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The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food announced Friday that it will award licenses to grow medical cannabis to eight cultivators.

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It’s called America’s first extreme sport. It’s certainly old … and extreme. Each summer on the Fort Hall Reservation in southeastern Idaho, Shoshone Bannock tribal members gear up for Indian relay. KUER's Mountain West News Bureau reporter Nate Hegyi attended the event early this month with photojournalist Russel Daniels.  

Several utility companies in the West have announced they will institute power blackouts in areas with high fire risk when conditions are particularly bad. 

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Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens died Tuesday at the age of 99. He was appointed by Gerald Ford, and had spent 35 years on the court before stepping down in 2010. 

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Federal legislation introduced this week would expand and increase a compensation program for Utahns and people from surrounding states exposed to airborne radiation from nuclear bomb testing or as uranium miners starting in the 1950s.

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Utah’s three Republican congressmen have broken their silence on the controversy over President Trump’s tweets aimed at four congresswomen of color.

The Bureau of Land Management is officially relocating its headquarters to the Mountain West. That’s according to an announcement by Colorado Senator Cory Gardner.

 


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Kelsie Moore / KUER

July 16 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch. Like any adventure, those astronauts needed a map to get them there. But how do you chart a landscape 238,900 miles away? KUER’s Elaine Clark spoke with Stansbury Park resident and retired physicist Jim Taylor about how he helped map the moon.

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The inland port has become a central issue in this year’s Salt Lake City mayoral race and has the eight candidates considering how they would work with state Republican leaders on the project.

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Uranium mines in Southeast Utah will remain idle — for now — as President Trump has delayed a decision to impose a buy-American quota on U.S. nuclear producers that would have bolstered domestic mining. 

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Rocio Hernandez / KUER

OGDEN — Sandra Nieto was 13 years old when she fled her home country of El Salvador and crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in 1983. She and her 15-year-old sister came to the country to escape the violence from their country’s civil war and to reunite with their mother. 

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Erik Neumann / KUER

By 8:30 Friday morning, the line had grown to around a hundred people outside Horizonte Instruction and Training Center. Freddy Martinez and his son Lucas were there from Orem, waiting for the annual CARE Fair to open, to get a dental check up for his son.

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HELPER — Standing in front of his half-finished oil painting of a coal mining crew, Thomas Williams gestured to the black-and-white photograph taped to the side of the stretched canvas.

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Nicole Nixon / KUER

The day after Gov. Gary Herbert denounced a violent inland port protest and doubled-down on calling it “borderline terrorism,” organizers behind the demonstration denied that they instigated any violence and blamed “police brutality” for pushing, shoving and punching at the Salt Lake Chamber offices Tuesday afternoon.

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Updated 3:00 p.m. MDT 7/11/19

A controversial frac sand mine proposed in Southwest Utah is poised to move forward after local officials gave the go-ahead this week on the sale of water and a conditional use permit. 

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Utah lawmakers from both parties say they make take legislative action following admission by the Utah Department of Public Safety that the agency routinely runs facial recognition software through a state database of driver’s license and mugshot photos.

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Utah officials are disputing some details from reports that the state allows federal agencies to scour photos and information from its driver’s license database.

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Gage Skidmore

Federal lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are working on new legislation that would curb the Trump administration’s efforts to clamp down on the release of public records. 

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Erik Neumann / KUER

Congressman Ben McAdams, D-Utah, was in Salt Lake City this week to promote a $4 million boost in federal funding for youth suicide prevention and research that he helped pass in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Genetics can tell us a lot about ourselves, from where we come from to our risk of developing disease. In Nevada, researchers are collecting this personal information in the largest health study of its kind in the world.

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Rocio Hernandez / KUER

Construction delays at two of three new Salt Lake area homeless shelters are prompting concern from community members. They were scheduled to start serving clients on July 1. But in mid-June, officials with the Utah Department of Workforce Services revised that plan, pushing the opening dates back by several weeks. 

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A group of Utahns is now gathering signatures to get a carbon tax on the 2020 ballot. They say the money could be used for clean air initiatives and other projects.

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Nicole Nixon / KUER

Salt Lake City mayoral candidate David Garbett says if elected, he will try to move an oil refinery and a power plant out of the Salt Lake Valley.

When it comes to beef, Made in America doesn't necessarily mean it was made here. That's because if the cow was raised in another country it can be labeled with a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) sticker as long as it was processed here. That has American ranchers in a beef with each other over what to do about it.

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Erik Neumann / KUER

Snowbird Ski Resort ended their 2018/19 season today, marking the official close of ski season in Utah.  It was the fifth time the resort has been open on the Fourth of July in their 48 year history. Skiers and snowboarders converged on the mountain to get their taste of what it’s like to ski in July. Their answer? Costumes, sunshine, long lines and just enough snow to get back to the lift.

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Kate Groetzinger / KUER

The San Juan County Commission met in Monument Valley on Tuesday to conduct its bimonthly meeting. It was the first time the commission has ever met on the Navajo Nation, according to Commissioner Willie Grayeyes. More than 50 people attended the meeting, around two-thirds of whom were Navajo. 

Congressman Ben McAdams
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As Republicans begin lining up to challenge freshman Congressman Ben McAdams, the democratic representative’s campaign says he is prepared for another tough race just six months into his first term.

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JACKSON, Wyo. — In this corner of the Cowboy State, where homes start at $1 million, it may appear Teton County Sheriff Matt Carr made out like a bandit.

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Utah Fire Info Twitter

In Utah, it is unlawful to discharge fireworks — except in certain places and in certain time frames. Those include the four-day windows surrounding the Fourth of July and Pioneer Day, which start two days before and end one day after the holidays.

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The U.S. Interior Department may have complied with requests from an oil industry trade association to remove some environmental species act protections for a beetle, according to agency records. 

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