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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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-KUER News Pod
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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-KUER News Pod
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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-KUER News Pod
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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-KUER News Pod
12:37 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday March 26, 2013

The U.S. Interior Department announces a plan to develop Utah tar sands, a sweetheart deal could end up saving Salt Lake County millions of dollars, and the University of Utah begins an investigation into their swim team.

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Environment & Public Lands
5:31 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Final Plan for Oil Shale and Tar Sands Development Announced

PR Springs, in the Book Cliffs of Utah, slated for tar sands mining.
Before It Starts

US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced a plan to encourage oil shale and tar sands development in the Mountain West. The Bureau of Land Management released its final plan Friday to develop and test technologies to extract these fossil fuels in Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming. But the citizen group Utah Tar Sands Resistance says this move will endanger the environment and public health. 

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Politics
5:09 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

30-Year-Old Deal Could Save Salt Lake County Millions of Dollars

FILE: Salt Palace Convention Center

A deal made more than 30 years ago between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Salt Lake County could end up saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

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Environment & Public Lands
4:02 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Rope Swing Fatality on Trust Lands Brings Renewed Scrutiny of High Risk Recreation

File: Piton type anchor similar to that used for rope swing from Corona Arch.

The weekend fatality of a West Jordan man will become an unplanned topic at the State School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration or SITLA Board meeting later this week. 22-year-old Kyle Stocking died following a rope swing accident from Corona Arch which is located on SITLA Land. Kim Christy is the Deputy Director of the Administration which owns 3 point 4 million acres in Utah. He offered condolences to the family and friends of Stocking.

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1:53 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday March 25, 2013

The Gateway Mall looks to get out of the shadow of City Creek, a couple of Utah airports will feel the effect of federal spending cuts, and Bishop John C. Wester of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake sits down with KUER’s Dan Bammes.

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Religion
7:40 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Utah's Catholic Bishop on the Pope, Immigration and Medicaid

Bishop John C. Wester
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

  Utah's Catholic bishop, John Wester, was out of town when the church elected a new pope earlier this month. He's had a lot of people ask about it since, and that also offered the opportunity to talk about a number of other issues involving the Catholic church in Utah.  On Friday March 22nd, I asked Bishop Wester what he's learned about Pope Francis since the conclave.

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Politics
7:32 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Utah Lawmakers Consider Possible Veto Override

Credit Brian Grimmett

With Governor Gary Herbert’s veto of House Bill 76 Friday, lawmakers in the Utah House and Senate will have to decide whether or not to call a special session and attempt to override that veto.  HB 76 would allow anyone over the age of 21 who can legally possess a firearm to carry it concealed from view without a permit as long as a round of ammunition is not loaded in the chamber of the gun.

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Business & Labor
4:02 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

One Year After City Creek Opening, The Gateway Makes New Investments

As City Creek Center celebrates its one year anniversary, the nearby Gateway Mall is standing its ground and making new investments. 

The Gateway has lost about a dozen stores to City Creek Center.  But The Gateway’s General Manager Scott Bennett says the outdoor center for shopping, dining, and entertainment is doing just fine. 

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Politics
2:44 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Governor Herbert Vetoes Constitutional Carry Bill

Utah Governor Gary Herbert has vetoed HB 76, a bill that would allow any Utahn over the age of 21 to carry a concealed firearm without a permit unless the weapon has a round in the chamber. Now it’s up to Utah lawmakers to decide if they want to overrule the governor’s decision.  

Governor Herbert says he vetoed HB 76 because Utah’s current gun laws have served the state well and have become a model for the nation.

“So that’s a reason why if it ain’t broke don’t fix it," Herbert says.

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Public Safety
6:05 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Officials Test Response to Crisis on Airport TRAX Line

Utah Transit Authority is set for the grand opening of the Salt Lake Regional Airport TRAX line next month, but before riders can climb aboard law enforcement and emergency management personnel are performing some exercises to prepare for a crisis situation.

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Environment & Public Lands
5:49 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Federal Court Grants Utah, Kane Co. Federal Roads

One of the routes granted to the state of Utah and Kane County in the Federal lawsuit.
Credit Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

Kane County and the state of Utah have regained ownership of several back-country roads that cross federal land. A federal judge granted the state and county title to 12 of 15 roads being contested in a legal dispute with the Interior department and Bureau of Land Management. 

Utah Attorney General John Swallow says the decision proves the state of Utah and 22 of 29 Utah counties involved in the lawsuit are not just barking in the wind.

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3:56 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

KUER's Clearing the Air Series Gets Nod from City Weekly

Lead in text: 
Our recent series with RadioWest on Clearing the Air gets a thumbs up from this City Weekly story. Let us know what you thought about it.
Working Together Fierce Competition City Creek Success Finally, we're hearing some good news from City Creek. After a year of operation, the urban mall is 98 percent full, and its apparent success should serve as a reminder that, 1. You can't tell tales, and 2. More of the same will just take from its competitors.
Environment & Public Lands
1:42 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Governor Consults Snake Valley Residents on Water Deal

West Desert High School in Partoun, Utah
Dan Bammes

  Governor Gary Herbert traveled to the Snake Valley on the Utah-Nevada line yesterday to talk to people who might be impacted by a plan to pump groundwater from the Great Basin to Las Vegas.

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