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Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute


The future of a limited Medicaid expansion in Utah is in question after the departure of U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price.

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Salt Lake’s needle exchange program has a new home, at least temporarily. 

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Utah lawmakers have unanimously approved a funding bill to keep Salt Lake’s downtown crime sweep, dubbed Operation Rio Grande, going through the end of the year. Lawmakers met during a special session of the legislature Wednesday to hammer out the details of the bill.

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Jail records show few arrests in the Rio Grande neighborhood have been for violent, high-level offenses.

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This week, people who were arrested during Operation Rio Grande went before a judge and asked for help. By agreeing to avoid drugs and alcohol, get treatment and check in once a week, they were offered a spot in Salt Lake County’s new drug court.

Tim Slover

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski has signed a lease agreement with the state of Utah to close off a portion of Rio Grande Street to cars and pedestrians. At the same time, state officials are preparing to implement a new identification system that will limit access to the street to people receiving services. 

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Salt Lake City officials have closed the crime-plagued street near one of downtown's busiest homeless shelters.

Mayor Jackie Biskupski and House Speaker Greg Hughes announced on Thursday that Rio Grande Street would close to vehicle traffic, after a week of back-and-forth bickering over how soon to barricade it.  

Whittney Evans

Substance abuse and mental health treatment options will come available over the next four months for individuals identified through Operation Rio Grande.