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Utah health officials are trying to raise awareness about the risks of Zika for pregnant women and babies in utero. Of the eight known cases in the state, four were pregnant at the time of infection.

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Utah’s economic officials are taking outdoor fun seriously. They’re fielding new applications for matching grants to fund outdoor recreation projects.

“There’s a lot of imagination here,” says Tom Adams, director of the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation, the first of its kind in the nation. “And the term ‘outdoor recreation’ is really vast.”

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Law enforcement officials in Salt Lake County got a private screening Thursday of a new documentary that looks at what happens to police officers in the aftermath of a shooting.  

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Utah law enforcement officials held a meeting with faith leaders this week to talk about protecting houses of worship from security threats.

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The Salt Lake City Housing and Neighborhood Development Division will be opening up a series of energy-efficient, affordable single-family homes throughout the valley. 

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A new analysis of campaign fundraising shows Utah Congressman Rob Bishop has been raising a larger share of money from outside the state than any other lawmaker in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, is known for touting the high value of local voices in national decisions. But new data from the non-profit Center for Responsive Politics suggests that out-of-state interests are having an outsized impact impact on his campaign war chest.

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Democratic State Senator Jim Dabakis says if Utah lawmakers don’t take action this year to loosen up liquor laws, he’s going to launch a ballot initiative to privatize liquor sales in the state.

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More than half of the voters in Utah were highly concerned about partisan politics in the most recent survey by the non-profit Utah Foundation. The survey also found that unaffiliated and third party voters were a close second in size to Republican voters. 

This week, the Utah Attorney General’s Office announced the sentencing of a man who attempted to recruit a 15-year-old girl to work in a commercial sex operation. This comes in the wake of a series of investigations and arrests into human trafficking and Internet crimes against children.

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Imagine helping to preserve a little plot in Big Cottonwood Canyon. It’s an old mining claim not far from where moose like to loiter in the shade and mountain goats hang out.

Officials with the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind want to see a former employee accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the schools’ accounts prosecuted and the money restored.

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Salt Lake City leaders opened a new community connections center today, across the street from The Road Home shelter. 

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With the closure of Utah Lake just last week due to a toxic algal bloom, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality is expanding warnings now to include the Jordan River and lower Cottonwood Creek.

Officer Luis Lovato holds a portrait of his partner "Aldo" .

A Unified Police K9 who was shot and killed in the line of duty was honored Monday with a portrait presented by the sister of the man who killed him.

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Local health officials confirmed Monday a new case of Zika in Utah, but they don’t know how the infection occurred.

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Hundreds of people descended on the tiny town of Bluff over the weekend to have a voice on public lands decisions being made in Washington.

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The first Nitro World Games are taking place in Salt Lake City at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Law enforcement officials across the country are preparing for a series of nationwide rallies held in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement called “Day of Rage”. One of those rallies is planned tonight at the Salt Lake Community College Redwood Road campus.

Toxic Algal Bloom Prompts Closure of Utah Lake

Jul 15, 2016
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State officials closed Utah Lake on Friday due to health concerns from a large algal bloom. The Utah Department of Health is warning against using the lake for swimming, boating and other types of recreation.

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A sweeping lands plan for eastern Utah became proposed legislation on Thursday. Members of Utah’s congressional delegation introduce a pair of bills based on the Public Lands Initiative they’ve been working on for three years.

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A new organization launched in Utah Thursday aimed at getting more millennials to the voting booth.

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Funding for a makeover of the Utah Fair Park was approved this week during a special session of the state legislature. 

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A committee of Utah lawmakers considered end of life options on Wednesday. Democratic Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck submitted draft legislation that would allow terminally ill Utahns to end their lives with medical assistance.

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U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell begins a three-day tour of southeastern Utah Thursday. She’s planning to visit archeological sites that would be protected in the proposed Bears Ears National Monument. She’s also meeting people who say local ideas should drive conservation, not Washington.

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Utah Lawmakers approved a bill that gives fire regulators the right to disable drones flying over wildland firefighting operations. 

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Republican delegates will vote next week at their national convention on whether or not to declare pornography a public health crisis. The proposed amendment to the party platform sounds very similar to a resolution passed in Utah this year.

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Salt Lake County Councilman Richard Snelgrove has a plan to ease traffic congestion in the Cottonwood Canyons. He gauged the council’s interest Tuesday with mixed results.

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A federal appeals court is ordering Utah to continue sending money to the state branch of Planned Parenthood.

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Conditions at the Bonneville Salt Flats are good enough to support Speed Week races for the first time in three years.

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Federal regulators have a special category for “Hazardous Air Pollutants.” And, when scientists at the Division of Air Quality went looking a few years ago, they found a few of those 180 pollutants at elevated levels in the Salt Lake Valley.

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