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Utah County is a hot real estate market for developers. But affordable housing is dwindling and federally-funded vouchers aren’t keeping up with rising rents.

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Provo Mayor John Curtis stood inside a packed reception hall in the city’s downtown Thursday evening and made his candidacy official, joining a crowded field of more than a dozen candidates running to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz. 

Erik Neumann

On Thursday a project to reduce criminal recidivism in Salt Lake County started enrolling clients. It’s part of an innovative partnership between the County and the non-profit, First Step House.

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In recent weeks school districts all along the Wasatch Front have announced significant increases in entry level salaries for teachers. But it may take some time for this shift to make a dent in the ongoing teacher shortage.

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A spokesperson for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a statement Tuesday that President Thomas S. Monson, is no longer attending meetings due to his declining health, a situation that has occurred before in the Church.

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Beginning July 1, Salt Lake City’s public libraries will stop collecting fines for overdue materials. The City Library’s Board unanimously approved the policy this week.

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Salt Lake County Council members challenged County Mayor Ben McAdams Tuesday on the transparency of the process for deciding what homeless populations will occupy the new proposed shelters.

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President Donald Trump’s budget team release a detailed proposal for the 2018 fiscal year which includes major cuts to public lands and social services in Utah. It also includes the complete elimination of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

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During this year’s legislative session, lawmakers passed HB 239, a bill to reform Utah’s juvenile justice system. This week the state set up a Juvenile Justice Oversight Committee to start implementing those changes.

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Thomas S. Monson, the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is scaling back his involvement in church governance.

 

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Many Utah gardeners were caught off guard last week when frost burned tomato plants they’d just put in the ground. But a new scientific paper from the University of Utah helps explain why that unexpected frost really isn’t so surprising.

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Albert Holiday was standing at a remote junction in Utah’s red rock desert. He was part of a group of Utah Dine Bikeyah members chanting in Navajo at passing cars: “Where is Zinke?’ and ‘Go Bears Ears!” They were hoping to catch the attention of U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on his way to another meeting.

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This Tuesday is Bike to Work Day. It comes a little over a year after the Salt Lake City Council adopted a Bicycle Master Plan. How is Salt Lake City doing when it comes to bicycle safety?

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Regular visitors to Salt Lake City’s Downtown Farmers Market may notice something missing this summer: market organizers are banning plastic bags.

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For the last several years a group of professors at Brigham Young University have been studying the effectiveness of using free academic resources in place of costly textbooks. What they’ve found is that great learning doesn’t need to come with a a hefty price tag.

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The Utah Republican Party has chosen new leadership. Delegates ousted two-term chair James Evans and elected Rob Anderson at Saturdays GOP organizing convention.

Julia Ritchey, KUER

With a special election scheduled to replace outgoing Rep. Jason Chaffetz, several Republican candidates wasted no time in launching their campaigns this weekend at the Utah GOP’s organizing convention in Sandy.

Julia Ritchey, KUER

Utah GOP state delegates overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to support medical marijuana in their party platform over the weekend.

Tabernacle Organ Exhibit Opens At LDS Museum

May 19, 2017
Erik Neumann

A new exhibit opened on Friday at The Church History Museum operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Salt Lake Tabernacle Organ.

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The organization in charge of three new planned homeless shelters in Salt Lake County has decided which populations will go in which shelter.

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State election officials have announced that the special election to fill the seat being vacated by Rep. Jason Chaffetz will take place November 7, the same day as municipal elections.

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Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz says he’s ready to start a new chapter of his life, but not yet ready to say what that may be.  

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Gov. Gary Herbert says his office is already preparing to hold a special election to fill the U-S House seat in the 3rd Congressional district. Representative Jason Chaffetz announced today that he will leave office next month. 

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Utah is the first state in the country to lower the blood alcohol limit from .08 to .05, so state lawmakers are wading into uncharted territory.

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This week nine students with significant disabilities took part in a graduation ceremony at Kauri Sue Hamilton School in Riverton. It was a time of celebration and anxiety about what lies ahead.

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Republican Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz has announced he will resign his congressional seat on June 30.

In a letter to constituents on his website Thursday, Chaffetz said the time had come for him to turn the page and start a new chapter of his life. He did not reveal what he plans to do next.

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Members of Utah’s Congressional delegation are praising the selection of former FBI director Robert Mueller to oversee an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and its possible ties to President Trump’s campaign.

Silicon Slopes Opens Headquarters In Lehi

May 17, 2017
Erik Neumann

Silicon Slopes opened its new headquarters in Lehi on Wednesday. The Utah technology advocacy organization hopes to bring a unified voice to the state’s tech industry. 

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All Families living at The Road Home shelter in downtown Salt Lake City will move out of the facility by July if all goes as planned. Utah lawmakers on Tuesday approved that recommendation and some additional funding for The Road Home’s Midvale family shelter.

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Salt Lake City leaders are grappling with each other over the future of the Rose Park Golf Course and the city’s golf program.

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