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Federal regulators are weighing a decision on Utah’s plan for cleaning up haze around the national parks.

The Environmental Protection Agency is asking for public input on two haze reduction plans. One’s been proposed by the Utah Division of Air Quality.

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The University of Utah football team held off a late surging Brigham Young University at the Royal Purple Las Vegas bowl over the weekend to win 35 to 28. But beyond the final score, the game represents the different directions these two football programs are heading.

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The owners of the Middle Eastern shop that was vandalized late Tuesday night have wiped away the graffiti, and opened their doors again for business.  While police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime, the shop is suddenly getting a lot more business.

Sentencing Delayed for Former Lawmaker Justin Miller

Dec 18, 2015
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  Sentencing for former Democratic state representative Justin Miller was delayed Friday.

Justin Miller entered a guilty plea in October to one count of second-degree felony communications fraud. He allegedly stole nearly $25,000 in campaign funds while working as campaign manager for Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams.

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U.S. District Court Judge David Nuffer sentenced San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman to ten days in jail and three years of probation. The charges stem from leading dozens of ATV protestors into an archeologically rich canyon last year that the federal government had closed to motorized vehicles.

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Utah Department of Workforce Services November job numbers out Friday show 8 of 10 private sector industry groups added workers compared to last year.

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After a short sabbatical, the Holy War between the University of Utah and Brigham Young University football teams will be reignited in Sin City on Saturday. KUER’s Brian Grimmett is in Las Vegas and reports on how the teams are gearing up for their first ever meeting in a bowl game.

2015 Year in Review

Dec 18, 2015
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In 2015, KUER continued to grow with sustainers, listeners and locally produced content. Find information on RadioWest's guests, the News Team's national stories and the wildly popular Mug Fabrizio with our creatively designed infographic

Your support of KUER goes directly to these programs, helping us to serve our local community with more stories that inspire, entertain and inform. To continue our growth in 2016, consider making a tax deductible end of year gift at www.pledgekuer.org

Thank you for your support. Cheers to a Happy New Year!

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Salt Lake-area interfaith partners are calling on Utahns to wear a hijab or head covering Friday in support of religious freedom.

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  Three days of snow has reminded Utah of what life’s like in a mountain state after last year’s paltry winter.

Jim Steenburgh , a University of Utah atmospheric scientist, wrote the book Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth, and he’s known online as Professor Powder. Like many Utahns, he was pleased with this week’s three-day snowstorm.

“It was great,” he says. “I enjoyed it.”

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The head of a charter school consulting firm was selected by Republican delegates Wednesday to fill the District 10 State Senate seat of Aaron Osmond.

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San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman’s back in federal court this week. He’s being sentenced for organizing a protest ride into Recapture Canyon last year in a case that’s often compared with the prosecution of another person who challenged authority: climate-change activist Tim DeChristopher. 

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Utah companies can’t find enough qualified workers to fill the ranks according to a new report from the non-partisan research group Utah Foundation.

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The Salt Lake County Council voted 6-3 to approve the $1.1 billion 2016 budget Tuesday night. It includes a $9.4 million dollar tax increase for criminal justice reform.

The Federal Reserve has announced an increase to short-term interest rates, but what does the move mean for Utahns?

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The Legislature’s auditors checked operations at some of Utah’s water improvement districts, and they say most of those districts need to tidy up routine operations.

The Legislative Auditor General’s office focused on 16 districts that provide culinary water but no other services. They found 10 needing fine tuning with tasks like bookkeeping, planning and procurement.

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US Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell wants Utahns to sign up for health insurance if they haven’t done so yet. On average, insurance companies in Utah are raising premium rates 10 to 20 percent in the coming year, and three insurers have dropped out of the marketplace entirely, but Burwell insists Utahns should be able to find affordable coverage.

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Researchers at Utah State University have received a $1 million grant to continue their work on developing synthetic spider silk.

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Salt Lake City Mayor-elect Jackie Biskupski has encountered a few obstacles and she prepares to be sworn in next month. But some say that’s to be expected considering the unique circumstances surrounding her victory. 

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The University of Utah is hoping to reduce its emissions by targeting commuters. The U launched a program Monday to help community members buy electric cars at a cheaper price.

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Salt Lake City Mayor-Elect Jackie Biskupski has made her first major appointment since being elected in November. She’s selected Salt Lake County Township Executive Patrick Leary to be her Chief of Staff.

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The Wasatch Front’s first major winter storm of the season has brought several inches of snow, and with it an increased danger for avalanches.

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Law enforcement officials are seeing an alarming rise in robberies in Utah, and they say heroin addiction is fueling it. The US Attorney for Utah hosted a press conference Thursday to call for help in addressing the problem.

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Weather watchers at Salt Lake City’s National Weather Service office are telling Utahns what they might have already guessed: It’s been an exceptionally warm fall.

Utah Vets Receive First Implanted Prosthetics

Dec 11, 2015
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This week two Utah veterans became the first amputees with surgically-implanted prosthetics.

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Governor Gary Herbert has selected David Damschen as the state’s new treasurer. 

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A group of retired community activists has unveiled their latest blueprint for making Utah a better place to live.

The nonpartisan Utah Citizens Counsel has assumed the role of a council of sages with deep community ties.

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The Utah State Records Committee has ruled in favor of a Salt Lake Tribune reporter seeking records about San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman from the Utah Attorney General’s office.

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Children suspected of having autism spectrum disorder are getting tested at a younger age. That’s according to a study conducted in Utah and four other states. The research suggests that a national effort to have kids evaluated when they are younger is working.

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Utah’s land-transfer advocates agree it's time to get a lawsuit ready for the U.S. Supreme Court after lawyers told legislators Wednesday that solid legal arguments support the quest to take over federal lands in Utah. They say it’s unconstitutional for the federal government to control so much land in the state. “It is not an easy path,” said the leader of the legal team, New Orleans attorney George Wentz. 

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