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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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-KUER News Pod
12:35 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday August 12, 2013

KUER’s Whittney Evans talks to several outgoing Salt Lake City Council members about where they see the city going, Dan Bammes explores the unusually heated municipal races in the town of Mt. Pleasant, and Governor Herbert calls on the Utah National Guard to help fight several wildfires in the state.

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Politics
5:00 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Mt. Pleasant Election Sees a Crowd of Candidates

Candidates speak at a town forum in Mt. Pleasant, Utah July 31, 2013
Dan Bammes

  Cities and towns across Utah, from Big Water to Smithfield, are holding primary elections August 13th, narrowing the field of candidates for mayor and city council positions.  There’s one town in Sanpete County where the mayoral primary has drawn intense interest this year.  

About a hundred people gathered in the Wasatch Academy gymnasium in Mount Pleasant for a ‘Meet the Candidates’ night on July 31st.  It was another indication of the intense interest in this year’s municipal election – something this town of 28-hundred hasn’t always shown in the past.

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Local Government
8:57 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

Outgoing SLC Council Members Talk District Issues

District 7 Councilman Soren Simonsen

Several Salt Lake City Council seats are up for grabs this year and three council members are retiring. Primary election day is this Tuesday. 

Councilman Carlton Christensen has represented much of Salt Lake City’s northwest quadrant for 16 years. District one includes areas like Rose Park, Jordan Meadows and the Salt Lake International airport. Six candidates are vying for Christensen’s seat. That’s more than any other district.

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Entertainment
1:44 pm
Sat August 10, 2013

Dan Nailen: Craft Lake City

  Dan Nailen talks about Salt Lake City's annual Do-It-Yourself festival among the week's entertainment offerings.

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

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Politics
5:36 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Governor Herbert Appoints New State Planning Coordinator

New State Planning Coordinator Alan Matheson
Credit File: Office of Governor Gary Herbert

Governor Gary Herbert’s Senior Environmental Advisor, Alan Matheson, is adding the duties of the State Planning Coordinator to his job in the governor’s office.  The governor’s communications deputy Ally Isom says demand for Matheson’s experience in balanced resource management will be important in his added role.

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Politics
4:54 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

House chooses Special Counsel for Investigation of John Swallow

File: Utah Attorney General John Swallow
Brian Grimmett

The House Special Investigative Committee is naming Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as the outside counsel they’ll use in their investigation of Utah Attorney General John Swallow.

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Entertainment
3:49 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Salt Lake County Library Now Offering Digital Movies

Hoopla movie selection screenshot
Hoopla Digital

The Salt Lake County Library is now offering free online and mobile access to videos, music and audiobooks.  All you need is a library card to log in.

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Education
3:23 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Teachers Train For New STEM Technologies

Teachers Allison Duncan and Neiko Gilgen

A group of school teachers in Utah are testing out some new math software today that they’ll be using in the classroom this year. It’s part of a new pilot program state lawmakers set in motion aimed at helping students master topics in science, technology, engineering and math or STEM. 

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-KUER News Pod
11:45 am
Fri August 9, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday August 9, 2013

The Salt Lake County District Attorney rules the police shooting of Danielle Willard was not justified, The University of Utah partners with TruClinic to bring online healthcare to patients, and Salt Lake City’s Greek Orthodox churches suspend religious services.

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Health Care
4:50 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

U Partners with TruClinic to Bring Online Healthcare to Patients

Justin Kahn of Salt Lake City is CEO and founder of TruClinic.

Officials with University of Utah Health Care announced Thursday that they’re partnering with TruClinic to bring online healthcare to patients in their homes.

University of Utah alum Justin Kahn is the CEO and founder of TruClinic based in Salt Lake City. Kahn thinks of himself as a social entrepreneur, driven by his mission.

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Religion
1:54 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Services Suspended at Salt Lake's Greek Orthodox Churches

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Salt Lake City
Wikimedia Commons

  There will be no religious services at Salt Lake City’s two Greek Orthodox churches until a dispute between parish members and the church hierarchy can be worked out.  Prophet Elias church in Holladay and the Holy Trinity cathedral in downtown Salt Lake are both part of the same parish.  Lay leaders looking at a budget shortfall informed the parish’s three priests last week that their salaries would be cut by 40-percent.  Metropolitan Isaiah, the regional leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in Denver, responded by saying t

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Public Safety
1:03 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

West Valley City Police Officers Not Justified in Shooting Death of Danielle Willard

Danielle Willard
Justice for Danielle Willard Facebook Page

After a nine month long investigation Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill announced today that the officer involved shooting of Danielle Willard was not legally justified.

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-KUER News Pod
12:40 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday August 8, 2013

Frustration rises for neighbors of a medical waste incinerator in North Salt Lake, Jordan School district asks for a $495 million dollar bond, and the Utah Public Service Commission is trying to find ways to improve air quality.

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Environment & Public Lands
4:58 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Energy Groups Call on Policymakers to Promote Electric Vehicles

Utah Clean Energy

Utah’s Public Service Commission is meeting at the Capitol this week to discuss options for improving air quality along the Wasatch Front through the use of alternative-energy vehicles.

Earlier this year, the state Legislature tasked the Public Service Commission to investigate how alternative-energy vehicles can improve air quality along the Wasatch Front. Kevin Emerson of Utah Clean Energy was at the first of this week’s hearings. He says electric vehicles are the best way to reduce emissions.

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Education
4:47 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Jordan School District Asking for $495 Million Bond

Copper Canyon Elementary
Jordan School District

Jordan School District is bursting at the seams. Schools there are growing at the rate of nearly two elementary schools a year. They’re growing so fast, that the Jordan School Board voted unanimously Tuesday for a bond measure that will make way for the construction of 11 new schools. 

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Environment & Public Lands
3:40 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Frustrated Neighbors Step up Pressure on Stericycle's Medical Waste Incinerator

Stericycle's incinerator is visible from a playground in the Foxboro neighborhood of North Salt Lake.
Andrea Smardon

Activist groups and North Salt Lake residents are planning another protest of Stericycle, a medical waste incinerator accused of violating pollution limits and falsifying emissions tests.  The event on August 15th is being planned after state regulators gave the company a second extension to decide if it will challenge the allegations against them.

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-KUER News Pod
11:32 am
Wed August 7, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday August 7, 2013

A controversial development near Big Cottonwood Canyon gets shot down by the Salt Lake County Council, the House Special Investigative Committee of Utah Attorney General John Swallow holds their first meeting, and Salt Lake County comes to an agreement with Valley Mental Health.

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Health Care
10:14 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Agreement Stops Salt Lake County Mental Health Cuts for Now

Valley Mental Health CEO Gary Larcenaire and Board President Bruce Cummings talk with County Councilmember Randy Horiuchi at the Salt Lake County Government Center.
Andrea Smardon

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams says an agreement has been reached that will prevent more patients from being dropped from Valley Mental Health’s client rolls.

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Local Government
12:00 am
Wed August 7, 2013

County Denies Rezone for Tavaci Development

Developer Terry Diehl

The Salt Lake County council has denied the rezone application for a controversial development near the mouth of big Cottonwood Canyon. Council members cited building heights, canyon access and a general lack of support from the community and city leaders.

Speaking on behalf of Tavaci Developer Terry Diehl, Attorney Bruce Baird assured the council, if they approved the zoning application, his client would comply with any additional conditions the county might impose.  

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Education
5:36 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Clark Planetarium's "The Sky is Falling" Display Adds Pieces of Russian Meteorite

Rock fragments from February 15th, 2013 asteroid event in Chelyabinsk, Russia.
Credit Bob Nelson

Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City now features three pieces of an asteroid that slammed into the earth’s atmosphere over Russia in February this year. Planetarium director Seth Jarvis says the event created a shock wave several times the power of the Hiroshima atomic bomb.

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Politics
3:31 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Special Investigative Committee of John Swallow Could Go Into Next Year

Rep. Jim Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville, conducts the first meeting of the House Special Investigative Committee
Brian Grimmett

The House Special Investigative committee of Utah Attorney General John Swallow held their first meeting today and received a general overview their new responsibilities.

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