Top Utah stories of 2012

Posted at 7:02 PM, Dec 30, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-30 21:02:30-05

Here’s a list of the top Utah stories from 2012 (in chronological order):

During an Ogden drug bust on January 4, Matthew David Stewart shot six officers with the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force, killing Officer Jared Francom. He faces several charges including aggravated murder.
More on the raid and Stewart trial>>

01 - Explosion at Josh Powell's Graham, Wash. home

On February 5, Josh Powell, the sole person of interest in the Dec. 2009 disappearance of his wife Susan, killed himself and his two sons Charlie and Braden, in an explosion in their Graham, Wash., home.
More on the Powell family>>

City Creek Center
After nearly ten years of construction, City Creek Center opened its doors in March, reshaping downtown Salt Lake City’s retail environment and bringing in more than 100 major retailers.
More on the City Creek Center>>

Data Breach
A data breach on Utah’s Medicaid records compromised 800,000 Utahns’ social security numbers and identities.
More on the data breach>>

Hamblin Valley fire (courtesy Doug & CarolAnn Schmutz)
Dozens of wildfires raged across the state in June and July, destroying homes and cabins. Fire investigators linked 19 of those fires to target shooters.
More on wildfires>>

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was pushed into the spotlight thanks to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
More on Mormons and politics>>

The Fourth District Race between Democrat Jim Matheson and Republican Mia Love became the most expensive U.S. House race in Utah history and drew campaign money and supporters from outside the state.
More on the Fourth District Race>>

College football in Utah was turned on its head as Utah and BYU had mediocre seasons, while the USU Aggies finished in the AP and BCS top 25 and had a runaway win the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
More football news>>

Utah mourns the loss of 6-year-old Emilie Parker from the Ogden area, who was one of the 26 people killed in a Connecticut elementary school shooting.
More on the shooting and memorials>>

Dozens of servicemen and women return to their families after months in other parts of the world while others say goodbye to their family members as they start their tours of duty.
Soldier homecoming stories>>