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COVID-19 Updates

KCPW is providing regular updates of the rapidly changing news on the novel coronavirus and its local impact. Check back here for info on cases, health restrictions, and more. Vaccines are currently available to Utahns age 5 or older. Booster doses are now available those age 12 or older, with certain stipulations. Visit to schedule […]

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Legislature tackles COVID restrictions

As 2022′s legislative session gets underway, many Utah lawmakers ignore the recommendations of public health experts and gather unmasked. Senate President Stuart Adams goes a step further — presiding over his chamber after twice testing positive for COVID-19. Among the priorities this session: doing away with health orders aimed at protecting residents. Plus: The would-be dredgers of Utah Lake sue […]

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President Biden’s voting rights bill and vaccine mandate fail and Utah’s 2022 legislative session begins

Both Sides of the Aisle – Natalie Gochnour is joined on The Right by Sen. Dan McCay, R-Riverton, and on The Left by Shireen Ghorbani, former Salt Lake County Council member. They discuss the stalling of voting rights legislation in the U.S. Senate, the Supreme Court striking down President Biden’s “Vaccination-or-Test” mandate for large businesses, the […]

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The human health and economic costs of air pollution in Utah

A study published in 2020 by a cohort of scientists from Brigham Young University, the University of Utah and other institutions found that air pollution shortens life-expectancy in Utah on average by two years. The study, a compilation of data on the human health and economic impacts of pollution, reported that between 2,500 and 8,000 […]

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COVID spike, mask mandates and navigating ambiguity for queer Latter-day Saints

With Utah coronavirus case counts and hospitalizations at record levels, health officials turn to mask requirements to try to stem the tide. Meanwhile, Utah’s COVID-19 testing capacity is ‘maxed out,’ leading to cases potentially going uncounted. And queer members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints walk a tight-rope while trying to date and remain in good […]

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