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Gov. Herbert Endorses Mitt Romney, Weighs In On Ballot Initiatives

Gov. Gary Herbert weighed in on a range of election issues and candidates Thursday, including all four proposed ballot initiatives and candidates seeking the GOP nomination in federal races.

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When you think about Las Vegas, you might picture casinos, opulent hotels and neon signs. Turns out, lots of those signs were made by the Young Electric Sign Company, headquartered right here in Utah.

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The Salt Lake City Council will not vote on a tax increase on tax day after all. They’re going to hold off on Tuesday night’s vote for another couple of weeks.

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Between hurricanes and wildfires, 2017 was the costliest year for natural disasters in the U.S. ever recorded. A new report on the preparedness of states puts Utah above the national average.

A menace lurks beneath the snow high up in the southern Rocky Mountains.

At first glance it seems innocuous, another piece of a dynamic alpine ecosystem, certainly unable to cause the cascade of problems scientists say it could. How could something so simple undermine our water infrastructure, stress wildlife and lengthen the wildfire season all at once?

For most of the winter it stays hidden, buried under blankets of snow. Then, the days grow longer. The sun’s rays begin to melt the top layers, causing water to percolate through the snow and ice or evaporate, revealing the villain of this story.

Dust.

The Federal Communications Commission starts dismantling net neutrality regulations on April 23, 2018. That could mean when you’re watching that next episode of ‘The Crown” it could buffer endlessly or not. No one really knows yet.  

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Stakeholders from the Our Schools Now initiative met with Gov. Gary Herbert today at Meadowbrook Elementary School in Bountiful. They were there for a ceremonial signing of the legislative compromise to bring more money to public schools in Utah. But the deal isn’t finalized.

More young people in Utah are using racial slurs on social media. And schools are working with the NAACP to try and stop it.

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The term “blog” is outdated these days. But, for all intents and purposes, that’s what By Common Consent is. It became popular during a time when Mormon blogs were popping up left and right. Now, a lot of them have fizzled out. But, with tens of thousands of hits each week, By Common Consent is as strong as ever.

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Some candidates for legislative and county-level races can set their sights on the Nov. 6 election. Others are headed for primaries in June.

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Across the country on Saturday, pro-gun groups will rally in support of the Second Amendment. There are demonstrations planned in three Utah cities.

Democrats on Capitol Hill are calling for an investigation into the National Park Service, pointing to a report they say follows a "pattern" of censoring scientists who study climate change. So I checked in with the scientist who wrote the latest report and is now worried about her future.

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Nuclear Weapons and the Illusion of Safety

Journalist Eric Schlosser joins us to explore this question: When it comes to nuclear weapons, there’s one big question: how do you use or possess them without being destroyed by them?

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When you think about Las Vegas, you might picture casinos, opulent hotels and neon signs. Like the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign, Circus Circus, or that huge cowboy on Fremont Street — Vegas Vic. Turns out, lots of those signs were made by the Young Electric Sign Company, headquartered right here in Utah. KUER’s Julia Ritchey used to live in Nevada. It's where she fell in love with neon signs and even started a story on them. Although she couldn’t quite finish it until she moved to Salt Lake City.  

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John Brennan's tenure as CIA director ended the same day that President Trump entered office last year, and since then, the former spy chief has been a relentless critic of the president.

"I think he is dishonest, he lacks integrity, he has very questionable ethics and morality, and he views the world through a prism of 'how it's going to help Donald Trump?,' " Brennan said in a wide-ranging interview with All Things Considered.

"I just think that he has not fulfilled the responsibilities of the president of the United States," Brennan added.

The children of the White House press corps added a little levity to what has been a notoriously fraught relationship, standing in for their parents at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. on Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day.

President Trump, who has practically made a mantra of the term "fake news," greeted reporters' kids in the Rose Garden Thursday, signing Make America Great Again hats and press cards while expressing a preference for their company.

Philippine authorities say they have conveyed to Kuwait their "strong surprise and great displeasure" over the Gulf country's decision to expel their envoy within a week. The expulsion announced Wednesday aims to punish Ambassador Renato Pedro Villa for the release of several viral videos last week that purported to depict the rescue of Filipino domestic workers.

Four mass graves that concealed thousands of victims of the Rwandan genocide for 24 years have been discovered.

The first bodies were found on Sunday at a depth of 80 feet and the excavation continues, according to The New Times in Rwanda.

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