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For the more than 10,000 Utahns who are recipients of DACA—the Obama-era program that protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation—the future remains unclear.

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Congress left town for Christmas vacation after approving just enough money to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program known as CHIP through March. That's left left many parents in Utah who depend on the program, like Sonja Reynolds. worried about what might be next.

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Opposition seems to be growing against plans for raising entrance fees at some national parks, and some critics in Utah want the National Park Service to reconsider.

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Utahns love candy and not just during the holidays. They eat more per capita than any other state — and some of that candy is made here. Salt water taffy seems to get the most attention, but there's another candy with much truer Utah roots.

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The very public fight between the outdoor gear company, Patagonia, and public lands policymakers continued this week, when the company's founder rejected an offer to testify on Capitol Hill.

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Last year, Utah lost almost as many people to drug overdoses as the number of people who live in the town of Corinne in Box Elder County. Six hundred and thirty-five to be exact.

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Americans love their national parks.

But what do they think about paying more to play in them?

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The Utah Legislature is getting a new human resources administrator to oversee all its employees. It comes at a time when state legislatures across the country are re-evaluating their workplace policies.  

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Liquor stores are anticipating record-breaking sales leading up to Christmas. There’s always a rush before a holiday, said Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control spokesman Terry Wood.

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Salt Lake City Councilman Stan Penfold said he was inspired — or rather, disgusted — by the air pollution that hung over the Wasatch Front for most of last week. 

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Any proposed change to Utah’s liquor laws is met with scrutiny by the restaurant industry, conservatives, and drinkers alike.

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There are three big things about the Republican tax bill that stand out to Billy Hesterman, vice president of the Utah Taxpayers Association. The first?

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State lawmakers are busy drafting legislation for the 2018 session beginning next month.  One bill could change the state fossil.

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In Utah there are around 70,000 debt cases a year. In many circumstances, they’re for relatively small amounts, $100 to $200. But people often end up spending a lot more than that because they go through the process without any legal help.

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Salt Lake's KRCL is getting a new general manager from close to home. KUER's content director, Tristin Tabish, will lead the community music station beginning next month. For Tristin, who's been with KUER the last two decades, it's a return to her roots. We talked to Tristin about her goals for the station and how the FM radio industry has changed since her early days.

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Let’s start with President Donald Trump.

“Uranium is a big subject,” he said in the Oval Office a couple of months ago. “If the mainstream media would cover the uranium scandal, and that Russia has 20 percent of our uranium…”

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Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, presented his bill Thursday to reconfigure what used to be the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

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Tracy Aviary's Cooper Farr is standing in front of Liberty Park pond. It's mostly empty and only a few birds are hanging out, but Farr, a conservation scientist, has no trouble naming them.

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At Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has set up some temporary vending machines for visitors. But, unlike a typical vending machine, everything purchased here is donated to someone in need.

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Utah County Commissioner Greg Graves is under mounting pressure to resign amid allegations that he created a hostile and intimidating work environment. 

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For the first time, the Utah Department of Health produced a statewide study looking at health according to residents’ disability status. 

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Lyle Jeffs was sentenced for food stamp fraud in Salt Lake City today. He’s the former leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a polygamous group located in southern Utah. 

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A petition by a former Mormon bishop has caused a stir this week. It calls for lay leaders in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to stop asking about the sexual practices of young people in one-on-one interviews. This week, the church weighed in.

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Tuesday was the first red air day of the winter season in the Salt Lake Valley. Members of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce used it to promote an initiative to get companies to reward their employees for driving less.

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Education has been a top priority for Gov. Gary Herbert's administration, and this year’s budget is no different.

The Foothills Natural Area Is Ready For A Facelift

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There are at least half a million more people in Utah today than a decade ago, and the majority are concentrated along the Wasatch Front. So a lot has changed over time, including trail use.

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A Utah judge ruled this week against a law that would make state school board elections partisan.

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Crossroads Urban Center is calling for the creation of more shelter and housing options for homeless families in Salt Lake County. They’re releasing a Wednesday that shows the county’s existing services for homeless families are struggling to keep up with demand.

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Data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development shows, in addition to a slight uptick in homelessness this year, more homeless people are going unsheltered. That means they’re sleeping in camps or on the streets.

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Earlier this year, a woman who works at the Utah Legislature was talking to a lawmaker in the hallway at the Utah State Capitol. It was a professional conversation — they were talking about a bill, when the lawmaker started fiddling with a button on his jacket. It was starting to come loose, and he hinted that he’d like her to sew it back on for him.

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