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Utahn Josh Holt Lands In U.S. After Release From Venezuelan Prison

Josh Holt landed in the United States on Saturday afternoon after nearly two years behind bars in Venezuela. Holt was arrested on illegal weapon charges and his release is the result of nearly nonstop diplomatic efforts.

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Lots of people are obsessed with the idea of tiny homes, and some people actually live in them. But things get complicated for one couple when a nosy neighbor spots their tiny home.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Utah man jailed in Venezuela on weapons charges nearly two years ago was released Saturday after U.S. officials and his family pressed for his freedom from the South American country.

 

"We are grateful to all who participated in this miracle," Joshua Holt's family said in a statement.

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President Donald Trump on Thursday nominated an anti-illegal immigration activist from Utah for a top job in the State Department.

The Interior Department wants to open up a quarter-million acres at national wildlife refuges for hunting and fishing.

The move would impact 21 states. In our region, it would expand hunting at a refuge in Utah  and another in Montana. It would also open Montana’s Swan River refuge to big game hunting for the first time.

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Spurred by questions from KUER News, the Idaho State Tax Commission expects to introduce legislation next year that would prevent public agencies from collecting sales tax on documents and other records released by officials, KUER has learned.

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After the latest school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, everything is on the table when it comes to reducing gun violence in Utah, Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday.

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Bikes are off limits in the nation's 100 million acres of wilderness. But a few members of Congress want that to change.

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Weber County officials on Thursday announced they're joining a growing number of municipalities around the state that are suing drug manufacturers over the opioid crisis.

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The Utah Legislature passed a law this year letting residents grow hemp and sell byproducts from the plant. Now some eager Utahns are lining up to take advantage of the budding industry. 

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On the next More to Say, we’re picking up on a conversation we started last week about affordable housing in Utah.  This is part of KUER’s project the Hive Mind — where you ask our reporters questions and they try to find the answers. This time it’s all about tiny homes. Maybe you’ve seen them on Instagram, those beautifully apportioned, incredibly small houses. Lots of people are obsessed with the idea, and some people actually live in them. But things get complicated for one couple when a nosy neighbor spots their tiny home in a friend’s backyard.

Link to original story: http://kuer.org/post/hive-mind-are-tiny-houses-feasible-option-increase-affordable-housing

More about The Hive Mind: http://kuer.org/term/hive-mind#stream/0

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Kennedy is clarifying an apology he gave to a Texas pastor who has made inflammatory comments about Mormonism and other religions.

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The Life of Henry David Thoreau

There was much more to Henry David Thoreau's life and work than his brief experiment at living in the woods. He was an inventor, a manual laborer, a naturalist, a writer, and an abolitionist.

Announcing KUER's News Director

Investigative journalist Andrew Becker has been hired to direct the KUER newsroom.

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June 1 at Ogden's Dinosaur Park!

RadioWest in the Red Rocks

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On the next More to Say, we’re picking up on a conversation we started last week about affordable housing in Utah.  This is part of KUER’s project the Hive Mind — where you ask our reporters questions and they try to find the answers. This time it’s all about tiny homes. Maybe you’ve seen them on Instagram, those beautifully apportioned, incredibly small houses. Lots of people are obsessed with the idea, and some people actually live in them. But things get complicated for one couple when a nosy neighbor spots their tiny home in a friend’s backyard.

Link to original story: http://kuer.org/post/hive-mind-are-tiny-houses-feasible-option-increase-affordable-housing

More about The Hive Mind: http://kuer.org/term/hive-mind#stream/0

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in all 67 counties on Saturday in preparation for Subtropical Storm Alberto.

Visitors to the National Mall on Memorial Day weekend will encounter a wall of bright red poppies, installed to commemorate the men and women who have died in uniform in the century since World War I.

Retired Navy Vice Adm. John Bird tells NPR the project uses 645,000 synthetic flowers — one for each American killed in an international conflict since the start of World War I — pressed against acrylic panels, which are backlit for dramatic effect.

Alan Bean, the fourth man to walk on the moon who later chronicled the experience as an artist, died Saturday in Houston after a short illness. He was 86.

Bean was the lunar module pilot of Apollo 12, which made the second moon landing, in 1969.

Rose McGowan says she would "absolutely" like to testify if given the chance against Harvey Weinstein. McGowan spoke to NPR's Michel Martin a day after the mogul turned himself into police in New York after months fighting sexual abuse investigations.

"I have had to have his arm around me and smile in photos," McGowan says on Weinstein embracing her at public events. "The cameras would flash and you're just kind of out of your body and 'don't cause a scene and just go with it' because what else are you going to do? You're trapped.

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The people of Ireland voted overwhelmingly to repeal its restrictive abortion ban by changing the country's constitution.

The results were announced Saturday evening, local time: Out of the more than 2 million people who participated in Friday's referendum to overturn the Eighth Amendment, which bans nearly all abortion in the socially conservative country, 66.4 percent voted for repeal and 33.6 percent voted against it.

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