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4:05 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Murray City Councilman Jim Brass Announces Mayoral Bid

Murray City Councilman Jim Brass declares his candidacy for mayor
Brian Grimmett

Murray City Councilman Jim Brass announced today that he’s running to replace Murray City Mayor Dan Snarr, who recently disclosed he will not be running for re-election. 

Jim Brass has been on the Murray City Council for ten years. Before that, he served on the planning and zoning commission. Democratic state Representative Carol Spackman-Moss was at Brass’ announcement. She says she’s giving her support to Brass because of his experience.

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Education
3:52 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

University of Utah Breaks Ground on the New S. J. Quinney College of Law Building

New S.J. Quinney College of Law scheduled for completion for 2015-16 school year. Design features include LEED Platinum Certification, biomimickry to prevent bird collisions, solar generation on and off-sire and low water use. The James E. Faust Law Library is central to the building's design.
Credit File: S.J. Quinney College of Law

Officials and alumni from the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law celebrated the groundbreaking of the new building on the southwest corner of the campus Tuesday morning. Dignitaries who spoke on the occasion included University President David Pershing and Hiram Chodosh, the Dean of the Law College. Chodosh says when they started this centennial project 7 years ago many close friends questioned whether he was being realistic about its completion at such an economically challenging time. 

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-KUER News Pod
11:10 am
Tue June 4, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday June 4, 2013

Teen pregnancy is declining in Utah, a well known utah gun rights activist is temporarily losing his right to bear arms, and Cottonwood Heights first and only mayor is filing for re-election.

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Health Care
6:43 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Teen Pregnancy Rates Down in Utah; Some Credit Access to Birth Control and Sex Ed

Capitol West Boys and Girls Club Teen Center Director Jessica Hill and Esperanza, a teen in her class aimed at reducing teen pregnancy.
Andrea Smardon

As the public school year comes to a close, there will be fewer teen mothers in Utah missing out on graduation. Teen pregnancy rates in Utah have plummeted in the last few years. A recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the rate of births to teen mothers across the country dropped by 25% from 2007 to 2011. The rate in Utah fell by almost 30 percent. Among Hispanic teens in the state – it dropped by 40 percent.

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Politics
5:00 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Cottonwood Heights Mayor to Seek Re-Election

http://cottonwoodheights.utah.gov

Cottonwood Heights Mayor Kelvin Cullimore Jr. has filed for re-election. Cullimore was elected as the first mayor of Cottonwood Heights back in 2004 following a successful incorporation referendum. Cullimore says his administration has done an excellent job of providing services at a reasonable cost.

In his re-election announcement, Mayor Cullimore stressed the important things Cottonwood City has not done under his leadership.

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Health Care
12:06 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Matheson Backs Drug ID Bill

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  A bill that could make it harder to sell fake or stolen prescription drugs passed the U.S. House of Representatives this week.   Utah 4th District Congressman Jim Matheson is a co-sponsor of HR 1919, which would require a product identifier code on every container of prescription drugs sold in the United States.  Matheson says technology is readily available to track them.

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-KUER News Pod
11:13 am
Mon June 3, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday June 3, 2013

Another state legislator calls for the resignation of Attorney General John Swallow, more members of the LDS church than ever before participate in the Utah Pride Parade, and a Utah County family lays to rest their fallen soldier.

Entertainment
11:06 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Dan Nailen: Jersey Boys

Wikimedia Commons

  Dan Nailen says he's generally not a fan of musical theater, but he's interested in Jersey Boys, the Broadway show playing this week in Salt Lake City.

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

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Education
4:58 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

SLC Library Selects New Executive Director

http://www.naperville-lib.org/

The Salt Lake City Public Library named an Illinois native John Spears as its new executive director on Thursday. The selection follows a year-long, nationwide recruitment process that began after the library’s former executive director stepped down. 

Thirty-nine-year-old John Spears comes to Salt Lake City after leading a public library system in the Chicago suburb of Naperville for about two years. Library Board President Kevin Werner says he was looking for an effective collaborator, communicator and manager who can think strategically about the future.

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Entertainment
4:14 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Utah Pride Festival Runs Through First June Weekend

Valerie Larabee, the Executive Director of the Utah Pride Center is optimistic about this year's Pride Festival.
Credit Bob Nelson

The Utah Pride Center in Salt Lake City opens its annual 2-day Pride Festival on the grounds of the Salt Lake City and County Building tomorrow. The center’s Executive Director, Valerie Larabee, says it’s all in support and service of the Utah LGBTQ community and its allies.

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Education
5:41 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

First Electric Shuttle at the University of Utah is Closer to Reality After Public Open House

The University of Utah's first electric shuttle near completion at California's Complete Coach Works
Credit File: Alma Allred

The electric shuttle bus project that would move through the middle of the University of Utah campus is another step closer to reality following a public open house Thursday on campus. Alma Allred, the director of the University’s Commuter Services says this shuttle will cut the commute time from the South Campus TRAX station to the north side of campus to 7 minutes, down from a maximum of 25 minutes. He says a major portion of the students come through that station.

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KUER Local News
5:08 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Bishop Praises Decision to Maintain F-22 Fighters at Hill AFB

Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense

Utah Republican Congressman Rob Bishop is praising an Air Force decision to move a major maintenance operation to Hill Air Force Base. 

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Health Care
4:22 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Utah Man Doing Well After Historic Transplant

Intermountain Medical Center cardiac surgeon John Doty and transplant patient Michael Mader.
Andrea Smardon

A Utah man is doing well after surgeons at Intermountain Medical Center performed the first combined heart-liver transplant in an adult patient in the Intermountain West. 

Dressed up in a shirt and tie, you would never know 31-year-old Michael Mader is a transplant patient.  The surgery was completed on April 23rd. Mader, who has suffered from 18 heart attacks, says he could feel the difference right away.

“I feel better than I did at 22, when I had my first heart attack,” Mader says. “So it’s been a night and day difference.”

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Health Care
12:10 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Utah Department of Health Launches New Anti-Tobacco Campaign

The Utah Department of Health has launched a new ad campaign for people who want to quit smoking. The effort focuses on people trying to kick the habit one day at a time.

The “Quitting For Real” campaign showcases television commercials that portray former smokers going through every day struggles as they fight the urge to light up again. Adam Bramwell of the Utah Department of Health says that after several failed attempts, many smokers get into the mindset that no matter what they do, they’ll never break their habit.  

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Education
10:29 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Rowland Hall Breaks Ground for Athletic Fields

Trustees of the private Rowland Hall school break ground for new athletic fields
Dan Bammes

  A crowd cheered Wednesday as volunteer Rin Harris started up a bulldozer to break ground for new athletic fields for Rowland Hall - St. Mark's School in Salt Lake City.  It took years of work and an act of Congress for the school to buy the 13-acre property between Guardsman Way and the Mount Olivet cemetery.  The initial plan calls for soccer fields and restrooms that will be used by both the younger students who go to school next door and older students who currently attend classes down the hill on Lincoln Street.

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Environment & Public Lands
5:23 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

New Urbanism Convention Comes to Utah

Convention goers map out plan for Sugar House neighborhood.

City planners, designers and developers from across the country are in Salt Lake City through Saturday to discuss how to build more walkable, transit-oriented and sustainable neighborhoods. The Congress for the New Urbanism brought its annual convention to Salt Lake City this year. 

The New Urbanism philosophy harkens back to neighborhoods designed before the automobile existed. The pedestrian-centered balance of jobs, housing and transportation is intended to rein in urban sprawl and relieve traffic congestion.

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Politics
3:23 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Governor Appoints Six Members to New Prison Relocation and Development Authority

File: Utah State Prison

Governor Gary Herbert appointed six members to the newly formed Prison Relocation and Development Authority today. The group is tasked with examining the potential of moving the state prison that is currently located in Draper.

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Environment & Public Lands
2:18 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Lawsuit Could Challenge Tar Sands Leasing

Potential tar sands resources in eastern Utah
Bureau of Land Management

Seven environmental groups are telling the Bureau of Land Management they plan to sue the agency over its leasing plan for oil shale and tar sands.  They say the agency didn’t consult the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the possible impact on endangered species.   

Attorney Steve Bloch with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance says the 60-day notice is required before the suit can be filed in federal court.

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-KUER News Pod
11:33 am
Wed May 29, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday May 29, 2013

A new report shows that Salt Lake City women are regularly concerned about their safety, a West Valley City councilman joins the mayoral race, and government and environmental leaders discuss the future of the Colorado river.

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Education
5:14 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Utah Philanthropist and Arts Education Advocate Beverley Sorenson Dies at 89

Utah philanthropist and arts education advocate Beverley Taylor Sorenson has died at the age of 89. Beverley and her late husband James LeVoy Sorenson devoted millions of dollars to cultural, educational, and scientific projects in the state.

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Politics
4:51 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

West Valley City Has Another Candidate for Mayor

Don Christensen is West Valley City's latest candidate for Mayor.
Credit File Don Christensen Campaign

West Valley City Councilman Don Christensen announced his plan Tuesday to run for Mayor of that city. Christensen says after current mayor Mike Winder declared he would not run for re-election, many of his friends and associates encouraged him to run.

“And I thought man if everybody wants me to run I’d better do it,” says Christensen.  “So I decided, I thought long and hard about it, talked to my family about and we decided that it would be a good…good step and we’d go ahead and do it.”

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Public Safety
3:53 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Report Shows SLC Women Worried About Safety

Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck and Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission Chair Sabina Zunguze.

Women who live in Salt Lake City are regularly concerned about their safety while getting around town according to a new report released today by the city’s Human Rights Commission and the Mayor’s Office of Diversity and Human Rights.

The report is called The Status of Women in Salt Lake City. In it are the perspectives of more than 600 women from across the socio-economic spectrum on challenges they face.  Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker says a woman’s lens of the world is different from that of a man’s.

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Environment & Public Lands
1:17 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

State, Federal Leaders to Look at Future of the Colorado River

Lake Powell and the Colorado River from space
NASA

  The two biggest reservoirs on the Colorado River, Lake Mead and Lake Powell, are both under 50-percent of their capacity.  Delegates from the federal government, seven Western states, Native American tribes and environmentalists will have that in mind as they meet this week in San Diego to discuss the future of the river.

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-KUER News Pod
11:05 am
Tue May 28, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday May 28, 2013

While Utahn’s celebrate Memorial Day, a group of undocumented immigrants wants to find a way to serve in the military, and a Utah state senator is planning to run a bill next year to entice a Maryland gun manufacturer to relocate.

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Public Safety
4:55 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Utah's Undocumented Immigrants Want a Chance to Serve in Military

Salt Lake Dream Team President Angelica Rodriguez speaks publicly about her experience being denied the opportunity to serve in the US military because she did not have proper documentation.
Andrea Smardon

Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have served in the US Armed Forces, but not everyone who wants to serve can. Some undocumented immigrants in Utah wish they had the opportunity to enlist in the military, and they’re hoping Congress can help. 

Angelica Rodriguez came to Utah just before her sixth birthday from the Mexican state of Veracruz. By the time she was a teenager, her dream was to serve in the US armed forces. She says she wanted to help and protect people, especially during natural disasters.

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KUER Local News
2:43 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Sen. Hatch Honors Veterans at Memorial Day Service

Sen. Orrin Hatch
Brian Grimmett

Utahns gathered at cemeteries across the state today to visit the graves of passed love ones and honor those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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KUER Local News
9:39 pm
Sun May 26, 2013

Former Utah Jazz Star Thurl Bailey Takes on New Role with Refugee Community

Governor Gary Herbert has named former Utah Jazz player Thurl Bailey to serve as his ambassador to the state’s refugee community. In this role, Bailey will act as a liaison between the Governor and more than 50,000 refugees who call Utah home. Thurl “Big T” Bailey talks to KUER’s Andrea Smardon about his new role.

Related Event:

World Refugee Day in Utah

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Public Safety
4:00 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Matthew David Stewart Found Dead in Jail Cell

File: Matthew David Stewart, Ogden Courtroom
Pool: Leah Hogsten, The Salt Lake Tribune

Family members say they are shattered by the suicide of Matthew David Stewart, the 39-year-old Ogden man accused of shooting and killing a police officer and injuring five others during a January 2012 drug raid. Stewart was found hanging in his jail cell early this morning.

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-KUER News Pod
2:52 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday May 24, 2013

A long awaited report shows that Utah could save millions of dollars by expanding Medicaid, the Boy Scouts of America vote to include gay youth, and Latter-day Saints remember the life of Frances Monson.

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Business & Labor
12:45 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Kennecott Reduces Workforce by 100 in Utah, More Layoffs to Come

Kennecott Utah Copper

About 100 employees at Kennecott Utah Copper have been laid off as a result of last month’s slide at the Bingham Canyon Mine. Kennecott spokesperson Kyle Bennett says the layoffs affected employees across the ranks of the mine’s salaried workforce. None were union employees, though he says some hourly workers will have to be let go before the end of the month. 

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