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1:46 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Greek Orthodox Churches Resume Services

Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, Holladay, UT
Dan Bammes

The priests at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Salt Lake and Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church will begin conducting services again, starting tomorrow.  They're responding to a resolution passed by parish members last Sunday reinstating their regular salaries.  The Greek Orthodox Metropolitan in Denver has approved the church's return to liturgical services.  The parish will hold services on the Feast of St. John the Baptist tomorrow, and regular services will be held on Sunday.

Politics
11:37 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Salt Lake City Councilman Charlie Luke Launches Inquiry into Death of Carriage Horse

Collapse of Carriage for Hire horse in downtown Salt Lake City sparked an inquiry into possibly changing ordinances related to horse-drawn carriages.
Credit File: Carriage for Hire website

Salt Lake City Councilman Charlie Luke is moving forward with what he says is a broad scoped inquiry into the death of Jerry the draft horse. The Carriage for Hire horse collapsed on a downtown street nearly a week and a half ago and several days later died. The owners didn't announce the death until Monday. Luke says he met with the owners and horses of the Carriage for Hire Tuesday. He says he’s looking at many factors related to the horse collapse including the specific incident itself and even best practices around the country.

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Politics
10:46 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Tibetan Prime Minister Visits Salt Lake City

Tibetan Prime Minister Dr. Lobsang Sangay
Terry Gildea

Dr. Lobsang Sangay is the Prime Minister of Tibet, but he oversees his country from India as an exile while China continues its Tibetan occupation.  He landed in Salt Lake City on Tuesday and spoke at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law.  In the evening the Utah Tibetan Association and Zions Bank hosted a reception for him in downtown Salt Lake.  KUER’s Terry Gildea caught up with Dr. Sangay at the Grand America Hotel to ask him about his role as an exiled leader and about his relationship with Utah’s Tibetan Community.  

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Public Safety
9:33 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

West Valley City Selects Kentucky Chief to Lead Police Department

West Valley City officials announced Tuesday; they’ve hired a police chief out of Kentucky to lead the city’s embattled police department.  Lee Russo, former Chief of the Covington Kentucky Police Department will replace retired West Valley City Police Chief Buzz Nielson.

West Valley City Manager Wayne Pyle says Chief Russo brings a great deal of wisdom to the West Valley City police department.

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Environment & Public Lands
5:08 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Gov. Herbert Resists Oil Leasing in Book Cliffs

The Book Cliffs of eastern Utah
Wikimedia Commons

  Utah Governor Gary Herbert is asking Utah’s state lands agency not to lease about 20-thousand acres in the Book Cliffs for oil and gas drilling.  Sportsmen and environmental groups have said the area near Bogart Canyon needs to be protected as wildlife habitat. 

The governor told reporters at the state capitol Thursday afternoon the State Institutional Trust Lands Administration, or SITLA, has done a good job getting money out of Utah’s state lands, but in this case, it needs to look at a long-term strategy that could bring in even more in the long run.

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Science & Technology
4:55 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Google Fiber to Offer 25 Provo Nonprofits Free Gigabit Internet

Google Fiber and the city of Provo are looking for 25 nonprofit organizations to join Google Fiber’s Community Connection Program. The program offers Google Fiber’s one gigabit per second internet service for free.

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-KUER News Pod
2:06 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday August 27, 2013

Candidates vie to fill the open Salt Lake City Council seat left by Carlton Christensen’s retirement, a state legislator proposes to eliminate the Utah personal tax exemption in an effort to raise money for schools, and members of Salt Lake City’s Greek Orthodox parish pass a resolution that could result in the return of regular church services.

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Local Government
2:00 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Pedestrian Safety, Economic Development, Issues in Salt Lake City's District 1 Race

Riverside Park
Salt Lake City

Residents of council District 1 in Salt Lake City are gearing up to choose a new person to represent them. Sixteen-year incumbent Carlton Christensen is retiring this year. 

It’s a Saturday morning in Rose Park, a neighborhood in Salt Lake City’s 1st district. Soccer players are in the middle of a game at Riverside Park. People are walking their dogs along the Jordan River Trail.

Blake Perez comes here often. He chairs the Rose Park Community Council. I asked him what will be on voter’s minds this November when they go to the polls.

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Environment & Public Lands
12:04 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

DAQ to Release Draft Air Plan September 11th

Winter inversion day
Erik Crossman - University of Utah

  The state of Utah missed a deadline last December for submitting a plan to federal authorities to reduce air pollution on the Wasatch Front.  But the public will get a look at a new draft plan in a couple of weeks.

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Education
4:52 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Proposal to Eliminate Personal Tax Exemptions Could Net Utah Schools $400 Million

Democratic State Senator Pat Jones is working on legislation that would eliminate the Utah personal tax exemption given to those who claim someone in their home as a dependent.

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Religion
2:55 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Greek Orthodox Parish Meets to Resolve Conflict

Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, Holladay, UT
Dan Bammes

  The gymnasium at Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox church in Holladay was packed with hundreds of parish members on Sunday.  The general meeting was called to try and resolve the conflict that has kept the parish priests from holding regular services for most of the past month. 

The Greek Orthodox hierarchy suspended most services after the parish council proposed a 40-percent pay cut for the priests.  Phil Floor, a church member who was at the meeting, says members showed a new willingness to step up their contributions to get the church out of its current financial troubles.

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-KUER News Pod
1:57 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday August 26, 2013

The owner of the horse that collapsed in downtown Salt Lake City gives a picture of different healthy horse to the media, several Mormon authors back a gay writer in his dispute with a Utah publisher, and members of Salt Lake City’s Greek Orthodox parish meet to resolve a dispute over their priests’ salaries.

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Business & Labor
11:42 am
Mon August 26, 2013

BYU Study Shows That Wearing High Heels Could Save You Money When Shopping

New BYU research shows that shoppers who wear high heels think differently when they shop
BYU

The next time you go shopping for a big ticket item you might want put on your best pair of four inch heels. At least that's what BYU professors Jeffrey Larson and Darron Billeter recommend in their newly released study.

Larson and Billeter find that when a shopper, whether online or in person, has to think about balance they are more likely to weigh their options and go with a product in the middle of the price range.

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Education
4:37 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Utah Schools Graded Twice This Year With New System

Utah State Office of Education

Next month, schools in Utah will get two sets of report cards outlining their performance for the last year. One report is based on Utah’s Comprehensive Accountability System or UCAS, which is a grading method the State Office of Education is already using. The other system, state lawmakers approved during the 2013 legislative session.

With the new system, schools are given a letter grade of A through F to indicate their overall performance for the last school year. With UCAS, each school is graded on a 600 point scale.

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Science & Technology
4:06 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

U Investigates Alleged Fraud in Chemical Engineering Department

Nano Letters, Article ASAP (DOI: 10.1021/nl400959z). Copyright 2013 American Chemical Society.

The University of Utah is investigating whether chemical engineering researchers altered images in an academic paper. The journal Nano Letters withdrew the paper on August 15th due to concerns over the integrity of the data.

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Education
2:12 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

University of Utah Breaks Ground on New School of Dentistry on Wakara Way

Future Ray and Tye Noorda Oral Health Building perspective from Wakara Way.
Credit File: University of Utah Health Sciences

The University of Utah’s new School of Dentistry broke ground on the 36 point four million dollar Ray and Tye Noorda Oral Health Building Friday. The University’s senior vice president for health sciences Dr. Vivian Lee says the new school is expected to become a top 10 institution in the nation in reputation and research.

”It is the first new academic school of dentistry in over 25 years,” says Dr. Lee.

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Support KUER
2:05 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

More Animated GIF's From The New KUHU Tower Build

Credit Lewis Downey

The new tower will be bigger, better, and stronger than the tower we previously used in the area which will ultimately lead to much better long-term reliability of our signal in Southeast Utah.

Click on the image to see the animation.

-KUER News Pod
1:51 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday August 23, 2013

The state releases new information about the federally run online health insurance marketplace, Governor Herbert says he’s in no rush to make a decision on Medicaid expansion, and overnight storms cause flooding in Alpine.

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Entertainment
7:49 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Dan Nailen: Granary Row Bacon Fest and OFOAM Roots and Blues Fest

Bettye Lavette is featured at the Ogden Friends of Acoustic Music Roots and Blues Festival this weekend.
Credit File

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

This is an edited version of the original story to correct the statement that Bill Kirchen of Commander Cody wrote Hotrod Lincoln. He was the guitarist on many recordings of the song but did not write the hit. The song was written by Charlie Ryan and W. S. Stevenson.

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Health Care
5:40 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

99 Plans Offered on Federal Health Insurance Marketplace in Utah

Some information was released Thursday about how the Affordable Care Act will impact Utah consumers. Utahns shopping for health insurance on the new federal online marketplace will have 99 plan choices. The state insurance department provided an estimate for what these options will cost Utah consumers. They also compared prices to the state’s exchange for small businesses known as Avenue H.  

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Health Care
4:15 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Herbert to Decide on Medicaid Expansion in 2014

Utah Governor Gary Herbert

Utah Governor Gary Herbert says he’ll likely make a decision on whether to expand Medicaid in the state by early next year. Utah is among a handful of states facing the decision as the Affordable Health Act rolls out this fall.  But the Governor told reporters at his monthly KUED news conference, he’s not in a hurry. 

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Environment & Public Lands
12:31 am
Thu August 22, 2013

BLM Puts San Rafael Swell Areas Up For Auction

The federal Bureau of Land Management intends to lease nearly one hundred forty thousand acres in and around the San Rafael Swell in eastern Utah for oil and gas drilling. Many conservationist groups are angry about the lease auction, which is set to take place in November. 

The BLM itself has deemed much of the land to have wilderness and recreational value, but BLM Spokesperson Megan Crandall says that they decide whether to manage lands for wilderness uses or for other uses, like development.

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Politics
4:40 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Utah GOP Chairman Deflects Attention Away from County Leader's Inflammatory Comments

Utah GOP Chairman James Evans
Brian Grimmett

Utah Republican Party chairman James Evans addressed the media today about inflammatory comments made by Salt Lake County GOP Chairman Chad Bennion. Evans’ comments come more than a week after Bennion first said that District Attorney Sim Gill might be a cop hater and then helped promote a rally aimed against him.

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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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