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man holds a model of a black rifle made on a 3-D printer.
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Utah has not stood in the way of a Texas company's effort to release blueprints for a 3D printed gun that a federal judge in Washington state has blocked.

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A Belgian hiker died from apparent heat-related causes earlier this week at the Utah-Arizona border.

Illustration of a train, semi truck and airplane in front of mountains.
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For a project that has yet to break ground, Utah's planned inland port has already accrued enough superlatives to fill a high school yearbook. The port will be the "largest economic engine" ever assembled, state officials say, and the "most significant economic opportunity" in a generation. Moreover, officials promise, the port will deliver well-paying jobs and bring in more tax revenue.

A man in a blue shirt and hat startes into the distance.
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Sam Young, a former Mormon bishop from Houston, is currently on his fifth day of a hunger strike to provoke change in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Young believes that Mormon leaders shouldn’t be asking sexually explicit questions in interviews with children and youth.

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A new air-quality law has just gone into effect that may go unnoticed by many Utahns. Since the beginning of July, all water heaters sold or installed in the state have to be low-emissions models.

WNYC, WBEZ Podcast Producer Joins KUER

Jul 31, 2018

WNYC, WBEZ podcast producer joins leadership team at NPR Utah
Joel Meyer named director of programming and promotion at KUER

Podcast and talk show producer Joel Meyer, whose work includes Making Oprah, Making Obama and American Fiasco is joining KUER, Utah’s statewide NPR affiliate, as its director of programming and promotion.  

map of US show one in four ankle sprains resulted in an opioid prescription in the west. Prescriptions were given at an above average rate in the south, and below average in the great lakes and northeast regions.
With permission M. Kit Delgado, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; Annalls of Emergency Medicine.

A state-by-state analysis of opioid prescriptions for people who visited emergency rooms with a sprained ankle show one in four patients were given opioids for pain.

The study looked at insurance claims for ER visits between 2011 and 2015.

At the low end, prescribing rates were around three percent and at the high end 40. The overall average was 25 percent.

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Salt Lake County's Unified Police Department needs to be more transparent and does not give cities that contract with the force enough information about the services they pay for, making it difficult to hold its managers accountable, according to a state audit released Monday.

Simulating The Weather Created By Fire In New Study

Jul 30, 2018
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A recent study is helping researchers understand the role of wind in the largest forest fires.

Librarian behind desk with printer and naloxone syringe.
Kelsie Moore / KUER


On a recent Tuesday morning at the West Jordan library outside Salt Lake City, Peter Sadler was carefully stabbing an orange with a syringe.

Tyler Glenn on stage.
LOVELOUD

The LOVELOUD music festival, a celebration of Utah’s LGBTQ community, is returning to the state for the second year in a row. Although, this time the festival has slightly less support from the LDS Church. Tyler Glenn, the lead singer of Neon Trees and LOVELOUD co-founder, said last year's event was a healing experience for him.

Ryan McKnight Headshot.
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MormonLeaks, a website known for releasing inside information about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-days Saints, is often at the center of attention-grabbing stories. Recent revelations about the LDS Church’s finances and sexual assault have popped up in headlines. But the site’s founder, Ryan McKnight, has a bigger mission than stoking controversy.  

Mitt Romney at microphone in KUER studios.
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While Democrats and political pundits talk about a "blue wave" heading into this year's midterm elections, that enthusiasm isn't translating into cash donations for most of Utah's Democratic candidates in federal races.

Man in ball cap stands next to fence and cows.
Julia Ritchey / KUER

Utah farmers are giving lukewarm reactions to an aid package announced this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture providing $12 billion to farmers hurt by the Trump administration's escalating trade war.

An illustration of a rainbow flag with a sketch of the Salt Lake temple on top. The entire thing is cracking like mud.
Renee Bright / KUER


It was a controversial yet common refrain about suicide, Mormons and LGBT people in Utah, this time from daytime TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

slightl smog over rolling desert landscape.
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Pristine lakes, unspoiled land and fresh air: that's the picture that comes to mind when talking about America's national parks. But air pollution in the nation's crown jewels actually rivals levels found in big cities. And that's driving people away from those protected lands, according to a new study.

Three men in cowboy hats stand in a row at rodeo.
Judy Fahys / KUER

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke called Mormon pioneers "an inspiration for all Americans" at the Days of 47 Rodeo Tuesday night in Salt Lake City while also making an oblique reference to ongoing investigations into his conduct.

A closed fast food restaurant with a SLC Police logo on the window.
Whittney Evans / KUER

Salt Lake police have opened a temporary precinct west of downtown to address an uptick in crime in the North Temple corridor, police said Tuesday.

Burn scars on brown grass near large home.
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Post updated 7/25/18, 11:00 a.m.

Fire crews responded to a brush fire in the foothills behind the Utah Capitol that forced the evacuations of dozens of homes near Victory Road.

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Utah police department says its investigation into a woman’s 2009 disappearance remains open but that the case is cold with all leads exhausted and the death of her father-in-law in Washington state doesn’t change the case’s status.

Flying dollar emojis going from jail to hospital.
Renee Bright / KUER

If a budget catastrophe, mixed with competing law enforcements' interests and federal healthcare law, could blow up a county jail, inmate Gerardo Valerio Romero represents the detonator.

Warren looks over a speech with Giuliani.
Courtesy Bill Warren / New York Mayor's Office/Diane Bondareff

Rudy Giuliani is grabbing headlines these days as President Donald Trump's attorney. From the investigation into Russian collusion in the 2016 election to the president's relationship with adult film-star Stormy Daniels , Giuliani has taken to the airwaves to offer stunning admissions and to assail the inquiries into the Trump campaign.

Man working on scaffolding.
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Utah and Idaho were the leading states for employment growth over the past year, according to new data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Also in the top five were Nevada and Colorado.

Three razr scooter style electric scooters lay on their side on the sidewalk.
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For a week in late June, electric scooters started mysteriously popping up on what seemed like every corner in downtown Salt Lake City. But just as the service started to take wing, city officials caged the idea.

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A 61-year-old man is dead and a gunman has been charged with murder following a fatal shooting Sunday afternoon at a worship service of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Fallon, Nev., authorities said.

iPhone with the Indian Country Today app open.
Chelsea Naughton / KUER

As The Salt Lake Tribune and other regional papers have cut staff, a news outlet for indigenous Americans has been resurrected with a former local journalist at the helm.

Todd Weiler, David Irvine, Kate Bradshaw and Julia Ritchey converse in studio.
Kelsie Moore / KUER

The White House has been under fire this week over statements made by President Trump contradicting his own U.S. intelligence agencies’ assessment that Russia did in fact interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

Map of the Dollar Ridge Fire evacuation zones east of Strawberry Reservoir in Duschene County.
Judy Fahys / KUER

A state investigator for the Dollar Ridge Fire says it’s still not clear how Utah’s largest wildland blaze this year started or who started it.

map indicating the intersection of the accident.
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A 23-year-old man from Salt Lake City is dead after he was hit by a commuter train during a mass bicycle ride.

Bill Barron sits in his office.
Judy Fahys / KUER News

Updated at 2:30 p.m. MST 7/19/18

 

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a resolution Thursday that condemns carbon taxes as detrimental to the U.S. economy.

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