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The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is asking people with backyard poultry to monitor their flock particularly closely due to the threat of two strains of bird influenza virus. H-P-A-I, the acronym for highly pathogenic avian influenza has been reported in California, Washington and Oregon. 

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More than a dozen water managers met at the National Weather Service office in Salt Lake City Tuesday to hear from forecasters, and many left cautiously optimistic about 2015 even though the past three years have been drier than normal in Utah.

The Utah Department of Health released a report on Tuesday identifying a growing trend of women giving birth outside of hospitals. 

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert met with President Barack Obama Tuesday in Washington. After the meeting, Herbert said there may be room for further negotiation on his health plan.

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A Utah state lawmaker wants to keep the state prison in Draper even though he voted for moving it.

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Scientists at the University of Utah have found that high-fructose corn syrup is nearly twice as deadly to female mice as regular table sugar.

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The end of December may have been bitterly cold, but last year was surprisingly warm overall in Utah, continuing a trend that began three years ago.

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A new counseling center has opened in Utah to provide mental health therapy for those who have served in the military. The center provides specialized care outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Newly-elected Salt Lake County officials were sworn into office Monday morning.

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The Utah Republican Party released a poll over the weekend that shows a majority of voters favor a legal challenge to SB54. That’s the bill approved by the legislature and signed into law last year that will modify the state’s system for nominating political candidates. 

  

Officials with the Park City Planning Commission are preparing to review a request from Vail Resorts to build a gondola that will link The Canyons and Park City Mountain Resort. 

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  Many people think it’s a good idea to idle their cars for a few minutes to warm them up during cold weather. It used to be recommended.

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  The family of 22-year-old Darrien Hunt, who was killed by two Saratoga Springs police officers last September, filed a lawsuit in a Salt Lake City federal court Friday morning.

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Northern Utah is bracing for the first pollution episode of the new year, thanks to a multi-day inversion that has started building on the Wasatch Front.

New Obamacare enrollment numbers are in. When Matthew Slonaker of Utah Health Policy Project looks at how many people in the state signed up for insurance in the first month of this enrollment period, he sees good news.

Weathering the shaky test of time that the music industry has seen over the past two decades, The Heavy Metal Shop (63 Exchange Place, Salt Lake City, 801-467-7071) has stood strong—one might say with one big “maloik” (also called “sign of the horns”) held high. Owner Kevin Kirk has spent the past 27 years in Rock & Retail and has seen it all—from fanatical anti-metal people coming into his shop to legends like Alice Cooper sporting the iconic shop logo. Kirk talks with KUER about life in metal and retail in Salt Lake City:

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  For the second year, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is making a big contribution to help eradicate polio.  The church is working with Rotary International to accomplish that goal.

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State regulators say banning wood-burning in winter would protect northern Utah’s air from harmful pollution. The battle over that idea is about to heat up, about a year after Governor Gary Herbert announced plans to idle wood stoves in northern Utah for the entire winter.

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If you’re looking for a more grown-up experience to ring in the new year, but still want to be near the family-friendly EVE celebration, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art is mixing local cocktails and art for its Hops & Spirits VIP Experience tonight.

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Utah’s state parks will continue a new tradition this year by offering guided hikes at six locations on New Year’s Day.

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The process involved nearly 2 years of wrangling between residents, Salt Lake County, East Millcreek Township representatives and eventually the Lieutenant Governor.

Current Holladay Mayor Robert Dahle was elected in the middle of the process. He says the county’s protest of the annexation further delayed the process so a boundary commission was formed.

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  A program that recycles wheelchairs for people with disabilities has provided more than 150 chairs over the past 18 months.

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Arctic winds spilling into northern Utah overnight are dissipating as they travel south to central Utah. But as the wind dies down, freezing temperatures continue.

Mike Siemen is a meteorologist with the national weather service in Salt Lake City. He says the easterly winds will continue into the evening, dying down around midnight, with wind-chill values expected to dip to -13 degrees.

“Tomorrow looks dry, not nearly as windy, but still quite cold with temperatures struggling to make it to the 20 degree mark along the Wasatch Front,” Siemen says.

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Prominent Utah women’s rights advocate Esther Landa has died at the age of 102, but her legacy lives on in those she inspired.

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A $15 dollar day pass will get patrons half off on ice skating at the Gallivan Center.  There are silent films screening at the Broadway Centre Cinemas. And the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum will drop a special ball on New Year’s Eve day at 12 noon. Kim Angeli-Selin is director of events and programs with the Salt Lake City Downtown Alliance. She says the Salt Palace is the place to be in the evening.

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  One federal spending program that supports rural counties in Utah was funded in the huge spending bill that Congress passed before Christmas.  But another was not, and that has local county officials worried.  

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Salt Lake City Police are asking the public for help finding the person or people responsible for vandalizing a Roman Catholic high school and church over the weekend.

Officers responded on Sunday afternoon to reports of vandalism at Judge Memorial High School as well as Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church just south of it.  When they arrived, Police Sgt. Robin Heiden says there was spray paint on large areas of both buildings that included anti-religious phrases, swear words, an upside down cross and the words West High.

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The federal government is suing a meatpacking company, saying it discriminated against qualified job applicants at its plant in Hyrum, Utah. JBS USA based in Colorado is accused of discriminating against female, African-American, American Indian, as well as Caucasian applicants seeking entry-level jobs.

DEQ Report Looks at Environmental Challenges

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  The Utah Department of Environmental Quality issued its annual report on Monday. It talks about some of the success the department’s had this year, but also looks at challenges that lie ahead.

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San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman says he might look to the county for legal help after he was told to find a new lawyer to fight federal criminal charges over an ATV protest he led last spring.

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