’s no perception even that there’s a conflict between the political side and the policy side,” said Utah’s acting A.G., Sean Reyes, to a crowd of students at the University of Utah.

In the world of politics, sometimes perception is what ultimately leads to your demise. John Swallow stepped down from his embattled position as Utah’s A.G. amid allegations of bribery and after allegedly violating campaign finance laws.

Work beginning on large I-15 project

DAVIS COUNTY, Utah – A massive construction project is beginning on I-15 in Davis County this weekend as Utah Department of Transportation officials are working to widen the freeway on a 12-mile stretch of road.

The work is being done on an area between North Salt Lake and Farmington, and along that route four bridges will be replaced, including those at 2600 South and 500 South—which will be made into continuous flow interchanges.

The project is the largest of the many underway by UDOT crews, and it is estimated it will take 18 months to complete the work. Crews will work at night where possible, but drivers can still expect delays.

Transportation officials said the project will reduce congestion for commuters in the area once the work is done.

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.

Celebrities, geek culture featured at Comic Con FanXperience

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SALT LAKE CITY — Fans and stars alike flocked to the Salt Palace Convention Center Friday for the second day of the Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience.

The three-day event features celebrities, vendors and panels. FOX 13 News’ Joe Wren caught up with actor Billy Dee Williams, best known for his role as Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars films, while at the convention.

See the video above for Williams’ interview, and click here for more details on the event.

FOX 13 News’ Gene Kennedy was in attendance Friday night, and he spoke with attendees about the event. See the video for his interviews, which include some folks with impressive cosplays.

[Map] Plan for road closures, parking issues for marathon Saturday

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Police Department wants the public to be aware of the road closures and parking issues that will result from the Salt Lake City Marathon and related events on Saturday.

Scroll to the bottom of this post to view the full marathon map and links to download high-res PDF documents of the routes for Salt Lake City full and half marathons,

“Officers will accommodate through-traffic when it is safe to do so, but motorists and residents should expect delays as race events progress throughout the morning,” a press release from SLCPD said.

Carter Livingston, PR Director for Salt Lake City Marathon, came to the FOX 13 News Studio Friday to talk about what folks can expect for Saturday’s race. See the video above for his comments.

‘Declutter Day’ allows public to shred, recycle, donate

SALT LAKE CITY — Document shredding and electronics recycling is available Friday at the University of Utah.

The Utah Department of Commerce is hosting “Declutter Day,” a free event for the public that is taking place at 500 S 1550 E on Guardsman Way. The area is known as the Utes tailgate parking lot.

Declutter Day is meant to help the public protect their consumer information and de-clutter their environment in one stop.

The public will be able to shred documents containing personal information, recycle old computers and electronics and there’s an opportunity to donate used clothing to charity.

The event runs until 6 p.m. For more information visit www.commerce.utah.gov/declutter.

Types of documents that can be shredded are:

-Tax records older than seven years

-Bank statements

-Pay stubs

-Credit card statements

-401K/IRA statements

Photos: Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience 2014

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