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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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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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Environment & Public Lands
10:33 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Wildflowers Proposed for Endangered Species List

The White River penstemon (Penstemon scariousus var. albifluvis)
US Fish and Wildlife Service

  The federal government is planning to protect two kinds of wildflower that grow only in eastern Utah and western Colorado – and only in areas where there are oil shale or tar sands.

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KUER Local News
4:34 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

17-Year-Old Boy Pleads Guilty to Causing Death of Soccer Referee

The daughter of Ricardo Portillo addresses the boy responsible for his death
Pool Photo

The 17-year-old Boy accused of causing the death of a soccer referee has pleaded guilty to homicide by assault.

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Health Care
4:33 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

U Study Finds Taking Unnecessary Antibiotics may do More Harm than Good

Researchers at the University of Utah have found that doctors are prescribing antibiotics when people don’t really need them, a practice that may cause long-term problems.

Researchers say that when patients take antibiotics, the “good” bacteria living in the body is killed, which can cause side effects like rashes and diarrhea. Andrew Pavia, a professor of pediatrics at the U. who contributed to the study, says that’s only one consequence.

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Business & Labor
3:40 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Entrepreneurs to Open Social Innovation HUB in Salt Lake City

HUB Salt Lake co-founders Søren Simonsen and Dustin Haggett in newly leased space on 150 South State Street.
Andrea Smardon

A group of entrepreneurs is creating a center for social innovation in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City. Known as HUB Salt Lake, the center is expected to open its doors by late fall. 

HUB Salt Lake will be located in the former Zim’s Arts and Crafts store at 150 South State Street. Right now, it’s 13,000 square feet of open space. City councilmember and architect Søren Simonsen is a co-founder, and he imagines the HUB as a workspace for entrepreneurs trying to solve societal problems.

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Environment & Public Lands
1:21 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Utah Companies Hit By Drop in World Potash Market

Sulfate of potash dries in the sun at Great Salt Lake Minerals in Ogden, Utah
Dan Bammes

  The world market for potash took a hit last week when a Russian marketing consortium fell apart.  That could cause some difficulty for companies doing business in Utah.

Potash is used for fertilizer, and it was selling in the range of $400 a ton last week when a big producer in Russia said it would quit working with its marketing group and increase its output.  That led some traders to predict the price could drop below $300 a ton.

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12:20 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday August 5, 2013

A new Medicaid expansion study says the state budget is only a small part of the decision, the recently crowned Miss Riverton is arrested for throwing chemical bombs, and a juvenile court will decide if a 17-year-old boy accused of punching and killing a soccer ref will stand trial as an adult.

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Health Care
4:48 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

BYU Professor Says State Budget is Only Small Part of Medicaid Decision

Utah lawmakers have another study to consider as they make their decision on whether to expand Medicaid in the state. The Utah Department of Health hired BYU Public Policy Professor Sven Wilson to produce an independent economic analysis. Dr. Wilson presented his findings to the state’s Medicaid community workgroup this week. He says state lawmakers are missing the big picture on Medicaid.

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Politics
4:38 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Utahns Against Hunger Prepares for Cuts to SNAP

Credit File: Utahns Against Hunger

Cuts in the food assistance program known as SNAP are looming as fall approaches. Utahns Against Hunger is trying to soften the blow to the 253,000 residents who will be affected. Gina Cornia is the executive director of the Salt Lake City-based non-profit organization. She says this is the first time ever that there has been an across-the-board cut in SNAP.

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Education
4:28 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Activists Decry Common Core at State Office of Ed

Anti-Common Core activists and state education officials reached an impasse today when they tried to resolve their differences over Utah’s newly adopted education standards. 

Activists rallied outside the State Office of Education Friday morning to re-affirm their opposition to the Common Core which the state adopted in 2010.  Christel Swasey is a teacher and parent.

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Environment & Public Lands
10:04 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Chevron to Pay $384,000 for Clean Air Act Violations at Salt Lake City Refinery

arbyreed Creative Commons

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced a settlement with Chevron. The company has agreed to pay a $384,000 penalty for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at its refinery in Salt Lake City.

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Local Government
3:27 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Salt Lake City’s Regional Athletic Complex is Re-Launched

RSL Owner Dell Loy Hansen signs then hands off the symbolic check for the final balance of the total $22.8 million dollars for the 16-field soccer complex. Also pictured:(far left) RSL GM Garth Lagerwey, RSL Defender Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker and City Councilman Carlton Christensen.
Credit Bob Nelson

A 142 acre, wind-blown dirt field in North Salt Lake is back in the spotlight Thursday with the re-launch of Salt Lake City’s 22 point 8 million dollar soccer complex.  Soccer moms, players, city officials, soccer fans, promoters and managers plus one team owner gathered to witness an event that’s been 10 years in the making. A Utah Supreme Court ruling a year and a half ago knocked down the last barrier to construction. City Councilman Carlton Christensen from District 1 was there from the beginning.  

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Education
6:31 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

U of U Civil Engineering Team Puts Together Massive State Infrastructure Report

Roads, bridges, drinking water, dams and waste water treatment are the core of a new preliminary report by a University of Utah team of engineering students and staff.
Credit File: University of Utah Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

A current-year investment of nearly one billion dollars for state infrastructure of roads, bridges, drinking water, dams and waste water treatment is the recommendation of a University of Utah team of civil engineering students. The group of 18 students and 4 staff members from the “U” relied on data available from various government agencies and presented the preliminary report Tuesday to a room full of state and local officials. AJ Burton of Draper is working on his Bachelor degree in civil engineering.

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Education
5:34 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Congress Passes Student Loan Compromise

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a Senate compromise today that shrinks student loan rates. Members of Utah’s congressional delegation say it was a good bipartisan deal. 

Earlier this month, rates on federally subsidized student loans doubled from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent after Congress failed to reach a deal before a July 1st deadline. In a retroactive move, the U.S. Senate agreed on a bill last week that would bring those rates back down.

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Health Care
5:28 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Salt Lake County Council Approves Audit of Mental Health System

The Salt Lake County Council has unanimously approved an audit of its mental health care system.  The decision comes after Valley Mental Health announced it would no longer serve hundreds of patients due to a reduction in funding.

Salt Lake County Council Chairman Steve Debry says he and other council members learned that Valley Mental Health would be shrinking its patient rolls by reading the newspaper.

“We were caught off guard and by surprise. To put it mildly, we’re upset with it,” Debry says.  

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Business & Labor
9:30 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Utah Teen Struggles to Find Summer Job

While Utah and the country may be climbing out of a recession, many young people are not feeling the recovery.  A recent analysis by the Center for American Progress found that more than 10 million youth are unable to find full-time work. 17-year-old Fiona Boomer of Ogden wrote to us at KUER about her difficulty finding summer employment, and we asked her to keep a journal in her quest to find a job.  This is Fiona’s story.

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Local Government
2:29 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

SLC Bike Share Expands

Salt Lake City officials say their non-profit bike-share program GREENbike has exceeded ridership expectations. That’s why today they added two new stations and expanded several existing locations. 

Speaking at the new Radisson bike share station on South Temple, Salt Lake City’s Transportation Division Director Robin Hutchison says this expansion will be the first of many.

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