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PHOTO: Utah educators are using Attendance Awareness Month in September to draw attention to educational challenges linked to students who are chronically absent from school. Photo credit: Environmental Protection Agency.

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah educators are tackling chronic absenteeism among school students, which research shows can have a serious impact on reading and other critical skills. Voices for Utah Children is one of several organizations promoting Attendance Awareness Month in September, and CEO Karen Crom...Read More

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PHOTO: The IRS isn't necessarily on people's minds as they head back to school, but tax experts recommend keeping a careful record of education expenses for those who qualify for an education-related tax credit. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Education.

SALT LAKE CITY – It's back-to-school time, and thousands of Utahans are spending millions of dollars on advanced education. In addition to the student loans and grants available, Uncle Sam also has programs to offer relief in the form of tax credits, explains Michael Dobzinski, an IRS spokes...Read More

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PHOTO: Skies over Zion National Park and other National Parks around the nation should remain clear of aerial drones, now that the National Park Service has banned their use. Photo credit: Robert Nieter.

ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah - The National Park Service's ban on aerial drones being used inside National Parks, primarily to capture photos and video, is now in full effect nationwide. The Park Service initiated the drone ban in late June, but gave park superintendents two months to implement the po...Read More

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GRAPHIC: A new report from the National Wildlife Federation outlines how climate change is connected to a proliferation of menacing outdoor pests, from poison ivy to ticks. Graphic credit: Schoharie County, New York.

SALT LAKE CITY – Climate change is connected to all kinds of creepy-crawly critters, according to a new National Wildlife Federation report that details how climate change is affecting the outdoor experience in Utah and across the U.S. NWF senior scientist Doug Inkley emphasizes that hunters,...Read More

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PHOTO: Several conservation groups are calling on an oil and gas group to work together on voluntary conservation efforts that can help the greater sage grouse from being listed as a threatened species. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

SALT LAKE CITY - Several conservation groups are calling for unity in efforts to help the greater sage grouse recover from near-extinction in Utah and throughout the west, which could also keep the bird from being listed as a threatened species. Bill Midcap is the director of external affairs at th...Read More

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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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