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Both Democratic gubernatorial candidates announced their choice for lt. governor Monday.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Johnson has chosen Robyn Bagley to be his running mate and choice for Lt. Governor.

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A proposed air quality permit for a new medical waste incinerator in Tooele County is open for public comment. The move allows an old plant to be removed from a residential neighborhood in North Salt Lake, but it also means the company could burn more waste and emit more pollutants into the air. State environmental officials are holding a meeting Monday night in Tooele to answer questions and hear concerns.

More than a thousand Utah business leaders gathered at the Grand America Hotel Friday for the Governor’s Economic Summit.

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Rep. Kraig Powell, R-Heber, is the only sitting legislator that has chosen to just gather signatures in his effort to be re-elected. But as the Utah Republican Party fights the state over the constitutionality of the law that allows him to do that, his status as a member of the party remains in limbo.

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The fight over wilderness in Utah has dragged on for so long that lawyers are scrambling to gather important testimony before key witnesses pass away.

Utah Transit Authority

Utah Transit Authority has decided it will not implement a distance-based fare system. But the organization still wants to change the way it charges riders currently.

Fans of the downtown Salt Lake City peregrine falcon cam may be in for another disappointment this year.

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What would happen to life in the West if the water flowing into streams and reservoirs shrinks by a quarter of what we've come to expect?

Arches Turns 87 and Feels Some Growing Pains

Apr 13, 2016
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Arches National Park celebrated its birthday this week. This year is shaping up to be a memorable and exhaustive one for the park.

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Utah Sen. Mike Lee says he’s decided to run for a Republican leadership position in the Senate, but the news hasn’t gone over well with those currently in charge.

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Members of the Salt Lake City Council want more information before deciding to name Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski the new executive director of the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake.

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News reports nationwide about lead in drinking water have Utahns wondering whether dangerous levels of contamination could happen here.

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Utah’s law prohibiting bigamy has been reinstated following a ruling by federal appeals court judges. The move has dealt a legal blow to the Brown family from the reality TV show “Sister Wives.”

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Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and the City Council are taking action in the wake of recent legislation in Mississippi and North Carolina that discriminates against the LGBT communities in those states.

Gov. Herbert Signs Bills that Cut State Regulations

Apr 12, 2016
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Governor Gary Herbert signed more than a dozen bills Tuesday aimed at removing red tape in state government.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert faced off with Republican challenger Jonathon Johnson in a debate Monday leading up to the state GOP convention later this month. 

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Next month, a doctor performing an abortion in Utah will be required to administer anesthesia after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Passed by the legislature in the recent session, the new law is the first of its kind in the nation. It’s based on the disputed notion that a fetus may feel pain during the procedure.

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The Utah Democratic Party saw record turnout at this years’ caucus meetings, largely due to a wave of Bernie Sanders supporters. The enthusiasm for his candidacy also led several people to jump into local races to challenge incumbent Democratic state representatives. But it’s not easy turning enthusiasm into a viable campaign.

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The Department of Environmental Quality wants to help Utahns to swap out noisy, exhaust-sputtering gas lawn equipment with quieter and cleaner electric models.

They're doing it through the CARROT incentive program.

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The Utah Supreme Court has issued an opinion clarifying the meaning of recent changes to Utah’s election laws.

Jenn Vargas

University of Utah information security officials urged the staff, faculty and students on Friday to be on alert for ransomware.

It’s software that installs itself on a computer, encrypts its data and makes files inaccessible without an encryption key. Hackers basically hold the computer hostage until they receive payment of hundreds or thousands of dollars for the decryption key.

Jordan River Commission

Walkers and bikers who use the Jordan River Parkway Trail will soon be able to travel its entire length uninterrupted by cross streets.

Brigham Young University

A Brigham Young University researcher says she has found significant bias in how Utah law enforcement decide to submit rape kits for testing.

Utah Foundation

The non-partisan Utah Foundation has published a report that takes a closer look at the priorities of seven candidates running for Governor.

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April 1 usually marks the time when Utah’s snow accumulation is at its height, and this year looks remarkably -- and happily -- typical.

Public Radio Nerds Unite!

Apr 6, 2016

Public Radio Nerds unite! During this Spring 2016 Fund Drive, check out all the ways to show off your public radio nerdom with the tee-shirt, magnet or profile pic!

Community leaders announced a new coalition Wednesday to deal with climate change. The Utah Climate Action Network is focused on mainstreaming the reality of climate change, avoiding the risks it poses and sharing practical solutions to its impacts.

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A federal judge has ruled against the Utah Republican Party in its lawsuit over changes to Utah election law. 

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Wednesday is “Start By Believing Day” in Utah. The public awareness campaign is aimed at changing the way people respond to rape and sexual assault. DeAnn Tilton is a survivor of sexual assault and creator of the organization Talk to a Survivor. Tilton says victims are too often silenced out of fear that people will not believe them or they will be blamed.

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