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Utah Democrats have historically been at an electoral disadvantage when it comes to congressional races, but a wave of younger progressive candidates are deciding to run anyway.

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A Utah State lawmaker from West Valley City wants to turn Jordan River into a state park. Representative Mike Winder says it would kick start major restoration efforts and thwart illegal activities along the corridor.

Drug Task Force Created To Address Opioids In Utah

May 5, 2017
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On Friday the Utah Attorney General’s office and Drug Enforcement Administration announced a new task force to create a more holistic approach to dealing with opioid abuse in Utah.

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The Utah Attorney general has filed charges against five former employees of the Daggett County Sheriff’s office for alleged abuse of inmates at the county jail.

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Utahns -- from Senators to local ranchers and archaeologists -- have been asking to show U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke the state’s newest national monument. He arrives Sunday to carry out President Donald Trump's recent executive order to review monuments, starting with Bears Ears in San Juan County.

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The governor’s sixth annual Energy Development Summit focused on changing with the times. Solar and wind power shared center stage with traditional energy sources, and a familiar refrain kept popping up.

“A true all-of-the-above energy strategy,” said Jack Gerard, head of the American Petroleum Institute.

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On Thursday afternoon all four House members of Utah’s Congressional delegation voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with the American Health Care Act.

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Utah Valley University opened the doors to their new autism center with a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday.

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In a statement released Thursday a spokesperson for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says an executive order signed by President Trump designated to promote religious liberty will have no sway on longstanding policy. 

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George Niederauer, the eighth Roman Catholic bishop of The Diocese Salt Lake City, died on Tuesday at age 80. He’s remembered as a leader with eloquent words and an inclusive worldview.

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Utah may be experiencing low unemployment and high job growth, but many businesses are still struggling to find qualified workers to fill jobs.

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The Utah Supreme Court’s first female judge is retiring after 35 years on the bench. Justice Christine M. Durham will step down in November. Durham submitted a letter of resignation Tuesday to Governor Gary Herbert. She became the first female supreme court justice in Utah in 1982, when then-Governor, Scott Matheson appointed her. Durham made history again in 2002 when she was elected as Utah’s first female supreme court chief justice. Geoffrey Fattah is a spokesperson for Utah State Courts. He says Durham will be remembered for encouraging more diversity on the bench.

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Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski presented her budget proposal to the City Council Tuesday evening. The plan includes $8 million for road and sidewalk repairs, $3 million for affordable housing initiatives, and proposed a plan to increase sewer rates by 30% over five years to pay for a new treatment plant. 

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Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski unveiled her proposed budget Tuesday night for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The plan includes new money for homelessness and affordable housing.

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The fight for control over the Bears Ears National Monument has been underway for a week in the polished halls of the nation’s capital – just days before Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke visits Utah.

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Salt Lake City Councilwoman Lisa Adams will not run for re-election this year. She’s the second councilmember who’s announced they will not seek another term.

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University of Utah President David Pershing has decided to step down during a contentious leadership shakeup in the school’s health sciences division. Speaking to faculty Monday he emphasized the need for transparency in future university decision making.

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After a turbulent two weeks at the University of Utah, on Monday Dr. Lorris Betz took over for Dr. Vivian Lee as interim senior vice president for health sciences. 

For Utah Jazz Fans, Playoffs Raise Expectations

May 1, 2017
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It’s a sunny day in downtown Salt Lake and Ramiro Saavedra is beaming outside the Vivint Smart Home Arena box office after spending $170 for a ticket to the first home game of the NBA Western Conference Semifinals next Saturday.

 

The Utah Jazz will face the Golden State Warriors beginning tomorrow night for the second round of the NBA playoffs.

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Salt Lake County officials have offered up on Monday funding to open additional county jail beds to help address crime in the Rio Grande neighborhood.

The Utah Legislature this year set aside $2.8 million to help Salt Lake County free up some jail beds. But because that money isn’t available until July 1st, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams says he’s asking the county to put up $700,000 to immediately start moving some inmates to counties that do have jail space.

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Utahns joined marchers around the world Saturday for what was called “The People’s Climate March.” They gathered outside Salt Lake City’s downtown library.

“We refuse to give up,” Piper Christian told the crowd.

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Late Friday evening, University of Utah President David Pershing announced that he had accepted Dr. Vivian Lee’s resignation. She steps down from her posts as CEO of University Health Care, Senior Vice President of Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine. On Saturday, University President David Pershing named Dr. A. Lorris Betz as interim CEO.

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Parley’s Creek is normally the kind of stream that dogs play in along the nature walk at Salt Lake City’s Tanner Park. But a woman died recently trying to rescue her two dogs that had been swept into its current.

Northern Utah weather and safety officials are worried about the drowning risks that lie ahead.

DEA Holds Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Apr 28, 2017
Erik Neumann

This Saturday is Drug Enforcement Administration's "National Prescription Drug Take Back Day." Here in Utah, the DEA is adding collection boxes to dispose of drugs that contribute to the state’s opioid problem.

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A new poll of Republican voters in Utah’s 3rd Congressional District reveals some strong favorites to replace outgoing Rep. Jason Chaffetz.  

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Lamb’s Grill is one of Utah’s oldest restaurants, but it has been struggling financially for years, and on Wednesday the restaurant closed its doors indefinitely. On Friday afternoon, the restaurant is dark and someone has come to collect the famous white napkins and tablecloths.

Utahns React To New GOP Healthcare Amendment

Apr 27, 2017
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Negotiations are again underway in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with the Republican healthcare bill, the American Health Care Act. Utahns are already reacting to the draft legislation.

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San Juan School District in southeastern Utah has a new approach for retaining highly effective teachers: Pay them as much as administrators.

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Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz is doing well after undergoing emergency surgery.

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Utah members of Congress and Gov. Gary Herbert joined President Donald Trump Wednesday at the Interior Department. They flanked the president -- and beamed -- as he signed an executive order to review two dozen national monuments, including two in Utah.

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