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National Park Week is an annual celebration of what many people call America’s best idea, beginning with a fare-free day, April 21.

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The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food took comments from the public on Thursday over how to implement the state’s new medical marijuana and hemp laws. Many of the people who came were interested in going into business with the state. One Utah man said he wants to move his Colorado hemp oil company across state lines.

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This week on More to Say we’re putting out an episode we made back in November, about a police dispatcher. When someone calls 911, we don’t really think about the person who answers. But the person on the other end carries a heavy burden. When something goes wrong, or someone dies, the dispatcher has to live with it.

Original story: http://kuer.org/post/emergency-dispatchers-mental-toll-high-stress-job#stream/0

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In a rare move, Utah lawmakers on Wednesday overturned two vetoes issued by Gov. Gary Herbert this year. It’s the latest in an ongoing feud between the two branches of government over checks and balances.

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Rollin Cook, head of the Utah Department of Corrections is stepping down next month. For the past five years, he’s overseen the prison system, probation and parole, and other rehabilitation programs.

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West Valley City Police released body camera footage Tuesday of two officers fatally shooting a black man accused of stealing from a cellphone store. The footage comes after community members protested over the weekend.

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A new report from the American Thoracic Society shows how tightening federal air-pollution standards would pay off in better health and longer lives.

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State auditors examining the widely publicized arrest of a Utah nurse last summer said Salt Lake City police should consider investigating complaints against officers more quickly.

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The Salt Lake City Council will not vote on a tax increase on tax day after all. They’re going to hold off on Tuesday night’s vote for another couple of weeks.

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Between hurricanes and wildfires, 2017 was the costliest year for natural disasters in the U.S. ever recorded. A new report on the preparedness of states puts Utah above the national average.

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Stakeholders from the Our Schools Now initiative met with Gov. Gary Herbert today at Meadowbrook Elementary School in Bountiful. They were there for a ceremonial signing of the legislative compromise to bring more money to public schools in Utah. But the deal isn’t finalized.

More young people in Utah are using racial slurs on social media. And schools are working with the NAACP to try and stop it.

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The term “blog” is outdated these days. But, for all intents and purposes, that’s what By Common Consent is. It became popular during a time when Mormon blogs were popping up left and right. Now, a lot of them have fizzled out. But, with tens of thousands of hits each week, By Common Consent is as strong as ever.

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Some candidates for legislative and county-level races can set their sights on the Nov. 6 election. Others are headed for primaries in June.

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Across the country on Saturday, pro-gun groups will rally in support of the Second Amendment. There are demonstrations planned in three Utah cities.

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Ever since he was a young boy, Will Durham admits he’s had an affinity for neon. It’s hard not to when you grow up casino-studded town like Reno, Nevada.

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Issues of sexual abuse have been bubbling up for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints over the last few months. And while a Mormon #MeToo movement seems to be growing, there are a few things holding it back.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department is increasing fees at the most popular national parks to $35 per vehicle, backing down from an earlier plan that would have forced visitors to pay $70 per vehicle to visit the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and other iconic parks.

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Legislative leaders say they have the votes needed to override two vetoes issued by Gov. Gary Herbert last month.

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When Isabel Cueva was eight years old, she illegally crossed the border from Mexico into the United States. Six years later, she became a U.S. citizen.

My Piano Instructor Raped Me

Apr 12, 2018
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Last February, a former student at Utah State University wrote a Facebook post. She said she’d been raped by an instructor in the piano department, and that the university hadn’t taken her seriously. But then other students started coming forward, and now USU is changing how it handles sexual assault. Deseret News reporter Gillian Friedman and KUER’s Lee Hale join Doug Fabrizio to talk about it.

Link to story: https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900015150/Report-Discrimination-sexual-misconduct-went-unchecked-in-USU-music-department.html

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Representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture met with a dozen groups affected by the state’s opioid epidemic on Wednesday. They were looking for solutions to the drug problem in rural Utah.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is appearing on Capitol Hill for a second day of hearings about protecting its users' data. The House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing follows hours of questioning by lawmakers in the Senate. Facebook is under scrutiny after revelations that the data-mining and political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica obtained the data of tens of millions of Facebook users. The company is accused of using that data to target American voters in the 2016 election.  

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Top leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came out against a ballot initiative seeking to legalize marijuana for medical use, warning that it would “compromise the health and safety of Utah communities.”

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that their agency, mostly known for food and farming, is starting to address the national opioid epidemic. This week representatives from USDA will meet in Salt Lake City to learn about how the problem is affecting the Mountain West.

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Salt Lake County has assembled a group of high-profile attorney’s to take on 19 pharmaceutical companies over their role in the opioid crisis.  

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Ballot initiative organizers in Utah have just a week left to collect signatures to try to get their proposals in next November’s election. Some of the proposed initiatives are close. Others have a long way to go.

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What we know about air pollution and health has roots in the mountain valleys of Utah. Winter smog episodes here are legendary.

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The hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” opens this week at Salt Lake City’s Eccles Theater. Tickets were snatched up within hours of going on sale in February, but if you didn’t get one, there’s still hope. The musical is selling 40 tickets to each performance through a digital lottery beginning Monday.

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Mitt and Ann Romney sat down in front of about 600 supporters and state delegates Thursday evening for a “living room” style chat, moderated by former Utah broadcaster Ruth Todd.

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