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NOTE: This story has been updated from original publish date. Two Northern Utah Ski Resorts are set to open the day before Thanksgiving according to Ski Utah, the trade group promoting Utah’s ski industry.


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Emergency agencies counted 1,100 fires last July, during the peak season for fireworks in Utah. And, even though fireworks caused only some of those blazes, state lawmakers are getting new restrictions ready before next summer.

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A bill that requires law enforcement officers to present a warrant before requesting blood testing was approved by a legislative committee Wednesday.

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Farmers and ranchers from across the state are gathering for the annual Utah Farm Bureau convention this week in Layton.

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An underused database to track prescription opioid abuse has been updated and streamlined for doctors in Utah.

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M. Russell Ballard, an apostle for the LDS church, spoke to BYU students on Tuesday about the need for a more inclusive environment for LGBT Mormons.

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Utah’s newly elected Republican Congressman, John Curtis, has begun his first week in Washington D.C. representing the 3rd District. So far, he says it's already been a busy few days.

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State lawmakers asked Washington earlier this year to shrink the Grand Staircase Escalante and completely scrap Bears Ears. So, critics of the two national monuments are happy to hear the White House plans to cut the size of both monuments, even if they still don’t know by how much.

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The Utah County Commission passed a resolution Tuesday to pursue legal action against the manufacturers of opioids. They’re now the second county in the state to do so this week.

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Drive by Tinker’s Cat Cafe on 900 South and you might notice something a little different. On the right-hand side there’s a coffee shop. That’s to be expected. But on the left-hand side, there are cats. Lots of cats.

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Mitt Romney was the first prominent Republican in Utah to say he believed the woman who said Roy Moore tried to have sex with her when she was 14. Moore denies the allegation, but now other high profile Republicans are calling for him to quit the U.S. Senate race in Alabama.

 

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Utah’s opioid crisis is prompting Salt Lake County officials to pursue legal action against pharmaceutical companies.

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Gov. Gary Herbert’s pick to fill a vacancy on Utah’s Supreme Court, Paige Petersen, was unanimously approved by the Judicial Confirmation Committee on Monday.

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Republican state lawmaker Dan Hemmert was reading headlines about Orrin Hatch’s Senate seat last month that worried him.

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A new mobile food pantry will help ensure kids in the Granite School District have enough to eat. The Granite Education Foundation, the district’s non-profit arm unveiled a new truck today that will bring groceries to kids to take home.

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Mitt Romney is among a growing chorus of Republicans in Utah condemning Alabama Senate hopeful Roy Moore. Moore is under fire after the Washington Post reported that he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old when he was 32.

Four incumbent mayors in Salt Lake County will be out of the job, if unofficial election results hold. KUER spoke to two of the new mayors-elect who will replace them.

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There’s a little round building in front of the visitors’ center in Blanding. It’s San Juan County’s memorial to those who’ve served or died in the military. Toni Turk is showing me around.

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Gov. Gary Herbert hinted support for a proposed ballot initiative on how candidates can get themselves on the ballot.

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Leaders say the long-term crime and drug crackdown in Salt Lake, Operation Rio Grande, is moving into a new phase. The focus now is getting people to work.

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A historic change is taking place in the southern border community of Hildale City, a polygamist enclave run by leaders of a fundamentalist offshoot of the Mormon Church. For the first time in its history, the town will be helmed by a female non-member. 

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Early voting results show that a majority of West Jordan residents voted to change their form of city government.

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The special election to replace former Congressman Jason Chaffetz is in the rear-view mirror. Now state lawmakers are looking ahead to making changes to the way special races are conducted in the future… should another vacancy occur.

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In a reversal of their previous plan, Count My Vote organizers have changed their final ballot initiative to keep the caucus-convention system.

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Provo Mayor John Curtis landed a decisive victory Tuesday night in the special House race to fill former Congressman Jason Chaffetz’s seat. 

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It was a tough night for several incumbent mayors in the Salt Lake Valley.

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President Donald Trump told Utah lawmakers recently that the Bear’s Ears National Monument - designated in the waning days of the Obama administration - would be downsized.  

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Utah Congressman Rob Bishop says more federal oversight may be necessary to aid Puerto Rican recovery efforts. The Puerto Rican Financial Oversight and Management Board was set up last year to help deal with the U.S. Territory’s decades of mismanagement and debt.

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It's election day in Utah. More than 400 municipal races will be decided Tuesday night, in addition to ballot questions and bond referendums. 

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A former sheriff’s deputy will spend four months in jail for his role in abusing inmates at the Daggett County Jail. Twenty-seven-year-old Joshua Cox admitted to Tasing inmates in exchange for soda.

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