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Brigham Young University quietly announced this week that the school plans to make its Honor Code Office more transparent, signaling a change that follows a campus protest in April that garnered national attention.

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Under blue skies, thousands gathered Friday at Promontory Summit nearly 100 miles north of Salt Lake City to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad.

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This weekend, hundreds of thousands of people will gather to mark the completion of the transcontinental railroad in Utah 150 years ago.

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What happened in two Utah courtrooms this week changed everything for one man who had been wrestling with a childhood trauma that had haunted him for years.

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During his graduation speech Friday, Brigham Young University valedictorian, Matt Easton, told his classmates  “I have come to terms, not with who I thought I should be, but who the Lord has made me to be.”

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Updated 11:13 p.m. 4/26/19

The judiciary body of the United Methodist Church ruled Friday against LGBTQ clergy members and same-sex marriage in the church, upholding key parts of an earlier decision.

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On a recent morning before Sunday services, some of Salt Lake City’s poorest residents arrive at First United Methodist Church, where Jim Ecker helps serve them an early breakfast.

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Most Americans believe that religion should play a bigger role in society than it does now, unlike their counterparts in Europe and Canada, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center.

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Against the backdrop of Temple Square in full bloom, officials from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Friday unveiled an ambitious four-year plan to renovate the 126-year-old Salt Lake Temple, which hasn’t had a major update since the 1960s.

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The Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City is raising funds to help rebuild the fire-damaged Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. The gesture of support comes as Christians observe holy week.

Sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brigham Young University is known for its adherence to church teachings and for its strict Honor Code, which regulates everything from beards to premarital sex. Student protest is uncommon.

But last Friday, 300 gathered at the school's flagship campus to question its Honor Code Office, chanting, "God forgives me, why can't you?"

Students allege that the university is mistreating victims of sexual assault and harassment, especially women and LGBTQ students.

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Hundreds of people turned out to protest Friday on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo. The school is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Sidney Draughon’s first brush with Brigham Young University’s Honor Code Office came out of nowhere in 2015.

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The recent news that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints would now allow children of LGBTQ people to be blessed and baptised came right on time for the growing family of Kevin Kolditz.

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The biggest news of the 189th General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may have been a policy change that happened before the event even began.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Thursday the rollback of a 2015 policy which restricted baptism of children of gay couples and called them apostates.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Police are asking for tips from the public after a bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who is also a former Utah police officer was arrested last week during a human trafficking sting in Utah County.

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Note that this story discusses suicide.

Standing alone on stage at the Salt Lake Public Library auditorium, Arturo Fuentes takes a deep breath, and begins to tell his story of torment.

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Dozens gathered beneath the Utah Capitol dome Thursday to support new legislation that would outlaw conversion therapy with licensed therapists for those under 18.

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For years, the Salt Lake Acting Company has used its productions to address social justice through its casting and the plays it selects. But SLAC Executive Artisitic Director Cynthia Flemming said their choices have taken on a greater urgency at a time when the country is deeply divided. KUER’s Daysha Eaton spoke with Fleming about how they select the productions they bring to town.

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In a significant shift, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is now allowing its 65,000 missionaries worldwide to communicate with their families once a week through text messages, online messaging, phone calls and video chats in addition to letters and emails, officials announced Friday on Twitter.

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The Provo-based Encircle, a resource and counseling center for LGBTQ youths and their families, opened a new branch on Thursday in Salt Lake City. Part of the reason they’re expanding is demand — in 2018, they served around 1,000 young people per month and provided counselling to an average of 400 of those they served. And many of their clients had to travel long distances to access services. 

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Filmmaker Sterling Van Wagenen, a co-founder of the Sundance Film Festival and a University of Utah professor, is facing growing fallout following an allegation that he molested a child more than two decades ago.

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