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Nicole Nixon / KUER

Much of the opposition to Proposition 2, the medical cannabis ballot initiative before Utah voters, has focused on what critics warn are the “unintended consequences” of broader legalization.

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Nicole Nixon / KUER

Utahns will begin voting on three citizen-led initiatives when ballots start hitting mailboxes soon. This week, we’re bringing you stories of voices behind the initiatives—people who could be directly affected if they pass. ​The following story focuses on one person in support of Proposition 2, which would broaden access to medical marijuana in Utah.

Vicki Christiansen was sworn in this morning as Chief of the U.S. Forest Service. She’s only the second female to serve in this role in its 113-year history.

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A Utah toxicologist has been appointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee.

In 2007, years into a record-breaking drought throughout the southwestern U.S., officials along the Colorado River finally came to an agreement on how they’d deal with future water shortages -- and then quietly hoped that wet weather would return.

But it didn’t.

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Brendan Waterman/Natural Resources Conservation Service

A series of water conservation open houses winds down next week on the heels of national weather data showing that Utah just ended its driest year recorded history.

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Vote.utah.gov

Less than a month before the midterm elections, voter registration is on the upswing in Salt Lake County — though Taylor Swift is probably not the reason.

Julia Ritchey / KUER

Shantay Lowell’s kitchen is organized like most working parents, with Oreo cereal in the cupboard and sippy cups on the counter, but one drawer stands out.

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Kelsie Moore / KUER

During their only meeting before the Nov. 6 election, Senate candidates Mitt Romney and Jenny Wilson kept the debate civil – even friendly at times – as they recalled working together during the 2002 Winter Olympics, though Wilson got in a few jabs against what she called Romney’s inconsistent record on several issues.

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Judy Fahys / KUER

The Trump administration is scaling back many Obama-era environmental regulations, but the list does not include clean car-clean fuel standards that are considered crucial for improving Utah’s air quality.

Julia Ritchey / KUER

Utah is poised to legalize medical marijuana this fall, and it could be the first state-run distribution program in the country.

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Erik Neumann / KUER

MONUMENT VALLEY, Utah — On a recent Monday morning, Tara Benally crept along the red clay of San Juan County Road 433 in her Chevy Equinox, in search of a rare find among the red rocks of this part of the Navajo Nation: prospective voters.

Romney Wilson Side By Side Photo
Kelsie Moore / KUER

Republican Mitt Romney and Democrat Jenny Wilson will square off at Southern Utah University in their first debate of the 2018 Midterm Elections. Live broadcast will begin at 6:01 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9.

A major U.S. coal producer filed for bankruptcy Tuesday morning.

Westmoreland Coal Company operates five mines in Montana, Wyoming and New Mexico. They employ more than a thousand people.

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Breastfeeding may help babies control their stress according to new research out of the University of Utah.

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A new report from the United Nations says mankind must act fast to slow global warming, a message that is particularly urgent in Utah and throughout a scorched Mountain West that saw a devastating fire season and patches of severe drought.

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Much of this weekend’s bi-annual General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was business as usual. There were earnest sermons from top church leaders, interludes from the (newly renamed) Tabernacle Choir, polite jokes without outsized laughter, etc. But, the twists and turns included the confirmation of a rumor that has persisted in Mormon circles for years.

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Nicole Nixon / KUER

Utahns will begin voting on three citizen-led initiatives when ballots start hitting mailboxes soon. This week, we’re bringing you stories of voices behind the initiatives—people who could be directly affected if they pass. ​

On Friday, an intergovernmental organization hosted a hearing in Boulder, Colorado on the ongoing crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women in the U.S. That group faces some of the highest violence and sexual assault rates in the nation.

Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

For the past few years, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have speculated, “Is this the General Conference when they’ll finally announce 2-hour church?” If you’re not Mormon, that most likely doesn’t mean anything. If you are Mormon, it’s a very big deal. And now, it’s becoming a reality.

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Associated Press Live Stream

In an unusual weekend session, the U.S. Senate advances to a final vote on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. 

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Associated Press Live Stream

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), is speaking on the floor of the US Senate today (approximately 1:00 PM Mountain Time). She's talking about her position on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Collins is one of the small group of Senators who could swing the confirmation vote either way. 

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Davis County Jail

Federal prosecutors filed felony charges today against a Logan man who the FBI said has confessed to mailing ricin-laced letters to President Donald Trump and other high-ranking officials last month.

Screenshot of Brett Kavanaugh in testimony.
Associated Press Live Stream

The U.S. Senate is holding a cloture vote, Friday, October 5th, to close debate on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court. This is not the confirmation vote itself, but it is a key indicator of whether Republicans have the necessary votes to approve Kavanaugh as the replacement for retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Watch the proceedings live, beginning at 7:30 a.m. MDT on Friday, 10/5/18.

Prop 2 meeting photo.
Julia Ritchey / KUER

Gov. Gary Herbert unveiled a legislative compromise on Thursday designed to assuage both sides of a fiercely contested ballot measure that would broaden access to medical marijuana in Utah.

William Allen mugshot.
Davis County Jail

A Utah man who has confessed to mailing four ricin-laced letters to top government officials around Washington, including the White House, will face federal criminal charges expected to be filed Friday, according to court records and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Salt Lake City.

 

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Claire Jones / KUER

It’s hard to miss electric scooters zipping on the streets and abandoned on the sidewalks around Salt Lake City. Their popularity is part of the problem that has sparked a new safety campaign from the city and the two scooter companies, Bird and Lime, which were reintroduced to Salt Lake in July after city officials hit the brakes due to a bumpy start.  

The nation’s first commercial oil-shale mine could be built here in our region. The Bureau of Land Management issued a decision that allows a mine in Utah’s Uinta Valley to move forward.

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Remnants of a hurricane from the Pacific Ocean are dumping rain throughout the Mountain West region today and tomorrow.

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Nicole Nixon / KUER

Utah’s top election officials say they have been shoring up security systems ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm, but are still “nervous” about potential attacks leading up to election night.

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