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Erik Neumann

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Erik Neumann is a radio producer and writer. A native of the Pacific Northwest, his work has appeared on public radio stations and in magazines along the West Coast. He received his bachelor's degree in geography from the University of Washington and a master's in journalism from UC Berkeley. Besides working at KUER, he enjoys being outside in just about every way possible. 

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With Earth Day less than a week away, a new analysis looking at increasing temperatures since the environmental holiday was created in 1970 shows that temperatures in Utah have risen more dramatically than the global rate.

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Two cases of mumps identified in school kids in Sanpete County over the weekend have raised concerns about vaccination rates in the state.

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Salt Lake City Police Department

The Salt Lake Unified Police Department board of directors is considering whether to continue funding the use of body cameras for officers.

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Erik Neumann / KUER

Inside a converted office building in a Midvale business park, about a dozen people are hard at work. Two women sort a tangle of coat hangers onto a rack for a dry cleaning company. Several others are busy ripping plastic covers off cans from a nearby medical supply company so the metal may be recycled.

Renee Bright / KUER

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.

State Attorney General's Office

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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Erik Neumann / KUER

Medical staff buzzed around the inside of a new 36-foot-long RV in the parking lot of Utah Partners for Health in Salt Lake City’s Glendale neighborhood on Thursday. Inside, two exam rooms will soon provide a workplace for medical assistants and a registered nurse to treat some of Utah’s most needy.

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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.

istock.com / Patrick Morrissey

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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Cory Dinter for KUER

Lawmakers ran out of time in a legislative committee on Thursday while discussing a controversial bill to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada to Utah.

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Erik Neumann / KUER

Representatives from Intermountain Healthcare announced today that staff in their hospitals can now endorse the use of medical cannabis, the first health system in the state to take that step since the Utah Medical Cannabis Act was passed in December.

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The Utah House of Representatives passed the latest version of a scaled-back Medicaid expansion bill on Friday, giving a clear path for the proposal to become law, and supersede Proposition 3, which voters passed last November.

Erik Neumann / KUER

There’s general consensus between policy makers, elected officials and health care advocates that Medicaid has a big price tag. But what are the actual costs? Bryce Ward aimed to find out. He’s an economist in Missoula, Montana who published a study of the first two years of Medicaid expansion in that state. KUER’s Erik Neumann spoke with Ward about what lessons might be used in Utah.

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Cory Dinter for KUER

State Senators at the Capitol on Monday passed the latest version of a plan to change voter-approved Medicaid expansion, known as Proposition 3.

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Erik Neumann / KUER

Nearly two dozen faith leaders gathered at the state Capitol on Thursday to oppose legislative efforts to change Proposition 3. They were part of an even larger group of religious and community leaders — which did not include leaders from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — who signed a letter to state officials urging them to oppose any legislation to change voter-approved Medicaid expansion under Proposition 3.

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Two Navajo Democrats won an election last November in Southern Utah’s San Juan County. In the lead-up to the election, the county was redistricted after coming under fire for alleged racial gerrymandering.

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Utah's Republican dominated Legislature can be a lonely place for a Democrat. That can be especially true for the only openly gay legislator. For six years, that person was Jim Dabakis representing Senate District 2.

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Erik Neumann / KUER

For climbers like Salt Lake resident Mike Lyons, the act of tying a safety knot in a climbing rope is a ritual. Ensuring a correctly tied knot is a connection between climbing partners, a way to focus and, most importantly, to avoid injury in case of a fall. It comes down to routine.

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Brian Albers / KUER

A backed-up line of grocery carts pushed by furloughed federal employees wound between aisles at the Catholic Community Services food pantry in Ogden, forcing Cheryl Meyers some tough choices.

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In what may be the first of its kind, a proposed bill in Utah’s upcoming legislative session could strengthen privacy protections for digital information stored on third-party software.

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Renee Bright / KUER

Homeless veterans struggling with substance abuse in Utah may have been kept out of a transitional housing complex on the Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs campus, according to allegations from the Housing Authority of Salt Lake City.

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Courtesy Office of Sen. Orrin Hatch.

Sen. Orrin Hatch will retire next month, winding down a political career spanning four decades ... longer than any elected official in Utah's history. The 84-year-old will likely be remembered for his role in bruising Supreme Court nomination battles, passing the Children's Health Insurance Program and funneling millions of dollars back to Utah.

But this week, KUER is remembering lesser known parts of Hatch's legacy. 

In his 42 years in the Senate, Orrin Hatch authored or co-sponsored over 700 bills — more than any other living lawmaker — making him one of the health care industry’s biggest champions.

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Austen Diamond for KUER

A familiar health program known as work requirements will be returning in the upcoming legislative session after Utahns’ voted to fully expand Medicaid in November.

Brian Grimmett

The state legislature passed the Utah Medical Cannabis Act last week. State agencies are already taking first steps to lay the groundwork for the law despite several lawsuits attempting to undo the compromise between cannabis advocates and elected officials.

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Annie Putman

As skiers and snowboarders gear up for the season and what looks to be a snowy Thanksgiving weekend, snow safety forecasters are hoping this will be the third season in a row without avalanche-caused deaths in the backcountry.

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Erik Neumann / KUER

University of Utah neurobiologist Maureen Condic was recently appointed to the 25-member National Science Board by the Trump administration. KUER’s Erik Neumann sat down with Dr. Condic to learn about her work on bioethics in the health sciences.

Jonathan Hickerson

With the help of a group of Harvard public health researchers, a Utah lawmaker is planning to introduce legislation on gun safety to try to reduce our state’s high suicide rate.

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Erik Neumann / KUER

A small but symbolic race in San Juan County has captured the attention of Utahns far outside County Commission District 2, which is home to Utah’s portion of the Navajo Nation and the Bears Ears National Monument.

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Renee Bright / KUER

Proposition 4, the redistricting proposal also known as Better Boundaries, led by several thousand votes early Wednesday morning.

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Renee Bright / KUER

Updated 3:44 p.m. MST 11/9/8

Voters in Utah have approved Proposition 3, a ballot initiative to expand the Medicaid health insurance program to an estimated 150,000 Utahns.

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