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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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Business & Labor
4:52 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Kennecott Worker Buyout Helps Avoid Additional Layoffs

Kennecott Utah Copper

Workers at Rio Tinto’s Kennecott Utah Copper are breathing a sigh of relief after mine officials announced today there would not be another big layoff. A recent landslide at the Bingham Canyon Mine has forced the company to drastically reduce production and layoff some administrative staff.

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Politics
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

Wikimedia Commons

  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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