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  Many Utah students, particularly those in rural areas, often are left without access to their school's meal program during breaks in the school year. But a measure pending in Congress would extend federal food programs designed to fill in those nutrition gaps for families.

Utah Officials Urged To Approve K-12 Mask Mandates

Aug 13, 2021
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  As the Delta variant drives a growing number COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations in Utah, particularly among young adults and children, officials are being asked to reinstate a mask requirement for all K-12 schools.

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In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a pair of Arizona "election security" laws that many experts believe will suppress votes in the next election.

Group Rallies To Counter Messages Aimed At UT Transgender Students

Jun 1, 2021
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As the issues surrounding transgender and LGBTQ students become increasingly politicized in Utah, one group is providing support for those who identify differently from their peers.

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Utah officials are cutting back on jobless benefits, claiming without evidence federal "bonus" payments are keeping thousands of Utahns from returning to work.

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.

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

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Landlords in Utah, and across the country, who wrongly evict renters protected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Eviction Moratorium Order could face stiff penalties from state and federal authorities.

New Funding Could Be Key To Wildlife Migration Programs

Mar 23, 2021

Wildlife migrations are a part of the American West's lore and history, but many of those centuries-old passages are now obstructed by modern civilization.

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Utah legislators are working on a bill that would allow them to decide when the COVID-19 pandemic is officially over - or at least, what the state needs to do when the novel coronavirus is no longer a crisis.

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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.

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.

Advocates: Ending Hunger in Utah, U.S. Should be Biden’s Top Priority

Feb 3, 2021
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In his first week in office, President Joe Biden signed an executive order extending a temporary increase in SNAP benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Conservationists Expand Utah Preserve To Save Mojave Desert Tortoise

Jan 21, 2021
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A public-private partnership has obtained a parcel of Utah wilderness to protect the critical habitat of the threatened Mojave Desert tortoise.

Police Reform On Docket In Utah Legislature

Jan 18, 2021
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Police reform will be a top priority when the Utah Legislature opens next Tuesday, and groups are pressing lawmakers to pass more than 60 expected bills.

Utah Families Need Continued Support to Recover from Crisis

Jan 5, 2021

While the $900 billion pandemic-relief package should be a welcome assist for struggling Utah families, a coalition that works to fight hunger in the state said it's only a small step toward bringing their lives back to normal.

Without New Stimulus, Thousands of Utah Renters Face Eviction

Dec 9, 2020
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Thousands of Utah renters who lost jobs or suffered cutbacks because of COVID-19 face possible eviction beginning in the first week of January.

Online Tool Helps Assess COVID Risk At Holiday Gatherings

Nov 25, 2020
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Public health officials continue to discourage large gatherings for this Thanksgiving, but it's hard to tell how big is too big.

Conservation Groups Cry Foul Over Forest-Service Rule Change

Nov 23, 2020
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The U.S. Forest Service has issued a controversial rule green-lighting activities such as logging and road-building in national forests in Utah and elsewhere without a public comment period. The move is part of a flurry of regulatory rollbacks by the Trump administration that will diminish protections for migratory birds, and expand drilling and mining.

Educators: Governor's COVID Order Puts Utah Teachers at Risk

Nov 11, 2020
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Utah leaders have declared a public health emergency in the wake of rising COVID-19 rates, but the state's public school teachers say they've been left out of the plan.

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While they expect voting to go smoothly on Tuesday, Utah elections officials don’t expect to see complete results on Election Night – and they're tempering public expectations.

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If a lawsuit before the Supreme Court to repeal the Affordable Care Act succeeds, some 260,000 Utahns would lose their health coverage. A new report from the nonpartisan Urban Institute estimates that would almost double the proportion of Utahns who are uninsured.

Nonprofit Group Aims To Eliminate Utah Cash-Bail System

Oct 15, 2020
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Four out of every five people currently sitting in Salt Lake County jails haven't been convicted of a crime, but are waiting there to go to court because they're too poor to make bail. Decarcerate Utah is a nonprofit group working to change the system so people can continue their lives while awaiting their day in court.

COVID Crisis Could Force Closures, Job Losses at Utah Nonprofits

Aug 25, 2020
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 During the crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of Utahns and millions of Americans have turned to nonprofit groups to help them weather the storm.

Postal Service Slowdowns Hobble Utah Small Businesses

Aug 13, 2020
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Mail delays are putting pressure on small-business owners in Utah, who rely on the U.S. Postal Service for shipping products to their customers.

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Conservation groups have sued a Utah state agency, claiming illegal use of public money to construct a private oil-and-gas rail line.

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As Congress debates a new coronavirus stimulus bill, more people in Utah are facing food insecurity as the economy struggles with the effects of the pandemic. Groups that offer social services say some families who were previously able to provide healthy meals will see a double whammy at the end of this week.

Utah School Workers: Safety Measures Needed To Reopen

Jul 27, 2020
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As Utah school districts work to meet an August 1st deadline to develop plans to reopen this fall, teachers and support staff say safety measures must be in place to protect them from COVID-19.

Utah Workers Need More Education For Post-Pandemic Economy

Jul 14, 2020
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As the nation struggles to recover from the economic downturn amid the coronavirus pandemic, workforce experts are calling on Utah and other states to ramp up efforts to ensure that more workers have post-high school education and certificates. 

Utah Ranks Fourth In Nation For Children's Well-Being

Jun 25, 2020
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Utah is among the best states in the nation for children's overall well-being, according to a new national report. The 2020 KIDS COUNT Data Book released this week shows that Utah improved in almost all of the ranked categories, including the number of children in poverty, fourth-grade reading proficiency, and the number of uninsured children.

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