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Business & Labor
2:14 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Salt Lake City and Downtown Alliance Survey Finds Mobile Pay App Virtually Unknown

Jason Mathis, Executive Director of Downtown Alliance in Salt Lake City explains parking survey results.
Credit Bob Nelson

Salt Lake City and the Downtown Alliance released their parking survey results to the public today with some surprising results. The city’s transportation director Robin Hutcheson says people parking downtown have seen big changes in the last year and a half.

“It was a lot for our public to take in and we’ve been working very diligently to listen, take the feedback…understand the changes we need to make going forward,” say Hutcheson.

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Science & Technology
4:21 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Aereo Brings Online Television to Utah

Utahns can now record and watch live television from their computers or mobile devices. Aereo Inc. launched its online television technology in the state this week. Utah is the fourth location the company has offered the service, after New York, Boston, and Atlanta.

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Business & Labor
4:08 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

U of U Continues to Benefit Financially From PAC-12 Move

The latest findings from an ongoing study by the University of Utah’s Center for Public Policy and Administration show that the U’s move to the PAC-12 conference continues to financially benefit the state and university.

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Environment & Public Lands
3:53 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Utah Settles With Feds on Road Access in Juab County

SUWA's map of RS 2477 road claims on public land in Utah.
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

The federal government has agreed to open up public access to three disputed roads in Juab County’s Deep Creek Mountains. With a judge’s approval, the state of Utah and Juab County can now claim ownership of Trout Creek, Deep Creek and Granite Canyon Roads, which had for years been off limits to motorists because they crossed federally protected lands. 

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Politics
11:52 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Dean Says Utahns Have Much in Common with Democratic Values

Courtesy of the Utah Democratic Party

This week, former Vermont Governor Howard Dean attended two rallies in Utah in an effort to get more voters to register as Democrats.  The former chairman of the Democratic National Committee says he’s not discouraged by the numbers: only 25% of voters in Utah cast ballots as Democrats.  KUER’s Terry Gildea sat down with Dean to talk about the challenges of cultivating Democrats in a red state and about his own political future.  

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Education
5:13 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Utah Ranks High for Low Student Debt

While the cost of obtaining a college degree in the United States continues to rise, Utah colleges and universities manage to keep college debt in check. NerdScholar, a website that helps college students make better decisions about higher education is calling Utah the 2nd best state in the nation for low student debt. 

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Environment & Public Lands
12:40 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Summit County Gets $500K for Emergency Watershed Protection

File photo of aerial seeding beginning soon on the Rockport Fire area. Summit County Public Works Director Kevin Callahan says residents have already been notified seeding efforts will be underway soon.
Credit Google images

As fire crews deal with the aftermath of the Rockport wildfire, $500,000 dollars in federal Emergency Watershed Protection has been approved and is available. Mudslides are a common problem following this kind of wildfire devastation. The Summit County Public Works Director, Kevin Callahan, is also the County’s Emergency Manager. He says he talked last week with officials from U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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-KUER News Pod
12:23 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday August 19, 2013

Former presidential candidate Howard Dean comes to Utah to motivate Democrats, the new Draper TRAX line opens, and wildfires continue to burn throughout the state.

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Politics
5:09 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Howard Dean Will Visit Utah Supporting Democrats

Former Vermont Governor and Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean

Former Vermont Governor and presidential hopeful Howard Dean will be in Utah today hoping to motivate Democrats more than a year ahead of midterm elections. KUER’s Terry Gildea reports.

Dean served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2005 to 2009. His visit to Utah on Monday isn’t under the official banner of the party, but he does hope to get grassroots volunteers excited about recruiting more Democratic voters in a state many believe to be held strongly by Republicans.

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Local Government
4:56 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Draper TRAX Extension Opens This Weekend

The Draper TRAX extension will begin operating this Sunday. Utah Transit Authority officials today joined Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Utah Governor Gary Herbert and other state and local officials today in Draper to celebrate.

Red and Blue smoke billowed above the train at the new Draper Town Center TRAX Station, signaling the completion of the Utah Transit Authority’s FrontLines 2015 rail program.

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Entertainment
12:41 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Dan Nailen: John Prine at Red Butte

John Prine
Ron Baker / Wikimedia Commons

  Every Friday, Dan Nailen looks at entertainment options all around Salt Lake, but he's discovering that his enthusiasm for some artists is not universally shared.

Dan Nailen reports on entertainment for KUER and blogs at slcene.com

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Business & Labor
12:31 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Utah Job Growth Outpaces the Nation

Call center at the Utah Department of Workforce Services
Dan Bammes

  Utah’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.6 percent in July, and the number of jobs was expanding at an annual rate of 3.5 percent.  That’s a strong employment picture compared to the rest of the country, but Jonathan Springmeyer with Bonneville Research says it’s not keeping pace with Utah’s population.

“While we are back to where we were before the recession, it doesn’t count all the people that have entered into the job market," Springmeyer tells KUER.  "Jobs are improving, but we’re still not keeping up with growth.”

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-KUER News Pod
12:14 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday August 16, 2013

Environmental Activist Erin Brokovich turns her sights towards a North Salt Lake medical waste incinerator, the city of Moab lobbies to bring in SkyWest Airlines, and members of Salt Lake City’s Greek Orthodox community plan a meeting to address problems that have motivated a suspension of church services.

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Business & Labor
5:46 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Moab Community Unanimously Supports Skywest Bid for Essential Air Service

Moab residents wait for a decision from the Chief of EAS in the Federal Office of Aviation Analysis
Credit File: Skywest Airlines

Moab residents are putting their support behind a bid by Skywest Airlines to establish regular flights between Salt Lake City and the popular south eastern Utah community. A recent presentation for Essential Air Service, or EAS, included the current contractor, Denver-based Great Lakes Aviation as well as Skywest and Boutique Air. Bill Groff is Chair of the Grand County Airport Board. He says the interest in making a change is high.

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Environment & Public Lands
4:39 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Erin Brockovich Takes on Stericycle’s North Salt Lake Incinerator

Environmental activist Erin Brockovich is turning her attention to North Salt Lake City. At the request of residents, Brockovich and her team have decided to conduct an independent investigation into air pollution violations by Stericycle and the company’s medical waste incinerator. Angry residents and activists are protesting in front of Stericycle Thursday evening demanding that Governor Gary Herbert shut it down.

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-KUER News Pod
1:21 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday August 15, 2013

The State responds to a challenge of Utah’s Amendment 3, the Salt Lake County Republican Party gets involved in an anti-Sim Gill Rally, and a group of economists looks at how much it will cost the state to take over federal public lands.

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Religion
1:18 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Meeting Planned to Resolve Greek Orthodox Dispute

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Salt Lake City
Wikimedia Commons

  Members of Salt Lake City’s Greek Orthodox parish plan a general meeting later this month, hoping to straighten out some of the issues that have led to a suspension of church services.

The Greek Orthodox hierarchy suspended services two weeks ago at the Holy Trinity cathedral in Salt Lake and Prophet Elias church in Holladay after the parish council imposed a pay cut for its three priests.

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Science & Technology
5:00 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Utah's Piece of the Webb Space Telescope Finished

Carbon fiber composite structure built for the James Webb Space Telescope at ATK Space Systems in West Valley City, Utah
Dan Bammes

  For the past 11 years, ATK Space Systems has been working on its contribution to an advanced space telescope system.  Its carbon fiber composite structure is shipping out next week for further testing – and it’ll eventually wind up a million miles out in space. 

The James Webb Space Telescope is meant to replace the venerable Hubble Space Telescope as the most advanced astronomical system available to science.

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Politics
5:57 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Protestors Clash at Anti-Sim Gill Rally Advertised by Salt Lake County GOP

A group of about 50 people rally against Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill
Brian Grimmett

About 50 people showed up outside the Salt Lake City and County building this afternoon in protest of District attorney Sim Gill, but the demonstrators weren’t without opposition.

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LGBT Rights
5:55 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Utah Has Right to Regulate Marriage says Attorney General

The Utah Attorney General’s office responded to a complaint this week challenging Amendment Three in the state’s constitution that defines marriage as union between a man and a woman.  

Three couples filed the Utah complaint in federal court just before the U-S Supreme Court  heard oral arguments on the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8. Utah Attorney General John Swallow and his office responded with an answer to the complaint this week.  Swallow says that the Supreme Court’s ruling on DOMA reinforces state’s rights to define marriage.

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Health Care
4:24 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Regence BlueCross BlueShield Drops Out of Utah Exchange

One of Utah’s largest health insurance companies, Regence BlueCross BlueShield, will no longer be selling its plans on Avenue H, the state’s exchange for small businesses.

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Education
2:36 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

U's Board of Trustees Steps Up Sidewalk Safety with New Riding Rules

New sidewalks near the Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building on the University of Utah Campus are a favorite of local skateboarders.
Credit Bob Nelson

Rules that target unsafe use of human-powered vehicles at the University of Utah have been approved by the U’s Board of Trustees following months of debate. Sidewalks and bike lanes are now the only places to ride on campus and speeds are limited to 10 miles per hour. Skaters or riders who break the rules get a probationary warning that lasts for two years.

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-KUER News Pod
1:03 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday August 14, 2013

Ogden School District tries to calm concerns about how they’re managing the district, robotic legs have arrived in Utah that could help paralyzed patients walk, and we share the results of the statewide primary elections.

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Public Safety
5:10 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Rockport Fire Burns Homes, Forces Evacuations

Summit County

*Updated at 11:00 a.m. 8/16/13

Summit County officials have removed the evacuation orders for the communities of Bridge Hollow and Promontory. Evacuation orders are still in effect for the communites of Rockport Estates and Rockport Ranches. Officials say those evacuations will remain at least through Monday.

Fire officials released an updated count of the number of homes destroyed, decreasing the original number of 14 to eight. It has also claimed several cars, boats and ATVs near the Rockport State Park. 

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Health Care
4:55 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Robotic Legs Come to Utah

Andrea Smardon

A University of Utah Rehabilitation Center now has the ability to help paralyzed patients walk again.  A clinic in Sugar House is the first in the Intermountain West to obtain a robotic exoskeleton known as ReWalk.

He’s not exactly Iron Man, but when you see Stephen Wilson moving around in a ReWalk exoskeleton, it does feel like you’re watching something out of a sci-fi movie.  

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Education
4:54 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Local Democrats Meet with Ogden District Superintendent

http://www.hces.ogden.k12.ut.us/

Ogden School District Superintendent Brad Smith met with a group of Weber County Democrats this morning who are concerned about how education officials are managing the district. 

Back in June the Weber County Democratic Education Caucus requested information from the school district on testing data, teacher attrition and copies of the budget. 

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KUER Local News
2:32 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

World Class Beach Volleyball Coming to Salt Lake City

Crews dump more than 1,800 tons of tournament quality sand for renovation of courts at Liberty Park
Brian Grimmett

The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball tour is coming to Salt Lake City this weekend for the first time. Participants kicked off the events today by joining forces with a local asphalt and paving company to donate more than 1,800 tons of tournament quality sand to refurbish existing courts at Liberty Park.

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Politics
5:56 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Long List of West Valley City Mayoral Candidates Set for Primary Election Tuesday

Credit Bob Nelson

Seven candidates for Mayor of West Valley City are now running campaigns. That long list may be a good sign the city is set to put an equa lly long list of struggles behind it. From where I’m standing near the new Fairbourne TRAX station in West Valley City, on the water stairs in the park next to the TRAX station, facing east I see the newly restored Valley Fair Mall bustling with shoppers, right in front of me the City Offices and the beautiful new Embassy Suites Hotel is to my left just beyond the TRAX line.

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5:13 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Watch New KUHU Tower Rise Into the Air

Click on the image to watch our new tower in South East Utah rise from the ground.
Credit Lewis Downey

Click to enlarge the picture to the right to watch an animated gif of KUHU's new tower rise into the air.

Be sure to check out our other story that shows the pouring of the concrete foundation.

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Politics
4:12 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Salt Lake County GOP Chairman Ready for a New Salt Lake County District Attorney

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill
Salt Lake County

Last week Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill determined that two West Valley City detectives were not justified in their shooting of an unarmed woman. In response, the County’s GOP Chairman Chad Bennion offered some harsh criticism of Gill that isn’t sitting well with some.

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