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Researchers from Utah State University and Iran are collaborating to help restore one of the world's largest saline lakes- Lake Urmia. 


During the last week of the school year, masks will no longer be required for students in Utah’s K-12 schools. 

Domestic travel for Utah State University sponsored programs is returning, but international travel is still restricted. A Utah State University's Biological Engineering research project will be among the first since the COVID-19 Pandemic hit to welcome students from outside of Utah to study on the Logan campus. 


In an effort to help connect students with local agriculture, the Child Nutrition Program with the Utah Board of Education will be allocating funds to schools around the state.

In a Facebook town hall on Tuesday night, Gov. Spencer Cox said he is happy with the low COVID-19 case counts. He said hospitalizations and deaths have almost disappeared completely. 


Wyoming lawmakers are giving Medicaid expansion a second look at a Joint Revenue Committee meeting after proposals failed to clear the Senate in this year's legislative session. 

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Critical minerals are commodities considered essential to our economy but with a supply chain at risk. Helium is on the list and that designation has focused attention on Utah’s potential for helium resources. The Utah Helium Symposium was held at USU– Price campus.

On Thursday afternoon the Center for Disease Control announced fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask indoors. 

Utah lawmakers passed a bill earlier this year that prohibited government agencies from mandating COVID-19 vaccines, however, it didn’t say the government couldn’t provide incentives for getting a shot. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, that is exactly what Gov. Spencer Cox wants to do. 

Gov. Cox announced on Tuesday that federal unemployment programs tied to the pandemic will end in Utah next month. This includes the $300 weekly stimulus payment and other federal unemployment programs. 

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The opening of a second neighborhood of safe homes in Cache Valley, thanks to a partnership between a Utah non-profit and a family foundation, is timely. Jill Anderson is the executive director of CAPSA, a nonprofit domestic violence, sexual assault and rape recovery center serving Cache and Rich counties.

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The University of Utah recently partnered with two Utah laboratories to produce an inexpensive coronavirus antibody test, in the form of a mobile app.

Conservationists Laud Choice Of Stone-Manning to Head BLM

May 11, 2021
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Conservationists in Utah and across the West are praising the Biden administration’s nomination of Tracy Stone-Manning, a longtime veteran of the fight to preserve public lands, to lead the Bureau of Land Management.

According to a study from Public Religion Research Institute, three-fourths of U.S. members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints trust their church leaders and two-thirds say vaccinations are a way to love your neighbor but half don't want a COVID-19 vaccine

A celebration of Mexican heritage in Cache Valley gave people of all ethnicities the opportunity to come together for Cinco de Mayo. Maricela Gonzalez was a performer at the event that grew up in Mexico. She said that the biggest difference between the United States and Mexico’s celebrations is the people. 

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Nomi Health has recently partnered with the Tuacahn Center of the Arts and Utah's Shakespeare Festival to provide daily COVID-19 testing to the organization's workers. This testing initiative is the final step for Tuacahn’s professional live Broadway performances, and the Utah Shakespeare Festival to take place this year. 

How What You Haul (Or Don't) Impacts Gas Mileage

May 6, 2021
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Skiiers, ski season is over. As Brian Champagne learned while borrowing a Volvo, if you put your toys away, you can save 12% on your gasoline bill.

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Idaho child-care providers closed their doors and came to the doors of the Capitol this week to call on lawmakers to approve federal funding for their facilities.

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During his Thursday COVID-19 briefing, Gov. Spencer Cox announced Utah has met the metrics of bill H.B. 294 which terminates many of the restrictions the state implemented to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

First lady Jill Biden visited Utah on Wednesday as part of a multi-state trip. During her visit, she stopped at a middle school and a vaccine clinic in one of the State’s most diverse neighborhoods, according to reports from KSL.

Federal judges are being asked by lawyers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to toss out a lawsuit made by James Huntsman in March accusing the faith’s leaders of fraud and demanding the return of millions of dollars in tithing, according to reports from the Salt Lake Tribune. 

Transgender Utahns can now list the sex they identify with on state government records, such as their driver’s license, thanks to a ruling from the Utah Supreme Court on Thursday. 

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The Utah Women and Leadership Project recently released a study that examines the status of women leaders in higher education in the state. They have been following the status of women in higher education since 2014, with research updates in 2017 and now in 2021.

Utah State University and a governmental research arm based in Scotland recently formed a partnership to collaborate on research in environmental and agricultural science.

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A new report warns that thousands of Utah seniors could lose their housing unless federal and state officials act to preserve existing senior housing subsidies.

Environmentalists and others are optimistic that key climate-change regulations on methane leaks – rolled back during the Trump administration – soon will be reinstated.

Gov. Spencer Cox held a ceremonial signing of H.B. 313 on Wednesday changing the name of the Department of Heritage & Arts to the Department of Cultural & Community Engagement.

To celebrate Mexican heritage on the anniversary of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla, Cache Valley Media group is hosting a celebration at Willow Park featuring food trucks, live performances by local artists and other activities. 

In response to ongoing concerns about extremely dry conditions, Gov. Spencer J. Cox issued an executive on Monday order forbidding irrigation at state facilities between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., requiring that sprinklers are shut off during rainstorms and making sure landscape watering systems are operating efficiently, according to a press release sent from the governor’s office. The executive order goes into effect immediately.

A woman flying from Salt Lake City to Hawaii unexpectedly gave birth over the Pacific Ocean, according to a report from KUTV