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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.

Dr. Bruce Bugbee with cannabis
Utah State University

 

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
Emily Karol / iDE

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. 

Sierra Club

The sky was turning orange and the embers were flying from the Camp Fire when Oney and Donna Carrell and Donna's father sped away from their Paradise home.

"I thought, 'Oh, well, the house is done,'" Oney Carrell said.

A few days later, they learned otherwise. The Carrells' home survived the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history with a couple of warped window frames, a partially charred down spout and a stubborn smoky smell inside.

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and advocates for child well-being are letting people know that everyone has a role to play when it comes to stopping abuse. Advocates have launched a "Thumbs Up 4 Prevention" campaign to promote healthy child development. 

From Honduras To Utah: Coffee's Journey To Your Cup Pt 2

Mar 21, 2019
Lenon Diaz tests farmers' coffee to determine quality
Emily Karol / iDE

This story is part two of a feature series about agriculture in Honduras. If you didn’t hear part one, we heard UPR’s agriculture reporter Bronson Teichert talk about how much money Honduran farmers make growing coffee and how they are becoming more efficient business owners. 

For part two of this story, Bronson tells us about the strict process that coffee beans go through after harvesting to even make it out of the country and how it impacts individuals in the coffee industry.

From Honduras To Utah: Coffee's Journey To Your Cup Pt 1

Mar 20, 2019
Coffee beans are harvested by hand
Emily Karol / iDE

In the United States, most people enjoy the luxury of going to the grocery store or a restaurant and not breaking the bank. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the average American makes around $850 a week. That means we get to spend that money on things like coffee grown in Honduras. 

Native Americans say convincing the masses that portraying them as savages, illiterate and humorless is insulting has been a slow movement.

The country has spent most of the year coming to grips with blackface and racist imagery. Most recently, a TV host painted her face brown in a parody of Oscar-nominated Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio.

Yet, Native Americans say they don't see significant pressure applied to those who perpetuate Native American stereotypes.

What Would Thomas Jefferson Think About Climate Change?

Mar 15, 2019
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What can Thomas Jefferson teach us about the environment today? Talks at Boise State University are exploring nature through topics like this and others. 

Boy Scouts of America walking with American flags.
US Department of Defense, Photo Essay.

For the last 106 years, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has chartered troops for the Boy Scouts of America, that is until the church announced that starting in 2020, they will stop chartering the program.

One Account And The Effects Of Conversion Therapy

Mar 12, 2019
Justin Utley during conversion therapy.
Justin Utley


Utah bypassed House Bill 399 that would have ended all forms of conversion therapy substituting it with a bill that will only end physical abuse within the controversial therapy. Justin Utley is a singer/songwriter from Utah and also a survivor of conversion therapy. About a year into the therapy with no progress, he became depressed and suicidal. After a pivotal moment in his life, he decided he wouldn’t stop being an advocate for youth going through the same thing.

The Chronicle of Social Change

A federal law that gives preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving Native American children is facing the most significant legal challenge since it was enacted more than 40 years ago.

A federal judge in Texas ruled the Indian Child Welfare Act is unconstitutional, saying it is racially motivated and violates the equal protection clause.

Wyoming Ranks Low Nationally on Support for Babies, Toddlers

Mar 5, 2019

Wyoming ranks toward the bottom nationally for early-childhood health and development, according to a new report measuring 60 indicators that affect the well-being of babies and toddlers up to age three.

West Valley Republican Sen. Daniel Thatcher's SB103 would allow a judge to enhance the penalties someone faces for committing a crime if they target a victim based on any number of personal attributes including their race, religion, sexual orientation, ancestry, gender identity or ethnicity. 

Salt Lake Tribune

A majority of Utah lawmakers in the House have approved a plan they hope will reduce air pollution in Utah by encouraging more people to use trains and buses.

 

A new superintendent is taking over at Dinosaur National Monument. Paul Scolari will begin work on March 31.

 Scolari has worked for the National Park Service for 24 years, most recently as the chief of resource management and planning for a group of national parks near San Francisco.

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

Another Earthquake Shakes Utah

Mar 4, 2019

Officials are reporting that a 4.5 magnitude earthquake occurred near the Utah-Colorado border and was felt in the tourist town of Moab, Utah.

USU Considers Changes To Emergency System Training

Feb 28, 2019
Original email from false Code Blue alert.
Meghan Nelson

Utah State University officials are responding to complaints about a recent false Code Blue Alert. The system is used by university police to warn the campus community of emergency threats.

 

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A new study says extending the tourist season at the Grand Canyon's North Rim by a month would boost the regional economy by $14 million.

The canyon's less popular North Rim is fully open less than half of the year, largely because of weather.

Tourism promoters in northern Arizona and southern Utah have been advocating for an extra two weeks in both October and May. The idea has gained traction recently.

Wyo. Lawmakers Consider $1 Cigarette Tax Hike

Jan 31, 2019
Supporters of a tobacco tax increase in Wyo. say increasing the cost of cigarettes will reduce preventable deaths
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State lawmakers are set to meet this week to review a proposal to raise tobacco taxes, including a $1-per-pack hike for cigarettes. 

Outdoor Retailer

Two years after jumping into a fight with the Trump administration over public lands, the U.S. outdoor industry is turning up the political pressure — though its impact is difficult to measure.

Thousands of manufacturers and retailers gathered in Denver starting Wednesday for the annual Outdoor Retailer and Snow Show, and some of the biggest names vowed to keep pushing to preserve public lands.

"We will always — this is really core to who we are," said Corley Kenna, a spokeswoman for Patagonia, the brashest political fighter among the industry's major players.

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