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Another big fireworks holiday has arrived in Utah, and people are talking about it.

To some, it’s a matter of tradition and celebrating our nation and state. To others, it’s a health and safety hazard that should be left in the hands of professionals.

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A Utah lawmaker is introducing legislation to tackle voter privacy after a blanket data request by the Trump administration raised concerns.

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Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott will resign on August 1. After that, it’s up to Salt Lake County Republicans to elect a replacement, and candidates are already coming forward. 

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For a victim of sexual assault, waiting for an update on his or her case can be a painful process on its own. But a new hotline in Utah, might help put them at ease.

Late Thursday afternoon, Salt Lake County officials and court appointed guardians of Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott, reached an agreement for Ott to resign his elected office effective August 1. 

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A psychologist at University of Utah is examining whether growing up in stressful environments could be positive for kids.

Herrod for Congress

Former state lawmaker Chris Herrod made headlines this year after he pulled off an upset win at the Utah GOP’s special nominating convention for the 3rd Congressional District. After several years on the political sidelines, the 51-year-old Republican is hoping to re-enter the fray, and is locked in a competitive race for Jason Chaffetz's seat. On the trail, Herrod has emphasized his conservative record and international experience of teaching in Ukraine for several years. 

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Utah’s water strategy has been years in the making.

And dozens of people with wide-ranging backgrounds have been sorting through the question: How is Utah going to maintain its quality of life, a healthy environment and a robust economy when water is limited and the population continues to grow?

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Salt Lake City is home to two resettlement agencies that help refugees acclimate to life in the U.S. But sometimes it takes more than that for refugees to feel welcome in their new communities.

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A different kind of charter school opens in Salt Lake County next month. Real Salt Lake Academy, a STEM high school which also serves as a training ground for future professional soccer players.

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The nation’s top environmental regulator stopped in Utah Tuesday to talk about clean water. He heard ideas from state officials and industry about revamping a controversial regulation.

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Utah Senator Mike Lee was one of two Republican defectors to sink a GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Today other Republican senators signaled they would not support a different effort to simply repeal the law.  

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Speaking to a student audience last month, a professor at Brigham Young University said that Mormon faith should encourage women to seek out education rather than discourage them.

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GOP candidates running for the seat left vacant by former Congressman Jason Chaffetz took to the airwaves this week in their first round of TV commercials.

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The Road Home shelter in Salt Lake City met its state-imposed deadline for moving all families out of the facility by July 15th.

Wilson For Senate

Salt Lake County Council member Jenny Wilson announced Monday she’ll be challenging seven-term Republican Orrin Hatch for U.S. Senate in 2018.

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Salt Lake County Democrats will soon begin the process of electing a replacement for former Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder. Winder officially stepped down from his position as sheriff in the state’s largest county on Sunday to become Moab’s Chief of Police.

Q. Dang is chair of Salt Lake County Democratic Party. He says party leaders expect a letter from the Salt Lake County Council early this week requesting a nomination. Once they receive the letter, Salt Lake County Democratic Party leaders have 30 days to elect a replacement and relay the name to the council.

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Officials at the University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute this week released a new collection of long-term demographic data about the state. The report projects significant growth outside of Salt Lake City.

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An environmental group is raising new concerns about efforts to get the Bears Ears National Monument scrapped.

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A new political party in Utah is trying to get its candidate on the ballot in the special election to fill the seat vacated by Jason Chaffetz. On Friday morning, the United Utah Party was in court to make its case.

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Utah Valley University President Matthew Holland is spending the summer at Oxford University in England. He was invited as a way to further his studies as a scholar of American history, but in the process he found himself accepting an invitation to address British parliament about the future of higher education.

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Field trips are kicking off the National Audubon Society’s convention just after sunrise this morning, as one of the nation’s biggest and oldest conservation organizations gathers in Park City.

LDS scholar Terryl Givens visited Benchmark Books in South Salt Lake Wednesday evening to discuss his newest book “Feeding the Flock”. Givens, a professor at the University of Richmond in Virginia, is in Utah this summer teaching a seminar at Brigham Young University.

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State and local leaders have launched a new campaign to curb panhandling, and it doesn’t mince words.

Utah Sen. Lee Talks Healthcare In Tele-town hall

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On Wednesday night Utah Senator Mike Lee answered questions about healthcare by video from Washington D.C.

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One of Salt Lake Valley’s Community Health Centers is losing its building this year. Staff say it’s because of increasing gentrification and real-estate pressures in Salt Lake City.

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After President Trump’s commission on voter fraud requested data from all 50 states, Utah election officials are fielding more questions from concerned voters. 

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Organizers for the ballot initiative Our Schools Now held seven public information meetings across the state last night. Those who attended shared enthusiastic support along with some skepticism.

Tanner Ainge is one of three Republicans vying for the 3rd Congressional District seat left vacant by Jason Chaffetz. The 33-year-old investment adviser is not only the youngest candidate in the race but a relative political newcomer. KUER sat down with Ainge in the studio to ask him his thoughts on health care, his famous father and why he decided to run.

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Restaurateur Blake Spalding, like many other national monument supporters, has been urging visitors to her Hell’s Backbone Grill in Boulder, Utah, to share their thoughts about possible changes the Trump administration is pondering for national monuments.  The review of 27 monuments includes the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument nearby.

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