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Environment & Public Lands
1:51 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Utah Air Quality Board to Discuss Strategies for Controlling Wood Burning

Erik Crossman - University of Utah

The Utah Air Quality board will discuss and develop strategies for controlling wood smoke during winter at their monthly meeting Wednesday. 

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Business & Labor
5:38 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

FDA Set to Regulate E-Cigarettes

Gloriaricardi via Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is prepared to start regulating electronic cigarettes. But advocates say the proposal would be detrimental to consumers and businesses.

The FDA’s plan is to classify electronic cigarettes, a personal vaporizer that delivers nicotine as a tobacco product. This means merchants will be banned from touting the devices as a safer alternative to traditional combustible cigarettes.

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Health Care
4:55 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Limited Spaces Available for Utah Autism Treatment Program

Cornell University

A children’s autism treatment program is accepting new applicants. The Utah Department of Health’s Medicaid Autism Waiver program is open for enrollment. There are 35 openings.

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Business & Labor
2:43 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Utah's Golf Industry Provides Larger Economic Impact Than Previously Thought

Tord Sollie, Flickr

As Governor Herbert declares May Utah Golf Month a new report also shows the industry has a larger than expected impact on the state’s economy.

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Environment & Public Lands
1:33 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Solar Panels Power Worship in Park City

Solar panels on a new addition to Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Park City, UT
Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church / Rocky Mountain Power

  Three houses of worship in the Park City area are among 22 facilities with new solar power installations funded by Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky program.

The Blue Sky program allows customers to pay extra on their power bills to support the development of renewable energy projects.

From that money, Rocky Mountain Power provided 35-thousand dollar grants to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church and Reform synagogue Temple Har Shalom.

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Business & Labor
5:20 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Deseret News Refuses to Run Utah Newspaper Project Ad

A group concerned about the future of the Salt Lake Tribune submitted an ad to both of the city’s daily newspapers to run on Saturday morning. But readers won’t see it in the Deseret News. 

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Local Government
5:15 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Hogle Zoo Proud of New Pride (of Lions)

Vulcan and Baron, two male lions on display at Utah's Hogle Zoo
Dan Bammes

  Visitors are getting their first look today at a couple of African lions in their new home at Utah’s Hogle Zoo. 

Two male lions, Vulcan and Baron, are now on display in the zoo’s 16-million dollar African Savannah exhibit.  Two female lions have also just arrived, but zoo spokesperson Erica Hansen says we won’t see all four together just yet.

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Education
4:24 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Ann Romney Keynotes SUU Graduation Ceremonies

Ann Romney, wife of former Republican candidate for President, Mitt Romney
Credit File politico.com

Ann Romney, the former First Lady of Massachusetts, delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2014 at Southern Utah University this morning. She quoted evangelical Christian Pastor Rick Warren in urging the graduates to live a purpose-driven life. She recalled the day when her husband, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, got the call from Kem Gardner asking them to take over the troubled 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

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Environment & Public Lands
3:30 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

State of the Air: Greater Salt Lake Gets ‘F’ but Shows Improvement

Creative Commons photo by Tim Brown, Infinite World

The American Lung Association released its annual report this week on the State of the Air across the country. The results for Utah are mixed.

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Environment & Public Lands
2:25 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Utah's Summer Smog Season Gets Underway

Driving less is one way Utahns can help protect the air from smog buildups on summer afternoons. Utahns often overlook the danger ozone pollution poses on their health.
Credit Utah Department of Transportation

Utah’s smog season is underway. Some call it Utah’s overlooked pollution problem.

Michelle Hofmann, a pediatrician and founder of the health advocacy group Breathe Utah, is used to hearing people complain about sooty pollution in the winter. But she says it’s harder for patients to grasp the impacts of ground-level ozone pollution, since it’s odorless and colorless.

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Politics
11:42 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Lifferth Apologizes for Racist Tweets

Representative David Lifferth

State Representative David E. Lifferth is publicly apologizing for saying the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a racist organization. The Utah County Republican made his initial remarks on Twitter, then used his blog late Thursday to make his apology and announce he had deleted the offensive tweets.  In his statement he called his tweets a joke and said they were insensitive to others.

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Politics
6:00 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Law Professor: Race Still Uncomfortable to Discuss

Emily Chiang started the S.J. Quinney School of Law's specialized Civil Rights Clinic. She says race is an issue many people think American have conquered racism but it troubles them enough to keep talking about it.
Credit S.J. Quinney School of Law / University of Utah

The conversation about race has heated up this week in Utah and throughout the nation.

Civil Rights expert Emily Chiang, associate professor at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law, says it’s a sign that America still isn’t the color-blind society many claim it is.

Chiang runs the law school’s civil rights clinic, and she says people are talking about race so much because they’re conflicted about it.

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Health Care
5:08 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Health Care Scorecard: Utah Among Worst for Access and Affordability

A new report shows Utah ranks among the worst states in the nation for access and affordability to health care. The Commonwealth Fund, a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, DC, released its Scorecard on State Health System Performance this week.

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Local Government
4:57 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Cities Set Aside Money to Improve Homeless Outreach

Homeless service providers accept a check from city governments to improve homeless services.
Whittney Evans

Ten of Salt Lake County’s 16 cities have combined forces and set aside $200,000 to increase services for the homeless in Salt Lake County. It’s a new collaboration spearheaded by Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams. 

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Business & Labor
3:55 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Utah's Bike Friendly Ranking is in the Nation's Top 10 for the First Time

Utah is ranked #8 most bike-friendly in the nation and #4 in the region.
Credit File: League of American Bicyclists Screen Shot

Utah’s bicycle-friendly ranking is in the top ten in the nation for the first time ever. The League of American Bicyclists traditionally marks the beginning of National Bike Month by releasing its rankings. Utah moved to #8 compared to 2013’s #14 ranking. Each state gets a ranking based on a level of achievement in the 5 “E’s”; engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation.

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Environment & Public Lands
1:49 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Conflict Over Mustangs in Southern Utah

Wild horses on public rangeland in Utah
Jaime Jackson / Wikimedia Commons

  Governor Gary Herbert says the state might be able to do a better job of managing wild horses on Utah’s public rangeland than federal authorities do.  And both wild horse advocates and local officials in southern Utah say the Bureau of Land Management needs to be doing more.

There are differing estimates of the number of mustangs living on public rangeland in southwestern Utah.  Local officials say there might be as many as 2000 in an area that can only sustain only about half that.

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Local Government
5:56 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Ute Cab Tells SLC to Get Serious About Lyft Violations

Pkg203 via Wikimedia Commons

A Salt Lake City taxi cab company says the city should be more serious about cracking down on ride-share company Lyft instead of just warning drivers who city officials say are breaking the law.

Lyft is a smart-phone app that connects passengers to local drivers who offer rides with their own personal vehicles, identified by a pink mustache on the grill. City officials say it’s an innovative idea, but the company must first comply with local rules and regulations.

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Business & Labor
5:27 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Alliant Techsystems Spins Off Sporting Group in Deal with Orbital Sciences

Credit File: Bill Ingalls/NASA, via Associated Press

Alliant Techsystems announced it is merging the majority of its holdings with Orbital Sciences. The company is best known in Utah as ATK with operations in Magna, Clearfield and Promontory. A company press release says the 1-point-seven billion dollar deal involves spinning off the parent company’s Sporting Group.

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Business & Labor
5:03 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Private Company Offers Plan to Overhaul UTOPIA Network

The struggling fiber optic network UTOPIA may be partnering with a private company to offer high speed internet access to every home in the 11 participating Utah cities where it operates.  Australian investment firm Macquerie Capital has released a proposal to fund UTOPIA’s overhaul. It would require city-wide utility fees from every household in the network.

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Public Safety
3:22 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Salt Lake County Inmate Found Dead After Being Charged with Abuse

Victor Manuel Rax
Credit Salt Lake County

A jailed man accused of sexually abusing teenage immigrant boys and forcing them to deal drugs is dead. The Salt Lake County Sheriff says that authorities found 42-year-old Victor Manuel Rax hanging in his cell Monday night, and they believe he committed suicide.

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Environment & Public Lands
3:14 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Utah's Spurge Scourge Targeted in Weekend Event

Spurge in the foothills below Grandeur Peak near Parley's Canyon is targeted in a volunteer cleanup this week.
Credit Judy Fahys / KUER News

Spring means spurge in Utah. And Salt Lake County is recruiting people to help purge the pretty -- but invasive -- weed.

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KUER Local News
2:32 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Voices for Utah Children Joins Nationwide Network to Fight Intergenerational Poverty

Aspen Institute

The nonprofit child advocacy organization, Voices for Utah Children,  is receiving a $50,000 grant to continue their work fighting intergenerational poverty.

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Business & Labor
2:08 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Zions Bank Consumer Attitude Index Hits All-Time High Mark

Cicero Group CEO Randy Shumway points to Utah's possible #1 Ranking for economic growth in the nation by year's end.
Credit Bob Nelson

The monthly Consumer Attitude Index from Zions Bank increased by 3.7 percent from March to April. The Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index also rose by 0.7 percent. The Cicero Group conducts the research for Zions. Cicero’s CEO Randy Shumway says while the improving attitude index is causing some concerns about inflation, the state is not close to any real problem with that. He says crossing this attitude index milestone puts the state economy on track to be running on all cylinders by the end of the year.

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Religion
1:31 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

LDS Church Releases Scaled-Back Plan for Provo MTC

LDS Missionary Training Center in Provo, UT
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  Neighbors of the Missionary Training Center in Provo appear to be more comfortable with the expansion plans released this week than they were with some earlier versions.

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Religion
12:20 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Prophet Elias Parishioners Looking at Options for Orthodox Congregation

Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church
Dan Bammes

  A group of parishioners at Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church in Holladay are looking at future options for their church after a letter from the church’s national leadership asked them to suspend any talk about dividing the parish.

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Local Government
5:43 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

City Warns Lyft Drivers: You're Violating City Code

Pkg203 via Wikimedia Commons

Salt Lake City is issuing warning citations to anyone offering a car-ride service without a business license—and yes that means the drivers of the pink mustachioed cars that recently hit Salt Lake City streets.

San Francisco-based Lyft is a booking service that connects ride-seekers to local drivers through a smart-phone app. The drivers use their own vehicles, which can be identified by a large pink mustache on the grill. The company launched its program in Salt Lake City about a week ago.

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Public Safety
4:12 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Utah Mother Accused of Killing Babies Charged with Six Counts of Murder

Megan Huntsman, accused of killing six of her babies and storing their bodies in her garage, appears in court Monday, April 28, 2014, in Provo, Utah.
Rick Bowmer AP Photo

Prosecutors filed six first-degree murder charges Monday against a Utah woman accused of killing six of her own newborn babies. If convicted, 39-year-old Megan Huntsman of Pleasant Grove would not face the death penalty, but could spend the rest of her life in prison.

According to Pleasant Grove police, Megan Huntsman admitted to suffocating or strangling six of her babies and hiding their bodies in boxes in her garage. Deputy Utah County Attorney Jared Perkins on the prosecution team says they think they know her motive, but are not releasing that information yet.

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Politics
11:23 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Owens Says He's a Good Democrat for 4th District Election Race

Doug Owens asks to be the Democratic nominee for the 2014 race in the 4th congressional district.
Credit Judy Fahys / KUER News

Utah Democrats in the 4th Congressional District chose Doug Owens  to run against Republican Mia Love.

Owens says he’s ready to take on Love in November. The 4th District already knows Mia Love from her 2012 race against Democrat Jim Matheson, who’s retiring after this term. Owens contends his Republican opponent is courting the national GOP, while his views are more in line with 4th District voters.

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Politics
11:15 am
Sun April 27, 2014

McAleer Wins Democratic Nomination in 1st Congressional District

Donna McAleer (under placard) poses for a group selfie with supporters Saturday after winning her party's nomination to challenge Republican Rob Bishop in the 1st District.
Credit Judy Fahys / KUER News

Democrats had a convention contest to see who would would get the chance to try unseating Republican Congressman Rob Bishop in the 1st Congressional District.

And now Donna McAleer is looking forward to a rematch against Bishop. She said she’s got much more ammunition against the incumbent in the two years since their last faceoff. McAleer says congressional bickering and Bishop’s role in the government shutdown last fall are good campaign issues in the 1st District.

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Politics
10:25 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

Democrat Luz Robles Will Challenge Congressman Stewart in 2nd District

Fellow Democrats congratulate Luz Robles. (April 26. 2014)
Andrea Smardon KUER

Utah Congressman Christ Stewart will face Democrat Luz Robles in the upcoming November election. Robles had no Democratic competitors for the District 2 nomination, leaving her free to focus on her Republican opponent. 

At the convention, Luz Robles acknowledged that running for Congress as a working mother, a state senator, and a Democrat would be an uphill battle.

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