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A state lawmaker says it’s time for the Utah Legislature to reopen the discussion about reproductive health.

Minority Leader Brian King is a Democrat representing Salt Lake City, and he's is also the father of four daughters. With them in mind, he wants age-appropriate facts about sex to be available to students. His new bill calls for comprehensive sex education in Utah junior high and high schools.

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Immigrant advocates held a demonstration at Temple Square in Salt Lake City Monday. Sightings of federal immigration officials sparked fears that the raids occurring in other parts of the country were coming to Utah.

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Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams says the county is making progress on building a healthy community by setting specific and measurable goals. This strategy was the focus of his 2016 State of the County Address today.  

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The Utah Senate has approved a bill that would help protect pregnant and nursing women in the workplace.

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Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s pick for director of public utilities has decided to withdraw from consideration for the vacant position.

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A Utah legislator is trying to put an end to speed trap towns.

State environmental regulators want input from Utahns about reducing the pollution blamed for climate change.

Utah’s joined 24 other states to fight the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan in court.

At the same time, state regulators have been drafting a state plan to comply with the new rules.

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The World Health Organization has declared an international emergency over the explosive spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Health officials are most concerned about possible birth defects when a pregnant woman is bitten by a mosquito carrying the Zika virus.

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As another Utah legislative session gets underway, the question remains whether lawmakers will expand Medicaid.

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State leaders and a congressman pledged on Friday to keep fighting Washington on behalf of rural Utah.

The governor and lieutenant governor both served on county commissions early in their careers. So it was no surprise on “Rural Legislative Day” at the State Capitol that they promised to back up local leaders on issues like boosting jobs and education. And, like them, Utah Congressman Rob Bishop said he’ll keep taking rural Utah’s side against what they call federal overreach.

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Each year, homeless service providers and volunteers in Utah rise early to comb local communities to get a sense of how many people are homeless. It’s part of Utah’s annual point-in-time count.

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Congresswoman Mia Love spent time at the Utah State Capitol on Friday touting her accomplishments during her first year in office.

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A leader of the armed occupation at an Oregon wildlife refuge urged his supporters on Thursday to avoid further bloodshed. Now observers are wondering how the issues will play out.

The 2016 Utah Legislative session has begun and while week one saw little work on actual bills, it did see an overabundance of speeches. KUER’s Brian Grimmett has the full recap in this Week’s View From the Gallery.

Lawmakers Set Sights on Online Sales Tax Collection

Jan 28, 2016

Lawmakers are working on several bills that would deal with reporting and collecting sales tax made from online and out-of-state purchases.

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Democrats in the Utah House of Representatives are calling on Governor Gary Herbert to reverse his decision to defund Planned Parenthood in the state, but the governor is not standing down.

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert touted the state’s economy and recent growth in education funding during his annual State of the State speech from the Capitol on Wednesday night.

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert delivered his annual State of the State address on Wednesday night from the House Chamber of the Utah State Capitol. Included here is the speech in it's entirety, broadcast live on KUER.

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A bill to teach kids in school to stay away from guns got early approval in a Senate Committee Wednesday.

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A Senate panel signed off Wednesday on using sales taxes to help pay for water projects, including the controversial Lake Powell Pipeline.

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Governor Gary Herbert will deliver his state of the state address Wednesday evening. Instead of responding to the speech, Democratic leaders offered up their views in a press conference before the main event.

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The dispute continues over Snowbird’s event permit for serving beer, wine and cocktails at Oktoberfest. One lawyer is hoping the resort will be barred from serving alcohol.

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Lawmakers in the Utah House Tuesday debated whether or not cities should be able to keep landlords from renting to people with criminal records. Some say such control could cut down on crime, but Democrats want to see more housing opportunities for those exiting prison.

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In her first State of the City address, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski laid out a wide range of objectives she hopes to achieve over the next four years.

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Federal regulators visited Salt Lake City Tuesday to hear from Utahns about how to deal with the haze that plagues national parks of the West. People from Utah’s coal country and its environmental community gave U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials an earful of advice Tuesday.

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The Utah Senate has passed a bill that its sponsor hopes will help communities better conserve water.

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Influenza has claimed its first Utah victim of this year’s flu season. Salt Lake County Health Department officials announced the confirmed case Monday; a 65 year-old resident who had not received the seasonal flu vaccine.

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The Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court assured lawmakers Monday the state of Utah’s judiciary is sound. But he requested some needed improvements, too.

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Unified Police Officer Douglas Barney was honored today for laying down his life in the line of duty. The funeral was held at the Maverik Center in West Valley City.

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The 2016 session of the Utah Legislature began on Monday. Listen to some of the sounds of the opening day from the State Capitol.

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