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Utahns will cast their ballots in primary elections along the Wasatch Front next week. Among the hundreds of candidates competing are several millennials running for office for the first time.

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It took nearly seven hours for Utah’s Public Service Commission to hear all the people who wanted to speak Wednesday about solar energy.

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Safety first: since Utah will only see a partial solar eclipse, special ISO-certified glasses are a must. They’re widely available—the Clark Planetarium ordered 100,000 pairs and is selling them for $2 each.

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Democratic Congressional candidate Kathie Allen is launching a health care listening tour in a bid to highlight an issue she hopes will resonate with voters of the 3rd District.

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September 30th marks the end of the federal government’s fiscal year. Local healthcare advocates are concerned because it’s the time when federal funding for two health programs in Utah is set to expire.

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Hale Center Theatre’s new facility in Sandy is nearing completion and is set to open later this fall. Officially called the Mountain America Performing Arts Centre, it features two separate stages and innovative stage technology.

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The announcement Tuesday of James Hamula’s excommunication from the LDS church while serving as a General Authority was particularly noteworthy because of how rarely it occurs.

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The State Homeless Coordinating Committee approved funding Tuesday to purchase the third of three properties where new homeless shelters will be built.

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A court case is playing out between the Drug Enforcement Agency and the state of Utah. At issue is whether the DEA should have greater access to private prescription drug information.

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The race for Mayor in Draper City has become contentious, with accusations of lies and negative campaigning. Issues at the center of the race include backlash to a proposed homeless resource center and developing the site of the state prison after it moves further north.

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A high ranking leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been removed from his position and excommunicated from the church.

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Newspapers are reporting this week that some federal-government scientists worry the Trump administration will suppress their latest climate change update. Other reports say scientists in the U.S. Department of Agriculture have been warned to stop using the term “climate change.”

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Last week Molina Healthcare announced it would no longer offer health insurance plans to Utah residents on the federal exchange in 2018. 

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An early morning downpour two weeks ago caused flooding and property damage around Salt Lake City and nowhere was hit harder than East High School.   

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A national group focused on enacting congressional term limits has launched a Utah chapter.

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Rocky Mountain Power and rooftop solar advocates have been negotiating for months, but they still can’t agree on how to compensate solar customers for excess energy they send to the grid. So, next week the Utah Public Service Commission begins hearings on the question.

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Officials from two counties in Utah say they sent Republican ballots in the 3rd Congressional District to unaffiliated voters by mistake, but they will be able to correct the problem.

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For the eighth year in a row, Salt Lake City School District has been awarded a federal grant to increase the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables at Title 1 schools.

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A panel of six Muslim Women spoke to a group gathered at Salt Lake City’s downtown library Wednesday evening. The event was an effort to create an honest dialogue and dispel common misconceptions about Islam.

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Northern Utah has had more high ozone days this summer than it did in the past few years. That was the gist of the summary that Bo Call gave while speaking Wednesday at Utah’s Air Quality Board meeting.

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A federal judge has cleared the way for the new United Utah Party and its candidate Jim Bennett to be included on the ballot in the 3rd Congressional District’s special election, but its prospects of winning remain slim.

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A federal judge has ordered the state to put candidate Jim Bennett on the ballot for a special election to replace former Congressman Jason Chaffetz.

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The American Lands Council is a non-profit that’s been promoting the idea of transferring federal lands to the states.  With the political shift in Washington, the group is taking on a new focus.

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Election officials plan to upgrade the state’s old voting machines with newer, more secure systems. Five voting equipment companies under consideration for the contract held a demo Wednesday at the Utah State Capitol to let the public test drive their machines.

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The Granite District School Board has finalized a decision to raise the local property tax in order to fund a universal pay raise for teachers.

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Gary Ott left his post as Salt Lake County Recorder on Tuesday, and the County Council is ready to move on.

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If this July felt extra hot to you, you’re right. The National Weather Service says it was the hottest July on record.

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Mormon Apostle Jeffrey R. Holland released a statement Monday withdrawing a story he shared at a recent training event for newly called church leaders.

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A coalition of Utah journalists have made progress in the fight to access video footage of a U.S. marshal shooting and killing a defendant in federal court. Federal agencies have refused to provide the video despite multiple public records requests.

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Downtown Salt Lake City will soon have more public art, thanks to a long-term project that kicked off on Monday.

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