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YWCA Utah is hosting events every day this week to raise awareness about domestic violence. They’re calling it the "Week Without Violence".

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Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams has a plan to address new criminal justice demands on the county. He presented his $1.1 billion budget to the county council Tuesday morning.

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The official who stepped in to lead the Utah Department of Technology Services after a massive health data breach is retiring.

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Utah paleontologists are telling the world about a quarry of fossils they’ve been unearthing on the northeastern edge of the state. It offers clues about what life was like during a mysterious period of time in the American West.

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A Salt Lake City Police Officer who shot and killed a burglary suspect last month has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

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For years, he didn’t really think about it when he’d pass the Hogle Zoo on his way to work each day. But Joshua Schiffman knows now that the elephants inside offer important clues about preventing cancer.

Hogle Zoo’s African elephants trumpet on command and paint with their trunks. But you can’t see their most extraordinary trick: avoiding cancer.

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The Utah Department of Public Safety has released the man who left a suspicious package at the Utah State Capitol.

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An extraordinary coalition of Western tribal leaders is petitioning for a new conservation area in southeastern Utah.

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The three female Salt Lake City police officers who sued the department over alleged sexual harassment by a former deputy chief have reached a settlement.

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A federal judge heard arguments today over whether or not he should grant Planned Parenthood a preliminary injunction that would prevent the state from cutting off some of their funding until after the case has been heard in court.

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The latest proposal to expand Medicaid in Utah was overwhelmingly rejected by Republicans in the House of Representatives this week, but lawmakers may have a way forward. 

The Salt Lake City Council is considering expanding the number of places dog owners can take their pets off leash. The council voted Tuesday in a straw poll to designate off-leash areas at Fairmont Park in Sugar House, Rosewood Park in Rose Park and Rotary Glen Park near Hogle Zoo. Those areas would be sections of the park that would likely be fenced in. Polly Hart is Director of Millcreek FIDOS and lives near the Utah State Capitol. She supports the council’s intension to free up more space for off-leash dogs to roam, but she’d like to see more options.

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The Colorado River Basin Supply and Demand Study is a dry-sounding report on water that many people call the lifeblood of the West, the vast Colorado River system that provides water to 40 million people in Utah and six other states.

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Utah’s internet infrastructure has better than 95% coverage for residents to access broadband service. Only eight other states reach this standard according to a new study by the non-profit research group Utah Foundation.

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The latest compromise plan to expand Medicaid appears to be dead. House Republicans rejected the proposal in a closed door caucus meeting Tuesday night.

An alumni entry in the 2014 Homecoming Parade at Dixie State University

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Dixie State University has hired Salt Lake City firm Love Communications to find a new nickname and mascot for the school. But the university’s controversial name will remain the same. 

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Many Utah leaders are applauding last week's federal court ruling that stymies updates to federal clean water regulations. In the end, they’re looking to the courts and Congress to kill the rules.

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The Colombian Ambassador to the United States is in Utah participating in Congressman Chris Stewart’s conference on America’s Role in the World. The ambassador is on a mission to change perceptions of his fast growing country.

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A key decision about whether to expand Medicaid in Utah will be decided by a group of Republican lawmakers behind closed doors Tuesday afternoon. The GOP caucus of the House of Representatives is expected to take a poll to see if members support the latest proposal, but the rest of the state’s lawmakers will likely never get to vote on it.


Social media is getting civic in Salt Lake City. Nextdoor is a free private social network that gets neighbors communicating with each other about local issues. Now, Salt Lake City is partnering with the company to join the conversation.

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More Utahns are finding other ways besides their vehicles to get from place to place. It’s part of a trend described in a new report by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, a think tank that’s reporting transit use is up and driving is down.

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Utah Senator Mike Lee hosted the second annual Utah Solutions Summit Monday at Energy Solutions Arena. Lee hopes to use the event to find good ideas to take back to Washington.


Democratic State Representative Justin Miller has resigned from his seat in the Utah House of Representatives and pleaded guilty to fraud. Miller, who represents House District 40 is accused of embezzling more than twenty thousand dollars from Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams’ re-election campaign.  

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Environmental groups have ideas for regulators about cutting the industrial emissions that contribute to Utah’s winter pollution.

The Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, HEAL Utah and Western Resource Advocates say air pollution harms quality of life in Utah too much of the time.

“Folks in Utah know this because your kinds can’t go out and play on the playground,” says Joan Clayburgh, spokeswoman for Western Resource Advocates. “Our grandparents and our parents and the elderly are told maybe not to go out during the day. This is our right to have clean air.”

The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded the Salt Lake City Police Department a grant worth more than $1.8 million. The grant will allow the department to hire 15 new officers.

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A new Salt Lake County ordinance prohibits pet stores in the unincorporated county from selling dogs, cats or rabbits. The animals must now be purchased at a shelter. The county council voted 6 to 1 in favor of the ordinance Tuesday night. Councilman Arlyn Bradshaw says it’s aimed at putting an end to puppy mills. The new rule was his idea. 

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Several Salt Lake County elected officials spoke out in support of Salt Lake City Mayor Candidate Jackie Biskupski Tuesday. They say Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker’s campaign is unfairly attacking her personal attributes.

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The water year begins on October 1st, and the water community is hoping a string of dry years is finally coming to an end.

Ryan Luke, an engineer with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Provo Area office, says a few reservoirs are at close to normal levels but most are low for this time of year.

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Three native Utahns have been called to serve in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the appointments on Saturday during the Church’s semiannual General Conference. 

Two cement-company partners and their businesses are accused of illegally dumping building waste in wetlands near the Jordan River.