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Governor Gary Herbert has signed a bill to allow people as young as 18 to get provisional permits to carry a concealed weapon. 

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Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a bill that will lower Utah’s blood alcohol limit for driving from .08 to .05, making it the strictest in the nation.

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Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams confirmed Wednesday he’s added one more site to the list of potential locations for a new homeless shelter with a capacity of 300 beds. This brings the list of potential sites to seven, including three in West Valley City and four in South Salt Lake. Mayors in both of those cities say they do not support a shelter in their communities.

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On Wednesday a naturalization ceremony for new United States citizens took place at the Utah Capitol building.

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A photo exhibit called “The Struggle is Real” will go on the display Thursday evening at Ember in downtown Salt Lake City. It showcases the faces and stories of refugees.

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 A group from the Disabled Rights Action Committee (DRAC) gathered outside the Federal Building in Downtown Salt Lake City Tuesday Afternoon. They were protesting the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act saying that Republicans in congress have overlooked the needs of Americans with disabilities.

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Governor Gary Herbert has signed dozens of bills into law this week. Among them is the so-called “No Promo Homo” bill that could resolve a lawsuit between Equality Utah and the state. It removes language prohibiting teachers from advocating for homosexuality. 

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South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood and West Valley City Mayor Ron Bigelow spoke against a potential homeless shelter in their cities over the weekend. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams is in charge of selecting a third site for a new shelter. Five potential locations have been identified. Three in West Valley City and two in South Salt Lake. Bigelow says the locations are fraught with problems.

The crosswalk between The Road Home and Catholic Community Services will be removed when the fence along 200 South goes up.
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A fence will soon go up between the Road Home shelter and The Gateway mall in downtown Salt Lake City. The Utah Transit Authority says it will pay about $42,000 to install it, while Salt Lake City spokesman Matthew Rojas says the City will pay “a few thousand dollars” to remove a mid-block crosswalk.

Drug Database Updated To Curb Opioid Abuse

Mar 17, 2017
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On Friday the Utah Department of Commerce released an updated prescription drug database for doctors. The goal is to curb opioid abuse by helping doctors tell if patients are being prescribed dangerous drug combinations.  

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Opponents of a bill that would lower Utah's blood alcohol limit to .05 rallied at the Capitol on Friday to persuade Gov. Gary Herbert to veto the measure.

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Recent data released by the Utah Education Policy Center at the University of Utah shows that nearly half of new teachers in the state leave the profession within the first five years. That puts Utah’s overall turnover rate above the national average.

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In 2016, Salt Lake area builders completed close to 3,600 new units along the Wasatch Front, a number far short of what the Salt Lake Home Builders Association say the market could’ve sustained.

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Salt Lake City hosted four games on the opening day of the NCAA college basketball tournament. Fans came from all over the country to see their teams in action.  

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Provo police chief John King resigned earlier this week amid allegations of sexual assault. No charges have been filed, but Provo Mayor John Curtis says the circumstances have cast a shadow on the department. 

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Last month the non-profit think tank Envision Utah launched a video campaign aimed to teach Utahns about statewide education issues.


After complaints of long lines and confusion surrounding last year’s elections and caucuses, Utah lawmakers passed dozens of bills to streamline voting.

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The state of Utah and Pacificorp have been quarreling with the federal Environmental Protection Agency over what’s called the Regional Haze Rule, a decades-long effort to clear the vistas around Utah’s national parks.

Then the EPA decided last year that cleaning up southern Utah’s air would mean the company would need to install new, pollution-control equipment on two coal-fired plants in Emery County.

Now Congress is stepping into the fight

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For their senior project, five public relations students at Brigham Young University have developed a campaign to get their peers talking about mental health.

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An investigation by the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office has found that an officer involved shooting occurring in October last year was not justified. But the D.A. has decided he will not press charges against the Unified Police Department detective involved.

Utahns To See New Fees On Cars, Phones, Hotel Rooms

Mar 14, 2017
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Utah lawmakers left tax reform on the table this session, but that didn’t stop members from tacking on a number of other smaller fee hikes.

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Utah may become the first state in the country to have a legal blood alcohol limit of .05 after the state legislature passed a bill to lower it from the current .08. But members of the restaurant community are trying to get Gov. Gary Herbert to veto the bill.

Zika Cases Continue To Appear In Utah

Mar 13, 2017
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Cases of the Zika virus continue to appear in Utah according to the Utah Department of Health. With the mosquito season affecting parts of the U.S., epidemiologists are paying close attention.

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It’s only been four months since Jason Chaffetz handily won a fifth term representing Utah’s 3rd Congressional District, but already the Republican has two challengers preparing to run against him in 2018.

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Salt Lake City’s East High School has found a way to make school more comfortable for their homeless students. What used to be a locker room for visiting sports teams is now a laundry room with a shower, lockers, sink and mirror.

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The Utah Air Quality Board, hasn’t asked for a veto in a decade -- until now.

Utah Lawmakers React To Republican Health Care Bill

Mar 13, 2017
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The Republican replacement to the Affordable Care Act was released last week. It’s called the American Health Care Act. Since then, several Utah lawmakers have weighed in on the proposed legislation.

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Salt Lake County has unveiled five potential locations for a new homeless shelter. Three of the proposed sites are in West Valley City and the other two are in South Salt Lake.

Abortion Bill Goes To Governor

Mar 10, 2017
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On the final night of the Utah legislative session, lawmakers approved a bill that would require doctors to provide additional information to women seeking a medication-induced abortion.

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Utah’s general legislative session ended midnight Thursday. During the past 45 days, lawmakers passed several bills dealing with serving and consuming alcoholic beverages. 

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