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PHOTO: Fires, floods, tornadoes and other disasters can strike at almost any time. Experts say advance preparation can help people better respond to and recover from the impacts of a disaster or other emergency. Preparedness Month is a good time to make or update those plans. Photo credit: U.S. Global Change Research Program.

SALT LAKE CITY - September is "Preparedness Month" in Utah, and residents are encouraged to have an emergency plan in place." Joe Dougherty, public information officer with the Utah Division of Emergency Management, says people should have a plan that will keep their family safe if they end up witho...Read More

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PHOTO: What could become the 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and reform political campaign spending limits, is being debated in the United States Senate. Photo credit: Library of Congress.

SALT LAKE CITY - The U.S. Senate is involved in an historic debate over a proposed constitutional amendment that would give Congress and the states control of political campaign spending limits. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) sponsored Senate Joint Resolution 19, which could become the 28th Amendment t...Read More

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PHOTO: Utah is not among the states that expanded Medicaid. A new report says the states that opted for the expansion are now experiencing a significant increase in the number of parents with health insurance. Photo credit: California Environmental Protection Agency.

SALT LAKE CITY - Many states are seeing a significant drop in the number of parents without health insurance but, according to a new report Utah isn't one of them. The report says there's a stark contrast between the results in states that have opted to expand Medicaid, compared to those that have n...Read More

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PHOTO: The U.S. Senate is expected to vote today on a proposed constitutional amendment that would help take big money out of politics. Photo credit: Architect of the Capitol.

SALT LAKE CITY – Advocates for campaign finance reform say the U.S. Senate is expected to make an historic vote today on Senate Joint Resolution 19. That's the proposed constitutional amendment that would give Congress and the states control of political campaign spending limits. Jonah Min...Read More

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PHOTO: As part of September's Hunger Action Month, the Utah Food Bank is hoping to collect one mile of food donations in Salt Lake City on Thursday. Photo credit: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

SALT LAKE CITY - As part of Hunger Action Month in September, Utah Food Bank organizers are hoping to collect a mile of food on Thursday in Salt Lake City. Ginette Bott, chief development officer at the Utah Food Bank, is coordinating the annual Beat Hunger by a Mile event. "We kick off the mornin...Read More

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PHOTO: As part of "Childhood Cancer Awareness Month," the American Cancer Society is promoting the need for more resources to be dedicated for the emotional needs of children with cancer and their families. Photo credit: National Cancer Institute.

SALT LAKE CITY - The American Cancer Society is urging that more resources be dedicated to caring for the overall well-being of children with cancer and their families, both in Utah and nationwide. The society is promoting "Childhood Cancer Awareness Month" in September. Rebecca Kirch, its director...Read More

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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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