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Energy & Environment
1:33 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Eastern Utah Oil Shale Permit Challenged

Oil shale deposits are found over large areas of Utah, Wyoming and Colorado
U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

  A battle is shaping up over a permit to produce oil from oil shale on state land in eastern Utah.  The permit is based on technology that’s still being developed.

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Education
4:57 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Teachers Union Lauds Education Support Professionals for Behind-The-Scenes Efforts

Education Support Professional of the year Paula Monroe.
Whittney Evans

Officials with the nation’s largest teacher’s union are in Utah celebrating the work of school cafeteria workers, secretaries, bus drivers and other Education Support Professionals.

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Energy & Environment
4:51 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Lands-Transfer Report, Decisions Delayed

A view from Josie Morris Cabin Road in the Uintas. Lawmakers continue to debate the fate of public lands that are currently in federal hands. Lawmakers have demanded that the federal agencies turn over control of that land to the state. About 2/3 of the lands in Utah are controlled by the federal government.
Credit Courtesy: / Utah Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office

Utah lawmakers will have to wait a little longer for an analysis of a federal lands transfer.

The state public lands policy coordinating office told them Wednesday a report on transferring federal lands to state hands still needs finishing touches.

Assistant Attorney General Tony Rampton said the analysis is clear-eyed, scrupulously objective and exhaustive at nearly 800 pages.

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Health Care
4:43 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Feds Visit Utah to Encourage Health Insurance Enrollment

Kim Gillan is Region 8 Director for US Department Health and Human Services.

A regional director for US Department of Health and Human Services is in Utah to raise awareness about the second open enrollment period for health insurance.

Kim Gillan is the HHS Regional Director for six states in the Rocky Mountain region, but for the moment, her role in Utah is to be a health insurance cheerleader. Gillan says healthcare.gov is much more user friendly than it was in the first rollout and it’s operating smoothly.

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Politics
2:36 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Democrats Lose Three Close Legislative Races

Utah House of Representatives
Dan Bammes

  Democrats in Utah’s state House of Representatives are choosing new leaders at a meeting Wednesday evening.  The minority party lost three close races Tuesday when the final vote tallies were announced.

One of the Republicans who won a hard-fought race is former State Representative Fred Cox, who defeated Democrat Mike Lee in District 30 in West Valley City.  The margin was just 47 votes.  Cox said his opponent was gracious when the results were announced.

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Public Safety
2:18 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Legislative Committee OKs Proposed Bill Bringing Back the Firing Squad

Rep. Paul Ray, R - Clearfield, presents his bill to the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee
Brian Grimmett

A legislative committee has given its approval to a bill that would bring back the firing squad as an option for inmates on death row.

The drugs used in the lethal injection cocktail are manufactured by a European company that is refusing to sell it to Utah and other states. Rep. Paul Ray, R - Clearfield, says his proposed bill making the firing squad a fall back option is a preventative measure in case the state does not have or cannot buy the drugs the next time they need them.

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Energy & Environment
6:00 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Proposal Melds State Environment Agencies

The Radiation Control Division would be folded into the Solid and Hazardous Waste Division, under a proposal being discussed at the Utah Department of Environmental Quality. The Utah Legislature is expected to have a bill in the upcoming session.
Credit EnergySolutions

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality is planning to consolidate two state agencies to improve efficiency.

Utah’s Radiation Control Division oversees everything from dental X-ray machines to a massive radioactive waste site, and the proposal has scientists and engineers joining the state’s solid and hazardous waste program. DEQ Director Amanda Smith says the plan retains staff expertise and institutional knowledge.

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Congressional Politics
5:17 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

House Passes Stewart’s Bill that would Allow More Industry Reps Access to EPA Board

Representative Chris Stewart (R-Utah)

The US House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday which could change the makeup of the board that oversees the Environmental Protection Agency. The legislation sponsored by Utah Congressman Chris Stewart opens up the possibility for more industry representatives to participate.

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Transportation
4:46 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Lawmakers, Business Leaders Call for Increased Transportation Funding

Southbound Interstate 15 at Bangerter Highway.
Garrett via Flickr

Utah lawmakers may be seeking a comprehensive solution to the state’s transportation funding issues during the next legislative session.

The Salt Lake Chamber’s, Utah Transportation Coalition has identified an $11 billion dollar hole in the state’s transportation funding for the next three decades.  Representative Johnny Anderson Chairs the Utah House Transportation Committee. He says house and senate leaders are considering a wide range of options, including raising the gas tax, and better aligning registration fees with vehicle fuel efficiency.

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Religion
2:31 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Mitt Romney Speaks at Brigham Young University Forum

Cover photo of Former U.S. Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney from "Mitt Romney, An Inside Look at the Man and His Politics" by Ronald Scott.
Credit FIle: Christopher Halloran/ Shutterstock.com

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke to some 15,000 students, faculty and staff at Brigham Young University’s Marriott Center Tuesday as part of the school’s forum series. Romney recalled many stories of the campaign trail while he focused mainly on his Mormon faith.  He remembered being told by campaign managers that all of his emails and those on his email list were being monitored by a hostile foreign country as he called on the students to be mindful of their activity on the internet.

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Religion
1:50 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

LDS Leader Speaks at Vatican Colloquium on Marriage

Pope Francis greets President Henry B. Eyring at the Vatican colloquium on marriage in Rome
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  A top leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was among the speakers at a colloquium on marriage at the Vatican on Tuesday.

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State Government
9:09 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Legislature Discusses Lengthening the Legislative Session

File: Utah State Capitol
Brian Grimmett KUER

The Legislative Process Committee is recommending that the legislature take a look at expanding the 45-day legislative session.

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Energy & Environment
4:30 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Climate Change Task Force Presents Final Recommendations to White House

AFP-REUTERS-GETTYIMAGES&AP via Flickr

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker was in Washington D.C. today presenting the final recommendations of the White House Climate Change Task Force. 

Last November, Mayor Becker and 25 other State, Local and Tribal leaders from across the country were picked to join the task force.  Over the past year, Becker says the group compared notes on how the warming climate is impacting their respective communities.

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Arts & Entertainment
4:14 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Utah Symphony Looks to Slopes for New Customers

A quartet of Utah Symphony musicians puts on a performance in ski gear for the announcement.
Andrea Smardon KUER

The Utah Symphony and Opera announced a promotion Monday intended to bring ski tourists to their concerts. A quartet of symphony musicians dons ski boots, puffy hoods and goggles to help make the announcement. President and CEO Melia Tourangeau says everyone’s heard about the greatest snow on earth, but they want tourists to know what else Utah has to offer.

“What people don’t often know is that in addition to being a great ski city, we also have one of the finest orchestras and opera companies in the country, ” Tourangeau says.

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Religion
1:59 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

New Survey on LDS Gender Issues Piques Interest of Liberal, Conservative Mormons

Dan Bammes

  A group of academics from around the country is conducting an online survey to learn more about attitudes toward gender roles in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  KUER’s Dan Bammes reports it’s drawing interest from both liberal and conservative Mormons.

The Mormon Gender Survey was launched over the weekend on social media. It’s not a standard random sample – anyone can choose to participate.

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Energy & Environment
6:06 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Utah Uses More Water As National Use Dips

Water from Utah's mountain serves homes, businesses, agriculture, mining and other uses.
Credit Arby Reed / Flickr Creative Commons

A new snapshot of the nation’s water use shows a downward trend.

But Utah is using more water, according to the

U.S. Geological Survey’s five-year study,  based on 2010 data,  shows the nation’s homes, farms, industry and power plants are using significantly less water than they have in more than four decades.

Utah bucked that trend, using 7 percent more water than in 2005.

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Public Safety
5:02 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Saratoga Springs Police Officer Was Wearing Camera During Hunt Shooting, but Camera Was Turned Off

Darrien Hunt
via Darrien Hunt Facebook page

A police report confirms an officer involved in the September shooting death of 22-year-old Darrien Hunt was wearing a body camera at the time of the incident. But officials say the camera was not on.

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Energy & Environment
4:44 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Salt Lake City School Works to Revitalize Jordan River

Students at Pacific Heritage Academy plant foliage near the school's storm drain.
Michael Shea

Students at Pacific Heritage Academy spent the morning planting foliage next to their building’s storm drain. The work is part of the Lower Jordan River Restoration Project.

As part of a greater study of Utah’s water system, students at Pacific Heritage Academy planted nine different types of trees and shrubs in front of their school. The “habitat patch” as it’s called will help absorb storm runoff from the school’s parking lot and provide nesting grounds for birds. Hilary Ward is a Teacher at the academy. She says the work is much more than just storm water management.

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Health Care
3:18 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Health Care Issue Group Challenging Herbert's "Healthy Utah" Plan

The UnhealthyUtah.com website is sponsored by the Foundation for Government Accountability

  The group working to stop Governor Gary Herbert’s Healthy Utah plan has been fighting similar battles in other states. The Foundation for Government Accountability is hoping to defeat the plan when it goes to the Utah legislature.

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Transportation
2:33 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

UDOT to Increase Speed Limit Along Wasatch Front Freeways

I-15 at 1000 North in Salt Lake City
Flickr: Garrett

Officials at the Utah Department of Transportation want to raise the speed limit on Utah’s urban freeways to 70 miles per hour. 

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Education
6:35 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

U's Marriott Library Expanding Dumke Fine Arts and Architecture Library

Early student design rendering of expansion project for Katherine W. Dumke Arts and Architecture Library.
Credit File: Marriott Library

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will have its first major change since the seismic upgrade about six years ago.  The Katherine W. Dumke Fine Arts and Architecture Library is expanding its space on the first and second floors on the library’s north side. The addition of a changeable indoor/outdoor sculpture garden is being funded by Katherine Dumke.

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Health Care
4:04 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Utah Gets Ready for Open Enrollment Season

Healthcare.gov screenshot

Some people might think of November as the beginning of the holiday season, but for those involved in the health insurance field – it’s the beginning of another open enrollment season. Jason Stevenson of Utah Health Policy Project joins us to answer questions about health insurance this enrollment season, which begins Saturday, November 15th.

More information about open enrollment is available at Take Care Utah.

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Business & Labor
3:51 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Program Provides Down Payment for New Home-Buyers

Bob Massey via Flickr

Help is on the way for aspiring homebuyers in Salt Lake City. Wells Fargo is partnering with non-profit NeighborWorks Salt Lake to provide moderate to low-income families with money for a down-payment and closing costs on a new home.

Wells Fargo’s Neighborhood Lift program is providing $15,000 grants to 224 qualified home-buyers in Salt Lake City. The grants are for legal residents who do not currently own a home.

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Health Care
1:57 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Herbert Defends Healthy Utah Plan

Utah Governor Gary Herbert
KUED

  Utah’s governor says a conservative group working against his alternative to expanding Medicaid isn’t telling the truth.  The issue came up at the governor's monthly news conference this morning.

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Public Safety
12:30 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

UDOT Says it's Ready for Winter

A UDOT snowplow, inspected and cleared for service this winter.
Credit Tim Slover

Jason Davis is UDOT Director of Operations. He says snowplows need to run as well as emergency medical services.

“If you think about a snowplow, you want them to react when they’re needed,” says Davis. “You know, we kind of think of them a little bit like an ambulance. You don’t want an ambulance to have to go out there and defrost the windows and everything—you want, when they’re needed, for them to be able to respond

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Energy & Environment
6:36 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

USFWS Lists Gunnison Sage Grouse as Threatened

Gunnison Sage Grouse near Monticello, Utah
Credit File: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Brent Stettler

The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to list the Gunnison Sage Grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act and that has Utah wildlife managers, environmentalists and politicians upset.

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Public Safety
5:19 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Utah Commission Recommends Reducing Drug Possession to a Misdemeanor

Representative Eric Hutchings (R-38), Attorney General Sean Reyes, Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Matthew Durrant, and Governor Gary Herbert at the official release of CCJJ's recommendations to change Utah’s criminal justice policy.
Andrea Smardon KUER

Utah's Criminal and Juvenile Justice Commission unveiled a package of recommendations to control prison growth today, including a proposal to make first-time drug possession a misdemeanor instead of a felony.

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Local Government
4:36 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Salt Lake County Opens "SPICE" Kitchen for Refugee Entrepreneurs

Salt Lake County

Many refugees who come to live in Salt Lake County would like to make a living using the skills they brought with them from their home countries. Salt Lake County has partnered with the  International Rescue Committee to open a new incubator kitchen, that  gives many of those entrepreneurs a place to start.

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Energy & Environment
3:56 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

UDAF Launches Environmental Stewardship Certification Program

Box Elder, Utah
Flickr: Lyza

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is launching a new program that rewards farmers and ranchers who are working to protect the environment.

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State Government
4:51 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Utah Representative Will Try Again to Reform Payday Lending

A Utah representative is working on a new bill to protect consumers from payday lenders. This comes as a report reveals the state’s payday lending rate now averages more than 400 percent annual interest.

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