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In an effort to increase transparency on food labeling, the USDA implemented a new national bioengineered food disclosure standard at the beginning of the year. Over the next few years, customers will start to seem more labeling that identifies bioengineered food.

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Six Democratic presidential candidates are debating in Iowa on Tuesday, less than three weeks from the caucuses there. NPR reporters are providing background and analysis of the candidates' remarks in real-time.

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Women are expected to run for office in high numbers in 2020, but many of them face financial hurdles paying for child care while they campaign. Candidates for federal office can tap their campaign accounts to pay for it, but it's a patchwork at the state level. Just six states have laws specifically allowing the use of campaign money for child care. In most states, the law is silent on the issue and up to interpretation. Female candidates say the expense is an unnecessary barrier and shows why more women are needed in positions of power. 

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President Donald Trump is striking a defiant tone in the wake of becoming only the third president in American history to be impeached. Trump was hosting a rally in Michigan on Wednesday night when the House approved two articles of impeachment that accuse him of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. As expected, the House votes were mainly along party lines. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Trump's actions gave lawmakers no choice.

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The House of Representatives debate and vote on articles of impeachment against President Trump.

The House Judiciary Committee is considering two articles of impeachment against President Trump: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Watch as the panel debates and then votes on the allegations.

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The House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on the impeachment inquiry report completed by the House Intelligence Committee, as it moves toward drafting articles of impeachment.

Watch the hearing live right here starting at 7 a.m. MST on Monday, December 9. 

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A former San Juan County commissioner has sued a federal land agency after he spent 10 days in jail for trespassing during an illegal all-terrain vehicle protest ride in a closed southern Utah canyon five years ago.

Acting as his own attorney, Rep. Phil Lyman filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court Friday against the Bureau of Land Management. He is seeking $10 million in damages he claims suffered to his reputation, business and political relationships.

The U.S. House of Representatives is holding open hearings in its impeachment inquiry into President Trump. All hearings will be streamed through this video player as they are live starting at 7 a.m. MST on Thursday. 

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Utah residents have chosen a new North Ogden mayor to replace their fallen leader killed during a 2018 deployment in Afghanistan.

The Deseret News reported Tuesday that voters elected businessman S. Neal Berube to fill the remaining two years of National Guard Maj. Brent Taylor's term.

Taylor served as mayor since 2013, and previously as a City Council member.

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A Utah ballot proposition that has reignited a fierce dispute over Navajo voting rights is trailing after the initial tally, but too many votes remained uncounted to make it final.

San Juan County deputy clerk Aspen Draper said Wednesday the measure that could lead to an expansion of the three-person county commission that Navajos recently took control of was trailing by 121 votes. She says 650 ballots need to be counted and an updated tally isn't expected until Friday at the earliest.

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Salt Lake City could elect its first Latina mayor if a state senator wins a race Tuesday against a city councilwoman who rose to prominence fighting pollution.

Democrats Luz Escamilla and Erin Mendenhall are already in the first all-female race to lead the capitol city, a liberal island in deeply conservative Utah where no Republican has been elected mayor in four decades.

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A federal agency says rebuilding a sage-grouse population found only in Colorado and Utah could take more than 50 years and cost nearly $561 million.

The Daily Sentinel reported Saturday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a draft recovery plan for the Gunnison sage-grouse, which is listed as a threatened species.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez is calling on voters in a southeastern Utah county to reject a ballot proposition that could lead to expanding a three-member county commission that Native Americans took the majority of last year.

Nez said Tuesday in a statement that the proposition is the latest attempt to undermine the voice of Navajo voters in San Juan County. The county overlaps with the Navajo Nation.

If approved Tuesday, the measure would launch a one-year study of county government that could lead to expanding the commission.

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The holidays are almost here and for many of us that means lots of time with family and friends. Time for conversation. Sometimes conversations about that most dreaded topic: Politics.

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From the tempestuous fight for statehood to the evolution of Utah voters from Democrats to Republicans, Rod Decker analyzes the intersection of politics and faith in the complex political culture of modern Utah. Beginning with the state’s roots as a communal theocracy, Utah Politics deftly examines how Mormon morality influenced and continues to shape conflicts on both the local and federal levels.

Conservatives in states including Wyoming, Utah and Ohio vowed Monday to keep pushing for the repeal of state-level death penalty sentences, even as U.S. officials move toward resuming federal executions.

The national group Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty released a statement with over 250 signatures saying the death penalty is costly, prone to error and inconsistent with conservatives' opposition to abortion.

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A proposal to almost triple Utah's food tax to make way for an income-tax cut has critics saying the move could tear some low-income families' budgets apart.

An unusual and significant event is happening today at Utah State University. The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, one of the courts just below the U.S. Supreme Court and based in Denver, is in session at the Performance Hall on the USU campus. They are hearing oral arguments in two sessions and then will take questions from the audience.

It’s anecdotal. But I think it’s a thing. I’m hearing from a growing number of people that they’re disengaging from the news and, in some cases, from politics. We’re going to talk about it next time on Access Utah. My guests will include USU Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Jason Gilmore; and University of Utah Law Professor RonNell Anderson Jones. And I’d love to get your perspective on this. You can email me right now to upraccess@gmail.com

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Facing an impeachment inquiry, President Donald Trump is turning to a familiar playbook to defend himself: blasting the inquiry as illegal, attacking his investigators and critics alike, and deriding the whistleblower process as all-but-rigged.

Many facts are getting lost in the process.

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Businessman Jeff Burningham announced his candidacy for Utah governor Tuesday, becoming the second Republican candidate to officially enter what could become a crowded field.

The technology and real estate entrepreneur from Provo pitched himself as a political outsider who would keep the state's strong economy running smoothly and modernize the education system.

"There's a mismatch between what children are learning and the jobs that exist and are coming," said Burningham, who has four children.

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In his monthly address, Governor Herbert answered various questions ranging from medical marijuana to Planned Parenthood to the U.S.-China trade war.

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A medical cannabis advocate and a former state senator are behind a proposal that would make it tougher for Utah legislators to overturn citizen ballot initiatives. 

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The Trump administration has rejected Utah's waiver request for enhanced federal funding for partial expansion of the state's Medicaid program.

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