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Rebecca Ellis / KUER

On a drizzly Memorial Day morning, Jennie Taylor recounted what she described as a life-changing text message from her husband to a crowd gathered at the historic Fort Douglas Cemetery.

Ceremony at Hark Wales' grave
Rocio Hernandez / KUER

The story of the Mormon pioneers who travelled West to settle in the territory that is now the state of Utah is well-known. What’s less well known is the stories of the African Americans who also made the journey.

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Sun in the winter and summer can be a blast in Utah. Bluebird skiing in the Wasatch and hot days in Southern Utah’s red rock canyons. But a major downside to all that sun? Utah ranks first in the nation for rates of melanoma skin cancer.

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Gov. Gary Herbert has appointed new members to the Utah State Board of Education, the Utah Board of Regents and the Utah System of Technical Colleges.

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CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK, UTAH — The dark blue, predawn sky was just beginning to brighten over Mesa Arch — a once-hidden gem in southern Utah — as Jonathan Zhang frantically set up his camera and tripod.

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Gov. Gary Herbert will likely support President Donald Trump’s re-election bid in 2020.

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The U.S.-China trade war is making for one long bumpy ride at S&S Worldwide.

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Erik Neumann / KUER

Across the country pregnancy-related maternal mortality has been on the rise in recent years.

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Nicole Nixon / KUER

Utah will have more say in managing some of its federally-owned public lands, after Gov. Gary Herbert and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue signed a “shared stewardship” agreement on Wednesday.

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Courtesy Utah State University

The Koch Foundation has given millions of dollars to universities in the United States, including a $25 million pledge last spring to Utah State University.

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As Utah faces an ongoing teacher shortage, a growing number of school districts are looking to bump up salaries as a way to recruit and retain educators.

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The U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed Native American treaty rights in a narrow ruling Monday in favor of a Crow tribal member who argued he was allowed to hunt out-of-season on traditional lands in Wyoming.

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Nicole Nixon / KUER

Last week, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox became the first to announce his candidacy for governor of Utah in next year’s election. KUER spoke with the 43-year-old Republican about his decision to run and the tone he hopes to set for the 2020 race.

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Utah System of Higher Education

Four members of Utah’s Board of Regents stepped down Friday at the board’s meeting at Snow College. Regents Teresa Theurer and Bob Marquardt had served on the board since 2008 while Dan Campbell served on the board since 2010. Student Regent Ja’Kell Larson, a University of Utah student, completed her one-year term.

For thousands of years, the Whitebark Pine has provided a valuable food source for birds and bears throughout the Mountain West. But dwindling numbers are forcing forest managers to act.

The tree spans from Alberta and British Columbia in Canada to the Mountain West states of Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and parts of Nevada. But, the number of these trees throughout the region is declining, as much as 90 percent in some areas.

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Erik Neumann / KUER

A new Lehi-based pharmaceutical company that has pledged to reduce prices and prevent shortages of critically important hospital drugs announced plans this week to manufacture its first two products.

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Increased tariffs on Chinese goods will ‘devastate’ outdoor recreation companies, an industry group warned in a letter sent to President Trump Wednesday.

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Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR

President Trump is unveiling an immigration plan that would vastly change who's allowed into the United States. The administration's proposal focuses on reducing family-based immigration to the U.S. in favor of employment skill-based immigration. Watch his remarks from the White House Rose Garden live. The address is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. MDT.

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Where’s the beef? Not in China.

President Trump’s escalating trade beef with China has frozen plans to sell more Montana steaks, hamburgers and jerky to Chinese consumers.

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Daysha Eaton / KUER

Brigham Young University quietly announced this week that the school plans to make its Honor Code Office more transparent, signaling a change that follows a campus protest in April that garnered national attention.

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Medical cannabis products could be ready to sell to Utah patients as soon as January 1, 2020, if all goes according to plan, state officials told lawmakers on the Health and Human Services Interim Committee Wednesday.

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Brian Albers / KUER

A majority of the record 574 bills passed by the Utah Legislature this year went into effect Tuesday at midnight.

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Updated 3:55 p.m. MDT 5/14/19

Utah Lt. Governor Spencer Cox will seek the state’s highest office in 2020.

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Erik Neumann / KUER

About 12,000 employees and their families who work in the Granite School District have a new way to get health care starting on Tuesday: a clinic just for them.

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Maggie Mullen

It’s no secret that in peak season Yellowstone National Park is getting really, really crowded these days.

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Rocio Hernandez / KUER

The opera singer draws her breathe, and exhales. Then, a powerful voice bursts from her core.

“You now sue and you now win on my son’s broken back.”

It’s a voice she inherited from her grandmother who encouraged her to sing while they worked in the fields of Lesotho in southern Africa.

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Brian Albers / KUER

Under blue skies, thousands gathered Friday at Promontory Summit nearly 100 miles north of Salt Lake City to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad.

Renee Bright / KUER

This weekend, hundreds of thousands of people will gather to mark the completion of the transcontinental railroad in Utah 150 years ago.

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Rebecca Ellis / KUER

For years, homeless Utahns residing at the Road Home, Salt Lake City’s main downtown homeless shelter, didn’t have to walk far to find a doctor. Fourth Street Clinic, a nonprofit that provides healthcare for the area’s homeless, was just one block away.

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Screenshot The National Health Security Preparedness Index

Utah and Colorado are above the national average in preparing for disasters, according to a new state-by-state analysis released Wednesday.

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