Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have invested $5 million dollars into a Salt Lake City-based learning software company. MasteryConnect distributes their systems worldwide.

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Environmental activist and NASCAR driver Leilani Munter is in Utah, talking about her efforts to fight climate change. She’s speaking Tuesday night at the University of Utah as part of a series called Trailblazers of Clean Energy.

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Salt Lake City has put its big open-space bond measure on hold. But that hasn’t dampened enthusiasm throughout the valley for restoring the Jordan River.

Here at Oxbow Nature Park, money from the 2010 Red Butte oil spill has helped build wetlands where railroad cars used to roll by. These meanders and pools now provide habitat for birds and fish and control storm water. And the riverside vegetation helps remove toxic chemicals from the soil.

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Women leaving the Salt Lake County jail with a mental illness or substance abuse disorder will have a new place to go for treatment. The county opened a residential facility Monday designed to help female offenders transition back into the community.

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Utah agriculture and wildlife officials have joined together to help backyard poultry producers understand the threat of avian flu.

Backyard chickens may be enjoying this pleasant summer afternoon in their Sugar House pen, but the people who oversee wild and domestic birds in Utah are scrambling to protect them from avian flu.

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Westminster College is hosting its second annual conference on campus sexual violence. This year, the college is expanding the discussion to include dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.

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The Utah Department of Workforce Services released its employment numbers for August on Friday.

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Legislators continued their two-day site visit through rural Utah Thursday with visits to Emery and Sanpete counties.

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Utah doctors are objecting to the idea that they should help pay for the cost of expanding Medicaid to low-income citizens. Some call it a provider tax, and it’s one of the ideas being considered by state GOP lawmakers.

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Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker wants to get children outdoors and inspire a new generation of environmental stewards.

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The seventh and final victim of the flash flood in Zion National Park has been found, bringing the total confirmed deaths from Monday’s storm in southern Utah to 19.

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Instead of holding their regular interim meetings this month, state legislators hit the road to visit several sites in central and southeastern Utah. 

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Three accountability reports released Tuesday show Utah schools are seeing higher test scores and graduation rates and getting better overall grades on school report cards. It’s the first year officials were able to compare student performance over consecutive years using the same tests.

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Weather forecasters say the risk of flash floods is fading in southwestern Utah after waves swept 20 people to their deaths on Monday. Meanwhile, forecasters are already looking towards preventing future tragedies.

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Jackie Biskupski wants to make Salt Lake City a more friendly place to do business. The mayoral candidate unveiled her economic development plan on Tuesday.

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Healthcare leaders at the University of Utah are calling attention to gender inequality in the academic medical field. An editorial co-authored by two female officials from University Health Sciences was published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Critics of the Obama administration’s climate change policies gathered Tuesday in Washington, D.C., across the street from the White House. 

One of them was Tim DeChristopher, who says it's time to take a harder line.

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Local labor union leaders came out in support of Jackie Biskupski for Salt Lake City Mayor this morning. Many complained of not getting enough face time with current Mayor Ralph Becker.

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A bit of science history goes on display at the Utah Museum of Natural History this weekend, giving Utah a new perspective on Charles Darwin’s groundbreaking book on evolution and one of the pigeons that helped shape its ideas.

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The long term future of the Utah State Fair has been in question for years, but it will likely be decided in a matter of months. Members of the Fairpark board presented their business plan to a group of state lawmakers last week.

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University of Utah head football coach Kyle Whittingham addressed the media on Monday for the first time since two of his players were shot while at a party over the weekend.

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Law enforcement officials from across the state gathered in West Valley City this week to share experiences and best practices in how they handle criminal investigations. The third annual Utah Violent Crimes conference put a spotlight on the recent proliferation of body cameras in police work.

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Westminster College administrators cut the ribbon on their new Center for Veteran & Military Services today.

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The Utah State Fair opened its gates Thursday for another ten days of fried dough, ponies, and Ferris wheel rides, but the future of the Fairpark is uncertain.

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Ride-share company Lyft is now authorized to legally deliver passengers to the Salt Lake International Airport.

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Unmanned Aerial Systems, better known as drones, are cropping up all over the news in recent months, mostly for flying where they shouldn’t. But one Utah company has decided to follow the law, and hopes they can be an example for how drones can improve lives.

The Disability Law Center, along with a group of individual plaintiffs, has filed a class action lawsuit against the Utah State Hospital, the Department of Human Services and a state mental health agency.

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A new report recognizes Salt Lake County for its efforts in criminal justice reform, but researchers found weaknesses in how it handles offenders with behavioral health disorders.

The political parties involved in a lawsuit against SB54 are once again attempting to find a settlement with the state, this time using a mediator.


The Nature Conservancy has a new tool to combat invasive plants on marshes along the Great Salt Lake.