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Brett Kavanaugh at hearings.
Associated Press Live Stream

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is set to face a second round of questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. He's expected to be questioned about his views on previous Supreme Court cases, as well as a range of policy issues. Kavanaugh is also likely to be questioned about his work on Ken Starr's independent counsel investigation of former President Bill Clinton, and his time working in the White House under former President George W. Bush.

Image of Saints book cover.
Lee Hale / KUER

For much of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' 200-year history, Mormon leaders have avoided certain topics. Founder of Mormonism Joseph Smith's reputation as a treasure seeker is one example. Another is that Smith had more than 30 wives, much to the dismay of his first wife, Emma Hale.

Utah Fire Info / Twitter

A series of small forest fires that started this week in northern Utah and southern Wyoming are being investigated as arsons.

Senator Mike Lee at podium.
Associated Press Live Stream

Utah Senators Orrin Hatch, Mike Lee and other members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday began a long round of questioning U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh that will continue Thursday.

Brett Kavanaugh at hearings.
Associated Press Live Stream

After a sometimes raucous day of opening statements on Tuesday, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faces his first round of questioning from Senators on Wednesday. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee want to know about Kavanaugh's position on a range of issues including abortion, health care and presidential power. The nominee also faces questions about his time working in the Bush administration and his time working under independent counsel Ken Starr.

Hatch speaks at Kavanaugh hearing.
Associated Press Live Stream

In a contentious first day of confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump's second U.S. Supreme Court pick, Utah's Republican senators called for a tough but fair process with Sen. Orrin Hatch assuring nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh that he would be confirmed.

Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR

Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh start on Tuesday. Opening statements will take place beginning at 7:30 MDT. Watch video of the hearing live.

Traffic on Utah highway.
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The period from Memorial Day to Labor Day is known as the "100 Deadliest Days" on Utah roads because they typically result in the most highway fatalities and this year has been worse than last.

Renee Bright / KUER

Opponents of Utah's medical marijuana ballot measure launched a phone-based push poll this week that critics charge uses misleading or false claims about legalization of the drug.

Sen. John McCain speaks with veteran.
Sen. John McCain Twitter Feed

The late Sen. John McCain will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol today. Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are all set to deliver remarks honoring the Arizona Republican.

Beaver swims across Red Butte Reservoir.
Courtesy Sherwood Casjens

A local effort to bring beavers back to Salt Lake City's Red Butte Canyon is dead in the water after the U.S. Forest Service sunk the idea this week.

Mitt Romney looks at wildfire maps.
@Romney4Utah Twitter

Elected officials and wildfire experts will meet Thursday afternoon in Salt Lake City to discuss how to prevent catastrophic wildfires from springing up in Utah and across the west.

LDS Church Headquarters.
Lee Hale / KUER

A group of liberal members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints say the Church's stance on medical marijuana is alarmist and error-ridden.

Map highlighting northwest region of Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake County GIS

The newly formed Utah Inland Port Authority board will meet later Wednesday to discuss progress on Salt Lake's planned commercial hub amid public pressure to be more transparent.

Portrait photo of Rep. Chris Stewart.
Kelsie Moore / KUER

As part of KUER's ongoing series of congressional candidate profiles, Nicole Nixon spoke with Stewart about Russian meddling in U.S. elections, his votes to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and the "challenge" of the Trump Administration.

Image of cathedral.
Lee Hale / KUER

Cristina Rosetti considers herself a practicing Catholic, but she can’t square her faith with the recently exposed abuses of church leaders.

Leaders shake hands at meeting in Ogden.
Julia Ritchey / KUER

Utah elected officials and business leaders made a full-court press on Tuesday to a visiting Interior Department official for why the federal government should relocate the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to Northern Utah from the nation’s capital.

Residential construction in Utah mountains.
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Utah business leaders are hopeful about a new trade deal between the U.S. and Mexico.

split screen of Love and McAdam's campaign commercials.
KUER News

Joshua Holt, the Utah man recently freed from a Venezuelan prison, is making his debut in a campaign commercial for Republican Rep. Mia Love.

Red dirt farm and tractor.
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Reports of strong rain have come in from all over Utah in recent weeks, but those storms haven't eased the hardships caused by a statewide drought.

Rob Bishop at podium.
Associated Press


As part of our ongoing series of congressional candidate profiles, KUER's Judy Fahys spoke with Bishop about his re-election bid, President Trump and the idea of a Space Force.

Sen. John McCain speaks with veteran.
Sen. John McCain Twitter Feed

U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch was among the Utah leaders joining a chorus of condolences and remembrances from around the nation for U.S. Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican and two-time presidential candidate who died Saturday. McCain, who had been fighting brain cancer but whose family announced the day before his death he was stopping medical treatment, was 81.

 

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Utah has historically ranked dead last for salary disparity between men and women, and, there isn’t much progress in other key areas such as mental health and education either, according to a new study out this week.

Lieutenant Governor's Office / Twitter

The Utah Supreme Court has denied a citizen-led group’s request to place its election law initiative on the November ballot.

Ben McAdams and staff in front of campaign bus.
Julia Ritchey / KUER


Democrat Ben McAdams had just finished a stump speech on July 10 in his nascent campaign to unseat Republican incumbent Mia Love in Utah's competitive 4th Congressional District when a young woman spoke up.

Erik Neumann / KUER

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) may be the most successful, and little-known, conservation program. That obscurity could contribute to it's downfall. 

Three church officials speak to press.
Nicole Nixon / KUER

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Thursday it is officially joining the fight against a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana that will go before Utah voters this November.

Sherry and Marc Hunter sit on their couch.
Kelsie Moore / KUER


Sherry and Marc Hunter are a typical middle-class family in Spanish Fork, Utah. But, as parents, the Hunters have a constant worry that keeps them on their toes.

marijuana in a prescription pill bottle.
iStock / thegoodphoto

Representatives from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are becoming more active in their opposition to a medical marijuana initiative in Utah this November.

trees in the water at a desert reservoir.
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The Utah Water Resources Division and the Washington County Water Conservancy District asked federal regulators Wednesday to resume processing a permit application for the multi-billion-dollar Lake Powell Pipeline.

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