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A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; Childcare key to getting Americans back to work.


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Public News Service - UT: Rural/Farming

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

PHOTO: National Farmers Market Week is being celebrated in Utah and across the U.S. this week. The initiative is designed to promote the abundance of fresh foods available to consumers, and the economic benefit to farmers. Photo courtesy of the Utah State Law Library.

SALT LAKE CITY - From Logan to St. George, the variety of fresh foods for consumers and millions of dollars annually for Utah farmers are being promoted this week in Utah during National Farmers Market Week. Larry Lewis with the state Department of Agriculture says Utahns spent nearly $16 million i

PHOTO: A court challenge under way claims Utah's

SALT LAKE CITY – A court challenge under way claims Utah's Agriculture Operation Interference law violates the First Amendment right to free speech. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press will be filing a friend of the court brief in federal District Court in Salt Lake City today.

PHOTO: Utah's agricultural community would probably be a lot more thankful this holiday season if Congress would pass a new Farm Bill. Photo courtesy Utah Farmers Union.

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's agricultural community would probably be a lot more thankful this holiday season if Congress would pass a new Farm Bill. Kent Bushman, president, Utah Farmers Union, said farmers throughout the state are feeling a great sense of uncertainty. No Farm Bill means crop insurance

PHOTO: Addressing Utah's water challenges over the next half-century is the task of a committee created by Governor Gary Herbert. Image courtesy of the State of Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY – Addressing Utah's water challenges over the next half-century is the task of a committee created by Gov. Gary Herbert. The State Water Strategy Advisory Team consists of elected officials, conservation leaders, water managers, recreational organizations and business represen

PHOTO: The Utah Farmer's Union calls congressional delay in passing a new Farm Bill

SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah Farmers Union is growing concerned that Congress, in letting the already-extended Farm Bill expire at the end of September, could hurt farmers in Utah and around the country. Utah Farmers Union vice president Ron Stratford called the Farm Bill lapse "ridiculous," and sai

PHOTO: Programs for grazing improvements and other farm and ranch conservation measures are on the line in Utah if a new Farm Bill isn't passed to fund them. Photo courtesy Utah Dept. of Agriculture.

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah farmers and ranchers received almost $5.7 million last year for participating in programs to protect grasslands and wetlands, and to preserve the environment. However, those programs are in jeopardy as Congress continues to delay passing a new Farm Bill, according to Utah Farme

PHOTO: Gregory Butte, as seen from Lake Powell. The lake is as popular as a summer boating destination as it is a water source for the Southwest. Photo credit: Bob Moffitt, National Park Service.

SALT LAKE CITY – It's another sign of trouble for water users in the West and Southwest, including Utah. The Bureau of Reclamation's new forecast comes out today and includes a warning that it will reduce the amount of water released from Lake Powell to the lower Basin states starting in Octo

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