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Courtesy of Utah State Parks

Friday evening, Jan. 10, 2020

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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. 

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Chelsea Naughton / KUER

Friday morning, Jan. 10, 2020

Woman sits at table signing paper.
Nicole Nixon / KUER

Ron Van Otten is camped out in a conference room at the Davis County Library. For several hours a day this month, he’s been greeting people who come to sign a petition against a controversial tax reform measure approved by lawmakers in a December special session.

People sit in a crowded meeting room.
David Fuchs / KUER

Thursday evening, Jan. 9, 2020

Photo of the Keystone XL pipeline in Montana.
Nate Hegyi / KUER

Many ranchers are applauding President Donald Trump after he announced an overhaul of the nation’s bedrock environmental law on Thursday. 

Photo of Rodney Chatman sitting at a table in a police uniform.
Courtesy of the University of Utah

The University of Utah has selected Rodney Chatman, the executive director of public safety and chief of police at the University of Dayton, as its new police chief. 

A red rock hill rises behind a foreground of sand, sage and juniper.
David Fuchs / KUER

KANAB — A proposed frac sand mine that sparked controversy here over its use of water and other environmental damage will not move forward. 

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Leia Larsen

HERRIMAN — When Aurora and Seth McCausland went looking for a new apartment for their growing family, they wanted a place with the trappings of modern life. 

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Courtesy of Hogle Zoo

Wednesday evening, Jan. 8, 2020

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.

Photo of air pollution over Salt Lake City.
Brian Albers / KUER

As Utah confronts the accelerating risks of climate change, the state now has a plan for action. 

Screenshot from a video of Mike Lee speaking to reporters.
C-SPAN

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, broke from his own party Wednesday and announced he’ll side with Democrats in support of a resolution scaling back President Donald Trump’s military powers in Iran.

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. 

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KUER File Photo

Wednesday morning, Jan. 8, 2020

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Incident Information System

Tuesday evening, Jan. 7, 2020

A Bureau of Land Management official addresses a crowd in front of his office building.
David Fuchs / KUER

ST. GEORGE — It’s not every day that a crowd of nearly 50 people gathers in front of the Bureau of Land Management office here.

Photo of a dirt road on a stretch of land that was burned.
Nate Heygi / KUER

The Trump administration’s latest National Preparedness Report is the first of its kind to completely ignore climate change

Four men in heavy winter coats gather around a pic-nic table with a sign that reads “Keep the Road Home Open. Housing is a human right. Party for Socialism and Liberation.” Tents and the City County Building are in the background.
Brian Albers / KUER

Monday evening, Jan. 6, 2020

Photo of Erin Mendenhall getting sworn in as Salt Lake City mayor.
Nicole Nixon / KUER

With a pledge to link arms with businesses, nonprofits and residents to tackle tough issues like affordable housing and air quality, Erin Mendenhall took the reins as mayor of Salt Lake City Monday afternoon.

A new study casts doubt on the safety of state abortion laws in the Mountain West.

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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iStock

Friday afternoon, January 3, 2020

A baby's hand grasps the finger of an adult's thumb.
iStock

After a decade-long decline, Utah’s fertility rate is at an all-time low.

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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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iStock

Thursday evening, January 2, 2020

Sonja Hutson / KUER

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. 

At a rally last November in Las Vegas, a reporter noted Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet’s experience leading Denver Public Schools, and asked the presidential candidate, “With your experience in the education area, [how] would you use that experience as president to help the education system?”

It’s an unremarkable question—except for the fact that it was posed by a 12-year-old.

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Tuesday evening, December 31, 2019

Imagining Utah In 2100

Dec 31, 2019
Photo of Wasatch Front
Brian Albers / KUER

The year’s end is usually a time not just for reflection, but to look ahead at what the future might bring. After a year full of mass killings, economic uncertainty, and political strife, it might be easy to see only problems ahead, including the looming threat of climate change. 

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