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At the beginning of March, before Utah had any confirmed coronavirus cases, Gov. Gary Herbert stood at a podium in the state’s emergency operations center in the basement of the Capitol. He had an announcement. 

Man stands at a podium with the Utah state seal.
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Updated 3:56 p.m. MDT 01/08/19:

Continuing his focus on education and managing Utah’s growth, Gov. Gary Herbert unveiled a $20 billion budget proposal Wednesday that includes $100 million to improve air quality, an endowment to preserve open spaces and an education funding boost. 


Utah’s top elected officials are taking to social media to share their reactions to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation concluding that neither President Trump nor his campaign associates conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential campaign.

House Speaker Brad Wilson and Senate President Stuart Adams
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Following days of closed-door meetings, top House and Senate leaders reached a tentative deal on Tuesday that would fund the state’s $19 billion budget.

Tenna Hartman
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House lawmakers will determine the fate of a sweeping tax reform package scheduled for debate today.

House Revenue and Taxation Committee
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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.

Rep. Jennifer Dailey-Provost
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Gummy bear, cotton candy, bubblegum, butterscotch, funnel cake. The ever expanding menu of e-cigarette flavors are clearly targeted at children, says Democratic Rep. Jennifer Dailey-Provost.

Rep. Brad Daw
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After the success of three citizen-led ballot initiatives — legalizing medical marijuana, expanding Medicaid and creating a redistricting commission — and the resulting pushback by the Legislature, lawmakers are now proposing a host of changes to the way initiatives get on the ballot.

Julián Castro
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Julián Castro, a former Texas mayor and cabinet member in the Obama administration, became the first Democratic candidate to campaign for the 2020 race in Utah when he stopped in Salt Lake City on Wednesday.

Rep. Angela Romero
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A bill to raise the legal age of marriage in Utah from 16 to 18 is making its way to the full House after a committee gave its initial support on Monday.

Lawmakers Ponder Makeover For Utah State Flag

Feb 13, 2019
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Try to picture the Utah state flag without looking at the bottom of this page. It’s navy blue and it has an eagle and that’s probably as far as you got, right?

Mayor Jackie Biskupski
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Flanked by friends and a sea of green signs, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski kicked off her re-election campaign on Saturday in what is shaping into a crowded mayoral race.

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New House Speaker Brad Wilson is asking lawmakers to keep Utah’s economic engine humming and pass a record $225 million sales tax cut during the 63rd general session.


Welcome back to another session of the Utah Legislature … and another season of 45 Days!

Lawmakers have already filed hundreds of bills to consider during the next few weeks of legislative action, including a slew of controversial proposals dealing with abortion and LGBT issues.

Governor Herbert
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Gov. Gary Herbert says he generally supports stiffening penalties for hate crimes — that includes protections for LGBTQ individuals — despite a long-stalled effort in the Legislature.

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A new proposal at the Utah legislature would bar individuals from changing the sex listed on their birth certificates, a move LGBTQ advocates are calling “cruel” and “discriminatory.”

Rep. Cheryl Acton
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A Utah Republican lawmaker pushing for a ban on second trimester abortions says the addition of two conservative justices to the Supreme Court in recent years could provide more favorable conditions to pursuing a challenge to Roe v. Wade.

McAdams at town hall.
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Newly elected Congressman Ben McAdams, D-Utah, held his first town hall on Saturday afternoon in West Valley City in a forum dominated by concerns over the government shutdown and President Trump’s demand for a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Former Rep. Mia Love on CNN
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Former Rep. Mia Love made her debut this morning as a political commentator on CNN, following in the footsteps of other ex-members of Congress who’ve cashed in on TV deals.

Border fence
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Utah’s federal delegation will return to Washington next week to what looks like a prolonged stalemate with President Trump over border wall funding.

Joel Palmer, FEMA employee
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Utah is keeping its national parks open during the government shutdown, but hundreds of other federal workers employed in the state are facing a more uncertain future.

Year-end picture
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It was a year of big — big fires, big ballot initiatives and big political upsets — that collectively defined Utah in 2018 as the state continued its growth spurt. The Beehive State added another 50,000 people this year, owing both to the state’s healthy economy and low unemployment. But Utah also weathered more troublesome headlines, whether through the rushed creation of a controversial Inland Port in northwest Salt Lake City or the publication of sexual abuse allegations implicating leaders in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Catholic Church.

KUER reporters picked out some of the top stories of this year and explain why they mattered.

In 1983, Utah was the first state to lower its blood alcohol limit from 0.10 to 0.08 for impaired driving. It would take nearly two decades for every state to follow suit, but as they did, the nation's rate of alcohol-related traffic deaths dropped 10 percent. Now, Utah is pioneering the move to lower it once again.

Beginning Dec. 30 — yes, the day before New Year's Eve — Utahns will have to be extra careful about drinking and driving. On Sunday, the state's blood alcohol content limit will drop from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent, marking the strictest DUI law in the country.

Governor's budget
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With an eye toward the state’s growing population and aging tax code, Gov. Gary Herbert unveiled a $19 billion budget on Wednesday with a $200 million sales tax cut proposal as well as full Medicaid expansion and an education boost.  

Utah lawmakers at special session.
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Updated 12/3/18 9:00 p.m.

Just two days after a sweeping new medical cannabis law went into effect, Utah lawmakers passed an overhaul of the measure in a special session at the state capitol on Monday.

Utah lawmakers are getting ready to meet in a special lame-duck session on Monday to rewrite a medical marijuana law that voters passed this November. Patient advocates are saying the move is an end run around voters.

For the past year, Julie King, the mother of four from Saratoga Springs, Utah, has been a vocal proponent of medical marijuana after she discovered she has an adverse reaction to opioids.

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The 2018 midterm elections are over but results are still trickling in for some races, including Utah's competitive 4th Congressional District where Republican incumbent Mia Love faces an uphill battle against Democrat Ben McAdams. As county clerks tally ballots for their final canvas, we survey the post-midterm landscape in Utah, where voters turned out in record numbers to vote for a new Senator, members of Congress and several citizen-led ballot initiatives. 

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Utah Democrats are cheering pickups in the Legislature that, while nowhere close to a majority, will pad their slim ranks.

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Utah is the youngest state in the country with a median age of 30 years old. So what does the future look like through the eyes of Beehive State millennials? In a series we’re launching this week called "This is 30," KUER asked voters around the state how they’re feeling ahead of a critical election.

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Midterm elections are just around the corner and there is a lot on the ballot this year. That’s why KUER put out a call to our listeners to send us any and all questions about voting to pose to Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, the state’s top elections chief.