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Access to resources have allowed Utah to see its second highest growth in its number of small businesses.
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Starting a business is never easy, according officials at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Close to a fifth of all startups don’t survive more than one year of operation, and nearly half never make it to their fifth anniversary. But Utah’s economic climate is better than most states in the U.S.

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Current and forecasted weather paired with extremely dry vegetation throughout northern Utah have created hazardous fire conditions. 

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In May, the city of St. George initiated an ordinance for residents that limits outdoor watering from 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. Data from the last 2 months show that most people are watering their lawns between 4:00 and 6:00 a.m. Because of this, there is a large drop in water pressure causing water coverage from sprinklers to be less effective.

Blue Lake, Utah
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Law enforcement authorities say a 10-year-old boy died while scuba diving with his father in northwest Utah.

Tooele County sheriff's office Lt. Ron Johnson says the boy died Wednesday. He had been at the 60-foot-deep Blue Lake with his father, who is a certified scuba diver.

Wildfire blazes near Strawberry Reservoir in Utah.
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  A growing Utah wildfire near a popular fishing reservoir has forced the closure of U.S. Highway 40.

High winds, heat and very dry conditions are fueling the fire near Strawberry Reservoir, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) southeast of Salt Lake City. Officials say it has burned 66 square miles (171 square kilometers) and destroyed about 30 structures.

Utah State University
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A former Utah State University student has reached a $250,000 settlement with the school resolving a lawsuit she filed following her rape at a fraternity house in 2015, the university announced Thursday.

Bears Ears National Monument; Southern utah
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One environmental organization is challenging what it says is a "culture of secrecy" created under Secretary Ryan Zinke in the U.S. Department of the Interior. The organization, Earthjustice, has requested documents related to decisions about allowed uses in Utah’s Bear Ears and surrounding areas.

Standing on a field of grass a child holds a sign that says "End family concentration camps." The child's face is hidden by the sign.
Tamsen Maloy

In response to the Trump administration’s family separation policy, at the end of June, a California judge ruled border separations must stop, and families must be reunited. In cities across the United States, many residents think this ruling is good but doesn’t do enough for families and migrants.

LGBTQA+ groups allowed to march in Utah July 4 Parade
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Utah LGBTQA+ groups marched for the first time Wednesday in a prominent July Fourth festival in the conservative city of Provo after years of organizers blocking the groups from participating.

The groups were met by cheers and rainbow flags as they marched Wednesday morning in the America's Freedom Festival parade.

BYU Campus in Provo, Utah
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An LGBTQA+ group at the Mormon church-owned Brigham Young University is trying to get recognition from the school but hasn't had its application approved for three years.

Members of the Understanding Same Gender Attraction group said they feel like they've been strung along by school administrators.

Wildfires blaze in several spots across Utah.
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A Utah wildfire has ballooned closer to a popular fishing reservoir forcing authorities to shut down high tension power lines and order evacuations for a campground and subdivisions neighborhoods of cabins and homes.

The fire burning near Strawberry Reservoir was fueled Wednesday by high winds, heat and very dry conditions.

Three smokestacks and coal plant building beneath partly cloudy sky
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The financial cost of burning coal is going up, while the cost of renewable forms of energy is going down, according to a recent study commissioned by the Sierra Club. 

Crews Work To Contain Dollar Ridge Fire In Eastern Utah

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Wildfire Flames; the Dollar Ridge Fire is burning in eastern Utah.
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Crews are working to reach containment status for the Dollar Ridge Fire burning on the border of Wasatch and Duchesne counties. The area burned is estimated to be around 30,000 acres.

Utah County
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A federal judge is declaring that Utah's San Juan County has made appropriate reforms after finding its previous political boundaries racially gerrymandered.

Judge Robert Shelby declined Monday to reopen the case in response to concerns from Navajo residents in the state's southeast corner.

Utahns will vote on medical marijuana this November.
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Opponents of Utah's medical marijuana ballot initiative are dropping their lawsuit seeking to prevent the question from being put to voters in November.

The action by Drug Safe Utah Monday clears the path to place the initiative on the ballot.

Wildfire causes evacuation of 300 houses.
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Authorities have evacuated 200 to 300 Utah homes because of a growing wildfire near a popular fishing reservoir.

Jason Curry of the Utah Division of Forest, Fire and State Lands says high winds helped grow the fire to about 47 square miles (122 square kilometers) by Monday evening.

Darius Gray Speaking At The Black, White, And Mormon Conference In Salt Lake City
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A Utah scholar has released a database for tracking the history of African American members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

Adult Red-tailed Hawk cares for its young.
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An old cottonwood tree that is a nesting home to red-tailed hawks near the Salt Lake City airport has been spared demolition after a neighbor persuaded the property owners to leave it alone.

Catherine Kirby has been visiting the urban nesting area for years and sprang into action after hearing four trees would be torn down to make way for an expansion of an auto recycling business.

Aaron Johnson filed lawsuits after the Salt Lake City's city council Facebook page blocked him from posting on their wall.
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  A Utah man has filed a pair of lawsuits claiming state and Salt Lake City officials have violated his free speech rights by blocking him on social media.

Aaron Johnson says he enjoys ribbing politicians online.

Elder Ulisses Soares and Elder Gerrit W. Gong
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The two newest members of a top Mormon governing panel say they hope to bring a new perspective as the first Latin-American and the first person of Asian ancestry to a previously all-white top leadership group that helps make church policy.

Ulisses Soares of Brazil and Gerrit W. Gong, a Chinese-American, made the comments Thursday during their first media interviews since being chosen for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' leadership panel called the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles earlier this year.

Utah WIldfires
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Authorities have reopened a state highway in southwest Utah that had been closed due to threats from one of a half-dozen wildfires burning across the state.

Bureau of Land Management officials said Friday firefighters made good progress overnight on the Black Mountain Fire, which is now moving east of the small town of Minersville and State Highway 130.

Jamaal A. Evans
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  A Utah State University football player has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman at a party, marking the latest in a string of similar cases at the school.

Prosecutors who filed rape and forcible sodomy charges Thursday say 19-year-old Jamaal A. Evans took an intoxicated woman into another room and assaulted her June 17.

Mike Lee; Senator Mike Lee is a potential nominee for the United State Supreme Court.
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Utah Governor Gary Herbert supports the nomination of either current U.S. Senator Mike Lee or his brother Utah Supreme Court Justice Thomas Lee to the United State Supreme Court. Both are reportedly on the list. If Mike Lee is appointed, the governor would appoint someone to replace him.

Small business owners in the United States and Utah are looking forward to the next 12 months, according to a recent study. But Utah has dropped in the rankings from number three in the nation to eighth this year for small business optimism.

Sign on sidewalk that says Vote Here with an American flag above the wording
Tamsen Maloy

With the 2020 United States Census approaching, the Utah State Legislature is preparing for the redistricting that comes with it. The legislature is responsible for creating congressional, legislative and school districts based on data from the census.

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