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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. 

Utah State Fairpark building.
Edgar Zuniga Jr. / Flickr Creative Commons

Wednesday morning, December 11, 2019

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. 

Photo of jeep offroading in Utah.
Bureau of Land Management Utah / flickr

Tuesday evening, December 10, 2019

Photo of the Bureau of Land Management's Salt Lake field office.
Courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management

A group of retired top officials from the Bureau of Land Management is in Washington, D.C., this week criticizing the agency’s planned relocation out West.

A one-story, ranch style building sits in front of a backdrop of red cliffs at dusk.
Courtesy of Creek Valley Health Clinic

When the Creek Valley Health Clinic celebrates its grand opening on Dec. 18, it will have been over a year in the making.

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Payday Loans Mr. Money sign.
Brian Albers / KUER

Payday and title loan companies offer a way to get money fast — put up the title on your car as collateral and you can get a few hundred dollars. The catch? The annual percentage rate, or APR, can be extremely high, meaning you end up paying far more than what you borrowed. 

Photo of Ben McAdams and Rep. John Curtis
Kelsie Moore / KUER

Two of Utah’s representatives in Washington have made statements regarding the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the two charges Tuesday morning, and a full House vote is expected by Christmas.

Three grizzly bears on a mountain.
Flickr Creative Commons Gregory Smith

Tuesday morning, December 10, 2019

Photo of the Utah state capitol building.
Austen Diamond / KUER

Utah lawmakers are expected to take up tax reform in a special session Thursday after a state task force approved legislation late last night aimed at cutting taxes by $160 million.

Photo of a bus stop on the University of Utah campus.
Brian Albers / KUER

Monday evening, December 9, 2019

A semitrailer lays on its side as traffic piles up behind it.
Courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol

ST. GEORGE — The recent flurry of winter storms that caused accidents and traffic problems across the state did not leave Southern Utah untouched.

Photo of downtown Salt Lake City.
Pinpals / Pixabay

The United States added more than 200,000 jobs last month, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While wages and jobs are growing in the Mountain West, they aren’t outpacing the skyrocketing cost of housing. 

Joe McQueen holds saxaphone.
PBS Utah, This Is Utah

Monday morning, December 9, 2019

woman stands in colorful classroom.
Nicole Nixon / KUER

This week, Republican lawmakers are hoping to hold a special session to pass a large tax reform package. It would impose new sales taxes while cutting the overall income tax rate, and cutting income tax means cutting more than half a billion dollars in education funding. But a plan for replacing that money isn’t in the bill. 

Photo of cherry trees in Payson, Utah.
Courtesy of Growers and Members of Payson Fruit Growers

Utahns mostly eat imported fruit and vegetables, but the state is one of the country’s biggest tart cherry producers, behind Michigan. In 2018, production reached 41 million pounds, totalling over $9 million. But a local grower says the industry is at risk, and hopes to soon resolve a case in which it’s asking the federal government to protect it — and other U.S. cherry producers — from Turkish imports.

Photo of the Utah state capitol building.
Austen Diamond / KUER

Lawmakers will have an extra $682 million to spend next year, and legislative leaders say that’s a good reason to double a tax cut they’ve proposed as part of a sweeping tax reform bill.

Photo of the Sand Hollow Reservoir in Washington County.
Courtesy of the Washington County Water Conservancy District

Friday evening, December 6, 2019

Photo of men dressed as Santa Claus and the Grinch inside Utah's Capitol building.
Nicole Nixon / KUER

In a show of holiday bipartisanship, Santa Claus and the Grinch came together Friday with a message to Utah lawmakers: Don’t hold a special session on tax reform.

Lights through fog and smog.
Elaine Clark / KUER

For short term pollution — like in the winter inversion season — the west coast dominates the American Lung Association’s list of the top 25 most polluted cities. In the Mountain West, Missoula, Montana is the worst. It ranks 5th in the country, with the Wasatch Front not too far behind at number 8. Logan, 11, and Pocatello, 25, make the list too. 

Soldiers carry coffin on tarmac while president solutes.
U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik

Friday morning, December 6, 2019

A woman sits at a long table speaking into a microphone at a public hearing. Two men and three women sit next to her.
Rocio Hernandez / KUER

Social workers in Utah schools say they face difficult problems on a daily basis: students dealing with trauma, mental health problems and other social needs.

two ornaments with different designs hang from a tree branch. One is a starry sky and the other is turquoise and says “take pride of being indigenous” with a red handprint beneath it.
Kate Groetzinger / KUER

Twenty-four custom ornaments made the trip from Montezuma Creek to Washington, D.C. to adorn a Christmas tree across from the White House this holiday season. The tree is part of the ‘America Celebrates’ display, which includes the towering National Christmas Tree, and 56 smaller trees, representing every U.S. state and territory. 

Digitized copy of the front page of the Salt Lake Telegram on Dec. 5, 1933.
Utah Digital Newspapers / J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah

Thursday evening, December 5, 2019

Sundance marquee at Egyptian Theatre.
Nicole Nixon / KUER

Thursday morning, December 5, 2019

Photo inside Harmons Grocery Store in downtown Salt Lake City
Brian Albers / KUER

Nearly 700,000 people nationwide could lose food stamps under new federal rules that tighten work requirements, including a small but vulnerable group of San Juan County residents.

They Loan You Money. Then They Get A Warrant For Your Arrest.

Dec 4, 2019
An older man and child stand on a porch holding an small American flag.
Kim Raff for ProPublica

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Photo of the inside of an Amazon warehouse.
Scott Lewis / Flickr

Amazon, one of the world’s largest and highest valued companies, has been expanding its operations all over the globe — including Utah. It was recently announced that a third operation will bring 300 new jobs to the state, though details about when and where the facility will be have yet to be released. 

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