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Utah Governor Spencer Cox signed H.B. 72, a controversial bill which requires every technological device sold in the state of Utah to come with pre-installed pornography filters. 

On Tuesday, Utah Governor Spencer Cox vetoed S.B. 228, a bill requiring social media corporations to provide clear information about their moderation practices to Utah users. After conversations with the legislative and executive branches, the veto was determined as the best path forward due to “technical issues,” according to a news release from the governor's office.

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.

How To Help Prevent Whirling Disease From Spreading

Mar 23, 2021

Cases of whirling disease, which is caused by a parasite and can fatally affect salmonid fish like trout, have been recently confirmed in Jones Hole Creek in Northeastern Utah. 

James Huntsman, the brother of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., filed a lawsuit against The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Tuesday, alleging it fraudulently spent millions of dollars in tithing meant for charity on commercial purposes, according to reporting from the Washington Post.

Although the coronavirus threw a wrench into many in-person celebrations over the past year, an exhibit of artwork from local students shows that restrictions can come with a silver lining of innovation.

Man Pleads Guilty To Lesser Charges, Aggravated Robbery Counts Dismissed

Mar 23, 2021

A man once facing first-degree aggravated robbery charges pleaded guilty in 1st District Court on Monday to lesser offenses.

Man Pleads Guilty To Sex Crimes Involving Minor In 1st District Court

Mar 23, 2021

An Idaho man pleaded guilty to sex offenses in Cache County on Monday.


A casi un año del inicio de la pandemia del COVID-19, la vacuna finalmente está disponible. Hay mucha información al respecto, incluyendo quiénes son elegibles; sin embargo, encontrar información en español puede ser algo difícil. Aquí hay información de algunos recursos para obtener cuidado médico en español.

Starting Monday, all Utahns over age sixteen will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as the state continues to open up appointments.

The Utah Division of Water Resources is advising Utahns to hold off on irrigating their personal homes in order to conserve water, saying all counties should receive zero watering for the next week. 

New Bear River Watershed Conservation Coordinator Reaching Across State Lines To Protect Open Land

Mar 22, 2021

A group of conservation organizations and governmental agencies have pooled their resources to hire a full-time Bear River watershed conservation coordinator.

Federal Inmate Back In Custody After Scaling Two Fences, Escaping County Jail

Mar 22, 2021

Local law enforcement had an eventful Sunday Morning after an inmate escaped from the Cache County Jail but is now back in custody.

Green Waste Collection, Dump Sites To Open Monday

Mar 22, 2021

Logan curbside green waste collection will begin weekly collection on Monday.

Intermountain Healthcare announced Friday that, although Utah’s statewide mask mandate ends on April 10, mask guidelines for Intermountain staff, patients and visitors will remain intact until further notice.

One person was found dead on Thursday after an off-road crash in Cache County, according to a news release from the Cache County Sheriff’s Office.

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In 2015 hundreds of countries signed on to the Paris Agreement, where they committed to working to limit global average temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius or no more than 2 degrees Celsius.

Vaccine Open To All Utahns 16 And Older On Wednesday

Mar 19, 2021
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Gov. Spencer Cox announced at his Thursday news conference that all Utah residents age 18 and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine on Wednesday. The Pfizer vaccine will also be available for those ages 16-18. This is earlier than the previously planned April 1st date. 

Some Cache Valley residents are concerned about how plans to build a 300-unit apartment complex on the valley's westside could impact the Logan River’s floodplain. Logan city and school board officials, on the other hand, are hoping the project may ease growing pains and strengthen the community.


I'm Kerry Bringhurst and you're listening to Utah Public Radio. Utah governor Spencer Cox indicating that more and more Utahns will be receiving the vaccination against COVID-19. And eventually, that will include university-aged students, including those here at Utah State University. 

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As COVID-19 restrictions are modified, so are plans for a Utah State University program to encourage lifelong learning for older populations.


Utah Governor Spencer Cox issued an executive order on Thursday declaring a state of emergency due to extreme drought conditions. In Utah, one hundred percent of the state is in a moderate drought category, while 90% is in extreme drought.

What Is Corned Beef And Is It Irish?

Mar 18, 2021

St. Patrick’s Day is a day that many people use to celebrate Irish heritage and the famous St. Patrick. A popular dish that is enjoyed by many people is corned beef—but is this really an Irish dish?

H.B. 113, signed by Utah Governor Spencer Cox this week, legally requires Utah biological fathers to help pay costs associated with pregnancy and delivery if the mother requests it. 

Local Event Planned For World Down Syndrome Day

Mar 18, 2021

With World Down Syndrome Day happening this Sunday, a nonprofit based in Utah with deep Cache Valley ties is hosting an event on Saturday to raise money and bring awareness to its cause.

Diversion Division: Valley Water Project Backers Pledge Sensitivity

Mar 18, 2021

Entities planning a major flood-control and irrigation-efficiency project are pledging to work with residents concerned about depletion of beloved natural features in the Logan area.

South Weber Man Pleads Guilty To Enticing Minor In Cache County

Mar 18, 2021

A South Weber sex offender accused of attempting to solicit sexual images from a Cache County minor has entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors.

For Older Idahoans, Online Classes Help Fight Social Isolation

Mar 17, 2021
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A program designed as a source of continuing education for older Idahoans has a new function during the pandemic: combatting social isolation.

H.B. 69, which amends Utah’s traffic code, was signed by Governor Spencer Cox on Tuesday.

Utah Lawmakers have voted to require every cellphone and tablet sold in the state of Utah to automatically block pornography.