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Soon-to-be harvested corn, squash, tomatoes and green beans are surrounded by graffiti art, offices, restaurants and homes near downtown Salt Lake City.

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The nonprofit Envision Utah asked people last spring what they think about the future of energy. One surprising result was the growing importance of conservation.

The Utah County Board of Commissioners has decided to put a sales tax increase on this year’s election ballot, but they won’t allow the issue to go out on the vote-by-mail ballots used by five of their cities.

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Salt Lake City is poised to sell the old public safety building to a developer willing to create a mix of housing and commercial space. They also want to preserve the buildings historic significance. 

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Two Utah Charter School are closed after the State Charter School Board determined they had a mix of budget problems, teacher credential issues and poor academic scores. 

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert has signed the resolution calling for the state prison to be moved from its current location in Draper to a new site on the west side of Salt Lake City.

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Earlier this week, the chair of the Utah Democratic party Peter Corroon criticized state Republican lawmakers for failing to act on a Medicaid expansion. He said all he could do was pray the governor would call a special legislative session to resolve the issue. Corroon’s prayers may be answered before the end of the year.

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Attorney General Sean Reyes said he’s still gathering information for any lawsuit Utah might decide to file over the Gold King Mine wastewater spill.

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Utah lawmakers pondered two of Utah’s great passions Wednesday as they discussed deregulating beekeeping.

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In a special session, the Utah legislature has approved a proposal to move the state prison from Draper to a new site in west Salt Lake City.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights is investigating the Salt Lake City School District for alleged racial discrimination against students of color.

Utah lawmakers heard from experts about medical marijuana at the state Capitol Wednesday. One doctor testified that marijuana products could not only provide medical benefits, but might also help reduce the number of Utahns addicted to opiates.

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There will be no bond measure to expand outdoor recreation in Salt Lake City. The city council failed to garner enough votes at last night’s meeting to put the measure on the November election ballot.

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A poll by Envision Utah suggests Utahns want to be more self-sufficient when it comes to food and preserving farming.

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Utah Democrats are blasting Republicans for not taking action to provide healthcare to low-income citizens. They held a press conference Tuesday saying a Medicaid expansion is long overdue.

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As the White House announces a program to address a surge of heroin abuse in recent years, a family from Sandy has organized a town hall to tell their story, and to raise awareness about Utah’s growing problem with opiate addiction.

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Life’s getting back to normal in southeastern Utah after the dramatic Gold King Mine spill, and the San Juan River has been declared safe for irrigation and livestock watering.

Now attention’s shifting toward preventing another toxic mine spill in Utah and elsewhere.

Utah’s 2016 Primary elections will be different than they’ve been in the past, and the Lt. Governor’s office is beginning their campaign to tell parties, voters, and candidates what they need to know. 

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Utah Lawmakers will vote Wednesday to confirm the Prison Relocation Commission’s recommendation to build a new state prison near the Salt Lake International airport. But elected officials on the city’s west side aren’t giving up efforts stop the move.

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Marriage and family therapist Dr. Jonathan Swinton announced his run for the U.S. Senate in 2016. He filed with the Federal Elections Commission Monday as a Democrat.

Utah Republican delegates met on Saturday to elect new officers and hear from their elected representatives. But they also took on the difficult task of approving changes to the party constitution in order for candidates to appear on the 2016 ballot.

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Former Overstock.com CEO Jonathon Johnson announced his candidacy for Governor at the Utah Republican Party organizing convention on Saturday.

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The Utah Department of Transportation has just released its 25-year plan. It focuses mainly on the needs of rural travelers.

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The waters downstream from the Gold King Mine waste spill are clearing up, but new hazards still lie ahead for the agency responsible for the accident.

Salt Lake City officials are exploring options for how to fight back on the decision to relocate the state prison to the city’s west side, but a lawsuit may be the only option.

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State environmental officials have been checking the safety of water downstream of the Gold King Mine spill in Colorado.

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Kaysville residents who want to install rooftop solar panels will once again be able to get credit for the power they produce. City leaders have reversed course on their decision to impose a moratorium on their net metering policy.

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Salt Lake City officials are reviewing the city’s official policy on political activity with employees after the mayor’s spokesperson was demoted for posting political comments to the Salt Lake Tribune’s website from a city computer.

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Utah officials have been on the lookout out for impacts from last week’s Gold King Mine wastewater spill. On Wednesday, they received more information from downstream, although the answers aren’t conclusive. 

The rate of blood transfusions administered to mothers in Utah delivery rooms is twice the national average. That’s according to a new report from the state Department of Health.

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