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The Utah Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill that would help equalize school funding between rich and poor school districts. 

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Legislation to clean up Utah’s air is progressing in the State Capitol as the second half of the 2015 General Session begins.

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The University of Utah and the University of Memphis announced a new study Monday that suggests a way to substantially reduce the risk for suicide among military service members. The results were recently published in The American Journal of Psychiatry.

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  House lawmakers narrowly passed a bill Friday to expand the state’s authority to use firing squads for executions.

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The Utah Senate voted unanimously Friday to confirm Constandinos Himonas as a Justice on the Utah Supreme Court.

This weekend is the deadline to buy health insurance through the federal marketplace. Utah's second open enrollment period for insurance through the Affordable Care Act closes on February 15th.

Health officials in Salt Lake County probably won’t know until Saturday what’s causing an oily sheen on  Mill Creek.

It’s the end of week three and we’re basically in the same spot we were at the end of week two.

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A doctor who spent time treating Ebola patients in Africa sat down with Utah Department of Health Employees on Thursday to share her experiences.

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A number of local faith leaders joined Equality Utah in prayer and song Wednesday at the state capitol and to speak against a statewide proposal they say would codify discrimination against LGBT people.

A Senate Committee has given unanimous approval to a bill that would increase the gas tax 10 cents. SB 160’s sponsor, Sen. Kevin Van Tassell says while his bill isn’t perfect yet, it is a simple and understandable way to increase much needed transportation funding.

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The Utah Lake Commission announced this week it has reached the halfway mark in its massive carp removal project. It’s part of an overall effort to restore the Endangered June Sucker, which is native to the lake.

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Negotiations continue with Utah House and Senate leaders on legislation that protects the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Utahns while safeguarding individual religious beliefs.

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Federal Wildlife officials confirmed Wednesday that a gray wolf shot by a hunter in Utah was the same wolf seen in the Grand Canyon area last year.

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Legislators tasked with prioritizing social service budget items discussed two bills Wednesday that take different approaches on filling Utah’s Medicaid gap.

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Salt Lake City planners announced a proposal for a major reconstruction of Regent Street Tuesday on the east side of the new Eccles Theater. It would connect City Creek Center and the Gallivan Center at an estimated cost just over $10-million dollars.

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Advocates for criminal justice reform rallied at the state capitol Tuesday, and a Republican lawmaker announced he would run a bill to bring what he called an “epic shift” in Utah’s correctional process.

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Officials with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have excommunicated Mormon critic and podcaster John Dehlin. Dehlin’s local Church leaders notified him of their decision in a letter.  

The Utah House voted unanimously to pass HB74 Tuesday. The bill clarifies the meaning of consent in sexual offense cases.

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Derek Kitchen, one of the plaintiff’s in Utah’s high-profile same-sex marriage case officially announced Tuesday he’s running for a seat on the Salt Lake City Council.

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Researchers in the University of Utah Department of Bioengineering announced Monday that they’re receiving a $1.4 million dollar grant to continue developing a bionic hand.

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Utah lawmakers discussed a bill Monday to fund new cleaner school buses, but they put off a vote because of questions about what might happen to the old buses.

The Utah Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill that would encourage high school students to graduate early.

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A legislative committee has voted in favor of two pieces of legislation that would impact the implementation of the so-called Count My Vote compromise made last year.

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A team of education experts charged with reviewing the Common Core has determined the math and English language standards are an improvement over Utah’s previous standards and will likely advance the quality of public education in the state.

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CORRECTION: A previous version of this story erroneously reported that the State Fair Corporation did not receive any state subsidies. In fact, the corporation received its usual annual appropriation of $675,00 plus an additional $600,000. The legislature decided last year to stop the automatic annual appropriation. Now, Fairpark officials must ask for it each year. The story has been updated.  We regret the error.

The future of the troubled Utah State Fairpark will likely be decided this legislative session. On Friday, lawmakers discussed a proposal to build a new $23 million soccer stadium there.

The second week of the Utah Legislature is now in the books, and while it wasn’t as eventful as the first week, it definitely had its moments.

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Doctors offered a public tutorial Thursday on the dangers pollution poses to pregnant women, and they gave suggestions on protecting mothers and their babies.

The county-owned facility is open 7 days per week and includes many free activities as well as food and a learning store.
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Salt Lake County announced plans Thursday for a $2,000,000 dollar update of the free public exhibits at the Clark Planetarium at the Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City.

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A Republican lawmaker has filed a bill that would be an alternative to Governor Gary Herbert’s Medicaid expansion plan.

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