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Regional News: Utah House scraps bills to recall, censure Sen. Mitt Romney

Posted by   /  February 11, 2020  /  2020 Elections, Regional News  /  No Comments

Speaker says House will support citation in support of President Trump instead Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, walks through a hallway at the state Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, the day after he voted to convict President Donald Trump on one impeachment count. /Laura Seitz, Deseret News By Katie McKellar \ […]

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Regional News: What happens if California takes Pacific Gas & Electric?

Posted by   /  February 11, 2020  /  Energy and Environment, Regional News  /  No Comments

One by one, bondholders, insurers and most wildfire victims have signed onto PG&E’s plan for emerging from bankruptcy reorganization. Only Newsom now stands in the company’s way — and he has threatened a public takeover if big changes aren’t made at California’s largest utility.  GEYSERVILLE, CA – OCT. 25: Gov. Gavin Newsom tours a home […]

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Regional News: Utah sends employees to Mexico for lower prescription drug prices

Posted by   /  February 10, 2020  /  Health Care, Regional News  /  No Comments

 In this Jan. 31, 2020, photo, Ann Lovell carries her box of prescriptions after returning to Salt Lake City International Airport following her visit to Tijuana, Mexico. 12News Is this program something you’d want your employer to try out? Utah is paying public employees to travel to Mexico to fill their prescription medications in a […]

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Regional News: The toxic legacy of old oil wells: California’s multibillion-dollar problem

Posted by   /  February 10, 2020  /  Energy and Environment, Regional News  /  No Comments

Of particular concern are about 35,000 wells sitting idle, with production suspended, half of them for more than a decade. Mark Olalde | Reporter and Ryan Menezes | The Los Angeles Times Across much of California, fossil fuel companies are leaving thousands of oil and gas wells unplugged and idle, potentially threatening the health of […]

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Regional News: Trump apparently reverses position on Nevada nuclear waste dump

Posted by   /  February 8, 2020  /  Energy and Environment, Regional News  /  No Comments

Nevadans have opposed Yucca Mountain for decades  This undated image shows the entrance to the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository located in Nye County, Nev., about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas./ AFP/Getty Images By MarketWatch President Donald Trump on Thursday appeared to reverse his position on a proposal to create a national nuclear waste […]

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Regional News: Journal Poll: New Mexicans back legalizing cannabis

Posted by   /  February 8, 2020  /  Cannabis and Hemp, Regional News  /  No Comments

Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal By Dan Boyd | Albuquerque Journal While debate on the issue simmers at the Roundhouse, most New Mexico adults continue to support legalizing recreational marijuana use and taxing its sales, a new Journal Poll has found. Sixty-one percent of adults surveyed over the last week said they support New Mexico becoming the […]

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Regional News: You’ll soon be able to earn a degree in cannabis from a Colorado university

Posted by   /  February 8, 2020  /  Cannabis and Hemp, Education, Regional News  /  No Comments

CSU-Pueblo wins state approval to begin offering “Cannabis, Biology and Chemistry” degree By Elizabeth Hernandez | The Denver Post Photo by Vince Chandler / The Denver Post Colorado State University-Pueblo received state approval Friday for the state’s first cannabis-related degree program, to be launched this fall. The program — called “Cannabis, Biology and Chemistry” — […]

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Regional News: Expect more blackouts in California, PG&E says. But utility predicts smaller, shorter shutoffs

Posted by   /  February 8, 2020  /  Energy and Environment, Real Estate, Regional News  /  No Comments

Residents cope with blackouts in Auburn on the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, after Pacific Gas & Electric shut down power to more than 500,000 homes and businesses, creating the largest blackout in state history. /BY PAUL KITAGAKI JR. By Dale Kasler  | Sacramento Bee Make no mistake: PG&E Corp. will plunge Californians into darkness […]

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Regional News: Utah governor says broken primary process is discarding the best White House candidates

Posted by   /  February 8, 2020  /  2020 Elections, Regional News  /  No Comments

“We’re probably not nominating the best people to be the leader of our respective parties,” Gov. Gary Herbert told POLITICO.  Utah Gov. Gary Herbert. / Neilson Barnard/Getty Images By Caitlin Oprysko | POLITICO Utah’s Republican governor on Friday argued for scrapping the current presidential primary schedule, suggesting that it could be prematurely killing the candidacies […]

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Regional News: These southern Utah sites were once off limits to development. Now, Trump will auction the right to drill and graze there.

Posted by   /  February 6, 2020  /  Energy and Environment, Regional News  /  No Comments

The sun sets over Bears Ears National Monument seen from the Moki Dugway north of Mexican Hat, Utah.  /Katherine Frey/The Washington Post By Sarah Kaplan and Juliet Eilperin | Washington Post The Interior Department finalized plans Thursday that will expand drilling, mining and grazing in southern Utah that had once been protected as two national monuments, sparking an outcry […]

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