Brian Grimmett

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker launched his re-election campaign Tuesday with a passionate speech outside of the Salt Lake City County building.

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Utah is ranked fourth on a list of the top 10 states seeing job growth in clean energy, thanks to a boom in the solar industry. This growth comes as Utah’s oil and gas jobs are declining.

The Salt Lake City Mission’s annual birthday celebration for the homeless and outreach event drew thousands of people to Pioneer Park Monday.

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The Land and Water Conservation Fund is one of the items on Congress’ to-do list in September, and its supporters are rallying the public in hopes of preventing Washington from letting the fund fade away.

From here at Sugarhouse Park to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail to Zion National Park – the fund’s secured open space for half a century.

Home care workers in Utah and across the country will now be entitled to minimum wage and overtime pay. The US Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez sent a letter to Governor Gary Herbert this week advising him that a US Court of Appeals has upheld the Home Care Final Rule, and that Utah will be required to comply.

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A few Utah communities are exploring an energy future that includes nuclear power. The Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems, a co-op comprised of 45 cities and utility districts, is considering small modular reactors. The co-op’s been thinking about next-generation nuclear power for years, says UAMPS spokesman LaVarr Webb, because these 50-megawatt reactors promise safe, stable electricity that doesn’t pollute.

Whittney Evans

Salt Lake City is getting in on the rain barrel craze. They’re offering barrels to water customers, hoping it will increase participation in the city’s existing conservation efforts.

Utah high school students will soon be able to graduate with a certificate in aerospace manufacturing thanks to a new program called the Utah Aerospace Pathways Program.

Whittney Evans

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker says after some reflection he regrets the way he handled the resignation of former Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank earlier this summer.

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Senator Orrin Hatch was at the University of Utah today for a presentation on advances in genetics research and precision medicine. The event comes before Congress begins its budget negotiations.

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Emissions from cars and industry are usually what Utahns talk about when they debate how to cut pollution. But the category called “area sources” that includes homes and business buildings is expected to become the state’s biggest pollution source in a few years.

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Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans is accusing Republican State Senator Todd Weiler of encouraging some donors to stop giving money to the party. Weiler denies those allegations, but the incident is a very public representation of a divide that’s growing among members of the Utah GOP over how the party chooses its candidates.

A new pilot program intended to prevent domestic violence homicides in Utah has just launched. One women’s shelter in Cedar City is seeing results in just one week.

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Local businesses and apartment complexes in Salt Lake City may soon be required to recycle. The city council is taking a look at the issue next week.

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Two Utah congressmen want the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to explain how it spilled millions of gallons of polluted mine water last month into rivers the agency was supposed to protect.

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The first combat coded F-35s in the Air Force arrived at Hill Air Force Base Wednesday afternoon. The arrival marks the beginning of a new era at the base.

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Salt Lake City School District Superintendent McKell Withers is leaving his post at the end of this school year, but says he will continue advocating for teachers, students and their families.

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Every month, 49 Utahns die from drug poisoning. But advocates are trying to prevent more deaths by distributing a medicine they believe can save lives.

Bob Nelson

The University of Utah has a new gateway to the campus with Tuesday’s grand opening of the S.J. Quinney College of Law building on the campus’s southwest corner.

The five Utah County cities that use vote-by-mail for their municipal elections have finally reached an agreement with the county clerk to allow them to put the sales tax increase on their ballots.

A new film about the healthcare coverage gap in Utah is screening at the University of Utah college of law Tuesday night. It’s called Donut Hole.

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A Utah lawmaker is working on a plan to address one of the largest education achievement gaps in the state. Native Americans here perform worse than any other racial or ethnic group.

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A saying in Utah’s national parks holds that “half the park is in the dark,” and on Monday Canyonlands National Park announced it has received new recognition for its darker half.

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The University of Utah football team opens up its season against the Michigan Wolverines on Thursday night. And the Utes say they are prepared for one of the most anticipated games in school history.

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A Utah Department of Health study released Monday found Utah teens are using electronic cigarettes at nearly double the rate of two years ago. The annual legislative report also found the use of e-cigarettes by teens in Utah is more than double that of adults.

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A new organization aims to raise awareness about sexual assault in Utah. It’s called Honey.

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The Your Utah Your Future survey last spring showed that people are concerned about water. It also shows a majority supports building the Lake Powell Pipeline. But some critics are now questioning those results.

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After decades of working for the company, Utah Transit Authority President Michael Allegra retired on Friday.

Whittney Evans

Volunteers of America began construction today on a youth homeless shelter in Salt Lake City. 

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The state wildlife board put finishing touches Thursday on a plan to manage cougar hunting.