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6:37 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Salt Lake Area Gang Project Hosts 23rd Annual Conference

Bob Nelson

"...again that’s one of the criteria that we have. Criminal activity, hanging with other known gangsters…boom, there you go, he’s a gangster," explains Detective Jamie Cardenas, referring to a Millcreek area rapper who continually denies being a gangster when being questioned by law enforcment. About 300 law enforcement professionals are attending Gangs 101 by Detectives Jaime Cardenas and Zach Emmerick with the Metro Gang Unit of Midvale and Unified Police Department respectively.

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Business & Labor
4:29 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Airport TRAX Line Opens This Weekend

The new TRAX line that transports riders to and from Salt Lake International Airport is scheduled to open this Sunday. Reporters were invited to ride the train this morning. 

Imagine flying into Salt Lake City for the first time, exiting the terminal, boarding a train and taking in a view of the Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountains at 60 miles per hour.  Steve Meyer, Chief Capital Development Officer for Utah Transit Authority says that’s a great way to enter the community.

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Science & Technology
4:08 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

U of U Researcher Gives a New Perspective to the Average Snowflake

A University of Utah researcher is taking pictures of snowflakes in a way that’s never been done before and the results could help forecasters better predict the weather.

If you’ve ever seen a picture of a snowflake it probably looked a lot like the paper cut-outs made every winter by thousands of first and second graders across the country: unique, but perfectly symmetrical and flat. But according to Tim Garrett, an atmospheric science professor at the U who helped develop a new way to photograph snowflakes, that image is a lie.

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11:17 am
Wed April 10, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday April 10, 2013

The Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce calls out Utah’s Senators for their inaction on immigration reform, Utah’s Attorney General sends a letter to Congress encouraging immigration reform, and the Ogden-Hinckley Airport control tower will stay open, for now.

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Business & Labor
7:18 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Ogden-Hinckley Tower Stays For Now

Credit File:standard.net

The Ogden-Hinckley Airport Control Tower will stay in operation at least until June 15th following a last minute decision by the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday. Federal budget cuts due to sequestration are threatening 149 similar operations across the country because contractors run the towers. Royal Eccles is the airport manager in Ogden. He says his issue isn’t so much with Congress as it is with the FAA.

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Public Safety
5:27 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Swallow Joins Other Attorneys General Backing Immigration Reform

Courtesy of the Utah Attorney General's Office

Utah Attorney General John Swallow is encouraging Congress to enact immigration reform.  Swallow is part of a bipartisan group of 35 Attorney Generals who sent a letter to federal leaders calling for reform that improves the immigration system, keeps communities safe and protects borders. 

Swallow says drug crime, identity theft issues, and gangs tied to illegal immigration are threatening Utah’s safety and economy.

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Business & Labor
4:33 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Business Leaders Urge Congress to Act on Immigration

Vale Hale, President and CEO of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Business leaders in Utah say they’re disappointed in the state’s two U.S. Senator’s for trying to delay comprehensive immigration reform while the economy suffers. But Republican Senator’s Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee say they’re not ready to back a catch-all bill, especially if it contains a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

Congress returned from Spring break this week with immigration reform at the top of the agenda. Salt Lake Chamber President and CEO Lane Beattie says for members of Utah’s delegation to say they need more time is ridiculous.

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12:21 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday April 9, 2013

Salt Lake City launches a new bike sharing program, outdoor businesses call on the president to protect land around Utah’s national parks, and a wind storm brings gusts up to 50 miles an hour to the Wasatch front.

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Environment & Public Lands
5:41 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Conservation Groups Call for Federal Protection of Utah's Parks

Outdoor businesses and conservation groups are calling on the federal government to protect the land in and around Utah’s parks. 29 organizations sent a letter Monday to President Barack Obama calling for lasting protections for state and national parks from overdevelopment. 

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Business & Labor
3:51 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Salt Lake City Launches Bike Share Program

Salt Lake City Councilman Carlton Christensen with a bike Salt Lake City's new GREENbike program.

Salt Lake City officially launched its much-anticipated  bike share program today. It’s called GREENbike and it offers unlimited short-term trips between stations scattered across the city. 

GREENbike is not quite a rental system. With memberships ranging from $5 a day to $75 a year, users pick up a bike at one of the solar-powered kiosks. But instead of chaining it to a corral or storing it at an office, the user returns it to the nearest kiosk for someone else to use. 

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Politics
3:48 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Chaffetz Calls for Piecemeal Immigration Reform

Sign at U.S. Border
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Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz called for a piecemeal approach to immigration reform while speaking at the Hinckley Institute of Politics today. He says if you want to solve the overall problem you have to start by fixing legal immigration.

“You never ever solve this problem unless you fix legal immigration," he says. "I don’t care how big, far, wide your fence is, if you don’t fix legal immigration you never solve the problem.”

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11:07 am
Mon April 8, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday April 8, 2013

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds its annual general conference, a group of LDS women seek the priesthood, and the Utah State Office of Education questions what type of student data should be public.

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Education
9:45 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Ed Officials Seek AG's Opinion on Student Data Issue

The Utah State Office of Education is seeking the Attorney General’s opinion on what type of student data should be published. The board is asking the Attorney General to reconcile two state statutes they say cause the confusion. But not everyone believes a conflict exists.

Some argue classroom-level testing data allows the public to see how teachers perform. While others say the numbers could be read out of context. 

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Business & Labor
6:25 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Median Priced Home Sales Heat Up in Salt Lake County

Sold home in popular 15th and 15th area of Salt Lake City
Bob Nelson

The latest sales figures for median-priced single-family homes and condominiums in Salt Lake County shows a 20 percent increase compared to the same time last year. It’s a seller’s market, according to Dave Frederickson - President of the Salt Lake Board of Realtors. He says the number of homes on the market is limited right now. In particular, homes in the median price range of $250,000 and below are selling quickly.

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Religion
10:36 am
Sun April 7, 2013

LDS Women Seek Ordination

Supporters of ordaining women to the LDS priesthood gather at the University of Utah
Alicia Geesman

  The prayer offered by Jean Stevens at the end of the Saturday morning session of the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was unprecedented – no woman has ever been asked to pray in a General Conference session.

The change could be seen as part of an effort to draw attention to the leadership roles Mormon women already serve in their church – and a way of countering pressure from some members to ordain women to the LDS priesthood.

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KUER Local News
4:45 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Provo Reservoir Canal Enclosure and Trail Completed

Brian Grimmett

Local leaders celebrated the completion today of the Provo Reservoir Canal Enclosure, one of the most significant water projects in Utah. The celebration comes after nearly two decades of planning, negotiating and hard work from several of the Wasatch Front’s major water districts and local governments. But the project isn’t without some loose ends.

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Environment & Public Lands
1:35 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Nevada Environmentalists Applaud Utah Decision

Snake Valley is located on the Utah-Nevada state line
U.S. Bureau of Land Management

  Environmentalists who’ve been trying to stop a water pipeline from the Great Basin to Las Vegas are applauding a decision by Utah’s governor to reject an agreement between Utah and Nevada.

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Entertainment
12:10 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Dan Nailen: Odd Couple Still Odd

Mark La Mura (Oscar Madison), Amy Bodnar (Gwendolyn Pigeon), Helen Anker (Cecily Pigeon) and Jeff Talbott (Felix Ungar) in Pioneer Theatre Company's production of The Odd Couple
Alexander Weisman

  KUER's Dan Nailen and Dan Bammes talk about Pioneer Theatre Company's production of The Odd Couple by Neil Simon as well as other entertainment options for the weekend.

Dan Nailen's entertainment weblog slcene.com

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Public Safety
5:50 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Utah Mother of Five Faces Deportation; Friends and Family Plead for Help

Brenda Guzman-Sandoval's five children and brother wait outside the Wallace F. Bennett federal building in Salt Lake City, while supporters meet with Senator Mike Lee's staff.
Andrea Smardon

A Utah County woman with five young children may be deported to Mexico next week. But her family and community advocates are trying to stop that from happening. They met with representatives from Utah's congressional delegation Wednesday, pleading for help and for immigration reform. 

Brenda Guzman-Sandoval was arrested by Utah County Police on March 20th at her home in Orem.  Her 17-year-old brother Moices Guzman was there.

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Politics
3:23 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

LDS Democrats Announce National Organization

Robert Taber, Chair of LDS Democrats of America joins Crystal Young-Otterstrom and others for a virtual press conference.

Democrats in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have launched a national organization to promote their political values. Leaders of LDS Democrats of America announced the development during a virtual press conference this morning . 

On the heels of the 2012 Presidential election and the so-called “Mormon moment,” LDS Democrats are looking to extend their reach. Robert Taber directed the national Mormons for Obama Campaign in 2012. He’s now chair of the newly-minted LDS Democrats of America, an outgrowth of the LDS Democrats caucus in Utah.

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Entertainment
11:59 am
Thu April 4, 2013

NPR discontinues TOTN, a letter from KUER's General Manager

-KUER News Pod
11:34 am
Thu April 4, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday April 4, 2013

Intermountain Health Care is fined more than $25 million dollars, Governor Herbert won’t be signing a water agreement with Nevada, and the USDA targets poverty in Southeast Utah.

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Business & Labor
5:27 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Intermountain Health Pays Feds Millions in Settlement

The largest health system in the state of Utah has agreed to pay the Federal government $25.5 million to settle claims that it violated laws governing physician referrals and payments. But an official with Intermountain Healthcare says they didn’t realize they were in violation of the law until after an internal review.   

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Environment & Public Lands
5:01 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Herbert Rejects Snake Valley Water Agreement with Nevada

Pruess Lake, the most prominent body of water in Snake Valley
Wikimedia Commons

Governor Gary Herbert has rejected an agreement with Nevada that would allow Las Vegas to pump massive amounts of groundwater from the states' shared border along the Snake Valley. The governor says he came to the decision after talking to residents and government officials in the West Desert.

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Business & Labor
2:55 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

USDA Targets Poverty in Southeast Utah

Fred White, Director of Department of Natural Resources, Navajo Nation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is expanding a program into Utah that is aimed at helping rural counties escape the grasp of persistent poverty.

The new StrikeForce Initiative brings together agencies within the USDA in an attempt to better coordinate efforts to spur economic development in rural counties. Dave Conine is the Rural Development state director. He says by making knowledge and resources available through things like micro-loans that they’ll be able to make a real difference.

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-KUER News Pod
10:05 am
Wed April 3, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday April 3, 2013

Salt Lake City updates the fee and scheduling process for athletic fields, Sanpete County Sheriffs capture the elusive “Mountain Man”, and an explosion at a Tooele County titanium plant injures two.

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KUER Local News
9:36 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Salt Lake City Raises Fees to Use Athletic Fields

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Community sports teams will have to reserve Salt Lake City playing fields by the hour this spring, rather than in week-long blocks like they did in the past; concession stands will also have to pay more to set up shop. The Salt Lake City council voted last night to update the fee structure to accommodate an increased demand for fields.   

Councilwoman Jill Remington Love says the change is not about increasing revenue, but freeing up limited fields for competing groups looking for a place to play.

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Public Safety
4:10 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

UDOT Gets Hit by Largest Single Copper Cable Heist

Center median box lid broken into by thieves along Interstate 15
File: Utah Department of Transportation

The Utah Department of Transportation has been hit by the largest single theft of copper cable in its history. UDOT’s John Gleason says they’re surprised no one noticed thieves at work right along I-15 in North Salt Lake last week.

“They basically stripped out 35-thousand feet of copper wiring, you know that stretches, says Gleason, it spans about the length of a mile, eleven separate tall light poles.”

Gleason says replacing the cables will cost between 50 and 60 thousand dollars so taxpayers are the biggest victims in these thefts.

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11:17 am
Tue April 2, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday April 2, 2013

The Utah Pride Center won’t be getting a scout troop, Utah’s courts open up the door to electronics, and UTA puts into effect fare increases.

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Business & Labor
6:03 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

UTA Fares Increase Today

Utah Transit Authority fare increases took effect today; much to the chagrin of riders. It was the last in a series of increases UTA approved in 2011. 

There are few certainties in life. But one thing is clear; no one likes to see prices go up. Mia Mora uses public transportation a few days a week. She says the 15 cent hike won’t price her out of a commute.

“As long as it doesn’t get any higher than that," she says. "But if they keep raising it….”

Mora says she already struggles to afford a day pass or multiple transfers.

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