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Five years ago, Ripple Desai opened the Tandoori Taqueria in her hometown of Panguitch, Utah, tapping into a growing tourist market. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Utah's 'Tandoori Taqueria' Brings Unexpected Indian Spice To Cowboy Country

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Located between Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks, the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument has become a big tourist draw since its designation in 1996. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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When Everybody Wants A Piece Of 'God's Country'

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Jamal Batar and his father, Aden, at StoryCorps in West Valley City, Utah, in March 2017. The Batar family fled the civil war in Somalia for the United States in 1994. Mia Warren/StoryCorps hide caption

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'We Are Americans': Somali Refugee Family Reflects On Making A Life In The U.S.

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Republican lawmaker Allen Christensen is pushing a bill in the Utah Senate that would shrink the Medicaid expansion his state's voters approved. "They are not obligated to balance the budget," he argues. "We are." Cory Dinter/KUER hide caption

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Utah Voters Approved Medicaid Expansion, But State Lawmakers Are Balking

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"Most of us are ecstatic" about Medicaid expansion in Utah, said Grant Burningham, of Bountiful. "We were all together and hugging and kissing last night." Kim Raff for NPR hide caption

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A Winning Idea: Medicaid Expansion Prevails In Idaho, Nebraska And Utah

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Michigan has become the first state in the Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana, after voters approved a ballot measure Tuesday. Here, a clerk reaches for a container of marijuana buds at Utopia Gardens, a medical marijuana dispensary in Detroit. Carlos Osorio/AP hide caption

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A Utah Town Remembers Its Mayor, Killed In Action In Afghanistan

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Grant Burningham, who lives in Bountiful, Utah, worked to get a referendum on Medicaid expansion on the Utah ballot in November. Kim Raff for NPR hide caption

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Voters In 4 States Set To Decide On Medicaid Expansion

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Utah Republican Rep. Mia Love and her Democratic challenger, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, shake hands during a debate on Monday in Sandy, Utah. Scott G Winterton/AP hide caption

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The Peregrine Fund recently released four California condors over high cliffs in Northern Arizona. In 1982, there were only 22 of these giant birds left in the wild. George Andrejko/Courtesy, Arizona Game and Fish Department hide caption

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The Flight Of The Condors, And Their Audience

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Hell's Backbone Grill is located in Boulder, Utah, about 250 miles south of Salt Lake City. The restaurant's owners are fighting Trump's plans to slash the size of nearby Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by more than half. Ace Kvale hide caption

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Progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrates with supporters at a victory party in the Bronx after upsetting incumbent Democratic Rep. Joseph Crowley on Tuesday night. Scott Heins/Getty Images hide caption

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