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Business & Labor
6:49 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Daylight Saving Time: Complicated, Emotional for Utahns

Credit File: Timeanddate.com

Daylight Saving Time arrives in Utah at 2 am this Sunday.  In light of recent polls favoring doing away with the bi-annual change, the subject is likely to once again come up during next year's legislative session.

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Air Quality
5:00 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Scientific Sleuthing Begins on Utah's Pollution Problem

Credit Erik Crosman / University of Utah

Utah’s winter pollution season officially gets underway this weekend, and thanks to $1 million from the Legislature, new research is focusing on what causes the state’s air-quality problems and how to solve them.

A dozen studies will look hard at what makes sooty winter pollution so nasty in Utah and why ground level ozone gets so high. They also will zero in on air chemistry and the weather’s role.

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Business & Labor
4:39 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Residents Concerned About New Proposed Sugar House Development

The Sugar House Community Council recently heard input from residents regarding a large multi-use development.

The Development proposed by ThomasFox Properties would be a dramatic change to the area at 2100 south and 2100 east.  The complex would include over 7000 feet of commercial space and more than 250 apartments that would reach up to 55 feet high. Judi Short is the Vice Chair of the Sugar House Community Council. She says the vast majority of residents who attended the recent meeting were opposed to the new development.

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Public Lands
4:30 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Salt Lake County Wants Input on New Parks and Rec Plan

Apollomelos via Wikimedia Commons

Salt Lake County is preparing to draw up a new 10-year-plan for the region’s parks and recreation facilities. But first they need input from those who use them.

The Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation master plan is what the county uses to guides spending, as well as management and construction of things like parks, open space and rec centers. And with the population expected to grow by half a million of the next few decades, the demand for those services will only increase. 

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Health Care
4:02 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Utah Woman Returns From Liberia After Helping Ebola Orphans

Photo courtesy Karen Mathot

The state Department of Health is monitoring a Utahn who has returned from Liberia, where Ebola continues to spread. Karen Mathot has no symptoms, however, and is not expected to contract the disease. She runs a nonprofit organization called Lifting Liberia that helps fund education there. But in an interview with KUER, Mathot said the growing Ebola epidemic has become her priority. She’s just returned from a trip aimed at helping children who have been orphaned by the virus.

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Public Lands
1:25 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Goshutes Concerned About USAF Training Range Expansion

Nelms Pond on the Goshute Reservation near the Utah-Nevada state line
Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation

  The Goshute reservations in Utah’s West Desert are among the closest communities to the training range used by Hill Air Force Base – and the tribes are concerned about how a proposed expansion of the range might affect their economic development.

The Air Force is proposing a 700-thousand acre expansion of the Utah Test and Training Range to accommodate the new F-35 fighter jets that will operate out of Hill Air Force Base.

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Science & Technology
4:31 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Utah Plays Important Role in Autism Research

Hilary Coon, professor of psychiatry and genetic epidemiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine, has been a member of the Autism Sequence Consortium since its inception.
Andrea Smardon KUER

As many as a thousand genes may contribute to the risk for autism. That’s according to a new study by the Autism Sequencing Consortium published his week in the journal Nature. In the largest study of its kind, researchers examined DNA samples from more than 14,000 individuals, including several hundred Utah families. The result was that they dramatically expanded the list of genes identified with autism spectrum disorder.

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Public Safety
3:16 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Remediation Plan for North Salt Lake Landslide Taking Shape

Brian Grimmett

North Salt Lake City officials say they’re getting closer to finalizing a plan for dealing with the landslide that destroyed one home in August.

For the past few months engineers and geologists have been doing detailed surveys of the area in and around the landslide. They’re trying to create a computer model of the area that will allow them to see what impact different remediation plans will have on the hill.

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Education
3:10 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

SLC's YouthCity Program Gets $500K Grant for STEM Education

Students from Glendale Middle School listen as they're instructed by a leader at YouthCity on the plan to make drinking water out of Jordan River water.
Credit Bob Nelson

Students and teachers in Salt Lake City’s YouthCity program announced Thursday a half a million dollar boost to their program with a new grant for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM education.  YouthCity has centers throughout the city that provide out-of-school activities for young people. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker says the programs are offered free to middle and high school students in the city.

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Mid-Term Elections 2014
11:25 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Love and Owens Battle in Utah's Most Contested Congressional Race

Republican Mia Love and Democrat Doug Owens face off in a debate earlier this month.
Credit Salt Lake Tribune Photo Pool

Republican Mia Love hopes she can win the seat after being narrowly defeated by incumbent Jim Matheson in 2012.  With Matheson announcing his retirement last year, Democrat Doug Owens has stepped into this year’s race with the hopes he can overcome a very popular GOP candidate. 

When Mia Love talks about her narrow defeat in 2012, the one fact she remembers specifically is the number of votes she lost by.

“768. Who’s counting?” says Love.

Only 768 votes.  But Love looks back on the race where she came up short as a learning experience.

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Health Care
4:59 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

New Healthcare Model Saves Money for Utah Patients

While the cost of healthcare continues to go up around the country, a new delivery and payment model in Utah is saving money for patients.

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Public Safety
4:14 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Utah County Attorney Says Darrien Hunt Investigation Near its End

Darrien Hunt's mother, Susan, speaks to the media.
Brian Grimmett

The Utah County Attorney investigating the police shooting of Darrien Hunt says their investigation is almost over.

Utah County Attorney Tim Taylor says the Utah Medical Examiner’s autopsy report released Tuesday shed some light on the events that happened on the day of the shooting, but that their investigation had already uncovered many other details. A search warrant the courts unsealed on Wednesday revealed some of those, including a narrative of the incident.

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Religion
3:36 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Utah Churches Send Help for Ebola Epidemic

Mormon families in Sierra Leone were provided with emergency food supplies by the LDS church when they were required to stay home by authorities working to stop the spread of Ebola.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provided an update Wednesday on how its members and missionaries are dealing with the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. It’s just one of many local religious groups making significant contributions to the effort.

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Public Safety
4:38 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Utah State Medical Examiner Reveals Darrien Hunt Shot Six Times in the Back

Diagram showing where bullets entered and exited Darrien Hunt's body
Utah Office of the Medical Examiner

Attorneys for the family of Darrien Hunt released the official state autopsy report Tuesday. The 22-year-old was shot and killed by a Saratoga Springs police officer in September.

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Education
4:27 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Unsatisfied with Student Performance, Utah Business Leaders Release Education Plan

Lane Beatty, Salt Lake Chamber president, and Richard Kendell, former commissioner of Higher Education and Education First board member, discuss their education plan at a conference at The Grand America Hotel. (Oct. 28, 2014)
Andrea Smardon KUER

Utah business leaders unveiled a five-year plan on Tuesday to improve the educational system in the state. The plan comes just one day after test results revealed that less than half of Utah students are proficient in math, language arts, and science. Business leaders say Utah’s student performance is on a downward trend relative to the rest of the country.

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Business & Labor
4:05 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Tech Firm Chooses Downtown SLC for Expansion

  A Provo-based marketing software company is expanding its operations and bringing 150 new jobs to downtown Salt Lake City.

InsideSales.com uses proprietary technology to evaluate sales contacts and focus on the prospects who are most likely to buy from its clients.  Val Hale, who directs the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, says they’re adding jobs in Salt Lake partly because it’s been hard to find enough people with the right skills in Utah County.

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Local Government
4:04 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Mayor McAdams Says Salt Lake County Will Practice "Moneyball for Government" in 2015

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams presents his 2015 budget proposal to the County Council.
Credit Tim Slover

In baseball, “moneyball” is the practice of using statistical data to predict the overall success of a team. “Moneyball for Government,” an association of local governments across the country, uses the same idea—hard, measurable numbers—to prioritize funding projects.  To that end, Mayor Ben McAdams wants to create a way for citizens and local officials to keep up with county projects. 

“One of our first Moneyball goals is to implement—in partnership with the Council—a ‘Dashboard’ to display real time information on the work that we do,” says McAdams.

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Mid-Term Elections 2014
10:59 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Poll Shows Owens with Slight Lead Over Love in 4th Congressional District Race

Republican Mia Love and Democrat Doug Owens greet each other after a debate earlier this month.
Credit Salt Lake Tribune Photo Pool

A new poll released Monday by Brigham Young University shows Democrat Doug Owens with a slight lead of over Republican Mia Love in the fourth congressional district race.  

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Education
4:13 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

State SAGE Test Results Show Low Proficiency in Language Arts, Math, and Science

Flickr: biologycorner

The Utah State Office of Education has released the results of the new Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence, or SAGE, testing and proficiency numbers are quite low.

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Health Care
3:54 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Biofire Ships Ebola Test Kits to New York

BioFire Defense's ebola test, used with its FilmArray machine, has been authorized by the FDA to test patients for the virus.
BioFire courtesy photo

Salt Lake company Biofire Defense has delivered Ebola test kits to Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City. The company announced over the weekend that the US Food and Drug Administration gave emergency use authorization for the test.

The FilmArray BioThreat-E is the first commercial Ebola test to be authorized for use on patients with symptoms of the disease. Biofire’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing Wade Stevenson says the company is working fast to meet the demand. 

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Energy & Environment
3:46 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Governor Asks for Cleaner Gasoline

The Holly-Frontier refinery in Woods Cross, Utah
Dan Bammes

  Utah Governor Gary Herbert is asking Utah’s oil refineries to produce cleaner gasoline.  But it may be years before they’re actually ready to do that. 

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Mid-Term Elections 2014
1:25 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Voter Registration Options Remain but are Quickly Running Out

Utah's award-winning website for voter registration is getting good traffic these days according to SLCo Clerk Sherrie Swensen.
Credit FIle: State of Utah

Today is the final day for in-person voter registration in Utah ahead of Election Day on November 4th.  Sherrie Swensen is the Salt Lake County Clerk.  She says today’s drive-through voter registration at the County Government Center has been slow but it’s an attempt to encourage residents to register.

“We’re trying to make it very convenient and I know a lot of people are utilizing the on-line registration so maybe they’re not as inclined to come in person, but we’re offering it in case they need it,” says Swensen.

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Energy & Environment
5:10 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Odds Are Dry Spell Might End This Winter

The National Weather Service is forecasting that most of Utah has even chances of having a normal year for precipitation.
Credit Courtesy: / National Weather Service

October’s been warmer and drier than usual so far in Utah. The warm trend is expected to continue into winter, but forecasters can’t say how much rain and snow will fall in the coming months.

The National Weather Service’s long-term outlook says normal precipitation is just as likely this winter as especially wet -- or dry --weather.  But the state’s had three extra dry years in a row, and that might be the single most important factor ahead.

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LGBT
5:02 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Same Sex Couples Can Legally Adopt in Utah... and Avoid Costly Runarounds

Kirt Bateman and Jerry Rapier with their son Oscar.
Photo courtesy Jerry Rapier

The Utah Supreme Court lifted a stay on adoptions by same sex couples Thursday.  That changes the possibilities for many families, but one Salt Lake City man told KUER  that it doesn’t erase the debt his family has incurred in order to adopt. 

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Health Care
4:38 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

New Screening Process Helps Catch Rare Disorder in Infant

The Hauenstein family with baby Calla at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City.
Credit Courtesy of Hauenstein family

Doctors at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake recently diagnosed an infant with a rare and sometimes fatal condition. A new addition to Utah’s newborn screening protocol played a role in the discovery.

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Education
2:38 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Ogden School District Names New Interim Superintendent

Sandy Coroles
Ogden School District

The Ogden School District Board of Education has appointed a new interim district superintendent to replace Brad Smith.

Brad Smith is leaving the Ogden School District to become the new state superintendent of public instruction. To replace him, at least temporarily, the Ogden School District Board of Education has selected Assistant Superintendent Sandy Coroles. She’s worked in the Ogden school district for 25 years. She also worked closely with Smith in helping implement new programs aimed at improving education outcomes in the district.

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Business & Labor
1:02 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Senator Hatch Honored on 20th Anniversary of DSHEA

Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch chats with President of United Natural Products Alliance at member retreat of UNPA. Pictured left to right: Frank J. Lampe, UNPA VP of Communications & Industry Relations, Loren Israelsen, President UNPA, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch.
Credit Bob Nelson

Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch was honored by United Natural Products Alliance at a special luncheon event in Salt Lake City Thursday. The Utah-based UNPA has members in the worldwide food supplement industry. The compounded sales growth of the dietary supplements industry in Utah is reported to be nearly 11% per year since 1992.

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Mid-Term Elections 2014
6:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Attorney General Candidates Focus Campaigns on Plans to Clean Up Office

Sean Reyes (R) and Charles Stormont (D) participate in the Utah Debate Commission Debate
Pool: Salt Lake Tribune

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and Democratic challenger Charles Stormont say they each have a plan to restore integrity to the office of the state’s chief legal advisor in the wake of a scandal that drove the former Attorney General  to resign.  In our continuing series profiling Utah major mid-term election races, we examine each candidate’s strategy and how they might influence voters.

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Energy & Environment
5:10 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Coalition Vote Could Reshape Grand County Council

The Grand County Council voted Tuesday to join a coalition that wants to build a road, a pipeline and a rail line for eastern Utah energy. The upcoming election could prove to be a referendum on that decision.

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Religion
4:52 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

New Mormon Essay Discusses Polygamy

Joseph Smith
Credit Courtesy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a new essay Wednesday on the practice of plural marriage during the church’s early history.

The essay, called “Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo,” discusses LDS Church founder Joseph Smith’s marriage to 14-year-old Helen Mar Kimball.  It claims that, at the time, such marriage practices were not unusual. Newell Bringhurst is the author of Scattering of the Saints: Schism Within Mormonism.

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