Utah http://kuer.org en 2013 Utah Legislative Session Live Chat http://kuer.org/post/2013-utah-legislative-session-live-chat <p>Join KUER's team of reporters for a live chat from the Utah State Capitol as we track down the most important stories on the last day of the Utah State Legislature. Join in on the conversation and tell us what you think about this year's legislative session. Let us know what you think, be it &nbsp;the good, the bad, or the ugly.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 22:05:59 +0000 Brian Grimmett 26382 at http://kuer.org 2013 Utah Legislative Session Live Chat Web Special: Everything You Need to Know About Utah Gun Laws http://kuer.org/post/web-special-everything-you-need-know-about-utah-gun-laws <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the Utah Legislature considers several bills aimed at changing gun laws we decided to take a look at what the laws in Utah actually say right now and, as equally important, what they don’t.</span></p><p><strong>Who Can Own a Gun?</strong></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 16:48:26 +0000 Brian Grimmett 24103 at http://kuer.org Web Special: Everything You Need to Know About Utah Gun Laws Lawmakers Advance Gun Bills http://kuer.org/post/lawmakers-advance-gun-bills <p></p><p></p><p>State Lawmakers considered a handful of firearms bills in committees on Wednesday. About half of the measures reinforce the status quo or make guns more available to Utahns. One bill in particular was met with heated debate.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 06:37:18 +0000 Whittney Evans 25311 at http://kuer.org Lawmakers Advance Gun Bills Salt Lake City, Ogden Mayors Propose Air Quality Measures http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-city-ogden-mayors-propose-air-quality-measures <p>Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker joined Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell at the State capitol today in announcing their ideas on how government on both the local and state level can help improve air quality.</p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 23:21:52 +0000 Brian Grimmett 25058 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake City, Ogden Mayors Propose Air Quality Measures More Utah Highways Could See 80 MPH Speed Limits http://kuer.org/post/more-utah-highways-could-see-80-mph-speed-limits <p>The speed limit on several sections of Utah’s interstate highways could soon be increased to 80 miles per hour.</p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 23:40:53 +0000 Brian Grimmett 24377 at http://kuer.org More Utah Highways Could See 80 MPH Speed Limits Remote Mental Health Care a Possibility with New House Bill http://kuer.org/post/remote-mental-health-care-possibility-new-house-bill <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>The Utah House Health and Human Services Committee gave a favorable recommendation to a bill that would allow mental health and substance abuse counselors the ability to provide therapy remotely.</p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 00:33:37 +0000 Brian Grimmett 24267 at http://kuer.org Remote Mental Health Care a Possibility with New House Bill KUER News Pod: Thursday January 17, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-thursday-january-17-2013 <p>U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar steps down, the Utah Supreme Court puts a hold on the reunion of Terry Achane and his 2-year-old daughter, and Utah women continue to trail their male counterparts in college graduation rates.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F75346852&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 20:11:16 +0000 Brian Grimmett 23727 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Thursday January 17, 2013 U.S. Speedskating Coach Cleared of Abuse Allegations http://kuer.org/post/us-speedskating-coach-cleared-abuse-allegations <p>After five months, an investigation into the alleged abuse of <a href="http://www.usspeedskating.org/">U.S. Speedskating</a> team members has finally come to an end.</p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 23:29:13 +0000 Brian Grimmett 23580 at http://kuer.org U.S. Speedskating Coach Cleared of Abuse Allegations Utah Congressmen Push for More Energy Development in Utah, Environmental Groups Push Back http://kuer.org/post/utah-congressmen-push-more-energy-development-utah-environmental-groups-push-back <p>Members of Utah’s congressional delegation called for more energy development during a panel at the Governor’s Energy Development Summit. But the discussion wasn’t without some push back from local environmental advocacy groups.</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 23:39:38 +0000 Brian Grimmett 23439 at http://kuer.org Utah Congressmen Push for More Energy Development in Utah, Environmental Groups Push Back Should Every Home Have a Gun? A Small Utah Town Says Yes http://kuer.org/post/should-every-home-have-gun-small-utah-town-says-yes <p>Officials in Spring City, Utah are considering an ordinance that would encourage every homeowner to own a gun.</p><p>Spring City Councilman Neil Sorensen came up with the original idea that would have made owning a gun mandatory. But after discussion the city council quickly decided doing so would be too complicated, so they changed the language of the ordinance. Sorensen says he hopes the ordinance will make criminals think twice before attempting a home invasion.</p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 23:17:18 +0000 Brian Grimmett 23332 at http://kuer.org Should Every Home Have a Gun? A Small Utah Town Says Yes Governor Herbert Inaugurated to First Full Term http://kuer.org/post/governor-herbert-inaugurated-first-full-term <p>A performance by the <a href="http://www.onevoicechildren.com/">One Voice Children’s Choir</a> helped mark the inauguration of Gary Herbert to his first full term as Governor. The ceremony also included performances from the <a href="http://mormontabernaclechoir.org/">Mormon Tabernacle Choir</a>, and a 19 gun salute by the Utah National Guard. In his inaugural address Herbert refrained from making any strong political statements. Instead he urged everyone to keep pressing forward while praising the “can-do” attitude of state residents both past and present.</p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 22:24:30 +0000 Brian Grimmett 23278 at http://kuer.org Governor Herbert Inaugurated to First Full Term Miss Utah Promotes STEM Education http://kuer.org/post/miss-utah-promotes-stem-education <p><a href="http://www.facebook.com/missutah2012">Kara Arnold</a>, or as she is better known, <a href="http://www.missutahpageant.org">Miss Utah</a>, will head to Las Vegas next week to compete for a chance to become Miss America. But before she hits the bright lights of the Vegas Strip she spent the past year traveling across Utah to promote the importance of science education.</p> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 22:53:20 +0000 Brian Grimmett 22876 at http://kuer.org Miss Utah Promotes STEM Education KUER News Pod: Thursday December 27, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-thursday-december-27-2012 <p>The Salt Lake Tribune names its Utahns of the Year, Several Utah cities designate city parks as Christmas Tree drop off zones, and the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance moves forward with a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F72745447&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 18:43:51 +0000 Brian Grimmett 22856 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Thursday December 27, 2012 KUER News Pod: Thursday December 20, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-thursday-december-20-2012 <p>Gun transactions are rarely blocked in Utah due to mental illness, the child poverty rate in the state is on the rise, and speed kills on I-80. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 19:05:29 +0000 Brian Grimmett 22606 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Thursday December 20, 2012 Police Charge Kearns Boy Who Brought Gun to School http://kuer.org/post/police-charge-kearns-boy-who-brought-gun-school <p></p><p>The Granite school district police department has pressed charges against an 11-year-old Kearns boy who brought a gun to school yesterday. The charges include one count of possession of a firearm and three counts of aggravated assault. Granite school district spokesman Ben Horsley says the gun was found in the boys backpack after two of his fellow students reported it to their teacher. The boy insists that he brought the gun to school to protect himself from a Connecticut style school shooting. Horsley says while it’s a legitimate concern it’s never an appropriate action.</p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 19:41:51 +0000 Brian Grimmett 22501 at http://kuer.org Police Charge Kearns Boy Who Brought Gun to School GOP Welcomes Former Democratic State Representative to Their Ranks http://kuer.org/post/gop-welcomes-former-democratic-state-representative-their-ranks <p>The Utah Republican party is welcoming former Democratic state representative Christine Watkins with open arms after her recent decision to join the GOP. Watkins, who has served her district near Price for four years, was considered a conservative democrat in the legislature and often sided with Republicans on issues like energy development. Utah Republican Party Chairman Thomas Wright says those shared values are some of the reasons why Watkins decided to make the switch.</p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 22:09:06 +0000 Brian Grimmett 22194 at http://kuer.org GOP Welcomes Former Democratic State Representative to Their Ranks Utah Facing Tough New Air Quality Regulations http://kuer.org/post/utah-facing-tough-new-air-quality-regulations <p></p><p>The Utah Air Quality Board will meet tomorrow to look at a new set of state regulations aimed at cleaning up winter air pollution.&nbsp; The new rules would impose stricter standards in Cache County as well as the Wasatch Front. &nbsp;The new plan has to meet standards set by the U-S Environmental Protection Agency, with federal highway funding at risk if it fails.</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 16:08:13 +0000 Whittney Evans & Dan Bammes 21873 at http://kuer.org Utah Facing Tough New Air Quality Regulations Dan Nailen's Holiday Variety from Tiny Tim to Mega Death http://kuer.org/post/dan-nailens-holiday-variety-tiny-tim-mega-death <p>Count on Utah entertainers of all types to crank up the Christmas volume after Thanksgiving. Dan Nailen gives us the rundown for today and the coming weeks.</p><p><a href="http://www.kuer.org/post/pioneer-theatre-asks-audience-take-page-scrooge">Pioneer Theater Company's production with a twist.</a></p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 20:11:16 +0000 Bob Nelson & Dan Nailen 21752 at http://kuer.org Dan Nailen's Holiday Variety from Tiny Tim to Mega Death KUER News Pod: Tuesday November 27, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-tuesday-november-27-2012 <p>The University of Utah announces changes to their admission policy, the Utah Division of Air Quality cracks down on wood burning stoves, and the state officially certifies all election results.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F69062320&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 18:50:50 +0000 Brian Grimmett 21580 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Tuesday November 27, 2012 Park City Ski Resort's Dispute Over Lease Renewal Headed to Trial http://kuer.org/post/park-city-ski-resorts-dispute-over-lease-renewal-headed-trial <p>A Third District Court ruling has cleared the way for two Park City ski resorts to head to trial over a disputed land lease.&nbsp;Their ruling, released on Tuesday, says that Park City Mountain Resort did in fact fail to renew their lease of the land owned by Talisker Corporation before it expired on April 20, 2011. While the court also dismissed several of the other actions Park City Mountain Resort brought against Talisker, it left the door open for the case to be taken to trial. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 21:47:59 +0000 Brian Grimmett 21398 at http://kuer.org Park City Ski Resort's Dispute Over Lease Renewal Headed to Trial Final County Canvasses Show Matheson Narrowly Wins 4th Congressional District http://kuer.org/post/final-county-canvasses-show-matheson-narrowly-wins-4th-congressional-district <p>Official results from county canvasses released today show that Jim Matheson maintained his victory over Mia Love in the Utah 4th congressional district race.</p> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 00:31:11 +0000 Brian Grimmett 21359 at http://kuer.org Final County Canvasses Show Matheson Narrowly Wins 4th Congressional District KUER News Pod: Tuesday November 20, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-tuesday-november-20-2012 <p>Governor Herbert sends a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the “Tar Sands Monster” pays a visit to downtown Salt Lake City, and the Utah State Board of Regents OK’s a policy change that could increase college tuition for those who drag their feet.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F68179743&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 18:29:30 +0000 Brian Grimmett 21330 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Tuesday November 20, 2012 KUER News Pod: Monday November 19, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-monday-november-19-2012 <p>The U.S. Interior Department triggers a high-flow release at Glen Canyon Dam, Dixie State College continues its search for a new name, and the Utah Shakespeare Festival receives its largest cash donation ever.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F68044782&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 18:42:06 +0000 Brian Grimmett 21270 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Monday November 19, 2012 KUER News Pod: Thursday November 15, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-thursday-november-15-2012 <p>The state Legislature discusses a proposal to fix the state’s data security issues, the governor’s public lands policy coordinator says a lot more study needs to be done before taking over federal lands, and Salt Lake City conducts a community food assessment.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F67552219&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;color=98091a" width="100%"></iframe></p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 19:34:49 +0000 Brian Grimmett 21095 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Thursday November 15, 2012 Utah Legislature Looks for Ways to Fix State Data Security Issues http://kuer.org/post/utah-legislature-looks-ways-fix-state-data-security-issues <p>The state Health and Human Services interim committee unanimously supported draft legislation Wednesday aimed at fixing problems related to the state’s Medicaid data breach that left more than 800 thousand Utahn’s personal information vulnerable.</p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 17:20:06 +0000 Brian Grimmett 21085 at http://kuer.org Utah Legislature Looks for Ways to Fix State Data Security Issues KUER News Pod: Wednesday November 14, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-wednesday-november-14-2012 <p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 17:56:46 +0000 Brian Grimmett 21038 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Wednesday November 14, 2012 Utah On Track to End Chronic Homelessness http://kuer.org/post/utah-track-end-chronic-homelessness <p>The <a href="http://www.housing.utah.gov">Utah Housing and Community Development Division</a> says while they saw an overall increase in the number of people who experienced homelessness in 2012 their efforts to end chronic homelessness by 2014 is right on track. That number decreased by almost 10 percent last year and is down 72 percent since 2005. Housing and Community Services director Gordon Walker says while it’s a complicated problem, they’ve found success in providing permanent housing with limited restrictions.</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 23:07:52 +0000 Brian Grimmett 20812 at http://kuer.org Utah On Track to End Chronic Homelessness VA of Salt Lake City Dedicates New Homeless Center http://kuer.org/post/va-salt-lake-city-dedicates-new-homeless-center <p>Homeless Veterans in Salt Lake City now have a better chance to get into a warm place to live just as winter weather approaches. The VA Salt Lake City Health Care System along the Housing Authority of Salt Lake City dedicated the new 72 room Valor House today. The Director of the Utah Division of Housing and Community Development, Gordon Walker, says the state is very close to serving every veteran’s needs for transitional and permanent housing and on track to end homelessness in Utah with the 10-year plan. US Navy Veteran Dawn Hemphill is a former homeless drug addict. Thu, 08 Nov 2012 17:01:42 +0000 Bob Nelson 20778 at http://kuer.org KUER's Election 2012 Recap http://kuer.org/post/kuers-election-2012-recap <p><strong>Utah Governor</strong></p><p>Republican Gary Herbert secured his second term in office last night, breezing past Democrat Peter Cooke by more than 36,000 votes.</p><p>Just before 11 pm, General Peter Cooke arrived unexpectedly at GOP headquarters to congratulate Governor Gary Herbert on his win. Cooke said he tried calling the governor first but he didn’t pick up. Cooke later returned to the Democratic headquarters to concede, saying Utahns need to continue fighting for education.</p> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 18:08:20 +0000 Andrea Smardon, Terry Gildea, Whittney Evans & Brian Grimmett & Todd Patton 20407 at http://kuer.org KUER's Election 2012 Recap Utah Attorney General's Race Draws Two Very Different Candidates http://kuer.org/post/utah-attorney-generals-race-draws-two-very-different-candidates <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Next week voters will choose the next chief law enforcement officer for the state of Utah. The Attorney General is part criminal prosecutor – part political adviser and the two candidates vying for the job have very different ideas on how to do it right.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 15:50:31 +0000 Terry Gildea 20491 at http://kuer.org Utah Attorney General's Race Draws Two Very Different Candidates