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Weber State University

Almost 29,000 students are graduating this year from Utah’s eight public colleges and universities. The graduating classes for nearly all of these public institutions have grown since last year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean all have seen improvement in their graduation rates.

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A state audit of seven Utah police departments found flaws in the ways some agencies store evidence with officers losing track of the money, guns, and drugs in their custody.

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A federal court has ruled that the last man in America to legally own a bump stock must hand it over to the government.

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Daysha Eaton / KUER

What happened in two Utah courtrooms this week changed everything for one man who had been wrestling with a childhood trauma that had haunted him for years.

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A controversial oil and gas advisory committee has been disbanded by the Trump administration, according to an interior department spokesperson.

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Attorney General William Barr is testifying before the House Judiciary Committee to answer questions about special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. Watch the proceedings in the Democratic-led committee live.

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Courtesy Draper Police Department

A former Draper City police lieutenant has been charged with sexually abusing a co-worker who was in the process of recovering from breast reduction surgery.

Wildfire season is around the corner in the Mountain West. Prescribed burns are just one way to reduce wildfire risk. That's because, in the right setting, they reduce built-up dry fuel in a controlled environment.

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Erik Neumann / KUER

A gun show may not be the first place you would expect to talk about suicide prevention — especially in Vernal, Utah, where firearms are deeply embedded in the local culture.  

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The United States is in the midst of the largest outbreak of measles in decades. Cases have been reported in 22 states. KUER spoke with Rich Lakin, the immunization program manager at the Utah Department of Health about what he says Utahns should know about the outbreak.

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Attorney General William Barr is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer questions about special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. Watch the proceedings in the Republican-led committee live.

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Holly Vasic / KUER

Utah State University is celebrating the first graduates of its Outdoor Product Design and Development Program this week. This unique degree is launching students into careers even before they have time to put on caps and gowns.

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There have been no new cases of Legionnaires’ disease at a Taylorsville senior living home but residents are still waiting to find out if their water is clean enough to drink.

BYU valedictorian Matt Easton at the podium.
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During his graduation speech Friday, Brigham Young University valedictorian, Matt Easton, told his classmates  “I have come to terms, not with who I thought I should be, but who the Lord has made me to be.”

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Utah Senate

A group of conservative GOP delegates wants the party to back a symbolic resolution calling for a repeal of the state’s newly strengthened hate crimes law, which Gov. Gary Herbert signed into law last month.

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Daysha Eaton / KUER

Updated 11:13 p.m. 4/26/19

The judiciary body of the United Methodist Church ruled Friday against LGBTQ clergy members and same-sex marriage in the church, upholding key parts of an earlier decision.

The backlog in U.S. immigration courts is now over 850,000 cases long. People can wait years for their hearings. And that can be a long time to pay for a lawyer and to make appearances in court. Both of these things can be much harder for immigrants living in rural and mountainous parts of the West.

An organization called ‘500 Women Scientists’ got its start in the Mountain West. Now, it has gone global with a database of experts who are also women.

It all started when members of the group noticed a pattern: an overabundance of something they call ‘manels.’

“They are all-male panels,” says Liz McCullagh, a neuroscientist at the University of Colorado and a member of 500 Women Scientists. “And in particular in fields where we know there’s a lot of representation of women, it’s incredibly frustrating.”

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Daysha Eaton / KUER

On a recent morning before Sunday services, some of Salt Lake City’s poorest residents arrive at First United Methodist Church, where Jim Ecker helps serve them an early breakfast.

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Nicole Nixon / KUER

A monthly inland port meeting lasted just 15 minutes before it was canceled because of disruptive protesters Wednesday afternoon.

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Rocio Hernandez / KUER

The Jordan School District is projected to gain almost 10,000 new students between 2016 and 2022, making it one of the fastest growing school districts in the state.

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Local Boy Scout councils in Utah will remain insulated from a rash of sex assault accusations and possible bankruptcy from settlements aimed at the organization’s national council.

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Rocio Hernandez / KUER

Gov. Gary Herbert revealed Wednesday that he is undergoing treatment for squamous cell carcinoma, a common and treatable form of skin cancer.

This might surprise you, but Americans seem to be losing their taste for beer. Even the dizzy growth we've seen in the microbrew industry is slowing down. Craft beer producers are trying to buck this trend, which involves figuring out how to be competitive with each other as well as the newer kid on the block: craft spirits.

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Brian Albers / KUER

The American Lung Association gives nine Utah counties failing grades for pollution in its 2019 “State of the Air” even though air quality is improving over time, according to its 20th annual report released Wednesday.

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Dinosaur National Monument is known for its fossils and footprints. But now it could become known for its stargazing.

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Most Americans believe that religion should play a bigger role in society than it does now, unlike their counterparts in Europe and Canada, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center.

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The Bureau of Land Management

President Donald Trump’s push for more energy development on federal lands suffered a setback last week when a federal judge ruled that his administration didn’t look at environmental impacts before lifting an Obama-era freeze on new coal leases.

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Rocio Hernandez / KUER

In 2012, when Cindy Taufa moved her family to Utah to escape the growing cost of living in California, she never expected her large family to end up homeless.

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Daysha Eaton / KUER

Against the backdrop of Temple Square in full bloom, officials from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Friday unveiled an ambitious four-year plan to renovate the 126-year-old Salt Lake Temple, which hasn’t had a major update since the 1960s.

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