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Business & Labor
5:08 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Medical Device Company for Children Relocates to Salt Lake City

Kurt Vedder demonstrates new device designed to improve how elbow fractures are treated in children.
Andrea Smardon

A pediatric medical device company has relocated from Silicon Valley to Salt Lake City. It’s called Fixes 4 Kids, and it recently launched its first device, designed to improve how elbow fractures are treated in children.

Once upon a time, a broken arm meant a bulky white cast covered in classmates signatures. But in the future, it will be a sleek, black customized orthosis. 

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Religion
11:33 am
Fri April 26, 2013

LDS Church Endorses Boy Scouts Policy Proposal

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  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is endorsing a proposed policy change by the Boy Scouts of America that would let young gay men participate as members, but would still exclude gay adults from leadership positions. The current policy excludes both gay adults and youth.

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Business & Labor
3:02 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Kennecott Plans to Put Mine Back in Operation

A huge landslide closed the Bingham Canyon copper mine April 10, 2013
Kennecott Utah Copper

  Kennecott Utah Copper is making plans to get the Bingham Canyon mine back in operation after a huge landslide two weeks ago.  Company spokesperson Kyle Bennett says they have a 40-day plan to look at containing costs but also keeping the ore moving to the smelting and refining facilities.

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-KUER News Pod
12:09 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thurday April 25, 2013

Utah releases its final plan for protecting sage grouse, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker says the budget can be tightened even more, and Provo finalizes the deal to sell its fiber-optic network to Google.

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Environment & Public Lands
3:40 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Utah Finalizes Sage Grouse Plan

Greater Sage Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus))
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

  The state of Utah has released the final version of its plan for protecting the greater sage grouse.  The plan designates 11 Sage Grouse Management Areas stretching from Rich County to Kane County and outlines goals for improving existing habitat and protecting the birds from threats such as energy development, predators and wildfire.

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-KUER News Pod
11:53 am
Wed April 24, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday April 24, 2013

The public turns out in droves to discuss the Sugar House Streetcar, Great Salt Lake Minerals is scaling back their expansion plans, and the Medicaid Community Workgroup meets at the capitol for the first time.

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KUER Local News
12:25 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Hundreds Turn Out for Public Hearing on Streetcar

Most Salt Lake City residents and local businesses in Sugar House do not like the streetcar alignment favored by Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and a number of Salt Lake City council members.  At least that’s the takeaway from last night’s public hearing at city hall, where several hundred people shuffled in hoping to have a say in the project.

The question before the council is this: Should the second phase of the Sugar House Streetcar travel east up 2100 south or north along 1100 east.

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Health Care
5:44 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Medicaid Expansion Community Workgroup Holds First Meeting

Medicaid Expansion Options Community Workgroup meets at the Utah State Capitol.
Andrea Smardon

A select group of healthcare providers, advocates, and community leaders met at the State Capitol Tuesday to discuss Medicaid, and the state’s pending decision on whether to expand the program to include more uninsured, low-income Utahns. Utah Department of Health Executive Director David Patton brought together about 20 people for the Medicaid workgroup.

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Environment & Public Lands
4:58 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Great Salt Lake Minerals Scales Back Expansion

Sulfate of potash is loaded into trucks at Great Salt Lake Minerals
Dan Bammes

  Great Salt Lake Minerals is scaling back its expansion plans along the eastern and western shores of the lake – and environmentalists are applauding.  

In 2009, Great Salt Lake Minerals asked the Army Corps of Engineers to approve a 91-thousand acre expansion of its evaporation ponds.  Today it submitted a new application asking for just 52-thousand acres.  Lynn DeFreitas with Friends of the Great Salt Lake says the new plan avoids some critical wildlife habitat.

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Business & Labor
1:30 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Borrower Advocacy Groups Present Resolution at Wells Fargo Shareholder Meeting

Josh Zinner of NEDAP at the podium near Wells Fargo Bank at the corner of 300 South 400 East in Salt Lake City. Zinner is pictured with advocates for owners of foreclosed homes and other financially disadvantaged groups.
Credit Bob Nelson

Homeowner advocates are calling on John Stumpf, the CEO of Wells Fargo Bank and bank shareholders to review the mortgage servicing and foreclosure practices of the bank. The bank’s annual shareholder meeting is in Salt Lake City Tuesday. The group Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project joined other advocate groups at the meeting to present a joint resolution. Josh Zinner is NEDAP's co-director.

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-KUER News Pod
12:18 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday April 23, 2013

A proposed change to federal fuel and car standards could have a large impact in Utah, climate activist Tim DeChristopher is released from federal custody, and the Utah Department of Health is opening up enrollment to the Primary Care Network.

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Environment & Public Lands
2:25 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Newly Freed DeChristopher Speaks at Movie Screening

www.bidder70.org

Climate activist Tim DeChristopher made his first public appearance last night since being released from federal custody on Sunday. He was sentenced in 2011 to two years in federal prison for derailing a 2008 Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease auction. DeChristopher joined hundreds of his supporters at the Tower Theater in Salt Lake City for a screening of the documentary Bidder 70, which details his act of civil disobedience and his conviction. 

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Environment & Public Lands
10:18 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Will Utah Weigh in on EPA’s New Cleaner Fuels and Cars Standards?

File: Gas Pump

The federal Environmental Protection Agency is now taking public comment on proposed new cleaner fuels and cars standards. Known as Tier 3 of the Clean Air Act Amendments, they’re designed to improve air quality and public health by reducing the sulfur content of gasoline and making cars more efficient. 

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Health Care
5:30 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Utah Department of Health Declares Open Enrollment for PCN

The Utah Department of Health announced that it will allow open enrollment for its health coverage plan known as Primary Care Network or PCN.  The plan is designed to provide low income people and families with preventative care options, but there are many services it does not cover.

PCN has been closed to enrollment since March 2012, but enough funding currently exists to allow for open enrollment over the next three to four weeks.  Kolbi Young is a spokesperson for the Utah Department of Health.

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Environment & Public Lands
2:20 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Earth Day Demonstration at Governor's Mansion

A demonstrator ties his Earth Day message to a volleyball net in front of the governor's mansion in Salt Lake City.
Dan Bammes

  Utah Governor Gary Herbert is out of the country right now on a trade mission in Israel.  But that didn’t stop environmentalists from holding an Earth Day rally right in front of the Governor’s Mansion on South Temple.

As traffic whizzed by on one of Salt Lake City’s busiest streets, demonstrators wrote their messages of protest on blue ribbons.  They had to tie them to a volleyball net because they weren’t allowed to put them on the governor’s wrought-iron fence.

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-KUER News Pod
12:12 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday April 22, 2013

Runners at the Salt Lake City Marathon honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, the Utah Legislature will not override Governor Herbert’s veto of a controversial gun bill, and the billionaire owner of the Snowbasin ski resort dies.

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Public Safety
4:36 pm
Sat April 20, 2013

Salt Lake City Runners Undeterred by Boston Tragedy

Saturday was an emotional day for hundreds of people who turned out for the annual Salt Lake City Marathon. But the mood was not one of fear or sadness despite last week’s tragic Boston Marathon bombing. Runners and spectators were in high spirits, paying tribute to those affected by Monday’s blast by wearing bracelets that read “Run Now” and race shirts that read “Running for Boston” on the front and “Keep Running” on the back. 

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Environment & Public Lands
4:02 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

E-Waste Recycling Season Starts at the University of Utah

Workers with Electronic Recyclers International Inc. unload computer components at the University of Utah drop-off location.
Credit Bob Nelson

The first electronic recycling event of the year was a popular spot Friday morning on the campus of the University of Utah with a steady stream of vehicles lining up to be unloaded. The Salt Lake County Health Department’s program has recycled 2 point 3 million pounds of old computers, cellphones, and televisions since it began three years ago. Dan Moore is the Household Hazardous Waste Program Coordinator for the Department.

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Public Safety
3:32 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Increased Security at SLC Marathon

Salt Lake City Deputy Police Chief Terry Fritz briefs reporters on security for the Salt Lake City Marathon
Dan Bammes

  Runners and spectators will see a lot more security around the Salt Lake City Marathon on Saturday.  After the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday, marathon planners developed some new security strategies.  Deputy Salt Lake City Police Chief Terry Fritz says the Utah Highway Patrol, the Utah National Guard and other agencies have brought in additional resources for the race.

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-KUER News Pod
12:41 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday April 19, 2013

The U.S. Commerce Secretary visits Utah, the Utah Department of Health extends credit monitoring services to those affected by last year’s data breach, and the University of Utah College of Nursing looks to improve care for sick and injured veterans.

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Entertainment
8:53 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Dan Nailen: Summer at Red Butte

Amphiteatre at Red Butte Garden

  This week, KUER's Dan Nailen focuses on the concerts coming up this summer at Red Butte Garden.

Follow Dan Nailen's blog at slcene.com

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Business & Labor
5:12 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Dep Commerce Secretary Talks Manufacturing in Utah

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One of the nation’s top commerce officials was in Utah today admiring the state’s economic development strategies and touting the president’s new initiative designed to bring high-tech manufacturing and clean energy jobs to communities across the country. 

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank toured Hexcel, a company in West Valley that produces structural materials for aircraft and space vehicles. Blank says Utah has explicitly built the infrastructure necessary to attract this type of industry and create jobs.

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Environment & Public Lands
1:23 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Bishop Working for Public Lands Solution

Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT)

  Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT-1) is hoping that a regional approach to resolving the status of public lands in Utah might work better than the county-by-county approach that's been tried before.  Bishop has been meeting with local government leaders and representatives of environmental groups, hoping to work out a plan that he can get through Congress.  He chairs the House Subcommittee on Public Lands.  The plan, he says, is to designate lands for preservation as wilderness and lands where development and revenue would be the primary goal.

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-KUER News Pod
11:31 am
Thu April 18, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday April 18, 2013

Provo makes an epic announcement, Governor Herbert says the investigation of the Attorney General is taking too long, and Salt Lake City unveils the design for the new Broadway-style theater.

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Education
6:32 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit Coming to The Leonardo

The exhibit called Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times is coming to The Leonardo in Salt Lake City this November. In making the announcement Wednesday, the museum’s director Alexandra Hesse  says it’s the largest collection of ancient artifacts ever displayed outside of Israel. She says Brigham Young University as well as the city’s Interfaith Roundtable will be adding expertise and dialogue to the exhibit.

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Science & Technology
5:51 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Google Fiber to Buy Out Provo’s Fiber Optic Network

Governor Gary Herbert and Provo Mayor John Curtis Cheer a Pending Agreement with Google Fiber
Andrea Smardon

It was billed as an epic announcement in Provo. Mayor John Curtis announced Wednesday an agreement to make Provo the third US city to have access to Google Fiber’s ultra-high-speed Gigabit Internet, after Kansas City and Austin. 

Google Fiber General Manager Kevin Lo stood on the roof of the Utah Valley Convention Center with the Wasatch mountains behind him, buffeted by strong winds. He promised all Provo residents would have access to free basic Internet, with the option to upgrade to speeds 100 times faster than the average American can access.

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Business & Labor
5:10 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Broadway-Style Theater Design Unveiled

Salt Lake City officials unveiled the design scheme for the city’s new 2500 seat, Broadway-style Theater. It’s sleek and modern, but designers say they didn’t lose sight of the city’s surrounding historic architecture. 

Cesar Pelli is the lead architect for design firm Pelli Clark Pelli. He says the design scheme includes what he calls the city’s existing DNA. The New Performing Arts Center will be located on Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City, just south of City Creek Center.

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Public Safety
3:32 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Drop, Cover, and Hold On: Thousands Participate in Great Utah ShakeOut

Inside the Taylorsville City Hall during emergency response drill
Brian Grimmett

At 10:15 this morning tens of thousands of people participated in what is known as the great Utah ShakeOut: a statewide earthquake drill. Here on the University of Utah campus the drill started with a text message from the University Campus Alert system directing us to drop, cover, and hold on. Not long after that another text message alert arrived directing us to evacuate the building and head to our designated assembly point in a nearby parking lot.

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Politics
1:48 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Utah Governor Wants to Hurry AG Investigation

Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert

  Utah Governor Gary Herbert wants to see federal authorities hurry up with their investigation of Utah’s attorney general.   The governor said this morning that the delay is impacting the Attorney General’s office and the investigation has taken too long.

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Education
4:15 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

LGBT Resource Center Celebrates Ally Awareness Week and National Day of Silence

On the plaza of the J. Willard Marriott Library L-R Kai Martinez, Director of the LGBT Resource Center, Mary Hatch, student volunteer, and Erin Davies, Documentary Filmmaker and Owner/driver of 'Fagbug'
Credit Bob Nelson

As the National Day of Silence approaches this Friday the 19th, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center is honoring allies who reach out to people who are marginalized to give mutual respect and inclusion. Kai Martinez is the director of the center located on the campus of the University of Utah. He says Ally Awareness Week puts the focus on the support system.

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