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Governor Gary Herbert isn’t taking a stand on whether the new state prison should move from Draper.

Rocky Mountain Power

Rocky Mountain Power is hoping to soon offer customers a way to purchase all or part of their power from a solar source without having to put solar panels on their roof.

Brian Grimmett

The Salt Lake City council voted 5 to 1 Tuesday night to approve the city’s budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. It includes funding for more trees and more police officers. But it also comes with an increase in parking fees.

The $266 million dollar budget is about one million dollars more than the one Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker asked for.

Brian Grimmett

The Utah Legislature is beginning to take a look at how to address the potential plurality issue in primary elections.

Whittney Evans

A majority of those who spoke at Tuesday night’s public hearing about where to put Utah’s state prison pleaded with the Prison Relocation Commission to recommend rebuilding it in Draper. But members of the commission are unwavering in their plan to move it elsewhere.

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A group of both liberal and conservative-leaning Utah residents have announced the formation of Village Square Salt Lake City - a forum to bring communities together across socio-political divides. The group is hosting its inaugural event on Thursday evening with a dinner and discussion on sexual orientation and faith conflicts.

Bob Nelson

Within the next couple of weeks, University of Utah landscape planners and maintenance crews will have converted 30,000 square feet of lawn to more drought-tolerant green space on campus.

Judy Fahys

The Utah Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands is recommending that the state get involved in San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman’s appeal of his recent conviction in federal court.

Whittney Evans

House Democrats are calling for the resignation of Democratic State Representative Justin Miller amid allegations that he stole roughly $30,000 from Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdam’s re-election campaign. But Miller has no plans to step down.

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The Huntsman Cancer Institute will be getting some major donations from Jon Huntsman Senior’s college fraternity, Sigma Chi International.

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Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings has dropped all bribery charges against former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.

Brian Grimmett

The Utah Democratic Party held their state convention on Saturday and delegates have chosen to become a qualified political party.

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New plans to mine oil sands in Utah are under review. But environmentalists say state regulators need to take a harder look at the details.

Whittney Evans

A day after Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank resigned from the department, Mayor Ralph Becker shared more details about the events that lead to the chief’s departure.

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This month, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to announce its decision on King v. Burwell. The plaintiffs in the case claim tax credits in states that use the federal health insurance exchange are illegal. If the High Court stops these subsidies, many people across the country will be required to pay the full premiums on their insurance. Utah stands to lose more than most.

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By Thursday morning, officials in the cities of Syracuse and Clinton had lifted boil-water notices that had been in place since last week. Potentially dangerous fecal coliform and the bacteria e. coli were found in drinking water systems. In separate incidents in each community, pipes for untreated irrigation water had been accidently connected to culinary lines.

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Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker announced Thursday that Police Chief Chris Burbank resigned from the department in the afternoon. 

State health officials released a report this week concluding that public health in Utah has benefited from the Affordable Care Act – otherwise known as Obamacare. The status update focuses on access to preventive services like cancer screenings and immunizations.

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Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne just launched the first ever cryptobond, and he’s hoping the technology behind it reinvents the way people buy and sell stocks.

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One hundred North American scientists are calling for a moratorium on oil sands projects. They say oil sands projects and pipelines damage the environment, and they want new projects stopped.

A man has been charged with two felonies, after Utah authorities raided massage parlors across the Wasatch Front, but Attorney General Sean Reyes says more charges may be coming as the investigation continues.

Google Fiber

Google Fiber is one step closer to entering homes in Salt Lake City. Residents will soon see Google workers digging holes and stringing wires as they begin the construction phase of their rollout of fiber internet service.

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Salt Lake City is trying to put a stop to price gouging by taxi cab drivers who are chauffeuring passengers away from the Salt Lake International Airport.

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Social workers might soon join forces with police officers to manage crime on Salt Lake City streets. The city council agreed last night to fund the new positions, and some new police officers.

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The panel that used to set Utah’s radiation control policies held its final meeting on Tuesday. And, as its last official act, the Utah Radiation Control Board created a new advisory panel to guide future decisions on cancer treatments, diagnostic tools and other medical uses of radiation.

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Governor Gary Herbert was in the Netherlands this week to promote Utah as a vacation destination and to celebrate a newly opened nonstop flight between Amsterdam and Salt Lake City. The event is part of a trade mission to Western Europe.

Utah Transit Authority

The Utah Transit Authority’s FrontRunner commuter rail line will not have a safety feature known as positive train control implemented by a federally mandated 2016 deadline. But why hasn’t it happened and what is UTA doing to comply?

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School is out for many children in Utah, and that means some of them are not getting the free meals they got during the school year. To fill that need, summer meals are now being served at over 200 sites across the state, but organizers say the program doesn’t reach as many families as they would like.

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State regulators are forecasting increasing pollution over the next couple of days. It’s a sign that the ozone pollution season is getting underway and that it’s time to start paying attention to preventing it and taking precautions.

Brian Grimmett

The North Salt Lake City Council has finally struck a deal that will allow work to begin on permanently stabilizing the hill where a landslide caused severe damage last August.

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