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PHOTO: More than 500,000 acres of public land in several Western states could receive federal protection as prime habitat for the yellow-billed cuckoo, a bird being considered for endangered species protection. Photo credit: Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program.

SALT LAKE CITY - The federal government is moving to protect hundreds of thousands of acres of land in Utah and several other Western states where the yellow-billed cuckoos spend time. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to designate more than 500,000 acres as critical habitat for the c...Read More

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PHOTO: Summer is a critical time, as neighbors in Utah can help save lives by donating blood. Photo credit: U.S. State Department.

SALT LAKE CITY – People in Utah are being encouraged to roll up their sleeves and give blood, as supplies tend to diminish during the summer months. Julia Wulf, CEO of the Blood Services Division with the American Red Cross, says blood donations drop during the summer because high school stude...Read More

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PHOTO: A recent study shows the majority of applicants for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in Utah and across the U.S. are being approved. Photo credit: Ladyheart/Morguefile.

SALT LAKE CITY - The majority of applicants for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in Utah and across the nation are being approved, according to a recent study. DACA can provide temporary legal status for some undocumented immigrants. Jeanne Batalova, senior policy analyst w...Read More

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PHOTO: The federal government has decided not to pursue Endangered Species Act protection for the nearly extinct wildflowers, the Grahamís and White River beardtongues, that grow in areas of Utah and Colorado. Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

SALT LAKE CITY – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reversed its earlier decision to pursue Endangered Species Act protection for two nearly extinct wildflower species that grow in parts of Utah and Colorado. Instead, the agency says it has finalized a voluntary conservation agreement wi...Read More

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PHOTO: The fate of Utah's legally contested ban on same-sex marriage is now in the hands of the nation's highest court. Photo courtesy of the FBI.

SALT LAKE CITY – The legal battle over Utah's ban on same-sex marriage has entered the jurisdiction of the U.S. Supreme Court. This week the state filed its appeal of a lower court ruling, which overturned Utah's ban on same-sex marriage. John Mejia, legal director with the ACLU of Utah, s...Read More

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PHOTO: National Farmers Market Week is being celebrated in Utah and across the U.S. this week. The initiative is designed to promote the abundance of fresh foods available to consumers, and the economic benefit to farmers. Photo courtesy of the Utah State Law Library.

SALT LAKE CITY - From Logan to St. George, the variety of fresh foods for consumers and millions of dollars annually for Utah farmers are being promoted this week in Utah during National Farmers Market Week. Larry Lewis with the state Department of Agriculture says Utahns spent nearly $16 million i...Read More

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PHOTO: Efforts to get more mothers to breastfeed their babies are paying off as 79 percent of moms in the U.S. begin nursing, and the health benefits for them and their babies are many. Photo credit: California Department of Public Health.

SALT LAKE CITY – In Utah and across the U.S., the arrival of August marks the start of National Breastfeeding Month. It has supporters touting the benefits of mother's milk, often called nature's perfect baby food. Marian Tompson, one of the founders of the La Leche League, says mothers who...Read More

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PHOTO: A recent study shows that hundreds of jobs are created and millions of dollars are added to Utah's economy each year by the 40 nonprofit community health clinics in the state. Photo courtesy of the Lake County, Ill., Health Department.

SALT LAKE CITY – Nonprofit community health centers add hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars to Utah's economy each year, according to a recent study. Alan Pruhs, executive director of the Association for Utah Community Health, says the economic impact study shows 40 clinics operating th...Read More

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