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Monday evening, December 2, 2019

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The U.S. House of Representatives is holding its fifth day of open hearings in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. All hearings will be streamed through this video player as they are live.

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While Wednesday marked the first public hearing in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, Utah Congressman Chris Stewart quipped that the impeachment process actually began years ago.

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President Trump hosted Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan at the White House. The meeting came after Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria, which cleared the way for Turkey to lead an offensive in the area and which drew bipartisan criticism. Trump and Erdogan held a joint press conference. 

For more information, see NPR's coverage of Trump and Erdogan's joint press conference.

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The U.S. House of Representatives is holding open hearings in its impeachment inquiry into President Trump. 

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Reintroduced legislation incentivizing more renewable energy projects on public lands is getting rare bipartisan support.

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The U.S. House of Representatives is voting to formalize its ongoing impeachment inquiry. The resolution before lawmakers outlines the next steps in their investigation. Watch the debate and vote on the House floor live.

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Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski is wrapping up her first and only term at the end of this year. She made history as the city’s first openly gay mayor when she was elected in 2015. But she also clashed publicly with members of the city council and Gov. Gary Herbert during her time in office on issues like homelessness and the planned inland port. KUER’s Nicole Nixon went to City Hall to talk with Biskupski about her time in office.  

Utah Delegation Reacts to Impeachment Inquiry

Sep 25, 2019
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Updated 5:40 p.m. MDT 9/25/19: U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi opened an impeachment inquiry Tuesday into President Donald Trump. So far, only half of Utah’s delegation have made statements regarding the development.

Updated at 7:48 p.m. ET

After months of expressing caution on a push for impeachment, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump Tuesday.

"The president must be held accountable," Pelosi said. "No one is above the law."

The landmark move comes after controversy over a phone call Trump had with the newly elected Ukrainian leader in July and reporting that the president pressured him to investigate political rival Joe Biden.

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A prominent climate change denier resigned from the White House Friday after he was blocked from establishing a committee questioning the findings of the most recent national climate assessment. 

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The 41st U.S. president is being honored today with funeral services at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. 

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U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch was among the Utah leaders joining a chorus of condolences and remembrances from around the nation for U.S. Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican and two-time presidential candidate who died Saturday. McCain, who had been fighting brain cancer but whose family announced the day before his death he was stopping medical treatment, was 81.

 

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Matthew Allen used to lead the communications team at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Washington headquarters a couple of blocks from the White House.

Then he got demoted.

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She calls herself a right-wing conservative, but Janalee Tobias immersed herself in liberal social media this fall. Now she says she understands better how the political climate has gotten so tense.

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Green issues are capturing more attention in politics these days. It’s true in community elections and in the national vote, according to the author of a new book on energy politics. And the creator of a new political action committee in Utah agrees.

Utah Senate Wants Congress to Repeal 17th Amendment

Feb 24, 2016
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The Utah Senate has approved a resolution calling for the repeal of the 17th Amendment.

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For a bill to become law the Senate, the House, and the Governor all have to give their approval. But even with a Republican super-majority in the Utah legislature, that process often encounters obstacles.

LDS Democrats

LDS Democrats, the largest caucus in the Utah Democratic Party has a launched a new billboard campaign aimed at Mormon swing-voters.

The billboards focus on education, poverty and LDS scripture. One billboard criticizes Utah’s position in the nation for per pupil spending in public education. It reads quote, “Our children deserve better than last place.” End quote.

One billboard states simply Mosiah 4, referring to the LDS scripture that State Representative and Mormon Democrat Brian King says highlights the churches’ focus on service, giving and reserving judgment. 

Utah Republican Party Chairman Thomas Wright announced today that he will not seek re-election when the state GOP meets in May. 

KUER News Pod: Tuesday March 19, 2013

Mar 19, 2013

A gay rights organization takes on Utah’s Amendment 3, Salt Lake County expands their small business loan program, and Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love could be gearing up for a rematch with Congressman Jim Matheson.

Legislature Approves Dixie State University Name Change

Feb 13, 2013
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Dixie State College is now one signature away from officially becoming Dixie State University after receiving approval from the Utah state legislature.

More Utah Highways Could See 80 MPH Speed Limits

Jan 31, 2013
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The speed limit on several sections of Utah’s interstate highways could soon be increased to 80 miles per hour.

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Officials in Spring City, Utah are considering an ordinance that would encourage every homeowner to own a gun.

Spring City Councilman Neil Sorensen came up with the original idea that would have made owning a gun mandatory. But after discussion the city council quickly decided doing so would be too complicated, so they changed the language of the ordinance. Sorensen says he hopes the ordinance will make criminals think twice before attempting a home invasion.

KUER News Pod: Tuesday January 8, 2013

Jan 8, 2013

Governor Gary Herbert is sworn into office for his first full term, new Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams holds an inauguration ceremony of his own, and environmental groups show concern over the acquisition of EnergySolutions.

KUER News Pod: Monday January 7, 2012

Jan 7, 2013

Governor Gary Herbert is sworn into his first full term, newly elected State Auditor John Dougall sits down and talks with KUER’s Dan Bammes, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gives conditional approval to Utah’s health exchange.

Congressman-elect Chris Stewart OK with Armed Teachers

Dec 28, 2012
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In response to almost 200 teachers participating in a free concealed carry course offered on Thursday, Republican Congressman-elect Christ Stewart says he’s for the idea, as long as the individual and school district are on board.

Stewart says when he gets to congress he’s going to do what he can to protect 2nd amendment rights. And while he doesn’t think all teachers should have to carry a gun, he says it’s not necessarily a bad idea.

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The managing director of the Utah Office of Tourism, Leigh von der Esch is retiring after more the 28 years of public service. Spencer Eccles, executive director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development says von der Esch's dedication to promoting Utah is unmatched.

"At the core of Leigh von der Esch you have a deep commitment and a deep passion for the state and for promoting the state and all of its grandeur. And all of the incredible characteristics, the diversity of the culture and of the landscape," said Eccles.

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Salt Lake County Mayor-Elect Ben McAdams is already implementing changes to the government structure. Thursday he announced he will reorganize the Department of Public Works and appoint two people to oversee it. It’s now called the Department of Public Works and Regional Development. McAdams has named Taylorsville Mayor Russ Wall as the department’s director and Patrick Leary will fill a new position to called Township Executive. McAdams says the two men will help meet the diverse needs of county residents.

Number of Utah Children in Poverty Up to 141,000

Dec 19, 2012
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Child Poverty in Utah is on the rise according to the latest information released by the U.S. Census Bureau today.

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