Governor Gary Herbert has still not made a decision about expanding Medicaid benefits, but at his monthly KUED news conference today he did shed some light on the decision making process.
For the past several months Governor Herbert has insisted that all options are still on the table when it comes to the expansion of Medicaid benefits, but his most recent comments suggest that he’s looking at finding some sort of middle ground.
The Utah Department of Health released data Wednesday that show a 94 percent increase in the number of reported cases of gonorrhea in the state.
State health officials say 633 cases have been reported so far this year compared to 327 cases during the same period last year. Lynn Meinor is manger of the Communicable Disease Program at the Utah Department of Health. She says much of 94 percent increase is due to more women getting the disease.
Utah congressional candidate Mia Love held a town hall meeting in Sandy today. Former Congressman and retired Lieutenant Colonel Allan West was also present to endorse the Saratoga Springs Mayor’s campaign.
During the meeting, Colonel West says he traveled to Utah because he believes republican candidates like Mayor Love would restore principles of equal opportunity rather than equal results to the modern American Dream.
How will the Utah ski season be this year? Well, that mostly depends on the snow. But ski resorts and the state’s tourism organizations are optimistic that this could be one of Utah’s better years. Not only will it be a winter Olympic year which brings more attention to the ski industry, but this is the first year Utah will be included as part of the Epic Pass – a special pass for selected resorts around the world. The Epic Pass will likely mean more out of state visitors, and it also means better deals for locals.
The Hawaii State Senate will vote on a bill Tuesday that would legalize same-sex marriage in that state, and it’s expected to pass. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has worked with opposition leaders to fight the bill, but it’s unclear exactly what role the Church is playing.
A parade honoring Veterans rolled down 2700 West from the city park to the city offices in Taylorsville Monday complete with dignitaries, rumbling motorcycles and music. Utah Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson spoke after the parade on the plaza of the city hall. He told those attending the celebration that our country must live up to the commitment to provide good healthcare to the soldiers when they return home.
The University of Utah held their 16th annual Veterans Day Celebration today. A series of events throughout the day commemorated veterans, past and present. Eleven Utah veterans received a medallion to honor their individual service.
The Downtown Farmers Market is moving to inside the Rio Grande Depot starting Saturday morning. With Salt Lake City’s Downtown Farmers Market ending its 21st summer season at Pioneer Park, the Downtown Alliance is leveraging its success into the new indoor venue to become The Winter Market.
Should you still go out for that run on days when Utah’s air quality is questionable? A new website may be able to answer that question, based on your own health and exercise needs.
The developers of the MyAir website made a presentation to the Utah Air Quality Board this week, explaining their system for evaluating the individual risk of exposure to air pollution. It’s based on the user’s health and fitness level as well as on the air quality on any given day.
Obama administration memos released this week reveal that Utah insurance officials requested to shut down the state’s shopping portion of the federal exchange last month. The request was made after Utah’s biggest issuer, SelectHealth, was not appearing on the website marketplace.
Utah’s Assistant Insurance Commissioner Tanji Northrup says it took a few days after the federal exchange was launched on October 1st to figure out there was a major problem.
Embattled Utah Attorney General John Swallow is denying that he ever intentionally deleted emails from his computers. He’s also accusing the special counsel for the House committee investigating him of being inflammatory and unprofessional.
Salt Lake Community College students, studying to be the next great cartoonist, radio reporter or graphic designer now have the opportunity to get a more real-world; hands-on education at SLCC’s new building for the School of Arts, Communication & New Media, The state of the art facility opened this fall on the South City Campus.
In the new media center, students taking an advanced audio course are learning how to superimpose sounds like doors closing or floors creaking onto a film that’s already been made.
The $495 million Jordan School District Bond failed to get the support of voters in Tuesday’s election. District officials say lower-than-expected voter turnout and misinformation killed it.
The latest tallies show only about 32 percent of voters favored the bond. The growing district is calling for eight new elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. Steven Dunham is a spokesperson for the Jordan School District.
Rio Tinto Kennecott has opened a major access road, restoring full access to Bingham Canyon mine. Kennecott officials say the opening comes months ahead of schedule, but they say it will still take about two years to restore the mine to normal operations.
Where once there was a massive slide, now a road cuts through. Trucks as big as houses motor along back and forth from the mine. Matt Lengerich General Manager of the Bingham Canyon Mine, says it was no small feat to build the new mine access ramp.
Paleontologists working in the fossil beds of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument have discovered a new dinosaur species, a close cousin of Tyrannosaurus Rex. A new study shows the bones found are now some of the oldest in this predator’s lineage.
Mark Loewen is a Research Associate at the Natural History Museum of Utah. He shows visitors the skull and 24-foot model skeleton of a new dinosaur species with a fitting name.
"This animal which we’ve named Lythronax argestes, the name actually means 'gore king from the southwest,'" Loewen says.
The Utah Foundation’s report on Utah Quality of Life Index shows just a 1 point overall improvement from its first study from the fall of 2011. But Shawn Teigen, the Foundation’s Senior Research Analyst, says there’s a clear message here for Utah’s political and business leaders.
A group representing off-road vehicle users doesn’t think a court decision against a BLM Resource Management Plan means all the others are in trouble.
The Bureau of Land Management issued six Resource Management Plans for its offices in southern and eastern Utah in the closing weeks of the Bush administration. This week, a federal judge ruled the off road vehicle routes in the Richfield plan are invalid and ordered BLM to take another look.
For the first time in 20 years, a Utah Army National Guard Air Medical Evacuation group is deploying out of the country. Captain Penny McCarthy is the Commander of the unit. She says building a medevac unit from an air attack group has not been done before in Utah. McCarthy says being ready for today’s deployment to Afghanistan was a daunting challenge for every soldier in the group.
More than 4000 Utahns have been stalled in their efforts to get health insurance because federal and state computer systems are not yet able to communicate. Officials from the state Department of Workforce Services say Utah was ready when the exchange went online October 1st, but the federal system was not.
Salt Lake County Animal Services has a new director. Mike Reberg had been working in Congressman Jim Matheson’s Wasatch Front office. He’s also a former associate public works director for the county. Russ Wall, Salt Lake County’s Public Works Director, says Reberg intends to bring the two main aspects of animal services, enforcement and adoption, closer together.
“He’s an animal lover but more importantly, he’s a people lover and so we’re really excited to have him here,” says Wall.
Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams told members of the press today, if the county expands employee health insurance benefits to include autism coverage, it will save taxpayer dollars in the long run and create a more productive workforce.
Last week McAdams presented his 2014 county budget proposal to the council, which includes an expansion of employee health packages to include autism coverage.
Salt Lake City, the Utah Transit Authority and Enterprise Rent-a-Car announced a new Wasatch Front car share partnership today. Enterprise vehicles are now available for rental downtown, at various TRAX stations and on the University of Utah and Utah Valley University campuses.
The Commissioner of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is retiring after eight years in that job. Leonard Blackham’s tenure included a four-year battle to keep Japanese beetles from getting established in Utah.
“I mean, if that got away from us," Blackham told KUER, "we would have had infestations of that occasionally like we do with Mormon crickets and that kinda bugs. People would have looked out their window one morning and their garden would have been gone.”