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Minnesota public safety agencies reeling from weekend tragedy; Speaker Johnson faces critical decision on Ukraine aid; Public comment sought on proposal to limit growth in health-care costs; MS postal union workers voice concerns about understaffing, mail delays.

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Truckers for Trump threaten to strike over his massive civil fine for business fraud in New York City. Biden wants Norfolk Southern held accountable one year after an Ohio derailment and dangerous chemical spill and faith leaders call for peace in the Israel-Hamas war.

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Drones over West Texas aim to improve rural healthcare, the Ogallala Aquifer, the backbone of High Plains agriculture, is slowly disappearing and federal money is headed to growers of wool and cotton.

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Utah has invested significantly in transportation over the last 30 years, and these investments will need to continue, according to a Guiding Our Growth survey. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Group advocates for better transit options in rural Utah

A coalition of Utah stakeholders is launching the "Campaign for Public Transit in the 435," which will aim to bring better forms of transit to those w…

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Since 2004, Go Red for Women has addressed the awareness and clinical care gaps of women's greatest health threat, cardiovascular disease. The Utah Go Red for Women luncheon will take place at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center on March 8. (Adobe Stock)
UT heart survivor shares story to spread awareness for American Heart Month

One Utah woman is sharing her story during American Heart Month to spread awareness about how important preventive heart health care is. Claire …

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Utah saw the highest percent growth in personal income from 2016 to 2021, according to the Utah Foundation. (Adobe Stock)
Report: Utah's tax burden increases, sitting above national average

A new report found the State of Utah's overall tax and property tax burden hit record lows over the last five years, while the state's income tax …

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Between 2000 and 2019, the number of immigrants in Utah increased by 63.7%, while the U.S.-born population grew by 36.9%, according to the American Immigration Council. (Eduardo Barraza/Adobe Stock)
UT Gov. visits southern border over 'public safety issue'

After a trip to Texas to visit the southern border, Gov. Spencer Cox expressed concern, calling the situation a public safety issue. Cox joined 14 …

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Since its implementation, more than 22.5 million households have utilized the Affordable Connectivity Program's monthly discount of up to $30 for internet service, and up to $75 monthly for those living on tribal lands. (Adobe Stock)
Federal internet assistance plan winding down in Utah

For a number of years now, Congress has appropriated billions of dollars to the Affordable Connectivity Program to help internet access become more …

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According to the Rural Utah Project, 94% of Utahns vote by mail. (David Gales / Adobe Stock)
A number of bills could change the way Utahns vote

The Utah legislature has been in session for almost two weeks and one group said there have been more than 10 pieces of legislation introduced they ca…

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Offenders who engage in financially motivated sextortion are often located outside the U.S., primarily in west African countries of Nigeria and Ivory Coast, or Southeast Asian countries such as the Philippines, according to the FBI. (Adobe Stock)
'Sextortion' cases on rise in UT and nationally

The FBI is warning the public about an increase in the crime known as "sextortion," when suspects target minors and threaten or coerce them into sendi…

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Oil and gas operations are the source of nearly 30% of all methane emissions in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. (Adobe Stock)
UT Mormon steward applauds EPA's final methane rule

Members of the Mormon Environmental Stewardship Alliance in Utah are applauding the Environmental Protection Agency's final rule that sharply reduces …

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Utah ranked first in the nation for formal volunteerism and seventh for informal service in 2021, according to the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism. (Adobe Stock)
UT governor's office discusses importance of service, volunteerism

Ahead of National Service Day, the governor's office brought together Utah leaders to discuss the importance of service and volunteerism. Utah Lt…

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Salt Lake City is one of five markets identified as resilient and in a position for new growth, according to the commercial real estate firm CBRE. (Adobe Stock)
Tech scene grows in states like Utah, but not without challenges

A new report showed the share of tech jobs in what are known as "superstar" cities such as the Bay Area, Boston, Los Angeles and New York has dipped …

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Utah women and girls experience disproportionate exposure to adverse childhood experiences, with 18.3% of females reporting four or more, compared with 13.9% of males. (Jose Manuel/Adobe Stock)
Research sheds light on current status of Utah women, girls

New research spotlights the status of women and girls in Utah, in five areas of focus. At Utah State University, Susan Madsen, founding director of …

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Around 80% of Park City parents with children younger than five years old rely on child care, according to Upwards. (Adobe Stock)
Park City child-care assistance program launches in 2024

A partnership launching next year in Utah has the goal to expand child-care access and affordability for families who live and work in Park City…

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