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London Terrorist Attack Leaves Utah Man Dead And His Wife Injured

Kurt and Melissa Cochran from West Bountiful were among those caught in the London terrorist attack Wednesday. Kurt was killed while his wife Melissa survived with serious injuries.

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Utah may become the first state in the country to have a legal blood alcohol limit of .05 after the state legislature passed a bill to lower it from the current .08. But members of the restaurant community are trying to get Gov. Gary Herbert to veto the bill.

Zika Cases Continue To Appear In Utah

Mar 13, 2017
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Cases of the Zika virus continue to appear in Utah according to the Utah Department of Health. With the mosquito season affecting parts of the U.S., epidemiologists are paying close attention.

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It’s only been four months since Jason Chaffetz handily won a fifth term representing Utah’s 3rd Congressional District, but already the Republican has two challengers preparing to run against him in 2018.

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Salt Lake City’s East High School has found a way to make school more comfortable for their homeless students. What used to be a locker room for visiting sports teams is now a laundry room with a shower, lockers, sink and mirror.

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The Utah Air Quality Board, hasn’t asked for a veto in a decade -- until now.

Utah Lawmakers React To Republican Health Care Bill

Mar 13, 2017
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The Republican replacement to the Affordable Care Act was released last week. It’s called the American Health Care Act. Since then, several Utah lawmakers have weighed in on the proposed legislation.

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Salt Lake County has unveiled five potential locations for a new homeless shelter. Three of the proposed sites are in West Valley City and the other two are in South Salt Lake.

Abortion Bill Goes To Governor

Mar 10, 2017
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On the final night of the Utah legislative session, lawmakers approved a bill that would require doctors to provide additional information to women seeking a medication-induced abortion.

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Utah’s general legislative session ended midnight Thursday. During the past 45 days, lawmakers passed several bills dealing with serving and consuming alcoholic beverages. 

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Utah legislators delivered some big messages on public lands during this year’s 45 days of lawmaking. But air-quality and other environmental concerns saw only modest gains – along with some setbacks.

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Would a .05 DUI limit save lives or just hurt Utah businesses? A bill on the Governor's desk would make Utah's law the strictest in the country, and Thursday we're talking about it.

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Former President Obama took a victory lap Thursday on seventh anniversary of his signature health care law even as Republicans had planned to formally begin the process of gutting it in celebration.

But now, it's the GOP replacement plan that remains on life support. Republicans postponed a planned evening vote in the House, denying them a symbolic chance to make good on their years-long promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

About this time last year, roughly two dozen daring young strangers bid farewell to the modern world as we know it, bearing their hunting equipment and their wiles into the remote Scottish highlands with the aims of creating a new community from scratch — cameras rolling for a reality show all the while, naturally.

U.S. Marine artillerymen are now in place on Syrian soil, north of the last stronghold of the Islamic State. A force of local Kurdish and Arab fighters is moving south, continuing to isolate the city of Raqqa.

They're in the opening stages of a major military operation that officials say could last into the fall.

What comes next is expected to have huge implications not only for the fate of ISIS, but also for the relationship between Turkey and Russia, as well as the geographic outlines of the future Syrian state.

It will be very complicated.

Who Will Listen To The Suffering Syrians?

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Dr. Hussam Jefee-Bahloul, a Syrian psychiatrist, writes poetry that reflects his deep longing for a lost homeland.

"Poetry and art is another way to cope," he says, "we are all grieving in our own ways. The country is no longer the one that I left and it still haunts me in my dreams." (Click here to read one of his poems.)

With his skill as a psychiatrist, Dr. Hussam Jefee-Bahloul is reaching out to the troubled people of his Syrian homeland, offering guidance for health workers who work with mental health issues in a population traumatized by war.

And with his love of words, he tries to capture his longing for his homeland in poetry.

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