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Utah’s long waited Medicaid expansion proposal will move ahead. Officials received word from the federal government today that the state has received approval with the first stage of its Medicaid expansion plan, which is slated to start on Monday, April 1.

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Utah drivers could soon be able to throw their wallets out the window under a new law permitting digital driver’s licenses.

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Utah lawmakers often pride themselves as a deliberative, decision-making body, spending just 45 days each year to pass legislation, but new research may suggest otherwise.

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This week, the Utah Supreme Court takes on the question of whether immigrants who came to the United States illegally can work as lawyers in the state.

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Opponents of the Affordable Care Act in Utah have reason to celebrate today. On Monday night officials in the Justice Department announced they support plaintiffs that include the state of Utah in a court ruling that would undo the health law.

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Gov. Gary Herbert signed into law a controversial ban on abortions performed after 18 weeks of pregnancy on Monday, joining a handful of red states pushing a host of new abortion restrictions that are likely to be challenged in federal court.

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Updated 6:00 p.m. MDT 3/26/19

Several University of Utah students stated that they are concerned about campus safety after a sexual assault was reported early Tuesday morning.

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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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The Utah Supreme Court is considering whether to overturn the state Legislature’s replacement for voter-approved Proposition 2 that expanded patient access to medical marijuana.

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There’s an understanding among Latter-day Saints: Change in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints happens from the top when God speaks through his prophet.

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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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