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Man in ball cap stands next to fence and cows.
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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.

A new report from The PEW Charitable Trusts said most states aren’t tracking how much they spend overall to deal with natural disasters.  

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). 

The House just passed a bill to create a 9-1-1 type service nationwide for suicide prevention. This change could be especially important for our region, which has some of the highest suicide rates in the country.

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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.

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

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.
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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.

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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.

Wyoming and Colorado are in the top ten natural gas producing states. But in those states – and across the country – a lot of that gas is escaping straight into the air. Scientists are now working to come up with a better way to track those leaks down.

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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.

A new study out of Colorado State University shows that disease-bearing ticks are more widespread than previously thought, but the Mountain West is still relatively safe.

Todd Weiler, David Irvine, Kate Bradshaw and Julia Ritchey converse in studio.
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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.

Yet another Indigenous woman has gone missing in the Mountain West.

Jermaine Charlo disappeared near a grocery store in Missoula, Montana last month. The 23-year-old is the 13th native woman to go missing in the state since January.

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.

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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.

Cathalee La knows more about Idaho hummingbirds than your typical teenager.

 


Fewer federal land workers are being threatened and assaulted on the job, according to a new analysis by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

 


Westerners in many states are using less water.  However that’s not the case in the Mountain West. In Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Idaho, home usage went up; in Montana it stayed the same. Experts say these figures are based less on population growth and more on state water policies.

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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Utah lawmakers are mulling legislation that would require firearms to be put in safety mode and locked away while they’re not being used. And while details are still being worked out, the idea is already getting pushback from the National Rifle Association (NRA).

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Utah lawmakers approved revisions to a controversial law passed earlier this year creating an inland port, despite division among Salt Lake City leaders on the new version.

Judy Fahys / KUER

Separate bills are active in Congress to alternately strengthen or weaken the law used to create national monuments.

Julia Ritchey / KUER

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.  

In an open field in Longmont, Colorado, about a dozen people crouched in the tall grass, moving slowly and deliberately through mud that squelched underfoot. Some carried huge, serrated knives called hori-hori, a Japanese tool made specifically for gutting weeds. Others wielded gardening shears, saws or chemical sprays as their weapons of choice.

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