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Oil Sands Mine Pauses Operations

U.S. Oil Sands is temporarily shuttering operations in eastern Utah at its mine on the Tavaputs Plateau. Barclay Cuthbert, the Canadian company’s vice president of operations, says most workers have been sent home. But they’ll be back early next year to begin extracting oil from the tar-saturated rock and soil.

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Two Utah nonprofits are combining forces to raise the state’s profile in the tech and startup world.

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A new law approved this month will allow pharmacies throughout Utah to sell the opioid overdose drug, naloxone, without a prescription. Pinkypills will begin collecting sales tax on purchases made by Utah residents. The online retail giant has come to an agreement with the state of Utah to begin collecting state and local sales taxes beginning January 1, 2017.

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Work has begun on a new water treatment plant in Moab, Utah. Construction began on Tuesday.

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Gov. Gary Herbert rolled out his proposed $16.1 billion budget on Wednesday for the 2018 fiscal year. Speaking at the Utah Highway Patrol’s Salt Lake office, Herbert said he has no plans for tax increases, but does plan to funnel close to 80 percent of new ongoing revenue into public schools.

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The Salt Lake County Council is meeting tonight to finalize steps in the Pay for Success program. It’s part of Mayor Ben McAdams’ effort to reduce homelessness and deal with criminal justice issues in the county.

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University of Utah students got a chance to sit down with advocates and elected officials Tuesday to learn more about Salt Lake City’s ongoing homeless problem and how they can get involved. The meeting was one of Bennion Community Service Center’s Issues and Action forums that help students get involved in local issues.

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Mormon Apostle D. Todd Christofferson will be in Washington, D.C. Wednesday. He will attend an event at the Library of Congress honoring the Book of Mormon and offer the prayer at the Senate's morning meeting.

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The Draper City Council is poised to vote Tuesday on whether to approve the sale of land for a new housing development. Residents are threatening to move forward with a referendum to stop the project.

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A recount of a close Utah House race has not changed the outcome. Republican Rep. LaVar Christensen maintained a slim, five-vote lead over his Democratic challenger, Suzanne Harrison, in the race for House District 32.


Join RadioWest and the Utah Film Center on December 14 for a screening of the documentary Bluespace. It asks what it would take to reshape Mars in Earth's image, giving new perspective on our planet.

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After publicly conceding electoral defeat last week, President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia has reversed course and is calling for a new election. Jammeh has ruled the tiny West African country since seizing power in a coup in 1994, and his public concession to President-elect Adama Barrow on Dec. 2 led to hopes of the first peaceful transition of power in Gambia since it became independent from the U.K. in 1965. On Friday, Jammeh said the Independent Electoral Commission made errors in vote...

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