Tamsen Maloy

Close up of honey bee on purple aster flower with yellow center.
John Severns/Wikipedia Commons

The biblical tale says Noah rescued species from the flood by building an ark and loading it with a male and female of each species. In modern conservation, a literal ark won’t work. But USU scientists have determined a method that could help protect threatened species.

White male stands in front of microphone reading. He holds Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in front of the microphone. He stands beneath a green umbrella.
Tamsen Maloy

It’s been 20 years since the first Harry Potter book was published in the United States, and 11 years since the final book was published. The passage of time since publishing hasn’t diminished the devotion fans have for the series—especially on what was Harry’s birthday, July 31st.                   

White middle-aged male doctor greets white middle-aged male patient. They shake hands.
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There are two possibilities for expanding Medicaid in Utah. A House bill that has been signed by Governor Gary Herbert, and a ballot initiative called Proposition 3.  

Utah Governor Gary Herbert sits at a table and signs a bill. He is surrounded by Mayor Jackie Biskupski and other people who stand behind him as he signs.
Office of Governor Gary Herbert

In November, Utahns will vote on an initiative to expand Medicaid. A recent town hall in Logan featured lawmakers who tried to explain the difference between Proposition 3 and a Medicaid expansion bill signed by Governor Gary Herbert.

Utah mountains above Bear River with yellowed grasses reflected in water.
Linda Tanner/Flickr

The Utah Division of Water Resources, or DWR, held a workshop this week where they discussed the drought. Representation from the Four Corners states, including Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado joined local water groups.

View of an officer's back. He is wearing a vest that says in white block letters "Police Ice".
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Immigration and immigrant rights have been hot topics under the Trump administration. New policies for assessing whether or not people seeking asylum are eligible to require officers to turn away asylum-seekers who claim fear of gang or domestic violence.

Blue sky and red desert cliffs above a curved portion of river.
U.S. Geological Survey

  

The commissioner for the Federal Bureau of Reclamation recently called for renewed commitment to drought contingency plans from states using the Colorado River. The region has been in a sustained drought since 2000.

Standing on a field of grass a child holds a sign that says "End family concentration camps." The child's face is hidden by the sign.
Tamsen Maloy

In response to the Trump administration’s family separation policy, at the end of June, a California judge ruled border separations must stop, and families must be reunited. In cities across the United States, many residents think this ruling is good but doesn’t do enough for families and migrants.

Three smokestacks and coal plant building beneath partly cloudy sky
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The financial cost of burning coal is going up, while the cost of renewable forms of energy is going down, according to a recent study commissioned by the Sierra Club. 

Sign on sidewalk that says Vote Here with an American flag above the wording
Tamsen Maloy

With the 2020 United States Census approaching, the Utah State Legislature is preparing for the redistricting that comes with it. The legislature is responsible for creating congressional, legislative and school districts based on data from the census.

Seated attendees listen to speakers at the vigil holding unlit candles.
Tamsen Maloy

In response to the separation of migrant families crossing the U.S./Mexico border, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement in support of keeping families together. A non-partisan group of Mormon women held a vigil in Salt Lake City last weekend for families affected by the separations.

Group of migrant children together on mats with silver shock blankets.
US Customs and Border Control

After intense pushback against separating migrant children from their parents at the United States southern border, President Trump signed an executive order ending these separations. 

Black American family, smiling together; Black households tend to fare worse economically despite overall prosperity in Utah
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The nonprofit organization Prosperity Now recently released its yearly economic “scorecard”—a report detailing the economic wellbeing of populations across the U.S. The report said there is a racial divide when it comes to economic security and in areas like Utah, minority groups tend to fare worse than white populations.

Sign that says Voting with an arrow hanging on blue brick wall
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Cache County mail-in voting is delayed because primary election ballots didn’t arrive on time. As of Tuesday, 90 percent of the ballots are either at the post office or out for delivery.