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Julia Ritchey

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Julia joined KUER in 2016 after a year reporting at the NPR member station in Reno, Nev. During her stint, she covered battleground politics, school overcrowding, and any story that would take her to the crystal blue shores of Lake Tahoe. Her work earned her three regional Edward R. Murrow awards. Originally from the mountains of Western North Carolina, Julia graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008 with a degree in journalism. She’s worked as both a print and radio reporter in several states and several countries — from the 2008 Beijing Olympics to Dakar, Senegal. Her curiosity about the American West led her to take a spontaneous, one-way road trip to the Great Basin, where she continues to preach the gospel of community journalism, public radio and podcasting. 

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Wanda Barzee was released from the Utah State Prison on Wednesday morning after serving a 15-year sentence for her role in the 2002 kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart.

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As President Trump's nominee moves closer to being confirmed to the nation's highest court, Utahns on both sides of the abortion debate are considering what Brett Kavanaugh could mean for Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

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Utah Republican Rep. Mia Love's campaign said Monday it would refund up to $10,000 in campaign contributions after admitting to improper fundraising for a primary that it knew was unlikely to happen, according to a letter sent by the campaign's lawyers to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

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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.

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The Utah Inland Port Authority on Wednesday decided against opening all of its meetings to the public despite mounting criticism over the board’s commitment to transparency.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Thousands gathered Monday in West Valley to remember Draper firefighter Matthew Burchett, who died last week while battling the massive Mendocino Complex Fire in California. He was 42.

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The Bureau of Land Management has issued draft proposals outlining the uses the federal government wants to allow in the Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments in southern Utah.

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The last in KUER's series on the Democratic candidates challenging Utah's Republican incumbents in this year's congressional midterm races.

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Utah officials are praising a Draper firefighter who was killed while battling California's biggest wildfire, the first fatality of the massive Mendocino Complex Fire. 

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The first in a series on the Democratic candidates challenging Utah’s Republican incumbents in this year’s congressional midterm races.  


All four of Utah’s Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives are up for re-election this November. In a deeply red state, Democrats face a daunting task of trying to unseat them.

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Sen. Orrin Hatch told Salt Lake business leaders on Friday that President Trump’s escalating use of tariffs could threaten to undermine the state and country’s recent economic gains.

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President Donald Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration has federal agencies scrambling to create thousands of new beds to hold potentially deportable immigrants, including in the Mountain West region.  

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Rep. Chris Stewart says he still supports Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election, but hopes he’ll remain focused on the inquiry’s original purpose.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The state is facing lawsuits from backers of two citizen-led ballot measures that failed to qualify for the November election, litigation that could prompt lawmakers to make changes to how referendums are conducted.  

Incumbent Rep. Mia Love, R-Saratoga Springs, and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, her Democratic challenger, are bringing in record cash as they head into an increasingly competitive election this November.

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As President Donald Trump threatens another round of tariffs on Chinese goods, Utah’s business and elected leaders are sounding the alarm over the growing trade war and its effect on parts of the state. The tariffs are even invoking comparisons to an earlier era when a Utah Senator named Reed Smoot became synonymous with the negative consequences of protectionism.

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President Trump has reportedly narrowed his list of Supreme Court nominees to three conservative judges, but supporters of Sen. Mike Lee are not yet writing off the Utah Republican as a long-shot candidate.

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Despite Utah’s distance from the U.S.-Mexico border, federal prosecutors in the state convict more people of immigration-related crimes than any other U.S. attorney’s office in the interior of the country, according to court statistics.  

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Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court means President Trump will soon make his second selection to the nation’s highest court — and at least two nominees he’s said to be considering will be familiar to Utahns.

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Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes is resigning his seat on a board overseeing the development of a controversial land-based port in northwest Salt Lake City. 

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Preliminary results are in and tallies show Mitt Romney clinching the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.

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Amid concerns over election hacking and other voting interference, Utah's polling systems have been put to the test by the Department of Homeland Security just ahead of the June 26 primary.

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