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Illegal drones are blamed for raising the cost -- and hazard -- of the Saddle Fire in southwestern Utah this summer more than once. So Governor Gary Herbert will ask lawmakers to approve legislation to address the problem.

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The Leonardo museum welcomed a new addition on Monday—the centerpiece of its upcoming exhibit titled “Flight.”

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Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz is introducing a bill in Congress today that offers a possible solution for years of conflict over sustainable use in the Central Wasatch Mountains.

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More people turned out for anti-police-brutality rallies in Salt Lake City over the weekend. Hundreds gathered at police headquarters twice on Saturday to vent their frustration over last week’s violence in Baton Rouge, St. Paul and Dallas. 

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Freedom Shearer-Davis is tapping the contents a small plastic cup onto a plant that hugs the ground. This puncture vine – also known as goathead -- is dotted with deceptively dainty yellow flowers. The weevils look like a wad of dryer lint spilling out.

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Zika virus contributed to the death of a Salt Lake County resident last month. County health officials say it’s the first confirmed Zika-related death in the continental U.S.

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Salt Lake City’s police chief called for peace Friday after five police officers were shot and killed in Dallas. Meanwhile, a protest is scheduled to proceed as planned on Saturday at police headquarters.

The little-known Community Impact Board usually spends its meetings considering funding requests for rural Utah projects like a new justice center in Grantsville or improvements at Grand County’s airport.

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Utah's amateur radio community is holding the 2016 Great Salt Lake Hamfest this weekend. A Hamfest has not been held in this area for several decades.

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Utah Lake’s water levels are so low that many boats are getting stuck in the mud.

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Members of Congress met in conference Wednesday to hash out an agreement on comprehensive legislation to address the opioid epidemic. While the parties disagree about funding, Utah advocates say the need for help is urgent.

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A watchdog group is joining the call for an investigation into the expenses of Utah’s lands-transfer lawsuit.

  • A $1,300 receipt for staying at the posh Grand America Hotel.
  • A beer tab prohibited in state contracts.
  • Lawyers charging $500 an hour and more for public relations and lobbying.

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Conservative Utah Activist Gayle Ruzicka has asked Utah delegates to vote their conscience at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland later this month. That runs contrary to rules that Republicans in Utah have set.

American Red Cross Announces Blood Shortage

Jul 5, 2016
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The American Red Cross has announced a blood shortage and is asking for all eligible donors to come give blood. 

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The smoke from fireworks skyrocketed pollution levels in Salt Lake, Weber, Tooele and Utah counties last weekend.  Monitors in Salt Lake County showed air quality ranging from unhealthy and very unhealthy for over four hours.

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An inconspicuous state panel known as the Community Impact Board will meet this week for the first time since the  Oakland, Calif., City Council voted to ban coal shipments. Board member Jae Potter says it’s disappointing, but Oakland’s move won’t derail support here for Utah coal.

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Utah’s chief medical examiner Dr. Todd Grey retired on July 1st. After 30 years in the office, he’s performed nearly 9000 autopsies. In that time, Dr. Grey says the most significant issue that he’s seen is the epidemic of drug-related overdose deaths. He spoke with us in studio.

Best Friends Offering Free Pet Adoptions To Vets

Jul 4, 2016
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This week the Best Friends Animal Society will waive adoption fees for active and retired military members and their families this week.

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On Wednesday, more than 130 immigrants became U-S citizens at a naturalization ceremony at the Utah State Capitol. Some of them told KUER that it changes the way they feel about the July 4th holiday.

1 In 8 Utahns Struggles To Afford Food

Jul 1, 2016
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One out of every eight Utah households struggled to afford enough food last year. It’s better than the national average, but advocates say there’s still room for improvement.

The U.S. Department of Interior finalized its new royalty rules June 30, prompting criticism from industry and support among environmental organizations.

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The National Veterans Wheelchair Games continued Thursday in Salt Lake City with multiple events including air rifles, basketball, and wheelchair obstacle courses. But it was also Kids Day – a chance for veterans to mentor children with disabilities in competitive sports.

Keep Dogs And Cats Safe On 4th Of July

Jun 30, 2016
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Salt Lake County Animal Services wants to remind pet owners to keep dogs and cats safe and indoors during the 4th of July weekend. 

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Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams joined President Obama’s senior advisor on a media call Thursday to unveil the White House’ new initiative aimed at disrupting the cycle of incarceration.

BYU Football Officials Open Up About Move To Big XII

Jun 30, 2016
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Brigham Young University Athletic Director Tom Holmoe spoke about the prospects of the school joining the BIG 12 at their annual football media day Thursday.

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The seventh annual Clear the Air Challenge starts Friday. It’s a contest aimed at reducing summer ozone pollution that drew over seven thousand people last year. Together, they cut pollution by 646 tons.

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A Utah lawmaker is once again proposing legislation that would give terminally ill people the “right to die” with a prescription from their doctor.

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Two state school board incumbents, including a school board chair, were likely eliminated in Tuesday’s primary election.

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert was the clear winner in Tuesday’s primary election against Republican challenger Jonathan Johnson. As of late Tuesday night, Herbert led Johnson by more than 40 percentage points.

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Utah Democrats have chosen Misty Snow as their nominee to challenge Republican Senator Mike Lee. With the win, Snow becomes the first transgender person to be nominated by a major political party for a U.S. Senate Seat.

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