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Dr. Jon Meyer, a climatologist with the Utah Climate Center, said climate change will likely impact hurricanes in two key ways: through ocean temperatures and the jet stream.

When the ocean reaches 82 degrees, it begins to create the humid conditions that fuel hurricanes.

“Hurricanes are essentially engines that derive their fuel, their horsepower, from condensation of water vapor,” Meyer said. “So the more humid the atmosphere is, the more water vapor there

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Immigration reform groups are working to keep the 13,600 Utahns currently eligible for DACA in the United States. Representatives from the groups said children who immigrated to the U.S. with their parents have a positive impact on Utah’s economy.

Animal Activist To Hold Multiple Vigils At Utah Farms

Sep 8, 2017
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Representatives from an animal rights group are gathering near an egg farm in Utah. Direct Action Everywhere is holding the vigil for as many as 300,000 chickens lost during a fire at the the Fassio Egg Farm near Tooele.  The group is also responsible for taking two piglets from the Millard, Utah Circle Four Farms in June.

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The director of a Utah coalition says Thursday's announcement by United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is an insult to victims of sexual assault.

“Secretary DeVos’ comments, while they were fairly ambiguous, the message was crystal clear,” says Turner Bitton, executive director for the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault, a nonprofit organization that provides education and resources to various groups around the state.

Bitton and his group work as advocates for survivors of sexual violence.

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Owners of outdoor recreation products and community leaders in Utah are discussing recreation and lifestyle programs. Industry and policy makers are sharing ideas about how to work together.

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A judge is awarding $16 million in a lawsuit filed by a woman married to her cousin at age 14 in a ceremony overseen by polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs.

A lawyer for Elissa Wall said Wednesday the decision lets attorneys investigate bank accounts and property connected to the secretive group based along the Utah-Arizona border.

4-H And Google Reaching Beyond Agriculture

Sep 5, 2017
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Google and 4-H programs are now working together to teach useful technology skills to the public. Google donated $1.5 million for trainings, equipment and other useful supplies for 20 different states.

David Francis works in the Utah 4-H extension office and helps provide science, technology, engineering and math programs to the public.

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A group aiming to reduce gerrymandering held a series of public hearings throughout Utah last week.

The Utah-based health care provider Intermountain Healthcare announced last week that they plan to reduce opioid prescription by 40 percent by the end of 2018.

Study Underway For Utah Inland Port

Aug 31, 2017
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Governor Herbert has created an exploratory committee to research the feasibility of an inland port for the state of Utah. Inland ports are designated sites with strong transportation infrastructure and distribution operations. 

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Facing a shortage of qualified teachers, Cache Valley lawmakers and state education specialists held a town hall in Logan on Wednesday about teacher retention.

According to the Light Pollution Science and Technology Institute, about 80 percent of Americans can’t see the Milky Way from their homes anymore.

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One of the largest Small-Satellite conferences in the world happens in Utah. A group of middle school students from Florida traveled to the west to attend the conference to learn more about building and launching their own data collecting device.

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Correction: A previous version of this story claimed that the public comment period ended with the submission of Sec. Zinke's report last Thursday. The formal comment period actually ended July 10. The story has been changed to reflect this.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s recommendation to shrink two Utah National Monuments is expected to face major legal fights if adopted by President Trump.

Elijah West was a big baby.

“I like to say it was twelve, but I think it was really 11.5, right?” he asked, turning to his mother Diana for confirmation.

Just like craft beers and homemade pickles, the artisanal cheese making business is on the rise. Utah is trying to make its mark in the artisanal cheese industry, with the first ever Utah Cheese Awards.  

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A top Utah search-and-rescue crew is among the groups helping Texas communities hit hard by Hurricane Harvey.

The 11-vehicle convoy carrying 46 disaster-trained members was sent to Houston on Sunday to help emergency responders overwhelmed with calls for help as floodwaters rise up to 17 feet (5 meters).

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Federal scientists and mostly rural interest groups gathered at a conference in Utah this week to discuss the growing number of U.S.-protected wild horses roaming 10 western states.  

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The National Parks Service celebrates 101 years as an organization Friday. The NPS manages 78 of the country's national monuments, along with 58 parks. Visitation at these parks and monuments is up, and so is the interest in finding unique ways to house travelers. 

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Utah Public Radio News Director Kerry Bringhurst traveled to Aspen, Wyoming for Monday’s solar eclipse. She parked in a field near the Palisades Reservoir. Next to her was a brother and his two sisters who grew up together in California. Now living apart, they gathered in Wyoming for a family reunion. Their children and grandchildren had taped protective viewing glasses to decorated paper plates, cut out a small nose hole and then tied the gear to their heads.

UTAH DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

State and local officials are moving into phase two of a law enforcement program targeting Salt Lake’s Rio Grande District.

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Utah State Forester Brian Cottam said "stupid human tricks" have led to the states' wildfire bill being double what it usually is.

Cottam says the cost to Utah for this year's wildfires is projected to be $18 million, while the state's yearly average is $9 million. 

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Conservation groups are airing TV ads, planning rallies and creating parody websites in a last-minute blitz to stop Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke from downsizing or eliminating national monument areas that cover large swaths of land and water from Maine to California.

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Five of Utah's 10 largest colleges are under federal investigation into the handling of various sexual misconduct claims.

This fall marks the start of the first school year since Utah’s juvenile justice reform was signed into law. This is why eight Utah nonprofits, including Voices for Utah Children and the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah, are coming together to make sure parents know how their students’ rights have changed.

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