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Rebecca Ellis / KUER

Gun violence remains a political issue nationwide. But, at the local level, there’s not a whole lot a Utah mayor can do to enact gun reform. 

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David Fuchs / KUER

Updated 4:07 p.m. MDT 6/26/19

St. George, UT — Tuesday evening, two brothers — a 28-year-old from North Dakota and 20-year-old from Nevada — were visiting the upper waterfalls at Gunlock State Park when they slipped and fell nearly twelve feet into the water below.

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Erik Neumann / KUER

The Trump administration may soon push for more uranium mining in the Colorado Plateau, arguing the mineral is critical for national security. The potential move prompted criticism from Democrats during a hearing of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources on Tuesday. 

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Rocio Hernandez / KUER

This weekend, immigration officials are looking to deport as many as 2,000 migrant families in major U.S. cities including Denver, Miami and Chicago.

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Chelsea Naughton / KUER

Planning a climbing trip in the West? The federal government wants to help.

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Brian Albers / KUER

While air quality has been on the decline nationwide over the last two years, Utah has seen mixed results in the state’s efforts to rein in pollution.

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Austen Diamond for KUER

A new role at NPR Utah for longtime RadioWest producer

For fans of the long-running KUER talk show RadioWest, Elaine Clark is a familiar name. Host Doug Fabrizio has mentioned her in the show’s closing credits a grand total of 1,959 times.

Now, after nearly 15 years as a producer on the award-winning interview program, Clark has a new role at the Salt Lake City-based NPR member station. As of this week, she is KUER’s managing editor for news.

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Austen Diamond for KUER

Recently recognized at the national level for its journalism, KUER won six first-place awards last night from the Utah Society of Professional Journalists 2019 Headliners contest, including radio reporter of the year.

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Utah lawmakers took the first step Wednesday towards reauthorizing a pprogram to encourage students finishing medical school to train in rural and underserved parts of the state. If not reauthorized, the Rural Residency Training Program that started over a decade ago will sunset in July, 2020.

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While supporters in a 20,000 seat stadium in Orlando, Florida, cheered President Donald Trump’s official kick-off of his 2020 campaign, a flag-waving party of roughly 50 people celebrated in Western Salt Lake City.

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Rocio Hernandez / KUER

About a hundred Salt Lake City teachers, parents and community supporters rallied on Tuesday to demand better pay. Salary negotiations between the teachers’ union and the district reached an impasse two weeks ago.

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Renee Bright / KUER

Utah’s Medicaid expansion plan had a final public hearing Monday night in Salt Lake City. After the window closes for online comments at the end of the month, officials with the health department will then submit the proposed changes to the federal government for approval as a waiver.

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The Trump administration on Friday ordered agencies to eliminate at least one-third of their advisory committees, a move that has government watchdogs and science advocacy groups concerned.

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Utah’s largest healthcare system is on the hunt for half a million DNA samples.

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Judy Fahys / KUER

The drive behind a massive water development project in southwestern Utah, the Lake Powell Pipeline, shows no signs of slowing even after the Colorado River Basin states signed a new agreement this spring that could potentially force more conservation or cutbacks.

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Rocio Hernandez / KUER

After a heated debate on immigration issues at its Tuesday meeting, the Salt Lake County Council passed an amended resolution by Council Member Steve DeBry that outlined the county’s support of its immigrant residents and urged Utah congressional leaders to pass immigration laws that keep families together.

There’s a lot about the Bald Mountain and Pole Creek fires that was unexpected, defying decades of know-how that fire officials brought to the challenge of fighting them.

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Rocio Hernandez / KUER

Valens Musoni was about five or six years old when the Rwandan genocide began 25 years ago. He grew up in the capital city of Kigali with his parents and 15 siblings, including half-brothers and half-sisters. He remembers his parents working on a farm, his siblings bring him treats from their school. 

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Courtesy Robert Hitz / Utah Royals FC

The Women’s World Cup soccer tournament started on Friday in Paris. Six players from the Utah Royals Football Club will compete in the World Cup.

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Kelsie Moore / KUER

Utah County Commissioner Nathan Ivie made headlines — and perhaps history – last month when he came out publicly as gay.

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Rebecca Ellis / KUER

Last month's meeting on the inland port lasted only five minutes before being disrupted by megaphone-bearing protesters, furious over plans to build a massive distribution hub in northwest Salt Lake CIty.

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The public will have a chance to weigh in on the last step towards implementing the Utah Legislature’s Medicaid expansion plan during a hearing on Thursday afternoon.

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Around the country mounting distrust of vaccines has created an opportunity for diseases to spread that previously disappeared from the United States. Measles was eliminated in the U.S. in 2000. However, this year there have been 981 cases nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Nate Hegyi / KUER

The Trump administration is responsible for the largest reduction of federally protected land in U.S. history after it shrunk two national monuments in Utah, according to a recent study published in the journal Science.

Rebecca Ellis / KUER

Members of Utah’s LGBTQ community marched through downtown Salt Lake Sunday for the city's annual Pride Parade. And the corporate sponsors were right behind them.

Renee Bright / KUER

MOAB — About 40 miles north from the tourist hordes in town and set against a backdrop of tan clay and red mesas, the vista looked primed for a nature magazine cover shoot: early afternoon, the desert bloom in full force, awash with purple and yellow flowers. Quiet.

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Nate Hegyi / KUER

A 2017 “flash drought” on the northern Great Plains led to massive wildfires, millions of dollars in lost tourism revenue and $2.6 billion in agricultural losses, according to a new federal report released Thursday.

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The utility company in charge of powering the Navajo Nation, where roughly 10 percent live without power, is receiving a $94 million federal loan for two sprawling solar farms, U.S. Department of Agriculture officials announced Thursday.

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Nicole Nixon / KUER

Lawmakers and tax experts tasked with restructuring Utah’s tax code laid out a vision on Thursday evening that includes plans for accepting public input in the coming months.

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Judy Fahys / KUER

Leaders at the 8th annual Governor’s Energy Summit praised the virtues of “all-of-the-above” policies, but protesters crashed their discussion to push for a faster push toward clean energy.

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