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Utah Division of Water Quality

Seventy-five-thousand dollars. That’s the sum the state paid for two week’s worth of testing at Utah Lake during the height of last month’s cyanobacteria outbreak. July’s heat combined with pollution from runoff and sewer plants created a poisonous stew of toxic bacteria and thick mats of green sludge. Health and environment officials fielded hundreds of calls.

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  After the Utah State School Board voted against supporting huge tax incentives for a Facebook data center, the City of West Jordan announced it would cease negotiations with the company. But now the Mayor of West Jordan says the project may still happen.

Google Fiber

Google Fiber is now serving people in parts of downtown Salt Lake City. The company announced Tuesday that it has also opened a retail space in Trolley Square. 

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Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign team officially opened a Utah headquarters office Tuesday. The Democrat is hoping to win over voters in a solidly Republican state, where voters haven’t embraced a Democrat for president since the 1960’s.

A federal judge has ordered two FLDS leaders to remain in custody until their fraud trial begins.

Number Of Abandoned Campfires Increasing

Aug 23, 2016
United States Department of Agriculture

The number of abandoned campfires has increased across the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest this summer. Forest Service officials say they’re the cause of several small and large wildfires.

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It’s been one year since The INN Between, a hospice center for the homeless opened its doors to the dying and medically fragile.

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Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox has no plans to vote for the Republican Party’s presidential nominee. But he says that hasn’t put him at odds with his boss, Governor Gary Herbert, who’s announced that Donald Trump will get his vote.

A federal judge will decide whether to release two top members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Utah Department of Workforce Services

Utah’s July job growth numbers increased 3.2 % over the past 12 months, adding 43,800 non-farm workers to payrolls.

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Four whitewater greats – including three women -- will be inducted soon into the River Runners’ Hall of Fame.

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An animal rights group is asking federal authorities to investigate a bear circus performing at the Salt Lake County Fair this weekend. The Utah Animal Rights Coalition (UARC) submitted a formal complaint to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Thursday.

Study Finds Salt Lake City Lacks Affordable Housing

Aug 18, 2016
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A new report by the Downtown Salt Lake City Alliance finds the city lacks affordable housing for young and low-income workers. 

AmeriCorp, Corporation for National and Community Service

Utah’s ranks 5th nationally in producing AmeriCorp volunteers. That’s according to new a report from the Corporation for National and Community Service: the federal program that administers the programs.

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Thursday students will begin moving into the new Lassonde Studios at the University of Utah. The new $45-million dollar facility features a huge public space on the ground floors for all U students to use.

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Federal water officials decided this week that there’s enough water in Lake Mead to keep up with deliveries in Arizona, Nevada and California next year. That cheered downstream users of the Colorado River, who have been anxiously awaiting word on whether the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation might begin emergency cuts in the water Lake Mead provides Arizona and Nevada.

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A group of Mormon democrats has released a report detailing how they believe Republican policies are hurting families.  

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Wasatch Front housing prices increased 0.8 % from June to July; more than doubling the jump in housing costs nationally during the same period.

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British and American leaders signed the Migratory Bird Treaty a century ago.  These days the Great Salt Lake plays an important role in carrying out the mission of that international treaty and others that followed.

“It was amazing, forward thinking at that time,“ says Katie McVey, a wildlife refuge specialist at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in northern Utah.

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The Salt Lake County Council is one of five entities that will decide whether or not Facebook can build a data center in West Jordan with a $240 million tax break. Tuesday the Council unanimously voted against the proposal. 

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The Salt Lake County Health Department has confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus in Utah this year.

Office of Utah State Treasurer

State Treasurer David Damschen reports record earnings from Utah’s Permanent State School Fund despite lackluster financial market performance over the past year.

National Interagency Fire Center

Jessica Wade began her career in wildland firefighting in her hometown of Vernal. This month she’s stepping into a new role, becoming the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s State Fire Management Officer for Utah during what’s often the busiest time of the year in the Great Basin for wildfire.

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A new analysis from the National Partnership for Women & Families has given Utah a C- grade for policies that help new and expecting parents. The national non-partisan advocacy group says Utah lawmakers haven’t done enough for parents in the state with the highest birth rate.

The Sutherland Institute

The conservative Sutherland Institute has released a new video that argues against the Bears Ears National Monument proposal.

The video’s headline asks if the Obama administration will stifle the American dream in Utah’s poorest county. It features children saying what they want to be when they grow up, maybe a cowboy or a rancher.

Utah Department of Health

Methamphetamine lab busts are on the decline in Utah down from 107 in 2004 to 1 in 2014.  But concerns at the Utah Department of Health are rising.

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The Utah State School Board held off on a decision today to approve a tax deal that would bring a Facebook data center to West Jordan. The school board is one of five taxing authorities that have to sign off on the deal.

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Former President Bill Clinton was at a private event in Park City Thursday campaigning for his wife and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

American Thoracic Society and Marron Institute Report

The American Thoracic Society is one of the organizations that has argued for years that less pollution would mean healthier Americans. The Environmental Protection Agency seemed to be listening last year when it tightened national ozone standards – a little. But new research suggests that even tougher pollution controls could save lives and improve health.

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Archeologists say as tourism increases in Utah, graffiti becomes a growing problem in the state’s national parks and public lands.

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