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Utah is the only state in the Mountain West region that offers a bounty for coyotes — a major predator of young mule deer. Now the program is being updated because some people are cheating.

Public lands have been in the news a lot this year. They comprise much of the Mountain West, from around 30 percent of land in Montana and Colorado to more than 60 percent in Utah and Idaho. This summer, we’re taking you on a tour of some of our favorite public lands.

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Despite Utah’s distance from the U.S.-Mexico border, federal prosecutors in the state convict more people of immigration-related crimes than any other U.S. attorney’s office in the interior of the country, according to court statistics.  

The suspect accused of murdering a three-year-old and brutally injuring eight other refugees in a knife attack Saturday night in Boise has a checkered, long history of violence and criminal activity including convictions for felony assault, drug dealing and felony theft.

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Opponents of an initiative to legalize medical marijuana in Utah have dropped a lawsuit intended to block the measure. But they may still sue to overturn the law if voters approve it.

 

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New statewide restrictions on fireworks means a much smaller window for setting off the colorful explosives this July Fourth and Pioneer Day.

 

A table covered in pies for auction.
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PRICE, UTAH — On a scorching day in mid-June, KOAL Castle Country Radio host Dave Hocanson was taking a break from airing conservative talk show hosts Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity to promote a $175 pie.

Update, 1:49 p.m. Monday: The suspect in Saturday night’s mass stabbing is now facing first-degree murder charges after one of the victims died at a Utah hospital.

 


An immigrant mother recalls her struggle to win asylum in the United States.
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Angelica Alvarez still can’t believe how she came to live in a peaceful West Jordan home, after her already scorched life went up in flames.

Elder Soares and Elder Gong pose together in suits and ties.
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Gerrit W. Gong and Ulisses Soares made history in April when they were called as the first non-white apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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As wildfires burned throughout Utah Thursday morning, Gov. Gary Herbert announced a ban on open fires and fireworks on all state-owned land.

You may not have heard of PILT payments, but they’re pretty important for local economies in areas like the Mountain West.  The federal government gives these 'payments in lieu of taxes' to counties with federal lands that can't earn regular tax revenue.  

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The documentary Glass Temples is having its Utah premier Thursday night. The film examines how leaders in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints mishandled yet another case of child abuse.

Mormon leaders sit with directors of the abuse center.
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In a time of heightened attention to sexual abuse in the Mormon community, leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints delivered a $50,000 donation to the Children’s Justice Center, a state run organization that helps victims of child abuse.

A large part of our region isn't doing very well when it comes to child health. That's according to the 2018 Kids Count Data Book out today.

Nuclear testing during the Cold War sent radioactive fallout far away from the actual test sites. Politicians are moving to expand who can be compensated by the government for getting sick after exposure to that fallout.

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Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court means President Trump will soon make his second selection to the nation’s highest court — and at least two nominees he’s said to be considering will be familiar to Utahns.

Nicole Nixon / KUER

With ballots still being tallied from Tuesday’s primary elections in Utah, late-arriving mail-in ballots could swing more competitive races, including a statehouse primary between four Salt Lake City Democrats.

A U.S. District Court sided with wildlife advocates this week. It ruled that a federal agency ignored scientific studies that did not support its justification for killing animals.

Illustration of young woman sitting on the edge of a bed.
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Over the last few months, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has had a magnifying glass pointed on its leaders handling of sexual abuse complaints, including some that are decades old.

Mitt Romney shaking hands and holding his two-year-old grandson, Dane.
Nicole Nixon / KUER

Former presidential nominee Mitt Romney is one step closer to the Senate after trouncing his Republican primary opponent Mike Kennedy Tuesday night.

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Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes is resigning his seat on a board overseeing the development of a controversial land-based port in northwest Salt Lake City. 

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The Supreme Court ruled today that so-called “crisis pregnancy centers” do not have to make it clear to clients that they are not licensed medical facilities.

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Preliminary results are in and tallies show Mitt Romney clinching the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.

Nicole Nixon / KUER

Tuesday's polls haven't even opened but early voting numbers suggest Salt Lake County could have its highest voter turnout ever in a primary.

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Tuesday is primary voting day in Utah and, under a new state law, some 17-year-olds will be heading to the polls for the first time.

BLM land outside of Goblin Valley State Park in Emery County, Utah.
Claire Jones

Updated 5:40 p.m. MT 

 

A congressional subcommittee last week overstated the support that environmental groups have for a public lands bill pushed by Utah Congressman John Curtis that aims to conserve a large swath of the San Rafael Swell.

Kelsie Moore / KUER

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.
Claire Jones

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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