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Your Voice, Your Vote,” a special presentation on the 2018 midterm elections hosted by Boyd Matheson, Opinion Editor at Deseret News. The final edition of this show is an extended version. We discuss the latest too close to call race between Mia Love and Ben McAdams. Also joining the show is Deseret News' Gillian Friedman who broke the story on Lee in Central America.
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Nov 8, 2018 KellieAnn Halvorsen
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“Your Voice, Your Vote,” a special presentation on the 2018 midterm elections hosted by Boyd Matheson, Opinion Editor at Deseret News. It's two-days after elections and tensions are still high with continued mudslinging, anger-filled statements and attacks on the media. With that in mind, Jay Mcfarland joins us to discuss what therapy we might need and to help point out that America is still a hopeful and progressing place to live.
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Nov 7, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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“Your Voice, Your Vote,” a special presentation on the 2018 midterm elections hosted by Boyd Matheson, Opinion Editor at Deseret News. It's the day after record-breaking midterm elections and Doug Wilks, editor of the Deseret News, joins to discuss the results, and give a peek into what the newsroom is like. Also, breaking news interrupts the show as Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general at Trump's request.
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Nov 6, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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“Your Voice, Your Vote,” a special presentation on the 2018 midterm elections hosted by Boyd Matheson, Opinion Editor at Deseret News. Election day is finally here and we remind you all that there is still time to go out and vote and register today. Boyd provides some predictions and close races to watch for, and also is this the year that the young vote shows up and votes.
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Nov 5, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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“Your Voice, Your Vote,” a special presentation on the 2018 midterm elections hosted by Boyd Matheson, Opinion Editor at Deseret News. Governor Gary Herbert joins the show to go over Question 1 on the Utah ballot. This is a non-binding question on the ballot which is asking about at 10-cent gas tax increase which would go to the general fund, and that extra money would then go to the education fund. We also remember North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor who passed away will on duty in Afghanistan.
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Nov 2, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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“Your Voice, Your Vote,” a special presentation on the 2018 midterm elections hosted by Boyd Matheson, Opinion Editor at Deseret News. Today's episode the topics include discussing Prop 2 which is the medical marijuana and Prop 3 Medicaid expansion initiatives. Joining the program to discuss these two topics will be Deseret News reporter Ben Lockheart. Also, what will it take to get Millennials to get out and vote? A recent poll suggested only a third plan to vote in the upcoming...
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Nov 1, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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“Your Voice, Your Vote,” a special presentation on the 2018 midterm elections hosted by Boyd Matheson, Opinion Editor at Deseret News. Today, hotly contested contestants for the 4th congressional district, Mia Love and Ben McAdams, join us to give their closing arguments for their campaigns, with the caveat of requiring them to remaining positive in their pleas. Also, Jesse Hyde, reporter and photojournalist, joins us to discuss some international repercussions of the midterm elections.
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Oct 31, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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“Your Voice, Your Vote,” a special presentation on the 2018 midterm elections hosted by Boyd Matheson, Opinion Editor at Deseret News. Today we are facing our voting fears and discussing the issues. What are we afraid of in our voting process? Is it the fear-mongering attack ads or is it worry about a lack of knowledge on the issues? Let's move beyond fear-based politics.
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Oct 31, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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With under a week until Election Day, the deadline to mail in your ballot in Utah is quickly approaching. Elections officials say you need to make sure your ballot is postmarked by 5 p.m. on the day BEFORE the midterm election in order to ensure your vote counts. If you miss that deadline, you can drop your ballot off in person on November 6th. But there are some other common mistakes that could keep your votes out of the final tally. KSL Newsradio's Paul Nelson has what you need to know.
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Oct 30, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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“Your Voice, Your Vote,” a special presentation on the 2018 midterm elections hosted by Boyd Matheson, Opinion Editor at Deseret News. Five questions voters should ask THEMSELVES before voting, answering your questions on today's voting registration with the county clerk, and taking a look at the changing rhetoric of President Trump as we enter the final stages of this midterm election.
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Oct 30, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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You’re planning to do your civic duty and vote in next week’s mid-term election, right? State Elections Director Justin Lee says there’s still time even if you didn't register by the October 30th online or in-person deadline. In 2018, for the first time ever, people can register to vote at the polls and vote there on Election Day. KSL Newsradio's Nick Wyatt has more information on how to do that and make your ballot count.
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Welcome to “Your Voice, Your Vote,” a special presentation on the 2018 midterm elections hosted by Boyd Matheson, Opinion Editor at Deseret News. We want you to be informed, enlightened with different ideas that challenge your thinking and help empower you to vote with confidence. Today we rundown ballot issues and electoral races that affect our beautiful state of Utah, and thus the state of the nation at large. We also discuss some of the ways voters are being distracted the real issues...
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Oct 29, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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The same legislative measure that cleared the way for candidates to get on the ballot using a signature-gathering method instead of Utah’s traditional caucus-convention system has also cleared the way for changes to the way an election works in Utah. As a result, voters are facing more propositions and initiatives on the ballot. Here's how Senate Bill 54, passed in 2014, has changed elections in 2018. KSL Newsradio's Nick Wyatt reports.
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Jul 10, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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A BYU professor has advocated for reforms to the selection process to the United States Supreme Court after what he said is a process that has become more and more political.
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Jun 29, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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No matter who President Trump nominates, there is sure to be a -battle in Washington.
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Jun 27, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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Former GOP nominee for President and now Senate candidate Mitt Romney is making national headlines this morning for easily handing Dr. Mike Kennedy in Utah's Primary Election.
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Jun 27, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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Right now with nearly 180,000 votes Mitt Romney has nearly 77 percent of the vote. WIth Mike Kennedy trailing far behind all night with 26% , 66,000. News Specialist Caitlin Burchill is live tonight at the Romney celebration party, where Romney and his wife greeted supporters to accept the nomination.
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Jun 25, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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The clock is ticking for voters to get in those mail-in ballots. Ladd Egan has that and other helpful hints for those hoping to have their vote counted.
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Jun 23, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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Protest over the Trump Administrations' so-called zero-tolerance policy on immigration isn't going away any time soon.. Critics are laying the blame directly on the President and his policies.. and say many families still await being re-united. But here in Utah, praise for how Salt Lake County is dealing with immigrants and refugees. For the first time, a national group that recognizes how communities help immigrants succeeds in business is giving a special recognition to a county government. ...
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Jun 19, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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There is a growing chorus of Utah's congressional leaders who are calling on the Trump administration to stop separating children from their parents at the border. Utah's two senators, Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch have now joined the state's four representatives in the House, expressing their concerns about the "zero tolerance" immigration policy, and Senator Hatch is recruiting his fellow senators to send a letter to the Justice Department, demanding that it stop.
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Jun 19, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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This morning -- the high cost of childcare and where families can find relief. A simple way we can all make a difference in combating teen suicide. And three things you can do to protect your home from a wildfire.
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Jun 12, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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There is no question the summit between the two leaders is historic-- but what if anything could come of their meeting in Singapore.
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Jun 12, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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The question now is what does the end of net neutrality mean for us as consumers.
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Jun 8, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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For years he was the state's top law enforcement officer, then former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff was arrested, accused of obstructing justice, bribery, and misconduct.
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Jun 2, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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Lee Lonsberry and Kelsey Witt both joined the Doug Wright Show to enjoy Doug's last day at KSL. Lonsberry is now working in Washington D.C. with Congressman Rob Bishop. Witt also followed a path into politics after producing Doug's show as she worked with Evan McMullin in his campaign. They both recall good times working on the show and how Doug's influence helped them to blaze the trail their on in their political careers.
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Jun 2, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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Former Massachusetts governor and Utah senate candidate Mitt Romney joined the Doug Wright show on Wright's final day. They discussed the power of government and the needs for Utah. Doug and Mitt reminisced about political stories they both were apart of. Romney ran for president in both 2008 and 2012. The second run he won the Republican nomination.
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May 29, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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As we kick off the summer season this Memorial Day Weekend, what your teen needs to know to look for a summer job.. Plus for older demographics -- things we can do to make sure our take home pay is keeping up with the rising cost of living. And getting religious leaders the tools to better assist those in their congregation suffering from mental illness.
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May 17, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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And that debate came to an end today with lawmakers pulling on the plug on the agency's re-branding mandate.
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May 17, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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Grandparenting 101 -- authors Richard and Linda Eyre are here with their new books. We'll discuss the prom dress -- and how it ended up seen around the world. A Jazz fan's unique way to show his support for the team, and one Utah man's plan to change the way we use our gym memberships.
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May 15, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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Jay Mcfarland promised not to comment on President Trump's activity for a whole week, but he's still obligated to do the Presidential Review at 2 every day. How's he holding up?
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May 10, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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Have you ever wanted to visit Jurassic Park? You might soon have the chance, right here in Utah. A new bill in Congress proposes to turn a fossil quarry in Emery County into Jurassic National Monument. That's not all. Senator Orrin Hatch and Representative John Curtis are hoping to settle decades of public lands dispute in central Utah. KSL's Dave Cawley dug into the details.
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May 4, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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Lawmakers in Bountiful tonight held a public meeting -- inviting the hundreds of students who participated in that nationwide walkout following the Parkland, Florida school shooting.
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May 3, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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Students in Utah and around the country took a stand today for the -second amendment.
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Apr 29, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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Distracted driving is taking a serious toll in Utah. The KSL Investigators hit the highways to show you the problem from a different perspective. Plus - the shortage putting firefighters on the front-line in danger. And the push to go strawless in Utah.
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Apr 28, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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It's a Utah political story that made national headlines: Mitt Romney failing to get the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate race-forcing him into a primary run-off.
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Apr 23, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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This morning a look at the growing questions over medical marijuana, CBD oils and hemp and how the industry is impacting Utah. Also, what to watch for if you are pulled over and given a traffic ticket. And how 'Hamilton" is getting students to take a new look at history.
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Apr 20, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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The hit musical "Hamilton" is at the Broadway at the Eccles Theatre. Tickets sold out quickly, but some Utah students had an opportunity to win some.
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Apr 18, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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Today lawmakers will meet for a special legislative session to reconsider two measures adopted by the Utah House and Senate - but shot down by Gov. Gary Herbert.
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Apr 18, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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A family spokesperson for Barbara Bush announced the former first lady died at the age of 92 Tuesday. She passed away after opting to not have further medical treatments for her failing health. She battled congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which forced several trips to the hospital. According to a release by the office of former President George H.W. Bush she decided she wanted to be "surrounded by a family she adores" rather than get more treatment.
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Apr 16, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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Today - the political firestorm in D.C. - after House Speaker Paul Ryan says he's done. LDS Church President Russell M. Nelson kicks off his world tour. And a love story for the ages - kept alive by music.
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Apr 14, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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There's an interesting animal causing quite the chatter in Cottonwood Heights.
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Apr 9, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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Mar 28, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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The White City Metro Township Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing to consider the creation and recommend approval of the White City Metro Township General Plan proposal to the White City Metro Township Council for adoption.
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Mar 28, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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From the mailbox, back to the ballot box. That is the plan this year in Utah County for elections, following last November's exclusive voting by mail.
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Mar 27, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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Tonight is the night for southern Utahns to raise their voices when it comes to the size of two National Monuments. President Trump shrunk the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante, but Utahns can say how large or small they should be. KSL Newsradio's Peter Samore went down to Blanding to cover the meeting and he joined us to give an in-depth look.
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Mar 26, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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The NFL winter owner's meetings are happing in Orlando this year and perhaps the most heated topic is what can be done about the national anthem during football games. With Colin Kaepernick kneeling during games last year, it made that one part of the game, that was simply supposed to be about patriotism, suddenly a political statement. Helmets Off host Scott Mitchell isn't sure what the league should do either but has a couple ideas he would like to share. Scott Mitchell takes his helmet off...
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Mar 26, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-SC, and Sen. Tim Scott, R-SC, stopped by the Doug Wright Show to talk about their new book and weigh in on the public lands debate as a series of BLM meetings begins in Utah.
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Mar 20, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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President Trump says it is time to get tough on drug dealers and his plan could use the death penalty. Dave and Dujanovic give their thoughts on the issue and how it could be Trump just grandstanding. Mainly because he has also mentioned the capital punishment for a "cop killers" is how he referred to it before. Drugs are an issue, but Debbie Dujanovic wonders if this is too excessive. Most of the listeners seem to agree as well.
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Mar 20, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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They're a power couple at the front and center of political headlines these last several years, and they stopped by Studio 5! Mitt and Ann Romney share their thoughts on topics ranging from parenting to politics.
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Mar 19, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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Mar 17, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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One of the latest bills signed is creating even more controversy this evening. Governor Herbert signed SB 234 - establishing an inland Port Authority with jurisdiction covering about 20 thousand acres city's northwest quadrant.
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Mar 15, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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The students at Mountain View are not alone in having a first hand experience with school violence.
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Mar 15, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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Former Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney made it official Thursday, signing the necessary paperwork to run for the U.S. Senate. He joins a long list of Republicans in the race to replace Orrin Hatch.
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Mar 13, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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Federal lawmakers - including Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch - are set to unveil critical legislation aimed at making our schools more safe.
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Mar 13, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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Utah Senator Orrin Hatch has introduced the "Stop School Violence Act of 2018." The bill is in response to the Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people.
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Mar 11, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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Mar 10, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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Those increases are supposed to take effect in a couple of weeks and they are getting mixed reviews.
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Mar 9, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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News specialist Caitlin Burchill breaks down the bills set to have a big impact.
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Mar 9, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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There's a rush on Capitol Hill to finalize the budget and tackle last-minute bills before the midnight deadline ends the 45-day session.
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Mar 9, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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Less than two hours to go now for Utah lawmakers up on Capitol Hill before the legislative session ends. The mandatory midnight deadline is looming.
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News specialist Caitlin Burchil has a look at one bill that has Salt Lake City officials upset this morning.
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Mar 8, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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It's down to the wire for the battle over school funding in Utah.
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Mar 7, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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There are only two days left in the legislative session, and some major bills - including Utah's $16 billion budget - are still undecided.
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Mar 7, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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Tonight is the second of five planned meetings.
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Mar 7, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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Utah is one of the only states LEADING the nation in overdose cases for a drug you can usually find at local smoke shops.
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Mar 6, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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Kobe Bryant won an Oscar for an animated short "I dream basketball." Is he starting a new trend? Or should he stay in his lane? Scott and Jason are happy for him and as long as he doesn't bring politics into it, then he can do what he wants. Scott Mitchell and Jason Buck, hosts of Rivals are past football rivals at the university and professional level, come together to talk life and sports. Scott Mitchell was a record-setting quarterback at the University of Utah. He then went on to...
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Mar 6, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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Did Russia block Mitt Romney from becoming Secretary of State?
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Mar 6, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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Senate Bill 218 to overturn an ordinance Park City recently passed banning plastic bags in certain places has passed the Senate. While it would have an effect on that plastic bag ban, it's also an issue of local versus state control.
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Mar 6, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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One state lawmaker is a step closer to getting a Utah highway named after Donald Trump.
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House Bill 254 was killed Monday. The bill would have allowed a college to report an allegation of sexual violence to an off-campus law enforcement agency.
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Mar 5, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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Utah lawmakers will have their first hearing on a bill that would allow police to temporarily confiscate guns if they belive their owners is a threat to others.
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Mar 4, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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Mar 1, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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As police investigate several school threats across Utah, lawmakers are forming a task force to come up with solutions to keep our kids safe.
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Feb 28, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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Two weeks to the day after the school shooting in Florida, Dick's Sporting Goods says they've stopped selling assault-style rifles and high capacity magazines, and they will no longer sell firearms to anyone under 21.
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Feb 27, 2018 KSL Newsradio
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It's being described as chaos in the Utah Republican Party over the SB54 or Count my Vote compromise, with a small group changing the rules when it comes to gathering signatures to get on the ballot. The vote came over the weekend, with the state's GOP Central Committee deciding that candidates who gather signatures will be kicked out of the party.