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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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Parts of the Mountain West region have joined a number of state legislatures introducing tax credits to help low-income Americans. Utah could be the latest.

A photo of firefighters taking a water break at the Dollar Ridge Fire east of Strawberry Reservoir in Utah.
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Expenses are piling up for fighting the recent wildfires in Utah.

 

Governor Herbert speaks at a podium at press conference.
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Gov. Gary Herbert has called the Utah Legislature into a special session this week to make changes to a controversial inland port planned for Salt Lake City’s northwest quadrant.

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Kristy Johnson says her father molested and raped her — along with her two sisters — throughout their teen and childhood years.

Students sit at a panel in front a large crowd.
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Speaking to a noisy, standing-room only crowd in Sandy on Saturday, student activists from Utah and Florida discussed gun control and school safety as part of the national March For Our Lives tour.

The hands of an unidentified inmate rest outside the bars of a holding cell.
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An inmate at the Utah County Jail is racking up almost $1 million dollars in medical bills, more than half the jail’s annual medical budget. Utah County Commissioners say they have enough to cover the outstanding bills but  will need a long-term solution if the county is going to continue to care for the inmate.

Scofied reservoir on a cloudy day.
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The Utah Division of Water Quality has issued a health advisory at Scofield Reservoir west of Price due to growing algal blooms.

Between growing populations and changing climate conditions, our water sources are only expected to get more crunched. Communities in some very dry states have had to get creative about where to get their water, sometimes purifying sewage into drinking water. More western cities are beginning to get on board, too. But there’s a problem: the ick factor.

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Updated 4:40 p.m. MST 7/13/18

Traffic was detoured Friday on Route 6 for most of the day after a double tanker crashed and spilled thousands of gallons of crude oil onto the roadway and into the Price River in Carbon County.

View of great salt lake from foothills.
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Salt Lake City leaders — minus Mayor Jackie Biskupski — met Thursday afternoon with Gov. Gary Herbert and legislative leaders in continuing negotiations over a planned land-based shipping hub in the northwest corner of the city.

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Utah lawmakers are pushing to capture new revenue after the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last month allowing states to collect sales taxes from online retailers.

An armored vehicle with pro-gun marchers alongside.
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From behind the wheel of a black Bearcat armored truck, speaking through a PA system, Bryan Melchior had a message for the people of St. Petersburg, Fla.: "Arm yourself!"

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Updated 5:12 p.m. MST, 7/12/18

 

Activists from a high school in Parkland, Florida have found a new venue to hold an event this Saturday after their original plans fell through. As part of a March For Our Lives national tour, a town hall discussing school safety will take place at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy.

Hundreds of veterans are calling on Congress to scrap a seemingly unrelated attachment to this year’s defense spending bill.

Jose Alvarez, a supervisor at R. H. Dupper Landscaping, stood up from changing a sprinkler nozzle on a large grassy field at a homeowner’s association in Chandler, Arizona. He surveyed the turf, a patchwork of green and brown.

A house subcommittee is focusing on grazing on public lands on Thursday. Republican leaders want to discuss what they call the regulatory burdens on the industry.


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Jen Dailey-Provost faced a tough four-way Democratic primary in the state Legislature’s 24th House District, beating her closest opponent by only 55 votes after results were finalized Tuesday.

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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.

Dozens of young children were reunited with their parents yesterday after being separated at the border under the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy. The government is still working to reunite many more children with their parents, some of whom are being held at a detention center in Aurora, Colorado.

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Final results from last month’s primary showed leading legislative candidates held on to victory.

Record-breaking temperatures are scorching the United States with parts of our region seeing all-time highs. A number of heat-related deaths are already being reported in the U.S.

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A Utahn who joined a 2016 standoff at a wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon is relieved by President Trump’s decision to pardon two ranchers whose case sparked anti-government protests.

Senator Mike Lee speaks into a microphone in front of american flag and balloons.
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Utah's senators embraced President Trump's choice of Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Throughout the Western U.S., water conservation is in the toilet.

And that’s a good thing.

One of the world’s biggest firefighting aircraft is based in Colorado Springs. But it's fighting fires in California right now, rather than in the Mountain West.

Jenny Wilson speaks in studio behind a microphone.
Renee Bright / KUER

Democrat Jenny Wilson faces perhaps the highest hurdle of anyone running for office in Utah this year: she wants to defeat Republican Mitt Romney and flip Utah’s open Senate seat.

Vicky Chavez sits in a rocking chair holding her infant.
Kelsie Moore / KUER

A Honduran mother who sought sanctuary in a Utah church has been denied her most recent appeal for asylum. Vicky Chavez has been living at the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City since January with her two small children.

US Supreme Court building.
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The president is revealing his choice to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Watch the announcement LIVE at 7:00 P.M. MST.

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Brooks Kelly stopped at a display of smart sprinkler-system controllers.

"This 6-station timer — it's got a rebate," said Kelly, who works the plumbing aisle at the St. George Home Depot. "You buy it [and the] Washington County water district gives a $99 credit to your water bill. So, this is free."

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