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After knocking on the door of Fred Rogers’ television neighborhood home more than one thousand times, actor David Newell now spends his time traveling to communities promoting the benefits of public television. His Mr. McFeely character tagline of “Speedy Delivery” is said as much today as it was 50 years ago when the Mr. Rogers Neighborhood series began.

St. Luke's Health System

With the opening of the region's first "virtual hospital," some Idahoans' health care needs could be met with the click of a button. Saint Luke's Health System says its virtual-care center in Boise is now up and running, eliminating the distance rural Idahoans have to travel to receive care. 

FEMA warns Utah residents to prepare for seasonal rains showers that could flood roadways and homes
Saint George News

Representatives from a federal agency overseeing flood insurance payouts is warning Utah residents to prepare now for potentially heavy seasonal rain storms. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is hoping to help homeowners avoid problems that happen when weather patterns are unpredictable.  

Emma Thompson

The difference between dirt and soil may not be an argument most people take seriously or even think about. But one Utah State University soil-scientist student is getting her hands dirty to prove that soil is essential for life.

  The North Eden Fire close to Bear Lake is burning into Idaho and Wyoming, forcing crews from all three states to fight the flames. Local officials are now working to protect their community.
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The North Eden Fire close to Bear Lake is spreading into Idaho and Wyoming, forcing crews from all three states to fight the flames. Local officials are now working to protect their community.

In today’s economic news, agriculture is taking over the headlines. Trade disputes have farmers and ranchers uncertain about the future of their businesses, but one small group of people specializing in complex agriculture economics are working to keep up with the fast-paced markets.

In the last two decades, the number of women-owned business in the United States has jumped 114 percent. But in a recent study, women still fall behind in equal pay in businesses of all sizes.

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A cellphone forensics team might sound like something out of a Hollywood spy movie, but it’s a real thing. The people on this team of tech experts aren’t working with the C.I.A. or the F.B.I., they’re working with search and rescue.

The contract that allows low-income families to use SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, to buy food  from farmers markets was set to expire at the peak of summer and the growing season for farmers.
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The contract that allows low-income families to use SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, to buy food  from farmers markets was set to expire at the peak of summer and the growing season for farmers. The tight knit community of farmers markets came together to find a way for low-income families to continue receiving fresh produce from local markets.

Man accused of murdering someone in an LDS church in Nevada.
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A Nevada man accused of fatally shooting a fellow member of his Mormon congregation during Sunday services has made his first court appearance after being indicted on murder, battery and assault charges.

Defendant John O'Connor is charged with killing 61-year-old Charles E. "Bert" Miller, a longtime volunteer firefighter, and with battery with a deadly weapon in the shooting of Miller's 64-year-old brother.

Drought warnings are issued across several counties in Utah.
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The threat of wildfire in the American Southwest has been significantly dampened by the monsoon season, but the region is still grappling with the long-term effects of drought.

Fire and climatology experts provided an update Wednesday on the situation across Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. The region is currently home to the largest swath of severe and extreme drought in the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a $12 billion package is being implemented to shield the US agriculture industry from recent trade disputes.

Wildfires are destroying millions of acres every year according to the National Centers for Environment Information. Many of these fires are human caused, but fuel like cheat grass causes fires to burn faster and hotter. Researchers in Utah are working to implement fire resistant plants into western landscapes to reduce the damage.

Low-income Idahoans who receive food benefits could be required to find jobs if that policy survives the final version of the 2018 Farm Bill. The U.S. House and Senate each has passed its own Farm Bill and now have to reconcile the two. 

Utah State University focuses on teaching, research and extension
Bronson Teichert

Utah State University researchers are studying and testing varieties of grass for beauty and efficiency. Lawns and golf courses have more than sprinklers and lawnmowers keeping them green in the hot summer months. 

Wildfires blaze in more than half a dozen places around Colorado.
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More than 2,500 homes in Colorado are under evacuation orders as firefighters battle more than a half dozen wildfires around the state.

Most of the evacuations in effect Monday were due to a 78-square-mile (202-square-kilometer) wildfire in southern Colorado that authorities believe was human-caused.

Taking a vacation from work has proven to help employees recover from stress and improve performance, according to psychiatrists. Researchers are finding positive effects from a vacation are usually lost within a few days of coming back to the office. 

Livestock Haulers Asking For Less Regulation In Farm Bill

Jun 25, 2018

Earlier this year the Department of Transportation and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration implemented ELD’s or electronic logging devices to regulate the amount of time truckers are driving and resting. Truckers can drive 11 hours then have to rest for 10.

Jurassic Park has sparked the imagination of viewers since its debut in 1993. With movie number five coming out this week, the film industry’s ability to make species that have been extinct for millions of years seem real, have people wondering what scientist can actually do with gene editing technology.

The U.S. is imposing a 25 percent tariff on up to $50 billion in Chinese goods. The Trump administration claims theft of intellectual property and unfair trading practices is the reasoning behind the tariffs. China is responding to the U.S. by hitting Tru
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The U.S. is imposing a 25 percent tariff on up to $50 billion in Chinese goods. The Trump administration claims theft of intellectual property and unfair trading practices is the reasoning behind the tariffs. China is responding to the U.S. by hitting Trump’s base in the agriculture and automobile industries.

According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Native Americans continue to be one of the most underrepresented groups in the Census of Agriculture. While more producers are participating every year, much of the data is still missing.

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Wildfire risk is at a high and the Navajo Nation is cracking down on potential hazards.
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The Navajo Nation is tightening fire restrictions across the reservation because of ongoing drought.

Tribal President Russell Begaye says people should be praying for rain and each other. Tribal officials plan to conduct a ceremony next week, making offerings for rain.

BLM Issues Fire Prevention Order In Utah's West Desert

Jun 13, 2018
A dry winter and one of the warmest springs on record has experts worried about the potential of wildfires on Utah’s West Desert. The Bureau of Land Management is issuing restrictions on BLM lands in Salt Lake, Utah, Tooele, Rich and Box Elder Counties.
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A dry winter and one of the warmest springs on record has experts worried about the potential of wildfires on Utah’s West Desert. The Bureau of Land Management is issuing restrictions on BLM lands in Salt Lake, Utah, Tooele, Rich and Box Elder Counties.

Mitchell and Barzee are in prison for kidnapping then 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart.
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A woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap then-Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart from her Salt Lake City home in 2002 refused to attend a hearing before the state parole board that could have helped her get out of prison earlier.

A Utah parole board member said Tuesday at the hearing that 72-year-old Wanda Barzee also refused to undergo psychological evaluation needed to get out before her scheduled release in 2024.

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