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New data from the Pew Research Center shows that fewer Mormon voters are identifying as Republicans this election year.

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City leaders and law enforcement officials are focusing efforts to curb crime and homelessness on State Street in Salt Lake City. It’s become an area where cheap motels provide a substitute for shelters and low-cost housing.

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A state task force is polishing its report to Gov. Gary Herbert on preparing for Utah’s future water needs. Some environmentalists are criticizing the group for snubbing public input.

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Law enforcement authorities are warning that the dangerous narcotic fentanyl is becoming a more common street drug in Utah.

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Mormon supporters of Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton gathered Monday night for an informal Family Home Evening at Clinton’s Utah campaign headquarters.

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Uintah County Commissioner Mike McKee says oil and gas companies would be doing a lot more to clean up pollution if they knew they could avoid sanctions from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Salt Lake City and the University of Utah are partnering to offer consumer discounts on electric vehicles. Together, they’ve negotiated prices with area car dealerships in an effort to get cleaner cars on the road.

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Utah teachers aren’t required to teach students about the events that transpired on September 11th, 2001. But at least one school, South Jordan Middle School makes it a priority.

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A congressional committee takes a look on Thursday at the Utah Public Lands Initiative, the proposal billed as an alternative to a Bears Ears National Monument.

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  A new lineup of concerts and shows is coming to the nearly up-and-running George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater in downtown Salt Lake City.

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University of Utah researchers are working on a treatment for people who may suffer from depression caused in part by high altitude. Some say this helps explain why states like Utah have some of the highest suicide rates in the country.

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For the first time since the Natural History Museum of Utah opened in 2011, officials are removing all 600 artifacts in the 36' tall display case on the museum’s main level and reworking the exhibit.

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Low water on the Great Salt Lake is raising concern. The worries are economic and ecological as the water dips close to the lowest level it’s ever been.

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  Governor Gary Herbert on Wednesday laid out his vision for education and solving Utah’s teacher shortage problem. 

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Members of the Salt Lake City Council have doubts about a plan to build two new homeless shelters that sleep 250 people each. They say more shelters with fewer beds would better serve the homeless and the communities where they’re built. 

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Salt Lake City maintains a significant affordable housing shortage. While incomes have risen overall, they’re not keeping up with the cost of living.

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Carlos Wheeldon dreamed about the world-famous salt speedway as a child growing up in England. He’s traveled to Utah nine times to be part of the World of Speed race that takes place each fall on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah’s West Desert. And this year he’s worried.

Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly died this week.   Her life and legacy have heavily influenced politics and social issues in Utah.

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Utah’s Goblin Valley State Park is now officially an International Dark Sky Park. The designation announced Tuesday comes from the non-profit International Dark-Sky Association in Tucson, Arizona.

California Congresswoman Barbara Lee was in Salt Lake City Friday hosting a campaign event for Hilary Clinton. She told those attending that she believes Utah is ready to vote for a Democratic presidential candidate.

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There was a time not too long ago when storytellers gathered in Provo Canyon. Their tales ranged from silly to spooky. It was the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, and people came from near and far to hear the tales of pros like Bil Lepp, a champion liar from West Virginia.

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The Utah Republican Party has dropped its appeal of court decisions to uphold changes to Utah’s election laws. 

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Coloradoan David Krimstock is heading out to get a better feel for the trails and prepare for the Park City Point 2 Point mountain bike race. During a couple of practice runs on the dusty mountain tracks, he saw firsthand just how hot and dry Utah’s summer was.

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Indiana Governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence stumped for his running mate, Donald Trump while in Salt Lake City Thursday.  Utah Senator Mike Lee invited Pence to speak at his annual Utah Solutions Summit.

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  Despite protests from conservationists, the Utah Wildlife Board on Thursday voted to increase the number of permits available to hunt cougars in the state.

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Ryan Evans is actually looking forward to what would normally a pretty dull legislative meeting this month, when the Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee  reviews the state’s $2,000 solar-panel tax credit. Evans is the new leader of the Utah Solar Energy Association, and he’s excited about sharing the good news his industry has for Utah’s economy.

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Carl Ingwell says he had no idea corporations were contributing to the environmental humanities program. Then he saw developers like Kennecott Land and the Boyer Company listed as “friends” of environmental humanities.  Ingwell also saw the Utah Mining Association and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation on the list.

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The federal government is providing millions of dollars to help states fight abuse of opioids, and Utah will receive some of that money.

Republican Utah Senator Mike Lee has not endorsed Donald Trump for president, but he has invited Trump’s running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence to speak at his 3rd annual Utah Solutions Summit in Salt Lake City Thursday. Utah Democrats criticized Lee’s decision, saying it gives the appearance that Lee supports the Republican presidential nominee.

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 The Utah Department of Health is warning of a salmonella outbreak linked to raw milk. Health officials say since March, nine Utahns have become sick with salmonella after consuming unpasteurized milk from Heber Valley Milk in Midway.

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