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Wildfires are destroying millions of acres every year according to the National Centers for Environment Information. Many of these fires are human caused, but fuel like cheat grass causes fires to burn faster and hotter. Researchers in Utah are working to implement fire resistant plants into western landscapes to reduce the damage.

Low-income Idahoans who receive food benefits could be required to find jobs if that policy survives the final version of the 2018 Farm Bill. The U.S. House and Senate each has passed its own Farm Bill and now have to reconcile the two. 

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Utah State University researchers are studying and testing varieties of grass for beauty and efficiency. Lawns and golf courses have more than sprinklers and lawnmowers keeping them green in the hot summer months. 

Wildfires blaze in more than half a dozen places around Colorado.
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More than 2,500 homes in Colorado are under evacuation orders as firefighters battle more than a half dozen wildfires around the state.

Most of the evacuations in effect Monday were due to a 78-square-mile (202-square-kilometer) wildfire in southern Colorado that authorities believe was human-caused.

Taking a vacation from work has proven to help employees recover from stress and improve performance, according to psychiatrists. Researchers are finding positive effects from a vacation are usually lost within a few days of coming back to the office. 

Livestock Haulers Asking For Less Regulation In Farm Bill

Jun 25, 2018

Earlier this year the Department of Transportation and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration implemented ELD’s or electronic logging devices to regulate the amount of time truckers are driving and resting. Truckers can drive 11 hours then have to rest for 10.

Jurassic Park has sparked the imagination of viewers since its debut in 1993. With movie number five coming out this week, the film industry’s ability to make species that have been extinct for millions of years seem real, have people wondering what scientist can actually do with gene editing technology.

The U.S. is imposing a 25 percent tariff on up to $50 billion in Chinese goods. The Trump administration claims theft of intellectual property and unfair trading practices is the reasoning behind the tariffs. China is responding to the U.S. by hitting Tru
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The U.S. is imposing a 25 percent tariff on up to $50 billion in Chinese goods. The Trump administration claims theft of intellectual property and unfair trading practices is the reasoning behind the tariffs. China is responding to the U.S. by hitting Trump’s base in the agriculture and automobile industries.

According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Native Americans continue to be one of the most underrepresented groups in the Census of Agriculture. While more producers are participating every year, much of the data is still missing.

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Wildfire risk is at a high and the Navajo Nation is cracking down on potential hazards.
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The Navajo Nation is tightening fire restrictions across the reservation because of ongoing drought.

Tribal President Russell Begaye says people should be praying for rain and each other. Tribal officials plan to conduct a ceremony next week, making offerings for rain.

BLM Issues Fire Prevention Order In Utah's West Desert

Jun 13, 2018
A dry winter and one of the warmest springs on record has experts worried about the potential of wildfires on Utah’s West Desert. The Bureau of Land Management is issuing restrictions on BLM lands in Salt Lake, Utah, Tooele, Rich and Box Elder Counties.
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A dry winter and one of the warmest springs on record has experts worried about the potential of wildfires on Utah’s West Desert. The Bureau of Land Management is issuing restrictions on BLM lands in Salt Lake, Utah, Tooele, Rich and Box Elder Counties.

Mitchell and Barzee are in prison for kidnapping then 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart.
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A woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap then-Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart from her Salt Lake City home in 2002 refused to attend a hearing before the state parole board that could have helped her get out of prison earlier.

A Utah parole board member said Tuesday at the hearing that 72-year-old Wanda Barzee also refused to undergo psychological evaluation needed to get out before her scheduled release in 2024.

USU Researchers Testing Viability Of Cow Chip Technology

Jun 11, 2018
Less farmland and a growing population has farmers turning to technology to produce more with less.
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Farmland has decreased by 72 million acres in the last 30 years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Less farmland and a growing population have farmers turning to technology to produce more with less.

After their first birthday, the nutrition of young children tends to decline as they transition away from baby food. Study findings show that about 27 percent of children between 1 and 3 years of age do not eat a single discrete serving of vegetables on a
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In the last 30 years, childhood obesity has tripled in the United States, including in Utah. A recent study finds the diets of many infants and young children are not meeting pediatrician recommendations.

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After looking back at the history of shale gas extraction in the United States, international development and trade experts say hydraulic fracturing should be approached with caution by countries considering ways to meet growing energy demands. 

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A 54-year-old man known as the "Double Hat Bandit" has pleaded guilty to robbing banks and credit unions in seven states.

Shayne Carson said in his plea agreement filed in federal court in Utah Friday that he stole from 18 banks from Oregon to Iowa. The crime spree went from October 2016, until shortly before his arrest last September.

USU researchers are developing a device that would wrap around the propellers of water craft used by smugglers, pirates or terrorists. Biology professor Randy Lewis, said the device would be designed to stop boats laden with explosives like the one that a
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The United States' Navy and Utah State University researchers are working together to develop tools for non-lethal warfare. A $420,000 grant from the Navy has been awarded to USU’s Synthetic Spider Silk Lab.

Arizona Miners Rallying For Jobs
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Hundreds of miners and their relatives will join leaders from the Navajo Nation, the Hopi Tribe, and the United Mine Workers to rally at the state Capitol to keep open the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station in northern Arizona.

The gathering in downtown Phoenix on Wednesday morning is the latest effort by employees of the 2,250-megawatt station near Page in northeastern Arizona to save their jobs. Utility operators say the station costs more to operate than natural gas-burning plants.

Suit Filed Against ID Law Voiding Pregnant Women's Living Wills

Jun 5, 2018
An end-of-life care advocacy group has filed a federal lawsuit claiming a law that voids women's living wills if they become pregnant is unconstitutional
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A lawsuit has been filed over an Idaho law that voids women's living wills if they become pregnant. 

Legal Voice and the end-of-life care advocacy group Compassion and Choices filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of four women, saying the law is unconstitutional for violating due-process and equal protection clauses. 

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A former U.S. intelligence officer is being charged with attempted espionage for trying to sell secrets to China.

Federal prosecutors said Monday that 58-year-old Utah resident Ron Rockwell Hansen was paid up to $800,000 for passing along technology and information about U.S. military and intelligence issues.

Tips For Maintaining Healthy Vision

May 21, 2018
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This is Healthy Vision Month, and more than 23 million adults have never had an eye checkup. 

Even though there may be nothing noticeably wrong with your vision, some health problems that cause eye disease don't have any early warning signs. 

Drugs in evidence rooms becoming issue.
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A national police expert says evidence room problems like a Utah technician fired after being found high on methamphetamine at work are all too common.

Joe Latta with the International Association for Property and Evidence says meth and pills have been a serious problem in recent years.

At least one gunman opened fire at a Houston-area high school Friday, killing eight to 10 people, most of them students, authorities said.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said he could not be precise about the number of deaths at Santa Fe High School, which went on lockdown around 8 a.m. Two suspects believed to be students were in custody.

Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts store, bought more than 5,000 ancient artifacts for $1.6 million. The artifacts were imported against federal law. Hobby Lobby has returned the artifacts to Iraq and paid a fine of $3 million. One expert has advice for collectors on how to stay inside the law.

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