News http://kuer.org en Utahns Keep Health Insurance Subsidies for Now http://kuer.org/post/utahns-keep-health-insurance-subsidies-now <p></p><p>A federal court in Washington DC ruled Tuesday that Obamacare subsidies are illegal. Utah is among 36 states that would&nbsp;potentially be affected by this ruling, but for now, Utahns will continue to receive those subsidies.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:23:26 +0000 Andrea Smardon 49718 at http://kuer.org Utahns Keep Health Insurance Subsidies for Now New Activities, Law Enforcement Poised to Fight Crime in Pioneer Park http://kuer.org/post/new-activities-law-enforcement-poised-fight-crime-pioneer-park <p></p><p>The Salt Lake City Police Department began putting extra attention on Pioneer Park this month with the creation of a special bureau. Law Enforcement officials say that effort combined with new family-friendly activities will make the park and the neighborhood safer.</p><p>If you’ve spent any time around Pioneer Park lately, whether it be for the downtown farmer’s market or the Twilight Concert Series, you may have noticed some athletic, enthusiastic people flying high above you.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:09:01 +0000 Whittney Evans 49717 at http://kuer.org New Activities, Law Enforcement Poised to Fight Crime in Pioneer Park New Pioneer Mortality Rates Put Trek Deaths in Perspective http://kuer.org/post/new-pioneer-mortality-rates-put-trek-deaths-perspective <p class="p1">Every year on Pioneer Day, we hear about the hardships and sacrifices made by Utah’s early Mormon settlers. But a new study from Brigham Young University shows most of those who made the trek arrived in good shape.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Statistics professor Dennis </span>Tolley<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> wanted his students to work on an actuarial problem, like an insurance company calculating its rates. So he turned to a database compiled by the LDS church on Utah’s pioneer handcart companies and wagon trains.</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:43:59 +0000 Brian Grimmett 49689 at http://kuer.org New Pioneer Mortality Rates Put Trek Deaths in Perspective West Nile Virus Detected in Utah Mosquitos http://kuer.org/post/west-nile-virus-detected-utah-mosquitos <p></p><p>Health officials say West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitos in Utah. But so far, no human cases have been reported. &nbsp;The virus has been found in mosquito pools in Box Elder and Uintah counties. Rebecca Ward with the Utah Department of Health says humans who contract the virus may not necessarily develop symptoms, but it can be very serious, particularly for those with compromised immune systems.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:05:16 +0000 Andrea Smardon 49660 at http://kuer.org West Nile Virus Detected in Utah Mosquitos Salt Lake City Expands GREENbike Program http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-city-expands-greenbike-program <p></p><p></p><p>Salt Lake City has once again expanded its bike-share program to include more stations, more bikes and more options.</p><p>More than 6,000 people rode GREENbikes, 26,000 times in the program’s inaugural year. It began in April 2013 with 10 stations and 55 bikes. Now officials are hoping to get more people on two wheels by doubling the number of stations and bikes across the city. Salt Lake City Councilor Erin Mendenhall says that’s crucial.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:58:33 +0000 Whittney Evans 49654 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake City Expands GREENbike Program New Tools for Looking Up Pioneer Ancestors http://kuer.org/post/new-tools-looking-pioneer-ancestors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Descendants of Utah’s Mormon pioneers have a new way to connect with the stories of their ancestors’ adventures on the trek to Utah. &nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:32:31 +0000 Dan Bammes 49632 at http://kuer.org New Tools for Looking Up Pioneer Ancestors Teachers Back McAleer in 1st District; Both Candidates Raise Campaign Cash http://kuer.org/post/teachers-back-mcaleer-1st-district-both-candidates-raise-campaign-cash <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The democratic challenger vying for Utah’s </span>1<sup>st</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> district congressional seat hopes two big endorsements will help her unseat the incumbent in November. </span>KUER’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Judy </span>Fahys<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:10:00 +0000 Judy Fahys 49602 at http://kuer.org Teachers Back McAleer in 1st District; Both Candidates Raise Campaign Cash Stericycle Another Step Closer to Moving http://kuer.org/post/stericycle-another-step-closer-moving <p></p><p>Medical waste company Stericycle has cleared another hurdle in its effort to relocate its incinerator from North Salt Lake to Tooele County. The local planning commission approved a conditional use permit for the new facility this month, though two commissioners voted against it.</p><p>Stericycle Vice President of Corporate Communications&nbsp; Jennifer Koenig says the permit is necessary to move forward with a new facility, but it’s only one step among many.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:32:53 +0000 Andrea Smardon 49601 at http://kuer.org Stericycle Another Step Closer to Moving Residential Solar Users Asked to Pay More for Power http://kuer.org/post/residential-solar-users-asked-pay-more-power <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rocky Mountain Power subsidizes new solar power installations through its Blue Sky program. But it’s also insisting it needs additional money from residential customers who have solar panels on their homes.</span></p><p>The <a href="http://psc.utah.gov/utilities/electric/elecindx/2013/13035184indx.html">Utah Public Service Commission</a> is preparing for a hearing next week on Rocky Mountain Power’s request for residential solar power users to pay four dollars and 65 cents a month to connect their homes to the grid.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:43:14 +0000 Dan Bammes 49597 at http://kuer.org Residential Solar Users Asked to Pay More for Power Owner Could Face Charges in Magna Horse Deaths http://kuer.org/post/owner-could-face-charges-magna-horse-deaths <p></p><p>Animal doctors at a laboratory in Logan should know by the end of the week how ten horses found in a Magna field over the weekend died. The answer could lead to criminal charges for the animal’s owner.</p><p>On Friday afternoon Salk Lake County Animal Services and the Unified Police Department responded to reports that several horses were found dead in a field near 3500 south and 9200 west in Magna. One horse was still alive but in poor condition.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:25:43 +0000 Whittney Evans 49596 at http://kuer.org Owner Could Face Charges in Magna Horse Deaths U.S. Supreme Court Stays Same-Sex Marriage Recognition Ruling http://kuer.org/post/us-supreme-court-stays-same-sex-marriage-recognition-ruling <p class="p1">The U.S. Supreme Court has granted Utah a stay of a lower court’s ruling that would have required <span class="s1">the state </span>to recognize same-sex marriages performed <span class="s1">during a period when they were legal</span>.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:53:52 +0000 Brian Grimmett 49499 at http://kuer.org State Sets Water Priorities On Virgin River Tributaries http://kuer.org/post/state-sets-water-priorities-virgin-river-tributaries <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>A drought in southwestern Utah means there’s not enough water to fulfill the needs of all property owners in the area. KUER’s Judy Fahys reports on the priority list that’s leaving some Washington County water users dry this year.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:45:02 +0000 Judy Fahys 49498 at http://kuer.org State Sets Water Priorities On Virgin River Tributaries AirMed Takes Emergency Newborn Care to the Sky http://kuer.org/post/airmed-takes-emergency-newborn-care-sky <p></p><p>A University of Utah AirMed team can now deliver emergency care to newborn babies. The perinatal team has just been licensed to transport babies from zero to 30 days, and they have a new larger helicopter for the necessary equipment.</p><p>University of Utah chief flight nurse Bart Chournos says he’s been treating pregnant mothers for 30 years. He travels by helicopter to expecting moms in need of urgent care at smaller, regional hospitals throughout the Mountain west.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:20:44 +0000 Andrea Smardon 49497 at http://kuer.org AirMed Takes Emergency Newborn Care to the Sky Volunteer 'Ambassador' Receiving NASA Honor http://kuer.org/post/volunteer-ambassador-receiving-nasa-honor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Patrick Wiggins, who represents NASA as a volunteer Solar System Ambassador in Utah, is receiving one of the space agency’s highest honors.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:28:57 +0000 Dan Bammes 49488 at http://kuer.org Volunteer 'Ambassador' Receiving NASA Honor School Board Considers Going Back to No Child Left Behind http://kuer.org/post/school-board-considers-going-back-no-child-left-behind <p></p><p>For the past two years, the federal government has allowed Utah to waive key parts of the No Child Left Behind law. Now that waiver is up for renewal and the state board of education is questioning if it should instead go back to the largely unpopular law. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:44:06 +0000 Whittney Evans 49454 at http://kuer.org School Board Considers Going Back to No Child Left Behind SLC Department of Airports Breaks Ground on $1.8 Billion Terminal Redevelopment Program http://kuer.org/post/slc-department-airports-breaks-ground-18-billion-terminal-redevelopment-program <p>The Salt Lake City Department of Airports will break ground Friday on the 1.8 billion dollar Terminal Redevelopment Program. Construction will continue in phases from now through 2019 with complete build out by 2022. Mike Williams is the program director of the massive project. He says there will be many big changes along the way but the effort is going to be well worth it.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 01:23:22 +0000 Bob Nelson 49450 at http://kuer.org SLC Department of Airports Breaks Ground on $1.8 Billion Terminal Redevelopment Program Park City's Autumn Aloft Returns After 20-Year Pause http://kuer.org/post/park-citys-autumn-aloft-returns-after-20-year-pause <p>Park City’s <a href="http://www.autumnaloft.com/">Autumn Aloft Hot Air Balloon Festival </a>is returning after suddenly ending 20 years ago. It will coincide with the final weekend of the <a href="http://www.parksillysundaymarket.com/">Parksilly Sunday Market</a> September 19 through the 21<sup>st</sup>. Meisha Lawson is the spokeswoman for the festival. She says city leaders, residents and businesses are showing overwhelming support for the return of the event.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:01:22 +0000 Bob Nelson 49449 at http://kuer.org Park City's Autumn Aloft Returns After 20-Year Pause U Study Shows Medicaid Expansion Population is Bigger than Previously Estimated http://kuer.org/post/u-study-shows-medicaid-expansion-population-bigger-previously-estimated <p></p><p>Utah lawmakers were stunned to hear Thursday that the number of people who fall in the so-called health coverage gap is significantly higher than they thought. Researchers from the University of Utah presented <a href="http://le.utah.gov/interim/2014/pdf/00003826.pdf">results from a new report</a> on the Medicaid eligibility expansion population&nbsp;to a state health committee.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:15:21 +0000 Andrea Smardon 49448 at http://kuer.org U Study Shows Medicaid Expansion Population is Bigger than Previously Estimated Unified Fire Authority Using State Grant to Mitigate Fire Risk on Traverse Mountain http://kuer.org/post/unified-fire-authority-using-state-grant-mitigate-fire-risk-traverse-mountain <p>Draper City and the Unified Fire Authority are working hand in hand to help mitigate fire danger on Traverse Mountain.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The area where firefighters are thinning out the underbrush is located on a steep hill leading right up into homes in the </span>SunCrest<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> neighborhood. Unified Fire Authority Captain Riley Pilgrim says they’re hoping to help reduce the fire risk of one of the most dangerous spots in the state.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:11:04 +0000 Brian Grimmett 49444 at http://kuer.org Unified Fire Authority Using State Grant to Mitigate Fire Risk on Traverse Mountain Governor Launches Review of Academic Standards http://kuer.org/post/governor-launches-review-academic-standards <p></p><p>Governor Gary Herbert is calling for a comprehensive legal review of the state’s adoption of the Common Core Standards. He’s hoping a legal analysis performed by Utah’s Attorney General will quash any misconceptions and ease ongoing concerns that the state has lost control of academic standards and curriculum.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:17:07 +0000 Whittney Evans 49437 at http://kuer.org Governor Launches Review of Academic Standards Gun Deaths Exceed Highway Deaths in Utah http://kuer.org/post/gun-deaths-exceed-highway-deaths-utah <p>Utah is one of 14 states where the number of gun-related deaths is now higher than the number of highway fatalities.&nbsp;</p><p>Highway fatalities in Utah – and across the country – have dropped dramatically in the past decade, thanks in part to safer cars and better drunk driving enforcement. For Utah, a report from the <a href="http://www.vpc.org/">Violence Policy Center</a> says there were 277 motor vehicle deaths in 2011, compared to 308 deaths from guns.&nbsp; That includes accidents, homicides and suicides.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:33:31 +0000 Dan Bammes 49421 at http://kuer.org Gun Deaths Exceed Highway Deaths in Utah Health Advocates Stage Limbo Contest at Lockhart’s Office http://kuer.org/post/health-advocates-stage-limbo-contest-lockhart-s-office <p></p><p>Wearing fake grass skirts and plastic leis, health advocates took turns going under a limbo pole in front of House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart’s office Wednesday. The idea was to highlight the plight of Utahns who fall into the Medicaid coverage gap, and the pole was steadily lowered to represent each month this year that they have not been able to pay for healthcare. The mood was light, but Christine Stenquist quickly became emotional when she began talking about why she is taking part in this demonstration.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:10:40 +0000 Andrea Smardon 49385 at http://kuer.org Health Advocates Stage Limbo Contest at Lockhart’s Office Skeptical Reception for Bill to Allow Stricter State Air Quality Rules http://kuer.org/post/skeptical-reception-bill-allow-stricter-state-air-quality-rules <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A member of the Utah legislature is trying again to change the law that keeps the state of Utah from imposing stricter environmental rules than the federal government.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Republican Representative Becky Edwards of North Salt Lake had a <a href="http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/static/HB0121.html">similar bill in the last general session</a>.&nbsp; It passed the House, but it was defeated in the state Senate, in part because of opposition from industry.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:07:20 +0000 Dan Bammes 49374 at http://kuer.org Skeptical Reception for Bill to Allow Stricter State Air Quality Rules School Board Hires Search Firm to Find New State Superintendent http://kuer.org/post/school-board-hires-search-firm-find-new-state-superintendent <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The committee tasked with finding a new state school superintendent has hired a private search firm to seek out potential candidates. Salt Lake City-based </span><a href="http://searchgrouppartners.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">SEARCH Group Partners</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will work alongside the committee to help recruit applicants and sift through resumes.</span></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 05:32:59 +0000 Whittney Evans 49336 at http://kuer.org School Board Hires Search Firm to Find New State Superintendent Investigative Committee Chair on Attorneys General Arrests: System Working http://kuer.org/post/investigative-committee-chair-attorneys-general-arrests-system-working <p></p><p></p><p>The chair of the Legislature’s <a href="http://le.utah.gov/investigative/investigativecomm.jsp">Special Investigative Committee</a> says he is working on a bill to increase potential use of grand juries in investigations in the wake of the John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff arrests Tuesday. Republican Representative Jim Dunnigan of Taylorsville led the bi-partisan investigation after the US Department of Justice dropped the case. He says a number of potentially helpful parties simply did not respond to subpoenas from the committee.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:40:41 +0000 Bob Nelson 49333 at http://kuer.org Investigative Committee Chair on Attorneys General Arrests: System Working Audit Validates Salt Lake County’s New Behavioral Health Model http://kuer.org/post/audit-validates-salt-lake-county-s-new-behavioral-health-model <p></p><p>An <a href="http://slco.org/uploadedFiles/depot/fMayor/BehavioralHealth_Audit.pdf">independent audit </a>of Salt Lake County’s Behavioral Health Services system was released Tuesday. Officials say it validates the county’s move to a managed-care model.&nbsp; County Mayor Ben McAdams called for the audit last year following news that provider Valley Behavioral Health (VBH) would discontinue service to hundreds of patients due to budget cuts.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:37:20 +0000 Andrea Smardon 49328 at http://kuer.org Audit Validates Salt Lake County’s New Behavioral Health Model Former Utah Attorneys General Swallow and Shurtleff Arrested http://kuer.org/post/former-utah-attorneys-general-swallow-and-shurtleff-arrested <p>Utah officials have arrested former Utah Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow on multiple state felony charges.</p><p>The state charges against the former attorneys general come after a two year investigation by the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office, the Davis County Attorney’s office, the FBI, and the Utah Department of Public Safety. Swallow was charged with 11 felonies including tampering with evidence, misuse of public money, and receiving or soliciting a bribe. Shurtleff was charged with 10 felonies including tampering with a witness, and obstructing justice.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:50:51 +0000 Brian Grimmett 49299 at http://kuer.org Former Utah Attorneys General Swallow and Shurtleff Arrested Audit Finds Error Cost State $100 Million in Property Taxe Revenues http://kuer.org/post/audit-finds-error-cost-state-100-million-property-taxe-revenues <p></p><p></p><p>Utah has missed out on approximately $100 million in property tax revenue over the past eight years because of an error in how property taxes are calculated. Now as the state moves to fix the problem, taxpayers will likely be asked to pay more.</p><p>The office of the state auditor released a study on Monday that details how local governments across the state have been miscalculating new commercial and residential growth, thus driving down the certified tax rate. David Stringfellow is Chief Economist for the state auditor’s office.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:32:31 +0000 Whittney Evans 49275 at http://kuer.org Audit Finds Error Cost State $100 Million in Property Taxe Revenues Rail Line Would Deliver Uinta Basin Energy to Markets http://kuer.org/post/rail-line-would-deliver-uinta-basin-energy-markets <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Plans are moving forward to build a 100-mile rail line from </span>Duchesne<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, through the wild </span>Uinta<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Basin, and into Price. </span>KUER’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Judy </span>Fahys<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports on the ambitious and expensive proposal to move Utah energy products into the market.</span></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 23:52:16 +0000 Judy Fahys 49274 at http://kuer.org Rail Line Would Deliver Uinta Basin Energy to Markets Utah Vet Partially Blinded in Afghanistan Sues Alleged Assailant http://kuer.org/post/utah-vet-partially-blinded-afghanistan-sues-alleged-assailant <p></p><p>A Utah veteran says he’s helping to protect the Western world by suing a former Guantanamo prisoner. Retired special forces sergeant Layne Morris of South Jordan believes Canadian national Omar Khadr is a potential threat to national security. But a senior US military official says Morris is wrong and out of line with his lawsuit.</p><p>In 2002, Layne Morris was partially blinded by shrapnel from a grenade thrown from an al-Qaeda compound in Afghanistan.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:57:36 +0000 Andrea Smardon 49272 at http://kuer.org Utah Vet Partially Blinded in Afghanistan Sues Alleged Assailant