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Amid Climate And Fed Pressure, Colorado River Water Managers Attempt To Chart New Course

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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Sharlee Mullins Glenn, a founder of the group Mormon Women for Ethical Government, believes it is both a matter of faith and principle that the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are taken seriously.

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Updated 5:35 p.m. MDT.

While Utah Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee said they support an FBI investigation into claims that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford in high school, both issued statements Friday afternoon that indicated their impatience with another delay.

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The Senate Judiciary Committee is voting on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. A full Senate vote on the nomination is expected as early next week. Watch the proceeding live.

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Sen. Orrin Hatch didn’t believe the woman who accused a Supreme Court nominee of sexual harassment in 1991.

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Cole Ellsworth had been serving in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Uganda Kampala Mission for 11 months when he felt it was time to go home.

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A paper published this week reports that a recent fossil discovery in Central Utah is changing what researchers know about the emergence of large flowering trees both here in the Mountain West, and around the world.

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The testimonies from U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford have kept people captivated far beyond the Capitol in Washington, D.C. During her testimony, Ford said she is 100 percent sure that this is not a case of mistaken identity, while Kavanaugh said he will not be withdrawing amid these allegations.

Several of Utah’s elected officials were riveted, too, and we’ve rounded up what they’ve been saying on Twitter.

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A draft spending plan for the Inland Port Authority board drew criticism for having few details, especially on how the massive transit hub might affect the environment.

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Anita Hill, who testified before the U.S. Senate 27 years ago about the alleged sexual harassment she faced from a U.S. Supreme Court nominee, does not compare her situation to Christine Blasey Ford’s.

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Jeanette Hernandez Heltman may be two years out of college, but she often gets confused for a student at Granger High School in West Valley where she works. But that's kind of the point.

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Beyond Candidates: 2018 Ballot Measures

Utah voters have a lot of decisions to make this November. From medical marijuana, to Medicaid expansion and a referendum on gerrymandering, it’s a lot to consider.

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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.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi vowed this week to demand President Trump's tax returns if Democrats win control of the House of Representatives next month.

Pelosi, seeking to regain her gavel as House speaker after elections in November, told The San Francisco Chronicle editorial board that the move "is one of the first things we'd do — that's the easiest thing in the world. That's nothing."

Updated at 8:35 p.m. ET

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has a message for Republican voters who are celebrating the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh: Get to the polls in November if you want more conservatives sitting on judicial benches.

The remains of Matthew Shepard, whose death became an important symbol in the fight against homophobia — and whose name is on a key U.S. hate-crime law — will be interred at Washington National Cathedral later this month.

Shepard's parents say they're "proud and relieved to have a final resting place for Matthew's ashes."

When Mohammed bin Salman became Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince in 2015, just before his 30th birthday, it created a wave of optimism that he could modernize a kingdom that has long resisted change.

Change has come rapidly indeed. Women can now drive, the powers of the religious police have been scaled back, and Mohammed has sketched out plans to overhaul and diversify the oil-based economy.

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