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Thomas S. Monson, the 16th president of the LDS Church, has died after nine years in office. He was 90.

Church spokesman Eric Hawkins says Monson died Tuesday night at his home in Salt Lake City.

A last-minute deal in Congress to provide short-term funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program has done little to alleviate stress for states and parents in the New Year. 

How Will You Eat Bacon On National Bacon Day?

Dec 29, 2017
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Saturday is National Bacon Day. Researchers from National Today asked 1,000 Americans their opinions about the popular breakfast food.

Reflections On The Careers Of Female Marine Corps Officers

Dec 28, 2017

Marianne Waldrop is the third of four generations of her family to serve in the Marine Corps. She is the only woman.

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The Republican Tax overhaul was signed by President Donald Trump last week. But how do taxpayers know how much they’ll be paying in the future? Utah State Senator Lyle Hillyard said rhetoric and outdated tax calculators have made the situation more confusing.

Wildfires overtaking acres of rangeland and sagebrush country in the West
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Federal officials have launched a two-pronged plan to stop a vicious cycle of rangeland wildfires in a wide swath of sagebrush country in the West that supports cattle ranching, recreation and is home to an imperiled bird. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Friday says it will create an Environmental Impact Statement concerning fuel breaks and another on fuels reduction and restoration for Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, California, Utah, and Washington.

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The Utah Department of Public Safety estimates that Utah has an average of five driving-related deaths every day between Thanksgiving and the New Year. 

How To Put Safety First During The Holidays

Dec 22, 2017
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Teresa Hunsaker is a family and consumer sciences educator with Utah State University Extension. When it comes to holiday safety, there are three categories to look out for: food, electricity, and toys.

Planning Will Save The Family Farm

Dec 21, 2017
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96 percent of the 2.2 million farms in the United States are considered “family farms,” according to one planning and tax expert. Passing down those family farms to future generations is not an easy task.

Utah The Best State To Live In For Paying Off Student Debt

Dec 19, 2017
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Utah is the best state to pay for college, according to a recent study. Student loans are 2.2 times more affordable than in the worst-ranked state of Hawaii.

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An increasing number of military veterans will return home to Utah during the holidays. An organization focused on veterans is working to help family members manage what can be a difficult transition.

UPR features firefighters battling a blaze.
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As wildfires rage in southern California, Thomas Cova, director of the Center for Natural and Technological Disasters at the University of Utah, said he finds the low number of fire related fatalities to be impressive.

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Trust lands make up about 6 percent of Utah’s land. One important distinction to make is that trust lands aren’t public lands. They don’t fall under the same usage guidelines. Instead, they’re managed to make money for Utah public institutions. Utah’s public school system holds 96 percent of all Utah trust lands. 

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Students and staff gathered around the new Life Science Building on Tuesday and signed their names on the last steel beam. It's located on Utah State University campus behind the Merrill-Cazier Library and next to the Biology and Natural Resources building.

January’s Utah legislative session will be the last for one northern Utah lawmaker. Republican Representative Ed Redd of Logan has announced he will not be seeking a fourth term.

Redd began serving in the Utah House of Representatives in 2013 and represents the fourth district. He is a member of the Health Reform Task Force and of the House Health and Human Services Committee. His assignments as a lawmaker also include serving on the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee.

Mining Companies Won't Be Required to Pay to Clean Up

Dec 13, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced it's scrapping rules drafted during the Obama administration that require hard-rock mining companies to clean up their own messes. 

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Across the globe, women spend more time on average doing unpaid care work than men. This includes activities such as childcare, eldercare and house work. In the United States, the average of unpaid care work is nearly five hours a day for women and just more than three hours for men. In the state of Utah, the gap increases as women spend nearly six hours a day doing unpaid care work, compared to an average of three hours for Utah men.

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The National Chicken Council has petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture to grant increased line speeds to poultry processors. The current limit is 140 birds per minute, but the industry prefers 175 birds per minute, or about three per second. 

SITLA To Harvest Timber In Logan Canyon

Dec 11, 2017
Katherine Taylor

The Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration manages 2,964 acres of land in Logan Canyon. Recently, they’ve come under fire for their decision to harvest timber on just under 300 of those acres. That’s about half of a square mile.

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When plant ecologists are out for a walk, they see a puzzle. For almost 100 years, they’ve been trying to understand what governs the presence and abundance of a plant species in a community.  

Don't let the holiday cheer turn into misery. Experts say people should follow some safety tips to make sure their information stays secure. 

Leopold Conservation Award Winner Goes To Morgan Rancher

Dec 7, 2017
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The Leopold Conservation Award was given to a rancher from Morgan, Utah. The award recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. Conservationist Aldo Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage, which he called “an evolutionary possibility and an ecological necessity.”

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On Monday, President Donald Trump removed about two million acres from the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. While Utah politicians were happy with his decision, many environmental groups are pushing back. 

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On Monday, President Donald Trump removed about two million acres from the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. While environmental activists were angry about the decision, many local politicians are pleased.

GOP Tax Bill Lifts Burden From Farmers And Ranchers

Dec 6, 2017
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The GOP tax reform bill passed last week, continuing the debate among Democrats and Republicans on the feasibility of the tax overhaul. For a small population in America, the tax bill is beneficial.

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