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Salt Lake County raised the red, white and blue Juneteenth flag at a ceremony Friday morning, where Mayor Jenny Wilson proclaimed the county’s support of the holiday. Juneteenth — a mashup of the words June and nineteenth — commemorates the day when the last enslaved people were freed in 1865. 

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Updated 7:23 p.m. MDT 6/18/2020

Utah’s governor would have to inform the Legislature of some major emergency purchases under a bill passed by the Utah Legislature Thursday. 

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Trump Administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, won’t stand. The program defers deportations of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and gives them a legal work permit.

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Organizations that advocate for local government informed a Utah legislative committee Wednesday that they have limited resources to address the coronavirus pandemic. 

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The Utah Legislature’s Executive Appropriations Committee approved $850 million Wednesday in total budget cuts for the next fiscal year. 

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Rick Egan / Salt Lake Tribune

The June primary is just two weeks away, and a few races have made it a big election. 

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Utah’s four Republican candidates for governor faced off Tuesday night in what could be their final debate before the June 30 primary. Each candidate criticized the state for accepting federal funds.

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Rick Egan / Salt Lake Tribune

The June primary is just two weeks away, and a few races have made it a big election. 

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After weeks of calls to reduce the city’s police department budget, the Salt Lake City Council voted Tuesday night to do just that, though not by nearly as much as what residents have been calling for. 

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The state Legislature is taking steps to ban police officers from using chokeholds or kneeling on someone’s neck as a form of restraint. 

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In response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of police and continued protests across the country, Utah’s Republican gubernatorial candidates are calling for police reforms and respect for law enforcement. 

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The seat for Utah’s 1st Congressional District hasn’t been open for almost 20 years. But Republican Representative Rob Bishop isn’t seeking another term, so the race is anyone’s game. There are two Democrats in a primary for the district, but the seat is ranked solidly Republican. Four candidates are vying for the GOP nomination.

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The seat for Utah’s 1st Congressional District hasn’t been open for almost 20 years. But Republican Representative Rob Bishop isn’t seeking another term, so the race is anyone’s game. There are two Democrats in a primary for the district, but the seat is ranked solidly Republican. Four candidates are vying for the GOP’s nomination.

Updated at 2:20 p.m. ET

President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday encouraging police departments to improve training — a step critics say falls short of what is needed to curb police officers' use of force against nonwhites.

The order comes as the president faces tremendous pressure to take action following the killing of George Floyd at the hands of police last month.

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After nearly 20 years, Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, won’t seek re-election in Utah’s 1st Congressional District. So, the race is wide open — and it’s the only congressional seat in the state that an incumbent isn’t defending. 

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After nearly 20 years, Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, won’t seek re-election in Utah’s 1st Congressional District. So, the race is wide open, and it’s the only congressional seat in the state that an incumbent isn’t defending. 

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Utah’s 4th Congressional District is a battleground for national Democrats and Republicans. The incumbent, Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams won the seat by just 0.2% in 2018 and his seat has become a high priority for national Republicans to flip. 

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Utah’s 4th Congressional District is a battleground for national Democrats and Republicans. The incumbent, Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams, won by just 0.2% in 2018 and his seat has become a high priority for national Republicans to flip. 

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Steve Griffin

Utah’s 4th Congressional District is a battleground for national Democrats and Republicans. The incumbent, Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams, won the seat by just 0.2% in 2018, and his seat has become a high priority for national Republicans to flip. 

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Courtesy of Kim Coleman

Utah’s 4th Congressional District is a battleground for national Democrats and Republicans. The incumbent, Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams won the seat by just 0.2% in 2018 and his seat has become a high priority for national Republicans to flip. 

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Nicole Nixon / KUER

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday he plans to call the Legislature into a special session next week to amend the state’s budget, to account for revenue loss due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Gov. Gary Herbert announced a slew of changes in the state’s Executive Branch aimed at addressing racial inequality and policing reform.

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Ivy Ceballo, pool photographer

Utah has the first open seat for governor since 2004, and there are four candidates vying for the Republican nomination: Spencer Cox, Greg Hughes, Jon Huntsman Jr. and Thomas Wright. In the lead up to the June 30 primary, KUER is bringing voters a conversation with each of them.

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As protests against police brutality and systemic racism continue across the country, demonstrators in several states have begun to call for defunding or dramatically restructuring police departments

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Ivy Ceballo, pool photographer

Utah has the first open seat for governor since 2004, and there are four candidates vying for the Republican nomination. In the lead up to the June 30 primary, KUER is bringing voters a conversation with each of them.

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Rick Egan / Salt Lake Tribune

The Democratic nominee for Utah’s race for attorney general is already decided, but two Republican primary candidates will face off for their party’s spot on the November ballot: incumbent Attorney General Sean Reyes and Utah County Attorney David Leavitt.

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Ivy Ceballo, pool photographer

Utah has the first open seat for governor this year since 2004 and there are four candidates vying for the Republican nomination. In the lead up to the June 30 primary, KUER is bringing voters a conversation with each of them.

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Courtesy of Rick Egan / Salt Lake Tribune

The Democratic nominee for Utah’s race for attorney general is already decided, but two Republican primary candidates will face off for the spot on the November ballot: incumbent Attorney General Sean Reyes and Utah County Attorney David Leavitt.

Four candidates are vying to be the Republican nominee for Governor. Ahead of the primary election on June 30, we asked the candidates where they stand on issues like economic recovery, air quality, education, the coronavirus pandemic and more.

Four republican candidates are running to be the state's second in command as lieutentant governor. Ahead of the primary election on June 30, we asked them where they stand on voting issues, how the state has handled the coronavirus pandemic and more.

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