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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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C-Span

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt told the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee Wednesday it wasn’t his job to combat climate change.

His comments came days after the United Nations released a damning report on the effects of global warming and mass extinction on humanity.

House Speaker Brad Wilson.
Austen Diamond for KUER

Utah lawmakers are promising a fresh start on tax reform proposals after major backlash against a bill earlier this year.

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Brian Albers/KUER

The Riverton City Council on Tuesday night passed a resolution that opposes abortion and made Riverton “a sanctuary city for the unborn.”

Kilby Court Celebrates 20 Years in Salt Lake City

May 8, 2019

 

Salt Lake City’s longest-running all-ages music venue, Kilby Court, is celebrating its 20th anniversary on Saturday, May 11. It’s more than a celebration of local arts in the valley — it’s also a marker of social change. KUER’s Roddy Nikpour spoke with one of the current owners of Kilby Court, Will Sartain, and Phil Sherburne, the original — and accidental — founder of Kilby Court. 

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Brian Albers / KUER

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski presented the City Council with a $330 million budget plan that calls for prioritizing funding for roads, housing, transit and police force for the 2020 fiscal year.

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The newest collection from Utah Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal is now in print. Inside Nightingale, Rekdal’s lyric essay reimagines the ancient poet Ovid’s epic on change.  She talks about that influence and the song bird as symbolic and transformative in this sixth collection.  In this first half, KUER’s Diane Maggipinto spoke with her about the process of writing, and advocating for literature in the arts as poetry ambassador.

Samuel Bowles, Across the Contintent

In the second part of the  conversation, KUER’s Diane Maggipinto asked the Utah Poet Laureate about her latest work.

Paisley Rekdal spent the better part of a year writing an epic poem called  “West: A Translation” to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the driving of the spike that completed the transcontinental railroad.

Her wide-reaching research connected her with the experiences of Chinese laborers, who were first welcomed and then shunned

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Erik Neumann / KUER

Officials from the Salt Lake City Police Department announced today that they had cleared a 10-year backlog of sexual assault evidence known as “rape kits.”  

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Nicole Nixon / KUER

Immigrants shouldn’t be afraid of a controversial question about citizenship status that could be included on next year’s national headcount, U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham said during a Salt Lake City visit Tuesday.

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One of the largest DNA crime labs in the country, Salt Lake City-based Sorenson Forensics, faces increasing scrutiny following allegations that it mishandled evidence, first in Kentucky and now in Illinois.

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Lynn Chamberlain, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

A United Nations environmental report released on Monday focusing on global biodiversity shows species throughout the world are declining at a rate faster than any time before in human history.

Utah Republican Chairman Derek Brown speaks after his election.
Nicole Nixon / KUER

As the Utah Republican Party’s new chairman spoke with nearly 1,000 party delegates as he campaigned for the seat, he said heard one thing over and over: “We want to unify.”

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