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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

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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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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

ATIS547

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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KUER Local News
5:30 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Boy Scouts Reject Utah Pride Center Troop Application

Utah Pride Center
Andrea Smardon

The Boy Scouts have rejected an application for a scouting troop sponsored by the Utah Pride Center. The gay rights organization recently asked permission to start a troop for 10 middle-school aged children. 

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KUER Local News
3:58 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Utah Courts Open Door to Electronics

File: Matheson Courthouse
Brian Grimmett

Utah courtrooms are becoming a little more open and transparent today. Members of the public are now allowed to bring cell phones, laptops, tablets, and other electronic devices into Utah courtrooms. 

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Politics
2:03 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Thomas Wright Not Seeking Re-election as Utah GOP Chairman

Utah Republican Party Chairman Thomas Wright announced today that he will not seek re-election when the state GOP meets in May. 

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12:15 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday April 1, 2013

Federal spending cuts affect Utah’s poor and hungry, Utah’s GOP Chairman says he won’t run for re-election, and Utah’s courts begin a new era of openness.

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KUER Local News
9:25 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Sequestration Hits Hungry, Low Income Utahns

Volunteer Carreen Vigil stocks the shelves at Redwood Neighborhood Center food pantry, which has extended its hours to service people from a closed pantry in Murray.
Andrea Smardon

A food pantry in Murray has closed its doors because of federal sequestration budget cuts.  Nonprofit organizations in Utah are trying to figure out how to continue serving hungry, elderly, and low-income people as their budgets are reduced.  KUER looks at how sequestration will affect some of the most vulnerable parts of the state's population.

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Education
4:47 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Higher Ed Officials Approve Tuition Hike

The Utah board of regents today approved some of the lowest tuition increases in a decade. 

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2:42 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday March 29, 2013

Governor Herbert says he’s close to a decision about the Snake Valley water agreement, the Utah Foundation addresses the conflict between education and transportation, and the Department of Corrections gets a new executive director.

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Entertainment
6:33 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Dan Nailen Recommends Flagging Down Patterson Hood at the State Room

Patterson Hood of "Drive by Truckers" makes a Salt Lake stop on his solo tour.
File

Dan Nailen says get to one of two concerts with Patterson Hood of the Drive by Truckers for his solo tour and don't miss meeting the singer/ song writer at the Heavy Metal Shop in Salt Lake City at 5 on Saturday.

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Education
6:51 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Tax Increases to Fund Education and Transportation Discussed at Utah Foundation Meeting

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams addresses luncheon. Pictured continuing left to right is Stephen Kroes, Mark Bouchard, Aaron Osmond, Michael Allegra and Natalie Gochnour
Bob Nelson

The Utah Foundation’s annual meeting Thursday deals with two traditionally conflicting issues facing Utahns, education and transportation. The foundation organizes the Utah Priorities Project along with the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. Stephen Kroes , the president of the Utah Foundation says conflicts between education and transportation going forward need to end.

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Environment & Public Lands
2:40 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Herbert Close to Decision on Snake Valley Agreement

Governor Gary Herbert

Governor Gary Herbert says he’ll decide whether or not to sign the controversial water sharing agreement with Nevada in the next couple of weeks. Nevada officials signed the document three years ago. It would allow the state to pump groundwater to Las Vegas by way of Snake Valley, which straddles the Utah/Nevada border. 

The governor, speaking at the monthly KUED today news conference says it’s clear most people in Utah and even some in Nevada believe the pipeline is a mistake.

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12:07 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday March 28, 2013

The Utah Tourism Office launches a new ad campaign, Utah gets its first non-profit health insurance cooperative, and state agencies begin creating air quality improvement plans.

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4:05 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday March 27, 2013

Utah Senator Mike Lee says he’ll actively block any new gun control legislation, the Utah Supreme Court hears arguments in a controversial adoption case, and Salt Lake City wrestles with increasing fees to use the city’s athletic fields.

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Environment & Public Lands
2:04 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Utah Launches New Tourism Campaign

Life Elevated Banners
Brian Grimmett

The Utah Office of Tourism launched a brand new regional ad campaign today to help promote the state’s five national parks.

The $3.1 million dollar campaign will include TV commercials in major western markets like Los Angeles, Denver, and San Francisco as well outdoor and digital advertisements. Governor Gary Herbert was on hand for the launch. He says tourism has and will continue to help Utah’s economy.

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KUER Local News
11:27 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

City Weighs Pros and Cons of Athletic Field Changes

Credit ATIS547

The Salt Lake City Council will take more time to deliberate proposed fee and scheduling changes to the city’s in-demand athletic fields. The decision to pause comes after a scheduled public hearing on the issue where about a dozen people spoke for and against some of the changes.

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KUER Local News
5:12 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Utah Supreme Court Case Challenges Constitutionality of State’s Adoption Laws

Christopher Carlton looks on as the Utah Supreme Court hears arguments in his appeal.
Salt Lake Tribune

The Utah Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on the appeal of Christopher Carlton, a Pennsylvania man whose baby was given up for adoption in Utah against his will. 

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Politics
5:06 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Lee Joins Senators Paul and Cruz Threatening Block of Gun Control Legislation

Sen. Mike Lee
Office of Senator Mike Lee.

Utah Republican Senator Mike Lee has joined two other lawmakers who say they will block any legislation dealing with gun control.  

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Business & Labor
2:21 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Higher Gas Prices Power Recent Inflation in Utah

Andre Tsalpatouros (left) is the owner of Pierre Country Bakery. He and Randy Shumway, the CEO of the Cicero Group, talk about the up and downs of the current local market.
Bob Nelson

The higher price of a gallon of gasoline was the driving force behind a marked increase in the Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index or CPI last month. The Cicero Group released the latest figures for Zions Bank today Tuesday. Cicero’s CEO Randy Shumway says gas prices affect everything.

“Since the average Utahn spends about 18 cents of every dollar on transportation, says Shumway, that has a big impact on inflation in the state.”

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