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Brigham Young University has banned beards for most students and faculty since the 1960s, but attitudes and enforcement of the policy at the Mormon church-owned school have relaxed in recent years.

The school approved beards on campus in 2015 for Muslims, Sikhs and other students to honor their non-faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or LDS.

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A heavy bell that was on the USS Utah when it sank during the attack on Pearl Harbor has returned to the University of Utah.

The bell was placed inside the campus' Naval Science building on Thursday, the 76th anniversary of the attack.

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Salt Lake City Council has voted to provide funding for 50 new police officers.

The Salt Lake City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to set aside funding to hire 50 new police officers, as well as additional support staff in the crime lab and social work office.

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is strongly disputing a claim by outdoor retailer Patagonia that President Donald Trump "stole" public land by shrinking two national monuments in Utah.

Zinke calls the claim — made in large type on the company's home page — "nefarious, false and a lie."

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Two Utah congressmen are introducing legislation addressing two national monuments that President Donald Trump is drastically shrinking, turning one into a small national park and allowing Native Americans to help manage the other.

Republican Rep. John Curtis said at a press conference Tuesday that his measure on Bears Ears National Monument would allow Native Americans and local residents manage the land.

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Four missing children from a Utah polygamist sect have been found after a raid on the group's compound.

Authorities found two boys in the raid Monday then issued an Amber Alert for their two sisters and soon found them within 5 miles of the compound.

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President Donald Trump has signed proclamations to formally scale back two sprawling national monuments in Utah: Bears Ears and Grand-Staircase Escalante.

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This year's election season brought historic wins for women in Utah, where at least four cities elected their first female mayors.

Women across Salt Lake, Davis, Weber and Utah counties will gain 6 percent more council or mayoral positions come January, holding a total 27 percent of all seats.

Keeping Bears Ears May Help Local Economies

Dec 4, 2017
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Prior to President Donald Trump’s visit to Utah on Monday, southern Utah leaders discuss the importance of Bears Ears and the possible economic value to keeping the monument.

Cat Cafe Opens In Salt Lake City

Dec 1, 2017
Tinker's Cat Cafe

Earlier this month, Tinker’s Cat Cafe opened in Salt Lake City. The cafe offers a full espresso bar, local baked goods and a cat room.

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Utah's professional soccer team, Real Salt Lake, has saved about $5 million over the last five years after its owner quietly persuaded the county to cut the team's stadium property tax assessment by about half.

Rio Tinto Stadium's original assessed value was $98.1 million in 2011, but dropped to $56.7 million after the county's reduction in 2012. The new value is closer in line to assessments for other pro sports stadiums in the area.

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A Utah city is hoping to turn its airport into a viable commercial air provider by adding three new flight destinations.

Ogden, which owns Ogden-Hinckley Airport, is looking to apply for a $400,000 U.S. Department of Transportation grant that would support commercial air service to three target destinations: Dallas, Denver and Seattle.

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A Utah lawmaker is planning to introduce a proposal to require county jails and state prisons to submit yearly reports on jail deaths and how they handle opioid and other medications amid renewed emphasis on jail deaths.

Davis County Sheriff Todd Richardson, meanwhile, says his office has begun a review of policies and procedures after several deaths in the summer of 2016. Those deaths, plus a fatal injury suffered by an inmate in December, triggered heavy public scrutiny of jails around the state.

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A coalition of Salt Lake City attorneys known as the "Refugee Justice League" has begun work to help Bhutanese refugees build a Hindu temple.

Thousands of refugees came to Utah in 2008 when the U.S. took in about 60,000 people from the South Asia country Bhutan.

Utah State University Names New Chief Fundraiser

Nov 27, 2017
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On Monday, Utah State University announced that Matthew T. White will fill the role of chief fundraiser for the university.

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James Coburn works for the Physics Department at Utah State University. He’s the driving force behind a favorite Thanksgiving tradition, the November Physics Demo Show.

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A new program spearheaded by the University of Utah is reviving higher education classes for incarcerated people at the Utah State Correctional Facility in Draper, after a ten-year hiatus. 

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Utah will pay $349,000 to settle a lawsuit that overturned a law banning secret filming at farm and livestock facilities.

The settlement will cover the costs of attorneys and others fees for animal-rights groups that challenged the 2012 law.

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Health officials say at least 75 people are part of a large hepatitis A outbreak that began in May.

Many of the cases originated in Salt Lake County.

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A panel of Utah lawmakers on Wednesday rejected a proposal that would have required lobbyists to undergo annual anti-harassment training in order to be licensed to lobby at the state Capitol.

The proposal, which could still be considered and passed during the upcoming Legislative session, comes as waves of sexual harassment allegations have surfaced in governments and businesses around the country.

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The Utah Senate unanimously voted to confirm the nomination of the state's newest Supreme Court justice.

Third District Court Judge Paige Petersen will fill a vacancy created by Christine Durham's retirement, which will begin Thursday.

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Congress got its newest member when Republican John Curtis of Utah received the oath of office from House Speaker Paul Ryan.

His swearing in comes amid a full-court press by the GOP leadership to pass tax overhaul legislation by the end of the year.

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Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch's office says President Donald Trump is expected to significantly downsize two sprawling Utah national monuments.

Ron Dean, Hatch's Central and Eastern Utah Director, testified to Utah lawmakers during a public lands hearing Tuesday that he hasn't seen Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendations for the monuments but he expects Bears Ears National Monument will be reduced by nearly 80 to 90 percent of its current size and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument will be cut down by about 40 to 60 percent.

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A Utah legislator is developing a proposal to move sex education out of the classroom and onto home computers via the internet.

Rep. Justin Fawson, a conservative Republican from North Ogden, says he's drafting a bill that would that would tailor the state's sex education curriculum to individual students.

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The Utah Department of Transportation will hold a public open house and accompanying public hearing for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement on proposed recommendations for highway improvements to the Valley View Highway.

The events will take place Wednesday at Logan City Hall.

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