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Utah Sees Mixed Results In Latest Air Quality Report

According to the American Lung Association’s annual State of the Air report card, air quality in Utah is generally getting better. However, the state still experiences high particulate and ozone pollution.

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Beginning as early as the 17th century, beavers have struggled to find safe places to build their homes. Initially, hunters trapped beaver extensively to keep up with the popular beaver fashions in Europe.Then as settlers began moving west, they considered the beavers annoying because of their tendency to cause flooding and damage trees – so the trapping continued.

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Michael Bingham used assignments for his students at Mountain Crest High School to help them experiment with creative problem solving. In one assignment, Bingham had his students build a futuristic robot in order to help students connect possibilities with imagination.

SR-30 Repaving Begins May 1

Apr 27, 2017
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Next Monday, the Utah Department of Transportation starts repaving a section of SR-30 in Box Elder county. The construction will run from I-15 in Riverside to the SR-30 and SR-28 junction in Collinston.

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Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz is back in his home state of Utah for emergency surgery on his foot, just days after shocking the political world by announcing that he won't seek election.

The Utah congressman said in Instagram and Twitter posts that he will be away from the Capitol for up to 4 weeks. Chaffetz needs immediate surgery to remove screws and pins from a foot he shattered 12 years ago.

The Art Of Biking

Apr 27, 2017
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A Salt Lake City bike share program is joining with a contemporary art museum to encourage a love for the arts through peddle power.

Seeing people power bright colored green bikes around downtown Salt Lake City is nothing new. But as of Wednesday, there is a new custom bike in town, and this one isn't green.

Rural Utah Reacts To Trump Order

Apr 26, 2017
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The Utah Congressional Delegation and Governor Gary Herbert were among those in attendance as President Donald Trump signed an executive order calling for a review of the designation of recent national monuments larger than 100,000 acres, under the Antiquities Act.

 

As the weather warms, more people are riding their bikes, and based on data gathered by Utah’s Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health, the majority won’t be wearing helmets.

President Trump Orders Review of Utah Monuments

Apr 26, 2017
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President Donald Trump signed an executive order to review twenty years of presidential monument designations on Wednesday. 

The Interior Department's review will include all designations larger than 100,000 acres made since 1996, including the 1.35 million acre Bears Ears National Monument and the 1.9 million acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

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Utah state officials say the FBI wants to take a look at their investigation of a remote Utah county jail under investigation for allegations of inmate mistreatment.

Utah Department of Corrections spokeswoman Maria Peterson said Tuesday that the agency plans to provide the report soon to the FBI. The agency had previously said the FBI was helping state officials.

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A new law requires bar and restaurant owners in Utah to hang a sign by their door disclosing the business' serving intentions.

Reports say starting on May 9 it will be illegal in the state to be a restaurant but not have a sign saying, "This premise is licensed as a restaurant. Not a bar."

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Utah Works is a new series of short stories about the way we work in Utah, told in participants’ own words.

As Utah Public Radio begins research for a new original series, we want your knowledge and opinions.

Utah is a state endowed with many natural wonders. Hear about it on this weekly nature series. Check out the latest episodes.

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Halfway into a 24-hour worker strike, Brazil's biggest cities have partially shut down — with many major thoroughfares clogged and businesses shuttered for the day. The nationwide strike mounted by unions aims to unravel a set of measures supported by President Michel Temer, legislation that would loosen labor laws and roll back pension regulations.

NPR's Philip Reeves reports, "As darkness fell, clashes broke out between protestors and riot police in Rio de Janeiro and also Sao Paulo, where a crowd tried to march on Temer's residence."

To legally justify its military actions against the Islamic State, the U.S. has relied on a piece of 2001 legislation, written years before the extremist group came into existence.

Now 46 representatives from both parties say in a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan that it's time for Congress to "immediately begin a serious debate" on authorization for the use military force against the Islamic State.

The National Security Agency is scaling back the way it spies on some communications over the Internet.

The NSA says it discovered what it called "lapses" in compliance with U.S. law.

They're called "about" communications: The NSA not only watches messages traveling to and from a foreign target, but those that mention one.

That can mean the NSA sometimes sweeps up data from Americans without a warrant. In the past, officials said the spy agency was still mindful of citizens' privacy.

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