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4:08 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Metropolitan Visits New Greek Orthodox Parish

Metropolitan Isaiah gives his homily at the Greek Orthodox Mission Parish of Utah on Sunday, November 23rd
Dan Bammes

  Members of the new Greek Orthodox Mission Parish of Utah welcomed their regional bishop, Metropolitan Isaiah, for their service on Sunday.  The parish has no regular priest of its own, so the Metropolis in Denver has been assigning priests to visit Utah and officiate.  This time, the Metropolitan took his turn.

In his homily, Metropolitan Isaiah noted the growth of the church in the fourteen western and southern states where he presides.

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Local Politics
4:16 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

SLC Mayor to Oversee National League of Cities

Visit Salt Lake via Flickr

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker has been chosen to lead the National League of Cities. Becker will assume the role of NLC President, this Saturday during the 2014 Congress of Cities in Austin, Texas.

The 19,000-member National League of Cities advocates on behalf of local governments and links federal dollars to local projects. At this year’s conference, Becker will present his goals for the next year—which include new programs to connect kids with the outdoors.

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Public Safety
3:10 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Should Guns Be Allowed on Utah College Campuses?

Bishop Scott Hayashi, Episcopal Diocese of Utah
Brian Grimmett

A group of Utahns is asking Governor Gary Herbert to lead out on the issue of restricting guns on college campuses.

Chelsi Archibald is a young mother who represents the advocacy group Moms Rising. She says she’s asking for sensible gun safety measures on college campuses because she wants people to be able to attend classes and assemblies without fear.

“We don’t necessarily have an issue on guns, but we want kids on campus to be safe and to have the freedom to learn as they want and not have to worry about their safety,” she says.

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Immigration
2:50 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Senator Hatch Vows to Pass “Real” Immigration Legislation

Office of Senator Orrin Hatch

Republicans in Utah’s congressional delegation have uniformly condemned President Obama’s executive action extending temporary legal status to some 5 million undocumented immigrants. But Senator Orrin Hatch says he plans to rectify the situation.

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Religion
1:40 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Dalai Lama Coming to Utah for Parliament of the World's Religions

The Dalai Lama speaks to a school group in Ladakh, India
Central Tibetan Administration

The Dalai Lama will be coming to Salt Lake City next fall. He’ll be the keynote speaker at the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

The 14th Dalai Lama is a symbol of Tibetan culture around the world, though he gave up his authority as head of the Tibetan government in exile in 2011.  As a Buddhist monk and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, he’s also seen as an international spiritual leader.

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Transportation
5:25 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Uber, Lyft Push Back on SLC Transportation Ordinance Proposal

Alfredo Mendez via Flickr

The Salt Lake City council is set to pass an ordinance next week requiring ride-share drivers to comply with local ground transportation laws. But the companies, Uber, Lyft and Sidecar have launched a campaign to fight the proposal.

The ads on Facebook ask the public to urge members of the Salt Lake City council to vote “no” on the new rules-saying it will kill ridesharing in the city.  The ordinance requires drivers undergo city background checks and vehicle safety inspections—something Lyft and Uber already do privately.

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Public Safety
4:30 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Unified Police Department Announces Autism Safety Roster

From left, Montell McDowell, an Autism advocate; her Autistic daughter 9-year-old Megan; and Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder.
Credit Tim Slover

The project encourages parents of children with Autism to provide the Unified Police Department with information—like an Autistic child’s name, physical description, and known triggers. Those facts would be passed to the officers responding to an emergency. The goal is to create humane interactions between

   officers and individuals with disabilities. Jon Owen is president of the Utah Autism Coalition. He says a large percentage of children with Autism are prone to wander.  The roster could help those missing be found faster.

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Immigration
3:54 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Utah Immigrants Eagerly Anticipating President's Speech

Photo courtesy Tony Yapias

Immigrants will be gathering at a community center in Salt Lake City Thursday evening to watch President Obama make his much anticipated announcement about immigration.

Tony Yapias, director of Proyecto Latino de Utah, says he’s expecting a celebration at Centro Civico Mexicano after the President’s announcement.

“I’m sure we’ll be seeing a log of hugs and joyfulness in our community, just for them to finally see something happen for their families,” Yapias says.  

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Public Safety
2:55 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Final Mitigation Plan for North Salt Lake Landslide Almost Ready

A landslide destroys a home in North Salt Lake
Brian Grimmett

North Salt Lake city officials say they are closing in on a final plan to mitigate the effects of the landslide that happened last August. 

North Salt Lake City Mayor Len Arave says a final approved mitigation plan should be made public in 2 – 3 weeks.

“The plan is getting pretty close to being final," he says. "There are just a few things that we’re talking about that people have issues in a few locations.”

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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

Utah Lawmakers Consider 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

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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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