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PHOTO: Utah state Senator Jim Dabakis says Utah and all of the U.S. have a moral obligation to care for the tens of thousands of undocumented children arriving along the nation's southern border until their immigration status is determined. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense.

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah state Senator Jim Dabakis is calling on Gov. Gary Herbert and state faith leaders to support efforts to temporarily house and care for 1,000 undocumented children in Utah. Dabakis says he was motivated to take action after Herbert was among several Republican governors who sen...Read More

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PHOTO: Ensuring that the Colorado River has enough water to support millions of people in Utah and throughout the Southwest is the focus of a study from the nonprofit group American Rivers. Photo courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

SALT LAKE CITY – Reuse and conserve are the two big points in a new study about how to stretch the water in the Colorado River to meet the needs of Utahns and others who depend on the river. Matt Rice is director of the Colorado Basin Program with the environmental advocacy group Americans Ri...Read More

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PHOTO: Utah ranks 11th in the nation for the overall well-being of its children, according to data released this week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Photo courtesy Fairfax County, VA.

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah ranks eleventh in the nation for the overall well-being of its children and financial health of their families, according to the latest Kids Count Data Book rankings from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, released this week. The research considers multiple indicators of a c...Read More

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PHOTO: Another setback for Obamacare? Tens of thousands of Utahns could lose government subsidies linked to purchasing health insurance through the Affordable Care Act if a Tuesday court ruling is upheld. Photo courtesy The White House.

SALT LAKE CITY - A court ruling on Tuesday threatens to eliminate the government tax credits that the vast majority of Utahns who purchased health insurance through the Affordable Care Act are receiving. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a 2-1 ruling in a lawsuit...Read More

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PHOTO: A lawsuit filed by the ACLU and other organizations against the federal government says the government is obliged to provide undocumented children with legal counsel at immigration hearings. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense.

SALT LAKE CITY - A lawsuit filed against the federal government by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other groups is seeking government-provided legal counsel for undocumented children at immigration hearings. Matt Adams, legal director at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, says th...Read More

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PHOTO: Summer heat has always been part of the Zion National Park experience, but the National Park Service says the impact of climate change is being felt around the park system and is taking steps to deal with its effects on wildlife and park visitors. Photo courtesy National Park Service.

SALT LAKE CITY – The U.S. National Park Service says it's making plans to prepare and react to the effects of climate change at Zion National Park, and in all national parks. Nicholas Fisichelli, an ecologist for the National Park Service, co-authored a recent study that shows that Zion, and...Read More

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PHOTO: The Alliance for a Better Utah says the arrests of two former Utah attorneys general, John Swallow (right) and his predecessor Mark Shurtleff (left), shows the need for state lawmakers to pass tougher ethics laws and tackle other reforms. Photo courtesy State of Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY - The arrests of two former Utah attorneys general show the need for stronger ethics laws, and campaign finance and election reforms, according to the Alliance for a Better Utah. The nonpartisan government watchdog group filed the election-law complaint that ended in former Attorney ...Read More

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PHOTO: Utahans probably don't want summers to get 10 degrees hotter, but that's what will happen if climate change isn't dealt with in a meaningful way, according to the organization Climate Central. Photo courtesy of Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

SALT LAKE CITY - The nonprofit group Climate Central projects Utah's already warm summer temperatures are going to get quite a bit hotter by the turn of the century, courtesy of climate change. Bernadette Woods Placky, a meteorologist with Climate Central, says her organization evaluates the level ...Read More

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