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Many voters experienced long lines and confusion when it came to registering to vote and casting a ballot in 2016, both during the presidential caucuses and the general election. On Wednesday lawmakers moved to tweak election laws in an effort to make the voting process less complicated.

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The Utah Senate passed a resolution Wednesday that asks Congress to shrink the size of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.  Last week, Governor Herbert signed a similar resolution asking President Trump to rescind the newly minted Bears Ears National Monument. Member of Utah’s congressional delegation hope the legislation will help them in fight over federal control of lands. 

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Newly elected Rep. Logan Wilde is standing on the back of his Ford truck, cutting twine from bales of hay on a frosty day in December. His 15-year-old daughter Charlotte is at the wheel as they drive toward a mass of black cows huddled together in the pasture.  

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Administrators who run The INN Between were at the state Capitol this week asking lawmakers for money to expand its operations. The hospice provides end-of-life care for homeless individuals who might otherwise be in the shelter or on the streets.

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The latest turf battle between the state of Utah and the outdoor retailer industry erupted this week, after efforts to undo the state’s newest national monument prompted outdoor companies to announce they’re considering a new home for their twice-yearly trade shows.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is expanding its online college courses to reach more students worldwide.


The Utah Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would funnel extra dollars to less wealthy school districts.

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Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams gave a ‘State of the County’ address on Tuesday, where he warned that unless the state funds drug treatment programs, he will ask state lawmakers to scrap new criminal justice reform measures.

Feb 8: Through the Lens: All Governments Lie

Feb 7, 2017

Wednesday, we continue our Through the Lens series with Fred Peabody’s documentary film All Governments Lie. It’s inspired by the work of I.F. Stone, an investigative journalist and gadfly in the early 1950s to the `70s. Stone’s modern torchbearers—journalists like Matt Taibbi, Glenn Greenwald, Amy Goodman and others profiled in the film—produce their adversarial journalism outside mainstream media. Peabody joins us Wednesday to discuss the value of alternative news and the role of independent journalists.

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A bill that would have expanded options for teaching sex education in Utah schools has voted down and will not make it to the house floor.

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Salt Lake resident Elinda McKenna was in school in South Carolina during the early ‘70s when the movement for the Equal Rights Amendment was in full force.

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New research from the National Center for Veterans Studies has put strong data behind a remarkably simple approach to suicide prevention among veterans. 

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The Utah Division of Air Quality runs its pollution monitoring program out of a warehouse in West Valley City. Bo Call oversees it, and he looks on as a technician troubleshoots a busted pollution sampler – one of about a dozen.

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Utah Senators passed a controversial resolution Friday that asks President Donald Trump to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument. The nonbinding resolution lacks the force of law, but legislators wanted to make an official statement about Utah’s newest national monument.

Limited Utah Medicaid Expansion Announced

Feb 3, 2017
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The Utah Department of Health announced today that they will now be able to expand Medicaid health coverage to a limited number of low-income Utah parents.

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If you’ve tried calling Sen. Orrin Hatch’s office lately, you might be hearing this message a lot more:

 

“Thank you for calling United States Senator Orrin Hatch. Unfortunately, we’re unable to take your call at the moment. We encourage you to leave your name, number, and a message so we may get in touch with you as soon as we’re able to."

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If you’ve seen or heard a Twin Otter buzzing close overhead lately, there’s a good chance Robert Mitchell was in it. He’s commander of this National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s small plane that’s loaded with scientific gear to gather pollution data.

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A new bill  at the Utah Legislature is aimed at helping ex-cons find housing and stay out of jail. It would get rid of city-sponsored incentives landlords sometimes get for refusing to rent to people who have a criminal history.

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Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski has a plan for growing the city’s supply of affordable housing. She unveiled some of the details at a press conference today.  

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In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Governor Gary Herbert shared his thoughts about President Trump’s recent pick for the Supreme Court, U.S. Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch.

What Every American Should Know

Feb 2, 2017

KUER brought its Sound Booth to “What Every American Should Know” on January 30th, hosted by the Salt Lake County Library and the Aspen Institute. We asked participants to step into the Sound Booth to tell us what they think every American should know. Listen to what they had to say!

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A bill that would remove the balance of political parties from some state boards and commissions passed out of the Utah House today, but not without heated debate.

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The Salt Lake County Council passed a resolution Tuesday condemning President Donald Trump’s executive order banning refugees from entering the U.S. and halting travel to the U.S. from certain Muslim-majority nations.

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A bill moving through Utah’s Senate may put to rest some controversy surrounding how political candidates get on the ballot. 

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In her second State of the City address, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski delivered a message about moving forward in tough and divided times.

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Utah House lawmakers passed a pair of resolutions Tuesday aimed at dismantling two national monuments in Utah.

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A state bill under consideration would give Utahns whose property has been seized by law enforcement more options to reclaim their assets and prove their innocence.


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As Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos moves through confirmation hearings in Congress some Utahns are speaking out in opposition.

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A bill being reintroduced this year focuses on expanding telemedicine in Utah. But the legislation has family planning advocates worried because the proposed expansion would exclude medical abortions. 

The Democratic leader in the Utah House of Representatives is making another attempt to pass a sex education bill. Rep. Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, tried to run a comprehensive sex education bill last year but it failed.

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