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Draper City Mayor Troy Walker has offered up two potential locations in his city for a third homeless shelter/resource center. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams must select a final location by Thursday. He now has nine sites to choose from.

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How does access to contraceptives affect women’s lives? That’s a question researchers at the University of Utah and Planned Parenthood are trying to answer. 

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The snowpack is near normal in a few places and lagging in southeastern Utah. But most drainages are way above average. It’s the first time in 6 years that water managers are worrying about too much water instead of a shortage.

“In 2017, Mother Nature threw us a knuckleball,” says Wayne Pullan, who leads the Bureau of Reclamation’s Provo area office. “A knuckleball is a changeup pitch, and a knuckleball works because it’s unpredictable.”

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Water experts say it’s time for new thinking on the West’s old attitudes about water, as climate change and population growth drive the discussion about the West’s water future.

Governor Signs Abortion Bill Into Law

Mar 27, 2017
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Women are reacting to a new law in Utah that will require doctors to present certain information to those seeking a medication-induced abortion. 


Gov. Gary Herbert issued his first veto of 2017 for a bill that would’ve scrapped a requirement to appoint an equal number of Democrats and Republicans to several state boards and commissions.

 

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Kurt Cochran of West Bountiful was one of 4 victims who died in last week’s terrorist attack in London. A self-employed studio producer, Cochran was honored Sunday night with a musical tribute in his home community.

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In Utah and many other parts of the country, opioid abuse is a major problem. Now, researchers at the University of Utah are studying the venom of a tropical snail because it could offer a template for a safer drug.

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Midvale’s mayor of 22 years JoAnn Seghini is expected to retire this year, paving the way for a new leader to oversee the growing Salt Lake suburb — and at least one candidate is throwing her name in the ring early.  

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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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Kurt and Melissa Cochran from West Bountiful were among those caught in the London terrorist attack Wednesday. Kurt was killed while his wife Melissa survived with serious injuries.

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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.

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