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Our series LGBTQ: Off The Grid, explores the far corners of Utah where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people, and those questioning their sexuality are often isolated and unseen. In this story, a family turns a Mormon tradition on its head to create a gathering place for LGBTQ teenagers. 

An above view of Tyler Rasmuson's piece for the Reflections contest
Tyler Rasmuson


A dozen students from Cache Valley were recognized this year at the state level of the Parent Teacher Association Reflections program. 

Congress has approved $150 million annual for type 1 diabetes research through the Special Diabetes Program.

Advocates of research to treat and cure Type 1 Diabetes are meeting with members of Congress this week. A Utah mother from Riverton is in Washington, D.C. to share her 13-year-old son's story. While there, Stacey Warnick will encourage continued federal funding for programs that she hopes will lead to a cure of the metabolic disease.

Utah County Republican Party


Making caucus meetings more accessible to voters has been a high priority for Rob Craig since he became chair of the Utah County Republican Party last May.

The rate of spring runoff is prompted by dust deposition in addition to warming temperatures

According to a recent study, increasing temperatures are not the only factors contributing to spring snowmelt.  

State Symbols on Wild About Utah

Mar 13, 2018
Topaz gemstone
US Geological Survey

Most people could probably name the state bird or the state tree, but what about the state gem? The state grass? State fruit?  Do you know why they are important to Utah?  Here are just a few of Utah’s State Symbols that you might not have known.

Last week, researchers with the Utah Women and Leadership Project released a summary of recent research entitled “Sexual Harassment: What Utahns Need to Know.”

“Sexual Harassment: What Utahns Need to Know” is a summary of research published by Utah Valley University’s Utah Women and Leadership Project. Dr. Susan Madsen is one of the authors of the research. 

Utah Watershed Restoration Initiative

Life’s good right now if you’re a juniper tree. The climate has been drier and warmer. Fire happens only once in a while. This has caused junipers and pinyon pines to start growing out into sagebrush steppe. But more pinyon and juniper cover means the sagebrush is being choked out, causing sage grouse to leave.

$50 million dollars has been allocated by the Utah State Legislature for public transportation.

The Utah Transit Authority will receive an estimated $50 million makeover, as it transitions to the newly named Transit District of Utah under Senate Bill 136.

Women Unite at Utah State Capitol

Mar 9, 2018
On the final day of the 2018 Utah State Legislative Session a group gathered in the rotunda so support Internal Women's Day.

Joining in solidarity with women across the world, around 200 Utahns celebrated International Women’s Day by rallying at the State Capitol on Thursday, the last day of the 2018 legislative session.


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A 16-year-old girl has died after she was shot Tuesday at Great Mills High School in St. Mary's County., Md., by another student.

Jaelynn Rose Willey was critically injured in the attack, which also injured a 14-year-old male student. The gunman, identified by the St. Mary's County sheriff as 17-year-old Austin Wyatt Rollins, was pronounced dead on Tuesday after exchanging fire with the school resource officer.

Iron has always struck me as the nutritional equivalent of Stanley Tucci: It's frequently popping up in unexpected places, and experts say that's a good thing.

Government health agencies have spent more than two decades shying away from gun violence research, but some say the new spending bill, approved by Congress and waiting for President Trump's signature, could change that.

That's because, in agency instructions that accompany the bill, there's one sentence noting that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has the authority to conduct research on the causes of gun violence.

#NationalPuppyDay: The Holiday You Didn't Know You Needed

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Dog lovers rejoice: you now have another excuse to share pictures of your pups.

Today is National Puppy Day, as declared by holiday founder Colleen Paige and thousands of Twitter users, who made #NationalPuppyDay a trending hashtag on Friday.

When Allison Ruddick was diagnosed with stage 3 colorectal cancer in October 2014, she turned to the world of hashtags.

After her initial diagnosis it wasn't clear if the cancer had metastasized, so she was in for a nerve-wracking wait, she says. She wanted outside advice. "But they don't really give you a handbook, so you search kind of anywhere for answers," Ruddick says. "Social media was one of the first places I went."

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