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A Smog Museum With Lessons For Utah Today

We roll up in a tour bus to the white bones of what used to be a zinc plant in Donora, Pa. We pass the vacant lot where the steel mill was. Both industrial plants shut down decades ago, so it’s hard now to imagine this dull place as the epicenter of a world-famous tragedy.

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Every city has boards and commissions that residents can volunteer to sit on. They don’t usually pay and most of them don’t require any expertise. They might seem dull or insignificant. But there are real consequences when those seats are empty.

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After a period of tension between the University of Utah and the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, the University’s Board of Trustees approved a new memorandum of understanding today detailing their business relationship. 

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This week’s mass shooting in Las Vegas has rekindled the debate over gun control. This time, even some Utah Republicans are calling for a ban on the devices known as “bump stocks.” 

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After getting an economics degree from Brigham Young University, Chase Zenger got a job in Silicon Valley. He missed Utah, and a few years ago he moved back to Provo to work for big-data company Qualtrics. But Zenger says he just wasn’t getting the opportunities he wanted to advance his career.  

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Salt Lake City Council has officially declared the second Monday of October, also known as Columbus Day, as Indigenous Peoples' Day.

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Funding for the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, expired last week. Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch helped create the program for low-income children in the 1990s.

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Congressional candidate John Curtis picked up a major endorsement on Wednesday from Republican Mitt Romney for the 3rd District special election.

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If you’ve picked up a copy of the Salt Lake Tribune in the last 26 years, you know Peggy Fletcher Stack’s name. She’s been covering religion for the paper since 1991 taking on a variety of topics, but mostly the LDS Church. Sometimes Stack refers to Salt Lake City as the "Vatican of Mormonism."

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The Davis School District has issued an apology after students attending a football game last week chanted “build the wall," a frequent rally cry during President Donald Trump's campaign.

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Salt Lake’s needle exchange program has a new home, at least temporarily. 

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Mormons, Native Americans, and the Indian Placement Program

From 1947 to 2000, some 50,000 native children were taken from the reservation and placed in Mormon homes. It was an effort to educate and convert that came naturally out of Mormon theology.

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The Pentagon is tightening the screening process for immigrants who volunteer for military service and slowing their path to U.S. citizenship.

The U.S. military will no longer allow green card holders to enter basic training before the successful completion of a background check. The policy change is intended to improve security vetting of foreign-born recruits.

Rasika, an Indian restaurant in Washington, D.C., has won just about every recognition possible. The Washington Post called it the No. 1 restaurant in the city. The chef has won a James Beard award — basically the Oscars of the food world. President Obama celebrated his birthday there — twice. And though the place has been open for more than a decade, it is only just now coming out with a cookbook.

The revelation that Republican Rep. Tom Marino of Pennsylvania — the White House nominee to head the National Office of Drug Control Policy — sponsored legislation that favored the drug industry while receiving campaign contributions from that same industry led to Marino withdrawing his name from consideration. Meanwhile, President Trump has announced that he will declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency.

Mandalay Bay Security Guard Breaks His Silence

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Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos spoke for the first time publicly about his experience the night a gunman killed 58 people at a country music festival in Las Vegas. Campos, who was the first person to confront the killer, had remained largely out of the public eye.

The Trump administration says it wants lawmakers to pass the Republican tax overhaul plan by the end of the year. It aims to spur revenue by cutting taxes for U.S. businesses and earners, including the country’s wealthiest. Arthur Laffer is considered by many to be “the father of supply-side economics,” the theory that forms the backbone of the current overhaul plan.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Laffer, who was also a Trump campaign adviser and an adviser to President Ronald Reagan.

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