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Utah Argues It Can Pull Planned Parenthood Funding

October 13, 2015
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Utah Argues It Can Pull Planned Parenthood Funding

(Salt Lake City)- State attorneys say Utah has an unrestricted right to end its contracts with the local arm of Planned Parenthood for sex education and sexually transmitted disease testing programs. Utah argued in court documents filed late Friday that Republican Gov. Gary Herbert’s decision to block about $200,000 in federal funds to the...

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Tourism, Utah’s Economic Driver

October 9, 2015
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Tourism, Utah’s Economic Driver

(Bryce Canyon)- A Utah tourism conference just wrapped up at Bryce Canyon National Park, and industry leaders in the state have a lot to celebrate. The “Mighty 5” campaign and the “Find Your Greatest” campaign have given Utah even more elevation in the eyes of tourists worldwide.  “Utah has been discovered, ” says Vicki...

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Chaffetz Speaker Bid Could Be Over Today

October 9, 2015
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Chaffetz Speaker Bid Could Be Over Today

(Washington, DC)  —  Congressman Jason Chaffetz could face the end of his long-shot bid for the position of House Speaker today.  House Republicans are set for a meeting this morning in Washington, DC to discuss viable candidates for the job now that Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has withdrawn from the race.  Neither Chaffetz or...

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Utahns Favor Tax Increase For Roads, Transit

October 9, 2015
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Utahns Favor Tax Increase For Roads, Transit

(Salt Lake City, UT)  —  Most people in the state of Utah favor local ballot initiatives designed to help fund road repairs and mass transit.  A new UtahPolicy.com poll shows 56 percent of those surveyed would vote in favor of such a measure if it appears on the ballot where they live.  Forty percent...

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>>Cox: House Members “Not Excited” About Medicaid Expansion

October 8, 2015
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>>Cox:  House Members “Not Excited” About Medicaid Expansion

(Salt Lake City, UT)  —  Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox may be forecasting the end of plans to expand Medicaid coverage to over 60-thousand people.  The governor and influential Republican leaders have proposed a plan that would allow the expansion, but two-thirds of it would be financed by a fee on Medicaid providers.  However, Cox...

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Chaffetz Bid For Speaker Up For Vote Today

October 8, 2015
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Chaffetz Bid For Speaker Up For Vote Today

(Washington, DC)  —  Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz will learn today whether his long-shot campaign to be Speaker of the House is going to pay off.  House Republicans will caucus today to determine whether establishment favorite and current Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Chaffetz or another candidate will become Speaker.  A group of conservative House members...

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Chaffetz Gets Support, Criticism From Utah Lawmakers

October 8, 2015
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Chaffetz Gets Support, Criticism From Utah Lawmakers

(Washington, DC)  —  Congressman Jason Chaffetz’ bid to become House Speaker is drawing support from many of his fellow state lawmakers.  Representative Mia Love said yesterday that she will support Chaffetz in his bid to unseat heavy favorite and current Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.  Utah Senator Mike Lee also supports the Chaffetz bid. Senator...

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SUU Fastest-Growing College In Utah

October 8, 2015
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SUU Fastest-Growing College In Utah

(Cedar City, UT)  —  Southern Utah University is the fastest growing college in the state.  Numbers for fall enrollment from the state System of Higher Education show the Cedar City university grew by 16 percent compared to last year, ten percentage points higher than any other state school.  SUU officials say they grew by...

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Lawmakers Unsure About Fate Of Medicaid Expansion Plan

October 7, 2015
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Lawmakers Unsure About Fate Of Medicaid Expansion Plan

(Salt Lake City, UT)  —  Republican lawmakers are unsure if they will have enough support to get Medicaid expansion approved by the Legislature.  House Majority Leader Jim Dunigan says he is unsure what will happen next week when the Republican caucus meets to discuss the plan.  Reacting to comments after a public hearing by...

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Doctors Weigh In To Oppose Medicaid Expansion Plan

October 7, 2015
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Doctors Weigh In To Oppose Medicaid Expansion Plan

(Salt Lake City, UT)  —  The people who would pay the most to expand Medicaid rolls in Utah are being vocal in their opposition to a plan that would do so.  Members of the Utah Medical Association voiced their opposition to Utah Access Plus yesterday during a public hearing at the State Capitol.  UMA...

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