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SCOTUS rules for Trump on ballot issue; CA high school students earn Google Career Certificates in high-demand fields; NY faith leaders help people address ecological grief; and a group offers abortion travel benefits for Mississippi women.

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The SCOTUS rules no state can remove a federal candidate from an election ballot saying that power rests with Congress, Super Tuesday primaries are today in sixteen states and a Colorado Court rules in the killing of Elijah McClain in police custody.

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Hard times could be ahead for rural school districts that spent federal pandemic money on teacher salaries, a former Oregon lumber community drafts a climate-action plan and West Virginians may soon buy raw milk from squeaky-clean cows.

Utah

Utah is categorized as a child care desert, with just under three children for every available opening at a licensed childcare center. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, March 4, 2024

UT tax credit bill would loosen rules for unlicensed child care

Utah child care advocates are relieved child care is finally a topic of more serious policy discussion on the Hill but they are also voicing concerns …

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Some 8,900 federal borrowers in Utah age 62 years and older owe an average $47,191 in student loans, totaling $420 million, according to the Education Data Initiative. (Adobe Stock)
Utahns with student debt: this could ease your burden

Student loan borrowers of all ages in Utah and around the country have an opportunity to maybe have their student loans cancelled or the chance to rec…

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In 2019, Utah saw $48 million of gas wasted, enough to meet the annual needs of more than a fifth of the residential gas customers in the state, according to the Environmental Defense Fund. (Adobe Stock)
Proposed gas pipeline rule could help keep UT communities safe

One Utah public lands advocate is standing behind the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's proposed rule which aims to improve ove…

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If Senate Bill 131 is enacted, violators could be charged up to a felony and fined more than $1,000.(Adobe Stock)
Proposed UT bill targets AI in political ads

One Utah lawmaker wants to regulate artificial intelligence in political ads. Sen. Wayne Harper, R-Taylorsville, is behind Senate Bill 131, which …

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Utah has invested significantly in transportation over the last 30 years, and these investments will need to continue, according to a Guiding Our Growth survey. (Adobe Stock)
Group advocates for better transit options in rural Utah

A coalition of Utah stakeholders is launching the "Campaign for Public Transit in the 435," which will aim to bring better forms of transit to those w…

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Since 2004, Go Red for Women has addressed the awareness and clinical care gaps of women's greatest health threat, cardiovascular disease. The Utah Go Red for Women luncheon will take place at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center on March 8. (Adobe Stock)
UT heart survivor shares story to spread awareness for American Heart Month

One Utah woman is sharing her story during American Heart Month to spread awareness about how important preventive heart health care is. Claire …

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Utah saw the highest percent growth in personal income from 2016 to 2021, according to the Utah Foundation. (Adobe Stock)
Report: Utah's tax burden increases, sitting above national average

A new report found the State of Utah's overall tax and property tax burden hit record lows over the last five years, while the state's income tax …

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Between 2000 and 2019, the number of immigrants in Utah increased by 63.7%, while the U.S.-born population grew by 36.9%, according to the American Immigration Council. (Eduardo Barraza/Adobe Stock)
UT Gov. visits southern border over 'public safety issue'

After a trip to Texas to visit the southern border, Gov. Spencer Cox expressed concern, calling the situation a public safety issue. Cox joined 14 …

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Since its implementation, more than 22.5 million households have utilized the Affordable Connectivity Program's monthly discount of up to $30 for internet service, and up to $75 monthly for those living on tribal lands. (Adobe Stock)
Federal internet assistance plan winding down in Utah

For a number of years now, Congress has appropriated billions of dollars to the Affordable Connectivity Program to help internet access become more …

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According to the Rural Utah Project, 94% of Utahns vote by mail. (David Gales / Adobe Stock)
A number of bills could change the way Utahns vote

The Utah legislature has been in session for almost two weeks and one group said there have been more than 10 pieces of legislation introduced they ca…

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Offenders who engage in financially motivated sextortion are often located outside the U.S., primarily in west African countries of Nigeria and Ivory Coast, or Southeast Asian countries such as the Philippines, according to the FBI. (Adobe Stock)
'Sextortion' cases on rise in UT and nationally

The FBI is warning the public about an increase in the crime known as "sextortion," when suspects target minors and threaten or coerce them into sendi…

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Oil and gas operations are the source of nearly 30% of all methane emissions in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. (Adobe Stock)
UT Mormon steward applauds EPA's final methane rule

Members of the Mormon Environmental Stewardship Alliance in Utah are applauding the Environmental Protection Agency's final rule that sharply reduces …

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