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-KUER News Pod
10:40 am
Wed May 22, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday May 22, 2013

The Salt Lake City School Board considers a tax increase, the Federal Government will now manage Utah’s high-risk health pool, and Utah’s congressional delegation feels confident about the future of Hill Air Force Base.

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Politics
9:51 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Utah Congressional Delegation Confident About Future of Hill Air Force Base

An F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, marked AA-1, lands Oct. 23 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The F-35 Integrated Test Force staff concluded an air-start test. On the side of the fuselage, the flags of the countries that financed the F-35's development, in d
U.S. Air Force

Correction: In an earlier version we made the mistake of saying civilian contractors will be furloughed. That is not the case. Civilian federal employees will be furloughed.

The majority of Utah’s congressional delegation met with the U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff today to discuss key issues surrounding the future of Hill Air Force Base.

Rep. Rob Bishop, R-UT, says he feels good about the long-term viability of Hill Air Force Base after meeting with U.S Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh.

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Education
12:12 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Salt Lake City School District Weighs Tax Hike

The Salt Lake City School Board discussed the possibility of a property tax increase last night. District officials say a 3.47 percent increase is needed to sustain current programs and provide a salary increase for teachers. 

The property tax increase amounts to an additional $12.65 a year for a taxpayer who owns a $100,000 home. 

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Health Care
4:54 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Federal Government will Manage Utah’s High-Risk Health Insurance Pool

Many Utahns with preexisting medical conditions will see their health insurance shifted from state to federal oversight in July. After federal funding ran short for the “high-risk” insurance pool, state officials have refused to take on any additional costs. And federal health officials have refused to allow Select Health, the insurer that administers the program for Utah, to take responsibility. 

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Politics
3:59 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

City Unveils Plan Salt Lake Envisioning Effort

Historic Salt Lake City and County in Downtown Salt Lake City
Credit Brian Grimmett

For the first time since the 1980’s, the Salt Lake City Planning Division is renewing its effort to create a master plan for the city’s future development. The public comment period for Plan Salt Lake began last fall and today the official kick-off of the campaign took place at Salt Lake City and County Building. Planning Division Director Wilf Sommerkorn says businesses and residents are an important part of this over-arching program.

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-KUER News Pod
10:55 am
Tue May 21, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday May 21, 2013

West Valley City police close their investigation into the disappearance of Susan Cox Powell, Utah’s suburban poverty rates are on the rise, and the group Mormon Building Bridges plans for a bigger presence in this year’s pride parade.

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Public Safety
11:21 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Police Call Off Search for Susan Cox Powell

West Valley City Deputy Police Chief Mike Powell addressing the media.

West Valley City Police are closing the investigation into Susan Cox Powell’s disappearance, but authorities say they will continue to pursue any credible leads should they arise. Susan Powell was last seen at her West Valley City home in December 2009. 

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Business & Labor
3:15 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Suburban Poverty More than Doubles in Utah’s Major Metro Areas

Poverty in US suburbs is on the rise, but especially in Utah. A new book released Monday shows that the number of people living in suburbs below the federal poverty line has more than doubled in three major metropolitan areas in Utah over an 11-year span. In fact, the Salt Lake City area ranked number 3 in the nation for fastest growth in suburban poverty. 

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Religion
2:23 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

LDS Groups Plan Bigger Role in Utah Pride Parade

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker addresses Mormons Building Bridges supporters in the 2012 Utah Pride Parade
Utah Pride Center

  Mormons marching in their Sunday best were a big part of last year’s Utah Pride Parade in Salt Lake City.  This year, even more could turn out to support the LGBT community.

The group Mormons Building Bridges will be joined by the group Mormons for Equality.  In all, Corey Howard with Mormons Building Bridges expects as many as five hundred marchers.

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-KUER News Pod
10:51 am
Mon May 20, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday May 20, 2013

At the annual state GOP convention, delegates vote to keep the current nominating system, the party elects a new chair, and Mia Love officially declares she’s ready for a rematch with Congressman Jim Matheson.

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Politics
7:00 pm
Sat May 18, 2013

Mia Love Officially Running for Utah's 4th Congressional District Again

Mia Love at the 2013 Utah Republican Convention
Andrea Smardon

Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love officially declared Saturday that she will run again for the congressional seat occupied by Democrat Jim Matheson. Love's announcement came during a speech to several thousand delegates at the Utah Republican Party's annual organizing convention.

“You and I have some unfinished business with Jim Matheson. So combining my confidence in you delegates, with the inspiration you’ve given back to me, we are stronger than ever, and I am certain, we will win,” said Love to applause.

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Politics
6:53 pm
Sat May 18, 2013

Thomas Wright Ends His Tenure as Utah GOP Chairman

Outgoing Utah GOP Chairman Thomas Wright presides at the party's organizing convention.
Andrea Smardon

Utah GOP Chairman Thomas Wright gave his final address to Republicans as their state leader on Saturday. Wright called on his fellow party members to be more inclusive.  

Thomas Wright announced earlier this year that he would not run for re-election as the state Republican Party leader.  At Saturday’s organizing convention, he called on Utah Republicans not to push away groups that may not traditionally embrace conservative values.

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Politics
6:49 pm
Sat May 18, 2013

Utah Republicans Decide to Keep Party Nomination Process

Republican delegates line up to speak about the party nomination process.
Andrea Smardon

Utah Republicans decided at their convention on Saturday to keep their system in place for choosing party nominees. A proposal to raise the percentage of votes needed to avoid a primary sparked heated debate about how best to give lesser-known candidates a fair shot. 

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Politics
6:43 pm
Sat May 18, 2013

Utah GOP Elects James Evans Party Chairman

James Evans was elected Chairman of the Utah Republican Party on Saturday. He is the state GOP's first African-American leader.
Andrea Smardon

Utah Republicans elected former state legislator James Evans to lead the state GOP.  Evans is the first African-American to hold the post. 

Outside of politics, Evans is the owner of Checkline, a payday loan franchise. Going into the convention, he had support from Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser and other state lawmakers in his bid for party chairman. During his speech at the GOP organizing convention, Evans showcased his experience and his ability to successfully market GOP values.

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Education
4:40 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Governor Signs Student Safety Bills at Cyprus High

Governor Gary Herbert ceremonially signed a package of student safety bills this morning at Cyprus High School in Magna. He also spoke to students about preventing suicide among kids in Utah. 

The new laws are aimed at preventing youth suicide, bullying and teen traffic accidents caused by distracted driving. But the occasion was mostly focused on suicide, which according to the Utah Department of Health is the second leading cause of death among Utah youth and young adults.

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Business & Labor
4:22 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Utah Jobless Rate Drops to 4.7; Governor Declares Recession Over

Utah Department of Workforce Services

Unemployment in Utah dipped to 4.7 percent last month, the state’s lowest rate since November 2008. Utah also added more jobs, prompting Governor Gary Herbert to declare the recession over in the state. 

Utah’s job growth in April was 3.5 percent, more than double the national average. Over one year, 43,000 jobs have been added. Juliette Tennert is Chief Economist in the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget. 

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-KUER News Pod
12:35 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday May 17, 2013

The wife of LDS President Thomas Monson passes away, the University of Utah receives a grant to research child asthma, and some members of the Utah Republican party propose a change to the delegate system.

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Religion
11:17 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Frances Monson, Wife of LDS President, Passes Away

Thomas and Frances Monson on their wedding day in 1948
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  Frances Monson, the wife of President Thomas S. Monson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, passed away early this morning at the age of 85.

A news release from the church says Sister Monson never sought the spotlight, but President Monson said she was the practical partner in their 64-year marriage.  Speaking at the church’s General Conference in 2008, he recalled the moment when she woke up in the hospital after living in a coma for almost a month.

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Entertainment
10:13 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Dan Nailen: Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo
Wikimedia Commons

  Salt Lake City's Living Traditions Festival is this weekend and lots of other entertainment choices are available.  But Dan Nailen's excited about a band that's making a stop in Salt Lake.  He talks with KUER's Dan Bammes.

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

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Politics
5:47 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Survey Shows GOP Favor Changes to Delegate System

Some members of the Utah GOP Caucus favor changes to the delegate system that could increase the number of primary elections in the state, according to a recent survey. This weekend at the state Republican convention delegates will consider the proposed changes including an increase in the vote threshold candidates must obtain to avoid a primary.

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Health Care
4:33 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

U Child Asthma Research Relies on Parents to Track Symptoms

The University of Utah has received a 1.9 million dollar research grant to study asthma in children and how better monitoring of the disease could improve health.  The award comes from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. 

Flory Nkoy is Research Director for the Inpatient Division at Primary Children’s Medical Center, and is leading the study which will involve 10 Utah health clinics and hundreds of local families. Nkoy says this project puts parents in the driver’s seat, so they can control their child’s asthma symptoms rather than the other way around.

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Politics
3:29 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Salt Lake County District Attorney Investigating Attorney General's Office

File: Utah Attorney General John Swallow

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill has confirmed that he and Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings are looking into whether or not the Utah Attorney General’s office has violated any state laws.

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-KUER News Pod
11:27 am
Thu May 16, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday May 16, 2013

Utah lawmakers look into ways to encourage people to buy long-term care insurance, a state Senator suggests that the Attorney General become an appointed position, and the Utah Republican Party considers pushing for the elimination of the Common Core academic standards.

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Education
5:13 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Ed Officials Respond to Anti-Common Core Resolution

Utah State Office of Education

Delegates to the Utah Republican Party Convention will consider a resolution this weekend calling for the state's withdrawal from the Common Core academic standards. The resolution comes on the heels of the Republican National Committee’s decision to take a stand against the initiative as well. But education officials say the statements within the resolution are “less-than-accurate”.

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Politics
4:30 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Utah Legislative Committee Discusses Appointing Attorney General

File: Utah State Capitol
Brian Grimmett

The State Government Operations Interim committee discussed today the possibility of making Utah’s Attorney General an appointed position rather than an elected one.

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Health Care
4:24 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Utah Lawmakers Consider Partnership to Encourage Long-Term Care Insurance

Utah lawmakers are considering a bill that would encourage citizens to buy private long-term care insurance. More than 35 states already have this type of public-private partnership.   

Utah insurance broker Craig Oberle told the state Health and Human Services committee that people don’t like to think about long term care, and how much it might cost.

“We all know the baby boom generation and what’s happening, it’s an absolute tsunami that’s coming,” Oberle said.

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Environment & Public Lands
1:51 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Panel Urges Herbert to Reconsider Snake Valley Deal

The Snake Valley near Partoun, Utah
Dan Bammes

A legislative commission is asking Utah’s governor to take another look at an agreement with Nevada over water rights in the Snake Valley.  Federal law required the states of Utah and Nevada to work out an agreement before the Southern Nevada Water Authority could pump groundwater from the Snake Valley to Las Vegas.  The deal was worked out more than three years ago, but Governor Gary Herbert decided just last month he wouldn’t sign it based on opposition from residents living in the area.  

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-KUER News Pod
12:50 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday May 15, 2013

The West Valley City mayoral race heats up, Utah’s business mergers and acquisitions reach an all time high, and the Utah House considers its options on how to deal with the allegations surrounding the Attorney General.

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Education
1:35 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Utah Charter School Nurtures Entrepreneurial Spirit

Eighth-grader Kymira Jackson works at Highmark Charter School's store, where students buy little treats with money earned by turning in homework on time and performing chores.
Whittney Evans KUER

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 5:27 am

A new charter school in Utah wants to equip students in kindergarten through ninth grade with a solid foundation in business.

Students' daily lessons are peppered with concepts like sales and marketing, finance and entrepreneurship, says first-grade teacher Tammy Hill. "And that plays into leadership and improved math skills. And finance plays into every part of their lives."

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Business & Labor
4:53 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Utah’s Business Deals Topped $11B in 2012

Todd Pedersen will stay on as CEO of Vivint which was sold to Blackstone for more than 2 billion dollars.

Utah’s business mergers and acquisitions reached an all-time high last year. That’s according to a report from the MountainWest Capitol Network to be released on Thursday this week. 

The 2012 Deal Flow Report shows that there were 292 deals, topping 11 billion dollars.  Of those, 110 were mergers and acquisitions of Utah companies. Devin Thorpe is President of the MountainWest Capitol Network, and he says 2012 deals increased more than 60% over the year before.

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