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Protecting Unborn Children Amendments law went into effect Tuesday. It requires fetuses that are past 20 weeks of gestation to receive anesthesia before they are aborted.

Bad Air Day? Try a Mask.

May 10, 2016

Air pollution is a complicated problem without a simple solution. But have you ever wondered what you can do to protect your health on bad air days? Scientists suggest a mask.

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It’s Mental Health Awareness Month. In Salt Lake City this week, a group of adults is getting together for a video game marathon to benefit those served by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Mental Competency Considerated in Murder Case

May 9, 2016
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  The brother of a transgender woman, who committed suicide seven months ago, was charged with the murder of their father.

Shane Hallstrom's pretrial appearance was on Monday at the 1st District Court in Logan. He was charged with murder after police allege he stabbed his father, Calvin Hallstrom, to death on April 28.

The Cutthroat Trout on Wild About Utah

May 6, 2016
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  Utah streams offer excellent year-round fishing opportunities for every level of angler. According to the Department of Natural Resources, Utah’s waters are home to approximately 80 different species of fish, but it is the trout fishing that is the biggest attraction for fishermen. Of the trout species swimming in our rivers and lakes, the cutthroat trout is a local favorite and the only trout native to the state.

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It is not a secret that Utah has been experiencing a tech boom over the past few years, with a vast amount of the development centered around Utah County’s I-15 corridor. Life is not perfect for residents of the area though, transportation in and out of the so-called “Silicon Slopes” is reportedly difficult, and there aren’t many options to occupy time outside of work. A group of Utah State University seniors saw this as a challenge, and have grand plans to turn Thanksgiving Point into a more inclusive community .

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Utah biologists were doing a study to recover razorback sucker last year in the Upper Colorado River, when, to their surprise, they discovered 19 individual bonytail chub in the Stewart Lake near Jensen. The bonytail are now rearing their young. 

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In 2015, Visitors to Yellowstone exceeded four million for the first time. With so many people visiting the park, dangerous encounters with animals has been an issue. The latest addition of National Geographic Magazine provides information about the human/wildlife conflict in the park.

Army's Plan to Defend Battlefield Communications

May 4, 2016

  The United States Army announced it will employ a new Occupational Specialty position, tasked with defending military communication systems.

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A recent report from the Congressional Budget Office claims that raising the royalty rate on public drilling leases would generate $1.2 billion dollars in revenue. Greg Zimmerman, deputy director with the Center for Western Priorities, said that the states would also benefit from increased rates.

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Public health funding has stayed steady the past few years according to the Trust for America’s Health. The organization released a report on state and federal health spending and found some states spend a lot more than others.  

Wildfire Season Off to Delayed Start

May 3, 2016
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The National Interagency Fire Center has released the annual wildfire outlook for the spring and summer. The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands refers to the Center to assess the wildfire potential in Utah.

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Rapidly rising rents and relatively flat incomes are putting the squeeze on many Utah renters. These raising prices are effecting people, especially those with moderate or low incomes. 

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  Several Utah police officials are joining in calls to change Brigham Young University's practice of investigating students for violations of the school's strict code of behavior after reporting they were sexually assaulted.

Provo's police chief said Thursday that he's pleased the Mormon-owned school based in his city is considering changing the way it handles reports of sexual violence. Provo Police Sgt. Brian Taylor says he hopes BYU changes its policy, and starts providing amnesty to victims.

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The ability to assess water supply is becoming increasingly important, especially since data shows statewide reservoir storage is lower than last year. Utah State University soil scientists and climatologists have created a device to track snowmelt, that could lead to better assessments on water supply. 

Tragedy Strikes Cache Valley Family Again

Apr 29, 2016
Cache County Sheriff's Office

 

Tragedy once again strikes the family of a transgender, woman, Ashley Hallstrom, who committed suicide seven months ago.

 

Ashley’s 58-year-old father, Calvin Hallstrom, was stabbed to deathThursday night. Police allege he was killed by his son, Ashley’s brother, 25-year-old Shane Hallstrom.

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According to the National Eating Disorder Association, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. The group is focused on early intervention in an effort to save lives.

Utah Ranks as the Least Gambling-Addicted State

Apr 27, 2016
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A personal finance website has released a report on states and gambling addiction. 

The report released by personal finance website WalletHub ranked residents in all 50 states to determine how addicted they are to gambling.  Researcher Jill Gonzalez says Utah ranks as the least gambling addicted state in the nation.

Kit Foxes: Sentinels of Utah’s Desert Nights

Apr 27, 2016
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One of the first things observers notice about the kit fox is its tiny size. Weighing in at a mere four pounds or so, Vulpes macrotis is among the smallest canids on the planet.

Often mistaken for swift foxes, kit foxes are a distinct species that sport larger ears and a leaner, more angular appearance. The small mammal has a long, black-tipped bushy tail and a yellowish-gray coat tinged with rusty orange.

Bryce Canyon National Park Recieves Top Rating Award

Apr 26, 2016
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For a record-breaking 18th year in a row, The Michelin Guide has awarded Bryce Canyon a 3-star ranking. 

The Michelin Guide, a European Guidebook which gives awards to locations around the globe, awarded Bryce Canyon National Park 3 stars, making it one of five locations in Utah to receive the honor. Zion National Park and Monument Valley, in comparison, were only given a two-star rating.

Ancient Native Plant Relationships

Apr 25, 2016
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  Stretching from the snowy peaks of the Wellsville Mountains, south to the sandstone shadows of Beaver Dam Wash, an ancient, native relationship provided unity to the diverse landscape. It is admired in the haunting tune of a wind pipe, it comports like a wool blanket; and its tapestry goes beyond the cliff art at Potash, and preceded John Wesley Powell and Brigham Young.

 


The Great Salt Lake

Apr 25, 2016
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  There is a giant among us with a profound influence on our past, present, and future. My first encounter with this giant was both buoyant and delightful as I floated in the brine on a lovely summer day. But I was oblivious to the Great Salt Lake’s immense value as an environmental, cultural, and economic resource.

 


Dandelion - Friend or Foe?

Apr 25, 2016
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  Popping up here and there seemingly as soon as you turn away, dandelion persists and as it grows bigger, it’s large taproot becomes many a gardener’s foe. With a slight change in perspective, however, gardeners could expand their yield and embrace the ever persistent pioneer plant: dandelion.

  

Irruptive Birds Migrate South

Apr 25, 2016
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  Every winter, many of Utah’s breeding birds migrate south to avoid the cold. After the warblers, tanagers, and orioles leave each fall, we share the snowy winter with hardier residents, such as chickadees, nuthatches, and juncos. But even hardier birds breed in the far north and venture south to Utah only during the most severe winters.


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  Tucked into isolated pockets of the Uintah Basin’s arid wildlands is the best little plant you’ve never heard of. Known to exist only in Duchesne and Uintah Counties, Shrubby-reed Mustard seems to occupy only the semi-barren “islands” of white shale in areas of the Green River Formation’s Evacuation Creek region. The endangered plant features thick, almost succulent, blue-green leaves and small yellow flowers.

 


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