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Utah counties determined to find port for coal

Even though the Oakland City Council voted to prohibit the handling or export of coal from a planned port development — shutting down one path for Utah coal — the counties will continue... Read more »

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Supreme Court abortion decision could affect Utah, experts say

The U.S. Supreme Court decision on Monday that struck down parts of a Texas abortion law could have reverberations in Utah, experts say. Read more »

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Rep. Love hosts poverty discussion with Missouri Democrat

Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, hosted a discussion on poverty Monday with a group of community advocates and leaders — and, in a show of bipartisanship, a Democratic congressman from Missouri. Read more »

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ACLU sues the state over inadequate legal defense for poor Utahns

Claiming years of inaction to repair an inconsistent, overburdened and underfunded legal defense system, the ACLU of Utah and the law firm Holland and Hart have filed a class-action lawsuit against... Read more »

June 22, 2016

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What Utah voters need to know for the 2016 primaries

Regardless of whether voters intend to vote by mail or in person, they will have to navigate a handful of specific deadlines in order to keep their votes eligible for the upcoming June 28 primaries. Read more »

June 21, 2016

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Family coping with 2 sons' suicides hope free app will save others

A West Jordan family coping with the suicide deaths of two teenage sons is helping spread awareness of the SafeUT cellphone app, which provides youths confidential connections to SafeUT crisis... Read more »

June 19, 2016

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Informed decisions: Are Utah taxpayers paying too much or too little?

Local economic experts, education leaders, business executives and other Utah residents say many parts of the state's tax structure are outdated, inefficient or unfair. Read more »

June 18, 2016

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Changes in State Office of Rehabilitation Services keep the focus on helping people

The overarching goal of a plan to move the Office of Rehabilitation Services into the Department of Workforce Services is to deliver services to people with disabilities in the most efficient and... Read more »

June 18, 2016

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Informed decisions: Weighing Utah's need for water, roads and mass transit

Keeping up with Utah's population growth includes planning, funding and maintaining a robust infrastructure in the state, according to a recent report from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute and... Read more »

June 16, 2016

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Making informed decisions: The key issues in education for 2016

Early childhood education, teacher support, college opportunities and other issues are key education priorities going into the 2016 election, according to a new project that aims to inform Utah... Read more »

June 16, 2016

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Utah lawmakers hear case for death with dignity act

Democratic Utah Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck plans to again introduce her Death with Dignity Act in the coming legislative session, despite it being referred to further study in previous years. Read more »

June 15, 2016

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Utah's lawsuit over federal lands in crafting stage

The state of Utah's fight against the federal government over control of certain federal lands within its borders is inching forward, with work underway to create a draft of a lawsuit detailing... Read more »

June 15, 2016

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Lawmakers, firefighters want drone owners to know the law

With drone technology improving, more and more people are flying them just for fun. With wildfire season here, lawmakers and firefighters want to make sure people know the rules before they fly. Read more »

June 15, 2016

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Looking at the cost of the death penalty, in more ways than one

State lawmakers Wednesday discussed the costs of execution versus life without parole, and one legislator intends to run a bill next year aimed at shortening the appeals process in capital murder... Read more »

June 15, 2016

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Bishop staffer: Push for Bears Ears monument is 'dishonest'

The legislative director for Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, told a committee of Utah lawmakers that the push to create Bears Ears National Monument is "dishonest" and "disingenuous" because environmental... Read more »

June 15, 2016

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LDS Church offers to donate $3 million to support Fairpark stadium proposal

Supporters of a planned $17 million stadium at the Utah State Fairpark want Gov. Gary Herbert to call a special session in July to approve $10 million for a proposal that includes a $3 million... Read more »

June 15, 2016

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Herbert endorsed by county commissioners from around the state

More than a dozen county commissioners, largely from rural Utah, gathered at the state Capitol Wednesday to endorse Gov. Gary Herbert in the upcoming GOP primary election. Read more »

June 15, 2016

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Count My Vote throws support behind candidates who took signature pathway to ballot

To combat GOP "pushback" against candidates who earned a place on the June 28 primary ballot by gathering signatures under Utah's new election law, Count My Vote supporter and former Gov. Mike... Read more »

June 14, 2016

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Poll shows Johnson close to Herbert in governor race, campaign says

Republican candidate for governor Jonathan Johnson released an internal poll Tuesday that his campaign says shows him running close behind Gov. Gary Herbert in the June 28 primary election. Read more »

June 14, 2016

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Lawmakers, education leaders talk changes for SAGE, school accountability

Changes to the student assessment of growth and excellence are on the horizon as state lawmakers and education leaders have begun formal discussions of how Utah's student testing and school... Read more »

June 14, 2016

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WSU professor urges state leaders not to meet with Dalai Lama

A representative of the Chinese province that has ties to the Utah Legislature is urging state leaders not to meet with the Dalai Lama when he speaks next week at the University of Utah. Read more »

June 14, 2016

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Point of the Mountain development: 'Are we thinking big enough?' economist asks commission

The Point of the Mountain Development Commission charged with planning development of Utah's so-called "Silicon Slopes" was challenged Monday to think big as it considers the future of the corridor. Read more »

June 13, 2016

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Newborn screening saves lives in Utah

Rare genetic and metabolic disorders can be detected and treated before irreversible symptoms set in using a standard medical procedure called newborn screening. Read more »

June 12, 2016

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Utah Native American tribes disagree on monument

The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition says a vote last week by seven of Utah's Native American tribes demonstrates clear support for a Bears Ears National Monument. A dissenting vote, however, came... Read more »

June 10, 2016

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Utah's prescription painkiller epidemic 'crosses every socioeconomic boundary'

On Thursday night, an all-star panel that drew representatives from the medical community, local law enforcement and patients gathered to talk about prescription painkiller abuse. Read more »

June 10, 2016

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Utah's teacher problem: What can be done to keep educators in the profession?

Nearly half of all new teachers in Utah quit within five years of teaching, contributing to a teacher shortage that worsens with a student population that grows by more than 10,000 students each year. Read more »

June 9, 2016

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Photos: New Utah license plates to help with memorial's upkeep

Brian Clement kneels to view the great seal on the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial at the state Capitol during a ceremonial bill signing Thursday. Read more »

June 9, 2016

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Education for homeless kids gets a one-month boost at Midvale shelter

Homeless children staying at the Road Home's Midvale Center will have educational programs this summer thanks to bridge funding appropriated by the Utah State Board of Education and another... Read more »

June 6, 2016

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How leaders in rural Utah counties are trying to end the cycles of poverty

Utah's efforts to break cycles of intergenerational poverty have shifted to the county level, where several communities in rural Utah are developing their own strategies to disrupt cycles of... Read more »

June 4, 2016

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Utah GOP to continue legal fight against SB54

The Utah Republican Party voted on Saturday to continue its fight against a state election law that the party believes circumvents its caucus and convention system. Read more »

June 4, 2016

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Hatch, Herbert optimistic over no new monument designation for Utah

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, was joined by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert Thursday at the Natural Bridges National Monument in San Juan County where they talked with local Navajo over the push for protections... Read more »

June 3, 2016

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Vote-by-mail ballots will hit Utah mailboxes next week

On Monday, a record number of vote-by-mail ballots will hit Utah mailboxes, so county clerks want to make sure voters knew what to expect for the upcoming June 28 primaries. Read more »

June 2, 2016

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Ex-A.G. John Swallow wants hearing to challenge evidence against him

Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow wants to challenge the evidence prosecutors say they have against him at a hearing. Read more »

June 2, 2016

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Utah ranks 7th in nation for financial health, study says

Utah ranks seventh in the country for its financial fitness, a new study shows. Read more »

June 1, 2016

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State, education leaders gear up for summer deliberation as school year ends

School's out for several school districts across the Wasatch Front, but state lawmakers plan to address several education issues during their interim meetings over the summer, such as testing,... Read more »

May 27, 2016

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Utah lawsuit challenges porn filter fees

A man with a history of filing long-shot lawsuits is challenging on religious grounds a Utah law allowing internet service providers to charge for filtering pornography. And some experts say this... Read more »

May 26, 2016

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Utah Fraternal Order of Police endorses Gov. Gary Herbert

The Utah Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed Gov. Gary Herbert's re-election bid. Read more »

May 25, 2016

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4 honored with 2016 Public Service Awards

Three public servants and one organization with University of Utah connections were recognized Tuesday at the 2016 Public Service Awards sponsored by the Utah chapter of the American Society for... Read more »

May 25, 2016

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Thousands of Primary Care Network slots in limbo to pave way for Medicaid extension

The partial Medicaid expansion plan that was promoted as a way to cover 16,300 of Utah's neediest — later revised to 10,000 — turns out to be even more limited than some advocates... Read more »

May 24, 2016

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Salt Lake City to begin phasing out smoking rooms at airport

The new Salt Lake City administration is shutting down all smoking rooms at Utah's largest airport. Read more »

May 24, 2016

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National conservative group backs Jonathan Johnson's bid to oust Herbert

A national group that advocates conservative principles threw its support Tuesday behind Republican Jonathan Johnson's campaign to unseat GOP Utah Gov. Gary Herbert. Read more »

May 24, 2016

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Group targets Utah's public lands fight with ad campaign

An organization is rolling out the "U-Turn Utah" advertising campaign targeting audiences in multiple states in the West. The campaign criticizes Utah's efforts to get control of 32 million acres... Read more »

May 23, 2016

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Sutherland Institute looks to broaden reach as conservative think tank

The Salt Lake City-based Sutherland Institute has plans to reshape itself as a nationally recognized conservative think tank under its new president. Read more »

May 21, 2016

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Overstock founder Patrick Byrne fuels Jonathan Johnson gubernatorial campaign

Overstock.com founder and former CEO Patrick Byrne continues to fuel Jonathan Johnson's campaign for governor with unprecedented amounts of cash. Read more »

May 20, 2016

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Utahns speaking out on pending Medicaid expansion plan

The public comment period has opened on a proposal to extend health care to up to 11,000 people who are living in chronic homelessness, in and out of the criminal justice system, or dealing with... Read more »

May 19, 2016

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Gov. Herbert: Bears Ears resolution won't 'jeopardize anything'

Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday a strongly worded resolution from Utah lawmakers opposing a new Bears Ears national monument won't hurt his discussions about the designation with the Obama... Read more »

May 19, 2016

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Audit: Public safety communication agency's status needs legislative review

The Utah Communications Authority’s status as an "independent state entity” should be put under review by the Legislature because of significant organizational deficiencies that allowed... Read more »

May 18, 2016

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Libertarian presidential candidate meets with Utah state senators

Utah state senators had the opportunity to meet with a presidential candidate Wednesday — Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party's presumptive nominee. Read more »

May 18, 2016

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Utah lawmakers pass resolution against proposed Bears Ears national monument

The Utah Legislature told the Obama administration Wednesday in a strongly worded resolution that the state doesn't want a new national monument and is gearing up to fight any attempt to create one. Read more »

May 18, 2016

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Utah Legislature restores $4.7 million for education in special session

Utah lawmakers voted to restore more than $4.7 million in funding for various education programs during a special legislative session Wednesday. Read more »

May 18, 2016

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