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 A new report by the non-profit Utah Foundation examines several areas where the state could improve safety on the roads.

Mandated helmets for all motorcyclists, increased restrictions on teen drivers, and stricter driving laws for cell phone use would all lead to safer roads in the state. That’s according to a new report by the Utah Foundation. It points out that while Utah drivers could improve with seat belt usage, a new law will help bump that number up.  

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Utah lawmakers and educators have set out on a path to improve education for Native American Students across the state. Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill into law Monday that brings state and tribal leaders together to hash out a plan over the next year. 

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The March Consumer Attitude Index increased nearly 8 points to 114.4 in March. The Zions Bank CAI number soared above the 110 mark for the third time in five months.

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A student startup from Brigham Young University won the $40,000 grand prize in the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge over the weekend.

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The West used to solve its water troubles with dams. But now Dan Beard, a man who used to lead the nation’s dam-building agency, wants to shutter it.

Beard once oversaw the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s vast water network in the West, and he helped Congress decide on one billion dollars worth of finishing touches for the Central Utah Project.

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The Granite School board voted last week to formalize the termination of a 8th grade English teacher who refused to grade part of a standardized test.

Utahns can expect to pay more property and gas taxes in the near future. Governor Gary Herbert signed off on a pair of tax increases that are the state's biggest in nearly 20 years.

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It’s official, President Obama is finally coming to Utah. He’s expected to fly into Hill Air Force Base where he will give a speech on the economy. Utah is only one of two states that Mr. Obama has not yet visited as president. 

Women planning to run for political office in Utah have an opportunity to get some spring training Saturday. The organization Real Women Run is offering a day of workshops for those working on their campaigns. The training comes at a time when the number of elected female leaders in the state is dwindling.

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This year the Utah legislature passed a bill that would add former House Speaker Becky Lockhart’s name to a section of Interstate 15 in Utah County. The potential change has some veterans upset.

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Hill Air Force Base officials and local dignitaries unveiled the new Ployer P. Hill Exhibit Friday at the Hill Aerospace Museum. The ceremony marked the 75th anniversary of the base and honored its namesake.

The Salt Lake Chamber is honoring Gail Miller as “A Giant in Our City” Thursday evening at The Grand America Hotel. Miller is the 36th person to receive the award in its 45-year history.

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Salt Lake City’s new Broadway-style theater is still under construction but officials announced today they’ve already booked a show.

A lengthy report on the compensation of executives and non-union workers at the Utah Transit Authority shows that they are actually paid an amount on par with similar organizations.

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Taxicab companies in Salt Lake City have quietly operated mostly unregulated since November. That’s led to reports of price gouging.

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Conservation groups and Native American tribes worked with state and local agencies to preserve an extraordinary patch of open space along the Jordan River.

A ceremony on Friday highlights their efforts.

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Salt Lake City officials were overjoyed at the news that Google Fiber is coming to the city, but not everyone shares their enthusiasm.

AAA Study Shows Dangers of Teens' Distracted Driving

Mar 25, 2015
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New research from AAA and the University of Iowa shows teenage drivers are much more distracted than previously thought.

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Death penalty opponent and Roman Catholic nun Helen Prejean was in Salt Lake City for a public lecture Tuesday evening at Westminster College. The author of “Dead Man Walking” also met with students for a luncheon.

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It’s Brain Injury Awareness Month and Salt Lake County is putting a spotlight on concussions and how to prevent them.

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Google Fiber is coming to Salt Lake City. After months of speculation, city leaders and Google executives made it official Tuesday morning.

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The Utah Department of Corrections broke ground for expansion of the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison Monday. 

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The Utah Attorney General’s office is challenging a California law protecting the welfare of chickens. It all comes down to the price of eggs, and the AG’s chief of staff says they’re getting involved for the sake of Utahns under the poverty line.

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Democratic State Senator Jim Dabakis will likely challenge Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker for his seat in November.

Should Dabakis file for candidacy, he would be joining two other Democrats in challenging the two-term mayor: District 4 Councilman Luke Garrott and former state representative Jacki Biskupski.

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The University of Utah has unveiled a new online dashboard that will display the energy production of solar panels on the J. Willard Marriott Library. 

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is scanning hundreds of recently passed bills in search of any that might deserve a veto. One that’s caught his eye would prohibit a wintertime wood-burning ban.

House Bill 396 concerns the governor because it potentially restricts the policy-setting Air Quality Board from implementing the best pollution solutions it finds.

New Website Helps Utahns Find Unclaimed Property

Mar 20, 2015

  The State Treasury is hoping to return unclaimed money to Utah residents with the help of a new website.

This tax season, Utahns who didn’t have health insurance last year may discover for the first time that they have to pay a penalty to the federal government. But they have an opportunity to sign up for insurance and avoid future fines.

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Utah lawmakers took a big step on air quality last week by passing a bill that creates incentives for refineries to make cleaner gasoline in Utah.

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 Aggressive power-seekers are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure and an increased risk of heart attack, according to a new study released by the University of Utah.

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