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State Courts Try To Change System They Say Keeps The Poor Behind Bars And Sets Wealthy Free

Richard Mauro has been a public defender for nearly three decades, representing people who can’t afford an attorney. So he knows, if you can’t make bail, it can really screw you over.

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Utah's Municipal Election Turnout Lags

Nov 3, 2017
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On Tuesday November 7th, Utahns around the state will have a chance to vote in local elections. It’s also the time to fill former Congressman Jason Chaffetz’s seat in the 3rd Congressional District. So far, turnout of mail-in ballots is low.

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It’s been nearly a month since allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Hollywood megaproducer Harvey Weinstein first surfaced. More than 60 women have now come forward to accuse him. Many of those allegations were said to have happened at film festivals — Toronto, Cannes, and even Sundance, which happens in Park City every January.

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The Utah Republican Party is dropping its legal challenge to a state election law that divided its membership and drowned the party in debt.

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Like the familiar refrain in the Netflix series Game of Thrones, winter is coming. Here along the Wasatch Front, that means we’re approaching inversion season when fine particulate pollution hangs in the Salt Lake Valley.

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Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill has ruled that a Cottonwood Heights police officer who shot a 17-year-old two months ago had good reason to use his weapon.

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Police are sharing more details about what happened at the University of Utah Monday night, when a student was fatally shot.

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Officials have announced that a small-scale Medicaid expansion request in Utah was approved by the federal government. For lawmakers focused on difficult problems like homelessness and drug addiction, it was a time to celebrate. 

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Hundreds of years before pumpkin pie and jack-o-lanterns, the Fremont Indians grew corn, beans, and types of squash that may have included pumpkin. 

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University of Utah nurse Alex Wubbels whose aggressive arrest by a Salt Lake City police officer went viral in late August reached a settlement with law enforcement yesterday.

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has nominated Judge Paige Peterson to fill a vacancy on the Utah Supreme Court.

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Judge Sewall and the Salem Witch Trials

Samuel Sewell was one of the judges during the Salem Witch Hunt in 1692. There were actually 9 judges who sent 20 people to their deaths, but only Sewell came forward to say he was sorry.

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The Stigma Of Pornography

Nov 16, 2017
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Watching pornography is often referred to as a sin. A sin that can greatly disrupt an individual’s life and even end relationships. But what if some of those negative consequences have more to do with the stigma surrounding porn than porn itself? Doug Fabrizio talks with KUER’s Lee Hale about how this stigma plays out in individual lives.

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The Western U.S. is just starting to recover after a prolonged, 16-year drought. A lack of water can force people to take a hard look at how they use it, and make big changes. That's what happened in southern Colorado, where farmers have tried a bold experiment: They're taxing themselves to boost conservation.

Colorado's San Luis Valley is a desperately dry stretch of land, about the same size as New Jersey.

Azzedine Alaia, the French-Tunisian designer known for his figure-sculpting fashions, has died at 77, the French Federation of Haute Couture and Fashion confirmed on Saturday.

In his more than four decades in the fashion industry, Alaia gained a reputation for going rogue; he refused to follow the calendar of international fashion weeks and released his collections only when he was ready. He rose to fame for his body-hugging designs that celebrated the female form.

The Palestinians threatened on Saturday to cease communication with the United States if the White House closes its diplomatic mission in Washington, D.C., lodging a potential thorn in President Trump's plans for Mideast peace.

The State Department says the office of the Palestine Liberation Organization must close under a little-known provision in U.S. law that forbids it from requesting Israelis be prosecuted for crimes against Palestinians. Trump may reverse the closure within 90 days if the Palestinians prove they are engaging in peace negotiations with the Israelis.

Tens of thousands of euphoric Zimbabweans marched through the country's capital on Saturday to celebrate what may be the near end of President Robert Mugabe's reign.

Mugabe, one of Africa's last living independence leaders, had been in power for nearly four decades, until this week when the military ousted him in what it is describing as a "bloodless correction."

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