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Farmers looking for ways to improve crop production while maintaining soil health for future yields are working with scientists at Utah State University. Because of Utah's arid climate, the soil’s health and weeds provide a challenge to farmers and researchers. 

Logan City Water Treatment Plant
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The estimated cost for a new wastewater treatment plant in northern Utah has increased by $25 million over the last two years, and officials say it's because of climbing construction costs and President Donald Trump's steel tariffs.

Officials are planning to borrow more money and ask for a loan extension so they don't have to further increase water rates for people in seven Cache County cities that will use the new system.

Navajo Generating Station
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  Hopi tribal officials are calling on the federal government to explore other options for the Navajo Generating Station near Page.

Two companies that were negotiating to take over a coal-fired power plant on the Arizona-Utah line ended the effort last week, saying the challenges were too great.

Yellow school bus: School buses can bring harm to school children and Cache Valley School District is doing what it can to address the issue.
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School buses are one of the worst vehicles for emissions due to their stop and go routine and one school district in Utah is trying to address the issue.

Brian Head Fire
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A judge has picked a new venue for the trial of a Utah man charged with accidentally starting a massive wildfire in southern Utah last year.

Court records show 62-year-old Robert Lyman will be tried in Provo after a judge decided he couldn't get a fair trial in a county torched by the blaze.

Lake Powell
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  A federal agency's decision to pass on permitting for much of the Lake Powell Pipeline has opponents cheering the move they say will bring increased scrutiny while supporters maintain the project is still on track.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced Thursday that it had submitted an order, saying it would only handle permitting for hydroelectric facilities in the 140-mile (225-kilometer) pipeline project.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir: The choir will perform at Utah State University for the first time in 10 years.
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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, colloquially known as the MoTab, is a 360-person choir made up of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Craig Jessop, the dean of the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University, says listening to the choir is an experience of a lifetime.

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The Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday took final steps to weaken Obama-era methane rules requiring oil and gas companies to reduce the amount of natural gas lost through venting, flaring and leaks on public lands.

Elizabeth Smart
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Elizabeth Smart says it is "incomprehensible" that a woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap her will be released from prison next week.

Smart said in a statement Tuesday she was "surprised and disappointed" to learn that Wanda Barzee will be freed after failing to undergo mental health evaluations and failing to attend her own parole hearing in June.

A sample of a moon rock brought back from the Apollo 11 mission.
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A former NASA investigator who has spent many years tracking missing moon rocks is closing in on his goal of finding all 50 lunar samples gifted to U.S. states after Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon.

In recent weeks, two more of the moon rocks that dropped off the radar after the 1969 Apollo 11 mission have been located by reporters in Louisiana and Utah.

Loving Our Lands: What Did Summer Do To Our Lands?

Sep 11, 2018
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Zion National Park is now the third most visited National Park in the United States, bringing in 4.5 million visitors a year – an increase of 60 percent of visitation over the past three years.

Event Celebrates History Of Women's Suffrage In Utah

Sep 11, 2018
Girls selling art; Dalloway Smith and Gwyneth Park sell artwork at the Better Days 2020 event.
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Looking to the past is one Utah organization’s way of trying to direct the future for women in the state. Better Days 2020 is a group based on celebrating the role Utah women played during the suffrage movement.

Austin James Corry
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  A central-Utah assistant fire chief has been charged with sexually assaulting a co-worker several times over the course of three years.

26-year-old Austin J. Corry appeared in court Thursday on 14 counts, including rape and forcible sexual abuse.

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A Utah conservation group is calling for more environmental protections in a federal land management bill for Emery County. The group says the proposed bill is a step backward.

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Authorities say the brother-in-law of a Dallas woman found raped and slain in 1996 as her infant daughter slept nearby has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the killing.

That 40-year-old Victor Serrano pleaded guilty to murder Thursday in the death of Manuela Dominguez after DNA from the body connected him to the crime scene.

Utah State University Police and Logan City emergency crews join Cache County EMT and SWAT teams for campu shooter training
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Utah State University held an active shooter training Wednesday to prepare emergency crews, coordinate, compare notes, and plan for what they hope will never happen in their campus community.

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Utah Farmers now have the rules and regulations in place to grow industrial hemp. Lawmakers in this year’s legislative session passed two bills giving the Department of Agriculture and Food the task of organizing an industrial hemp program for local producers.

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Logan city is opening its own animal shelter since the city’s partnership with the Cache Valley Humane Society ended. City officials are considering offering pet chipping services to residents in an effort to increase animal return rates.

Inmates fight wildfires in Idaho.
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Idaho is scrutinizing its program allowing prison inmates to help battle wildfires after one was charged with raping a woman working at a remote base camp in Utah.

Idaho Department of Correction spokesman Jeff Ray says they've returned five crews to prison as they review which inmates are allowed to serve, the training they receive and how they are deployed.

Echo Canyon Road
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Authorities say a suspected arsonist who set several wildfires along a Utah interstate may also be responsible for fires in Wyoming.

Investigator Jason Curry, of the Utah Forestry, Fire and State Lands, says six fires that started along Interstate 80 on Monday appear to be linked to blazes ignited along a Wyoming interstate on the same day.

Flaming Gorge Reservoir
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A man who drowned in a reservoir that spans the Utah-Wyoming border has been identified as a retired Salt Lake City-area police officer.

The Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake says the man who drowned Sunday while swimming at Flaming Gorge Reservoir was identified as Mikal Wersland.

Echo Canyon Road
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Authorities believe arson caused a wildfire that burned 585 acres (237 hectares) near Echo Reservoir along Interstate 80 in north-central Utah.

State fire officials said Monday that a fire investigator determined that arson was the fire's cause and that the Summit County Sheriff's Department was seeking information to help with the investigation.

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Federally qualified health centers across the state provide low or no cost health services to Utahns experiencing homelessness. 13 of these clinics combined received nearly $1 million in grants this week. The money was awarded for the quality of service the centers offer.

Utah and Baja California, Mexico sign energy export trade agreement
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The Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development and the Baja, California Ministry of Economic Development in Mexico signed an agreement to promote collaboration in advancing infrastructure, technology and global market access for Utah’s energy resources. The agreement comes at a time when national trade agreements are being finalized between the U.S. and Mexico.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert says he will vote against a marijuana proposition
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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says he wants lawmakers to take action on medical marijuana regardless of whether a November ballot initiative to legalize it passes.

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