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Testing every Utah rape kit is progress. But it needs to be fully funded

Rape kit

The Utah Legislature approved a bill requiring every rape kit to be tested at the state crime lab, but they only provided half the money necessary. Lawmakers are laying the groundwork for another backlog.

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New playgrounds are good for Northern Utah kids — all Northern Utah kids

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No child should feel left out at school, especially during recess. Northern Utah’s new all-abilities playgrounds make sure that everyone can play together.

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This is Utah. We believe in civil liberties — for all Americans

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From time to time, it is important to assert what we believe. Now is one of those times.

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Utah's poor aren't a revenue stream for state lawmakers — yet, anyway

Utah Tax Plans

Republican leaders wanted wanted to raise the Utah sales tax on food, which disproportionately affects the poor. They failed this time. But they’ll be back in 2018.

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Who deserves praise and criticism this week in Utah?

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Today’s topics: “The Dr. Seuss Lady,” vehicle inspections, the Box Elder County bookmobile and the attempt to lower Utah’s legal BAC level to .05.

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Utah lawmakers have 4 days to approve diesel emissions testing. And they should

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House Bill 134 establishes diesel emissions testing in the state’s five non-attainment counties. It’s a powerful tool to improve Utah air quality. Lawmakers have four days left to approve it.

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Someone is killing defenseless animals in N. Utah. Turn them in. Now

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You aren’t brave for killing innocent animals. You aren’t clever, funny or superior. You’re sick.

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Gov. Herbert says Zion Curtains don't work. That's a good reason to scrap them

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If a cautious lawmaker like Gov. Gary Herbert says Zion Curtains don’t work, it’s time for Utah to take them down.

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How is Utah's water strategy being decided? You'll never know

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If you’re doing work on behalf of the people, like the governor’s State Water Strategy Advisory Team, do it in public. Not just some of it — all of it.

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Bountiful isn’t building a new City Hall. Why not? Because democracy works

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When people said they didn’t want a new City Hall in Bountiful, elected officials listened. Democracy is a beautiful thing.

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