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Students at Juan Diego Catholic School (KSL-TV)...
Michael Locklear

Private schools celebrate state funding, expect ‘significant uptick in enrollment’

Utah’s private schools are celebrating that they’ll receive state funding for the first time through a new school choice program.
14 hours ago
Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an election night event at Mar-a-Lago on November ...
Meg Kinnard and Michelle L. Price

Trump says beating of Nichols ‘never should have happened’

Former President Donald Trump says the footage of the brutal beating of Tyre Nichols by five Memphis police officers is “horrible” and that the attack “never should have happened.”
14 hours ago
$400 million set aside for tax cut...
Brooke Williams and Larry D. Curtis, KSL TV

Gov. Cox signs controversial bills on trans surgeries, student vouchers

Gov. Cox signed two bills Saturday morning and released statements regarding each.
1 day ago
$400 million set aside for tax cut...
Madison Swenson

Brett Garner elected to fill vacant seat in Utah House of Representatives

Brett Garner has been elected to fill Sen. Karen Kwan's former seat in the Utah House of Representatives.
2 days ago
Officers respond to Taylorsville High School on Jan. 26, 2023, after shots were fired in the parkin...
Erin Cox

Utah lawmakers pushing for greater school safety measures

Utah lawmakers are pushing for change in order to protect our students in schools.
2 days ago
FILE (KSL TV)...
Andrew Adams

Public educators say $42M for voucher program could have been better spent elsewhere

A bill that establishes a student voucher or “scholarship” program while giving public school teachers a raise cleared its final legislative hurdle Thursday as educators continued to raise concerns over the measure.
2 days ago
A Yanomami youth carries a toddler on his shoulders at the Saude Indigenous House, a center respons...
Eleoneore Hughes and Edmar Barros, Associated Press

Why Brazil’s Yanomami are being decimated by disease, mining

Severe malnutrition and disease, particularly malaria, are decimating the Yanomami population in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, and on Jan. 20 the federal government declared a public health emergency.
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FILE: The Utah State Legislature...
Eliza Pace, KSL TV, & Aimee Cobabe, KSLNewsradio

Utah Senate approves changes to transgender care bill, passes on to Gov. Cox

A bill on transgender healthcare - banning transgender-related surgeries and puberty blockers for minors passed in the Utah House Thursday after last-minute changes.
2 days ago
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Eliza Pace

Utah House votes to ban transgender surgeries for minors

A transgender healthcare bill banning transgender surgeries and puberty blockers for minors passed in the House Thursday afternoon.
3 days ago
Utah Capitol in Salt Lake City is pictured on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret N...
Madison Swenson

Utah Senate votes to pass school voucher bill

The Utah Senate has voted and passed HB215, which would give teachers a pay raise and give money to students in home study or private schools.
3 days ago
Teachers at West High in Salt Lake City walked out during their lunch breaks to protest a bill that...
Michael Locklear

SLC high school teachers walkout to protest school voucher bill

Teachers at two Salt Lake City high schools walked out during their lunch breaks to protest a bill that combines pay raises with school vouchers.
4 days ago
(L-R) Zach Frankel, Sen. Nate Blouin, Rep. Joel Briscoe on Jan. 25, 2023. (KSL TV)...
Jed Boal

Lawmakers unveil a pair of bills aimed at restoring the Great Salt Lake

Two Utah lawmakers unveiled a pair of bills aimed at protecting and restoring an optimal water level in the Great Salt Lake. One bill would establish a restoration level for the lake, and the other would raise money to continue the work. 
4 days ago
FILE: halloween...
Eliza Pace

Bill to change Halloween to last Friday in Oct. heads to Senate

When should Halloween be celebrated? One bill seeks to change the date for festivities.
4 days ago
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Carter Williams

‘No stopping us’: Salt Lake mayor outlines bright future, unveils $100M Ballpark fund

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall argues in her State of the City address Tuesday that the city's decisions over the next five years may impact the city a century from now.
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Matt Rascon

Lt. Gov. and family testify in support of domestic violence bill requiring LAP

A bill that aims to curb domestic violence homicides in Utah is headed to the Senate. Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson and her family were among those to speak in favor of SB117.
5 days ago
House Business and Labor Committee hearing public comments on H.B. 131 (KSL-TV's Michael Houck)...
Michael Houck

Vaccine passport prohibition bill moves forward in its second year

On Tuesday afternoon, HB131, the vaccine passport prohibition bill, received a favorable recommendation from the House Business and Labor Committee with a 10 to 2 vote.
5 days ago
Trans bills hearing...
Ladd Egan and Cary Schwanitz, KSL TV

Bill to ban sex transition procedures on minors fails in emotional hearing

Utah lawmakers got an earful on Capitol Hill Tuesday during a lengthy and emotional hearing for a number of bills focused on transgender youth.
5 days ago
Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks to attendees at "Politics & Eggs" at the New Hampshire Inst...
Jill Colvin

Classified documents found at Mike Pence’s home, lawyer says

Documents with classified markings were discovered in former Vice President Mike Pence’s Indiana Home last week, according to his attorney.
5 days ago
Utah Capitol...
Cassidy Wixom and Lindsay Aerts, KSL NewsRadio

Utah lawmakers denounce comments claiming they’re trying to ‘destroy public education’

Multiple state lawmakers on Monday disavowed comments by a prominent backer of the school choice bill saying she wanted to "destroy public education" in a recording that circulated online.
6 days ago
Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson proclaimed during the State of the County speech Monday that th...
Cassidy Wixom

Mayor Wilson says Salt Lake County is resilient and ‘stronger together’ in annual address

Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson proclaimed Salt Lake County is resilient and "stronger together" when people collaborate to tackle issues.
6 days ago
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Matt Rascon

School voucher bill clears committee, moves to full Senate

A controversial bill that would help give students more opportunities to get an education outside of public schools was one step closer to becoming law Monday after it passed the Senate Education Committee.
6 days ago
Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall speaking to KSL-TV about what the city has done in 2022. (KSL-...
Jed Boal

SLC Mayor Erin Mendenhall grades 2022 city goals and accomplishments

In a one-on-one interview, Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall said the city has substantially reduced violent crime since its peak in 2021.
6 days ago
FILE - Members of the Oath Keepers extremist group stand on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol on J...
Michael Kunzelman and Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press

Four Oath Keepers convicted of seditious conspiracy in Jan. 6 Capitol attack

Four members of the Oath Keepers have been convicted of seditious conspiracy in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack in the second major trial involving far-right extremists accused of plotting to forcibly keep President Donald Trump in power.
6 days ago
Cox and Reyes stand at a podium...
Eliza Pace

Gov. Cox, AG intend to sue social media companies for harms to kids

Gov. Spencer Cox along with Attorney General, Sean Reyes, plans to sue social media companies for the harm they cause to teens, though the specifics and timeline are uncertain.
6 days ago
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