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12:26 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday May 10, 2013

Utah considers walking away from a high risk insurance pool, the University of Utah considers stricter rules for skateboarders, and Dan Nailen shares why Salt Lake is in for night after night after night of good music.

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Entertainment
11:58 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Dan Nailen: Night after Night after Night

Indie rockers The Black Angels from Austin, TX
Stefano Masselli

  The way Dan Nailen tells it, great music is lined up "night after night after night" in Salt Lake City this week.

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

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KUER Local News
5:30 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

One-Day Drive Supplies Summer Nutrition for Kids

Utah Food Bank

The annual Stamp Out Hunger! Food Drive gets underway this weekend. The drive helps meet the high demand for food in the summer months when kids are out of school.  The National Association of Letter Carriers are holding the drive in tandem with the Utah Food Bank. People are encouraged to leave food by their mailbox on Saturday and their letter carriers will collect the food. 

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Health Care
3:59 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Utah May “Walk Away” from State High-Risk Health Insurance Pool

Utah is telling the federal government it’s not willing to take on more of the risk and the cost of insuring people with pre-existing health conditions. The US Department of Health and Human Services wants to cap federal spending on state-run high-risk pools because they are running out of funding. The Utah Governor’s office has until Friday to decide whether to absorb those costs in the state, or transition enrollees into a federal program – which they say will cost more out of pocket.

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Public Safety
3:55 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Academic Senate Considers Stiffer Penalties for Reckless Skateboarders at the U

Skateboarder enjoys smooth walkways near Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building on the University of Utah Campus.
Credit Bob Nelson

The University of Utah Academic Senate is reviewing proposed increases in penalties for skateboarders and bicyclists who are not following safety regulations on campus. The University’s Police Chief Scott Folsom says after a professor was injured by speeding skateboarders, concerns arose for the safety of the University community. He says the draft being considered allows first offenders to be warned.

“If they’re caught behaving inappropriately again that there’s a more robust penalty if you will to help discourage continuing non-compliance with the policy,” says Folsom.

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Public Safety
1:07 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Community Focuses on Life, Legacy of Ricardo Portillo

Mourners at the Rail Event Center in Salt Lake City
Andrea Smardon

A Utah teen accused of punching a soccer referee who later died was charged Wednesday with homicide by assault. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said he will seek to try the teen as an adult in the death of 46-year-old Ricardo Portillo. In the meantime, the community is mourning the loss of Portillo at a memorial service and viewing in Salt Lake City. 

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-KUER News Pod
11:21 am
Thu May 9, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday May 9, 2013

Family and friends honor the death of fallen soccer referee Ricardo Portillo, the Great Salt Lake Council discusses gays in the Boy Scouts, and the Salt Lake City Arts Council announces the lineup for the Twilight Concert Series.

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Public Safety
2:46 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Family, Friends Honor Fallen Soccer Referee

A funeral was held last night for the Ricardo Portillo, the 46-year-old soccer referee who died after allegedly being punched in the head by a 17-year-old goalie. Friends and family attended the service dressed in white t-shirts and soccer jerseys to honor Portillo. 

Hundreds trickled into the sanctuary at Our Lady of Guadalupe hoping to pay their respects to Ricardo Portillo. Some paced the halls silently. Some kneeled to pray. Others spoke softly in Spanish as music played.

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Entertainment
6:43 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

2013 Twilight Concert Series Announced by Salt Lake City Arts Council

Erykah Badu performing at the Twilight Concert Series August 8th
Credit Courtesy photo: Salt Lake City Arts Council

With performers like Flaming Lips, Belle and Sebastian and Grizzly Bear coming to the Twilight Concert series, the Salt Lake City Arts Council expects another banner year for the series. Casey Jarman  is the series director. He says schedule challenges make it rare for him to be able to land the good bands on the first try.

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Politics
5:32 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Salt Lake Boy Scout Officials Will Vote Independently on Gay Ban

Members of the Boy Scouts Great Salt Lake Council met today to discuss how to vote on a proposal to partially lift a ban on gays in the organization.  A final vote on the plan will take place at a national meeting later this month. 

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Public Safety
2:49 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Teen Charged With Homicide After Death Of Soccer Referee

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 3:34 pm

The 17-year-old soccer goalie who allegedly punched and killed a referee during a game in Utah last month faces a charge of "homicide by assault" and may be tried as an adult.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill sought the charge in a petition filed with a juvenile court Wednesday. Gill is also seeking to have the unidentified suspect certified as an adult.

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Environment & Public Lands
12:58 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

BASE Jumping Fatality at Notch Peak

BASE jumper Fernando Motta posted video of himself at Notch Peak three days before his death.
Fernando Motta

  Notch Peak is a 9600-foot mountain about 35 miles west of Delta, Utah.  From the top, it’s a two-thousand foot drop straight down – and that’s one reason why it’s become a favorite spot for BASE jumping – jumping off the cliff with wing suits and parachutes.  There have been two fatalities there in the past year, one just ten days ago.

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-KUER News Pod
12:18 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday May 8, 2013

The Salt Lake City Council makes a decision about the Sugar House streetcar route, Senator Orrin Hatch files 24 amendments to the comprehensive immigration bill, and a community group protests a plan to build a freeway in West Davis County.

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Business & Labor
11:48 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

City Okays 1100 East Streetcar Route

Councilman Charlie Luke talks to residents who are upset over the council's decision to adopt the 1300 east streetcar alignment.

In a four-to-three decision the Salt Lake City council adopted the Sugar House Streetcar alignment recommended by a consulting firm the city hired to study the project. In other words, the second phase of the streetcar will be routed north on 1100 east despite fierce opposition. But members of the council who favor that route say it’s in the best interest of the city as a whole to move forward.

Sugar House resident Mark Unruh says he doesn’t understand the council’s decision.

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Environment & Public Lands
4:32 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Groups Ask UDOT to Stop West Davis Corridor

Lori Kalt of Farmington speaks to reporters at a news conference on the West Davis Corridor project
Dan Bammes

  A coalition of community and environmental groups is asking the Utah Department of Transportation to reconsider building a new freeway along the west side of Davis County.  Their so-called "Shared Solution" asks U-DOT to study improving east-west roads and walkable communities as an alternative.

Community activist Lori Kalt wants to avoid a new freeway cutting through her neighborhood on the west side of Farmington.

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Business & Labor
4:24 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Senator Hatch Files 24 Amendments to Immigration Bill

Senator Orrin Hatch on Tuesday filed 24 amendments to the comprehensive immigration bill put forward by a group of Senators known as the Gang of 8. Hatch’s amendments focus on law enforcement, high-skilled work, health benefits, and back taxes. 

Speaking in Salt Lake City last week, Hatch told KUER the immigration bill would substantially improve border security, but he said there’s more work to be done. 

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10:53 am
Tue May 7, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday May 7, 2013

Federal budget cuts impact medical research at the University of Utah, Governor Herbert appoints a new UDOT director, and last year’s health record data breach will cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Health Care
4:32 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Sequestration Threatens University of Utah Health Research

Cardiologist Dean Li in his lab on the University of Utah campus
Andrea Smardon

The University of Utah expects to lose 19 million dollars of its medical research budget as a result of sequestration. KUER looks at how that loss will impact the research, industry, and health of the state. 

In the Genetics building, on the wall of cardiologist Dean Li’s lab is a map of North and South Korea. He uses it as inspiration for a pair of graduate students. North Korea, in this case, represents cancer. 

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Health Care
3:20 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Report Estimates Data Breach Will Cost $406 Million

Utah Department of Health
Andrea Smardon

A new report shows that last year’s data breach of Utah health records was a costly mistake with far-reaching consequences. An independent analysis by Javelin Strategy & Research predicts that the total amount of fraud perpetrated could approach $406 million in costs. 

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Business & Labor
3:19 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Governor Appoints New UDOT Director

New UDOT Director Carlos Braceras

After a nationwide search Governor Gary Herbert has appointed Carlos Braceras as the new director of the Utah Department of Transportation.

Braceras has worked for UDOT for almost 27 years and until today’s appointment had spent the past 12 as UDOT’s deputy director working directly under former director, John Njord. Braceras says as the new head of UDOT one of his main focuses will be to create better relationships with local communities.

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Religion
9:54 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Park City Synagogue Saying Goodbye to Rabbi Josh Aaronson

Rabbi Josh Aaronson assists Celia Robbins Davis during her bat mitzvah service at Temple Har Shalom
Alicia Geesman

When Rabbi Joshua Aaronson arrived in Utah eleven years ago, Temple Har Shalom was a small Reform Jewish congregation meeting in rented space in Park City. Today, it’s in a beautiful new building with three times the attendance and a vacancy to fill. Rabbi Aaronson is moving on to Temple Judea in a suburb of Los Angeles – and leaving behind a lot of people who will miss him.

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11:35 am
Fri May 3, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday May 3, 2013

Governor Herbert declares May “Clean Air Month,” Utah hospitals rank high in stroke treatment, and Kennecott Utah Copper begins laying off workers.

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9:08 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Give = Receive, "Here's that sense of belonging..."

"You can sit in your house, and feel like everything goes on around you. Or you can be a part of something bigger and much, much better. Now you're a family."

GiveReceiveFAMILY from KUER 90.1 on Vimeo.

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9:05 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Give = Receive. "My hope in giving is..."

"As you can tell, my voice is quite flat, kind of emotionless. I have Asperger's..."

KUER GIVE/RECEIVE: 'THEORY OF THE MIND' from KUER 90.1 on Vimeo.

Environment & Public Lands
4:02 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Herbert Asks Public to Take Responsibility for Clean Air

Gov. Herbert gives three tips on how individual Utahns can help reduce air pollution
Brian Grimmett

Governor Gary Herbert demonstrated three simple things Utahns can do to help lower harmful emissions as he kicked off Clean Air Month at a house across the street from the State Capitol today.

Governor Herbert says Utahns aren’t always aware of the simple ways we can help clean up the air but gave these three tips while declaring May Clean Air Month. One could update older fuel storage containers, use paints with low amounts of volatile organic compounds, and replace gas powered yard equipment with cleaner alternatives.

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Business & Labor
4:43 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Senator Hatch Says Immigration Bill Could be Improved

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) talks with Zions Bank clients and business community about immigration reform.
Andrea Smardon

Senator Orrin Hatch spoke about immigration reform in Salt Lake City Wednesday at a Zions Bank client event. He praised the 844-page comprehensive legislation put forward by the group of Senators known as the Gang of 8, but stopped short of supporting it. 

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-KUER News Pod
1:30 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday May 1, 2013

Senator Mike Lee speaks out against the common core education standards, the opening of Willard Bay state park could be delayed even more, and animal rights activists celebrate a victory in a case dealing with Utah’s so called “ag-gag” law.

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Environment & Public Lands
1:22 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Failed Pipeline Test Could Mean More Delay for Willard Bay

Absorbent booms form the last barrier to keep spilled diesel fuel out of Willard Bay
Dan Bammes

  Chevron had a setback this week when its pipeline near Willard Bay State Park failed a pressure test.  Repair work will have to continue before the pipeline can go back into full operation.

More than 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from the pipeline on March 18th.  Willard Bay’s North Marina has been closed since then.  Fred Hayes, the director of Utah’s Division of State Parks, says it could take longer than planned to re-open the beach and campgrounds.

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-KUER News Pod
11:47 am
Tue April 30, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday April 30, 2013

Police officer’s shoot a man inside the West Valley City Public Safety building, Salt Lake City encourages bicycle commuting, and the search continues for a missing fisherman at the Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

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-KUER News Pod
11:03 am
Mon April 29, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday April 29, 2013

A unique medical technology company relocates to Salt Lake City, Senator Orrin Hatch says he’s ready to reform immigration, and state legislators plan to reintroduce a couple of defeated gun bills.

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