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Earthquake Drill Shakes Out Utahns

Apr 16, 2015
Nicole Nixon

Nearly a million people dropped, took cover and held on during the largest statewide earthquake drill known as the Great Utah ShakeOut on Thursday. At the University of Utah, students and faculty assembled at evacuation points and received earthquake information pamphlets and emergency preparedness items.

Utah in Top 10 for Americorps Volunteerism

Apr 15, 2015
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For the first time since its inception 20 years ago, Americorps has released the states and cities that produce the highest number of volunteers. Provo is ranked number four among mid-size cities and Utah is ranked eighth overall, which Americorps director Bill Basl says is not surprising.

Tax Day Storm Stands Out

Apr 15, 2015
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The storm that bounded into Utah Tuesday stands out as an epic weather event for a number of reasons.

Wind gusts topped 60 miles an hour at dozens of Utah locations. Blowing dust pushed air-pollution measurements into the hazardous range. And temperatures plummeted 29 degrees between afternoon and evening.

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Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court, arguing that if the high court recognizes same sex marriage as a right it would undermine religious liberty.

Salt Lake City Issues Water Usage Advisory

Apr 14, 2015
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Salt Lake City officials are calling for a stage one water usage advisory in the wake of a dry winter that has produced little spring runoff.

The Utah Pride Center in Salt Lake City is home to a new Girl Scout Troop with its first meeting planned Monday.


A federal judge has denied an injunction against the controversial election reform law known as SB54.

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The Disability Law Center in Utah is conducting an investigation into the death of Ramon Estrada, a state prisoner who died Sunday of apparent cardiac arrest due to renal failure.

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert ceremoniously signed the state’s sweeping criminal justice reforms into law on Thursday.

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 A new University of Utah study provides insight into suicide risk among veterans and military personnel.

Avenue H

More small Utah businesses are turning to the state-based health insurance marketplace known as Avenue H to offer healthcare benefits to employees.

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A Salt Lake City School Board Member says he’s been dressing as the cartoon mascot Frito Bandito during school board meetings to make a point about the unfair treatment of minority students in the district.

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A new study released by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research ranks Utah 29th in the US for the number of opportunities available to women and women in poverty.

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Administrators at the University of Utah cut the ribbon on the brand new oral health building today and it will do more than just train dentists.

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Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who exposed Edward Snowden’s top-secret documents on US government surveillance, made an appearance in Salt Lake City Tuesday. He was the keynote speaker for the University of Utah’s Secrecy Week.

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Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker railed Tuesday morning against what he thought was a proposal to expand a halfway house on the city’s west side. But the company that owns the facility says it only wants to renew an existing contract.

UTA Tests Zero-Emissions Bus

Apr 7, 2015
Nicole Nixon

The Utah Transit Authority is testing a bus that runs completely on electricity. The 60-foot, 120 passenger bus would be the first zero-emissions vehicle to join UTA’s fleet—if it meets the transit authority’s standards.

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Rio Tinto stadium is set to be the home of the largest privately owned solar arrays in Utah. The new solar arrays will provide more than 2 megawatts of power to the stadium, offsetting 73% of its electric needs.

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Intermountain Medical Center in Murray has opened a breast milk collection center to serve the Mother’s Milk Bank in Denver. Mothers are able give their extra milk to the center within days of being screened.

USU and Yale University

Researchers at Utah State University and Yale University have mapped public opinion about global warming across the US. Their study published Monday in Nature Climate Change reveals the diversity of opinions at state and local levels.

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Former Republican State Representative Carl Wimmer says tension often exists between Utah lawmakers’ political ideologies and their affiliation in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Among the bills Governor Gary Herbert signed into law earlier this week is HB 396, which prevents the Utah Department of Environmental Quality from placing a season-long ban on wood burning.

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Utah’s warm, dry winter means a measly snowmelt, and water-watchers are already writing off this water year as one of the state’s driest ever even though it’s just halfway over.

Most years, the dogs splashing in Parley’s Creek would find the water here cold and swift with spring snowmelt. But the stream’s running at about one-third of normal for this time of year, and that’s as good as it’s going to get. Forecasters say there’s no more runoff to look forward to.

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Many Utahns might be wondering what the latest round of statewide tax increases will mean for their wallets. The Utah Foundation says not all that much.

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President Obama wants 75 thousand more people trained to work in the solar industry by 2020 and a new program at Hill Air Force Base will help make that happen.

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A Rocky Mountain Power Substation in West Jordan was vandalized around 7 am Thursday morning. Nearly 6,000 people were without electricity for 2 hours.

The downtown Salt Lake peregrine falcon cam will be turned on Monday, but there might not be anything to see this year.

Salt Lake City Redevelopment Agency

Salt Lake City officials have a grand vision for a new neighborhood downtown. It’s part of Mayor Ralph Becker’s plan for a more sustainable city.

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Five Brigham Young University engineering students have built a lightweight and low cost motorized wheelchair for children with diseases such as muscular dystrophy.

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The Utah Department of Transportation filed a lawsuit Thursday against the builder of a Timpanogos Highway project, claiming at least $29 million dollars in damages.

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