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The Arc is calling on the U.S. Congress to include siblings in the FMLA.
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A national organization that advocates for and serves people wit­­h intellectual and developmental disabilities is calling on the U.S. Congress to expand paid family leave to include siblings of those with disabilities.

Heightened avalanche conditions exist in the back country of northern Utah this week.  UPR's Kerry Bringhurst speaks with Craig Gorden of the Utah Avalanche Center who says human triggered avalanches involving new and wind drifted snow are possible, and the danger will increase and become more widespread as winds increase.

Some residents living in Garfield County who were hoping to vote in Tuesday’s elections have not received their mail-in-ballots. Chase Thomas with Alliance for a Better Utah said they were told by the county clerk that shipping complications with mail-in-ballots has forced polls to be open Tuesday for what was supposed to be in mail-in-ballots only election.

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All voters have until Tuesday to request a by-mail ballot or register to vote online.

Fall enrollment rates at Utah State University have dropped according to a statewide report released this week.  The Utah System of Higher Education enrollment numbers show Utah State University's fall enrollment fell by 122 students. The University of Utah enrollment numbers fell by 171 students.

Over the weekend families in Logan gathered with their children to show support for the family of Lizzy Shelley. The 5-year-old was found dead after she went missing. Her uncle has been charged in the case.

A northern Utah center that provides support for families is encouraging people to be kind during a recently launched campaign.

Utah's Hill Air Force Base Museum has completed work on a fifth interactive classroom.
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A new interactive classroom featuring a Vietnam-era aircraft is now open in Utah. The re-purposed C-130 Hercules is one of five such classrooms at Hill Air Force Base.

A Providence, Utah man has been arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and reckless control or possession of explosives, chemicals or incendiary devices. 21-year-old Jeffrey R. Toombs was arrested after he and a friend were handling explosive materials Tuesday night leading to an explosion in the garage of a home near 125 North off of 400 East.

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Federal agents are investigating, and one school remains closed, after an explosion in a Providence garage Tuesday sending one man to the hospital. 

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Logan City animal control officers are trapping feral cats as part of a trial program to stop breeding cycles. The trap-neuter-return, or TNR, program continues through May 31 to help address a feral cat problem in the city.

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Wildlife officials in Utah are reminding residents to avoid contact with wild animals after a cougar was found in the backyard of a Cache Valley home.

A Logan funeral director and owner of  Nyman Funeral Home has been arrested for the third time. Lonnie Nyman is accused of violating a protective order. The 44-year-old Millville man was booked into the Cache County Jail Wednesday night, a day after prosecutors filed a motion in court to have his bail revoked.

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A company known throughout the United States for operating public campgrounds has spent the past five years forecasting the future of camping. KOA, or Kampgrounds of America, will introduce their Campgrounds of the Future concept this week in Utah at the RVX: The RV Experience in Salt Lake City. 

A woman was stabbed to death early Sunday morning in the small Box Elder town of Bothwell.

The chief of police of a small Box Elder County community has been cited for driving under the influence.

According to a press release from the Utah Highway Patrol, Mantua City Police Chief Shane Zilles was arrested after being pulled over Tuesday night near Wellsville.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is asking Utah lawmakers to approve a $6 million budget recommendation to fund the state's arts and museums grants program.  Directors of organizations applying for these grants gathered at the Utah State Capitol Tuesday in Salt Lake City to lobby lawmakers.

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is sending businesses a reminder to register their hemp products
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The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is sending out letters to businesses selling hemp products. The state is requiring product registration to help protect consumers and pay for oversight.

U.S. Military personnel fill orders for charity food groups.
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Ogden is home to thousands of IRS and US Forest Service workers. It is also the location of Catholic Community Services of northern Utah which is helping feed furloughed employees and their family members. 

The Utah State Legislature has allocated $300,000 to support business owner operating in rural Utah
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State tax money is available for economic development expansion in rural Utah. The Targeted Business Tax Credit is used to encourage private investment and job creation in areas other than the Wasatch Front.

Consumer confidence in the economy could decrease as Utahns become more reserved about future trends.
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Confidence in the state and federal economy gave way to a strong holiday shopping season in 2018. Zion’s Bank has released the most recent Utah Consumer Attitude Index, which indicates those surveyed feeling more reserved about the future stability of the federal economy. Financial experts worry this could lead to a slow-down in spending.

Patrick Wiggins is Utah's Solar System Ambassador for Utah and has been following China's landing on the far side of the moon.
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Earlier this week, on January 2 around 10:19 p.m. MST, the Earth was as close to the sun as it will get this year. This might surprise many of us who are wondering why temperatures in Utah have plummeted to the below zero mark.

Graduate Student Goes Home To Squash For The Holidays

Dec 31, 2018
Thuy-Tien Thi Lindsay

As university students have headed home for the winter break, graduate student Thuy-Tien Thi Lindsay sits down with her Buddhist-Vietnamese extended family in Atlanta, Georgia, over a big plate of food -- which will certainly include a healthy helping of her auntie's abundant harvest of squash.  Thuy-Tien is studying the hibernation of bumblebees.

Cache County law enforcement has released details of an investigation into threats by two 16-year-old students at a Northern Utah high school. 

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After a two-year chase, a NASA spacecraft arrived Monday at the ancient asteroid Bennu, becoming its first visitor in billions of years. A group of Utah scientists at the Space Dynamics Lab in Logan are monitoring the mission.

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