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Two Western governors are warning the Trump administration against making big changes in a plan to protect a ground-dwelling bird across the West, saying it would send a message to states not to bother working together to save other imperiled species.

A State of Addiction: Utah's Tiniest Victims

Oct 31, 2017
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Every 25 seconds, a baby is born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in the United States.

NAS is a constellation of symptoms that the majority of infants exposed to opioids in utero develop in their first days of life outside the womb while going through withdrawal. They may vomit, sweat, shake, develop fevers and diarrhea. Many of these newborns are hyper-stimulated and have difficulty feeding. Often, they lie stiff as boards.

Jennifer Pemberton

Although women are less likely than men to fill political offices in the United States, it isn’t because they are less likely to be elected, but less likely to run.  

Documentary Shines New Light On GMO's

Oct 31, 2017
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In efforts to communicate research to consumers, part of the scientific community and filmmakers worked together to help inform the public with fact-based dialogue about genetically modified organisms in our food system.

Conservatives Changing Minds About The Death Penalty

Oct 27, 2017
Alex Brandon/AP

On October 25, former Republican Utah Senator Stephen Urquhart spoke at the Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty press conference in Washington D.C.  

In a special Halloween dataset, Google released a list of their most common costume-related searches, sorted by location. With help from two small humans wearing the top costumes of the year, UPR’s Katherine Taylor tells us which costumes we're all searching for.

President Donald Trump’s directive to declare the opioid crisis in the United States a nationwide public health emergency could give state and local lawmakers more funding options. After Thursday’s announcement, representatives from a group that works with national, state and rural policy makers on addiction legislation has ideas of how the money could be spent.

Mike Lee / Mike Lee's website

Utah Republican Senator Mike Lee spoke out Tuesday on the senate floor against the $36.5 billion funding alotted to the National Flood Insurance Program.

Nevada Department of Corrections via AP

Utah is one of 31 states in the U.S. that uses capital punishment as a penalty for murder.

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The Utah Department of Natural Resources and the Division of Wildlife Resources renewed their Hunter Access Agreement with the State of Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration. The contract keeps 3.4 million acres of Utah trust lands open to hunters and anglers as well as those interested in viewing wildlife.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Logan City Council announced their decision to give the Utah Festival Opera the $150,000 the opera has requested. However, the donation comes with strings attached. 

USU Animal Science Club Plans Annual Club Calf Sale

Oct 23, 2017

  

  

Utah State University’s Animal Science Club is preparing for their annual Club Calf Sale. Every year they train, groom and halter break cattle for the sale. 4-H and FFA members will purchase the cattle to show at their county fairs.

National Chicken Council Releases Industry Standards

Oct 23, 2017
USDA.gov

The chicken industry is working to be more transparent to how chickens are produced. The National Chicken Council came up with “chicken guarantees” to help consumers feel more comfortable about their food and hold the industry to a standard.

After more than a year of investigating, the Box Elder County Sheriff has released findings surrounding the death of Brigham City resident Nicole Barlow.

Wyoming News Service

The Trump administration has announced plans to adjust requirements in the energy sector. Some mineral-rights owners are looking to state governments to help save royalty earnings from natural-gas reserves. 

On Thursday, the Human Rights Campaign released LGBTQ equality scores for 506 U.S. cities, including eight in Utah. The average score for Utah cities was 40 out of 100.

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Only 2% of America’s population work in the agricultural industry according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Farmers and ranchers are picking up the pace to strengthen relationships with the other 98% of the population.

Utah Help For Puerto Rico

Carlos Nuñez was born and raised in Puerto Rico. In the days after Hurricane Maria, he received calls and messages telling him about the devastation of his home island.

On Sept. 27, officials from the United States and Mexico finalized Minute No. 323, an addition to the treaty that outlines how the two nations share water from the Colorado River.

SUU Declared The Most Outdoorsy School In The Nation

Oct 17, 2017
Keith Howells

The 2017 Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge ended Sunday leaving Southern Utah University with the title of the most outdoorsy school in the nation.

USU Hosted Bi-Annual 'Sheep Day' This Year In Wyoming

Oct 16, 2017

On September 30, USU held its bi-annual Sheep Day in Fort Bridger, Wyoming. Sheep Day is put on every semester by Dr. Lyle McNeal, a Utah State University Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Science Professor. During Sheep Day, USU students evaluate rams and conduct breeding soundness exams. 

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The Wellsville City Council recently formed a committee to make changes regarding the battle re-enactment, which originally involved white citizens dressing up as Native Americans and re-enacting a version of the Bear River Massacre that Native Americans say is historically inaccurate.

Maps: A Tool For Understanding Wildlife

Oct 13, 2017
USA.gov / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Somewhere in Zakouma National Park in Africa, a large female elephant and her calf are on the move. Annie, named by the research team that collared her, moves with determination and purpose through the savannah. Traveling long distances, Annie and her calf target areas with the best food, crossing roads at night to avoid poachers. 

Bronson Teichert

The evidence of a tough year for farms in Cache Valley often makes itself known during the fall. Apples, pumpkins and other crops many people enjoy this time of year, are hard to find locally. Farmers are doing their best to recover.

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A California company has been awarded an $85 million contract to assess uranium contamination on and near the Navajo Nation.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the contract Wednesday to Tetra Tech Inc., headquartered in Pasadena.

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