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5:48 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

Mia Love Wins GOP 4th Congressional District Race

Mia Love speaks to delegates at the Utah GOP Convention
Brian Grimmett

Former Saratoga Springs mayor Mia Love won the state Republican nomination for Utah’s 4th congressional district.

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Politics
5:13 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

Utah AG Sean Reyes Accepts GOP Nomination

Attorney General Sean Reyes speaks to delegates at the Utah GOP Convention
Brian Grimmett

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes will be the Republican nominee in the special election to replace former AG John Swallow. Reyes was the only republican candidate running. He has been working as the AG since January when Governor Herbert appointed him to replace Swallow. At the GOP state convention on Saturday, Reyes reaffirmed his commitment to fighting for Utah’s Amendment 3.

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Environment & Public Lands
5:00 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

West's GOP Leaders Plot Strategy

Utah State Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, and Montana State Sen. Jennifer Fielder address the Western Republican Leadership Conference at the Grand America Hotel on Friday. They were helping to develop new strategies to advance GOP policies nationwide.
Credit Judy Fahys / KUER News

The West’s Republican are having a strategy session in Utah, calling on the federal government to cut regulation and surrender lands in their states.

Montana State Sen. Jennifer Fielder came to Utah to swap ideas at the Western Republican Leadership Conference. Fielder says Western states need to take control of federal lands because states do a better job managing wildlife, forests and range.

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Public Safety
4:29 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Police Partner With Community in New Surveilance Effort to Clean Up the Depot District

Pioneer Park.

The Salt Lake City Police Department is working with local businesses and homeowners to stamp out crime in and around Pioneer Park…with video cameras.

The SafeCam program encourages businesses and residents to share their security camera footage with police who can then view the camera footage in real time by tapping into their IP addresses. Mike Brown is Deputy Police Chief at the Salt Lake City Police Department. He says businesses and developers are looking to clean up the neighborhood along Pioneer Park which is a well-known spot for drug deals.

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Health Care
3:12 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Leftover Prescription Meds Pose Hazards to Utahns

Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in Utah and around the country. But Utahns can reduce the risk of overdose deaths and help protect the environment by disposing of those unused medications Saturday during National Take-Back Day.

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Religion
2:53 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

St. Vincent de Paul School Celebrates 50 Years

Sister Lelia O'Sullivan and Sister Mary Casey were among the first teachers at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School in Holladay when it opened 50 years ago.
Dan Bammes

  Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic School is celebrating its 50th anniversary this week.

Irish dancers were among those participating in the celebration in the gymnasium at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School in Holladay.  The school began with a kindergarten class in the basement of the old parish church in Murray, and from the very first, there were more students hoping to attend than it could accommodate.

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Local Government
1:36 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

2014 Utah Bike Summit Works to Make Utah A Bike Friendly State

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker speaks at the 2014 Utah Bike Summit
Brian Grimmett

Cyclists, business owners, and government leaders gathered for the 2014 Utah Bike Summit Friday to figure out how to make Utah a more bike friendly place.

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Health Care
9:57 am
Fri April 25, 2014

U Apologizes to Family for Sperm Mix-Up

Thomas Lippert, pictured in 1998, allegedly swapped his sperm sample with a customer's sample at the fertility clinic where he worked.
Credit Salt Lake County

The University of Utah announced Thursday the findings of an investigation into allegations of sperm donation tampering by a former lab employee. Texas couple John and Pamela Branum prompted the investigation after learning that their daughter is the offspring of Thomas Lippert, an employee at the University of Utah lab where the family received a sperm donation in 1991.  

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Politics
7:00 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Dabakis Looks Back on Tenure as Democratic Party Chair

Brian Grimmett/KUER

On Saturday, Republicans and Democrats across Utah will gather at state party conventions to nominate candidates for the mid-term elections. But one party will also be choosing a new leader.  Jim Dabakis  ended his nearly three year tenure as chairman of the Utah Democratic Party last month. The veteran politician sat down with KUER's Terry Gildea and reflected on his experience leading Utah's minority party.

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Environment & Public Lands
6:00 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Unusually Warm Winter Might Be Climate Trend of the Future, Say Scientists

Winter in the Heber Valley. The winter months of January through March, 2014, were the second-warmest on record, according to long-term climate records.
Credit Don Cook / Flickr Creative Commons

The National Weather Service’s weekend forecast calls for temperatures to drift closer to normal for this time of year. But, earlier in the year, temperatures nationwide were nothing like normal.

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Education
2:26 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Herbert Favors More Comprehensive School Report Cards

Utah Governor Gary Herbert
Brian Grimmett

Utah Governor Gary Herbert says he supports school grading, but he says a single letter grade isn’t enough information to determine how well a school is performing. Herbert was speaking at his monthly televised news conference on KUED.

Governor Herbert says it’s important to have an accountability system that clearly illustrates a schools successes and weaknesses. He says his education advisor Tami Pyfer has come up with an alternative system that would do that.

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Environment & Public Lands
1:05 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Herbert: Nevada Standoff Shouldn't Frame Public Lands Debate

Southern Nevada public rangeland where the Bundy family has grazed cattle for generations
Jennilyn Merten

  The standoff between a Nevada rancher and the federal government has put public lands issues in the national spotlight.  But Utah’s governor says it’s not the kind of attention that helps to solve problems. 

Federal officers stopped their roundup of Clive Bundy’s cattle earlier this month to prevent a violent confrontation with Bundy’s armed supporters.

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Environment & Public Lands
6:31 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

'Range Wars' Will Continue, Both Sides Say

A standoff between a Bunkerville, Nev., rancher and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management ended without bloodshed. But observers say the conflict will continue in the courts, the West's statehouses and possibly on the range.
Credit Whiteout Press / Flickr Creative Commons

An armed standoff between federal land rangers and supporters of a Nevada rancher ended more than a week ago without violence. But observers on both sides say the land-rights controversy will continue.

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Education
5:44 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

New School Report Card Might Replace School Grades

Foxy1219 via Wikimedia Commons

Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s education advisor is working to replace Utah’s two school accountability systems with one easy-to-read, yearly report card. The newest school grading system received mostly negative responses when letter grades were first released last fall.

Utah’s school accountability systems use factors like end of year tests, student growth and graduation rates to show how schools are performing. School grading assigns letter grades A through F and the Utah Comprehensive Accountability System or UCAS grades schools based on a 600-point-scale.

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Public Safety
5:17 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Utah Mother Arrested for Using Meth While Pregnant

A woman in St George has been charged with felony child endangerment for using methamphetamine while pregnant.  The baby was delivered by emergency C-section last week due to medical problems. According to charges filed Monday, the 24-year-old mother admitted to medical staff and police that she is addicted to meth and used it while pregnant. She was booked in a Washington County facility on 10,000 dollars bail. But state officials and health experts say the law was never intended to prosecute pregnant women.

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Business & Labor
2:41 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

New Study has Utah 3rd Lowest in the Nation for Women CEO's

Utah Women and Leadership Project from Utah Valley University
Credit File: Utah Valley University

The number of Utah women in CEO or corporate board positions is the 3rd lowest in the nation. The findings released Wednesday are from a Utah Valley University study titled “The Status of Women Leaders in Utah Business.” The report shows of the 228 companies surveyed, only 4.8 percent (11) have female chief executive officers compared to 95.2 percent (217) male CEO’s. That’s nearly 10 percent lower than national figures for women in business.

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Public Safety
2:18 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Provo City Searching for Serial Arsonist

A fire burns near an abandoned building in south Provo early in the morning of April 22
Provo City

Provo city officials are asking for the community’s help in finding a serial arsonist that has set 10 fires in the last month.Each of the 10 fires has been ignited in or around an abandoned house or structure. The first fire too place on March 13 and the latest fire happened early Tuesday morning.

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Environment & Public Lands
6:40 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Utah Lawmaker Takes National Stage on Land-Transfer Idea

Utah Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, is recognized as a leader in the lands-transfer movement, which has gotten national attention since the standoff earlier this month in Bunkerville, Nev., led by rancher Cliven Bundy.
Credit Michael Jolley / Flickr Creative Commons

      

A Utah lawmaker’s campaign to take back federal lands is getting new, national traction thanks to a Nevada rancher’s standoff with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, is head of a political nonprofit called the American Lands Council. Its goal is to get the federal government to relinquish control of most federal lands to the states.

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Education
4:48 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

High Court Paves Way for State Bans on Affirmative Action

Affirmative action demonstration outside the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003
Joseluis89 via wikimedia commons

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the state of Michigan’s ban on affirmative action. Utah lawmakers have considered a similar ban in the past. But advocates say marginalized groups still need protections.

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Public Safety
3:09 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

BYU Researchers Help UDOT Pinpoint Safety Hotspots on Utah's Roads

UDOT crews work on applying a high-friction surface treatment to a high-risk curve of highway in Logan Canyon.
BYU

A group of researchers at Brigham Young University have developed an advanced traffic safety model that’s helping UDOT make Utah roads safer.

Grant Schultz is an associate professor of civil engineering at BYU. He was on the team of researchers that has spent the last 5 years developing the model. He says the tool will help the Utah Department of Transportation save lives.

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Politics
12:47 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Davis County Will Vote by Mail

Davis County plans to conduct the 2014 primary and general elections using mail-in ballots like this one.
Davis County Clerk-Auditor

  Davis County is trying a vote-by-mail system for the primary election this spring and the general election in the fall.

Voters in Davis County received letters last week telling them about the changes.  Election Manager Brian McKenzie says ballot packets will be mailed out 28 days before each election.  When they come back, they’ll be verified using a bar code and by comparing the voter’s signature to their registration forms.

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Local Government
4:15 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Eighth Graders Eager to Talk Climate Change with SLC Mayor

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker speaks to 8th graders about climate change.
Whittney Evans

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker visited a group of 8th graders at Hillside Middle School Monday to answer questions about climate change in advance of the 44th annual Earth Day.

Students at Hillside Middle School spoke at length about climate issues like melting ice caps; migratory bird habitats and droughts. Becker was a senior in high school the year Earth Day became a national holiday. It was a time he says he knew very little about his own impact on the environment.  

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Public Safety
3:10 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Rocky Mountain Power and Rescue Crews Run First Confined Space Exercise

Salt Lake City Fire crew makes quick work of saving "victim" in mock confined space rescue.
Credit Bob Nelson

Rocky Mountain Power and various rescue crews in the Salt Lake Valley are running three coordinated rescue exercises this week. Monday’s exercise was the first in the series with a mock victim trapped below an industrial power supply box in a Salt Lake City industrial park.

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Public Safety
2:53 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

U.S. Marshal Shoots, Kills Man Who Rushed Witness Stand at New Federal Courthouse

Siale Angilau was shot and killed by a U.S. marshal at the federal courthouse in downtown SLC after attacking the witness.
Utah Department of Corrections

A federal marshal shot and killed a man on trial at the new federal courthouse in downtown Salt Lake City after he rushed the witness stand.Siale Angilau, 25, was on trial for violating federal RICO laws. Those are laws that deal with organized crime and corruption. The charges stem from Angilau’s involvement with the Tongan Crip gang.

Perry Caldwell was inside the courtroom when Angilau attacked the witness. He says the witness was testifying about how the Tongan Crip gang works when it happened.

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Environment & Public Lands
6:47 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

State Seeks Lobbyist to Fight Sage Grouse Listing

A greater sage grouse struts in Wyoming.
Credit U.S. Forest Service

Utah is proceeding with its controversial strategy to protect the greater sage grouse, as state officials solicit bids from lobbyists to keep the bird off the endangered species list.

Jeff Hartley, an energy industry lobbyist, says the state needs more time to show sage grouse numbers are growing because of its approach.

“People need to know the states are making this effort and doing good work,” he said. “A listing would be bad for the state of Utah. And so to educate Congress, and thereby prevent a listing, is in the state’s interest.”

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Public Safety
5:28 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Salt Lake County Hosts Free Preparedness Expo Friday

American Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle is parked at the Salt Lake County Emergency Preparedness Exposition Friday
Credit Bob Nelson

The Salt Lake County Emergency Preparedness Expo is going on until 8 this evening at the South Towne Expo Center. Jeff Graviet is the Emergency Services Director for Salt Lake County. He says it is important that at least once a year residents assess how prepared they for unforeseen disasters.

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Business & Labor
4:02 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

SLC Leaders Leary of New Taxicab Alternatives

Uber.com Homepage
uber.com

A taxicab alternative e-travelers hail with a smartphone app will be available in Salt Lake City starting at seven o’clock tonight. Two companies called Uber and Lyft have announced plans to expand here, but city officials say the companies must first comply with safety and fair business rules.

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Business & Labor
2:23 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Utah's Unemployment Rate Ticks Up, But It Isn't A Bad Sign

Main Street Salt Lake City
Photo Dean via Flickr

Utah’s unemployment rate for March ticked slightly up from February to 4.1% but that isn't necessarily a bad sign. The rate increased two tenths of a percent from February’s unemployment rate of 3.9%. But Utah Department of Workforce Services Economist Mark Knold says it’s actually a sign that Utah’s economy is improving.

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Religion
1:37 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

American Atheists Meet For National Convention in Salt Lake City

Portraits of scientists, including Charles Darwin, Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson displayed for sale at the American Atheists National Convention in Salt Lake City
Dan Bammes

  The American Atheists national convention is underway in Salt Lake City, with its leadership promising to take their message to other cities with a strong religious presence. 

American Atheists is the group started by Madalyn Murray O’Hair in the 1960’s following the Supreme Court decision that banned Christian prayers in public schools.  Its president is David Silverman, who told a crowd of several hundred people in a hotel ballroom they’ll continue the fight to keep government from endorsing religion.

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Education
4:55 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

National Geographic Article Explores Utah's Ancient Past

Randall Ermis, curator of paleontology at the Utah Museum of Natural History displaying ancient fossils found in Southern Utah.
Whittney Evans

Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is featured in Next month’s issue of National Geographic. The article explores Utah’s ancient history as a hot and swampy island teeming with dinosaurs.

The article follows a group of researchers, hunting fossils in the remote landscapes of Southern Utah, which about 75 million years ago, looked more like the Louisiana Bayou.

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