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The Right Hand Woman - Why Female Running Mates Are Everywhere In 2020

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden announced Tuesday Kamala Harris is his pick for vice president. She is the first black woman to be chosen by a major political party for the role. Here in Utah, both candidates for lieutenant governor are also women — Republican Deidre Henderson and Democrat Karina Brown.

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The Pac-12 announced Tuesday that it is postponing its fall sports season. It is the latest conference — behind the Mountain West and Big Sky — to delay its football seasons.

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Utah’s official fire season runs from June 1 to October 31. Here’s a round-up of helpful information to guide you through it.

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More than two years after shared electric scooters hit the streets of Salt Lake City, the city council could vote Tuesday night to finalize a permanent ordinance to regulate them. 

It all started at Dr. Sanjeev Arora's clinic in New Mexico.

"One Friday afternoon, 18 years ago, I walked into my clinic in Albuquerque to see a 42-year-old woman who had driven five hours with her two children," Arora said before a recent Senate committee hearing.


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The Four Corners Care Center in Blanding struggled to contain a COVID-19 outbreak last month after a staff member there contracted the virus.

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A decades-long project called the Sloan Digital Sky Survey has produced a new 3D map of the universe, the largest ever created. Cosmologist Kyle Dawson of the University of Utah is the principal investigator for the survey’s latest iteration, the extended Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey, or eBOSS.

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The Parleys Fire started Thursday, Aug. 6 at 6:15 p.m. Officials believe it was sparked by a dump truck that was dragging chains eastbound on I-80. The fire has forced evacuations and highway closures in both directions. Though originally estimated at over 200 acres, mapping on Friday morning found that 80 acres are burning in Parleys Canyon.

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Last year, Steven Phelps taught math at Lakeridge Junior High in the Alpine District. But once he saw his district’s plan to return to in-person classes five days a week, plus a roster of 36 kids and little ability to keep them six feet apart, he and his wife decided he was better off leaving. 

Grand Teton National Park is asking for the public's help in addressing its non-native mountain goat problem. The park announced Thursday, August 6, it is now accepting applications from qualified volunteers for a culling program. Culling is set to begin mid-September and wrap up by the middle of November.

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It’s perhaps a familiar sight to anyone who regularly drives the I-15 corridor past Point of the Mountain at the south end of the Salt Lake Valley. Brightly-colored, U-shaped wings float peacefully above the foothills, two thousand feet above the highway. 

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Jul 30, 2020

2020 Census: The Effort To Reach The FLDS Community

Correction 9:46 am MDT, 7/30/2020: A previous version of this story misquoted Iron County Commissioner Mike Bleak about where Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints live in the county.

New State BLM Director Has Close Ties To Local Officials And Wildlife Managers In Utah

Correction 8:31 a.m. MDT, 7/24/2020: A previous version of this story misstated Robin Goodman's name.

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