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The country's first free-range parenting law goes into effect in Utah May 8. But people in other states are already warming to the idea.

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Medical marijuana for the terminally ill, over-the-counter birth control and legal protection to breastfeed in public. Those are just a few of over 400 new laws passed during the 2018 legislative session that take effect on Tuesday.

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The Utah Medical Association denies it hired a canvasser who was recorded misleading a voter about a medical marijuana ballot initiative. The pro-medical marijuana group TRUCE posted a video on Monday that shows an unidentified canvasser at a woman’s doorstep, encouraging her to rescind her support for the initiative.

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Last Friday, more than 2,000 high school students from all over Utah were treated to a special matinee performance of the hit musical "Hamilton," which chronicles the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton. But before the the cast took the stage at the Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City, some of the students had turn.

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The Trump administration’s plans to cut red tape on environmental projects is getting predictably mixed reviews.

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Officials will break ground Monday on the first of three new homeless shelters in Salt Lake County. 

Medicaid Initiative Is One Step Close To The Ballot

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Utah Decides Healthcare

Organizers behind an initiative to fully expand Medicaid in the state say they have enough signatures to get it on the ballot in November. 

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County clerks are in the middle of verifying thousands of voter signatures submitted by four potential ballot initiatives. But as the May 15 deadline nears, opposition groups are asking people to remove their signatures.

Two Native Americans were pulled out of a college tour this week when a parent told campus police the young men were making her nervous.

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Local and state officials are working to open three new homeless shelters to replace some of the beds that will be lost when The Road Home Shelter downtown closes next summer.

 

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A school district just south of Salt Lake City has announced a bump in salary following Jordan’s teacher raise announcement last week. Teachers in Granite School District will get a 2.5 percent increase along with a new medical perk.

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Salt Lake City Police released body camera footage Wednesday of a lethal standoff in Sugar House last month. The domestic violence call ended with police shooting and killing a 32-year-old man.

Dan Salkeld doesn’t like plunging toilets, filling out tax forms, or clipping his children's toenails. But he loves collecting ticks in Colorado.

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A parking lot on South Temple in downtown Salt Lake City has been designated as the spot for a building to commemorate Orrin Hatch’s seven terms in the U.S. Senate. In partnership with the University of Utah, the Hatch Center will serve as an archive for the senator’s work as well as a political “incubator.”

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Utah now has one case in the national E. coli outbreak. According to Laine McCullough with the Utah Department of Health the patient in Utah was infected while traveling in the Northeastern U.S.

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Shoppers in Salt Lake City will pay an extra half-penny per dollar in sales tax on non-food purchases beginning in October. Despite some concerns, the city council approved the tax hike Tuesday night.

In a flurry of lawsuits stretching across the West, conservation groups are accusing the federal government of failing to protect a rare bird: the sage grouse. This week, the groups involved in one of those lawsuits came to a legal truce.

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New research shows that Mormons are unique in their views toward the LGBT community when compared to other faiths. While the majority oppose same-sex marriage, they also oppose discrimination against LGBT people.

Old Faithful gets all the attention, but a geyser called Steamboat is the world’s tallest active geyser. And it’s acting a little odd.

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Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski released her proposed 2019 budget on Monday. It includes increased funding in four key areas.

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Last October, Brigham Young University announced it would be cutting off Utah’s last remaining classical station in favor of self-produced shows. But, after some passionate pushback, Classical 89 is here to stay.

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Democratic frontrunners Ben McAdams and Jenny Wilson clinched the party nomination in their respective congressional races.

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National parks tourism pumped nearly $36 billion into the U.S. economy last year, and communities just outside the parks benefited the most. That’s where more than 330 million visitors dropped more than $18-billion-dollars and supported 255 thousand jobs.

US Bail Reform Exposing the Dangers of Bail Reform

New Mexico’s governor is warning Utah courts against implementing new bail reforms next month.  Governor Susana Martinez says the changes will put public safety at risk. But a Utah Court spokesman says Martinez message is ill-informed.

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Tomorrow is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The event, which is organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration, has both public health and environmental benefits.

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The office of Sandy Mayor Kurt Bradburn released new details about the firing of former police chief Kevin Thacker. The investigation outlines unwelcome physical contact with female employees over a period of years. 

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Gov. Gary Herbert weighed in on a range of election issues and candidates Thursday, including all four proposed ballot initiatives and candidates seeking the GOP nomination in federal races.

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While teachers in Arizona and Colorado are on strike for better pay, Jordan School District in Salt Lake County is giving its teachers a raise.

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Utah County Commissioner Greg Graves is threatening to sue his fellow commissioners and Utah County. He said allegations of sexual harassment that were made public last December amount to defamation.

While Colorado and Utah are prepping for a severe wildfire season this year, Montana, Wyoming and northern Idaho have been counting their lucky stars because all three states had a huge snowpack this season.

“We have the best snowpacks in the country,” said meteorologist Michael Richmond.

When all that snow melts, it’ll keep the forest wet and protected from fire.

However that doesn’t mean the region is free and clear.  Richmond said it may get hotter and drier than usual this summer. A lot of heat and no rain can dry out a forest within a week or two.

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