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Utah is consistently in the top 10 states for opioid overdose deaths. For years many Utahns have suffered in silence when it comes to addiction. But one grassroots group called The Addict’s Mom is creating a place to talk about it.

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Nov 30, 2017
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When a 911 call is dialed, someone answers. There is a real human on the other end, trying to make sense of what is happening and trying to keep people from getting hurt. KUER's Erik Neumann walks us through one phone call that changed the life of an emergency dispatcher forever.

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A botched sting of the Washington Post by conservative anti-media activist James O’Keefe has renewed scrutiny of his organization, Project Veritas, and its fundraising capabilities.

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The Salt Lake City Council says it’s willing to pay for 50 new police officer positions—nearly twice what Chief Mike Brown asked for earlier this month.

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Congressman Chris Stewart says despite nearly a year of setbacks for the GOP's legislative efforts, he believes his party's sweeping rewrite of the tax code will make it across the finish line this week. 

The skyline in West Valley City is changing as the second phase of a major redevelopment project gets underway. 

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A potential overhaul of the federal tax code has many local nonprofit organizations concerned about a drop-off in donations. 

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If you’ve ever taken a college course you know the shock of textbook prices. They can set a student back thousands of dollars each year and some of them hardly get used. But, there might be a better option.

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There are roughly 2,000 Bhutanese refugees in Utah and although they started arriving in the state nearly a decade ago, they don’t have a place of worship. But, a few local attorneys are pitching in to change that.

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Utah has broken another record for liquor sales this Thanksgiving.

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Every state gets two statues to display at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Utah’s are Brigham Young, who you’ve heard of, and Philo Farnsworth, an early television pioneer, who you might not have heard of.

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Utah often has skiing weather by Thanksgiving. But this year it’s been closer to shorts weather, thanks to unusually high temperatures that dragged on even into the final week of the month.

A "More To Say" Thanksgiving

Nov 23, 2017
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The producers celebrate the holiday with a little preview of what you’ll hear in the coming weeks on “More to Say.” Thanks for listening to the first two episodes. We’d really appreciate feedback and reviews. See you on November 30.  

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Utah House Minority Leader Brian King got broad support for a bill last session that makes it harder for people with domestic violence backgrounds to buy a gun. Now that it’s law, he’s planning another bill to strengthen it.

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In Utah approximately 19,500 kids are on the Children’s Health Insurance Program, also known as CHIP. It provides coverage for uninsured kids in low-to-middle-income households. But so far, the reauthorization of that program has stalled in Congress. 

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Wild turkeys are plentiful now, but that wasn't the case for early Mormon pioneers around the turn of the century. Near-extinction came about because the game bird was hunted and eaten as a major food source for migrating Americans and European settlers.

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Utah's Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox just returned from a five day humanitarian trip to Puerto Rico. He hopes his trip reminds people that the island is still recovering.

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Plans are moving forward for what will be Utah’s 3rd medical school. The Noorda College for Osteopathic Medicine is expected to welcome its first class in 2021.

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County officials and trash collectors disagree over a plan to shutter a local waste transfer station. That’s where garbage trucks go so they don’t have to drive to the landfill. The county thinks the closure could save taxpayers money.

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Brooke and Randy Levin are money people. They know about investments and cash flow. He handles finances at a physical therapy company in Atlanta. She does real estate deals. They know about the parks’ money problems. And at the Arches National Park visitors center, they share some ideas, like ranger-guided tours.

Some of the quote “biggest losers” in the proposed GOP tax plan gathered in Salt Lake City to rally against the bill. Large families, college students and disabled vets say they’ll bear the brunt of the cuts.

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Thanksgiving weekend is usually one of the year’s busiest travel days and this year is no exception. UDOT, the Utah Department of Transportation, is expecting a 25 percent increase from a normal day on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. 

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Christine Durham, the first woman to serve on Utah’s Supreme Court, retired last week after nearly 40 years on the bench. Durham is credited with breaking barriers for women throughout her judicial career. She spoke with KUER on the eve of her retirement about the pressure she faced as a young judge and legacy she leaves behind. 

Below are excerpts of that conversation. 

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Several medical marijuana bills will be introduced in Utah’s upcoming legislative session. But not all cannabis advocates support them.

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Salt Lake prosecutors have brought more than a dozen charges against Austin Boutain, the man accused of killing a University of Utah student last month.

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Sen. Orrin Hatch and Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown got into an angry exchange Thursday night after Brown accused Republicans of protecting the rich in their new tax plan.

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Richard Mauro has been a public defender for nearly three decades, representing people who can’t afford an attorney. So he knows, if you can’t make bail, it can really screw you over.

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Students at Brigham Young University want to see more education about sexual assault and resources available to victims, according to results from a campus survey about sexual assault released Thursday.

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Utahns employed to help people navigate signing up for Obamacare insurance are busier than usual. That's after two weeks in the 2017 open enrollment period.

Program Gives Navajo Nation Hearing Aids

Nov 16, 2017
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A humanitarian project on Red Mesa in San Juan County is helping elderly Navajo hear better.

The program, carried out in the fall, paired Navajo residents with audiologists, who then administered hearing tests and fitted those who qualified with battery-operated hearing aids.

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