Questions arise surrounding Rep. Hughes’ role as UTA board chair

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Salt Lake City — An audit of the Utah Transit Authority released yesterday showed gross mismanagement of taxpayer funds, leading one good government group to speak out about potential conflicts of interest between UTA and the state legislature.
The audit, requested by the state legislature, will likely be the subject of intense discussion at a UTA [...]

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Lessons of Ferguson for Salt Lake City

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The Better UTAH Beat airs Tuesday afternoons on KVNU’s For the People. Podcasts of previous episodes are available here.
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Ferguson, Missouri looks like a war zone. You can’t turn on the news without seeing angry citizens facing off against well-armed police officers. Tensions are high, people are being arrested, and at least one young black teenager is dead.
While [...]

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The silent menace: Utah’s coal ash problem

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The polluting power of coal has been widely stated: burning coal produces smog, causes acid rain, contributes to climate change and contaminates water supplies. But these common facts overlook the impact of another major harmful coal byproduct: coal ash.
By nature, all coal contains a certain amount of radioactive and toxic materials. As coal is burned [...]

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Utah’s commitment to transparency getting kudos

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Ensuring public training, accessibility is the next step
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Salt Lake City — It’s easier to find what you’re looking for in government records in Utah than it is in 44 other states, according to a new report that ranks Utah’s commitment to transparency.
The Center for Data Innovation, a non-profit, non-partisan research institute [...]

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