Kerry Bringhurst

Utah lawmakers opened the 2018 legislative session Monday. All Things Considered host Shalayne Smith-Needham interviews UPR News Director Kerry Bringhurst during her coverage from the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City.


The Planned Parenthood Association of Utah says a Utah lawmaker's bill to bar doctors from performing abortions sought because of a diagnosis of Down syndrome is about restricting access to abortion, not protecting those with Down syndrome.

The association's President and CEO Karrie Galloway said in a statement Monday that the decision to terminate a pregnancy is "a deeply personal and sometimes complex decision" that should be left to women, their families, their doctors and their faiths."

Utahraptor, the potential new state dinosaur.

A fight in the Utah Legislature over what should be named the state fossil has been avoided with the introduction of an official state dinosaur.

State Sen. Curt Bramble will end his push to have the Utahraptor replace the Allosaurus as the state fossil, and he plans to introduce legislation to name the Utahraptor as the new state dinosaur.

Dani Hayes

In his last opening remarks as House Speaker, Greg Hughes congratulated his fellow lawmakers, and himself, for working collaboratively to work to address homelessness, for enacting justice reform, for continued economic growth in the state, and for resolutions encouraging changes to Utah national monuments.

Dani Hayes

Education is often a topic of discussion during a legislative session and 2018 is no different.

Senate Majority Whip Stuart Adams says his top priority is always education.


According to the Utah Department of Health, 44 youths between the ages of 10 and 17 committed suicide in 2017.


Earlier this month The American Farm Bureau held its 99th annual convention and trade show in Nashville, Tennessee. The nation’s Secretary of Agriculture addressed the large gathering of  farmers along with President Donald Trump.

Mitt Romney

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is talking business with members of Utah's burgeoning tech industry but making no announcements about his political future amid rampant speculation about a possible Senate run.

Romney emphasized the importance of character as he talked high finance and entrepreneurship Friday to an enthusiastic crowd at a conference in Salt Lake City dubbed Silicon Slopes, the nickname for Utah's cluster of tech companies. It was his second appearance this week as he ratchets up his public profile in his adopted home state.


A legal opinion released by the Utah Attorney General's Office says that the governor's setting special election last year to replace Jason Chaffetz in Congress was legal.

The opinion released by Sean Reyes' office Tuesday followed months of dispute by legislators and the governor's office over the opinion.

Mia Love, Republican Representative, talks immigration with Trump.

Utah Republican Rep. Mia Love met with President Donald Trump on Tuesday to discuss immigration but did not discuss vulgar remarks the president is reported to have made about Haiti and Africa.

Love, the first black female Republican in Congress and the daughter of Haitian immigrants, criticized the remarks last week, calling them "unkind, divisive, and elitist."

A quote from Martin Luther King Jr., "The time is always right to do waht is right," whose legacy was honored by Westminster College's annual march.

Students and community members marched in Salt Lake City during a rally on Martin Luther King Jr. Day chanting, "This is what democracy looks like."

Westminster College's annual march brought together students, families and members of the local chapter of the Black Lives Matter group.

Logo for the Native American Rights Fund, who is fighting for voting rights for Indian Country.

Election sites far from reservations. Poll workers who don't speak tribal languages. Unequal access to early voting sites.

Native Americans say they've encountered a wide range of obstacles that makes voting difficult.

Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah, which is potentially a hotspot for new Amazon headquarters.

Utah officials trying to persuade Amazon to build its new headquarters in the state decided the site of an aging prison in Draper would be the best spot to pitch for the project.

That's according to emails released by the city of West Jordan under a public records request.

Farm Bill Debate In Congress Could Put Food Stamps At Risk

Jan 11, 2018

When Congress takes up the $140 billion farm bill, food programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, could face funding cuts under a GOP push for welfare reform.  Anti-hunger advocates are concerned that millions of Americans could lose access to healthy foods if SNAP benefits are reduced or eliminated.

Greg Hughes, Utah House Speaker, won't seek re-election.

The chief of staff for Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes says he won't be running for re-election this year.

Greg Hartley says the speaker announced his decision to fellow state lawmakers Wednesday morning. He says Hughes will continue in his leadership role through the 2018 legislative session that will begin this month, and is planning to push hard on big issues.

When President Donald Trump came to Utah in December, he reorganized the boundaries of two national monuments in Utah. The areas of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante now contain five smaller national monuments.

Trump speaks with Mitt Romney as he weighs senate bid to replace Orrin Hatch.

The White House says President Donald Trump has spoken with Mitt Romney, the former Republican presidential candidate who has expressed interest in running for Senate in Utah.

The two men spoke briefly Thursday night. The White House says they spoke about Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, who is retiring after four decades. Hatch's departure opens the door for Romney, who has been a frequent critic of Trump in the past.

Cache Valley Lawmaker Curt Webb Not To Run In 2018

Dec 18, 2017

As the opportunity for filing to run for political office in Utah nears, another Cache Valley lawmaker has announced he will not seek re-election.  Republican representative Curt Webb of Providence announced Monday morning he will not be running in 2018.

Last week, Logan Republican Representative Ed Redd announced problems with health would prevent him from running.


Seventeen Utah County state lawmakers have signed a letter asking Commissioner Greg Graves to resign.

The letter signed by 17 of the 22 legislators whose districts cover at least part of Utah County cites explosive and vulgar behavior by Graves.