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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.

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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.

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It took a few press conferences, public outrage and a meeting that lasted over two hours, but a compromise was struck between LGBT groups and Freedom Festival organizers to allow LGBT members to participate in Provo's annual Fourth of July parade.

Updated at 6:20 p.m. 

Five LGBTQ groups initially barred from participating in Provo's annual Fourth of July Freedom Festival will now be included. Full story here

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Utah County Commissioner Greg Graves is threatening to sue his fellow commissioners and Utah County. He said allegations of sexual harassment that were made public last December amount to defamation.

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Facebook and British consulting firm Cambridge Analytica have been under fire over misuse of personal data. Lesser known is the role a company in Utah’s Silicon Slopes played.

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The Utah County Commission voted to again fund the annual Independence Day celebration in Provo this year but added a non-discrimination clause. This distinction comes after the festival excluded an LGBT group last year.

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Utah County Commissioner Greg Graves is under mounting pressure to resign amid allegations that he created a hostile and intimidating work environment. 

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Tensions are high in Utah County right now as a county commissioner faces allegations of sexual harassment and bullying.

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Chances are you know a child with autism. In Utah roughly 1 in 58 kids are on the autism spectrum. And this likely won’t surprise you because in recent years a lot has been done to raise awareness. But knowing these kids are out there, that’s just the first step. There’s a growing need for training on how best to work with these kids.

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Utah County Commissioners caused an uproar in March when they sent a letter to Provo City, stating intent to end its contracts over the Peaks Ice Arena.

This year’s election is the first time candidates have been able to gain access to the primary ballot by gathering signatures. And while only a few candidates took advantage of the alternative path, that choice has not gone over well with some Republican leaders.

Provo City Hosts Refugee Information Night

May 17, 2016
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In response to an increasing desire to help refugees, Provo City is hosting an information night.

The five Utah County cities that use vote-by-mail for their municipal elections have finally reached an agreement with the county clerk to allow them to put the sales tax increase on their ballots.

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After reconsidering the issue on Tuesday, the Utah County Board of Commissioners has decided to keep a local option sales tax increase on this year’s ballot. But the commissioners did not address the growing controversy over vote-by-mail ballots.

The Utah County Board of Commissioners has decided to put a sales tax increase on this year’s election ballot, but they won’t allow the issue to go out on the vote-by-mail ballots used by five of their cities.

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The Bureau of Land Management’s Salt Lake Office is seeking public comment on the proposed Soldier Pass shooting range south of Saratoga Springs.

Earth Day is this week and cities in Utah Valley are becoming more environmentally friendly according to a survey of municipal policies by a local environmental group. 

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The state’s prison relocation commission has voted to move forward with further assessment of six sites located in Salt Lake, Utah, and Tooele Counties. 

Provo Reservoir Canal Enclosure and Trail Completed

Apr 5, 2013
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Local leaders celebrated the completion today of the Provo Reservoir Canal Enclosure, one of the most significant water projects in Utah. The celebration comes after nearly two decades of planning, negotiating and hard work from several of the Wasatch Front’s major water districts and local governments. But the project isn’t without some loose ends.