If the Great Salt Lake dries up, what would that mean for the U.S. economy?

Sep 22, 2023
The demise of the landmark site would affect a range of industries as well as Utah residents’ health. It would strike an emotional blow as well.
A view of the Great Salt Lake in 2021. If water levels continue to decline at the current rate, the lake could be dry in five years, researchers found.
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Why are some downtowns booming again?

Aug 7, 2023
Foot traffic in downtown Salt Lake City reached 139% of pre-pandemic levels in spring. And other cities can learn from its example.
A cheaper cost of living, beautiful scenery and a booming economy helped the Greater Salt Lake area grow by 51,000 people last year.
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"Goldback" bills are accepted in 4 states, but are they a good idea for consumers?

Nov 25, 2022
A private company says it makes the bills with small amounts of gold in them. Interest in the currency has grown with inflation, some say.
 A Wyoming “goldback” worth about $20. The company that makes the bill says it contains 1/200th of an ounce of 24-karat gold.
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Utah's approach to breaking the cycle of child poverty: helping parents

Jul 31, 2018
Utah is leading states in efforts to reduce childhood poverty, one study found. One approach it's taken? Creating programs that tackle intergenerational poverty in families.
Stephanie Snowball is raising her 3-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son with help from her grandmother.
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Utah is reducing its child poverty rate, one piece of data at a time

Jul 30, 2018
Utah's done more than any other state in the country to reduce its child poverty rate since 2010, one study says.
Shannon Starley regularly manages cases for Utah's Division of Children and Family Services.
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Why Intermountain Healthcare is making generic drugs

Feb 28, 2018
Rising drug prices are part of what's driving health care inflation. What do you do if you are a big health care company? Start your own drug company.
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Could drilling rigs pop up in Bears Ears National Monument in Utah?

Dec 4, 2017
With the Trump administration poised to shrink Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, oil and gas companies are eyeing the fringes.
The Bears Ears are two buttes in southeastern Utah considered sacred by Native American tribes. 
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Can startups succeed outside Silicon Valley?

Jan 7, 2014
Provo and Salt Lake City are home to a cluster of tech start-up companies, thanks to the culture and geography of Utah.

'Genies' head to Salt Lake City to grow family tree

Jul 17, 2013
Salt Lake City has become the genealogical capital of the world, and it's all because of Mormonism.

The unexpected winner of 'The Hunger Games'

Mar 26, 2012
Lionsgate had a very good weekend It's film, 'The Hunger Games,' took in $150 million dollars domestically over the weekend.
Opening Night Of Lionsgate's 'The Hunger Games' at the Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium on March 22, 2012 in Los Angeles, Calif.
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