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UAW strike continues: Officials say EPA standards must catch up; Mississippians urged to register to vote ahead of the Nov. 7 general election; NYers worry about impacts of government shutdown.

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Senate leaders advance a plan to avoid a government shutdown, an elections official argues AI could be a threat to democracy and voting rights advocates look to states like Arizona to rally young Latino voters.

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A small fire department in rural Indiana is determined not to fail new moms and babies, the growing election denial movement has caused voting districts to change procedures and autumn promises spectacular scenery along America's rural byways.

Utah

Almost nine of 10 voters who used ranked choice voting said they were confident their ballot would be counted accurately, according to Utah Ranked Choice Voting. (Adobe Stock)
Multiple Utah cities set to use ranked-choice voting in next election

Across Utah, 10 cities will be using ranked choice voting in the general election in November. In 2018, Utah passed a bill to establish a pilot …

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The lake bed of the Great Salt Lake is laced with arsenic, mercury and other toxic substances, according to the environmental law firm Earthjustice. (Jenny Thompson/Adobe Stock)
Lawsuit Argues UT Has Failed to Address Shrinking Great Salt Lake

Conservation and community groups have filed a lawsuit against Utah for what they claim is the state's failure to ensure enough water gets to the Grea…

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Utah is one of the states that pays and administers its own supplemental payments. People can contact the state directly for payment information. (Adobe Stock)
Eligible Utahns Could Qualify for Supplemental Security Income Payments

Many people in Utah and across the country are eligible for financial aid on top of receiving Social Security payments, but are not aware of it…

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Utah Republican Gov. Spencer Cox and Colorado Democratic Gov. Jared Polis are leading the Disagree Better initiative. (Adobe Stock)
'Disagree Better': Utah Gov Leads Initiative to Ease Hyper-Partisanship

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox wants people to learn to disagree. As the elected chair of the National Governors Association, he is leading a campaign …

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You are eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program if your income is 200% or less than the Federal Poverty Guidelines. (Adobe Stock)
Bridging Digital Divide for Low-Income Utahns

Utah organizations across the state are wanting to increase awareness and enrollment of the Affordable Connectivity Program. ACP's primary goal is to …

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Indoor air is three to four times more polluted than outdoor air, according to the American Lung Association. (Adobe Stock)
UT Schools Get Free Purifiers to Combat Poor Air Quality

A majority of K-12 schools and day-care centers in Utah have received free air purifiers as a result of a federal grant given to the Utah Department o…

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Around 34% of Americans, a near record high, say abortion should be legal in all cases, according to a recent Gallup poll. (Adobe Stock)
Utah Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments on State's Abortion Trigger Ban

Tomorrow, the Utah Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in relation to the ongoing lawsuit against Senate Bill 174. Commonly known as the "trigger …

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Utah ranks 36 for the strength of its gun laws, according to Everytown for Gun Safety. (Adobe Stock)
Report: Majority of U.S. Youth Agree Gun Violence is a Problem

Some 74% of young people in the U.S. believe gun violence is a problem, and 60% want to see stricter gun laws, according to a new report from …

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The survey also found 83% of parents say they have concerns about their young children's behavior related to sleeping habits, aggression and separation anxiety. (Adobe Stock)
Survey: Social Emotional Development a Top Priority for Parents

A new survey finds a majority of parents of children younger than six in Utah and across the country rated social emotional development the most impor…

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Gov. Spencer Cox speaks about projects underway in the Beaver River watershed. (Utah Department of Natural Resources)
Utah Leaders Tour Forest Management Projects

Last week federal, state and local leaders visited forest management projects in Utah to examine how land managers are addressing what some are …

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According to Return Utah, 70% of
'Returnships' Help More Utahns Get Back to Work

By Ramona Schindelheim for WorkingNation.Broadcast version by Alex Gonzalez for Utah News Connection reporting for the Working Nation-Public News Serv…

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The Utah State University research estimates that 39% of transgender people currently meet the criteria for severe psychological distress, compared with 5% of the overall U.S. population. (Adobe Stock)
USU Finds Clinicians Aren't Well-Versed in Transgender Health Care

Much has been said about the need for gender-affirming health care - but a Utah State University study says many health-care providers don't have the …

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