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A new study published in Science magazine found that many of the world’s trout species are facing extinction due to climate change, overfishing and pollution.

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After Russian efforts to disrupt U.S. elections in 2016, many states – including Utah – are shoring up their systems to prevent hacking and outside interference. But Russia uses social media too, and at least one big-name political candidate in Utah appears to have drawn some unusual interest.

BLM land outside of Goblin Valley State Park in Emery County, Utah.
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A congressional panel took up legislation Thursday to protect more public land in the San Rafael Swell.

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People know they can help clear the Salt Lake Valley’s air by hopping onto TRAX trains.

What they might not know is how an air-quality monitor mounted on the roof of a train car is also helping solve the valley’s pollution puzzle.

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The House of Representatives passed its newest version of the farm bill this week. It includes stricter work requirements for people who get food stamps.

A study in the journal Science says a lot more methane is leaking from oil & gas sites than previously thought -- about 60 percent more than the current estimate from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Ranking U.S. House Democrats are calling for an ethics investigation into Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. They want to know more about a land deal between Zinke’s family foundation and a real estate project with ties to the oil and gas giant Halliburton.


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A lawsuit announced this week in Salt Lake City focuses on a contested county commission seat, newly redrawn voting districts and a Navajo candidate well known for his opposition to shrinking the Bears Ears National Monument.

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A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Thursday that states can require internet retailers to charge a sales tax where those companies don't have a physical presence could bring a revenue windfall to Utah's coffers.

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Amid concerns over election hacking and other voting interference, Utah's polling systems have been put to the test by the Department of Homeland Security just ahead of the June 26 primary.

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A Canadian mining company’s recently filed claims to mine in what was once protected public land has triggered new legal questions this week over the Trump administration’s downsizing of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

 

Environmental groups said Wednesday they might be heading to court to block plans by Vancouver-based Glacier Lake Resources.

 

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A Utah school safety commission formed to address school violence is suggesting expanded mental health services for high risk students and other recommendations ahead of next year’s legislative session.

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In the latest move to address sexual misconduct within its ranks, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued updated guidelines on how church leaders conduct interviews with teens and children. The group Protect LDS Children in particular has called for an end to sexually explicit questions when a young person meets with a leader, most often a bishop.

Kelsie Moore / KUER

Mitt Romney is back. After two unsuccessful presidential campaigns, the former Massachusetts governor seems to be sailing through his bid for U.S. Senate. But he still faces a primary race with Republican state lawmaker Mike Kennedy. The winner of the June 26 primary will face Democrat Jenny Wilson in November for the seat currently held by retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch. 

Romney spoke with KUER's Nicole Nixon this week to discuss immigration, President Trump and more. 

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Republican Mike Kennedy is a relatively unknown lawmaker and family doctor challenging Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination in the race for Utah’s Senate seat, left open by Orrin Hatch’s upcoming retirement. The winner of the June 26 primary will face Democrat Jenny Wilson in November. 

KUER’s Nicole Nixon sat down with Kennedy to talk about health care, President Trump and more. 

This interview has been edited for time and clarity.

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State environmental officials on Tuesday announced how they plan to spend Utah’s share of a $15.7 billion national settlement from the Volkswagen emissions-tampering scandal.

 

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State Agriculture Department officials say that they may not have regulations ready in time to roll out a broad medical marijuana initiative if Utah voters approve it this November. Without governing rules in place, qualifying patients still could use medical pot, but they would have to get it out of state.

Julia Ritchey / KUER

On a balmy Friday evening earlier this month in Jordan Park, tucked away in the back corner of the park, a pavilion was strung with big silver balloons that spelled “Congrats.”

Teenagers and adults streamed into the pavillion while some played a pick-up game of soccer. This gettogether of 13 students was not a typical high school graduation party. The students were all a part of the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor foster care program run by the Catholic Community Services charity.

More To Say Will Return

Jun 19, 2018
KUER

Did you miss More To Say this week? Us, too. That’s because we’ve come to the end of the podcast’s first season. Last November, More To Say started with a story about a Mormon man sharing his troubles with pornography. Since then, we introduced you to a group of moms who meet at Village Inn to talk about their childrens' drug addictions, and we looked into inmate deaths in Utah jails and sexual abuse at Utah State University and the Missionary Training Center in Provo. And we drove around Salt Lake City to learn about affordable housing and the tiny home movement.

Salt Lake County

The new Inland Port Authority board cut short its first meeting on Monday after questions arose about its authority to make any decisions for the time being.

Judy Fahys / KUER

The Great Salt Lake is vast — around 1,700 square miles of state and federal public lands.

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Utah's members of Congress are speaking out against the Trump administration's new "zero-tolerance" policy that has led to the separation of nearly 2,000 children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may seem like an unlikely champion for an illegal substance, but the Kentucky Republican just added the legalization of marijuana’s non-psychoactive cousin, hemp, to the Senate farm bill. The industrial hemp business is increasingly seen as an economic savior and substitute for vulnerable industries like mining, especially in Colorado, the first state in the nation to make hemp legal at the state level.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Cancer centers are working to increase HPV vaccinations across the nation, but particularly in Mountain West states, where vaccination rates are low.

Tom Baker, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

A recent study published in Science magazine reports some animals are becoming more nocturnal. The cause is human activity.

Julia Ritchey / KUER

Updated 5:30 p.m. MT 

A pro-gun group from Utah is in Chicago to participate in a peace march held by survivors of the Parkland, Fla. shooting.

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Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams vetoed on Friday the County Council’s recent vote to approve a controversial housing development in the southwest corner of the valley.

Reservoirs that store water along the Colorado River are projected to be less than half full later this year, potentially marking a historic low mark for the river system that supplies water to seven U.S. states and Mexico.

Forecasters with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation expect the river’s reservoirs -- Lakes Mead and Powell among them -- to be at a combined 48 percent of capacity by the end of September. That would be one of the lowest points ever for the combined water storage.

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Utah’s state prison population of serious criminals has mostly dropped over the last two decades. But a new report released this week shows the number of offenders housed in jails actually rose at the same time.

Target shooting is a popular activity on public lands across our region. It's also the second leading human cause of wildfires.

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