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Brian Grimmett

The Salt Lake City Council voted Tuesday night to set aside $65,000 to maintain the greens at what used to be Wingpointe golf course. The money is expected to buy Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s administration time to look at reopening the course. 

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The Air Force has begun its annual detonations of old rocket motors at the Utah Test and Training Range.

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has already declared that energy is a top priority in his administration. Now he’s inviting the head of his energy development office to join his inner circle. Citing her public- and private-sector experience, he announced Laura Nelson’s promotion on Tuesday at the 5th annual Energy Development Summit.

Whittney Evans

Young people who spend their days and nights on the streets, now have a place to go in Salt Lake City for a hot meal, a good night’s sleep and other services to get them on their feet. Volunteers of America opened the doors Tuesday to the new Homeless Youth Resource Center.

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In response to high rates of suicide attempts for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth within the LDS community, a new pilot program is launching in Provo.

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The U.S. Forest Service has proposed a plan to begin charging people to access some trails in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons. 

Andrea Smardon / KUER

The estranged husband of restaurateur, real estate developer, and LGBT advocate John Williams has been arrested on suspicion of murder and arson. Williams died in a house fire at his Salt Lake City home over the weekend. Friends and colleagues are still reeling from the loss of such an influential figure.

SL County's Curbside Glass Program Expanding

May 23, 2016
Nicole Nixon

Curbside glass recycling is about to expand to more neighborhoods in Salt Lake County.

Whittney Evans

Utah’s Safe Haven Law has saved roughly 40 children since it went into effect 15 years ago. State officials hope the law will continue to encourage women to anonymously give up custody of their newborns rather than abandon them.  

Brian Grimmett

The Utah lawmaker who helped get pornography declared a public health crisis is now considering legislation that could restrict porn on the internet.

Utah's Energy Landscape, Michael Vanden Berg / Utah Geological Survey

The fifth annual Governor’s Energy Development Summit gets underway on Tuesday.

This year’s two-day program begins with a panel of women who are helping to lead the energy industry through change.

Brigham Young University launched a website Thursday to collect comments about sexual assault on campus. It’s part of a BYU-led study of the school’s sexual assault reporting process.

Whittney Evans

Utah lawmakers turned their attention to the high school career and technical program ProStart this year. They debated whether to fund a reality TV cooking show where ProStart students compete for a scholarship.

Bob Nelson

A new exhibit opens this weekend at the Natural History Museum of Utah. It’s called “Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code.” 

Andrea Smardon / KUER

Utah health officials are now saying that a limited Medicaid expansion passed by the legislature this year will cover fewer people than anticipated. Meanwhile, it’s not clear whether the federal government will even approve the plan.

Herbert To Sign Resolution Against Bears Ears

May 19, 2016
KUED

Governor Gary Herbert told reporters today at his monthly news conference that he plans to sign the resolution against creating a Bears Ears National Monument. He also indicated he will continue working with the Obama Administration on the issue. 

Leaders of the Utah Democratic Party have filed a complaint with the Lt. Governor’s office about letters county clerks are sending to unaffiliated voters asking them which primary ballot they’d like to receive.

Ian McCammon

Utah lawmakers made it clear in Wednesday’s special session that state leaders don’t want President Obama to create a new national monument in Utah.

Brian Grimmett

Utah lawmakers restored education

   funding to the state budget during a special session of the legislature Wednesday. Governor Gary Herbert vetoed the funding following the 2016 general session.

Andrea Smardon / KUER

As more baby boomers reach retirement age, interest is building in alternative living situations that provide a sense of community. In Salt Lake City this week is a conference called Aging Better Together. It’s the first gathering of its kind in the country focused on the idea of co-housing for seniors.

Utah Parents Concerned about Bathroom Directive

May 18, 2016
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Parents gathered at the state capitol to voice their concern over the Obama Administration’s directive on school bathrooms.

Brian Grimmett

The life of Utah’s current voting machines is nearing its end and the legislature is now tasked with figuring out what to do next.

The future of Salt Lake City’s recently shuttered Wingpointe Golf Course is unclear. But efforts to reopen the course will likely depend on the outcome of negotiations with the federal government.  

Nicole Nixon

Navajo leaders from San Juan County gathered at the State Capitol Tuesday to voice their opposition to a potential Bears Ears National Monument.

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Climate activists have been stepping up their protests of federal oil and gas leasing in the West this year. And on Tuesday they crashed a mineral-lease auction in Salt Lake City.

Brian Grimmett

Legislative leadership has decided to study the impacts of the federal government’s letter recommending guidelines for how to treat transgender students.

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In response to an increasing desire to help refugees, Provo City is hosting an information night.

Whittney Evans

Utah Governor Gary Herbert said Monday he regrets comments he made at a closed door breakfast at the Alta Club, where he told supporters he would go anywhere and meet with anyone to raise money for his campaign.

Andrea Smardon / KUER

A life-saving, stroke-prevention device is available this month for the first time to Utah patients. The device has been tested in clinical trials by scientists and cardiologists at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray.

The interim state superintendent of schools says she would like individual districts to decide how to react to the recent U.S. Department of Education guidelines on how to accommodate transgender students.

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