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The Utah Legislature will wrap up the 2021 session on Friday and according to Holly Richardson of Utah Policy, new bills were still being released on Friday. 

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Utah State University alumni, Lindsay and Lexie Kite, recently published a book focusing on body-image resilience. The Utah Women and Leadership Project at USU hosted the sisters for a virtual seminar last week.

Utah's 2020 Drought Likely To Impact Water Supply This Year

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Last year, Utah experienced its worst drought in 20 years. Typically Utahns count on spring snowpack to remedy a dry year and while February snows have been a boon to ski areas the question remains: are they enough to generate an average water supply? 

H.B. 338 would allow 16- and 17-year-old students  to vote in local school board elections. It was developed by Arundhati Oommen, a junior at West Valley High School who serves as the student representative on the Salt Lake City School Board.

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With the stress from the pandemic raising concerns about child abuse and neglect, Idaho organizations are coming together to offer parents support.

According to Gov. Spencer Cox, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should be available in Utah next week. The vaccine was recommended for immediate use by the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee Friday and FDA approval is expected to come this weekend. A press release from Cox’s office stated they expect the state to start receiving these vaccines on Wednesday. 

Utah State University was recently recognized as a national leader in research programs for undergraduates.

Efforts by the Biden administration to address climate change by temporarily banning new leasing on oil and gas drilling is concerning for many Utah communities that rely on these jobs. 


Utahns over age 16 with certain comorbidities are immediately eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

School districts would be able to allow 16- and 17 year-old students to vote in school board elections if H.B. 338 passed the Utah State Legislature. 

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That’s the power liftgate on the Highlander Toyota loaned us. It was the 14th-best-selling vehicle in the states last year, because it has grown with demand: Since it was born in 2001, it got nine inches longer, four inches wider, and put on 660 pounds, though it doesn’t like to talk about that. It also grew a third row of seats. It’s built on a car platform and is a pleasant thing to drive around.

Working Out With Masks On The Campus Of USU

Feb 24, 2021

In light of COVID-19, USU is requiring masks in all the campus buildings, including at the Aggie Recreation Center, or ARC, where students work out. Student views vary on wearing a mask at the gym with some saying they agree that masks should be required.

Ski Utah Program Works To Build Life-Long Skiers

Feb 24, 2021

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have turned to the outdoors for recreation. And during Utah winters, that often means hitting the slopes. For at least 30-years, the Ski Utah Passport program has provided an affordable way for 5th and 6th graders to try out the sport. 

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Saving for retirement is a struggle for many Idaho workers right now. A bill in the Idaho Legislature is aimed at making the process easier.

The COVID-19 pandemic was accompanied by state emergency orders that were longer than any in the state’s history, which created tension between former Governor Gary Herbert and state legislators. Now, Utah’s lawmakers are running a bill to place limits on the governor’s powers in a public health emergency



Utah adults ages 65 to 69 are immediately eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. 

Online events are the new normal but don’t you wish we could go back to how things were? Utah State University Seniors will have the chance to celebrate their graduation in person this year but some changes will be made.

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As more Utah students return to the classroom soon, research shows providing breakfast will be a critical factor in helping kids who have fallen behind on their studies catch up.

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Wyoming lawmakers are considering a bill that would cut severance taxes paid by oil and gas companies from 6% to 3%.

Simpson's Historic Plan Includes Key Water Quality Tools

Feb 17, 2021

A $33 billion infrastructure plan for the Northwest developed by Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, continues to shake up the region.

Nonprofits Help Utahns Find 'Bidencare' Coverage in Health Marketplace

Feb 17, 2021
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You may know it as "Obamacare."

But nowadays, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has a new moniker, "Bidencare," because President Joe Biden ordered the Health Insurance Marketplace reopened through May 15 to help Utahns and others who lost health insurance during the COVID-19 crisis get a subsidized plan.



Many visitors to Grand County bring recreational-off road vehicles with them. Moab city officials say while they want people to enjoy their time in the community, the negative effects UTVs can have on residents must be accounted for.  

USDA Finalizes Hemp Regulations

Feb 16, 2021

Earlier this year, the USDA finalized its rule for hemp farmers across the country that will go into effect in March. These new changes can impact  how farmers in Utah will grow their crop this year. 

A concurrent resolution encouraging k-12 schools in Utah to consider retiring Native American names and mascots failed in the Utah House on Tuesday, 27 to 45. 

A bill that would extend the life of a state task force on Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls easily cleared a senate committee on Tuesday. 

Drought is an ongoing problem in Utah and during winters like the one we’ve been having, with little to no snow across the state, there are concerns about Utah’s snow pack. 


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As Utah’s supply of vaccines increases, state officials are asking for volunteers to help ensure the capacity to administer vaccines matches that supply.


Choirs at Utah State University are still rehearsing in the midst of a pandemic, but what are they doing to spread music while also working to not to spread COVID-19?