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Alty News 6/12: Weather Channel Takes on Climate-Change Deniers; Republicans Block Clean Water Rule

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The Weather Channel uses a documentary series to confront climate-change deniers.

Top of the Alty World

"The Weather Channel Confronts Republicans on Climate Change"—Slate

Researchers raise alarm bells about potentially toxic residue left over from MRI drugs.—ProPublica

The hack of federal workers' personal data from the breached Office of Personnel Management has turned out to be far worse than originally reported.—Wired

Senate Republicans moved to block President Obama's clean-water rule.—High Country News

Top of Alty Utah

Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank has been ousted by the mayor as chief over the handling of a sexual-harassment claim involving a deputy police chief.—Utah Policy

One of Utah's first commercial drone companies is helping the industry to explore unmapped regulatory territory.—Salt Lake City Weekly

Salt Lake City's redevelopment agency is partnering again with Gateway-developer the Boyer Company for its new Station Center project.—SL City News

Utah Poverty News takes a look a Certified Nurse's Assistant who has worked with veterans for over a decade and now looks to have her disability benefits slashed by 20 percent because of congressional inaction.—Utah Poverty News


Mitt Romney hosted a slew of GO presidential hopefuls to a Park City retreat, and Utah Politico Hub raises the question of what it is exactly that these contenders have actually accomplished in their political careers?

Which begs the question, which one of these cats has actually done amazing things in their lives? I mean, no offense, but I’m not sure that shutting down a bridge, sinking an icon of American technology, or saying this: “If I’m president of the United States and you’re thinking about joining al-Qaeda or ISIL [Islamic State], I’m not gonna call a judge,” Graham said. “I’m gonna call a drone and we will kill you” qualifies you as amazing.—Utah Politico Hub

The Long View

Talking Points Memo looks at Utah's reputation as a hub for get-rich-quick multi-level marketing schemes.

To figure out how much the workers make, head back to the hall of mirrors. Tales of newly-minted millionaires circulate like cash, as do stories of people who’ve lost fatal amounts of it. Money is only part of why one joins, though: Here in Utah Valley, distributors preach a gospel of mind-body wellness, founded on healthy supplements and spiritual growth. These suburban towns nestled at the foot of the Rockies are the epicenter of a global industry worth $183 billion. Depending on who you ask, this industry is either a bastion of American innovation or a scam of epic proportions, the Giza of pyramid schemes. Meanwhile, facts that might help you decide which one it is—such as whether distributors earn or lose money, and how much—are difficult to pin down.—Talking Points Memo

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