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12:14 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Dan Nailen: WingFest

Beehive Sports

More often than not, Dan Nailen is talking about music when he looks at Salt Lake City's entertainment choices.  Now and then, it's art or theater.  But he can't pass up a chance to celebrate chicken wings.  Dan Nailen reports on entertainment for KUER  and blogs at   .

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-KUER News Pod
11:59 am
Fri June 14, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday June 14, 2013

Granite and Park City school districts expand their pre-k programs thanks to Goldman Sachs, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that a Utah company can’t patent genes, and Dan Nailen gives us a look ahead to Wing Fest.

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Environment & Public Lands
11:52 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Sequester Cuts PILT Payments to Rural Counties

Rural counties use PILT funding from the federal government to respond to emergencies in areas such as the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Dan Bammes

  Rural counties in Utah will get less money this year from the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program, or PILT.  The federal government provides the funding to counties with large areas of public land.  Garfield County has more than two million acres of federal land, but this year it will get just over $800,000 dollars from the PILT program.

County Commissioner Leland Pollock says providing services on federal land is a burden on local taxpayers.

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Education
5:02 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Goldman Sachs Finances Pre-K Programs in Utah

Granite and Park City School Districts are getting a funding boost for their pre-school programs, thanks to an investment deal with Goldman Sachs and Chicago investor J.B. Pritzker. The money will provide hundreds of low-income kids in those districts access to pre-school programs for which they might otherwise be wait-listed.

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Business & Labor
4:26 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Supreme Court Throws Out Some Myriad Patents, Upholds Others

Myriad Genetics offices in Salt Lake City

The US Supreme Court struck down some of Myriad Genetics’ patents today on its breast and ovarian cancer test. But the Salt Lake City company is focusing on what the ruling left intact. Myriad officials say the company still has 24 different patents. 

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Environment & Public Lands
9:28 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Traveling the Grand Staircase - Hole-in-the-Rock Road

This sign marks the boundary between the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Kane County, Utah
Dan Bammes

The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument covers 1.9 million acres of Kane and Garfield Counties.  It’s not the easiest place to visit, but there’s an effort underway to improve access along one of its most popular roads.  

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Immigration
6:00 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Immigration Reform Panel to Send Actionable Ideas Back to the White House

Work pad from an hour and a half work-session on immigration reform. The leaders discussed community, the economy and the immigrant people.
Credit Bob Nelson

Acting at the request of the White House, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Summit County Councilman David Ure  moderated a roundtable discussion on immigration reform today. The more than a dozen panelists were from religious, law enforcement, business and community activist groups. They focused on community, the economy and the immigrant people. Mayor Becker says increased trust come from these efforts but the economic benefits will be far greater.

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Business & Labor
5:24 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Planners Recommend Denying Rezone for Tavaci Developer

The Salt Lake County Planning Commission unanimously recommended denying a developer’s request to rezone a parcel of land at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon. The Tavaci development was initially approved as a subdivision for single family homes. But the owner is pursuing the rights to build something larger. 

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Immigration
4:53 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Immigrants and Allies ask Hatch to Remember Utah Families

Members of the Salt Lake DREAM team outside Senator Orrin Hatch's Salt Lake City office.
Andrea Smardon

As the U.S. Senate begins debate on immigration reform, young immigrants with the Salt Lake DREAM Team are stepping up pressure on Senator Orrin Hatch. The DREAMers delivered letters from across the Wasatch Front calling on the Senator to keep families together and reunite those who’ve been divided by deportation.

21-year-old Itza Hernandez stands outside of Senator Orrin Hatch’s office at the federal building in Salt Lake City, and reads from a stack of about 600 letters.

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Politics
11:47 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Salt Lake City Council Gives Nod to Property Tax Hike

The Salt Lake City Council gave preliminary approval to a $7 million tax increase last night despite opposition from Mayor Ralph Becker.  Members of the council say overdue maintenance can no longer be ignored. 

Salt Lake City Council Chair Kyle Lamalfa says while Mayor Becker’s budget proposal was lean and balanced it left out a few key items.

“What was not included in the budget was, and what has been missing for a very long time is ordinary maintenance of our roads, of our sidewalks, of our parks," Lamalfa says.

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Environment & Public Lands
5:03 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

UCAIR Becomes a Private Non-Profit

Shawni McAllister is the new Executive Director of the Utah Clean Air Partnership or UCAIR
Bob Nelson

State officials re-launched the Utah Clean Air Partnership or UCAIR today as a non-profit entity with a a new board of directors.  

Governor Gary Herbert gathered many new members of the UCAIR board in West Valley City on Tuesday to announce changes to the organization. Until now, UCAIR had been a state-run organization dedicated to improving the state’s air quality. Governor Herbert says reorganizing the day-to-day management of UCAIR was always a goal.

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Public Safety
11:35 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Utah Fire Officials Forecast a Difficult Summer

Utah Department of Natural Resources

High temperatures and dry conditions have thrust Utah into what could be a difficult fire season. Crews contained the Flood Canyon Fire in Tooele County on Monday and the National Weather Service issued a “Red Flag Warning” for the St. George area over the weekend.

Jason Curry is a Utah State Fire Information Officer. He says because of late rains and higher snow-pack, this summer probably won’t have as many wildfires as last year, but the risk is still above average.

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-KUER News Pod
11:23 am
Tue June 11, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday June 11, 2013

Democrats in the legislature call for an investigation into Attorney General John Swallow, three candidates file to challenge Cottonwood Heights first and only mayor, and Utah’s fire season is shaping up to be another difficult one.

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Politics
5:17 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Cottonwood Heights Mayor Faces Election Challenge

Cottonwood Heights Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore Jr.
http://cottonwoodheights.utah.gov

Cottonwood Heights Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore Jr. is facing three challengers in this year’s election. Cullimore has been the municipality’s only mayor since residents voted to become a city in 2004. 

Fifty-three-year-old Peyton Robinson is a partner at the Lewis Hansen Law Firm in Salt Lake City. He says he’s eying the Mayor’s seat because he wants to increase green space and create a true downtown area in Cottonwood Heights.

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Politics
4:49 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

House and Senate Dems Call For Investigation of John Swallow

Utah Senate Minority Leader Gene Davis calls for an investigation in to Attorney General John Sallow
Brian Grimmett

Utah Senate Democrats are calling on House and Senate leadership to authorize a committee to investigate the allegations brought against Attorney General John Swallow.

Senate Minority leader Gene Davis says the call for an investigation isn’t about impeachment. That’s a process left for the Utah House to begin. But he does say it’s in the interest of open government and the integrity of our elected officials to find the truth.

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12:33 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday June 10, 2013

The effort to pump water from Utah to Las Vegas heads to court, the University of Utah names a new dean of graduate studies, and the number of Mormon missionaries reaches an all-time high.

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Entertainment
5:07 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Dan Nailen: Andre Williams at the Garage

Andre Williams

  The last time Andre Williams came to Salt Lake, the Garage on Beck caught fire.  Dan Nailen talks about the show in Salt Lake and other entertainment options for the week.

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

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Business & Labor
4:31 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

SyberJet Chooses Utah for Headquarters and Assembly Plant

SJ30
SyberJet Aircraft

Utah is now home to one of the fastest light business jets in the world. SyberJet Aircraft announced this week that it has selected Cedar City as the location for its headquarters and the new SJ30 assembly plant. SyberJet Aircraft President Chuck Taylor says the new seven-seat SJ30 will be assembled from start to finish in Utah. 

“We’ll be starting from the bottom up, and we’ll be manufacturing the detail parts, assembling the airplane, putting all the aircraft systems in the airplane, and flying it off the Cedar City Airport and delivering it to our customers,” Taylor says.

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Environment & Public Lands
3:45 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Utah Wildlife Managers Support Proposal to Remove Gray Wolf from Endangered Species List

Gray Wolf
Gary Kramer/USFWS

After several decades of recovery efforts the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list.

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Education
12:07 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

New U Grad School Dean

New University of Utah Graduate School Dean David Kieda
University of Utah Department of Physics and Astronomy

  The head of the University of Utah’s Physics and Astronomy Department has been named Dean of the Graduate School.

Dave Kieda helped to build the U’s astronomy faculty by recruiting new talent from across the country.  He also has research projects underway with observatories across the country.

But he says he’ll have important responsibilities for other non-science disciplines in his new job, especially in making up for cuts in federal funding.

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-KUER News Pod
12:00 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday Juney 7 , 2013

Utah officials look to Arkansas for ideas on Medicaid expansion, a state lawmaker’s bill could take children away from murder suspects, and the Utah House of Representatives prepares themselves for the possibility of impeachment proceedings against Attorney General John Swallow.

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Business & Labor
5:06 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Downtown Farmers Market Extends Summer Hours

Courtesy of slcfarmersmarket.org

The Downtown Farmers Market opens for the summer this Saturday in Pioneer Park. Vendors selling locally-grown produce and goods will stay a little later than normal this year. 

Nearly ten thousand people every Saturday during the summer visit the downtown farmers market, so this year vendors will stay open an extra  hour. Kim Angeli is Director of the Downtown Farmers Market and she says the extra hour will give people more time and room to browse.

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Public Safety
5:02 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Lawmaker's Bill Could Take Children Away From Murder Suspects

With two high-profile cases in mind, a Utah Lawmaker is drafting a bill to make it easier for a judge to remove children from the custody of a parent who’s a suspected of murdering the other parent. GOP Senator Todd Weiler says his bill would lower the standard of proof the judge needs to make the call.

When Senator Weiler brought the bill to a Judiciary Interim Committee last month, he had in mind the families of missing West Valley City mom Susan Cox Powell and Salt Lake City mom Uta von Schwedler. Schwedler was found drowned in a bathtub in 2011.

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Health Care
4:59 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Utah Considers Arkansas’ “Private Option” for Medicaid Expansion

Utah officials are keeping a close eye on Arkansas as they consider whether to expand Medicaid in the state. The Utah Department of Health held an informational conference call Thursday with Arkansas’ Medicaid Director Andy Allison. Members of Utah’s Medicaid Expansion community workgroup see promise in Arkansas’ unique model. It gives eligible low-income residents Medicaid expansion dollars to buy private health insurance. 

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Politics
4:10 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Utah House of Reps Prepares For Possibility of Impeachment Proceedings

File: Utah State Capitol
Brian Grimmett

In response to questions from state lawmakers about the allegations surrounding Utah Attorney General John Swallow, the Utah House Majority leadership is sending out weekly informational emails to legislators while the body considers options for dealing with the embattled public official.

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Environment & Public Lands
3:51 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Science Panel Studies Wild Horse Management

Wild horses on public rangeland near Ely, Nevada
Dan Bammes

  A panel of scientists working with the National Research Council released its report this week on the management of wild horses in the West.  One of the experts is from Brigham Young University. 

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-KUER News Pod
1:34 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday June 6, 2013

A group of Utah mayors call on Utah’s senators to act on immigration reform, Salt Lake City launches a new bike route, and police find the body of a missing BYU student.

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Business & Labor
5:20 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Utah Mayors Call for Immigration Reform

A bipartisan group of Utah mayors have sent a letter to Republican Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, urging them to immediately pass immigration reform legislation. From Fruit Heights to Salt Lake City to St. George, 19 mayors signed the letter. It calls for comprehensive immigration reform, and warns that Utah communities will face significant challenges unless that reform is enacted. 

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-KUER News Pod
12:02 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday June 5, 2013

The Salt Lake City School Board approves a tax hike, Kennecott Utah Copper announces they are done with layoffs - for now, and the Salt Lake County Council Okays a proposal for a mutual commitment registry.

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Education
11:31 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Salt Lake City School Board Approves Tax Hike

Salt Lake City residents will see an increase in their property taxes next year to help pay for area public schools. The Salt Lake City School Board approved the hike on Tuesday, saying the additional revenues will fill a gap in the statewide education budget lawmakers passed this year. 

Despite a 2 percent increase in per pupil spending by the state for the 2013-2014 school year, members of the Salt Lake City School Board say it’s not enough to pay the bills.

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