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Empty Boxes: How Utah communities adapt when Amazon washes away brick-and-mortar retail
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Empty Boxes: How Utah communities adapt when Amazon washes away brick-and-mortar retail

The following story was researched and written by The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with Utah Stories. On January 2, 2018, Amazon announced it had shipped 5-billion items through its Prime services alone in 2017. That year also saw many traditional retail stores washed away by the swift waters of change brought by online...

Donate to the 2018 Air Quality Investigation!
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Donate to the 2018 Air Quality Investigation!

Update April 3, 2018: The Air Quality Investigation fund drive is now closed. Please check back later for our reporting on this important topic and thanks again to all those who donated! The Utah Investigative Journalism Project is very excited to announce a special campaign for 2018, a long-term investigation into the grimy issue on...

FBI confirms ongoing investigation into former UTA boardmembers in order to protect records
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FBI confirms ongoing investigation into former UTA boardmembers in order to protect records

The Utah Investigative Journalism Project was denied access to a 2012 report on the actions of former Utah Transit Authority board members by a state panel Thursday. The report, compiled by Utah attorney general’s office investigators delved into allegations of insider dealings that have dogged former UTA board member and developer Terry Diehl since the...

‘Scared all the time’: Former Daggett inmates describe abuse at the hands of jail officers
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‘Scared all the time’: Former Daggett inmates describe abuse at the hands of jail officers

The following story was written and researched by Rone Tempest for The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with The Salt Lake Tribune. Dustin Porter said he has recurring nightmares of the attack dog that lunged at him in a slippery jail hallway: “I’ll wake up right before he bites me.” Josh Olsen said he...

Out of Sight: Landfill near the Great Salt Lake could become one of the nation’s largest industrial waste repositories
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Out of Sight: Landfill near the Great Salt Lake could become one of the nation’s largest industrial waste repositories

The following story was written and reported by B. I. Empey and photographed by Chris Federer in partnership with The Utah Investigative Journalism Project and The Salt Lake Tribune. Gabriel Blackhelm has lived near the Great Salt Lake his entire life. He spends much of his time at the lake enjoying a place he knows...

Driving Development: Two Utah lawmakers could profit due to West Davis Corridor they’ve championed
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Driving Development: Two Utah lawmakers could profit due to West Davis Corridor they’ve championed

The following story first appeared in The Salt Lake Tribune on May 8, 2017. It was researched and reported by The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with The Salt Lake Tribune.   The West Davis Corridor, a roughly 20-mile stretch of planned new freeway in northern Utah, has been around for more than a...

Death on the Job: Utah’s worker safety agency rejects ‘heavy-handed’ enforcement
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Death on the Job: Utah’s worker safety agency rejects ‘heavy-handed’ enforcement

The following story originally appeared in The Salt Lake Tribune, March 7, 2017. It was researched and reported by The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with The Salt Lake Tribune Hypoxia is a medical term for the condition of electrical failure in the brain’s cells from lack of oxygen. It’s a peril common to...

Utah lawmaker-lawyers have dual role: writing laws, fighting laws
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Utah lawmaker-lawyers have dual role: writing laws, fighting laws

This story originally appeared in The Salt Lake Tribune, February 13, 2017. It was written and reported by The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with the Salt Lake Tribune. Some Utah legislators write laws at the Capitol that they turn around and fight over in state courts. Like all of the state’s part-time lawmakers,...