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National Spay Day Reminds Pet Owners To Fix Their Pets

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The last Tuesday in February is also known as National Spay Day, a day when pet owners are encouraged to spay and neuter their pets. 

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Clean-air advocates called on Utah Governor Gary Herbert Monday to veto two bills they say would negatively impact air quality in the state.

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On Monday, a bill focused on figuring out how medical marijuana would be regulated in the future, if it were legalized, passed out of committee. But while lawmakers were happy with the bill, some advocates opposed it.

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The long-awaited legislation that could bring down the barriers known as Zion Curtains was unveiled at the Utah Legislature Monday, but the restaurant walls are just one of many potential changes to Utah’s alcohol policy included the 144-page bill.

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A community town hall intended for members of Utah’s Congressional delegation Friday night instead brought out several state lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. 

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Salt Lake City has scrapped plans to build four new homeless shelters in favor of two and a hard deadline is set for closing The Road Home.

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State lawmakers are pausing legal efforts to gain control of federal lands in Utah. They’re pushing for a political solution instead.

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With anticipation of a possible new travel ban from the Trump Administration, refugee resettlement agencies in Utah are bracing for the worst.  

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A bill that would require Utah doctors to inform patients about abortion reversal procedures has passed in the state House of Representatives.

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A bill that would toughen Utah’s anti-bigamy laws passed the House on Thursday, even as some lawmakers questioned its constitutionality.

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A week’s passed since the Outdoor Retailers trade show announced it’s leaving Salt Lake City after being here two decades. And there are hints the show is trying to leave Utah even before its three-convention contract is up.

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Utah Lawmakers are talking about restoring the sales tax on food this legislative session to deal with declining revenues. Advocates for low-income Utahns oppose the idea. They accuse the state of balancing the budget on the backs of poor people.

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The protest surrounding the exit of the Outdoor Recreation trade show expanded this week, as local Democrats took the state’s GOP leaders to task outside the Salt Palace Convention Center. They criticized Utah’s Republican leaders for the huge trade show’s decision to leave Salt Lake City when its contract runs out next year.

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A bill that ensures math and science teachers get extra pay passed out of a State Senate Committee Wednesday Night.

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A bill to end the requirement for concealed carry permits was passed out of a legislative committee on Wednesday. It came back from a tie vote that stalled its progress last week.

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On Wednesday, Utah Republican Senator Brian Shiozawa introduced a non-binding resolution encouraging protection of civil liberties and freedoms for all Americans including legal immigrants and refugees. It came during a tense time for some immigrant communities in the state. 


Facing increasing political blowback, many Republican lawmakers are choosing to skip town halls with constituents during the Congressional recess this week. Now, frustrated voters are organizing their own forums, with or without them.

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Rep. Karianne Lisonbee is a Republican and a freshman legislator from Clearfield. She says the idea for her bill, HB 198, was brought to her by a group of young women who want to defend themselves from rape.  

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Community leaders on both sides of the aisle came together Tuesday morning to stress the positive impact immigrants have on Utah’s economy. The press conference came hours after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security laid out policies the Trump administration is implementing to more aggressively detain and deport illegal immigrants.

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Lawmakers considered legislation on Tuesday that would provide a mechanism to remove elected officials from office due to mental incapacity.

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Engineers at Brigham Young University in Provo have created a foldable, bulletproof shield designed to protect law enforcement.

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Two years after Utah’s criminal justice system overhaul, a state lawmaker is pushing for major reforms at the juvenile level.

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Almost all the tables were taken Friday at the Toasters Deli facing the Salt Palace Convention Center. But this is almost empty compared to days when the Outdoor Retailer trade show is underway across the street.

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A bill that would require all sexual assault kits in the state be tested passed unanimously Friday in the Utah House of Representatives. 

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Planners for the Point of the Mountain Commission are soliciting ideas from the public for what they hope will become a hub for Utah’s growing high-tech industry.

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The Utah House passed a bill on Friday designed to deal with the state’s opioid abuse problem. It would give medical professionals more training on substance use disorders. 

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The announcement came after a tense conference call Thursday between Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and outdoor company leaders.

“It’s too bad,” said Amy Roberts, executive director of the Outdoor Industry Association. “We still think that Utah has an opportunity to choose a different path.”

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Gov. Gary Herbert says sweeping tax reform is likely off the table this session, but he’s hopeful lawmakers will still find ways to boost education spending.

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On Thursday, legislators in the Utah House passed a bill that would eliminate the requirement that vehicles undergo mandatory safety inspections.

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This week, the wrestling team from Central Davis Junior High in Layton attended its opening meet of the season. And, as a first for Davis School District, two of the athletes that competed are female.

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