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A federal judge has ruled that Utah cannot force political parties to allow unaffiliated voters to participate in primary elections. But the ruling doesn’t apply to the Utah Democratic Party.

Post offices in Utah will begin 7-day delivery services this weekend to kick off the holiday shopping season.

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This time of year, many Utahns are giving away food to help those in need. But that need is there all year round. One in seven households in Utah struggled with hunger last year. Food insecurity persists in the Beehive State in spite of its robust economy and charitable citizens.

Andrea Smardon

This week, the Salt Lake County Council gave preliminary approval for the $1.1 billion-dollar, 2016, county budget. It includes Salt Lake County Mayor McAdams plan to improve the criminal justice system.

Zions Bank, Cicero Group

The latest Consumer Attitude Index survey released by Zions Bank shows consumer confidence is high, but hasn’t increased in November as the holiday shopping season gets underway.

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As Salt Lake City and County officials move forward with a plan to spread out homeless services, one historic restaurant owner in downtown Salt Lake City says he’s finally getting a break.

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Economists are predicting that US holiday spending will be 3.7 percent higher this year compared to last year. There are efforts underway in Utah to get consumers to shift some of that spending to local businesses.

Utah Department of Health

Utah Health officials are investigating illnesses in Utah and six other states associated with chicken salad sold by Costco.

Brian Grimmett

A dispute over the interpretation of Utah’s election laws has resulted in the Lt. Governor’s office sending several letters aimed at clarifying their position.

Whittney Evans

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams are asking the Utah Legislature for $27 million dollars to reconfigure homeless services in the region.   


Salt Lake City-based EnergysSolutions announced big changes last week that could affect its Utah operations.

University of Utah Health Care

Former Salt Lake County Councilman Randy Horiuchi died on Thursday. Horiuchi spent most of his life serving in political positions. Until late last year, he was a member of the Salt Lake County Council. He had also served as the chairman of the Utah Democratic party. 

Salt Lake City

The commission tasked with recommending where emergency services for the homeless should go gave the public a glimpse of three possible scenarios last night.  Members of the commission say there’s interest in spreading some services out and away from the beleaguered Depot District corridor.

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The Utah Transit Authority’s governing board has passed new ethics rules and three of its members have resigned after an undisclosed trip to Switzerland two months ago. But the legislative leader who organized the controversial trip is unapologetic.

Sandy City has removed the carbon monoxide gas chamber at its animal services facility. Back in September, the Sandy City Council voted unanimously to remove the gas chamber at the facility and make it a no-kill shelter. The carbon monoxide chamber was dismantled late last month.

Brian Grimmett

People experiencing chronic pain and rare diseases gathered at the State Capitol Wednesday asking lawmakers to pass legislation in the upcoming session that would allow them to use marijuana.  

Whittney Evans

Jackie Biskupski has garnered national attention for being elected Salt Lake City’s first openly gay mayor. But here at home, Biskupski and her supporters are downplaying the historic nature of this election.

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  Imagine a time when Utah’s flooded – not with water but Californians and other people trying to flee the effects of climate change.

It’s one of the uncertainties about Utah’s water, thanks to climate change and an issue being discussed at the Salt Lake County Watershed Symposium in West Valley City.

Office of the Governor

Governor Gary Herbert has appointed a new inspector general of Medicaid services in Utah.

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Main Canyon is an oasis in the high-mountain desert of the Tavaputs Plateau even during midsummer during a drought.

Burt and Christine DeLambert have raised cattle here for nearly four decades. But they’d never seen anything like this before: a dozen trout belly up dead in their spring-fed pond.

Whittney Evans

Former state lawmaker Jackie Biskupski is officially the mayor-elect of Utah’s capital city. The Salt Lake City board of canvassers released the final results Tuesday of the Mayor’s race and for three city council races.

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Salt Lake County voters have officially defeated an effort to increase sales tax for transportation funding known as Proposition 1.

In a last minute move, the Bureau of Land Management in Utah postponed its oil and gas lease auction scheduled for Tuesday morning. Environmentalists who had been planning a protest held a victory party instead.

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After Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, a growing number of governors across the US are opposing efforts to resettle Syrian refugees in their states, but Utah Governor Gary Herbert is taking a more measured approach.


Two activist groups want Carbon County Juvenile Court Judge Scott Johansen to be punished for his decision to remove a baby from the custody of a same-sex couple because the couple is gay.

Utah Foundation

A new report from the non-profit Utah Foundation shows that despite an improving economy, Utahns feel their quality of life is about the same is it was two years ago.

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Hundreds gathered at a park in Salt Lake City over the weekend to publicly resign from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The mass resignation came in response to LDS Church policy changes clarifying that those who are in a same-sex marriage should be considered apostates, and banning baptisms for children living with gay parents until they’re 18.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The LDS Church is standing behind its new rules targeting gay members and their children, but officials provided information Friday intended to clarify the policies.

Davis Hospital and Medical Center, IASIS Healthcare

Concerns over potential exposure to hepatitis C have expanded to a second Utah hospital.

Utah Clean Energy

Utility regulators at the Utah Public Service Commission have been considering the question for months: How should PacifiCorp factor the costs and benefits of rooftop solar power into their rates?