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Utah Governor Gary Herbert is polling well ahead of Republican challenger Jonathan Johnson according to the latest Utah Policy poll. But Herbert’s GOP challenger Jonathan Johnson doesn’t believe the poll is accurate.

The Utah Transit Authority Board has decided to close their committee meetings to the public, while moving most of the responsibilities of those committees back to the full board. But this decision could put them in conflict with Utah’s open meetings laws.

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Climate-change activists scored a moral victory last week when the University of Utah’s Academic Senate voted to shed fossil-fuel investments, but now they’re impatient to see the policy advance.

Whittney Evans

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski has a long-term goal to power all of city government operations with clean, carbon-free energy. She’s moving closer to achieving that goal with a new solar initiative.

The number of registered voters in Utah has increased by more than 45 thousand since the beginning of this year. While political parties and county clerks welcome the increase, it does make their jobs more complicated.

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A former St. George doctor has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for illegally prescribing pain pills.

It’s been more than two months since teenage Somali refugee Abdi Mohamed was shot by Salt Lake City Police. People are still asking law enforcement to release information regarding the case.

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A team of Utah-based scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey has come up with a new way of measuring Colorado River flows. It helps answer a big question for the West: How much water flows down the river as it leaves Utah?

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Utah Transit Authority officials are investigating the derailment Sunday of a Green Line TRAX train just after it left Central Pointe Station and began turning west.

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Stephanie Duer, Salt Lake City’s water guru, sums up the state’s water challenges this way: “If there was a single solution, we all would be doing it now and this problem would be solved.”

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The Utah STEM Action Center has filed for the creation of a foundation and appointed a director. The foundation will support the center’s mission to promote science, technology, engineering, and math by connecting industry resources to students.

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Aspiring astronomers will want to look up into the sky starting early Monday morning to see the planet Mercury fly between us and the Sun.

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So much water‘s been pumped out of the Cedar Valley that the ground surface and the water table are sinking, and the Central Iron County Water Conservancy District has spent years tracking down new ways to get water to the people of Cedar Valley.

Brian Grimmett

Utah Governor Gary Herbert says now is a good time to consider changing or replacing the Common Core State Standards and eliminating the SAGE testing mandate for high school students. It’s a seemingly drastic shift away from his long-time efforts to defend the core against critics.

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As the temperatures begin to rise and people move outside, GREENbike is announcing another expansion of service in Salt Lake City.

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Pilots who use South Valley Regional Airport in West Jordan will soon be without a service provider, after Leading Edge Aviation could not come to an agreement with the Salt Lake City Department of Airports on a new lease.

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Former Republican Utah Senator Bob Bennett died on Wednesday evening.

The University of Utah plans to present an honorary doctorate degree to philanthropist Lynette Gay during Thursday’s commencement ceremony, despite concerns over Gay’s professional links to groups with anti-LGBT stances.

A project is underway to create a dataset of Utah’s entrepreneurial community. Leaders from an organization based in New York City are here to launch the Mapping Utah project.

Nicole Nixon

Governor Gary Herbert signed three bills on Wednesday aimed at helping veterans, military personnel, and their families.

Ahead of signing the bills, Governor Herbert officially declared May 2016 as Military Appreciation Month in Utah. He spoke to a room full of uniformed service members and veterans.

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The Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce is embracing the challenge of bringing clean energy and clean air to local communities nationwide. It’s part of a national initiative by a group called “Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy” that focuses on the business benefits of a healthy environment.

Whittney Evans

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s first city budget proposal focuses on paying off debt and fixing basic infrastructure like roads and storm drains.

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An Orem woman will be part of the first class of females to receive Infantry training for the U.S. Army.

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The new Salt Lake City International Airport will be adding a second concourse to the one already planned. 

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The idea’s been debated at the U for several years: that it’s time to stop investing in companies selling the products behind the rapid changes in global climate. On Tuesday, The University of Utah’s Academic Senate joined more than 500 organizations worldwide in pressing university leaders to divest from fossil-fuel companies.

Rocky Mountain Power

Thousands of Northern Utah Residents are still without power after high winds damaged the electrical system in Weber and Davis Counties over the weekend.

UDOH: 95% of Healthcare Workers Got a Flu Shot

May 2, 2016
Andrea Smardon

The Utah Department of Health has released a report detailing the influenza vaccination rates of hospital workers.

Brian Grimmett

First congressional district congressman Rob Bishop has selected Devin Wiser to fill the position left open by the departure of Scott Parker. 

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Leaders from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met with child abuse prevention advocates Thursday and delivered two checks.

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