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Brian Grimmett

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has recused himself from being involved with the state’s defense of SB54.

SB54 makes changes to Utah election law and allows candidates to bypass the caucus/convention system and appear on a primary ballot by gathering signatures from registered voters. The Utah Republican Party is suing the state over those changes because they say that it’s unconstitutional for a state to dictate to a party how they choose candidates.

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Jim Steenburgh began probing the deep questions about the Greatest Snow on Earth since he settled in Utah after college.

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A new study released from the Harvard School of Public Health shows a link between exposure to particulate air pollution and autism.

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Several legislators are now saying that they are considering legislation to address some of the regulatory issues facing the online HR company Zenefits.

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  Utah posted strong employment numbers again in November.  But there’s one area of the economy where there may be trouble ahead.

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Utah lawmakers will be taking a hard look next year at how much water developers pledge for each new property.

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Some influential Utah lawmakers delivered a blow Thursday to Governor Gary Herbert’s plan to expand health coverage to low-income Utahns. In a motion led by Republicans, the state Health Reform Task Force voted not to recommend the governor’s plan to the legislature. Instead, they recommended their own plan.

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Officials with the Utah Weights and Measures Program announced a dramatic increase in the accuracy of commercial-use scales today.

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Governor Gary Herbert has appointed Judge Constandinos Himonas to the Utah Supreme Court.If confirmed by the Senate, Judge Himonas will take the place of Utah Supreme Court Justice Ronald Nehring who is retiring on February 1st.

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13 Title-I schools in Salt Lake are now providing on-site after-hours dental clinics thanks to a complex partnership of 11 groups including United Way of Salt Lake and Intermountain Healthcare.

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Jews in Utah and around the world are celebrating Chanukah this week, and one synagogue in Salt Lake City is also welcoming a new rabbi with a familiar name.

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New research out of the University of Utah shows that the use of methamphetamine increases the risk of developing a neurological disease later in life. The study published this month in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence also suggests that gender may influence that risk.

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Gas prices are tumbling, thanks to a glut of petroleum on the world market. That may be great for consumers, but it’s tough for Utah’s petroleum industry and the state budget.

The online Human Resource services company, Zenefits, has officially asked the Utah Department of Insurance to reconsider its decision that the company is operating illegally in the state.

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A Utah mother is alive today thanks to an unusual donation by her daughter. Betty Garcia was in desperate need of a liver transplant, but she wasn’t sick enough to qualify for a liver from a deceased donor.

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New research on Utah’s higher education system is pointing out ways the state can improve its low college graduation rate.

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The Salt Lake City Council and Mayor Ralph Becker expressed their opposition to relocating the state prison to Salt Lake’s west side today.

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The parent company of Rocky Mountain Power has decided to shut down the Deer Creek coal mine near Huntington.   The closure represents a blow to organized labor in Utah.

Grades evaluating the performance of Utah schools were released today, but they won’t be all that useful to parents who want to compare the results to last year. This year’s grades were calculated based on SAGE, the states’ new year-end student assessment.

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Historic Trolley Square is undergoing a facelift this holiday season. When Utah businessman Khosrow Semnani bought the troubled shopping center last year, he vowed to return it to its former glory. Semnani is optimistic even though many shop spaces remain empty.

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North Salt Lake City officials say they are very close to a final remediation plan for the landslide that happened in August, but many questions still remain.

Officials from the Navajo Nation have been able to reclaim seven sacred masks that were up for auction in Paris. 

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Atmospheric scientists at the University of Utah have installed an air quality monitor on a Utah Transit Authority TRAX train. It’s helping them get a detailed picture of air pollution around the Salt Lake valley.

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Communities throughout the Salt Lake valley are pleading with the Utah Prison Relocation Commission to remove them from the list of possible sites for the state prison. But public opposition probably won’t make much difference in the decision-making process.

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Elected officials from Utah’s rural counties are watching the big omnibus spending bill closely as it moves through Congress.  It includes some critical funding they depend on.

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert presented his 2016 budget proposal today. He wants to significantly increase education funding and he says the state has the ability to pay for it thanks to a strong economy.

SLC Downtown Alliance Announces Eve Winter Fest

Dec 11, 2014
Tim Slover

The Salt Lake City Downtown Alliance announced plans today for the sixth annual Eve Winter Fest to ring in the New Year.

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 Congress is facing a midnight deadline to pass a huge spending bill.  One of its provisions would put a possible endangered species listing for the sage grouse on hold. 

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is facing a deadline based on a court settlement with environmental groups.  It has until September next year to make a decision on whether to put the greater sage grouse on the list of endangered or threatened species.

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Salt Lake City library officials need more time to study the prospect of opening the main branch to patrons 24/7. That’s why the city council has postponed a vote on the issue until January.

Library officials say they’ve got enough private funding to keep the library open all day, every day and hire additional employees. But first, Library Director John Spears says they need to get more feedback from the public and gauge the needs of the community.

Researchers at Intermountain Medical Center have found a way to more accurately identify a patient’s risk for often-deadly blood clots in the lungs. The research was recently published in the medical journal CHEST.

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