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Sonja Hutson / KUER

Doug Hronek was driving home to Heber City through Provo Canyon about five years ago when he tuned his car radio to a conversation about unique investment opportunities. 

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Jon Reed / KUER

20 companies took advantage of the state’s 2019 tax rebate program. They’re bringing nearly 10,000 high-paying and over $300 million in state revenue with them over the next 15 years, according to the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). 

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Brian Albers / KUER

Monday evening, December 23, 2019

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Sonja Hutson / KUER

The night earlier this month when the Utah legislature passed a sweeping tax reform bill, former Republican state Rep. Fred Cox was watching intently on his phone. 

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service via Flickr

Friday afternoon, December 20, 2019

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Brian Albers / KUER

Thursday evening, December 19, 2019

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File photo / KUER

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

Screenshot of a recording of Rep. Chris Stewart speaking during the hearing.
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. 

Photo of Rep. Ben McAdams at a podium.
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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iStock.com / releon8211

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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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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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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Bureau of Land Management Utah / flickr

Tuesday evening, December 10, 2019

Payday Loans Mr. Money sign.
Brian Albers / KUER

Payday and title loan companies offer a way to get money fast — put up the title on your car as collateral and you can get a few hundred dollars. The catch? The annual percentage rate, or APR, can be extremely high, meaning you end up paying far more than what you borrowed. 

Photo of Ben McAdams and Rep. John Curtis
Kelsie Moore / KUER

Two of Utah’s representatives in Washington have made statements regarding the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the two charges Tuesday morning, and a full House vote is expected by Christmas.

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Austen Diamond / KUER

Utah lawmakers are expected to take up tax reform in a special session Thursday after a state task force approved legislation late last night aimed at cutting taxes by $160 million.

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Courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol

ST. GEORGE — The recent flurry of winter storms that caused accidents and traffic problems across the state did not leave Southern Utah untouched.

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Austen Diamond / KUER

Lawmakers will have an extra $682 million to spend next year, and legislative leaders say that’s a good reason to double a tax cut they’ve proposed as part of a sweeping tax reform bill.

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Courtesy of the Washington County Water Conservancy District

Friday evening, December 6, 2019

Photo of men dressed as Santa Claus and the Grinch inside Utah's Capitol building.
Nicole Nixon / KUER

In a show of holiday bipartisanship, Santa Claus and the Grinch came together Friday with a message to Utah lawmakers: Don’t hold a special session on tax reform.

A woman sits at a long table speaking into a microphone at a public hearing. Two men and three women sit next to her.
Rocio Hernandez / KUER

Social workers in Utah schools say they face difficult problems on a daily basis: students dealing with trauma, mental health problems and other social needs.

Digitized copy of the front page of the Salt Lake Telegram on Dec. 5, 1933.
Utah Digital Newspapers / J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah

Thursday evening, December 5, 2019

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Brian Albers / KUER

Nearly 700,000 people nationwide could lose food stamps under new federal rules that tighten work requirements, including a small but vulnerable group of San Juan County residents.

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Brian Albers / KUER

Wednesday evening, December 4, 2019

It's already been a noteworthy season for Steamboat Ski Resort in Northern Colorado. In October alone, the mountain saw 63 inches of snow, a record high. And that's why the resort's Loryn Duke said it was an easy decision to open on November 15it's earliest opening ever.

Photo of a TRAX train.
Brian Albers / KUER

Tuesday evening, December 3, 2019

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