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Utah already has a state vegetable (the Spanish red onion), a state insect (the honeybee) and even a state firearm (the Browning M1911 automatic pistol).

The Utah Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill that would help school districts teach 8th graders about gun safety.

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A bill that gives teachers more money to work in regions of the state where there are a lot of Native American students is headed to the Utah House Floor. It already passed the full Senate.

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Utah’s petroleum refineries aren’t legally required to make the super-clean Tier 3 fuel. But the state’s largest refinery has decided to produce that fuel anyhow in what’s seen as an important move for Wasatch Front air quality.

A Democratic lawmaker is working on legislation that would allow Utah voters to weigh in on expanding Medicaid in the state.

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Members of a senate committee heard overwhelming support for a resolution that would declare a public health crisis due to the affects of pornography on Friday. 

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A Utah ICE operation ending Friday has resulted in the arrest of 82 foreign nationals.

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Money issues have prompted a temporary slowdown of work in eastern Utah on the first tar sands mine in the U.S.

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Two competing medical marijuana bills were approved by legislative panels Thursday after some emotional testimony.

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Members of the Utah House of Representatives passed a bill Friday that would fund grants to help school districts pay for teacher development.

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The collaborative behind a new plan for the central Wasatch is getting ready to untangle the Cottonwood canyons’ traffic jams. They’re looking at buses as the quickest solution for now.

Week two of the Utah Legislature is coming to a close and lawmakers are slowly starting to get back into the swing of things.

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Governor Gary Herbert and homeless advocate Pamela Atkinson are urging Utahns to set a few dollars aside for the homeless when filing tax returns this year.

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Hundreds of elementary school students met at the state capitol on Thursday morning asking for solutions to the state’s air quality problem.  

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Two medical marijuana proposals will be vetted by separate Utah legislative committees Thursday.

The Utah Senate gave initial approval today to a stopgap measure that would make Utah’s State School Board election process legal. A judge ruled in 2014 that the process was unconstitutional.

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Congressman Chris Stewart has a challenger for his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Park City businesswoman Charlene Albarran is running as a democrat for Utah’s second district.

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A state lawmaker says it’s time for the Utah Legislature to reopen the discussion about reproductive health.

Minority Leader Brian King is a Democrat representing Salt Lake City, and he's is also the father of four daughters. With them in mind, he wants age-appropriate facts about sex to be available to students. His new bill calls for comprehensive sex education in Utah junior high and high schools.

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Immigrant advocates held a demonstration at Temple Square in Salt Lake City Monday. Sightings of federal immigration officials sparked fears that the raids occurring in other parts of the country were coming to Utah.

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Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams says the county is making progress on building a healthy community by setting specific and measurable goals. This strategy was the focus of his 2016 State of the County Address today.  

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The Utah Senate has approved a bill that would help protect pregnant and nursing women in the workplace.

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Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s pick for director of public utilities has decided to withdraw from consideration for the vacant position.

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A Utah legislator is trying to put an end to speed trap towns.

State environmental regulators want input from Utahns about reducing the pollution blamed for climate change.

Utah’s joined 24 other states to fight the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan in court.

At the same time, state regulators have been drafting a state plan to comply with the new rules.

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The World Health Organization has declared an international emergency over the explosive spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Health officials are most concerned about possible birth defects when a pregnant woman is bitten by a mosquito carrying the Zika virus.

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As another Utah legislative session gets underway, the question remains whether lawmakers will expand Medicaid.

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State leaders and a congressman pledged on Friday to keep fighting Washington on behalf of rural Utah.

The governor and lieutenant governor both served on county commissions early in their careers. So it was no surprise on “Rural Legislative Day” at the State Capitol that they promised to back up local leaders on issues like boosting jobs and education. And, like them, Utah Congressman Rob Bishop said he’ll keep taking rural Utah’s side against what they call federal overreach.

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Each year, homeless service providers and volunteers in Utah rise early to comb local communities to get a sense of how many people are homeless. It’s part of Utah’s annual point-in-time count.

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Congresswoman Mia Love spent time at the Utah State Capitol on Friday touting her accomplishments during her first year in office.

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A leader of the armed occupation at an Oregon wildlife refuge urged his supporters on Thursday to avoid further bloodshed. Now observers are wondering how the issues will play out.

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