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5:22 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Title 1 Cuts Mean Fewer Dollars for Utah Schools

Utah State Office of Education

Public schools in Utah are getting fewer federal education dollars this year than last;  due in part to federal budget cuts, but also because there are more low-income students nationwide who are in need. 

A projected nine percent reduction in Title 1 funding nationally will mean cutbacks in summer school programs, teachers and technology in many school districts and charter schools locally.

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Health Care
4:54 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

U Research: Surgical Anesthetic Appears to Treat Drug-Resistant Depression

Researchers at the University of Utah are exploring an alternative therapy for treating severe depression.  A pilot study suggests that the anesthetic gas isoflurane commonly used during surgery could be used as an antidepressant. 

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Environment & Public Lands
1:13 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Interior Facing Cuts in GOP Budget

Rock formation in The Gorge along the Burr Trail on BLM land in Garfield County, UT
Dan Bammes

  The Secretary of the Interior is trying to persuade Republicans in Congress not to eliminate funding for a land conservation program by linking it to another they typically support.  

Secretary Sally Jewell held a conference call with reporters to point out the economic activity linked to tourism, energy production and other activities on public land.  She put it at more than 13-billion dollars, well above the total budget of 11-point-9 billion for the whole department.

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Politics
3:44 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

House Speaker Removes Rep. Snow From Swallow Investigation

File: Utah Attorney General John Swallow
Brian Grimmett

Utah House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart has removed Representative Lowry Snow from the special investigative committee of Utah Attorney General John Swallow.

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Politics
3:34 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Changes to Caucus/Convention System Taking Shape

While Democrats piece together their own party-specific plans, a Republican group is preparing to file a statewide ballot initiative.  

Utah Democratic Party delegates voted last month to keep the caucus and convention system with the understanding that a committee of Democrats would spend the next year studying possible changes to the status quo.

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-KUER News Pod
11:01 am
Fri July 26, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday July 26, 2013

Utah Congressman Jim Matheson reintroduces a bill to protect wilderness areas along the Wasatch Front, Utah home prices are on the rise, and House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart names a new chair of the special investigative committee of John Swallow.

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Entertainment
9:13 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Dan Nailen: Frightened Rabbit

Scott Hutchinson and Frightened Rabbit

Ever heard of Frightened Rabbit?  Neither has anybody else, but Dan Nailen insists they're worth a listen.  They're at the top of this week's long list of summer music.

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

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Politics
4:55 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Matheson Introduces Wilderness Protection Bill Again

Utah Democrat Jim Matheson introduced legislation in Congress today to protect wilderness and watershed areas along the Wasatch Front.                

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Business & Labor
3:43 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Second-Quarter Home Sales a Mixed Bag

An uptick in home prices combined with higher interest rates is making life hard for first-time homebuyers. But Zions Bank’s residential lending numbers show construction activity is strong. 

The Salt Lake Board of Realtors home sales statistics for the first quarter of 2013 show home prices in the Salt Lake area climbing steadily.

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Politics
12:41 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

UTA Not Seeking Tax Increase After All

KUER file photo.
Brian Grimmett

Several news outlets reported last week that a Utah Transit Authority official asked state lawmakers for a sixty-six percent increase  in its share of sales tax revenue. A UTA spokesman now says those reports are inaccurate.

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-KUER News Pod
11:33 am
Thu July 25, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday July 25, 2013

Utahns celebrate Pioneer Day, West Valley City Police sign a pact with Latino community groups, and UTA says they aren’t seeking a tax increase.

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Public Safety
4:08 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

West Valley City Police Try to Regain Trust With Latino Community Through Pact

West Valley City

Latino Community groups say they’re excited about a recent pact crafted between them and the West Valley City Police Department aimed at improving relations.

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Entertainment
3:43 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Hundreds Turn Out to Celebrate Pioneer Heritage

David Lamb of Kaysville watching the parade with a friend.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Downtown Salt Lake City this morning to witness the annual Days of ‘47 Parade. 

The annual celebration remembers the arrival of the first pioneer settlers to the Salt Lake Valley. On July 24, 1847, Brigham Young and his fellow Latter-day Saints emerged from the mouth of Emigration Canyon, pulling handcarts and driving wagons. 165 years later, colorful floats, horse-drawn carriages and pioneer wear harken back to that momentous trek.  

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-KUER News Pod
2:57 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday July 24, 2013

The Lt. Governor’s office names special counsel in their investigation of John Swallow, several environmental groups are trying to stop the expansion of the Holly oil and gas refinery, and extreme temperatures are leading to deaths at the Wave in Southern Utah.

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Environment & Public Lands
12:11 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Fish Deaths in Provo River a Mystery

The Provo River at Paul Ream Wilderness Park in Provo, UT

More than 300 dead fish were found yesterday in a stretch of the Provo River near Paul Ream Wilderness Park in northwest Provo.  Most were brown trout, but there were a few whitefish and other species.  Biologist Chris Crockett with the Division of Wildlife Resources says they don’t know what killed them.  It’s possible the hot weather depleted oxygen in the water, but they’re also trying to find out if there was some kind of toxic spill.

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Politics
3:58 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Lt. Governor's Office Names Special Counsel in Investigation of AG John Swallow

File: Utah Attorney General John Swallow
Brian Grimmett

The Utah Lt. Governor’s office has picked the law firm Snell & Wilmer to be the special counsel in the investigation into whether or not Attorney General John Swallow violated state election laws.

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Environment & Public Lands
3:25 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Groups Sue DAQ Over Refinery Expansion

Tesoro Corporation

Environmental groups are suing the Utah Division of Air Quality hoping to stop an oil and gas refinery expansion the regulator approved in Salt Lake City.  The Utah Chapter of the Sierra Club and Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment say the expansion would move the state further out of compliance with federal air quality standards.

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Environment & Public Lands
2:35 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Land Deal Creates Critter Credits

A prairie dog burrow next to the airport runway in Parowan, UT
Alicia Geesman

  Utah’s state lands agency has a thousand prairie dog credits to sell.  They’re the result of a land deal that helps to keep the critters away from airport runways in southern Utah. 

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-KUER News Pod
1:12 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday July 23, 2013

Salt Lake City opens a new health clinic for city employees, KUER’s Dan Bammes remembers old-time gardner Will Pitkin, and more wild horses will remain on Utah rangelands due to federal budget cuts.

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KUER Local News
10:17 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Remembering an Old-Time Gardener

Will Pitkin at his home in Hyde Park, Utah
Alicia Geesman

Will Pitkin taught at Utah State University for 40 years, and after his retirement, grew a garden that inspired many more people.  He passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at the age of 77.  KUER originally aired this story in July, 2011 but we chose to broadcast it again in his memory.

 

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Environment & Public Lands
9:57 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Video: See How Dangerous Flash Flooding Can Be in Southern Utah

David Rankin

This week parts of Southern Utah have been hit hard with heavy rains and flash flooding. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch today for most of Southern Utah around Dixie and Zion National Parks. These storms can be extremely dangerous, especially around slot canyons and dry washes where a flood can hit hours after rain fell miles away.

Local Government
6:06 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Salt Lake City Opens Employee Health Clinic

Salt Lake City officials hope to reign in escalating healthcare costs while improving the overall health and wellness of city employees and their families. The new Midtown Clinic for city employees opened this afternoon. 

Family practice physician, Dr. Trevor Jacobson says the hallmark of Salt Lake City’s Midtown Clinic is that visits will be longer and more personalized, similar to small-town family practices.

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Health Care
5:15 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Mike Leavitt Says Obama Administration Could Learn from His Experience with Medicare Part D

Former Utah Governor and Bush Cabinet Member Mike Leavitt
Dan Bammes

Former Utah Governor Mike Leavitt published an editorial in The Washington Post recently.  In the piece, Leavitt talks about his experiences as U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary under President George W. Bush when he enacted Medicare’s prescription drug benefit known as Part D.  KUER’s Andrea Smardon talked to Leavitt about what he learned and how those lessons can be applied to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. 

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Environment & Public Lands
1:19 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

More Wild Horses Will Stay on the Range

A wild horse roundup on public land in Utah
Bureau of Land Management

  More wild horses will be left on the range as the government runs out of places to put them.  Here in Utah, there are no plans to remove horses from public land this year.  

It’s not unusual for Utah to go several years without removing wild horses from public rangeland, though it’s not uncommon to see mustangs from Nevada and other states brought here for adoption.  Lisa Reid with the Bureau of Land Management says there are actually more mustangs in government holding facilities than there left on the range.

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-KUER News Pod
12:31 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday July 22, 2013

Governor Gary Herbert signs the special session bills into law, former Governor Mike Leavitt says he doesn’t want to see the Affordable Care Act Fail, and Utah’s unemployment rate goes up.

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Public Safety
6:51 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Salt Lake City Celebrates Grand Opening of the Innovative Public Safety Building

Salt Lake City Mayor and other dignitaries cutting ceremonial "police tape" ribbon.
Credit Bob Nelson

Salt Lake City residents, city leaders and especially public safety officials celebrated the grand opening of the new Public Safety Building on 475 South 300 East Friday. The 125 million dollar facility combines police, fire, 911 dispatch headquarters, and the dedicated Emergency Operations Center. It is also designed to hold up during a magnitude 7.5 earthquake and still be operational. Salt Lake City Council Chair Kyle LaMalfa says it’s a misconception that local government is the connection to the people and businesses of Salt Lake City.

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Environment & Public Lands
5:37 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

North Marina at Willard Bay State Park Reopens

A view of a restricted area of Willard Bay State Park after a fuel spill in March. State Park officials reopened the park to the public on Friday
Dan Bammes

After being closed for months following a fuel spill, the north marina at Willard Bay State Park is reopening to the public.    

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KUER Local News
2:27 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

PHOTOS: Foundation Laid for KUHU's New Transmitter in Southeast Utah

Crews pour concrete to create the "pancake" base of the tower.
Lewis Downey

Crews poured the concrete foundation for the new KUHU transmitter tower at Abajo Peak near Monticello on July 15. 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.

Check out a few of the images and gifs that show how we're able to broadcast our signal to almost all parts of the state.

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Religion
1:58 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Group Supporting LGBT Mormons Hopes Exhibit Fosters Discussion

Boys Life Illustrations by Norman Rockwell on display at the LDS Church Museum
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  The group Mormons Building Bridges plans to attend the opening of the Norman Rockwell exhibit at the LDS Church Museum this afternoon. The paintings on display showcase Rockwell’s relationship with the Boy Scouts of America. 

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Entertainment
1:32 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Dan Nailen: Son Volt in SLC

Jay Farrar and Son Volt

   If KUER's entertainment reporter Dan Nailen is good for anything, it's pointing out artists who've been underappreciated.  This weekend, he's talking about a country artist who rarely makes headlines. Dan Nailen blogs at slcene-dot-com.

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