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Medicaid, the low-income health insurance program, is once again at the forefront of the health care policy debate in Utah. Last week, Utah lawmakers received notice from officials with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that the state’s proposed partial expansion plan was unlikely to be approved by the Trump Administration. 

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Utah System of High Education

The Utah System of Higher Education has kicked off an effort to put college advisors in the state’s approximately 150 public high schools by the 2021-22 school year. 

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It's Night 2 of the Democratic debate in Detroit, airing on CNN beginning at 8 p.m. ET. The second set of 10 candidates is making their case as to why they should be the next president of the United States.

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The cost of higher education is a campaign issue for at least two of the 2020 presidential candidates, who are floating, proposals to wipe out some of the country’s ever-growing student loan debt. 

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Utah lawmakers are again tweaking the state’s medical cannabis law after several county attorneys raised concerns about dispensing the drug through local health departments.

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It's night one of the July Democratic debates. Ten candidates are each making the case that they should be the next president of the United States. Follow NPR's coverage fact checks and analysis of their remarks.

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Renee Bright / KUER

Mormon culture influences nearly every aspect of life in Utah. But these days, many long-held values are being challenged, even by the faithful. KUER’s new series “Latter-day” examines how Mormon culture is — and isn’t — changing in response. 

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The San Juan County Commission voted unanimously on Monday to take no further action in a Native American voting rights case that led to the redistricting of the county in 2017. 

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Updated 2:30 p.m. MDT 7/27/19 

 

The Utah Legislature’s partial Medicaid expansion plan has been blocked by the Trump administration, state officials confirmed Saturday.

The Mountain West featured heavily in a House Natural Resources Committee hearing Thursday looking into issues of scientific integrity in the Interior Department. 

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David Fuchs / KUER

ZION NATIONAL PARK — Just two miles from the town of Springdale, the South Campground at Zion National Park is a stunning place to spend the night: Shielded from the desert sun by cottonwood groves, the campsites are scattered about the banks of the Virgin River and framed against the backdrop of Zion’s towering, red rock canyon walls.

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The Department of Homeland Security may now fast-track deportations of certain immigrants in the country illegally, regardless of where immigration officers encounter them. 

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Courtesy Amy Wildermuth.

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens died Tuesday at the age of 99. He was appointed by Gerald Ford, and had spent 35 years on the court before stepping down in 2010. 

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KUER File Photos

Utah’s three Republican congressmen have broken their silence on the controversy over President Trump’s tweets aimed at four congresswomen of color.

The Bureau of Land Management is officially relocating its headquarters to the Mountain West. That’s according to an announcement by Colorado Senator Cory Gardner.

 


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The inland port has become a central issue in this year’s Salt Lake City mayoral race and has the eight candidates considering how they would work with state Republican leaders on the project.

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Uranium mines in Southeast Utah will remain idle — for now — as President Trump has delayed a decision to impose a buy-American quota on U.S. nuclear producers that would have bolstered domestic mining. 

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Rocio Hernandez / KUER

OGDEN — Sandra Nieto was 13 years old when she fled her home country of El Salvador and crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in 1983. She and her 15-year-old sister came to the country to escape the violence from their country’s civil war and to reunite with their mother. 

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Nicole Nixon / KUER

The day after Gov. Gary Herbert denounced a violent inland port protest and doubled-down on calling it “borderline terrorism,” organizers behind the demonstration denied that they instigated any violence and blamed “police brutality” for pushing, shoving and punching at the Salt Lake Chamber offices Tuesday afternoon.

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The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to rule soon on the case of Adree Edmo, a transgender women who is seeking sex reassignment surgery while serving a prison sentence in Idaho.

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Brian Albers / KUER

Utah lawmakers from both parties say they make take legislative action following admission by the Utah Department of Public Safety that the agency routinely runs facial recognition software through a state database of driver’s license and mugshot photos.

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Utah officials are disputing some details from reports that the state allows federal agencies to scour photos and information from its driver’s license database.

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Gage Skidmore

Federal lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are working on new legislation that would curb the Trump administration’s efforts to clamp down on the release of public records. 

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Erik Neumann / KUER

Congressman Ben McAdams, D-Utah, was in Salt Lake City this week to promote a $4 million boost in federal funding for youth suicide prevention and research that he helped pass in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

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The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from the Utah Republican Party over the state’s five-year-old election law, S.B. 54, allowing a candidate multiple pathways to the primary ballot.

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Judy Fahys / KUER News

A state lawmaker is proposing a carbon tax to stimulate a shift away from fossil fuels.

 

But it's uncertain whether the Republican-controlled State Legislature will advance the bill with just nine days before the Utah’s 2019 legislative General Session ends.

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Brian Albers / KUER

Utah legislators on the House Judiciary Committee questioned on Friday the scope of a bill that would ban a controversial form of psychotherapy.

House Revenue and Taxation Committee
Julia Ritchey / KUER

A parade of critics from a cross section of Utah industries swarmed a House committee hearing on Friday to object to a Republican plan that would add new taxes for a raft of services.

Mohan Sudabattula, a senior at the University of Utah, shows posters he found on campus from the white nationalist group Patriot Front.
Nate Hegyi / KUER

 


When University of Utah senior Mohan Sudabattula found the posters hanging recently from the side of the art building on campus, the first-generation son of immigrants from southeastern India was surprised but not shocked. He’d seen similar posters – the red, white and blue lettering – popping up all over campus.

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We know we’re nearing the end of the session when two major bills with big implications drop as the clock winds down. One is the widely anticipated tax reform package and the other bill proposes some significant changes to the inland port created just last year. We sit down with Rep. Robert Spendlove to dive into the new tax bill and find out what things Utahns might soon have to start paying taxes on. Plus, we examine the mixed signals lawmakers are sending about traffic safety.

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