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Cache Valley Deer Take Helicopter Ride

Mar 7, 2018
Female mule deer were captured for testing to compare with data from last December
Bronson Teichert

Biologists from Division of Wildlife Resources are working with a helicopter crew to locate and capture female mule deer. The deer had tracking collars put on last December.

A beloved polar bear has died at the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, New York.

Director Larry Sorel says the loss of 28-year-old Aurora is "difficult for the entire zoo family."

Zoo Society President Pamela Reed Sanchez says Aurora was "an extraordinary ambassador" for her "vulnerable species."

Local lawmakers discuss funding for the homeless as they prepare for the final week of the session
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When Logan City Mayor Holly Daines first learned about House Bill 462 for homeless services she began researching how an annual tax for low-income or homeless programs would impact her city.

“We are watching that bill,” Daines said.

Republican Representative Steve Eliason is sponsoring the bill that would give the state the ability to tax cities that don’t have programs for their homeless population.

Police say a 50-year-old Colorado woman was killed in a hit-and-run crash near Moab in eastern Utah.

An individual found the body of Cheryl Zimmerman of Lakewood, Colorado near a parked white SUV 12 miles (19 kilometers) north of Moab on Friday morning.

A blizzard warning has expired but the National Weather Service says whiteout conditions are still possible around Lake Tahoe where 3 feet of snow (90 centimeters) already has fallen and winds gusting to nearly 150 mph (240 kph) shut down Interstate 80.

A winter storm warning remains in effect until 10 a.m. Saturday around Tahoe where up to another 20 inches (50 cm) of snow is possible.

Canceling all student loan debt could create more than half of all the jobs created after the Great Recession
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Student loan debt in the U.S. has reached $1.4 trillion. That's greater than all credit card debt and also eclipses all motor vehicle loans. 

Researchers at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College say canceling that debt would be a major boost to the economy. 

Grid Not Ready For Increased Demand For Renewables

Feb 21, 2018

A number of large companies are driving the demand for renewable energy, and those same companies are calling for a major upgrade to the country's energy transmission lines, including Utah.

People in Cache Valley working against food waste
Bronson Teichert

Next time you find yourself scraping your plate into the garbage, you might consider how much you’re throwing away.  

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A bill introduced in the Idaho House could reduce gun violence in domestic abuse situations. House Bill 585 would make it a misdemeanor for people who have been convicted of domestic violence within the past two years to buy or possess a firearm. 

At a Logan Municipal Council meeting earlier this month, council member Tom Jensen introduced an issue that could impact every Logan resident.

Treasure Valley Trees Fighting Climate Change

Feb 8, 2018

Forests in Idaho's Treasure Valley are fighting climate change, according to a new report. 

In the report, The Nature Conservancy in Idaho and Ecosystem Sciences Foundation's Treasure Valley Forest Carbon Assessment looked at how much carbon dioxide trees in the region have been able to store. 

  A teenage boy convicted in a plot that left a 14-year-old girl with a gunshot wound to the head will serve at least 15 years and up to life in prison.

Jayzon Decker was sentenced Wednesday, a year after prosecutors said he encouraged a friend to kill the girl who was messaging one of them.

As the 2018 winter Olympics begin, Utah lawmakers are announcing their support for an Olympic future in Utah.
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On Wednesday, Governor Gary Herbert signed a resolution in support of holding a future winter Olympics in Utah.

Four months after Hurrican Maria, much of Puerto Rico still has basic needs like light and clean water going unmet. Utah volunteers are trying to change that.
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After FEMA was mistakenly reported to being pulling aid from Puerto Rico, several organizations, including those in Utah, are reminding Americans that much of the island is still without power and clean water.

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Firefighters who are used to knocking down doors with heavy equipment and battling suffocating fire now are learning about new ways technology can help them more efficiently battle big blazes.

Trainees at the Utah Fire and Rescue Academy Winter Fire School in St. George spent a lot of time last month operating touch screens, analyzing data and learning ways to implement technology.

This year, 18 Westminster College students will compete in the winter Olympics.
Maddie Bowman

By the time a college-age athlete reaches the Olympics, they’ve usually been training for about decade, with their sport as one of their primary focuses in life.

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A teenager convicted in a plot that left a 14-year-old Utah girl in a ditch with a gunshot wound to the head will serve at least 15 years and up to life in prison.

Deserae Turner survived, but said Thursday that she'll still struggle to walk, dress herself and use her left hand for the rest of her life. Before the shooting, she practiced karate and was an accomplished equestrian.

Auto Trends Include Ways To Transport Millennials

Feb 1, 2018
Millennials are looking to purchase their first cars
Brian Champagne

The North American International Auto Show wrapped up Sunday in Detroit. Utah State University Journalism Professor Brian Champagne follows all things automotive. Champagne tells us the show showcases the latest in auto trends, including ways cars are being marketed to appeal to Millennials. 

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Arie French, a student at Utah State University, chose to make a stencil portrait of Maya Angelou at Friday’s “Work in Progress” workshop in the Merrill-Cazier Library.

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In the last five years, Utahns were sued in 330,000 debt-collection cases. An online tool for people who can’t afford legal services was developed by a team from the Brigham Young University Law School.

Hunting Guide Illegally Kills Desert Bighorn Sheep in Utah

Jan 24, 2018
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A well-known hunting guide won’t be hunting in Utah or 46 other states anytime soon. The Arizona man illegally harvested a desert bighorn sheep in southern Utah.

Amazon, a major Seattle-based company.
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No Utah locations are on the short list of cities in the running for a new Amazon headquarters.The online retailer released a list of 20 finalists for its second headquarters on Thursday. Most were on the East Coast and Midwest; Los Angeles was the only West Coast city that made the cut.

A new study by researchers Claudia Geist of University of Utah and Jennifer Tabler of University of Texas Rio Grande Valley looks at how retired heterosexual married couples ages 60 and older share household tasks. 

The Third Bitcoin Bubble

Jan 17, 2018
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In the past year, Bitcoin – a digital cryptocurrency with no physical backing that can be sent electronically from one user to another – has risen in value more than 1,400 percent. Market researchers are worried that Bitcoin could be similar to the Netherlands tulip mania in the 1600s.

Cannabis Laws Proposed For Utah's 2018 Legislative Session

Jan 17, 2018
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Earlier this month Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Department of Justice would do away with the Obama era policy of federal oversight on marijuana.

What does the announcement mean for Utah?

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