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Utahns care about their air – more so than just about anything except education and water. That’s what a think tank told lawmakers Wednesday during a hearing on Capitol Hill.

The state Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst released a report Tuesday that shows the tax revenue and economic benefits anticipated from moving the prison is a fraction of what a consulting firm initially projected. Republican State Representative Merrill Nelson requested the study. He says it corrects a number of assumptions.

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A coalition of Utah progressives, religious leaders, and advocates for the poor launched a campaign Wednesday to demand action on the healthcare coverage gap for low income citizens.

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Legislators discussed training methods for handling use of force situations Wednesday with several leaders of Utah’s law enforcement agencies.

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The mountains forming Salt Lake City’s stunning backdrop are in danger of being loved to death. But now a new agreement, the Mountain Accord, aims to preserve this important and iconic landscape.

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The World Congress of Families is responding to attacks after the announcement of the group’s conference in Salt Lake City this October. The group which promotes fundamental Christian values like traditional marriage released a 28-page report Tuesday countering accusations by gay rights groups.

President Barack Obama has announced that the United States has reached a deal with Iran that will prevent the country from obtaining a nuclear weapon. But Utah’s congressional delegation believes it will have the opposite effect.

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Utahns of all ages are generally more conservative than others across the nation, but a new report shows younger Utahns are more aligned with their national peers when it comes politics and religion.  

Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management’s Salt Lake Office is seeking public comment on the proposed Soldier Pass shooting range south of Saratoga Springs.

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NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is zipping past the dwarf planet Pluto. Scientists are excited about what they might learn from the data it gathers during its brief fly by.

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Kaysville residents who want to install solar panels on their houses are discovering that the city has changed its policies, and they won’t get any credit for the excess power they produce.

Whittney Evans

Primary election ballots were shipped out to many Salt Lake County residents today. Election officials say the switch to an exclusively vote-by-mail election should double voter turnout in Salt Lake City.

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President Obama announced Friday the designation of three new national monuments including the Basin and Range National Monument in southeastern Nevada.

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US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy used an appearance in Salt Lake City Friday to advocate for the Obama Administration’s proposed clean power plan.

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Faithful Mormons gathered at the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square today to say goodbye to Boyd K. Packer.  The President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the LDS Church died last week at the age of 90. 

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International travel at the Salt Lake Airport just got a little bit easier.

Members of the legislative commission charged with recommending a new site for the state prison will take longer than expected to reach a decision.

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Utah’s rate of homicide related to domestic violence is higher than the national average, but a pilot project aims to change that. Law enforcement and victim services professionals are receiving training this week in a new method to prevent more deaths.

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The future of downtown Salt Lake City is looking bright, according to the Downtown Alliance’s annual economic report.

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The United States Surgeon General was in Salt Lake City Wednesday to speak to a national convention of Latin American citizens.

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State representative Jon Cox announced Wednesday that he will resign from the Utah House and take a job on Governor Herbert’s senior staff.

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Environmental Groups and a handful of state legislators are calling on the public service commission to deny Rocky Mountain Power’s request to charge solar power users an extra fee.

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A new analysis of Medicaid expansion proposals released Tuesday morning finds that Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s plan is the best deal for the state, but House Majority leader Jim Dunnigan says the report won’t affect his decisions moving forward.

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A Dixie State University professor is calling on university officials to reconsider changing the name of the school in light of a recent national debate over the use of Confederate symbols.

Brian Grimmett

State lawmakers are considering drafting legislation that would govern the use of police body cameras for all law enforcement agencies.

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At BYU’s annual religious freedom conference, state Senator Stuart Adams outlined how Utah’s compromise religious liberty, LGBT protection legislation should be a model for the nation.

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For the first time in its 86-year history, the League of United Latin American Citizens is holding its annual convention in Salt Lake City. The civil rights advocacy organization is expecting 20,000 attendees from Utah and around the country this week.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert has appointed Stan Lockhart to the state school board. Lockhart is the husband of late Republican Utah House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart.

Twenty-one individuals from 12 countries became naturalized citizens of the United States of America Friday morning at the Freedom Festival in Orem.

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UPDATED 7/5/2015

Boyd K. Packer, leader of the Mormon faith’s highest governing body, has died. Packer was the President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was next in line to become President of the Church.   Packer served in World War Two as a bomber pilot and was appointed a member of the Quorum of the Twelve in 1970.

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