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Salt Lake's KRCL is getting a new general manager from close to home. KUER's content director, Tristin Tabish, will lead the community music station beginning next month. For Tristin, who's been with KUER the last two decades, it's a return to her roots. We talked to Tristin about her goals for the station and how the FM radio industry has changed since her early days.

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Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, presented his bill Thursday to reconfigure what used to be the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

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Tracy Aviary's Cooper Farr is standing in front of Liberty Park pond. It's mostly empty and only a few birds are hanging out, but Farr, a conservation scientist, has no trouble naming them.

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At Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has set up some temporary vending machines for visitors. But, unlike a typical vending machine, everything purchased here is donated to someone in need.

Utah County Commission

Utah County Commissioner Greg Graves is under mounting pressure to resign amid allegations that he created a hostile and intimidating work environment. 

Utah Department of Health

For the first time, the Utah Department of Health produced a statewide study looking at health according to residents’ disability status. 

Serving Time

Dec 14, 2017
KUER

People feel protective of a good food dive. Locals often keep it a secret. There's one like that in Draper, in a nondescript building, just 30 paces from the Utah State Prison. It's called Serving Time Cafe and it's run entirely by female inmates. It was featured in a recent RadioWest film.

 Link to original video: https://films.radiowest.org/film/serving-time

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Lyle Jeffs was sentenced for food stamp fraud in Salt Lake City today. He’s the former leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a polygamous group located in southern Utah. 

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A petition by a former Mormon bishop has caused a stir this week. It calls for lay leaders in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to stop asking about the sexual practices of young people in one-on-one interviews. This week, the church weighed in.

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Tuesday was the first red air day of the winter season in the Salt Lake Valley. Members of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce used it to promote an initiative to get companies to reward their employees for driving less.

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Education has been a top priority for Gov. Gary Herbert's administration, and this year’s budget is no different.

The Foothills Natural Area Is Ready For A Facelift

Dec 12, 2017
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There are at least half a million more people in Utah today than a decade ago, and the majority are concentrated along the Wasatch Front. So a lot has changed over time, including trail use.

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A Utah judge ruled this week against a law that would make state school board elections partisan.

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Crossroads Urban Center is calling for the creation of more shelter and housing options for homeless families in Salt Lake County. They’re releasing a Wednesday that shows the county’s existing services for homeless families are struggling to keep up with demand.

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Data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development shows, in addition to a slight uptick in homelessness this year, more homeless people are going unsheltered. That means they’re sleeping in camps or on the streets.

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Earlier this year, a woman who works at the Utah Legislature was talking to a lawmaker in the hallway at the Utah State Capitol. It was a professional conversation — they were talking about a bill, when the lawmaker started fiddling with a button on his jacket. It was starting to come loose, and he hinted that he’d like her to sew it back on for him.

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State Sen. Brian Shiozawa, R-Salt Lake, announced his resignation on Monday to serve under the Trump administration. The former Utah emergency room doctor had been a leader on health legislation.

SALT LAKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

The Salt Lake County Council was set to finalize the 2018 budget Tuesday, but they’ve pushed the vote to next week. 

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With government programs like Medicaid, the definition of what constitutes homelessness or employment can mean the difference between getting help or not. State officials are finding that out with unexpectedly low enrollment rates with the recent Medicaid expansion

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Utah fire agencies are helping fight the devastating wildfires in southern California.

Utah County Commission

Tensions are high in Utah County right now as a county commissioner faces allegations of sexual harassment and bullying.

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House Republicans passed a bill this week allowing licensed gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines. It was the first major gun bill to go before Congress since two deadly mass shootings this fall, and all four of Utah’s representatives voted for it. 

Utah Department of Transportation

It's a great time to try out public transit. That's because the first big inversion of the season has settled in and pollution's building in northern Utah valleys.

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The latest numbers from the U.S. Department of Housing and Development show this is the first time homelessness has gone up in Utah in six years.

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During his first official trip to Utah, President Donald Trump announced the largest cutback to national monument land in U.S. history. Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante will lose a total of 2 million acres together. While Trump made the announcement in Salt Lake City, KUER's Judy Fahys was in San Juan County talking with Utahns who will be most affected by the change.

Link to original story: http://kuer.org/post/public-lands-emotions-shift-southern-utah-along-national-monument-boundaries

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FBI Director Christopher Wray is testifying before the House Judiciary Committee for an oversight hearing. He is likely to face questions about the Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller. Last week, former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with the Russian ambassador. The hearing also comes days after President Trump attacked the FBI on Twitter, saying "its reputation is in Tatters," citing the investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server under former Director James Comey.

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The Salt Lake City Council, acting as the Redevelopment Agency decided where to put $17.6 million dollars that was set aside for affordable housing.

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Utah’s had a rash of inmate deaths lately. In fact, the state has had more inmates per capita die this past few years than any other state in the nation.

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A coalition including conservation groups, outdoor retailer Patagonia and Navajo nonprofit Utah Dine Bikeyah filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration Wednesday over its sharp reductions to the Bears Ears National Monument. It's the fourth lawsuit to be filed since the cuts were announced Monday. 

A Sixth National Park Could Be Established in Utah

Dec 6, 2017
Bureau of Land Management

Utah Rep. Chris Stewart is proposing that oil and gas royalties be allocated to the National Park Service.  It’s his answer to funding existing as well as new parks, including his bid to create a sixth national park in Utah.          

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