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Supreme Court abortion ruling: Utah celebrates, grieves new reality

Supreme Court abortion ruling: Utah celebrates, grieves new reality

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted June 24 - 5:47 p.m.

Utahns' reactions to the Supreme Court decision that overruled Roe v. Wade , eliminating the right to abortion after almost 50 years, were deeply divided, from "horrified" to "ecstatic."
Abortion rights, Roe v. Wade overturned: Utah Republicans, Democrats react

Abortion rights, Roe v. Wade overturned: Utah Republicans, Democrats react

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted June 24 - 12:35 p.m.

One Utah Republican politician called the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade the end of a "national nightmare." Another called it a "historic moment."
Transgender girls detail fears about high school sports ban in new Utah lawsuit

Transgender girls detail fears about high school sports ban in new Utah lawsuit

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Posted June 24 - 12:04 p.m.

A lawsuit filed on behalf of three transgender girls seeks a halt on Utah's new law that would ban them from participating on girls' teams.
What U. President Taylor Randall hopes to learn about the Great Salt Lake

What U. President Taylor Randall hopes to learn about the Great Salt Lake

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted June 24 - 10:25 a.m.

With the picturesque Farmington Bay as a backdrop, state legislative leaders, the president of the state's flagship university, academics, scientists and advocates shared ideas about the next steps to protect the imperiled Great Salt Lake.
Will one of these be Utah's next state flag? Task force gets 1st glimpse of 5.7K designs

Will one of these be Utah's next state flag? Task force gets 1st glimpse of 5.7K designs

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 23 - 11:19 p.m.

Members of the Utah State Flag Task Force got their first look Thursday at all the possible design and color combinations for a new state flag.
What a Utah lawmaker wants to do about campaign signs on public property

What a Utah lawmaker wants to do about campaign signs on public property

Carlene Coombs, Deseret News  |  Posted June 23 - 12:38 p.m.

Utah state Sen. Mike McKell has filed a bill that would crack down on illegal placement of campaign signs on public property.
As Utah prepares for 1st Juneteenth holiday, some school employees will be on the job Monday

As Utah prepares for 1st Juneteenth holiday, some school employees will be on the job Monday

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted June 18 - 7:17 a.m.

For some school employees, Monday will be a regular work day this year but for subsequent years, district school boards will consider adding the Juneteenth holiday to the calendar, officials said. The Utah Legislature designated Juneteenth as an official state holiday earlier this year.
Cox says he's asking Utah lawmakers to 'keep an open mind' on gun reform

Cox says he's asking Utah lawmakers to 'keep an open mind' on gun reform

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Posted June 16 - 1:29 p.m.

Gov. Spencer Cox says the Utah Legislature should "keep an open mind" on gun laws to help prevent shootings as a Utah lawmaker wants to require bleeding control kits for all schools.
Utah breaks ground on $165M North Capitol Project as old state office building comes down

Utah breaks ground on $165M North Capitol Project as old state office building comes down

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 15 - 8:34 p.m.

The new building, expected to be complete by early 2026, will open pieces of Utah history few have ever seen.
Are Utah schools getting their money's worth for $665M they spend on administrative costs?

Are Utah schools getting their money's worth for $665M they spend on administrative costs?

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted June 14 - 9:01 p.m.

A legislative audit made public calls into question the value of administrative costs for local educational agencies — which add up to $665 million annually for Utah's schools.
Is Utah the most small-business-friendly state? Voting records indicate it could be

Is Utah the most small-business-friendly state? Voting records indicate it could be

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted June 12 - 1:53 p.m.

Recently released records of state lawmakers' votes indicate that Utah could be the most small-business-friendly state in the nation.
Kevin Costner, Taylor Sheridan of 'Yellowstone' coming to Utah to make new movies

Kevin Costner, Taylor Sheridan of 'Yellowstone' coming to Utah to make new movies

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Posted June 9 - 8:54 p.m.

Kevin Costner is coming to Utah — and he's joined by Taylor Sheridan of "Yellowstone" fame, Clive Owen who stars in a new FX series and Jerusha Hess, co-writer of "Napoleon Dynamite."
New funding allows some Utah schools to expand optional full-day kindergarten

New funding allows some Utah schools to expand optional full-day kindergarten

Ladd Egan, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 8 - 11:03 a.m.

More schools across the Beehive State will offer optional full-day kindergarten in the fall, but there's not enough to meet demand.
After Supreme Court leak, lawmaker proposes to codify same-sex marriage in Utah

After Supreme Court leak, lawmaker proposes to codify same-sex marriage in Utah

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, Deseret News  |  Posted June 7 - 4:42 p.m.

State Sen. Derek Kitchen unveiled legislation to codify the right to marry in Utah after a recent leaked Supreme Court draft has many worried about rights to marry and more.
Utah lawmaker speaks out after sending letter about 'transgender phenomenon' to schools

Utah lawmaker speaks out after sending letter about 'transgender phenomenon' to schools

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Posted June 7 - 11:53 a.m.

Rep. Kera Birkeland, R-Morgan, spoke out on social media in response to reports that she sent a letter to school administrators regarding transgender students, explaining that she hopes to help protect children.
Advocates, leaders create strategic plan to combat sexual, domestic violence in Utah

Advocates, leaders create strategic plan to combat sexual, domestic violence in Utah

Ashley Fredde, KSL.com  |  Posted June 6 - 8:59 p.m.

The governor's office and community advocates have announced that conversations are underway to create a strategic plan to address sexual and domestic violence in the state of Utah.
Community leaders discuss Utah women inequality and steps for collective action

Community leaders discuss Utah women inequality and steps for collective action

Ashley Fredde, KSL.com  |  Posted June 5 - 8:53 p.m.

Elected officials, community advocates and business leaders gathered Wednesday to discuss how to implement policies and practices to advance women's equality in Utah.
LGBT group decries Utah lawmaker's letter over 'transgender phenomenon' in schools

LGBT group decries Utah lawmaker's letter over 'transgender phenomenon' in schools

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Posted June 3 - 5:08 p.m.

LBGTQ advocates on Friday decried a GOP state lawmaker's letter to principals across the state providing guidance over treatment of transgender students.
Washington County GOP selects interim replacement for Seegmiller

Washington County GOP selects interim replacement for Seegmiller

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Posted June 2 - 12:36 p.m.

The Washington County Republican Party has selected a replacement for Rep. Travis Seegmiller until the position gets filled permanently in this year's election.
Utah families file lawsuit with ACLU against transgender student athlete ban

Utah families file lawsuit with ACLU against transgender student athlete ban

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Posted May 31 - 8:55 p.m.

The ACLU of Utah and other advocacy groups filed a lawsuit on behalf of two families Tuesday against the bill passed by the Utah Legislature this year that bans transgender girls from playing in high school girls sports.
'Where is the urgency?' Utah senator proposes raising age to purchase firearms to 21

'Where is the urgency?' Utah senator proposes raising age to purchase firearms to 21

Ashley Imlay and Lisi Merkley, KSL.com  |  Posted May 25 - 4:40 p.m.

One day after the tragic shooting at a Texas elementary school that left 19 children and two adults dead, a Utah state senator wants to raise the minimum age to purchase a firearm to 21.
'We're ready for this': 1st of free period product dispensers installed at Utah schools

'We're ready for this': 1st of free period product dispensers installed at Utah schools

Ashley Fredde, KSL.com  |  Posted May 25 - 3:15 p.m.

The new Utah law requiring the installation of free period product dispensers in every K-12 female and unisex bathroom, has begun with Hillcrest Junior High School.
These states have the weakest gun control laws in the country

These states have the weakest gun control laws in the country

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, Deseret News  |  Posted May 25 - 10:06 a.m.

Gun control remains one of the most pressing and heated debates in politics. Although the federal government hasn't passed gun control or gun rights legislation recently, states continue to pass measures of their own.
Utah shuts down Spanish Fork youth facility months after child died in its care

Utah shuts down Spanish Fork youth facility months after child died in its care

Jacob Scholl, KSL.com  |  Posted May 24 - 5:19 p.m.

A state agency has moved to shut down a teen residential treatment center in Utah County after a teen died in its care.
'We have to do better': Policymakers, advocates call for better support of maternal mental health

'We have to do better': Policymakers, advocates call for better support of maternal mental health

Ashley Fredde, KSL.com  |  Posted May 19 - 8:21 a.m.

State leaders called for better support and policies for maternal mental health Tuesday as almost half of Utah mothers report mental health symptoms before, during or after pregnancy.