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F-35A Lightning II Aircraft flying by Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
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Hill Air Force Base officials say northern Utah residents can expect increased flight activity at the base near Ogden into late August as aircraft from units based at Hill and elsewhere participate in two training exercises.

Aircraft participating in the exercises include F35s from Hill, F-15s from Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho and F-16s from Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada and Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida.

Logan citizens show support for Cache Valley animals after the Cache Humane Society ended their contract with Logan city
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Logan city residents hoped to address animal care in Cache Valley at a city council meeting Wednesday but Logan’s mayor suggested a separate meeting to discuss community concerns. The date of the meeting will be announced at a later date.

Children playing; U of U professor discusses how to talk about race with children.
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A recent article published by the University of Utah features 10 tips for talking with children about race. UPR’s Matilyn Mortensen visited with author Karen Tao about her research and her recommendations for talking to children about differences.

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development has approved a $365,000 grant for geothermal energy research in Beaver County. The project is also receiving $140 million from the Federal Department of Energy. Experts from the University of Utah will be cond
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The Governor’s Office of Economic Development has approved a $365,000 grant for geothermal energy research in Beaver County. 

San Juan Power Plant
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GOP gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce says if he is elected he will work to prevent the closure of coal-fired power plants in the Four Corners area.

The Hobbs Republican told an audience last week he would seek to find potential buyers for the San Juan Generating Station and other coal-fired power plants.

Leonard Gorman is put back on Utah ballot.
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A Navajo man will be put back on the ballot for a Utah county commission after a judge sided with him in his lawsuit against a county that disqualified him in the first election since a judge ruled local voting districts were illegally drawn based on race.

Leonard Gorman of the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission said U.S. District Judge David Nuffer ordered San Juan County to put Willie Grayeyes back on the ballot during a hearing Tuesday in Moab that Gorman attended.

Mia Love Holding Open Office Hours

Aug 8, 2018
Mia Love to hold open office hours.
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U.S. Rep. Mia Love will hold open office hours to hear from people in her district for up to 10 minutes at a time on Wednesday.

Her office says in a statement she will meet with small groups at her West Jordan office to hear about the issues they care about.

Aron Ralston's hand was rescued from Blue John Canyon after he amputated his hand
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Utah’s public lands welcome tourists from around the globe to play, explore and adventure - sometimes to a fault. In the last four years, Utah has seen a 68 percent increase in search and rescue missions in our national parks. Just last year, there were 324 rescues statewide, costing Utah nearly $300,000 in equipment, training and manpower.

Mom and twin girls; Affordable child care is one issue YWCA Utah will address in it's policy conference later this month.
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How women of color are treated in the justice system, resources for mothers facing depression, and access to affordable childcare are topics of concern for one Utah women’s organization. A YWCA Utah conference later this month will bring together community stakeholders to discuss policies for addressing these areas.

Zion Bighorn Sheep Herd Infected With Pneumonia

Aug 7, 2018
Bighorn Sheep: Some Zion National Park sheep have contracted pneumonia.
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A few bighorn sheep in the Zions National Park herd have been diagnosed with a sheep-specific strain of pneumonia. While the number of infected sheep is currently less than 10, that number could change every day and two sheep have already been euthanized for testing.

Navajo Mountain High School Robotics Team
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A team of Navajo high school students from a remote town in southern Utah is building a robot to represent North America in an international robotics competition.

The group from Navajo Mountain High School will travel to Mexico City for the event beginning Aug. 14. They were invited to compete in the First Global Challenge, which will draw teams from 190 countries to create robots capable of feeding power plants and building environmentally efficient transmission networks.

Sanpete County Wildfire.
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Authorities in central Utah say a wildfire in Sanpete County has burned an estimated 1.5 square miles (4 sq. kilometers), destroyed at least two structures and forced the evacuation of approximately 350 people while threatening 150 homes.

It isn't yet known what caused the fire near Milburn, Fairview and Indianola to start Monday and there's no report on a containment percentage.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
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A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. government doesn't have to turn over documents to an environmental law firm involving legal arguments behind President Donald Trump's decision to shrink national monuments.

U.S. District Court Judge David Nye on Monday ruled the records are protected presidential communications, making them exempt from Freedom of Information Act requests.

Albion Basin
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Professional photographers are upset to learn they will be charged $125 for a special permit fee and $50 per shoot to be able to take pictures in a picturesque northern Utah area full of vivid summer wildflowers.

The Forest Service officials recently began being tough on permits and fees since large crowds at Little Cottonwood Canyon's Albion Basin are taking a toll on resources.

Woodbury Art Museum in Orem presents Heroes and Villains in their latest exhibition.
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A new art exhibit in Provo has turned gallery space into a giant coloring book by allowing visitors to fill in the elaborate drawings of comic book style heroes and villains.

Utah Valley University's Woodbury Art Museum is hosting the "Heroes and Villains: How Mythology Made Comics" exhibition, which runs through mid-September.

Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.
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Utah Valley University's first female president will start on Sept. 16, with an annual salary of just under $300,000.

The institution has released details about the position soon to be filled by Astrid Tuminez. She is leaving a job with Microsoft as regional director for corporate and legal affairs Southeast Asia to take the position in Orem.

Cache Humane Society

Negotiations between the Cache Humane Society and Logan city have lead to an alternative plan to house lost animals.

Jenny Wilson
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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jenny Wilson is throwing down the gauntlet to Mitt Romney on immigration.

Wilson said in a news conference Thursday Romney is "out of touch" with Utah voters on the issue. She says Romney's policies are harsh, including ending so-called chain migration, a term critics use to describe family-based immigration. He's also supported a border wall backed by President Donald Trump.

Papa John's Logo
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The University of Utah says it has closed the Papa John's in the campus food court as it joins a long list of institutions cutting ties with the pizza company after the founder used a racial slur.

The university said Wednesday in a statement that the racial slur used by Papa John's founder John Schnatter's is in "direct opposition to our values." The university says the Papa John's was closed on July 20 and will be replaced by a new restaurant.

Peregrine Falcon Nest
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Zion National Park in Utah has reopened popular rock-climbing routes after peregrine falcons finished their nesting season on the cliffs.

Park rangers say four juvenile falcons were raised successfully, two on Tunnel Wall and two on Angels Landing. Another nest and breeding pair were detected, but biologists did not record any successful offspring.

Dennis Stock

It’s a fact: people love local. As reported by Business Insider, local food sales in the US increased from five to 12 billion dollars between 2008 and 2014.

Stats produced by the USDA in 2015 report there were 1,800 direct-to-consumer markets operating in Utah, which generated a total of $28.2 million in sales.

Utah's Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission names Emma Houston as new chair
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Utah’s Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission has appointed a new chair to lead efforts toward racial equality. Emma Houston will begin her work as an advocate and community resource this fall.

Close up of honey bee on purple aster flower with yellow center.
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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.

Mcdonald's Logo
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A Utah man is suing McDonald's alleging that an employee spiked his Diet Coke with a heroin substitute.

The 33-year-old Trevor Walker says he was with his three young sons in August 2016 when he suddenly lost control of his arms and legs and had to be taken to the hospital. Walker says in his lawsuit that authorities later determined the drink contained a heroin replacement called buprenorphine.

Teen accused in attempted backpack bomb pleads not guilty.
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A teenager accused of trying to blow up a homemade backpack bomb at a St. George high school after looking at Islamic State propaganda has pleaded not guilty.

The 16-year-old boy entered his plea Wednesday and is due back in court Aug. 22.

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