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U.S. Department of the Interior

Democrats are likely to question acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt over his connections with industry during his senate confirmation hearing Thursday. The former oil and gas lobbyist has been criticized in recent months for appearing to help out clients he used to represent.

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Brian Albers / KUER

The Utah Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday morning against a controversial legislative rewrite of a voter-approved medical marijuana law.

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Dixie State University’s Board of Trustees voted today in support of a proposal to cut back a student fee that funds the student newspaper, the Dixie Sun News, for the 2019-20 academic year.

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Daysha Eaton / KUER

Religions across America are reckoning with how they address nontraditional members of their faith. The latest is the Methodist Church, which has at least 12 million members in the U.S. and approximately 80 million worldwide.

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Daysha Eaton / KUER

This week, a petition began circulating calling for the Hyde Park City to fire it’s longtime Public Works Director, Mike Grunig, who allegedly pointed a gun at three other workers while on the job.

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Rob Anderson, chairman of the embattled Utah Republican Party, said Wednesday he will not seek a second two-year term, opting instead to step aside this spring in order to let someone else take over.

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Nicole Nixon / KUER

Police oversight advocates are calling on Gov. Gary Herbert to veto a bill that would limit powers of citizen review boards.

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Ever since a hunter killed a nuisance cougar last fall in Eden, cougars have been spotted all along the Wasatch foothills from Layton to Olympus Cove and Herriman. Darren De Bloois, who oversees the game mammal program for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, spoke with KUER’s Judy Fahys about the frequency of cougar encounters this year and why the season probably isn’t over yet.

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Brian Albers / KUER

The University of Utah is looking to increase tuition by 3.2 percent for the next academic year, lower than what was expected and the lowest increase that the institution has seen in two decades, university officials said Tuesday.

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National Park Service officials are reconsidering a plan would require would-be visitors to make reservations to enter Arches National Park after receiving pushback from local businesses.

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Enrollment for Utah’s long-awaited Medicaid expansion starts in less than two weeks. State officials are optimistic that things will go smoothly but they’re still waiting for approval of their plan from the federal government.

Brian Albers / KUER

For a third year in a row, efforts to fund the state’s affordable housing dearth once again fell short during the 2019 legislative session, as lawmakers struggle to tackle a 40,000-unit shortage.

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Courtesy Bike Utah

The nonprofit Bike Utah recently held its annual Bike Summit, with its largest-ever audience. Morning Edition Host Diane Maggipinto spoke with Bike Utah Executive Director Phil Sarnoff on the state of cycling in Utah, and the perennial priority — and obstacle — to building a biking future.

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Nate Hegyi / KUER

European authorities are looking into whether the suspect in last week’s terror attack on two mosques in New Zealand was inspired by an emerging, European-based breed of white nationalism.

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Medical marijuana in Utah is one step closer to being available to the public. As of today companies can apply to the state to create a new tracking system for cannabis from seed to patient.

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Rocio Hernandez / KUER

The hungry goats — more than 50 of them — are staring at Ismael Mohammed. But he’s ready.

On a recent cold and muddy Saturday afternoon at the East African Refugee Goat Project’s ranch, Mohammed locks the goats into their corrals so he can lay out the grains, wheat and hay for them to eat.

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Daysha Eaton / KUER

Reciting from the Quran, Imam Shuaib Din’s melodious voice rang out in Arabic, in a prayer to Allah. The translation of his words were: “I seek refuge in God, from Satan,” he said. “I begin in the name of Allah, the most merciful, the most kind.”

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Julia Ritchey / KUER

Updated 4:56 p.m. MDT 3/18/19

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski says a family situation led her to withdraw her bid for a second term, an abrupt reversal that leaves the mayoral race wide-open.

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Judy Fahys / KUER News


Around 500 Utah students on Friday took part in a worldwide strike to spur action on climate change.

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The 63rd session of the Utah Legislature concluded last night — a little early in fact — drawing to a close about an hour before midnight. Lawmakers outdid themselves this year, passing a record 573 bills. Not to mention balancing a record-setting budget of $19 billion, with bigger investments in air quality, school counselors and retirement benefits for public safety workers. Republican leaders set out with an ambitious agenda to tackle tax reform, which fizzled out. But they did a bunch of other stuff: hate crimes, a beer bill, criminal justice reform and a controversial overhaul of voter-approved Medicaid expansion.

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Paul Edwards

Utah lawmakers wrapped up their annual 45-day legislative session last night. Before the gavel fell, KUER’s political team Nicole Nixon and Julia Ritchey talked with Gov. Gary Herbert for his take on the session … Successes, setbacks, and more.

Cory Dinter for KUER

The Utah Legislature wrapped up its 45-day general session an hour early — just after 11 p.m. on Thursday — in a session defined by big fights over Medicaid expansion, tax reform and the direction of state government in a period of explosive population and economic growth.

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Renee Bright / KUER

The week of March 11 is ‘Sunshine Week.’ It’s promoted every year by journalists and government watchdogs to highlight the importance of open government and transparency. KUER’s All Things Considered Host Bob Nelson sat down with Mountain West News Bureau reporter Nate Hegyi to talk about how his work is affected by new, proposed rules limiting government transparency.

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Kelsie Moore / KUER

Sen. Mitt Romney voted resolution disapproving of President Donald Trump’s National Emergency Declaration, joining Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who also broke with the president.

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The power struggle over the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments continued Thursday in Washington, as supporters and opponents told their stories during a hearing about the impact of the Trump administration’s decision to shrink the monuments.

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Courtesy Amelia Damarjian

When 19-year-old Amelia Damarjian saw that Utah Gov. Gary Herbert had backed amendments to a proposed conversion therapy ban bill, she was furious.

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A push to raise the limit on beer in grocery stores is back at the State Capitol after legislation hit some turbulence last week.

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The Utah Legislature has passed a significant overhaul to the state’s hate crimes statute, a measure Gov. Gary Herbert said he was eager to sign and would provide a “powerful tool” for protecting vulnerable communities.

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Nicole Nixon / KUER

Following days of closed-door meetings, top House and Senate leaders reached a tentative deal on Tuesday that would fund the state’s $19 billion budget.

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Julia Ritchey / KUER

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski has mounted a legal challenge to the state’s new inland port, accusing state leaders of usurping the city’s taxing and land use authority.

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