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Erik Neumann

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Erik Neumann is a radio producer and writer. A native of the Pacific Northwest, his work has appeared on public radio stations and in magazines along the West Coast. He received his bachelor's degree in geography from the University of Washington and a master's in journalism from UC Berkeley. Besides working at KUER, he enjoys being outside in just about every way possible. 

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A bill coming up for debate would make Utah the first state in the nation to allow residents to buy prescription drugs from Canada for less than they cost in the U.S. It’s getting pushback from pharmaceutical companies.

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For the first time the federal government has allowed states to develop work requirements for people on Medicaid, the low-income government health insurance program. It’s a big change, requiring people to work in exchange for health care. Utah is one of 10 states that applied to do it. At least one bill in the legislature is sketching out what work requirements could look like.

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Millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain. Many use powerful opioids to treat it. But what if there was a way to manage chronic pain with your mind instead of drugs? That’s the focus of one researcher at the University of Utah. 

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Encircle, the nonprofit that serves LGBTQ youth in Provo, is opening a new site in Salt Lake City.

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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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From politics to public lands, 2017 was another big year of local news. KUER reporters recap some of the top stories of the year and why they mattered. 

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There are an estimated 10,500 people with DACA status in Utah. That’s the legal protection for those who came to the U.S. illegally before age 16. President Trump announced plans to end that program in September. On Thursday, Congresswoman Mia Love spoke about legal alternatives that are being proposed. 

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State Sen. Brian Shiozawa, R-Salt Lake, announced his resignation on Monday to serve under the Trump administration. The former Utah emergency room doctor had been a leader on health legislation.

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In Utah approximately 19,500 kids are on the Children’s Health Insurance Program, also known as CHIP. It provides coverage for uninsured kids in low-to-middle-income households. But so far, the reauthorization of that program has stalled in Congress. 

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Like the familiar refrain in the Netflix series Game of Thrones, winter is coming. Here along the Wasatch Front, that means we’re approaching inversion season when fine particulate pollution hangs in the Salt Lake Valley.

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You’ve probably heard the statistics: Utah ranks fifth in the nation for death by suicide, and it’s the leading cause of death for 10-17-year-olds. To try to better understand why suicide is such a problem here, the Department of Health recently hired sociologist Michael Staley to research it.

The Salt Lake City Police Department has put a second officer on administrative leave, because of bodycam footage showing a University of Utah nurse being arrested forcibly. 

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