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COVID cases spike in WV jails; Gov. Justice urged to follow guidelines. And the feds investigate an alleged bribery-for-presidential-pardon scheme.


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Trump's allies refuse to stop challenging the election results, despite federal investigators saying no fraud occurred.

Public News Service - UT: Civil Rights

County elections officials across Utah must wait to begin counting mail-in ballots until Election Day, but the final vote tally may not be available for a week or two. (Alcorn Imagery/Adobe Stock)

SALT LAKE CITY - While they expect voting to go smoothly on Tuesday, Utah elections officials don't expect to see complete results on Election Night - and they're tempering public expectations. Utah has a long history of mail-in ballots, but with a record number of people eligible to vote this yea

Studies show that in Salt Lake County, pre-trial detainees spend an average of 128 days in jail before their case goes to trial. (Victor Moussa/Adobe Stock)

SALT LAKE CITY -- Four of every five people currently sitting in Salt Lake County jails haven't been convicted of a crime, but are waiting there to go to court because they're too impoverished to make bail. Decarcerate Utah is a nonprofit group working to change the system so people can continue the

A federal appeals court in March ruled that Title VII protects a woman who was fired for being transgender. Several attorneys general and governors want the Supreme Court to know they think otherwise. (Matt Wade/Flickr)

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah's attorney general this week joined attorneys general from 12 other states, and three governors in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court. They argue that U.S. anti-discrimination laws do not include protections for people who identify as LGBTQ. Only three

According to GLSEN, transgender students who face hostile school environments are three times more likely to miss school days than other students. (Barbara LN/Flickr)

SALT LAKE CITY – The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah and the Utah Pride Center want teachers, school administrators and policymakers to consider the experiences of transgender students in the classroom. The groups are hosting a training session Thursday about creating welcoming learni

Supporters of gun reform rallied at March for Our Lives events around the country in March. This summer's Road to Change tour aims to keep up momentum around the issue. (Mathais Wasik/Flickr)

SALT LAKE CITY — Students from Parkland, Florida, who led the March for Our Lives in Washington this spring are now heading to Utah. Parkland shooting survivors will speak at a town hall style meeting near Salt Lake City on Saturday. Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have be

Communities United registered about 600 people to vote ahead of the 2016 election. This year the group has set a higher goal. (Erik Hersman/Flickr)

SALT LAKE CITY – Voters in Utah head to the polls Tuesday for the state's primary election. And voter advocates are working to boost participation among Utah's Hispanic population. In 2016, just 58 percent of eligible Hispanic voters in Utah cast ballots on Election Day, according to census

The Human Rights Campaign says policies that promote inclusive school atmospheres are key to protecting LGBTQ teens' well-being. (jglsongs/Flickr)

SALT LAKE CITY — A new survey shows high rates of depression and anxiety among LGBTQ teens nationwide. Advocates say lawmakers could do more to ensure kids aren't bullied because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Human Rights Campaign surveyed 12,000 kids age 13-17 who ident

In Utah, 62 percent of women live in a county without an abortion provider. (Pixabay)

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah is one of 18 states to get a failing grade in the Population Institute's new national report card on reproductive health and rights. In 2017, the nation as a whole slipped from a D to a D-minus because of tightened state and federal policies that limit access to contrac

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