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SCOTUS begins issuing new opinions, with another expected related to the power of federal agencies, the battleground state of Wisconsin gets a ruling on alternative voting sites, and coastal work is being done to help salt marshes withstand hurricanes.

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The Supreme Court for now protects access to abortion drug mifepristone, while Senate Republicans block a bill protecting access to in-vitro fertilization. Wisconsin's Supreme Court bans mobile voting sites, and colleges deal with funding cuts as legislatures target diversity programs.

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As summer nears, America's newest and largest international dark sky sanctuary beckons, rural job growth is up, but full recovery remains elusive, rural Americans living in prison towns support a transition, while birth control is more readily available in rural areas.

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According to the Kids Count report, four out of ten students nationally had experienced at least one adverse childhood experience, such as family economic hardship, their parents divorcing or separating, or a parent serving jail time, which can impact educational outcomes. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

UT ranks third for overall child well-being; more education support urged

Utah is among the best states in the nation for children's overall well-being according to a new national report, but experts are emphasizing the …

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The rural population of the United States is roughly one fifth of all its residents, according to the Rural Climate Partnership report. (Adobe Stock)
Rural UT produces significant amount of emissions, expert sounds alarm

At least 12% of Utah's population lives in rural areas, and a new report finds that a significant portion of the state's greenhouse-gas emissions …

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Utah hog farms and pork processors directly employed 1,899 workers and paid more than $100.7 million in total wages, according to the National Pork Producers Council. (Adobe Stock)
Animal rights group wants to end use of livestock gestation crates

An international animal right's group is calling on the U.S. restaurant chain industry to reduce or eliminate the use of gestation crates for …

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The Washington County Water Conservancy District's Quail Creek water treatment plant is currently capable of treating 60 million gallons of water per day. (Adobe Stock)
One UT county receives federal funds for water reuse project

As water scarcity affects states across the West, a Utah community is getting funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to help support its water …

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Some 60% of Black eligible voters are under age 50, compared with 52% of all U.S. eligible voters, according to the Pew Research Center. (Adobe Stock)
Research: Many Black Utah residents unable to vote

Black Americans account for 14% of eligible voters in the U.S., a figure which has slowly risen over the years but Utah is home to one of the …

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The analysis from Climate Central uses data from 476 weather stations to assess trends in 245 climate divisions spanning all 48 contiguous U.S. states over a 51-year period. (Climate Central)
Report: Longer, more intense fire weather seasons, especially across West

A new report finds that climate change is affecting weather conditions in ways that increase wildfire risk, with the West seeing the greatest jump in …

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Every year, 37 million falls occur among older adults age 65 and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Adobe Stock)
During Older Americans Month, experts share ways to stay healthy and fit

Unintentional injuries are among the top ten leading causes of death for older adults, and during Older Americans Month, experts want to raise …

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By December 2023, 4.16 million fewer children were enrolled in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program nationwide, than the month before each state began the process of renewing eligibility after the COVID-related Medicaid continuous coverage protections were lifted. (Adobe Stock)
UT among largest percentage declines in Medicaid, CHIP enrollment

A new report from Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families showed Utah is one of the states to see the largest percentage declines in …

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One in three transgender youths report not feeling safe to go to the doctor or hospital when they feel sick or injured, according to The Trevor Project. (Adobe Stock)
Report examines impacts of 2024 anti-transgender legislation

A staggering 93% of transgender teens live in a state that has enacted or proposed legislation that would restrict their rights, according to a new …

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Currently, 90% of public land managed by BLM is open to commodity-driven extraction, like mining and oil and gas development, according to the National Parks Conservation Association. (Adobe Stock)
National parks in UT benefit from BLM rules

Conservation experts are applauding the Bureau of Land Management for releasing two new rules that recognize conservation as an essential part of publ…

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Housing affordability was the most important issue to Utahns in a new Utah Foundation survey, while earning enough to pay for non-housing needs came in third. (Adobe Stock)
Report: Cost of living, government dysfunction rank as top issues for Utahns

More than three in five Utahns believe the state is on the wrong track and their quality of life is worse today than it was five years ago. A new …

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The Public Lands Rule helps ensure BLM management decisions will continue to be guided by science and data. (Adobe Stock)
Utah opposes BLM's new Public Lands Rule

The Bureau of Land Management recently released its final Public Lands Rule, which is set to put conservation on equal footing with other multiple …

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