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President Joe Biden's $150 billion clean-energy plan aims to rid almost half the power grid of carbon-based fuels by 2035, but conservation groups say his proposal will likely see resistance from Utah and other energy-producing states.

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 Since the end of the federal eviction moratorium in August, renters in Utah who are behind on their payments may be forced to juggle competing priorities in dealing with their landlord.

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  Many Utah students, particularly those in rural areas, often are left without access to their school's meal program during breaks in the school year. But a measure pending in Congress would extend federal food programs designed to fill in those nutrition gaps for families.

Two Panels To Produce Maps For Utah Redistricting Process

Aug 23, 2021
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Now that the Census figures are out, the once-a-decade redistricting process begins in earnest in Utah.

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A coalition of Arizona voting-rights groups has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block new voter-suppression laws enacted by the state Legislature.

Utah Officials Urged To Approve K-12 Mask Mandates

Aug 13, 2021
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  As the Delta variant drives a growing number COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations in Utah, particularly among young adults and children, officials are being asked to reinstate a mask requirement for all K-12 schools.

Utah Watchdogs Voice Concerns Over 'High-Tech' Nukes

Jul 27, 2021
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In the push toward carbon-free energy production, some cities in Utah and nearby states are considering a new type of nuclear reactor to power their future.

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Over the years, 17 presidents have designated more than 150 national monuments, including Arizona’s iconic Ironwood Forest National Monument using the Antiquities Act. The 130-thousand-acre desert preserve just outside Tucson serves as a biological anchor point for conserving rare plants and animals.

Group Rallies To Counter Messages Aimed At UT Transgender Students

Jun 1, 2021
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As the issues surrounding transgender and LGBTQ students become increasingly politicized in Utah, one group is providing support for those who identify differently from their peers.

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Water is critical to Arizona's future, and the state's three public universities are challenging high school students to propose solutions for the water problems communities face around the state.

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Utah officials are cutting back on jobless benefits, claiming without evidence federal "bonus" payments are keeping thousands of Utahns from returning to work.

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A new report warns that thousands of Utah seniors could lose their housing unless federal and state officials act to preserve existing senior housing subsidies.

Environmentalists and others are optimistic that key climate-change regulations on methane leaks – rolled back during the Trump administration – soon will be reinstated.

AZ Conservationists Back Bipartisan 'Recovering America’s Wildlife Act'

Apr 26, 2021
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Conservation groups are hailing Congress' new Recovering America's Wildlife Act as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to protect at-risk species from what scientists warn could be a mass-extinction crisis. The 1.4 billion-dollar measure would boost funding for Wildlife Action Plans in Arizona and other states to help preserve thousands of vulnerable species.

CAP Cuts Costs, Goes Green To Deliver Water To Arizonans

Apr 23, 2021

Four out of five Arizonans use water delivered to them across the state through the pumps, canals and reservoirs of the Central Arizona Project. In recent years, the CAP has found a more economical and environmentally friendly way to deliver these critical water supplies.

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When President Joe Biden hosts a virtual summit on Earth Day, he's not only seeking to engage world powers on environmental issues, but to reestablish federal partnerships with Utah and other states.

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Meal programs for older adults often are underfunded in the best of times, but when the pandemic hit Arizona and other states, the demand for nutrition assistance grew rapidly, stretching many social-service groups' budgets to the breaking point. But that may be changing, since Congress passed the American Rescue Plan, which includes a $175 million infusion for senior-nutrition programs.

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Utah families need more resources to counter concerns of a slumping economy and the pandemic, which could subject more children to abuse and neglect, the group Voices for Utah Children contended.

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Landlords in Utah, and across the country, who wrongly evict renters protected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Eviction Moratorium Order could face stiff penalties from state and federal authorities.


Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has created a new law enforcement unit to put renewed focus on resolving the cases of Native Americans who are missing or have been killed.

Infrastructure Plan to Include Paid Family Leave for Utah, U.S.

Apr 2, 2021
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President Joe Biden says he will include a federal paid leave program as part of his multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure plan to rebuild America.

AZ Regulators Consider Extending Ban On Utility Shut-offs

Mar 31, 2021
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As climate change continues to push Arizona's environment to deadly extremes, regulators are debating whether to limit when and how utilities can cut power to people behind on their bills.

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For many students, money is scarce and getting a college education means making sacrifices, but it shouldn't mean going hungry.

Biden Order Temporarily Blocks Start Of Oak Flat Mine Project

Mar 10, 2021
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Native Americans, conservationists and a host of other advocates are cheering a Biden administration move to delay plans for a copper mine at Arizona's Oak Flat natural area.

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Utah legislators are working on a bill that would allow them to decide when the COVID-19 pandemic is officially over - or at least, what the state needs to do when the novel coronavirus is no longer a crisis.

Nonprofits Help Utahns Find 'Bidencare' Coverage in Health Marketplace

Feb 17, 2021
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You may know it as "Obamacare."

But nowadays, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has a new moniker, "Bidencare," because President Joe Biden ordered the Health Insurance Marketplace reopened through May 15 to help Utahns and others who lost health insurance during the COVID-19 crisis get a subsidized plan.

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The Biden administration's nomination of Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., to head the U.S. Interior Department is seen as a momentous event for Utahns and others in the West.

Advocates: Ending Hunger in Utah, U.S. Should be Biden’s Top Priority

Feb 3, 2021
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In his first week in office, President Joe Biden signed an executive order extending a temporary increase in SNAP benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For Utah, Biden Climate-Change Plan Could Mean Cleaner Air, New Jobs

Jan 29, 2021
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President Joe Biden released a package of executive orders this week designed to fight climate change, curb pollution, conserve natural resources and address environmental justice.

Conservationists Expand Utah Preserve To Save Mojave Desert Tortoise

Jan 21, 2021
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A public-private partnership has obtained a parcel of Utah wilderness to protect the critical habitat of the threatened Mojave Desert tortoise.