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Photo of a drilling rig on Bureau of Land Management lands in Wyoming.
Bureau of Land Management

After a long hiatus, a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s 2017 decision to rescind regulations on hydraulic fracturing on public lands is moving forward. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California is scheduled to hear oral arguments in January after prominent conservation groups, including the Sierra Club, filed suit in 2018.

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Wikimedia Commons

Coalville and West Valley City are the latest Utah communities to commit to transitioning to 100% net-renewable energy use by 2030. There are now 20 local governments participating in the statewide effort.

Photo of a boy walking in the desert at sunset.
Kelsie Moore / KUER

Southwest Utah is facing a lack of affordable housing — and it’s getting worse. But homelessness there doesn’t always look how you might imagine. Earlier this year, KUER’s Southwest News Bureau reporter David Fuchs told the story of Cory and Skip Stahr and their son Seren, who were living in a trailer in the desert. 

Image of separate photos of Mitt Romney and Rob Bishop cropped together.
KUER file

Call it the Red Rock Rumble. 

Utah Republicans Sen. Mitt Romney and Rep. Rob Bishop introduced legislation this week to designate 289,000 acres in an Illinois national forest as wilderness. It’s Republicans’ latest retort to an ongoing effort to create new wilderness areas in Utah state.

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Courtesy Ballet West

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Salt Lake City dance company Ballet West performing Willam Christensen’s The Nutcracker. In recent years, there’s been a push to update some of its choreography and costumes deemed racist. One of the most-well known of these scenes is the ballet’s Chinese tea dance. Adam Sklute is the artistic director for Ballet West, and he has helped to modernize the Nutcracker. 

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Nate Hegyi / Mountain West News Bureau

The holidays often mean Christmas hams, mulled wine and potato latkes. But in the Mountain West, our food occasionally comes from the forest and not the grocery store. Tom Healy is a hunter living in the small town of Wisdom, Montana. This holiday season, he tried a gamey twist on traditional, eastern European cabbage rolls, called halupkis. Check out his recipe below. 

Photo of a historic firehouse that has been converted into a brewery.
David Fuchs / KUER

ST. GEORGE — Craft beers and microbreweries are a staple along the Wasatch Front and around the West, but that hasn’t been the case in this fast-growing city. Until now. 

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BrianAJackson via iStock

A federal court struck down a key component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Wednesday, signalling more uncertainty for a law that has been in and out of the courts since it first passed in 2010.

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File photo / KUER

Despite a referendum moving ahead against a large and controversial tax reform bill passed last week, Gov. Gary Herbert announced he signed the measure Thursday morning.

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Angela Hsieh / NPR

Seven Democratic presidential candidates are debating Thursday night, the smallest group yet. The December debate, hosted by Politico and PBS NewsHour, is taking place at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. NPR reporters are providing live analysis of the candidates' remarks.

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Utah County Government recording

The average Utah County property owner will pay about $83 more each year under a new tax rate approved Tuesday. That’s a 67% increase. 

Photo of natural gas pump in the desert.
U.S. Bureau of Land Management

Rural communities across the U.S. face tough times. 

But in Utah’s coal country — Carbon and Emery counties — the “Coal Country Strike Team” is stepping in to help. 

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Wikimedia Commons

$100 billion dollars. That’s the amount of money the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has allegedly earned over two decades of investment on tithings from its members. That money isn’t being spent on charitable endeavors, as required by law. A former employee of the Church’s non-profit investment firm, Ensign Peak Advisors, has complained to the IRS. 

Brian Albers / KUER

A whistleblower complaint to the Internal Revenue Service alleges the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is hoarding billions of dollars in a tax-exempt investment fund that hasn’t been going to charitable works as required by federal law, and has misled members in how their tithes are used. 

A dirt road cuts through the grassy, desert lands in Washington County.
David Fuchs / KUER

ST. GEORGE — The idea of the “Northern Corridor” — a roughly 2-mile stretch of road that would cross a national conservation area home to the threatened Mojave desert tortoise — has generated controversy for decades in Washington County.

Photo of Rep. Ben McAdams at a podium.
Rocio Hernandez / KUER

Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, announced Monday that he supports impeaching President Donald Trump, marking the first time he has spoken publicly about how he would vote on the historic proceedings.

Photo of a sign that reads UVU: Utah Valley University.
Brian Albers / KUER

Utah Valley University field botany Professor Jim Harris remembers the last time he saw his long time colleague Mike Shively. 

Photo of the Road Home Shelter.
Jon Reed / KUER

After the Road Home shelter closed last month, homeless advocates worried there wouldn’t be enough beds. Now, recent reports say some of the 700 available beds at three new resource centers in Salt Lake County are going empty.

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Matt Frank / Mountain West News Bureau

Students and faculty leaders at the University of Montana are calling for the removal of swastika-like symbols from a historic building, sparking a debate over its use across the West. 

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Nicole Nixon / KUER

WASHINGTON — Articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump will go before the full U.S. House of Representatives next week following approval by the House Judiciary Committee Friday morning.

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Brian Albers / KUER

The Utah legislature met in a special session last night to pass a massive tax reform bill. KUER's Nicole Nixon has been following the issue and sat down with Bob Nelson to explain what it all means.

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Brian Albers / KUER

The three finalists vying to be the next leader of the University of Utah’s police department after it faced more than a year of public criticism met the campus community this week. They were available for questions in public forums scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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Sonja Hutson / KUER

After nearly a year of debate, Utah lawmakers have passed a sweeping tax reform bill that cuts taxes by $160.5 million. 

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Chelsea Naughton / KUER

The holiday shopping season is in full swing. If you’re like many Americans, a lot of your packages will be coming straight to your door thanks to Amazon. But a report out from Reveal, the publishing platform at the Center for Investigative Reporting, shows a hidden cost to that convenience — injury rates for Amazon warehouse workers are double the industry average.

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Pool Photo

In early November, nine members of an American family from a fundamentalist Mormon community, not associated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, were killed in Northern Mexico. Authorities are reportedly investigating the attack as cartel-related

White business sign with blue lettering gives hours of operationan and visitor information.
Steven Baltakatei Sandoval / Wikimedia Commons

The federal government could ramp up spending on domestically produced uranium, based on a recommendation from a working group created by President Donald Trump. 

Construction through fence at West Jordan fulfillment center.
Sonja Hutson / KUER

Amazon has revolutionized online shopping — scroll, click and your package arrives in just a day or two. Amazon’s products get funnelled through fulfillment centers, where workers quickly sort, pack and ship them. 

Photo of insulin bottle.
Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. health care system is letting people down when it comes to prescription drugs. That’s according to a recent study from researchers at the University of Utah and University of Colorado, which looked at how and why patients with diabetes are going outside the system for the medical supplies they need. 

Photo of board with posts showing banished women.
Nate Heygi / Mountain West News Bureau

Four women from the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation in northeastern Utah have turned to the federal court system after they were banished by Ute tribal leadership last year. 

A table displays many posters of missing Navajo people.
Courtesy Navajo Nation Missing Persons Updates

Salt Lake resident Cassandra Begay says her family left the Navajo Nation to escape violence on the reservation. But she wasn’t able to leave the issue behind. 

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