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Sonja Hutson / KUER

Two portable restrooms opened Monday for people experiencing homelessness across the street from Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City. 

Updated at 4:06 p.m. ET

Attorney General William Barr puts the founding principles of the Justice Department "more at risk than at any time in modern history," the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee charged on Tuesday.

Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., excoriated Barr because he said the attorney general sought conflict with Americans at an unprecedented scale, including via federal law enforcement crackdowns, and has created what Nadler called a special reserve of justice for the well-connected.

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Monday evening, July 27, 2020

Two tourists window shop on Main Street in Moab.
discopalace via Creative Commons

Over a quarter of Grand County workers lost their jobs this spring because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to unemployment claims filed in April. But many county residents went back to work when tourists returned to Moab, and the need for food and housing assistance has declined. 

Utah Lake from Saratoga Springs.
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/The Dye Clan

  Monday morning, July 27, 2020

Improving Health Care Beyond Pandemic

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Most of Utah is in the low-risk phase of the state’s coronavirus pandemic response, and people are venturing out more. Dining in at restaurants, working out at gyms and group gatherings are all allowed under those limited restrictions.

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Mike Renlund via Flickr

  Friday morning, July 24, 2020

This story is part of a collaboration between the Mountain West News Bureau and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Read about how a U.S. border town is responding to the shutdown here.

Paul Samycia started his fly fishing company two decades ago and has grown it into the largest in Fernie, British Columbia. But these days, Samycia's Elk River Guiding Company is adrift. 

Traditionally more than two-thirds of the company's clients are Americans, and with the border closed, Samycia says the season is almost a write-off.

Multi-story, tan brick school building with large windows.
Courtesy Logan City School District

With the start of a new school year less than a month away for some of Utah’s public schools, most have at least a rough plan for what their returns will look like. 

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Courtesy of Robin Goodman with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

A veteran of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will take over the state’s Bureau of Land Management next month. Greg Sheehan directed DWR for five years, before Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke tapped him to lead the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2017. He left that post a year later, after the Service suggested a rollback of the Endangered Species Act

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David Brossard via flickr

Thursday evening, July 23, 2020

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Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Thursday morning, July 23, 2020

This story was powered by America Amplified, a public radio initiative.

The U.S.-Canada border crossing north of Eureka, Mont., is quiet these days. No buses or vans packed with mountain bikes and vacationing families. Just a single logging truck. 

"No traffic hardly at all," says David Clarke, owner of the First & Last Chance Bar and Duty Free Store.

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Brian Albers / KUER

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Utahns have been encouraged to stay safe by staying home. But for people who don’t have a home, that can be an impossible task. 

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Division of Wildlife Resources

Wednesday evening, July 22, 2020

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Lexi Peery / KUER

Fifteen conservation groups from Utah, Idaho, Colorado, California and Nevada have sent a letter to federal agencies asking them to pause the environmental review for the proposed Northern Corridor.

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Chelsea Naughton / KUER

Updated 1:42 p.m. MDT 7/22/2020

A dozen portraits of people who were killed by police have been painted on a building in Salt Lake City following the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal in Salt Lake City.

The art, installed by a group of about 20 unnamed artists, is part of a larger, ongoing movement in which thousands of people have marched in the streets across Utah to protest police brutality and racial injustice.

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Wednesday morning, July 22, 2020

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Public health agencies across the country are widely underfunded, according to a recent report from Kaiser Health News. Utah is one of many states that spends less than $100 per person in public health funding, according to the report, spending about $79 per person. 

Illustration of a jail hallway.
Renee Bright / KUER

Meagan Deadrich was 27 weeks pregnant when she was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on a probation violation in 2018. Soon after, she started bleeding and knew something was very wrong.

Tuesday evening, July 21, 2020

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Joshua Rego via flickr

In Utah, 66% of households have completed the 2020 Census. But that number drops to 9.5% on the Navajo Nation, where most homes don’t have street addresses.

President Trump took to the White House briefing room on Tuesday to praise his administration's response to the virus that has killed more than 140,000 Americans so far. In a reversal of his recent statements and tone, he acknowledged the severity of the pandemic and urged Americans to comply with preventative measures.

"It will likely unfortunately get worse before it gets better," Trump said in uncharacteristically somber remarks, encouraging Americans to social distance, practice good hygiene and wear masks.

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Tuesday morning, July 21, 2020

Police vehicle with emergency lights flashing at night.
Brian Albers / KUER

Utah state Rep. Carl Albrecht, R-Richfield, is pursuing a resolution honoring law enforcement and first responders. 

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Monday evening, July 20, 2020

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Lena_Datsiuk via iStock

A research team at Brigham Young University has put together a guide to make sense of the science behind masks. Spoiler alert — you should be wearing them. Assistant professor of ecosystem ecology Dr. Ben Abbott told KUER’s Caroline Ballard how the review came about.

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Utah Fire Info via Twitter

This year has already been a historic fire season for Utah, and it’s not even halfway through it.

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Wikimedia Commons

Monday morning, July 20, 2020

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Ken Lund / Flickr Creative Commons

Park City was on track for one of it’s most successful skiing seasons last winter, but things came to a halt in March when the city was identified as a COVID-19 hotspot, according to Bill Malone, president of the Park City Chamber/Bureau. 

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