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Mid-Term Elections 2014
2:11 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Third Party Candidates Fail to Qualify for Utah Debate Commission Debates

The Utah Debate Commission has finalized the list of who will be participating in this year’s mid-term election debates and the list only includes Republicans and Democrats.

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Energy & Environment
1:35 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Morgan Council Chair: Study Sage Grouse Issue

Male sage grouse on a lek in Morgan County, Utah

  Tuesday's Morgan County Council meeting has been getting national attention because of a land-use planning question that could impact the sage grouse.  But the council may put off a vote on the issue to allow for further study.

At the last meeting two weeks ago, the Morgan County council split 3 to 3 on the question of whether to change the land use designation on a 27-hundred acre parcel near East Canyon Reservoir.  The area includes a sage grouse lek, where the birds mate and nest in the spring.

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Health Care
6:18 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Few Utahns Know about Governor’s Plan to Deliver Healthcare to the Poor

A new poll shows that Utahns don’t know very much about Governor Gary Herbert’s plan to deliver health insurance to low-income citizens. But when they learn more, they tend to support it. KUER’s Andrea Smardon took to the streets to see for herself what Utahns know and don’t know about healthcare decisions facing state lawmakers. 

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Transportation
3:16 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Salt Lake City Offers Free Parking on 300 South

New protected bike lanes on 300 South in downtown Salt Lake City
Brian Grimmett

Salt Lake City is offering free parking along 300 South in downtown while workers finish construction of a protected bike lane.

The free two hour parking will be available on 300 South between 200 West and 300 East until about mid-October. Robin Hutcheson is the Salt Lake City Transportation Director. She says part of the reason for offering the free parking is to help those who might be confused by the new design, which places the bike lane closest to the curb and makes cars park between the bike lane and normal traffic.

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Education
2:46 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Former U of U President Chase Peterson Dies at 84

Former University of Utah President Chase Nebeker Peterson
University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections

  Former University of Utah president Chase Peterson passed away on Sunday at the age of 84.  Peterson had deep Utah roots and a national reputation.

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Transportation
5:36 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Feds Deny Grant For Sugar House Streetcar

Brian Grimmett

The U.S. Department of Transportation has denied Salt Lake City’s application for a federal grant that would help the city stretch the Sugar House Streetcar eastward about half a block. Now the city council must decide how to move forward with federal funding off the table.

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Politics
4:28 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

LDS Democrats Kick off Billboard Campaign to Rope in New Members

LDS Democrats

LDS Democrats, the largest caucus in the Utah Democratic Party has a launched a new billboard campaign aimed at Mormon swing-voters.

The billboards focus on education, poverty and LDS scripture. One billboard criticizes Utah’s position in the nation for per pupil spending in public education. It reads quote, “Our children deserve better than last place.” End quote.

One billboard states simply Mosiah 4, referring to the LDS scripture that State Representative and Mormon Democrat Brian King says highlights the churches’ focus on service, giving and reserving judgment. 

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Health Care
1:18 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Drug Poisoning Deaths Remain Huge Problem in Utah

Flickr: Sharyn Morrow

Utah ranks 5th in the nation for drug-poisoning deaths, according to data released this week by the Utah Department of Health. Many of those deaths are caused by opioids. But some say that could be changed with better access to treatment.

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Science & Technology
1:10 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Will Utah See the Northern Lights?

A view of the Northern Lights as seen from the International Space Station
NASA

A massive solar flare has erupted from the sun and is sending geomagnetic disturbance and solar radiation straight at the earth. But you shouldn't be worried, and you might even want to grab your camera.

Bill Murtagh is the program coordinator at the National Weather Service Space Weather Prediction Center. He says the geomagnetic disturbances and increased solar radiation the Earth will see Friday and Saturday aren’t really a health concern, but they’ll still have impacts.

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Health Care
10:59 am
Fri September 12, 2014

New Children's Outpatient Center Set to Open in October

An aerial view of the new Eccles Children's Outpatient Services Building at the University of Utah
Credit Courtesy of the University of Utah

The new Eccles Primary Children’s Outpatient Services Building at the University of Utah is scheduled to open next month.

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LGBT
9:34 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Supreme Court Will Review Gay Marriage Cases From Five States Including Utah

The U.S. Supreme Court announced this week that justices will review same sex marriage cases from five states including Utah at a private conference later this month.  It is the first step the court will take in deciding whether or not to consider any of the cases in its upcoming session.  

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Politics
8:15 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

2nd Congressional District Candidates React to President Obama's Speech

President Barack Obama committed U.S. support to fighting and pursuing members of the terrorist group ISIS during a nationally broadcast speech Wednesday night. Now candidates in Utah’s 2nd Congressional district are responding to the speech.

Republican Representative Chris Stewart says while he wishes the president would have acted sooner, he’s relieved Obama has finally gotten serious about confronting the growth of ISIS.

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Education
5:07 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Judge Rules in Favor of Rejected State School Board Candidates: Orders Their Names Go on Ballot

Joe Gratz via flickr

U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups ruled this morning that Utah must add two candidates who were rejected by the state’s controversial state school board election process to the November election ballot. The order comes after Waddoups ruled last week that the current process is unconstitutional.

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Business & Labor
3:54 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Vail Purchases Park City Mountain Resort for $182.5 Million

Park City Mountain Resort
Park City Mountain Resort

Vail Resorts has purchased Park City Mountain Resort for $182.5 million dollars.

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Education
1:33 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

New Scholarships for Ute Students at U of U

Some of the funding for new scholarships for Ute students will come from merchandise sales
University of Utah

The University of Utah worked out an agreement with the Northern Ute Tribe this year to continue using the Ute name for its athletic teams. That agreement includes new academic scholarships for members of the tribe.

The University has now established a scholarship fund for enrolled members of the Ute tribe. They’ll be able to get eight thousand dollars a year, enough to cover tuition and fees for a full-time undergraduate.

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Public Lands
5:31 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

REAL Salt Lake: New Soccer Stadium Could Save the State Fair

Taylor Hayes

The Utah State Fair Board of Directors met this afternoon with Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen to consider his proposal to build a new minor-league soccer stadium at the Fairpark.  Hansen says the plan could save the fair, which is struggling financially.

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Public Safety
4:09 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Crew of Volunteers Demolish Home Destroyed by Landslide

A volunteer worker helps collect items left in the home after a landslide destroyed it on August 5
Brian Grimmett

The home destroyed in last month’s landslide in North Salt Lake was finally demolished Wednesday.

Members of the Utrilla family stood and watched as backhoes ripped into their home. Every few minutes the work would stop and someone would run onto the pile of rubble to recover an item left behind. The home was destroyed early in the morning on August 5th after a landslide pushed it off of its foundation.

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Health Care
3:31 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Health Officials: Enterovirus Has Likely Reached Utah

Andrea Smardon KUER

Doctors at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City are seeing a significant increase in respiratory illness over the past two weeks. They have identified enterovirus D-68 as the likely source of many of these illnesses.

Dr. Andrew Pavia is Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Primary Children’s Hospital. In his twenty years of experience, he says he’s has never seen this many hospitalizations for a viral disease in September.

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Religion
2:49 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

New Quilt Commemorates Mountain Meadows Massacre

The Remembrance and Reconciliation Quilt contains panels made by descendants of the victims and the perpetrators of the Mountain Meadows Massacre in 1857
Mountain Meadows Association

September 11th, is the anniversary of the Mountain Meadows Massacre. The families of the victims of the massacre and the descendants of those who killed them have found a new way to reconcile more than 150 years later.

In 1857, a wagon train of emigrants from northern Arkansas was passing through Utah on its way to California when they were attacked by a local militia made up of Mormon settlers. About 120 people were killed, and the history of the incident has only recently been researched in detail.

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Health Care
8:42 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Herbert Closing in on Healthcare Deal

Governor Gary Herbert presents his Healthy Utah Plan during the 2014 legislative session.
Brian Grimmett

Governor Gary Herbert says he is very close to an agreement with the federal government on his proposal to provide health insurance for those under the poverty line.

Coming out of his meeting with US Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell in Washington, Governor Herbert says he’s gotten about 95 percent of what he’s asked for, and he’s optimistic that a final agreement should be reached shortly.

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Education
4:24 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

New BYU President Installed

Brigham Young University President Kevin J Worthen
Brigham Young University

New Brigham Young University President Kevin J Worthen says a BYU education should elevate and etherealize. That was his message during Tuesday’s inauguration, at which Worthen was sworn in as the University’s 13th president.

Worthen offered the mountains surrounding the Brigham Young University campus as religious symbols of enlightenment. He asked that they be reminders of the learning environment he wishes to create at BYU-- one that not only inspires new learning experiences and spiritual insight, but that also allows students to become different, better people.

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Transportation
2:59 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

UTA Board Chairman Learns Valuable Lessons After Using Only Mass Transit For One Week

Brian Grimmett

A group of people interested in seeing the Utah Transit Authority expand the hours its buses and trains operates recently challenged the UTA Board of Trustees and leadership to use only public transit for seven days. For the few who accepted the challenge the experience had quite an impact.

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Religion
1:18 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Parliament of the World's Religions Coming to SLC

Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, at the news conference announcing the meeting of the Parliament of the World's Religions planned for Salt Lake City in October 2015.

Mormons were excluded from the first Parliament of the World’s Religions in 1893.  But the Parliament has now chosen the home of the LDS church for its next worldwide meeting.

“Salt Lake City, you’re in for a treat," said Mary Nelson, the executive director of the Parliament of the World's Religions at the announcement that its next meeting will be held in Salt Lake in October, 2015.

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Health Care
6:46 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

UCAP Funds U of U Regenerative Medicine Program

Lab technicians at University of Utah Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine Lab prepare cell growth environment.
Credit Bob Nelson

The University of Utah Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine Program will be getting a share of the total $2,000,000 dollars in grant money from the Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership, or UCAP. The research park facility does stem cell manufacturing and research of ALS, leukemia, arthritis and other degenerative diseases.  Dr. Jo-Anna Reems is a research associate at the center. Her department received $200,000 dollars from the fund.

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Business & Labor
6:03 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Judge Won't Dismiss Lawsuit That Challenges Newspaper Operating Agreement

A federal judge has decided Monday not to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to dismantle a joint operating agreement between the Deseret News and the parent company of the Salt Lake Tribune. 

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Energy & Environment
5:01 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

August Rains Ease Drought

August rains turned much of drought-stricken Utah green. Pictured here is Lakefork Basin from Porcupine Pass.
Credit Beau Uriona / Courtesy: NCRS

Ranchers throughout Utah feared at the beginning of this summer that the drought would be sticking around. But a remarkably wet August has transformed the landscape.

Parts of Northern Utah received almost 4 times as much water as the 30-year average. And, in southern parts of the state, the skies blessed the parched landscape with up to twice as much rain as usual.

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Local Government
2:34 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Construction Begins on New Regional Parks in Salt Lake County

Salt Lake County officials break ground on new regional park in Kearns, Utah.
Taylor Hayes

Salt Lake County officials broke ground on a new regional park in Kearns this morning. The park is the result of a $47 million park’s bond voters approved in 2012.

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Local Politics
2:27 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Utah Supreme Court Decides Primary Election Case

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Republican party leaders in Millard County will have to nominate a candidate for county commission before the ballot deadline next week. The Utah Supreme Court gave election officials some new guidance on how to handle a disputed primary election.

After a hearing on Friday, the state Supreme Court upheld part of a lower court ruling that invalidated the June 21st primary election. But the state’s highest court vacated the order requiring a new election.

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Business & Labor
4:29 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Judge Sets Bond at $17.5 Million for Park City Mountain Resort

Third District Judge Ryan Harris
Pool: Salt Lake Tribune

 

A Third District Court judge has set a bond payment that will allow Park City Mountain Resort to continue to operate for the 2014 - 2015 ski season.

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LGBT
3:21 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Traditional Marriage Supporters Deliver Petition to Governor

Laura Bunker, president of United Families International standing next to a stack of petitions.
Whittney Evans

Groups who oppose gay marriage hand delivered more than 18,000 petition signatures to Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s office Friday. The aim of the petition is to thank the Governor and Attorney General Sean Reyes for defending Utah’s law banning same-sex marriage.

Former Utah Republican Governor Jon Huntsman restated his support for gay marriage this week, calling it inevitable. And even Republican Utah Senator Orrin Hatch has said, that eventually the law will recognize same sex marriage. 

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