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Senators Grill Feds Over Failure To Address Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women

Lawmakers grilled federal law enforcement agencies over their lack of rigorous investigations into missing and murdered indigenous women at a landmark Senate hearing Wednesday.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden told an audience at the University of Utah on Thursday that he had every intention of running for president in 2016, but his eldest son’s diagnosis of brain cancer made him reconsider.

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Public record requests have played a major role in spurring multiple ethics investigations into U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has appointed a Utahn to the revamped advisory board for the National Park system.

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State Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, who is retiring from the Legislature at the end of this year, revealed his next political endeavor Tuesday morning: running Salt Lake City mayor.

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Top GOP Senators like Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch are not fretting over new allegations tying President Donald Trump to campaign finance crimes.

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It’s become an all too familiar story: a conservative firebrand is invited to speak at a college campus known for embracing free speech and contrasting views, a place like UC-Berkeley or NYU. Then, the campus erupts in protests. It some cases, it ends up being more like a fight than an exchange of ideas. Sometimes the protests turn violent or events are canceled altogether. Enter Respect & Rebellion — a new project to help students and the rest of us figure out how to disagree better. They’re testing out their methods on college campuses … and organizers say it starts with relationships.

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Frustrated that the state’s planned inland port is taking so long to get up and running, a Utah lawmaker and member of the board overseeing its creation accused community advocates of “bombarding” board members and public meetings with grievances about air quality.

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The state legislature passed the Utah Medical Cannabis Act last week. State agencies are already taking first steps to lay the groundwork for the law despite several lawsuits attempting to undo the compromise between cannabis advocates and elected officials.

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The Salt Lake City Police Department has criticized a landmark report released last month that found that more than 500 indigenous women have either gone missing or were murdered in 71 U.S. cities.

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For the first time in nearly a decade, fewer kids in Utah have health coverage, according to a new report from Georgetown University. KUER's Erik Neumann spoke with Joan Alker, executive director of the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families about the new report and what's behind this trend. 

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Radio Hour Episode 13: Troll

RadioWest and Plan-B Theatre present the latest in our original radio drama series. It's Utah playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett's dark comedy about an internet troll who becomes a real one.

Maybe you’ve heard we’re a divided country. Here at KUER, we’re going to challenge that idea with a new podcast about finding connection in a time of division.

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Paul Rozin has been studying the psychology and culture of food for more than 40 years. And he's come to appreciate that food fills many of our needs, but hunger is just one.

"Food is not just nutrition that goes in your mouth or even pleasant sensations that go with it," he says. "It connects to your whole life, and it's really a very important part of performing your culture and experiencing your culture."

Virgin Galactic says it has reached a rather lofty milestone.

During a test flight Thursday morning in Mojave, Calif., a pair of pilots flying the company's SpaceShipTwo spacecraft hit an altitude of 51.4 miles. That height clears the 50-mile threshold that is sometimes considered the boundary of space.

French police say the suspect wanted in the shooting attack on the Strasbourg Christmas market that killed three people was "shot dead" Thursday, according to media reports. His identity has not been confirmed.

The suspect had evaded police since the attack Tuesday night, despite a massive search involving hundreds of police and soldiers.

Kimberly-Clark has issued a voluntary recall of some U by Kotex tampons, after a "quality-related defect" caused the tampons to come apart inside of consumers' bodies, leaving pieces behind after the tampon was removed.

The problematic tampons have pushed users to "seek medical attention to remove tampon pieces left in the body," the personal care company says. "There also have been a small number of reports of infections, vaginal irritation, localized vaginal injury, and other symptoms."

President Trump insists that he didn't violate campaign finance laws and that any legal liability for hush money paid to two women who claimed to have had affairs with him rests with his former personal attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen.

"I never directed him to do anything wrong," Trump said Thursday afternoon in an interview with Fox News. "Whatever he did, he did on his own."

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