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Four former Minneapolis police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd now face criminal charges; faith leaders call for action against racial injustice.

2020Talks - June 4, 2020 


The 2020 Census, delayed because of the new coronavirus, is ramping back up to provide an accurate count so, among other things, states can redraw districts for 2021 and 2022. Plus, national figures across the country decry President Trump's response to protests.

Public News Service - UT: Climate Change/Air Quality

The Salt Lake Valley experiences a choking air inversion every winter due to tailpipe emissions and other pollutants.  (Kryhin/AdobeStock)<br /><br />

SALT LAKE CITY -- Could members of the conservative Utah Legislature be considering a plan to deal with climate change? The answer is a definite "maybe." As lawmakers returned to the Capitol this week, they found copies of The Utah Roadmap, a paper aimed at developing policies to improve air quality

The BLM has been ordered to pull back dozens of oil and gas leases, including ones in the Black Dragon Canyon wilderness area in Utah, because it did not properly analyze the effects that oil exploration would have on climate change. (Antropova/AdobeStock)

MOAB, Utah — A court challenge by conservation groups has forced the Bureau of Land Management to pull back dozens of oil and gas leases in western states, including in Utah. A federal judge ruled last week that the BLM failed to properly study the effects of climate change when it approved th

Ancient petroglyphs line more than 40 miles of rock wall faces along southern Utah's Nine Mile Canyon, which has been called the

SALT LAKE CITY – A coalition of conservation groups is suing the Trump administration to halt the potential environmental damage from 130 oil and gas leases awarded on public lands in Utah. The complaint says the Bureau of Land Management violated the National Environmental Policy Act by app

Air quality in Salt Lake City turns dangerous each winter when a natural air inversion traps pollution from coal-fired power plants and other sources in the atmosphere. (WikimediaCommons)

SALT LAKE CITY — Members of Moms Clean Air Force testified Monday before the Environmental Protection Agency over plans to roll back protections on toxic air pollutants. More than 30 moms from 15 states condemned a Trump administration proposal to weaken the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard, ca

The Colorado pikeminnow is one of the endangered fish species threatened by oil-shale development in the Uintah Basin. (TaylorMcKinnon/Center for Biological Diversity)

VERNAL, Utah – A coalition of conservation groups plans to sue the Trump administration over plans to construct a commercial oil-shale development in Utah's Uintah Basin. The groups claim the planned Enefit project would drain billions of gallons of water from the upper Colorado River Basin,

Parts of Salt Lake City, seen here on a clear day, have been in non-attainment of federal air-quality standards for more than a decade. (Flickr)

SALT LAKE CITY – A coalition of community, conservation and public health groups has put the Environmental Protection Agency on notice to enforce air-quality standards in Utah or it will sue the agency. The coalition, which includes the Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Environment

A 2013 University of Colorado study found methane contributed to extremely high ozone pollution in Utah's Uintah Basin. (Jeremy Buckingham/Flickr)

SALT LAKE CITY – In its push for what it calls energy dominance, the Trump administration this week reversed Obama-era rules to limit methane leaks in the oil and gas industry. Conservation groups say the move will have consequences in Utah. In the process of drilling for oil and gas, the g

More than 600 Rise for Climate events are planned around the world for Saturday. (Takver/Flickr)

SALT LAKE CITY – Some Utah communities will be part of this Saturday's worldwide call for attention to climate change with rallies and marches. The groups hosting the Salt Lake City event are encouraging anyone who's concerned about environmental issues to get out and vote. The Utah Climat

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