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Ben Holcomb, Harmful Algal Bloom Coordinator, Utah Department of Environmental Quality

With the closure of Utah Lake just last week due to a toxic algal bloom, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality is expanding warnings now to include the Jordan River and lower Cottonwood Creek.

Officer Luis Lovato holds a portrait of his partner "Aldo" .

A Unified Police K9 who was shot and killed in the line of duty was honored Monday with a portrait presented by the sister of the man who killed him.

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Local health officials confirmed Monday a new case of Zika in Utah, but they don’t know how the infection occurred.

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Hundreds of people descended on the tiny town of Bluff over the weekend to have a voice on public lands decisions being made in Washington.

Salt Lake City Hosts Inaugural Nitro World Games

Jul 15, 2016
Andrea Smardon / KUER

The first Nitro World Games are taking place in Salt Lake City at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Law enforcement officials across the country are preparing for a series of nationwide rallies held in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement called “Day of Rage”. One of those rallies is planned tonight at the Salt Lake Community College Redwood Road campus.

Toxic Algal Bloom Prompts Closure of Utah Lake

Jul 15, 2016
Utah DEQ

State officials closed Utah Lake on Friday due to health concerns from a large algal bloom. The Utah Department of Health is warning against using the lake for swimming, boating and other types of recreation.

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A sweeping lands plan for eastern Utah became proposed legislation on Thursday. Members of Utah’s congressional delegation introduce a pair of bills based on the Public Lands Initiative they’ve been working on for three years.

New Utah Organization Aims To Fire Up Millenial Voters

Jul 14, 2016
Andrea Smardon / KUER

A new organization launched in Utah Thursday aimed at getting more millennials to the voting booth.

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Funding for a makeover of the Utah Fair Park was approved this week during a special session of the state legislature. 

Utah Lawmakers Hear Testimony On Right-To-Die Bill

Jul 14, 2016
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A committee of Utah lawmakers considered end of life options on Wednesday. Democratic Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck submitted draft legislation that would allow terminally ill Utahns to end their lives with medical assistance.

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U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell begins a three-day tour of southeastern Utah Thursday. She’s planning to visit archeological sites that would be protected in the proposed Bears Ears National Monument. She’s also meeting people who say local ideas should drive conservation, not Washington.

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Utah Lawmakers approved a bill that gives fire regulators the right to disable drones flying over wildland firefighting operations. 

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Republican delegates will vote next week at their national convention on whether or not to declare pornography a public health crisis. The proposed amendment to the party platform sounds very similar to a resolution passed in Utah this year.

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Salt Lake County Councilman Richard Snelgrove has a plan to ease traffic congestion in the Cottonwood Canyons. He gauged the council’s interest Tuesday with mixed results.

Court Orders Utah to Fund Planned Parenthood

Jul 12, 2016
Andrea Smardon / KUER

A federal appeals court is ordering Utah to continue sending money to the state branch of Planned Parenthood.

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Conditions at the Bonneville Salt Flats are good enough to support Speed Week races for the first time in three years.

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Federal regulators have a special category for “Hazardous Air Pollutants.” And, when scientists at the Division of Air Quality went looking a few years ago, they found a few of those 180 pollutants at elevated levels in the Salt Lake Valley.

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Illegal drones are blamed for raising the cost -- and hazard -- of the Saddle Fire in southwestern Utah this summer more than once. So Governor Gary Herbert will ask lawmakers to approve legislation to address the problem.

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The Leonardo museum welcomed a new addition on Monday—the centerpiece of its upcoming exhibit titled “Flight.”

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Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz is introducing a bill in Congress today that offers a possible solution for years of conflict over sustainable use in the Central Wasatch Mountains.

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More people turned out for anti-police-brutality rallies in Salt Lake City over the weekend. Hundreds gathered at police headquarters twice on Saturday to vent their frustration over last week’s violence in Baton Rouge, St. Paul and Dallas. 

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Freedom Shearer-Davis is tapping the contents a small plastic cup onto a plant that hugs the ground. This puncture vine – also known as goathead -- is dotted with deceptively dainty yellow flowers. The weevils look like a wad of dryer lint spilling out.

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Zika virus contributed to the death of a Salt Lake County resident last month. County health officials say it’s the first confirmed Zika-related death in the continental U.S.

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Salt Lake City’s police chief called for peace Friday after five police officers were shot and killed in Dallas. Meanwhile, a protest is scheduled to proceed as planned on Saturday at police headquarters.

The little-known Community Impact Board usually spends its meetings considering funding requests for rural Utah projects like a new justice center in Grantsville or improvements at Grand County’s airport.

Utah Amateur Radio Enthusiasts To Gather At Hamfest

Jul 7, 2016
Andrea Smardon / KUER

Utah's amateur radio community is holding the 2016 Great Salt Lake Hamfest this weekend. A Hamfest has not been held in this area for several decades.

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Utah Lake’s water levels are so low that many boats are getting stuck in the mud.

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Members of Congress met in conference Wednesday to hash out an agreement on comprehensive legislation to address the opioid epidemic. While the parties disagree about funding, Utah advocates say the need for help is urgent.

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A watchdog group is joining the call for an investigation into the expenses of Utah’s lands-transfer lawsuit.

  • A $1,300 receipt for staying at the posh Grand America Hotel.
  • A beer tab prohibited in state contracts.
  • Lawyers charging $500 an hour and more for public relations and lobbying.

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