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Utah’s Republican Gov. Gary Herbert’s request for the Trump administration to rollback restrictions on 4 million acres of national forest land in his state has environmentalists raising flags that it could spur a wave of states in the region to follow suit.

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From ominous speeches to political message bills, the specter of socialism is haunting the Utah Legislature this session.

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House lawmakers will determine the fate of a sweeping tax reform package scheduled for debate today.

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Updated 5:03 p.m. MST 3/6/19

In a press conference at the Capitol Wednesday, two key supporters of legislation that would have banned conversion therapy with minors in Utah resigned from the Governor’s Youth Suicide Task Force.

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Despite being cleared of unfounded harassment allegations last month, the head of Grand Canyon National Park is refusing to return to her job right away. Park superintendent Chris Lehnertz was hastily reassigned five months ago after the federal investigation was launched.

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Utah’s growing interest in environmental issues has translated into an explosion of environmental legislation and budget requests in the 2019 General Session.

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Updated 3:30 p.m. MST 3/6/19

A bill to raise the alcohol limit of beer sold in grocery and convenience stores from 3.2 percent alcohol by weight to 4.8 percent met stiff resistance in a House committee Wednesday morning and was changed substantially before getting the green light.

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Utah’s planned inland port potentially could reach to far corners of the state under a bill approved by a House committee Tuesday afternoon, despite criticisms from community advocates living near the center of the planned project.

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A bill to strengthen the state’s hate crimes law passed the full Senate on Tuesday and will next be considered by the House, a first for such legislation in recent years.

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The details on the lengthy federal investigation exonerating Chris Lehnertz of creating a hostile work environment were released Tuesday.

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Longtime KUER classical music host and Salt Lake City actor Gene Pack died over the weekend. Many called the 86-year-old Pack an icon in the local arts community.

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Since the October 2018  death of student-athlete Lauren McCluskey, her parents have been outspoken about how the University of Utah handled the matter.

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The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from the Utah Republican Party over the state’s five-year-old election law, S.B. 54, allowing a candidate multiple pathways to the primary ballot.

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Hundreds gathered to celebrate the life of the late Salt Lake City civil rights activist, Robert “Archie” Archuleta at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center on Saturday.

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A state lawmaker is proposing a carbon tax to stimulate a shift away from fossil fuels.

 

But it's uncertain whether the Republican-controlled State Legislature will advance the bill with just nine days before the Utah’s 2019 legislative General Session ends.

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Salt Lake City has invested $2 million into two housing projects in the city’s east and west sides.

One project will create 75 permanent supportive housing units for people who are transitioning out of homelessness. It is the first housing development of its kind in a decade, the city said.

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Utah legislators on the House Judiciary Committee questioned on Friday the scope of a bill that would ban a controversial form of psychotherapy.

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A parade of critics from a cross section of Utah industries swarmed a House committee hearing on Friday to object to a Republican plan that would add new taxes for a raft of services.

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As the demand for coal continues to plummet in the United States, state legislatures in the Mountain West are coming up with creative ways to either save the industry or transition away from it.

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When University of Utah senior Mohan Sudabattula found the posters hanging recently from the side of the art building on campus, the first-generation son of immigrants from southeastern India was surprised but not shocked. He’d seen similar posters – the red, white and blue lettering – popping up all over campus.

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We know we’re nearing the end of the session when two major bills with big implications drop as the clock winds down. One is the widely anticipated tax reform package and the other bill proposes some significant changes to the inland port created just last year. We sit down with Rep. Robert Spendlove to dive into the new tax bill and find out what things Utahns might soon have to start paying taxes on. Plus, we examine the mixed signals lawmakers are sending about traffic safety.

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Utah could soon put new restrictions on abortion after the state Senate on Thursday sent the first of two bills to the governor’s desk for his signature.

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Gummy bear, cotton candy, bubblegum, butterscotch, funnel cake. The ever expanding menu of e-cigarette flavors are clearly targeted at children, says Democratic Rep. Jennifer Dailey-Provost.

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Scooping out another large spoonful of raw dough, Jackson Dopp stood in the kitchen of his parents’ Layton home, making chocolate chip cookies on a recent Thursday afternoon. He had other ideas in mind besides the plan to deliver cookies to their neighbors.

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After the success of three citizen-led ballot initiatives — legalizing medical marijuana, expanding Medicaid and creating a redistricting commission — and the resulting pushback by the Legislature, lawmakers are now proposing a host of changes to the way initiatives get on the ballot.

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Julián Castro, a former Texas mayor and cabinet member in the Obama administration, became the first Democratic candidate to campaign for the 2020 race in Utah when he stopped in Salt Lake City on Wednesday.

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A new proposal at the Utah Legislature that would expand the powers of the state’s new Inland Port Authority Board is not sitting well with some Salt Lake City lawmakers, who worry it could encroach on the city’s authority.

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With little more than two weeks left in the legislative session, Republican lawmakers released a massive sales tax reform package late Wednesday that would expand state revenue sources while lowering the overall sales and income tax rate.

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The Utah Department of Public Safety plans to revoke the certification of Brigham Young University's police force after an allegation of a botched sexual assault investigation.

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Updated 7:20 p.m. MST 2/26/29

Utah’s four congressmen all voted “yes” Tuesday for a bipartisan bill that makes the Land and Water Conservation Fund permanent and protects 1.3 million acres as wilderness — about half of it in Utah.

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