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Sonja Hutson

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Sonja Hutson is a politics and government reporter at KUER. She’s been reporting on politics ever since the 10th grade, when she went to so many school board meetings the district set up a press table for her. Before coming to Utah, Sonja spent four years at KQED in San Francisco where she covered everything from wildfires to the tech industry. When she’s not working, you can find her skiing, camping, or deeply invested in a 1000 piece puzzle.

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Headshot of Rob Bishop in front of an American flag.
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Former Utah Republican Party Chair Thomas Wright announced Thursday that Utah Congressman Rob Bishop is joining his ticket as a candidate for lieutenant governor. 

Headshots of Mike Lee and Ben McAdams
KUER file

Two members of Utah’s Congressional Delegation — Republican Sen. Mike Lee and Democrat Rep. Ben McAdams — are responding very differently to the Trump administration’s handling of the fatal airstrike against Iran’s top general. 

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Brian Albers / KUER

In Utah, one in eight households is cost-burdened by their housing, meaning they pay more than 50% of their income towards it. That’s according to a 2018 report from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. Wages have not kept up with rising housing costs, and the state has an approximately 50,000 unit housing shortage, according to that same report. 

Photo of Greg Hughes announcing his bid for governor at an auto shop.
Jessica Lowell / KUER

Former Utah House of Representatives Speaker Greg Hughes announced Wednesday he is jumping into the race for governor.

Man stands at a podium with the Utah state seal.
Sonja Hutson / KUER

Updated 3:56 p.m. MDT 01/08/19:

Continuing his focus on education and managing Utah’s growth, Gov. Gary Herbert unveiled a $20 billion budget proposal Wednesday that includes $100 million to improve air quality, an endowment to preserve open spaces and an education funding boost. 

The race for Utah’s 4th Congressional District launched in earnest this weekend, as several candidates held kickoff events, volunteer trainings and started to gather signatures to get on the ballot. 

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KUER file

U.S. forces killed a top Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani, in a targeted airstrike at the Baghdad airport early Friday morning local time. The U.S. Department of Defense said Soleimani was “actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.” Iran said it will will retaliate harshly.

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Updated 11:48 a.m. MST 1/3/20

Former Utah Republican Party Chair Thomas Wright announced Thursday he is jumping into the increasingly crowded governor’s race. 

Man stands in front of large black cylinder surrounded by concrete above and below it.
Sonja Hutson / KUER

There’s a roughly 50% chance that a magnitude 6 or larger earthquake will shake the Wasatch Front in the next half century. And many older structures would not withstand it.

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Sonja Hutson / KUER

Doug Hronek was driving home to Heber City through Provo Canyon about five years ago when he tuned his car radio to a conversation about unique investment opportunities. 

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KUER File

Utah Congressman Rob Bishop is requesting immediate hearings on his bill to prohibit the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service from funding international conservation groups that support violations of human rights.

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Sonja Hutson / KUER

The night earlier this month when the Utah legislature passed a sweeping tax reform bill, former Republican state Rep. Fred Cox was watching intently on his phone. 

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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. 

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A family in Park City called 911 for help for their choking child. But the call wasn’t routed to local authorities that could help them, according to a new state audit.

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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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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

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. 

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Chelsea Naughton / KUER

A pro-Trump nonprofit is pouring $150,000 into digital and TV advertisements in Utah targeting Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams, and his involvement in the impeachment inquiry. 

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Renee Bright / KUER

After Utah lawmakers approved a bill in 2017 that gave more money to the state’s crime lab to process sexual assault kits, the head of that lab estimated it could clear the backlog of untested kits in 2018. Now, the Department of Public Safety said it will take until July 2020 to get caught up.

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File / KUER

Updated 12:21 p.m. MST, 11/27/19

LGBTQ+ activists and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have come together on a proposal to ban conversion therapy for minors. 

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Sonja Hutson / KUER

Utah Democratic Congressman Ben McAdams is pushing a bipartisan bill that would allow victims of Ponzi schemes and other forms of investment fraud to recoup more of their money. 

Still of Rep. Chris Stewart and Lt. Col. Vindman during the House Impeachment Hearings.
YouTube/PBS News Hour

In impeachment hearings this week, Utah Republican Congressman Chris Stewart repeatedly called the inquiry into President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine unfair and lacking any evidence of wrongdoing. 

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Utah democratic lawmakers are “dismayed” by the advancement of a bill giving tax breaks to the oil and gas industry. 

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Cory Dinter / For KUER

When Ginger Phillips was experiencing severe symptoms of her schizoaffective disorder, she used to end up in the emergency room a lot.