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A bill to update the state’s road tolling system — and which would likely lead to a toll road up Little Cottonwood Canyon — received its first thumbs-up from a Senate committee Wednesday.

Weber State University

Two of the fastest growing universities in the state are asking for additional funding from the legislature this year. Both Weber and Dixie State University are planning major construction projects to accommodate rising student numbers.

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Black Diamond founder Peter Metcalf helped make Utah a hub for outdoor-recreation businesses and lured the industry’s big trade show to Salt Lake City. This year, the trade show’s relocated to Colorado where public-lands politics are more in line with the industry’s.

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Utah lawmakers are putting the kibosh on fireworks with new restrictions aimed at reducing the risk of brush fires after a particularly fire-prone summer.

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The Utah Legislature has taken up a bill that could have provided a solution to Salt Lake County’s Gary Ott problem.

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Utah House Republican leaders are asserting their powers amid an ongoing dispute with the executive branch over last year's special congressional election.

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The state’s HR department is basically on an honor system to provide training for workplace abuse and investigate complaints.

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Last year was the third hottest ever recorded in Utah, according to new data from the National Weather Service.

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A student-led newspaper at Herriman High School was shut down briefly over the weekend following a controversial post. School administration has since assumed full publishing control of The Telegraph, causing the students to launch a new website.

Sundance Institute

A documentary making noise at the Sundance Film Festival this year is called "Believer," a look into the plight of LGBT Mormons in light of a recent uptick in suicide among Utah teenagers. While the topic is controversial, the film isn’t meant to be an angry critique as much as a plea from one practicing Mormon to another.

National Park Service

They felt like the Interior Department had snubbed their valuable work, so most members of the National Park System Advisory Board resigned last week.

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A Utah lawmaker is proposing a ban on abortions performed after a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

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Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes opened the first day of the 2018 legislative session telling lawmakers to brace themselves for a fire-hose of tough issues, including taking on opioid makers.

Phillip Massey

Reforming the state tax system is a top priority for Utah lawmakers this year, but there’s no concrete plan for how they want do that yet.

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Utah lawmakers will convene Monday for the 2018 General Session of the 63rd Utah Legislature. With more than 1,200 bills already filed, lawmakers expect another record breaking year of laws passed during the 45-day session. Here are five things to watch for this year. 

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On this first Monday after the government shutdown was announced, Utah’s national parks and monuments remain open, but visitors will get slightly more of a wilderness experience than normal. 

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In his second public appearance in a week, former presidential candidate and rumored senate hopeful Mitt Romney quashed expectations that he'd announce a bid for Utah's open seat. 

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Ellie Brownstein is a pediatrician in Salt Lake, so she keeps a fairly busy schedule. But in her spare time, you might find her carrying around a fat pink ball of yarn.

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Dr. Ruth Watkins has been named the new president of the University of Utah. Watkins has been serving as the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and will be the university’s first female president in its 168-year history.

Nicole Nixon / KUER

All eyes in the film industry are on Sundance this year.

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Intermountain Healthcare is getting into the drug-making business. That announcement came from representatives today who said they’ll partner with four other healthcare systems on a plan to start manufacturing low-cost, generic medications. 

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This month marked the halfway point in Jackie Biskupski’s term as Mayor of Salt Lake City. Although she’s had some challenges and stumbles in her first two years, Utah's first openly-gay mayor is proud of what she’s accomplished so far.

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Last November, Christine Durham retired from Utah’s Supreme Court.  She was our state’s first female Supreme Court Justice.  She joined Doug Fabrizio on RadioWest, and we’ve excerpted part of their conversation about her judicial philosophy, gender discrimination and her legacy.

Original Story: http://radiowest.kuer.org/post/conversation-christine-durham

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State lawmakers are grappling with ways to deal with a glut of bill requests just days before the start of the 2018 legislative session.

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Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s release from the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints seems to be getting much of the focus of conversation from members and non-members.

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The Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, provides low-cost health coverage for around 20,000 kids in Utah each year. Senator Orrin Hatch helped create it in 1997 with Democratic Senator Edward Kennedy. It covers children in families that make too much money to qualify for Medicaid but who can’t afford private health insurance. This past September, federal funding for CHIP expired and Congress still hasn’t reauthorized it. KUER's Erik Neumann recently spoke with Lincoln Nehring, the CEO of Voices for Utah Children, to find out what’s at stake. 

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Dan Chure had just wrapped up a career at Dinosaur National Monument last summer. He’d worked there nearly 40 years.

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Russell M. Nelson announced his call as the new president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during a live broadcast from the Salt Lake Temple Tuesday. The expected appointment came along with news that Nelson chose Dallin H. Oaks and Henry B. Eyring to join him the First Presidency.

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Congresswoman Mia Love met with President Donald Trump on Tuesday, just two days after she issued a strong rebuke of the president for his vulgar remarks on Haitians and Africans. 

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Mitt Romney delivered what sounded like a stump speech Tuesday during the Utah Economic Outlook and Policy Summit — one of his first major public appearances since speculation began about his political plans. Yet despite ample opportunity to announce a bid for the U.S. Senate, Romney demurred several times.

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