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Despite a referendum moving ahead against a large and controversial tax reform bill passed last week, Gov. Gary Herbert announced he signed the measure Thursday morning.

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David Fuchs / KUER

Thursday morning, December 19, 2019

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PBS News Hour recording

Wednesday evening, December 18, 2019

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Utah County Government recording

The average Utah County property owner will pay about $83 more each year under a new tax rate approved Tuesday. That’s a 67% increase. 

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U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released

Wednesday morning, December 18, 2019

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U.S. Bureau of Land Management

Rural communities across the U.S. face tough times. 

But in Utah’s coal country — Carbon and Emery counties — the “Coal Country Strike Team” is stepping in to help. 

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Tuesday evening, December 17, 2019

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Wikimedia Commons

$100 billion dollars. That’s the amount of money the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has allegedly earned over two decades of investment on tithings from its members. That money isn’t being spent on charitable endeavors, as required by law. A former employee of the Church’s non-profit investment firm, Ensign Peak Advisors, has complained to the IRS. 

Brian Albers / KUER

A whistleblower complaint to the Internal Revenue Service alleges the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is hoarding billions of dollars in a tax-exempt investment fund that hasn’t been going to charitable works as required by federal law, and has misled members in how their tithes are used. 

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Chelsea Naughton / KUER

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

The West’s water security is wrapped up in snow. When it melts, it becomes drinking and irrigation water for millions throughout the region. A high snowpack lets farmers, skiers and water managers breathe a sigh of relief, while a low one can spell long-term trouble.

A dirt road cuts through the grassy, desert lands in Washington County.
David Fuchs / KUER

ST. GEORGE — The idea of the “Northern Corridor” — a roughly 2-mile stretch of road that would cross a national conservation area home to the threatened Mojave desert tortoise — has generated controversy for decades in Washington County.

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Erik Neumann / KUER

Monday evening, December 16, 2019

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Rocio Hernandez / KUER

Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, announced Monday that he supports impeaching President Donald Trump, marking the first time he has spoken publicly about how he would vote on the historic proceedings.

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Brian Albers / KUER

Monday morning, December 16, 2019

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A family in Park City called 911 for help for their choking child. But the call wasn’t routed to local authorities that could help them, according to a new state audit.

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Brian Albers / KUER

Utah Valley University field botany Professor Jim Harris remembers the last time he saw his long time colleague Mike Shively. 

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Friday evening, December 13, 2019

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Jon Reed / KUER

After the Road Home shelter closed last month, homeless advocates worried there wouldn’t be enough beds. Now, recent reports say some of the 700 available beds at three new resource centers in Salt Lake County are going empty.

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Matt Frank / Mountain West News Bureau

Students and faculty leaders at the University of Montana are calling for the removal of swastika-like symbols from a historic building, sparking a debate over its use across the West. 

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Nicole Nixon / KUER

WASHINGTON — Articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump will go before the full U.S. House of Representatives next week following approval by the House Judiciary Committee Friday morning.

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KUER File Photo

Friday morning, December 13, 2019

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Brian Albers / KUER

The Utah legislature met in a special session last night to pass a massive tax reform bill. KUER's Nicole Nixon has been following the issue and sat down with Bob Nelson to explain what it all means.

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Brian Albers / KUER

The three finalists vying to be the next leader of the University of Utah’s police department after it faced more than a year of public criticism met the campus community this week. They were available for questions in public forums scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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Sonja Hutson / KUER

After nearly a year of debate, Utah lawmakers have passed a sweeping tax reform bill that cuts taxes by $160.5 million. 

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Courtesy Equally American

Thursday evening, December 12, 2019

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Chelsea Naughton / KUER

The holiday shopping season is in full swing. If you’re like many Americans, a lot of your packages will be coming straight to your door thanks to Amazon. But a report out from Reveal, the publishing platform at the Center for Investigative Reporting, shows a hidden cost to that convenience — injury rates for Amazon warehouse workers are double the industry average.

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Pool Photo

In early November, nine members of an American family from a fundamentalist Mormon community, not associated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, were killed in Northern Mexico. Authorities are reportedly investigating the attack as cartel-related

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Thursday morning, December 12, 2019

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Steven Baltakatei Sandoval / Wikimedia Commons

The federal government could ramp up spending on domestically produced uranium, based on a recommendation from a working group created by President Donald Trump.