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A new analysis of Medicaid expansion proposals released Tuesday morning finds that Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s plan is the best deal for the state, but House Majority leader Jim Dunnigan says the report won’t affect his decisions moving forward.

Whittney Evans

A Dixie State University professor is calling on university officials to reconsider changing the name of the school in light of a recent national debate over the use of Confederate symbols.

Brian Grimmett

State lawmakers are considering drafting legislation that would govern the use of police body cameras for all law enforcement agencies.

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At BYU’s annual religious freedom conference, state Senator Stuart Adams outlined how Utah’s compromise religious liberty, LGBT protection legislation should be a model for the nation.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert has appointed Stan Lockhart to the state school board. Lockhart is the husband of late Republican Utah House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart.

Twenty-one individuals from 12 countries became naturalized citizens of the United States of America Friday morning at the Freedom Festival in Orem.

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UPDATED 7/5/2015

Boyd K. Packer, leader of the Mormon faith’s highest governing body, has died. Packer was the President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was next in line to become President of the Church.   Packer served in World War Two as a bomber pilot and was appointed a member of the Quorum of the Twelve in 1970.

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Salt Lake City officials are adding several new electric vehicles to the city’s fleet and replacing some older ones that burn fossil fuels. 

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State fire officials believe it will be an active wildfire season this summer and they are warning people with drones to stay away.

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Candidates for Salt Lake City Mayor squared off Wednesday night on issues of homelessness, crime and the resignation of former Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank.

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A political advocacy group’s attempt to put term limits on positions that the governor appoints has encountered a roadblock.

Unified Fire Authority

Salt Lake County’s Unified Fire Authority is planning on a busy 4th of July weekend.

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The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is fighting an uphill battle against a fast spreading, invasive species known as the quagga mussel. The DWR is doing what it can to stop its spread, but there are potentially disastrous consequences if they don’t.

This weekend’s holiday means fireworks and outdoor fun for many Utahns. It also means more fire risk.

Just ask Jason Curry. He's Utah’s state fire spokesman. He didn’t have to go far from his downtown office Wednesday to find a hillside covered in golden grass. It’s just above lush Memory Grove, but the grass here is thigh-high and so dry that it’s brittle.

Ray Luce

General Authorities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have asked local church leaders to open up discussion about same-sex marriage with congregants. This comes in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that legalizes same-sex marriage nationwide.

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The rapid rise in Utah's Consumer Attitude Index for June slowed a bit from last month only because it’s nearly as high as it can go.

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State mining regulators heard arguments for and against the nation’s first oil sands mine, which is being built in eastern Utah.

Dozens of critics turned out to weigh in Tuesday on a proposal to expand the project.

Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City is ramping up its Idle Free campaign in an effort to combat skyrocketing summertime air pollution.

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The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for Death Row prisoners to continue being executed by lethal injection. It’s a case that’s been watched in Utah, where the use of firing squads is a backup method of execution.

Utah Democratic Party

The FBI is getting involved in the case of embattled Utah State Representative Justin Miller. The democrat is accused of stealing from Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams reelection campaign.

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Mark Shurtleff’s appearance in third district court on Monday was brief, as he pleaded not guilty to all seven charges brought against him. Shurtleff is accused of accepting prohibited gifts, bribery, and obstructing justice during his time as Attorney General.

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The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) – a national gay and transgender rights group - is sponsoring an Inclusive Families Conference in Salt Lake City. Organizers say it's meant to counter a World Congress of Families event scheduled in October.

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After eight months of construction and fund raising the Utah Olympic Park is ready to unveil the renovated and expanded training pool.

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In a five to four decision, Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court said same-sex couples can marry nationwide.

Brian Grimmett

Salt Lake and Davis Counties logged their first Red Air Days of the summer season Wednesday.

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Eighty-six thousand poor and middle-class Utahns can keep the tax subsidies they receive from the federal government to help them afford health insurance. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 on Thursday to uphold federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

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Utah lawmakers this year authorized millions of dollars to be used for criminal justice reform. Counties across the state are putting together their proposals right now on how they would use the funds. But Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder isn’t waiting for state approval. He’s already allocated nearly a million dollars for a new probation unit.

Utah Clean Energy

West Valley City has become the first municipality in Utah to set up the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy, or C-PACE, program.

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County commissioners gathered in a state Capitol hearing room Wednesday seeking aid for one of their own. San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman’s supporters left a pile of cash to help with his criminal case – but it didn’t include taxpayer money.

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During the annual BYU Football media day on Wednesday, head coach Bronco Mendenhall gave his take on the state of the Cougars program as it enters its fifth year as an independent.

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