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KUER Local News
5:13 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Utah Supreme Court Holds Off on Returning Adopted Girl to Father

South Carolina Army drill sergeant Terry Achane thought he would be reunited with his 2-year-old daughter in Provo Wednesday, but it didn’t turn out that way.  The Utah Supreme Court put a temporary hold on a lower court judge’s order giving Achane custody of his daughter. 

Achane’s daughter Teleah was placed for adoption at birth without his consent or knowledge.  After months of litigation, Achane’s attorney Mark Wiser says his client was en route to Provo for a hearing in 4th District Court where he expected to finally gain custody of his daughter.

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Business & Labor
3:43 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

UTA Making Route Changes in Preparation for New Airport TRAX line

FILE: UTA TRAX train
Brian Grimmett

The Utah Transit Authority is holding public meetings this week on several proposed route changes and reductions. 

In connection with the start of service on the new Airport TRAX line in April UTA is proposing several route changes including eliminating routes in Salt Lake, Tooele, and Davis County. UTA spokesman Gerry Carpenter says he thinks for the most part these changes will be well received.

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Environment & Public Lands
1:41 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Salazar to Step Down as Interior Secretary

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar (in white hat) speaks with former U.S. Senator Bob Bennett and Washington County Commissioner Alan Gardner in 2012
Dan Bammes

President Barack Obama will have to find a replacement for the Secretary of the Interior in his second term. Ken Salazar is planning to leave the job in March.  

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-KUER News Pod
10:39 am
Wed January 16, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday January 16, 2012

Utah’s Attorney General calls for an investigation into the bribery allegations brought against him, KUER’s Bob Nelson goes shrimping on the Great Salt Lake, and Utah schools see the lowest participation in the free breakfast program in the nation.

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Environment & Public Lands
6:30 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Great Salt Lake Brine Shrimp Attract Unique Blend of Public and Private Regulation

Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Management Boat
Credit Utah Department of Natural Resources / Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

The Great Salt Lake occasionally smells strange during the summer and then there’s the “lake effect” in the winter. But within the waters of North America's most salty lake lies a unique variety of brine shrimp species that has spawned a rare public/private partnership between the Utah Department of Natural Resources and more than a dozen businesses.

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Politics
3:59 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Utah Attorney General Asks U.S. Attorney for Investigation

John Swallow takes the oath of office to become Utah's new Attorney General
The Salt Lake Tribune (pool photo)

Utah Attorney General John Swallow is asking the U.S. Attorney for Utah for a full investigation into allegations that he schemed to bribe a congressman.

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Education
1:59 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Utah Schools Last in Breakfast Program Participation

Utah has the fewest number of eligible school children eating free and reduced price breakfast each day. According to a new national report released today, Utah served about 34 low-income children breakfast for every 100 that received free or reduced price lunch during the 2011-2012 school year. 

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Politics
1:05 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Hinckley Forums: Lobbying at the Utah State Legislature

Hinckley Forums: Lobbying at the Utah State Legislature

Monday, January 14, 2013

Lobbying at the Utah State Legislature
David Spatafore, Spatafore Consulting Group

Click here for more information about the Hinckley Institute of Politics Forums at the University of Utah.

Past Hinckley forums can be found here.

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KUER Local News
4:29 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

U.S. Speedskating Coach Cleared of Abuse Allegations

U.S. Speedskating

After five months, an investigation into the alleged abuse of U.S. Speedskating team members has finally come to an end.

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Environment & Public Lands
2:10 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Expanded Solar Power Incentives Beginning from Rocky Mountain Power

Businesses may also receive benefits through lottery.
Credit Rocky Mountain Power

Rocky Mountain Power is opening another lottery for their customers who want to receive incentives to help offset the costs of installing solar energy equipment on their homes or businesses. The program opens Tuesday the 15th and runs through the 28th of January. Rocky Mountain Power spokesperson Jeff Hymas says the $50 million dollars up for grabs through 2017 will benefit all power users.

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Politics
1:50 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Critics Demand Investigations of Utah's Attorney General

Utah Attorney General John Swallow sworn into office on January 7, 2013
The Salt Lake Tribune (pool photo)

The chorus of voices demanding an investigation of Utah's attorney general is growing.  The Alliance for a Better Utah is asking the Utah State Bar to look into accusations that Attorney General John Swallow helped to arrange a lobbying effort aimed at sidetracking a federal investigation of Internet entrepreneur Jeremy Johnson.

Alliance Director Maryann Martindale says, if what Johnson has been saying is true, Swallow could have violated ethical standards.

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-KUER News Pod
11:45 am
Mon January 14, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday January 14, 2013

Utah’s new Attorney General denies accusations that he helped a St. George businessman avoid an FTC investigation, the man accused of killing an Ogden police officer is suing his insurance company, and three Utahns die in a plane crash in Texas.

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Entertainment
11:53 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Dan Nailen: Sit Down Comedy

Robin Williams

KUER Entertainment Reporter Dan Nailen talks with Dan Bammes about Robin Williams' sit-down show at Kingsbury Hall.

Dan Nailen's entertainment blog slcene.com

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Education
5:08 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Ad Firm Suggests Names for Dixie State College

The company Dixie State College enlisted to come up with a new name for the school unveiled a list of suggestions to an eager crowd last night in St. George. Sorenson Advertising spent three months doing interviews and assembling focus groups with students, faculty, alumni and members of the community. Dixie State College is positioning itself to gain university status this year. 

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Environment & Public Lands
4:39 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Utah Congressmen Push for More Energy Development in Utah, Environmental Groups Push Back

Senator Mike Lee, Congressman Rob Bishop, and Congressman Chris Stewart speak at the Governor's Energy Development Summit
Brian Grimmett

Members of Utah’s congressional delegation called for more energy development during a panel at the Governor’s Energy Development Summit. But the discussion wasn’t without some push back from local environmental advocacy groups.

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Religion
12:08 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Peter Cooke Called as LDS Mission President

Peter Cooke

Retired U.S. Army Major General Peter Cooke was the Democratic Party nominee for governor of Utah in the 2012 election, but lost to the Republican incumbent, Gary Herbert.  He says it was a surprise when church leaders asked him to be a mission president a few days ago.  He doesn't yet know where he'll be assigned among the church's 350 missions worldwide, but he says his wife Heather and their four children are delighted with the opportunity to serve.

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-KUER News Pod
11:43 am
Thu January 10, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday January 10, 2013

The St. George community gets its first look at possible new names for Dixie State College, the Governor recognizes state agencies that participated in his “Choose Health Challenge”, and police continue their search for a missing Herriman teen.

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-KUER News Pod
3:33 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday January 9, 2013

Members of the Salt Lake City Council pick a new council chair, a small Utah town is considering an ordinance recommending gun ownership, and a group that tries to help families fleeing polygamy is raising money to buy a big house.

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Environment & Public Lands
12:25 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Gooseberry Narrows in Sanpete County Progress Trickles On

Credit US Department of the Interior / Bureau of Reclamation

The federal Bureau of Reclamation’s recent release of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Narrows Dam on Gooseberry Creek in Sanpete County is likely to be contested in court. The relatively small water project would allow the Sanpete Water Conservancy District to develop an existing Gooseberry Project right to 5400 acre-feet of water for farmers’ late summer crop.

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KUER Local News
12:19 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Salt Lake City Moves Forward with Incubator Kitchen

The Salt Lake City Council last night approved funding for a catering kitchen at The Leonardo.  The council also set aside some additional money for a potential incubator kitchen, which may or may not be located in the Leonardo. 

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Public Safety
4:17 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Should Every Home Have a Gun? A Small Utah Town Says Yes

Old School House Spring City, Utah
Spring City Corporation

Officials in Spring City, Utah are considering an ordinance that would encourage every homeowner to own a gun.

Spring City Councilman Neil Sorensen came up with the original idea that would have made owning a gun mandatory. But after discussion the city council quickly decided doing so would be too complicated, so they changed the language of the ordinance. Sorensen says he hopes the ordinance will make criminals think twice before attempting a home invasion.

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Religion
1:48 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

House Could Help Families Escaping Polygamy

Hildale, UT
Utah Attorney General's Office

A group that helps families leaving polygamist communities is hoping to buy a big house to help their effort, and they're asking for donations to make it happen. 

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-KUER News Pod
12:49 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday January 8, 2013

Governor Gary Herbert is sworn into office for his first full term, new Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams holds an inauguration ceremony of his own, and environmental groups show concern over the acquisition of EnergySolutions.

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Environment & Public Lands
4:57 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Environmentalists Wary of EnergySolutions Acquisition

A truck unloads shipments of Class A low-level waste at EnergySolutions’ Clive facility.
EnergySolutions

Salt Lake City nuclear waste company EnergySolutions announced Monday that it will be acquired by private equity firm Energy Capital Partners.  But numerous parties are questioning the deal, including HEAL Utah.   The environmental organization's Policy Director Matt Pacenza told KUER that he is wary about a private equity firm managing nuclear waste. 

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Politics
3:32 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

McAdams Sworn in as New Salt Lake County Mayor

Democrat Ben McAdams was sworn in as Salt Lake County Mayor this morning by Salt Lake County 3rd district juvenile court Judge Andrew Valdez at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. McAdams, Deputy Mayor Nichole Dunn and newly elected council members Max Burdick, Jim Bradley, Michael Jensen and Sam Granato all took the oath of office before a packed theater. 

Following his pledge to uphold the United States constitution and the constitution of the state of Utah, McAdams told the crowd today is the day he begins to deliver on the promises he made during the campaign.

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Politics
3:24 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Governor Herbert Inaugurated to First Full Term

Governor Gary Herbert gives his inaugural address
Brian Grimmett

A performance by the One Voice Children’s Choir helped mark the inauguration of Gary Herbert to his first full term as Governor. The ceremony also included performances from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and a 19 gun salute by the Utah National Guard. In his inaugural address Herbert refrained from making any strong political statements. Instead he urged everyone to keep pressing forward while praising the “can-do” attitude of state residents both past and present.

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-KUER News Pod
12:59 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday January 7, 2012

Governor Gary Herbert is sworn into his first full term, newly elected State Auditor John Dougall sits down and talks with KUER’s Dan Bammes, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gives conditional approval to Utah’s health exchange.

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Politics
8:17 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Utah's New Auditor Promises Closer Scrutiny

State Auditor John Dougall
courtesy photo

John Dougall will be sworn in this morning as Utah's new state auditor as business opens for the day.  He won't be on the platform with Governor Gary Herbert or the other state officials during Monday's inauguration ceremony.  Dougall is a former Republican state legislator from northern Utah County who won the auditor's job after defeating the incumbent, Austen Johnson, in a primary election last summer.  He's promising to bring some fresh energy to the job.

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Health Care
4:38 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Utah Lawmakers May Consider a Partnership Health Exchange

Representative James Dunnigan (R-Taylorsville) says he is in favor of a partnership exchange, where Utah continues to run Avenue H for small businesses, but the federal government provides an insurance marketplace for individuals.

Federal officials have given preliminary approval for Utah to run its own health insurance exchange marketplace, but some state lawmakers say they don’t want to run the exchange under the feds’ rules. 

Earlier this week, US Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Utah officials that the state’s Avenue H exchange could be approved by the federal government if it meets certain requirements by October.  Republican Representative Jim Dunnigan is chair of Utah’s Health System Reform Task Force.  He says the feds are not giving Utah the flexibility that it requested.

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-KUER News Pod
1:31 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday January 4, 2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gives Utah conditional approval for their state run health exchange, a University of Utah program tries to give children with Autism a better quality of life, and the Holly Oil Refinery in Woods Cross gets approval to expand.

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