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While both patriots and pyrotechnicians rejoice for the upcoming Fourth of July and Pioneer Day holidays, state authorities are wary of the dangers posed by the use of fireworks during a summer with remarkable fire danger.

A music festival in Wasatch County is focusing on diversity of music - from electric to hip hop to indie rock. Beginning this weekend, new acts are being performed at the second annual Bonanza Campout.

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Now at over 11,000 acres burned, the Brian Head Fire continues to expand in size and property damage as it crosses from Iron County into Garfield County.  

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A 23-year-old man drowned after jumping off a rope swing into a cold pond in Farmington Tuesday night. Police say the man’s body cramped up while swimming the 30 feet back to shore.

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A small town located eight miles from Capitol Reef National Park is considered to be in a state of emergency due to a water shortage.

New Sunblocks And Worsened Ozone Depletion

Jun 21, 2017

There are new physical component sun blocks found in local drugstores to help protect skin this summer. The sun block’s components include titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are used as protection from ultraviolet A, ultraviolet B and infrared radiation.

Utah environmental regulators are taking comments through July on whether the controversial White Mesa uranium mill should be allowed to continue to operate. 

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Although there was no growth on Sunday in the size of the wild fire that threatens the town of Brian Head, the situation remains volatile and the town still very much under threat.

On Thursday, reporters and producers from Utah Public Radio took home 17 awards from the Society of Professional Journalists award ceremony. The awards include four 1sts, five 2nds, four 3rds and four honorable mentions. Here's a list of all the winners and their stories:

An American Author Book Signing In Cuba

Jun 16, 2017

An American author who is said to have a love for ‘authors, cars and cigars,’ is the first to hold a book signing in Cuba since the death of Fidel Castro in November 2016.

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Logan, Utah’s 34th annual Summerfest Arts Faire features a new traditional arts component.

Utahns Efforts Are Helping Trafficked Children In Mexico

Jun 15, 2017
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Utah-based Operation Underground Railroad, an anti-human trafficking organization, has become an officially recognized charity in Mexico. By declaring itself as a charity, the organization will be able to host fundraisers to raise money and awareness for child exploitation operations in the country.

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Authorities say escaped polygamous sect leader Lyle Jeffs was living out of his car when he was captured in South Dakota.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric Barnhart said in Salt Lake City on Thursday that a tip led to Jeffs' capture at a recreation-area marina southwest of Sioux Falls.

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The Smithfield Senior Center will see major budget cuts this year along with other publicly funded organizations.

Who Will Handle Bears Ears Shrinkage?

Jun 14, 2017
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In a report Monday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke proposed downsizing the Bears Ears National Monument. 

In the language of the original 1906 Antiquities Act, Sec. Zinke’s report notes there are "objects of historic or scientific interest” within Bears Ears, but recommends shrinking its boundaries to "the smallest area compatible" with their preservation. The report did not detail how the monument should be shrunk.

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Wildfires continue to burn throughout Utah and are fanned by windy conditions. A Monday afternoon fire quickly moved through about six acres of dry grass in Cedar City destroying buildings and other structures.

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Details about a 2018 ballot initiative seeking an independent redistricting commission to work with Utah’s Legislature surfaced last week. 

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Utah business and education leaders launched a new ballot initiative for the 2018 mid-term elections on Tuesday.

Revamping their effort following the 2017 General Session, Our Schools Now seeks to increase taxes to fund public education.

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Charging documents state a Utah woman who is already facing charges of trying to hire a hit man to kill her ex-husband now faces additional charges for asking a fellow inmate to kill the hit man.

Linda Tracy Gillman is charged with two counts of first-degree felony criminal solicitation for the first case. But the 69-year-old is now accused of trying to persuade a fellow jail inmate to kill the hit man she tried to hire, who is a primary witness against her.

Police have identified a Utah man found dead after authorities say he killed a woman and her son in a shooting that injured two other children.

On the top floor of the student center at Utah State University, two doctoral students are spending the summer interning. This gives them an opportunity to work at CAPS, the schools counseling and psychological service center.

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A minor league baseball team in Utah has canceled a planned "Hourglass Appreciation Night" promotion.

Ogden Raptors managers says that the news release referencing women's bodies was sent without management approval and the event would not take place.

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In May, Cache Humane Society signed a one-year agreement with the Logan City Police Department to establish a trap-neuter-release pilot program that will change the way feral cats are handled in Logan.

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Officials are hopeful Utah's major rape kit backlog will be reduced now that a new state crime laboratory has opened where robotic machines can extract DNA samples and deliver them to forensic technicians much faster than humans.

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Government leaders opposed to Utah's two largest monument designations, including Utah’s Senator Orrin Hatch, have labeled the designations as "land grabs" or "thefts,” which raises the question: did the state of Utah ever own these lands?

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