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State Commission Proposes New Laws To Prevent School Shootings

A Utah school safety commission formed to address school violence is suggesting expanded mental health services for high risk students and other recommendations ahead of next year’s legislative session.

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The North Korean summit with President Donald Trump has been on the minds of many at a local Korean church. The historic event has caused some friction between older and younger generations.

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Sen. Orrin Hatch was honored Saturday night by Utah’s business community for his decades of public service, but the outgoing senator said there are “a number of things” he’d like to see happen before he retires at the end of the year.

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As two celebrities died in apparent suicides this week, a new federal report shows suicide rates have risen dramatically across the country over the past two decades. Utah continues to have one of the nation's highest rates for such deaths.


State Sen. Jim Dabakis announced his exit from the Legislature earlier this year in a video that captured the Salt Lake Democrat’s trademark theatrics.

Keith Gardner

The president of the construction firm targeted Thursday by immigration agents with a federal search warrant at the Salt Lake City International Airport defended his business, saying it's “a good company.”

Bruce King, president of Pete King Commercial, a North Las Vegas, Nev.-based company, said in a phone interview that he was not happy with the enforcement action that occurred Thursday morning.

This month, Colorado became the first state in the nation to allow school nurses to administer medical marijuana to students. But not all nurses may be on board.

Whittey Evans

Officials at a county jail in Utah have said they won’t disclose records to the public, in part because the information is stored on a remote server linked to the internet that only certain employees can access. But in a recently filed lawsuit, the ACLU of Utah and the Disability Law Center claim the government can’t hide behind technology, not even the "cloud."

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A lot of people may not have heard of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, or that it’s in jeopardy.

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President Donald Trump ran for office promising to build a massive wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The wall is projected to cost billions of dollars. But even if Trump gets congress to pony up the money, he’ll still have to deal with the people who actually own the border. See, the United States doesn’t actually own it. The federal government is indeed the largest landowner in the region, but most of the land itself is privately owned. And lots of those owners are against building a border wall. KUER’s news director Andrew Becker recently traveled to the border learn why.

Link to original story: https://www.revealnews.org/article/this-land-is-our-land-many-property-owners-wont-sell-for-trumps-wall/

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It’s parade season in Utah, and U.S. Senate candidate Mike Kennedy is taking advantage of the summer festivities to shake every hand he can. As the underdog in the Republican primary for Utah’s open seat, he says it's a must.

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Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Director Morgan Neville joins us to talk about the life and philosophy of television icon Fred Rogers. Neville's new documentary is called Won't You Be My Neighbor?

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Seated at the Oval Office on Wednesday, flanked by his vice president and secretary of homeland security, President Trump walked back an administration practice that has separated more than 2,300 children from their parents along the border.

Rachel Osborn knows kids who slept in the immigrant detention centers in Texas that have dominated recent headlines.

"We have kids who will say that was the worst part of their journey," Osborn says. "They were traveling for weeks and the hardest part was being in this freezing cold room where, you know, they were fed a cold sandwich and had a thin blanket to shiver under."

And they had no parent or caregiver to comfort them and make them feel safe.

It was on a family trip to Japan when Jui-Ting Hsi's patience with her father Kuo-Jen Hsi reached its limit.

The family, on vacation from Taiwan, had filed into a characteristically silent and crowded subway car in Tokyo when the family patriarch began speaking loudly, attracting a few glances from other passengers.

Third grade teacher Tony Osumi says he, like a lot of Americans, watched the recent news from the Southern US border with growing dismay. The images and sounds of wailing children being pulled from their tearful parents' arms and taken away to temporary shelters made him wince—and reminded him of the first day of school for children who hadn't been before.

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, D.C., has been removed from all public ministry following an allegation that he sexually abused a teenager when he was a priest in New York nearly 50 years ago.

McCarrick, 87, said in a statement Wednesday that the archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, had advised him of the allegation several months ago. He said he is innocent and that he was "shocked by the report" but fully cooperated during a investigation ordered by the Holy See.

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