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Cokie Roberts, the daughter of politicians who grew up to cover the family business in Washington for ABC News and NPR over several decades, died Tuesday in Washington of complications from breast cancer.

Motorbike drivers ride down a busy street in downtown Hanoi
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It’s a big day for Nguyen Thu Huong. 

The recent university graduate is one of the dozens of people at a busy motorbike shop in downtown Hanoi, where some customers were waiting for maintenance on the bikes they already own and others walk through the showroom looking for a new one.

Authorities searched for clues Wednesday on how an Arizona couple suspected of murder were able to overpower guards, escape a transport vehicle bringing them across the country and evade a two-day manhunt.

The U.S. Marshals Service has been poring through dozens of tips since Blane Barksdale, 56, and Susan Barksdale, 59, fled in small-town Utah on Monday. The agency is hoping to get more by offering $20,000 in reward money — $10,000 per fugitive — for information leading to their capture.

 

Utah spends less money per pupil than any other state in the country. “And we’re always last, so what’s the point of talking about that all the time?”

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A new school season starts soon, and with new experiences come new risks for children, particularly incidents of cyber bullying. Recently the online non-profit A Secure Life, using data from Pew Research studies on cyberbullying from the last few years, put together a survey designed around being aware of cyberbullying and how to prevent or stop it.

Capacity Issue Burgeoning In Utah Foster Care

Aug 14, 2019
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The disparity between Utah's foster families and foster children is in the hundreds to thousands.  Currently, there are 2,700 children in the foster system, but only ever around 1,400 households available to house them. One of the biggest issues with recruitment is finding volunteers willing and qualified to go through the training. 

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The group Cache Refugee and Immigration Connections, or CRIC, is currently holding its annual back-to-school drive asking for donations from community members. 

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Most people think the construction at the Salt Lake International Airport is just an expansion, but airport officials have been planning this overhaul since the late 90s. 

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Water quality in and around the Snake River in southern Idaho is on the decline, according to a new report. 

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The rising cost of prescription drugs also is increasing anxiety for the people who take them. That's why AARP has launched the "Stop Rx Greed" campaign, which is a nationwide effort to press Congress, the Trump administration and state officials to take action now to lower drug prices. 

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The U.S. House and Senate are set to consider legislation that would direct royalties from energy development on federal lands and waters to address a $12 billion backlog in deferred maintenance in national parks. 

On any springtime Saturday, a steady stream of Catholic quinceañeras can be seen promenading along the blooming rose bushes and gushing fountains of Oakland's Mormon temple.

It's a favorite among the 15-year-olds, who travel from all parts of the Bay Area for a photo shoot among the temple's gardens, creating a unique blending of religious cultures. It's not clear how the tradition got its start, or why certain segments of the community choose The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Oakland over any other locale.

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A welcome surge of melting snow is pouring out of the Rocky Mountains and into the drought-stricken rivers of the southwestern U.S., fending off a water shortage but threatening to push rivers over their banks.

Last winter brought above-average snowfall to much of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, so an abundance of snowmelt is rushing into the Colorado River, the Rio Grande and other waterways after a desperately dry 2018.

AP Analysis: Broad Legalization Cuts Into Medical Marijuana

Jun 11, 2019

When states legalize pot for all adults, long-standing medical marijuana programs take a big hit, in some cases losing more than half their registered patients in just a few years, according to a data analysis by The Associated Press.

Not Enough Fire In Our Forests, Study Suggests

Jun 3, 2019
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Smokey the Bear has reminded campers for 75 years that “only you can prevent forest fires” but much of today’s wildfires are more catastrophic than ever, and that isn’t exactly your fault. While fire is a natural and necessary part of forests, fuels have accumulated from years of suppression and mismanagement.

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Change can be difficult for people who have been practicing certain methods for generations, like farmers in Central America. UPR’s agriculture reporter Bronson Teichert traveled to Honduras to see how individuals are inspiring change in their communities to stay ahead of an evolving economic climate.

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

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Utah is one of the driest states in North America according to the National Climate Center. Modern infrastructure, technology, government appointed officials and locals who care about our natural resources help farmers to grow our food year after year.  

More than a dozen states have moved to declare pornography a public health crisis, raising concerns among some experts who say the label goes too far and carries its own risks.

The Arizona Senate approved a resolution this week calling for a systemic effort to prevent exposure to porn that's increasingly accessible to younger kids online. At least one legislative chamber has adopted a similar resolution in 15 other states.

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Animal welfare groups have reached a milestone agreement with ranching interests they say would save wild mustangs from slaughter but the compromise has opened a nasty split among horse protection advocates.

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Idaho has a lot riding on an accurate 2020 Census count, but concerns are growing that a citizenship question could skew results. On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will review a request from the Justice Department to add a question about a person's citizenship status to the Census. 

During the UPR original series Driven to Succeed we follow students as they prepare a demonstration of an electric car for the annual Greenpower Utah race. The journey begins April 25th on Utah Public Radio.  

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Potheads have for decades celebrated their love of marijuana on April 20, but the once counter-culture celebration that was all about getting stoned now is so mainstream Corporate America is starting to embrace it.

No, Hallmark doesn't yet have a card to mark "420." But many other businesses inside and outside the multibillion-dollar cannabis industry are using April 20, or 4/20, to roll out marketing and social media messaging aimed at connecting with consumers driving the booming market.

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During the last several years, the United States has become reacquainted with cannabis and hemp with new laws passed in various states. Last December, a new Utah Farm Bill passed allowing people to use cannabis with a 0.3% limit of tetrahydrocannabinol, or more commonly known as THC, making it possible for hemp and cannabis to appear in Utah.

Drip systems help families like the Garcia's become more efficient producers
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First world countries like the United States have developed infrastructures, strong economies and reliable agricultural systems allowing its citizens to consume what they want, when they want. 

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