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Nicole Nixon

An animal rights group is asking federal authorities to investigate a bear circus performing at the Salt Lake County Fair this weekend. The Utah Animal Rights Coalition (UARC) submitted a formal complaint to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Thursday.

Study Finds Salt Lake City Lacks Affordable Housing

Aug 18, 2016
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A new report by the Downtown Salt Lake City Alliance finds the city lacks affordable housing for young and low-income workers. 

Nicole Nixon

A group of Mormon democrats has released a report detailing how they believe Republican policies are hurting families.  

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The Salt Lake County Council is one of five entities that will decide whether or not Facebook can build a data center in West Jordan with a $240 million tax break. Tuesday the Council unanimously voted against the proposal. 

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The Salt Lake County Health Department has confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus in Utah this year.

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A new analysis from the National Partnership for Women & Families has given Utah a C- grade for policies that help new and expecting parents. The national non-partisan advocacy group says Utah lawmakers haven’t done enough for parents in the state with the highest birth rate.

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Archeologists say as tourism increases in Utah, graffiti becomes a growing problem in the state’s national parks and public lands.

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert says he will vote for Donald Trump for president in November. Gov. Herbert told reporters at his monthly KUED news conference that  he’ll support Trump largely because of his vice-presidential pick, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

Nicole Nixon

The Salt Lake County Council this week decided to continue with parking restrictions near a trailhead that has affected the area’s residents.

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Following an embezzlement scheme at the Utah Communications Authority, the State Auditor has released review of the internal controls of the agency. Earlier this year the Utah Communications Authority announced that a former employee and her daughter had used credit cards for personal purchases, embezzling $1 million over a ten-year period.

Salt Lake City kicked off a parking ticket amnesty program today that could help those with grossly overdue citations get sixty percent off of their fines. But there is a catch. They’ll first have to donate to a local nonprofit. 

Ben Holcomb, Utah Department of Environmental Quality

In wake of Utah Lake’s toxic algal bloom, Provo city officials are wary of jumping on a solution. Last week the Provo City Council and Mayor issued a joint resolution urging the state Department of Environmental Quality not to impose new water quality standards on Utah Lake.

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Fires along the Wasatch front have increased particulate matter in the air around Salt Lake City. That can be hard on people exercising, especially cyclists racing in the tour of Utah.

Utahns Concerned Despite Falling Crime Rates

Aug 3, 2016
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A survey by the nonprofit Utah Foundation found that most voters in the state are highly concerned about crime. Shawn Tiegen is a researcher with the Utah Foundation. He says half of respondents said they were more concerned about crime now than they were 5 years ago.

UPD Sees Spike in Homicide Deaths

Aug 2, 2016
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Unified Police officers say it’s been an unusually violent summer. UPD, which serves communities in Salt Lake County, investigated four homicides in July. UPD Lt. Lex Bell says his department usually sees about ten homicides in a year.

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A judge has sentenced internet entrepreneur Jeremy Johnson to 11 years in federal prison.  A Jury convicted Johnson in March of providing false information to a bank in connection with his online marketing company in St. George.

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Salt Lake City completed its last land purchase using money from the Open Space Fund Bond Thursday. 

CENTRAL UTAH INTERAGENCY FIRE

Meteorologists say thunderstorms projected for Southern Utah this weekend could do more harm than good for wildfires across the state. 

Central Utah Fire Interagency

Fire crews across Utah must share and move resources in order to effectively fight wildfires. 

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The Salt Lake City Housing and Neighborhood Development Division will be opening up a series of energy-efficient, affordable single-family homes throughout the valley. 

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Salt Lake City leaders opened a new community connections center today, across the street from The Road Home shelter. 

Toxic Algal Bloom Prompts Closure of Utah Lake

Jul 15, 2016
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State officials closed Utah Lake on Friday due to health concerns from a large algal bloom. The Utah Department of Health is warning against using the lake for swimming, boating and other types of recreation.

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Funding for a makeover of the Utah Fair Park was approved this week during a special session of the state legislature. 

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Conditions at the Bonneville Salt Flats are good enough to support Speed Week races for the first time in three years.

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The Leonardo museum welcomed a new addition on Monday—the centerpiece of its upcoming exhibit titled “Flight.”

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Utah Lake’s water levels are so low that many boats are getting stuck in the mud.

American Red Cross Announces Blood Shortage

Jul 5, 2016
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The American Red Cross has announced a blood shortage and is asking for all eligible donors to come give blood. 

Best Friends Offering Free Pet Adoptions To Vets

Jul 4, 2016
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This week the Best Friends Animal Society will waive adoption fees for active and retired military members and their families this week.

1 In 8 Utahns Struggles To Afford Food

Jul 1, 2016
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One out of every eight Utah households struggled to afford enough food last year. It’s better than the national average, but advocates say there’s still room for improvement.

Keep Dogs And Cats Safe On 4th Of July

Jun 30, 2016
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Salt Lake County Animal Services wants to remind pet owners to keep dogs and cats safe and indoors during the 4th of July weekend. 

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