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PHOTO: Bats are helpful to Utah farmers and people in general, despite being a mainstay among the Halloween creatures that may cause fear in some people. Photo courtesy of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

SALT LAKE CITY – Halloween is Friday and bats may be among the creepy creatures meant to cause fright. But the little animals actually help Utah farmers and other residents. Kim Hersey, a mammal conservation coordinator at the Utah Division of Wildlife, explains that bats feast on insects. ...Read More

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PHOTO: Many people in Utah and across the nation don't know about premium subsidies that can cover a huge chunk of health insurance premiums under the Affordable Care Act, according to Jason Stevenson with the Utah Health Policy Project. Photo courtesy of the Utah Health Policy Project.

SALT LAKE CITY - As the next open-enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act launches on Nov. 15, many people in Utah and across the nation may not know about government subsidies that can cover the majority of the premium cost. "Over 60 to 70 percent of Americans have no idea that financial h...Read More

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PHOTO: According to a new report Utah is among the top states when it comes to cutting public education funding, and education experts warn of the consequences of repeated cuts to public schools and education. Photo credit: State of Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration.

SALT LAKE CITY - A new study from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows education funding cuts in Utah rank among the nation's highest. Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh, president of the Utah Education Association, says research shows Utah's per-pupil spending remains well below pre-recession ...Read More

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PHOTO: Raising awareness about diversions, energy development and other activities that can negatively impact the Colorado River is the goal of a new coalition called Colorado River Connected. Photo courtesy of the Utah Department of Transportation.

SALT LAKE CITY – A new coalition of several organizations called Colorado River Connected is focused on raising awareness about critical issues affecting the historic river, which serves millions of people living in Utah and several other Western states. Zach Frankel, a spokesman for Colorado...Read More

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PHOTO: The renowned trout fishery in the Green River in northeastern Utah could become part of a federally-designated wilderness area, as part of an agreement involving Daggett County leaders and conservationists. Photo courtesy of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

SALT LAKE CITY - An agreement involving county government and conservationists is in place that would help protect the Green River in northeastern Utah, home to some of the best trout fishing in the country. Charles Card, Northeast Utah backcountry coordinator at Trout Unlimited, says the agreement...Read More

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PHOTO: A new analysis from The Wilderness Society of BLM management plans throughout the west demonstrates oil and gas exploration is favored far beyond any other uses by a wide margin. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey.

SALT LAKE CITY - A new analysis from the Wilderness Society shows the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has made 92 percent of the public land it manages in Utah available for oil and gas drilling and exploration. The overwhelming disparity of the 92 percent figure leaves only eight percent for ...Read More

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PHOTO: In addition to checking the batteries in your smoke detectors, the American Red Cross recommends going over your home escape plan in the event of a fire. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

SALT LAKE CITY – Nationwide, more than 2,300 people died and nearly 13,000 were injured in home fires in 2012, according to the National Fire Protection Association. This month the American Red Cross is kicking off a national campaign to reduce deaths and injuries from house fires by as much ...Read More

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PHOTO: The spotlight is on hundreds of dogs in Utah in need of good homes during "Adopt A Shelter Dog Month." Photo courtesy of City of Sandy, Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY - Utahans are encouraged to consider adding a new member to the family during "Adopt a Shelter Dog Month" in October. Carl Arky, director of communications with the Humane Society of Utah, says adopting a dog from your local animal shelter has benefits over going to a breeder, or a r...Read More

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