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Public Safety
5:29 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Box Elder Sheriff's Dept Sued Over Shooting Death

Myers Mortuary

Attorneys for a man who was shot and killed by a police officer last fall have filed a lawsuit against the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Department for what they claim to be unlawful and unconstitutional use of deadly force.

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Religion
4:38 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Boy Scouts of America Open Scouting to Gay Youth

Boy Scouts decorate veteran's graves in Tennessee
Wikimedia Commons

  The Boy Scouts of America has voted to change its policy on including gay youth. At a meeting in Grapevine, Texas 61-percent of the delegates from Scout councils across the country voted to support the change, which still bars gay adults from becoming Scout leaders.  A delegate from Utah who says it was a very civil debate, even though there were strong feelings on both sides.

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3:48 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday May 23, 2013

Immigrants in Salt Lake City urge Senator Hatch to support immigration reform, activists call for Governor Herbert to stop trying to take control of federal land, and West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder says he won’t be running for a second term.

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Science & Technology
2:38 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

New Natural History Museum Exhibit Gives a Look Into the Eye of the Storm

Lisa Thompson shows 4th graders from Rose Creek Elementary what will happen to sandy soil during an earthquake.
Brian Grimmett

The Natural History Museum of Utah is opening a new exhibit that examines how some of the Earth’s most dangerous natural disasters happen.

At one of the several hands-on learning experiences at the new Nature Unleashed exhibit, a group of 4th graders from Rose Creek Elementary School learn about what happens to buildings built on sandy soil during an earthquake. Lisa Thompson, the manager of public programs, says she hopes hands on experiences like this one help people make an emotional connection with the powerful natural events that help shape the Earth.

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Business & Labor
12:29 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Salt Lake Area Immigrants Call on Senator Hatch to Fulfill Dreams, Reunite Families

Yolanda Guzman is taking care of her granddaughter, after her daughter Brenda Guzman-Sandoval was deported.

As the debate on immigration reform continues in the US Senate, immigrants in Salt Lake City held a press conference and vigil Wednesday night urging Senator Orrin Hatch to support legislation that creates a path to citizenship and keeps families together.  

The event was organized by the Salt Lake DREAM team, immigrant young people who want a chance to earn their citizenship through college or military service. In their stories, what you hear are dreams deferred.

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Environment & Public Lands
5:20 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Group Urges Governor to Bow Out of Federal Land Grab

Activists are calling on Governor Gary Herbert to halt Utah’s efforts to seize control of federal land in the state. Educators, parents and students gathered at Liberty Park this morning to ask state lawmakers to find realistic solutions to funding education and stop taking aim at public lands.  

Ethan Lake is a senior at West High School in Salt Lake City. He says the state is blessed with a beautiful natural environment.

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Politics
4:48 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

WVC Mayor Mike Winder Won't Seek Re-Election

West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder
West Valley City

West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder announced today that he will not run for re-election later this year. Despite problems plaguing the city’s police force and a scandal where Winder admitted writing articles under a pen-name praising his city, he says he’s proud of his tenure as Mayor.

Winder says the $35K annual salary he receives as Mayor is not enough to provide for his family and he’ll be looking for a better paying job when his term ends next January. He says West Valley City’s economy blossomed on his watch.

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Religion
1:22 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Scout Leaders Gather for Vote on Including Gays

Utah National Parks Council Board Member Ken Krogue
Utah National Parks Council

  Boy Scout leaders from all over the country are gathering in Texas for a vote on a change in policy that would allow young gay men to participate in Scouting. 

Ken Krogue is among 17 members of the Utah National Parks Council of the Boy Scouts of America who will be voting at the meeting in Grapevine, Texas.  No lobbyists or media are allowed at the hotel where they’re meeting, but Krogue says there were some groups making their opinions clear as he traveled from the airport to the hotel.

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-KUER News Pod
10:40 am
Wed May 22, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday May 22, 2013

The Salt Lake City School Board considers a tax increase, the Federal Government will now manage Utah’s high-risk health pool, and Utah’s congressional delegation feels confident about the future of Hill Air Force Base.

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Politics
9:51 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Utah Congressional Delegation Confident About Future of Hill Air Force Base

An F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, marked AA-1, lands Oct. 23 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The F-35 Integrated Test Force staff concluded an air-start test. On the side of the fuselage, the flags of the countries that financed the F-35's development, in d
U.S. Air Force

Correction: In an earlier version we made the mistake of saying civilian contractors will be furloughed. That is not the case. Civilian federal employees will be furloughed.

The majority of Utah’s congressional delegation met with the U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff today to discuss key issues surrounding the future of Hill Air Force Base.

Rep. Rob Bishop, R-UT, says he feels good about the long-term viability of Hill Air Force Base after meeting with U.S Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh.

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Education
12:12 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Salt Lake City School District Weighs Tax Hike

The Salt Lake City School Board discussed the possibility of a property tax increase last night. District officials say a 3.47 percent increase is needed to sustain current programs and provide a salary increase for teachers. 

The property tax increase amounts to an additional $12.65 a year for a taxpayer who owns a $100,000 home. 

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Health Care
4:54 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Federal Government will Manage Utah’s High-Risk Health Insurance Pool

Many Utahns with preexisting medical conditions will see their health insurance shifted from state to federal oversight in July. After federal funding ran short for the “high-risk” insurance pool, state officials have refused to take on any additional costs. And federal health officials have refused to allow Select Health, the insurer that administers the program for Utah, to take responsibility. 

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Politics
3:59 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

City Unveils Plan Salt Lake Envisioning Effort

Historic Salt Lake City and County in Downtown Salt Lake City
Credit Brian Grimmett

For the first time since the 1980’s, the Salt Lake City Planning Division is renewing its effort to create a master plan for the city’s future development. The public comment period for Plan Salt Lake began last fall and today the official kick-off of the campaign took place at Salt Lake City and County Building. Planning Division Director Wilf Sommerkorn says businesses and residents are an important part of this over-arching program.

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10:55 am
Tue May 21, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday May 21, 2013

West Valley City police close their investigation into the disappearance of Susan Cox Powell, Utah’s suburban poverty rates are on the rise, and the group Mormon Building Bridges plans for a bigger presence in this year’s pride parade.

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Public Safety
11:21 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Police Call Off Search for Susan Cox Powell

West Valley City Deputy Police Chief Mike Powell addressing the media.

West Valley City Police are closing the investigation into Susan Cox Powell’s disappearance, but authorities say they will continue to pursue any credible leads should they arise. Susan Powell was last seen at her West Valley City home in December 2009. 

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Business & Labor
3:15 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Suburban Poverty More than Doubles in Utah’s Major Metro Areas

Poverty in US suburbs is on the rise, but especially in Utah. A new book released Monday shows that the number of people living in suburbs below the federal poverty line has more than doubled in three major metropolitan areas in Utah over an 11-year span. In fact, the Salt Lake City area ranked number 3 in the nation for fastest growth in suburban poverty. 

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Religion
2:23 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

LDS Groups Plan Bigger Role in Utah Pride Parade

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker addresses Mormons Building Bridges supporters in the 2012 Utah Pride Parade
Utah Pride Center

  Mormons marching in their Sunday best were a big part of last year’s Utah Pride Parade in Salt Lake City.  This year, even more could turn out to support the LGBT community.

The group Mormons Building Bridges will be joined by the group Mormons for Equality.  In all, Corey Howard with Mormons Building Bridges expects as many as five hundred marchers.

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10:51 am
Mon May 20, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday May 20, 2013

At the annual state GOP convention, delegates vote to keep the current nominating system, the party elects a new chair, and Mia Love officially declares she’s ready for a rematch with Congressman Jim Matheson.

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Politics
7:00 pm
Sat May 18, 2013

Mia Love Officially Running for Utah's 4th Congressional District Again

Mia Love at the 2013 Utah Republican Convention
Andrea Smardon

Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love officially declared Saturday that she will run again for the congressional seat occupied by Democrat Jim Matheson. Love's announcement came during a speech to several thousand delegates at the Utah Republican Party's annual organizing convention.

“You and I have some unfinished business with Jim Matheson. So combining my confidence in you delegates, with the inspiration you’ve given back to me, we are stronger than ever, and I am certain, we will win,” said Love to applause.

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Politics
6:53 pm
Sat May 18, 2013

Thomas Wright Ends His Tenure as Utah GOP Chairman

Outgoing Utah GOP Chairman Thomas Wright presides at the party's organizing convention.
Andrea Smardon

Utah GOP Chairman Thomas Wright gave his final address to Republicans as their state leader on Saturday. Wright called on his fellow party members to be more inclusive.  

Thomas Wright announced earlier this year that he would not run for re-election as the state Republican Party leader.  At Saturday’s organizing convention, he called on Utah Republicans not to push away groups that may not traditionally embrace conservative values.

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Politics
6:49 pm
Sat May 18, 2013

Utah Republicans Decide to Keep Party Nomination Process

Republican delegates line up to speak about the party nomination process.
Andrea Smardon

Utah Republicans decided at their convention on Saturday to keep their system in place for choosing party nominees. A proposal to raise the percentage of votes needed to avoid a primary sparked heated debate about how best to give lesser-known candidates a fair shot. 

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Politics
6:43 pm
Sat May 18, 2013

Utah GOP Elects James Evans Party Chairman

James Evans was elected Chairman of the Utah Republican Party on Saturday. He is the state GOP's first African-American leader.
Andrea Smardon

Utah Republicans elected former state legislator James Evans to lead the state GOP.  Evans is the first African-American to hold the post. 

Outside of politics, Evans is the owner of Checkline, a payday loan franchise. Going into the convention, he had support from Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser and other state lawmakers in his bid for party chairman. During his speech at the GOP organizing convention, Evans showcased his experience and his ability to successfully market GOP values.

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Education
4:40 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Governor Signs Student Safety Bills at Cyprus High

Governor Gary Herbert ceremonially signed a package of student safety bills this morning at Cyprus High School in Magna. He also spoke to students about preventing suicide among kids in Utah. 

The new laws are aimed at preventing youth suicide, bullying and teen traffic accidents caused by distracted driving. But the occasion was mostly focused on suicide, which according to the Utah Department of Health is the second leading cause of death among Utah youth and young adults.

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Business & Labor
4:22 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Utah Jobless Rate Drops to 4.7; Governor Declares Recession Over

Utah Department of Workforce Services

Unemployment in Utah dipped to 4.7 percent last month, the state’s lowest rate since November 2008. Utah also added more jobs, prompting Governor Gary Herbert to declare the recession over in the state. 

Utah’s job growth in April was 3.5 percent, more than double the national average. Over one year, 43,000 jobs have been added. Juliette Tennert is Chief Economist in the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget. 

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-KUER News Pod
12:35 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday May 17, 2013

The wife of LDS President Thomas Monson passes away, the University of Utah receives a grant to research child asthma, and some members of the Utah Republican party propose a change to the delegate system.

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Religion
11:17 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Frances Monson, Wife of LDS President, Passes Away

Thomas and Frances Monson on their wedding day in 1948
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  Frances Monson, the wife of President Thomas S. Monson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, passed away early this morning at the age of 85.

A news release from the church says Sister Monson never sought the spotlight, but President Monson said she was the practical partner in their 64-year marriage.  Speaking at the church’s General Conference in 2008, he recalled the moment when she woke up in the hospital after living in a coma for almost a month.

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Entertainment
10:13 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Dan Nailen: Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo
Wikimedia Commons

  Salt Lake City's Living Traditions Festival is this weekend and lots of other entertainment choices are available.  But Dan Nailen's excited about a band that's making a stop in Salt Lake.  He talks with KUER's Dan Bammes.

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

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Politics
5:47 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Survey Shows GOP Favor Changes to Delegate System

Some members of the Utah GOP Caucus favor changes to the delegate system that could increase the number of primary elections in the state, according to a recent survey. This weekend at the state Republican convention delegates will consider the proposed changes including an increase in the vote threshold candidates must obtain to avoid a primary.

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Health Care
4:33 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

U Child Asthma Research Relies on Parents to Track Symptoms

The University of Utah has received a 1.9 million dollar research grant to study asthma in children and how better monitoring of the disease could improve health.  The award comes from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. 

Flory Nkoy is Research Director for the Inpatient Division at Primary Children’s Medical Center, and is leading the study which will involve 10 Utah health clinics and hundreds of local families. Nkoy says this project puts parents in the driver’s seat, so they can control their child’s asthma symptoms rather than the other way around.

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Politics
3:29 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Salt Lake County District Attorney Investigating Attorney General's Office

File: Utah Attorney General John Swallow

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill has confirmed that he and Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings are looking into whether or not the Utah Attorney General’s office has violated any state laws.

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