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Willow Pond is like a lot of community fishing holes. It’s in a suburban park beyond the soccer fields and a baseball diamond.

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Family and friends of Josh Holt gathered Monday night at the Salt Lake International Airport to welcome home the Riverton, Utah resident. Holt arrived to the United States on Saturday, the same day he was released from a Venezuelan prison where he spent two years without a trial.

 

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A recent discovery of a 130-million-year-old fossilized skull in eastern Utah is shaking up what researchers know about evolutionary history.

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Drought has spread across the state, but conditions in southeastern Utah are dire and deepening.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Utah man jailed in Venezuela on weapons charges nearly two years ago was released Saturday after U.S. officials and his family pressed for his freedom from the South American country.

 

"We are grateful to all who participated in this miracle," Joshua Holt's family said in a statement.

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There has been little reprieve from news about school violence this year with yet another recent shooting casting a shadow as the 2018 academic year comes to a close.

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Here’s a telling stat: In Utah, there are more registered unaffiliated voters than there are Democrats. Roughly 600,000 including both active and inactive voters. Inactive just means the person hasn’t voted in a couple of general election cycles.

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President Donald Trump on Thursday nominated an anti-illegal immigration activist from Utah for a top job in the State Department.

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Spurred by questions from KUER News, the Idaho State Tax Commission expects to introduce legislation next year that would prevent public agencies from collecting sales tax on documents and other records released by officials, KUER has learned.

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After the latest school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, everything is on the table when it comes to reducing gun violence in Utah, Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday.

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Bikes are off limits in the nation's 100 million acres of wilderness. But a few members of Congress want that to change.

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Weber County officials on Thursday announced they're joining a growing number of municipalities around the state that are suing drug manufacturers over the opioid crisis.

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The Utah Legislature passed a law this year letting residents grow hemp and sell byproducts from the plant. Now some eager Utahns are lining up to take advantage of the budding industry. 

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On the next More to Say, we’re picking up on a conversation we started last week about affordable housing in Utah.  This is part of KUER’s project the Hive Mind — where you ask our reporters questions and they try to find the answers. This time it’s all about tiny homes. Maybe you’ve seen them on Instagram, those beautifully apportioned, incredibly small houses. Lots of people are obsessed with the idea, and some people actually live in them. But things get complicated for one couple when a nosy neighbor spots their tiny home in a friend’s backyard.

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Kennedy is clarifying an apology he gave to a Texas pastor who has made inflammatory comments about Mormonism and other religions.

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Conservationists from around the country are opposing congressional legislation to allow a four-lane highway through a desert tortoise preserve in fast-growing southwestern Utah.

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A federal judge in New York ruled on Wednesday that’s it’s unconstitutional for President Trump to block critics from his Twitter feed. The case could have implications for local elected officials, too.

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In the Hive Mind, KUER reporters take questions from our listeners and try to help find the answer. This week KUER spoke to a woman with a life or death question about mental health. 

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Arguments are ramping up between groups on both sides of a medical marijuana ballot initiative in Utah, but the question remains as to whether legal challenges can stop the initiative process.

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A pair of nesting peregrine falcons have returned to downtown Salt Lake City after a three-year hiatus. 

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Members of the Utah GOP are scratching their heads over a decision by the party’s governing committee to temporarily decertify some groups that included women and minorities. 

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As opioid overdoses from prescription and illicit drugs continue to plague Utah, librarians who serve the public often find themselves on the front lines of the drug war. Now, libraries in Salt Lake County will be taking a proactive approach: Distributing the overdose drug naloxone. 

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Rowdy Muir started fighting fires on the front lines when he was 27.

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Hundreds of mourners gathered in Juab County on Friday to celebrate the founder of the Utah-based essential oils company, Young Living. Gary Young died on May 12 following a series of strokes. 

 

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You’ve probably heard about the GDP or those “best places to live” rankings. The Family Prosperity Index also factors in family life as a measure of well-being. And the latest rankings show Mountain West states doing pretty well.

 

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Utah Police announced today that they believe they have solved a 39-year-old murder. They are looking for two men who are suspects in the shooting death of a 54-year-old paraplegic man.

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Several hundred people gathered at Copper Mountain Middle School last night in Herriman to talk about a troubling spike in teen suicides.

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There might be such a thing as a Herriman Police Department by the end of this summer. The Herriman City Council voted Wednesday to cut ties with the Unified Police Department.

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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Utah man imprisoned in Venezuela for two years without a trial is making an emotional plea for Americans' help getting out of a Caracas jail, saying Wednesday in a clandestinely shot video that his life was threatened during a riot in the country's most-notorious prison.

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It’s no secret that rent around Salt Lake City is really high. And if you drive around downtown, you’ll see tons of new apartment complexes under construction. But the thing is, most Utahns can’t afford to live in them. At least, not according to the common definition of affordable housing: about 30 percent of your yearly income. There’s a staggering need for cheaper apartments around the state, but hardly any incentives to build them. Because those pricey places — they’re not sitting empty.

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