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Utah Senators passed a controversial resolution Friday that asks President Donald Trump to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument. The nonbinding resolution lacks the force of law, but legislators wanted to make an official statement about Utah’s newest national monument.

Limited Utah Medicaid Expansion Announced

Feb 3, 2017
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The Utah Department of Health announced today that they will now be able to expand Medicaid health coverage to a limited number of low-income Utah parents.

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If you’ve tried calling Sen. Orrin Hatch’s office lately, you might be hearing this message a lot more:

 

“Thank you for calling United States Senator Orrin Hatch. Unfortunately, we’re unable to take your call at the moment. We encourage you to leave your name, number, and a message so we may get in touch with you as soon as we’re able to."

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If you’ve seen or heard a Twin Otter buzzing close overhead lately, there’s a good chance Robert Mitchell was in it. He’s commander of this National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s small plane that’s loaded with scientific gear to gather pollution data.

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A new bill  at the Utah Legislature is aimed at helping ex-cons find housing and stay out of jail. It would get rid of city-sponsored incentives landlords sometimes get for refusing to rent to people who have a criminal history.

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Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski has a plan for growing the city’s supply of affordable housing. She unveiled some of the details at a press conference today.  

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In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Governor Gary Herbert shared his thoughts about President Trump’s recent pick for the Supreme Court, U.S. Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch.

What Every American Should Know

Feb 2, 2017

KUER brought its Sound Booth to “What Every American Should Know” on January 30th, hosted by the Salt Lake County Library and the Aspen Institute. We asked participants to step into the Sound Booth to tell us what they think every American should know. Listen to what they had to say!

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A bill that would remove the balance of political parties from some state boards and commissions passed out of the Utah House today, but not without heated debate.

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The Salt Lake County Council passed a resolution Tuesday condemning President Donald Trump’s executive order banning refugees from entering the U.S. and halting travel to the U.S. from certain Muslim-majority nations.

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A bill moving through Utah’s Senate may put to rest some controversy surrounding how political candidates get on the ballot. 

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In her second State of the City address, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski delivered a message about moving forward in tough and divided times.

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Utah House lawmakers passed a pair of resolutions Tuesday aimed at dismantling two national monuments in Utah.

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A state bill under consideration would give Utahns whose property has been seized by law enforcement more options to reclaim their assets and prove their innocence.


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As Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos moves through confirmation hearings in Congress some Utahns are speaking out in opposition.

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A bill being reintroduced this year focuses on expanding telemedicine in Utah. But the legislation has family planning advocates worried because the proposed expansion would exclude medical abortions. 

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The Democratic leader in the Utah House of Representatives is making another attempt to pass a sex education bill. Rep. Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, tried to run a comprehensive sex education bill last year but it failed.

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Last year was the warmest on record globally. And, while Salt Lake City had a hot one too, it wasn’t a record breaker.

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Over the weekend President Trump’s executive order limiting immigration prompted a statement from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Utah’s Republican-controlled House voted to fast-track two resolutions Monday that ask President Donald Trump to rescind one national monument designation and shrink the size of another.

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The U.S. Supreme Court made abortion legal in the United States 44 years ago, and abortion opponents across the nation have marched to protest that ruling every year since. Utah was an exception to that tradition -- until Saturday.

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Gov. Gary Herbert says he would support legislation that could bring down the so-called Zion Curtain — that’s the 7-foot wall restaurants are required to build to shield young customers from seeing alcoholic beverages being made.

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On Friday lawmakers announced three new bills to help lay the groundwork for the possibility of medical marijuana in Utah in the future.

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Salt Lake City officials will not enforce new federal immigration policies. Mayor Jackie Biskupski said Thursday, confusion is no way to govern and fear is no way to police. And she says that’s exactly what President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration will do.

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Students from the Madeleine Choir School marched through the snowy, chilly morning Thursday.

They chanted “What do you want? Clean air. When do you want it? Right now” on their way to the Capitol steps. That’s where hundreds gathered to rally anyone who’d listen.

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Two Republican lawmakers are reportedly working on a bill that would allow the so-called “Zion Curtains” to come down in restaurants.

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During his annual State of the State address, Gov. Gary Herbert called on lawmakers to help end Utah’s drug epidemic, which has severely stretched the resources of state health agencies — including the office in charge of issuing autopsy reports.

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Governor Gary Herbert delivered his annual State of the State address Wednesday night from House Chamber at the Utah State Capitol. KUER broadcast the event live and a recording of the entire speech is available here.

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Governor Gary Herbert delivered his State of the State address to the Utah Legislature Wednesday night, promising to keep up the state’s progress in economic growth and education.

Opioid Legislation Narrowly Moves To House

Jan 25, 2017
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A bill attempting to address Utah’s opioid crisis by making rules for how insurance companies prescribe drugs narrowly passed out of the House Health and Human Services committee on Wednesday.

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