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appropriations.house.gov

Last week, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved a bill that would change how the IRS investigates nonprofit spending. 

Utah Department of Human Services

When HB 239 passed in March, legislators understood that the sweeping changes to the juvenile justice system mandated by the bill wouldn’t take place overnight. As officials work toward implementation, public hearings explaining the changes have taken place throughout Utah.

Idaho Map Details Public Trust Lands

Jul 14, 2017

A new map from the Idaho Department of Lands shows nearly all of that state's trust lands are open for recreation.

herb.co

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is considering a new rule that would allow some farmers to grow industrial hemp for research purposes. The rule was given initial approval on Tuesday by the state's Agricultural Advisory Board.

FBI.gov

In April of 2014, the Salt Lake City Police Department announced their “Code R Kit Project,” an effort to test the city’s more than 700 backlogged sexual assault kits.

Retail-Giant Amazon Enters The Utah Marketplace

Jul 11, 2017
businessinsider.com

The Seattle-based online retail giant, Amazon, will be coming to Utah with a new facility. News of the facility are met with both positive and negative reactions. A representative of a smaller online based business in the state is claiming that having Amazon here creates an unfair business advantage for his company and smaller businesses. 

Near Total Solar Eclipse In Utah This August

Jul 11, 2017
David Byrne

August 21 around 10:00 a.m. Utahns will experience twilight conditions and a drop in temperature due to the moon casting a shadow over the sun. 

Katherine Taylor

Logan Economic Development Director Kirk Jensen said he knows some downtown residents are opposed to the building of Garden Park Apartments.

U.S. House of Representatives

Utah’s Lieutenant Governor announced he will not give away private voter info to the Trump Administration and he's not the only state leader in the U.S. questioning the request.

Last week, Trump’s commission on election integrity wrote to all 50 states requesting sensitive voter data to investigate fraudulent voting.

extension.usu.edu

Niche markets, like gluten free and organic food, are becoming more popular - but experts are worried consumers aren’t “fact checking” claims about a new trend - antibiotic free meat. Animal scientists and producers are trying to regain lost ground on educating the public about their food.

Katherine Taylor / Utah State University

Heidi Rutchey, a northern Utah woman who was arrested in connection with the death of her two-year-old son more than three years ago, has pleaded guilty, but mentally ill to the charge of child abuse homicide. 

During her case, the defense said Rutchey7 was never returned to the Utah State Hospital, and was rather held in the Cache County Jail, where there's currently a shortage of nursing staff.

 

More than three years after her two-year-old son was found dead in her River Heights apartment, Heidi Rutchey has not yet been sentenced. 

Latest Winter Rough On Wildlife

Jul 5, 2017
Utah Office of Tourism

Wildlife managers in seven states in the western U.S. report this past winter was rough on wildlife.

Cruising To Car Shows: A Summertime Way Of Life For Owners

Jun 30, 2017

The largest car show in Utah is underway in Cache Valley. This weekend at the Cache Valley Fair Grounds, owners of vintage, rare and unique vehicles are taking part in the Cache Valley Cruise-In.

Dennis Stock

Cache Valley residents Roy and Kathleen Sneddon have been living with their son’s disappearance for 12 years. 24-year-old David Sneddon was last seen hiking in China, leaving no physical trace. Now, the Sneddons and several Asian sources believe David was actually kidnapped by North Korea. 

Budget Cuts To Affect Life-Saving Farm Equipment

Jun 29, 2017
www.ropsr4u.com

In the proposed budget for 2018, cuts are being considered to a federal program that helps farmers afford safety equipment. Funding to reduce tractor roll-over deaths could be especially hard for farmers.

utleg

  A group of advocates launched a ballot initiative Monday, hoping to bypass Utah’s conservative legislature and appeal directly to Utah voters to legalize the use of medical marijuana.  But at least one Utah lawmaker suggests that because of the complexity of the issue, the initiative may not be any more successful than legislative efforts.

mormonbeliefs.org

Women who work at the Mormon church's headquarters in Salt Lake City are now allowed to wear pantsuits and dress slacks instead of just skirts or dresses.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent employees a memo Wednesday about several changes, which also include expanded maternity leave and allowing men to remove their suit coats in hot weather.

Cache County Sheriff's Office

Nearly four years after being arrested in connection with her two-year-old son’s death, Heidi Rutchey’s mental state at the time of the incident remains undetermined; while attorneys work toward resolution, she will stay at the Utah State Hospital.

suu.edu

Firefighters are bracing for more high winds Wednesday as they try to slow a southern Utah wildfire that has burned 13 homes and forced the evacuation of 1,500 people.

Julie Kelso

Several neighborhoods around Cache Valley have been conducting hazardous waste collections, to ensure items such as oil, paint, electronics and prescription drugs are properly disposed of. Many truckloads of bikes, electronics, old cleaning supplies, and other households hazardous waste, were disposed of at two collection events.  

forbes.com

With Independence Day just around the corner, one company did a study to see how financially independent each state is.  Jill Gonzalez, an analyst for WalletHub, said Utah is the second most independent state in the nation - just behind Colorado.

In Utah, wait times for mental health services for inmates are significantly longer than in any of the six neighboring states. These inmates have yet to face trial, because they’ve been ruled mentally unable to do so. In order to be tried, they first need rehabilitation at the Utah State Hospital, the only institution in the state that can treat them. The hospital has a months-long waiting list.

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In June, state legislative leaders talked with alcoholic beverage stakeholders over the impacts of Utah’s new lowered DUI limit.

Katherine Taylor

A recent student protest of a donation from the Charles Koch Foundation has brought national media attention to Utah State University.

The university's recently completed business building is a tall, modern structure, one of the most visible buildings on the campus. But one night in early June, it became a canvas for the protest.

noiseaware.io

After a weekend long party, noise complaints from neighbors and $30,000 later – a company was born. One entrepreneur is changing the growing industry of short-term rentals.

“I can’t say I woke with the idea, what I did wake up with was a problem that led to the idea,” said David Krauss, CEO and co-founder of NoiseAware. He is also an Airbnb host in Dallas with eight rental properties himself

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