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On Tuesday, Gov. Gary Herbert announced the creation of a new grant program to help provide work-based learning programs for adults and students.

Travis Olds

Travis Olds grew up in a small mining town on the upper peninsula of Michigan.

Johnson Laments Tax Increases In Times Of Surplus

Mar 21, 2017

With the Utah legislative session in the books, the state is boasting an $88 million surplus and a rainy day fund of nearly a half a billion dollars. But in his op-ed piece in the Salt Lake Tribune, Jonathan Johnson, chairman of overstock.com, laments that the legislature still came up with at least 5 new ways to separate Utahans from more of their money.


Education advocates are raising concerns over Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s judicial record on students with disabilities.


So far, Governor Herbert has signed 136 of the 535 total passed bills during the 2017 legislative session. One of those bills signed will gradually wind down the $2,000 tax credit that homeowners can receive when they install rooftop solar panels. 

AARP Mobilizes Against GOP Health Plan

Mar 17, 2017
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Opposition to the GOP's proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act is swelling, and the nation's largest advocacy group for people age 50 and older is stepping into the fray.

Greens Hollow Coal Lease Sale Approved

Mar 16, 2017

Federal officials have given the go-ahead for the sale of a big coal lease in central Utah, despite concern from conservation groups who say the move will hurt the environment.

The U.S. Interior Department announced on Wednesday that they had finalized a $22 million Greens Hollow coal lease, which was awarded to the owner of Sufco Mine.

Katherine Taylor

Above normal precipitation and warm temperatures in late February led to extensive flooding in northern Utah this winter.  The Bear River Health Department has announced free bacteria testing for residents whose primary source of water is wells, and have experienced flooding in Cache, Box Elder and Rich Counties. 


Box Elder County Commissioner Stan Summers and his family receive health insurance through the county government. However, according to Summers, that has not kept him from feeling the impact of the rising cost of healthcare, either personally or as a county official.


Bonanza Flat borders Salt Lake and Summit Counties but is nestled in the upper elevations of the Wasatch Mountains, in Wasatch County.

Food Banks Make Case For Funding

Mar 10, 2017

One in six people in Utah struggle with hunger, according to the group Feeding America, and 1 in 5 Utah children don't know where to get a next meal.

Such statistics are why hunger-fighting groups are concerned about possible cuts to federal nutrition programs under the Trump administration.

‘No-Promo Homo’ Bill Passes Out of Utah House

Mar 10, 2017

A measure striking down a school curriculum statute known as “no-promo homo” passed through the Utah House with only one dissenting vote on Wednesday, making its way to Gov. Gary Herbert’s desk with bi-partisan support.


Utah Republicans are defending a $100 million bond package that was approved this week without a public hearing. The money is designated for a future state prison west of Salt Lake City.

Utah Women Take Day Off To Meet With Lawmakers

Mar 9, 2017
Emily Means

Utah lawmakers faced a sea of red at the Capitol on Wednesday for A Day Without a Woman, a direct-action event organized by Utah Women Unite, the group behind the women’s march at the beginning of the legislative session.


Utah Republican Gov. Gary Herbert is calling the current healthcare status under the Affordable Care Act is unacceptable, adding that he is confident that the current Congress can replace President Barack Obama’s signature law with a better alternative.

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House Joint Resolution 18’s sponsor, North Salt Lake Republican Rep. Rebecca Edwards, along with Salt Lake City Democratic Rep. Joel Briscoe, collaborated with students from state universities and high schools to craft a measure addressing the causes and consequences of rising temperatures and supporting a commitment to “conservative environmental stewardship.”






Research is increasingly identifying how poor air quality negatively impacts human health. One recent study indicates that air pollution can even alter the effectiveness of antibiotics. Some economists have proposed that a gas tax could help some Utah residents breath a little easier.

Katherine Taylor

A winter storm moving through northern Utah is expected to dump more snow and cause a drop in temperatures Monday.

Eric Schoening is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City. He says the Salt Lake City and Provo areas will see up to an inch of snow, while Ogden and Logan could get between 1 and 3 inches.

Katherine Taylor

Portions of five northern Utah counties are being warned about the possibility of weekend flooding, amid forecasts of rising temperatures melting heavy snow. 



Utah’s House of Representatives has approved changes to the state’s stand-your-ground self-defense law making it clear that people don’t need to try to run away before using force, including deadly force, against someone.


Young people took some of the worst hits in the 2008 financial crisis. Utah’s Millennials, roughly one-third of the state’s population, are bucking national trends in home ownership and family formation. The outlook is bleak enough, however, to question whether the American Dream will still be a possibility for the next generation of adults.

Dani Hayes

Last weekend the city of Delta, Utah held its annual Snow Geese Festival.  Each year the Gunnison Bend Reservoir near Delta is inundated with thousands of geese stopping on their lengthy trip to northwest Canada.  Every year snow geese stop at the reservoir to rest and feed.  


Approaching the end of the 2017 state legislative session, Austin Cox, the campaign manager for Our Schools Now, admitted that it is becoming clear that the quickest path to passing the initiative will be through the ballot box in 2018. Lawmakers have criticized the proposal’s 7/8ths of one percent state income tax increase, calling it a 17 and a half percent hike. Cox said that opponents of Our Schools Now are using language that is somewhat misleading.

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After protests from community members and hundreds of letters sent to elected officials, state lawmakers and local leaders on Friday announced an updated plan for addressing homelessness in Salt Lake County.

Utah Sees Backlash on Public-Lands Policies

Feb 24, 2017

At least three western states are vying to host a conference of outdoor retailers that's leaving Utah over its position on public lands. The Outdoor Industry Association, which has held its giant trade shows in Salt Lake City for two decades, says it will seek a new home for its Outdoor Retailer shows in 2018.