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Ballot initiative groups pushing for policy changes like full Medicaid expansion and increased access to legalized medical marijuana are patiently waiting to qualify for the November ballot.

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Salt Lake County Councilman and Utah businessman Sam Granato has died after a battle with cancer, his family said Wednesday. He was 67 years old.

“Sam passed away peacefully at home this afternoon surrounded by loved ones,” his family said in a statement. “He fought an amazing battle with cancer over two years.”

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Ahead of the Utah Democratic Party’s state convention this weekend, the party leadership has issued a friendly challenge.

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Sandy Police Chief Kevin Thacker was fired on Tuesday over allegations of “inappropriate touching” of other city employees. Sandy Mayor Kurt Bradburn made the announcement during a news conference.

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The nation’s top environmental regulator announced plans Tuesday to put new limits on the science behind pollution regulations.

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What we know about air pollution and health has roots in the mountain valleys of Utah. Winter smog episodes here are legendary.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox says he hasn’t made a final decision about running for governor in 2020. But there’s mounting proof that the popular Republican will make the plunge, including his new podcast, called “Cox & Friends,” a play on the conservative Fox News morning show.

The U.S. Interior Department wants to repeal an Obama-era rule that reduces the burning of methane gas on federal lands. The public comment period on that plan ended April 23, 2018 and it looks like almost everybody thought it was a bad idea.


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The Utah Department of Transportation will begin the construction phase of a highway project between Salt Lake City and Utah County tomorrow. The $450 million highway expansion is scheduled to last three years.

A quiet, rising tension over water in the southwest has burst into the public square.

Agencies that manage and dole out the Colorado River’s water in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico are attempting to publicly shame an increasingly isolated water agency in Arizona. The feud has the potential to either upset, or reignite, negotiations over the river’s future.

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The nasty strain of E. coli that’s sickening people across the U.S. has turned up in Idaho and Montana, and health officials remain on alert.

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Today is the deadline for public comment on a federal proposal allowing health insurers to offer new short-term insurance plans. Some say it’s another step towards dismantling the Affordable Care Act.

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Generations before him, Gyanu Dulal’s family came from Nepal to settle areas in southern Bhutan, a landlocked country just east of India. While it's a predominantly Buddhist country, Dulal and his family have always been Hindu.

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Mitt Romney will face a primary challenger this June in his quest for Utah's open Senate seat. 

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National Park Week is an annual celebration of what many people call America’s best idea, beginning with a fare-free day, April 21.

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A 2014 law known as S.B. 54 expanded access to the primary ballot, but it’s also divided those who prefer caucuses over direct elections. Four years later, Republicans are still arguing about the caucus-convention system and its future.

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In the past few weeks teachers have been on strike for better pay in a number of states. Walkouts have taken place in West Virginia, Kentucky and Colorado — places that pay about what Utah does. In fact, Utah is ranked No. 45 in the country when it comes to teacher salary. So, will teachers here walkout next?

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The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food took comments from the public on Thursday over how to implement the state’s new medical marijuana and hemp laws. Many of the people who came were interested in going into business with the state. One Utah man said he wants to move his Colorado hemp oil company across state lines.

It’s International Dark Sky Week, a time to look up and enjoy the night sky across the globe.  Our region is home to many dark sky parks and communities. We’re also home to lots of growth and that means growing light pollution.  

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In a rare move, Utah lawmakers on Wednesday overturned two vetoes issued by Gov. Gary Herbert this year. It’s the latest in an ongoing feud between the two branches of government over checks and balances.

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Rollin Cook, head of the Utah Department of Corrections is stepping down next month. For the past five years, he’s overseen the prison system, probation and parole, and other rehabilitation programs.

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West Valley City Police released body camera footage Tuesday of two officers fatally shooting a black man accused of stealing from a cellphone store. The footage comes after community members protested over the weekend.

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Former first lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday at the age of 92, according to a family spokesman.

A statement issued on Sunday by the office of former President George H.W. Bush said that Bush had elected to receive "comfort care" over additional medical treatment after a series of hospitalizations.

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A new report from the American Thoracic Society shows how tightening federal air-pollution standards would pay off in better health and longer lives.

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State auditors examining the widely publicized arrest of a Utah nurse last summer said Salt Lake City police should consider investigating complaints against officers more quickly.

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The Salt Lake City Council will not vote on a tax increase on tax day after all. They’re going to hold off on Tuesday night’s vote for another couple of weeks.

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Between hurricanes and wildfires, 2017 was the costliest year for natural disasters in the U.S. ever recorded. A new report on the preparedness of states puts Utah above the national average.

A menace lurks beneath the snow high up in the southern Rocky Mountains.

At first glance it seems innocuous, another piece of a dynamic alpine ecosystem, certainly unable to cause the cascade of problems scientists say it could. How could something so simple undermine our water infrastructure, stress wildlife and lengthen the wildfire season all at once?

For most of the winter it stays hidden, buried under blankets of snow. Then, the days grow longer. The sun’s rays begin to melt the top layers, causing water to percolate through the snow and ice or evaporate, revealing the villain of this story.

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The Federal Communications Commission starts dismantling net neutrality regulations on April 23, 2018. That could mean when you’re watching that next episode of ‘The Crown” it could buffer endlessly or not. No one really knows yet.  

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Stakeholders from the Our Schools Now initiative met with Gov. Gary Herbert today at Meadowbrook Elementary School in Bountiful. They were there for a ceremonial signing of the legislative compromise to bring more money to public schools in Utah. But the deal isn’t finalized.

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