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The controversy over wood-burning and air pollution flared up again Tuesday before a legislative committee.

Rep. Brad Dee, R-Ogden, is sponsoring a bill to ease wood burning restrictions. It amounts to a rebuke of Gov. Gary Herbert’s proposal to ban wood-burning all winter in northern Utah’s pollution hotspots.

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The controversy over wood-burning and air pollution flared up again Tuesday before a legislative committee.

Rep. Brad Dee, R-Ogden, is sponsoring a bill to ease wood burning restrictions. It amounts to a rebuke of Gov. Gary Herbert’s proposal to ban wood-burning all winter in northern Utah’s pollution hotspots.

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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield officials announced Monday the discovery of a data breach of the health insurer’s IT system. 

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  Utah’s second annual Outdoor Recreation Summit gets underway in Salt Lake City Tuesday. The daylong meeting is aimed at bringing together communities that have been at odds in the past.

Salt Lake City’s first and only female mayor died on Sunday.  Deedee Corradini’s legacy includes helping bring the Olympics to Utah in 2002 and advocating for women’s ski jumping in the games.  

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The Senate has delayed a vote on a bill that aims to make the use of medical marijuana legal. 

Sen. Mark Madsen began presenting the bill with only 30 minutes left in the scheduled floor time. He tried to explain it as quickly as possible, but did not leave enough time for the other senators to ask as many questions as they’d like. 

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Social service groups are calling on Utah lawmakers to rethink earmarks. They are taking their case to the Capitol as the Legislature’s budget-makers write up their priority list for unfunded projects in the coming week .

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A moment of silence was held in the State Senate Friday to honor fallen Utah military service members.

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Salt Lake County broke ground Friday on a new 288-unit Apartment Complex near historic Main Street in Magna. Local officials hope it will entice young families to live in the area.

It only took 5 weeks, but the legislature has turned it up to 11 and has started to move through some important legislation at break neck speeds.

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A partial Medicaid expansion plan that would provide healthcare coverage to Utah’s most vulnerable population failed to pass the senate floor on Thursday.

Governor Gary Herbert says he’s still holding out hope that his amended Healthy Utah plan will be considered by the state House of Representatives, even though House Speaker Greg Hughes says it has no chance of passing.

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Students, faculty and dignitaries with the University of Utah dedicated the new George S. Eccles Student Life Center on campus on Thursday.

Program Manager Scott Morrill of the AG's Office says it's the only website of its kind in the country.
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Officials in the Utah Attorney General’s Office Thursday announced the opening of the new “ID Theft Central” website.

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A Senate Committee has approved a bill that would make medical marijuana legal in Utah.

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A bill modeled after Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s Medicaid expansion plan “Healthy Utah” passed the full Senate Wednesday. But the bill might be stalled in the House. 

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A new bill would make Utah the 24th state to allow the medical use of marijuana. The measure also allows for medical marijuana entrepreneurs.

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The Daybreak community in South Jordan is joining the growing list of areas that offer 1 gigabit fiber internet service.

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Utah Department of Health officials declared an end to the measles outbreak in the state Wednesday.

A film company based in South Jordan is premiering a documentary Wednesday called "The Forgiveness Journey." The director is a registered sex offender in Utah.

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State Senators are expected to take up a bill later this week to merge the agencies that oversee radiation and waste disposal. Doctors and other medical professionals are criticizing the move.

"Right to Try" Bill Approved by Senate Committee

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Lawmakers in a Utah Senate Health and Human Services committee approved a bill Tuesday that would allow the use of experimental drugs by patients with terminal illnesses.

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The American Society of Engineers has given Utah’s public infrastructure a C+. The group’s 2015 report card shows the state could better prepare for earthquakes and climate change.

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The Utah Senate defeated a bill on Tuesday that would have delayed the implementation of the Count My Vote Compromise.

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A recent study by the Utah Women and Leadership Project has found that more than half of the women leaders surveyed said they had their greatest struggles with confidence during adolescence. The study results were released Monday.

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Two Republican State Senators are asking the Utah State Board of Education to do away with its new computer-adaptive SAGE test and replace it with a different system.

The Utah House of Representatives voted Monday to give a $50 tax credit to public school teachers who use their own money to buy classroom supplies. The small gesture sparked a large debate about education resources.

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The Utah Senate has given preliminary approval to placing a constitutional amendment on the 2016 ballot that would affirm the right of political parties to establish their own election process.

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A bill that more clearly defines the boundaries of sexual consent passed the Utah Senate Friday and now heads to Governor Gary Herbert’s desk for his signature.

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