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LGBT
3:27 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

ACLU Opposes Extension of Utah’s Same-Sex Marriage Appeal Deadline

ACLU of Utah staff and volunteers march in the Utah Pride Parade.
Photo courtesy ACLU of Utah

The Utah Attorney General’s Office is asking for more time to file its opening briefs in the case involving same-sex marriage recognition, but the ACLU opposes the extension.

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Business & Labor
3:06 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Utah Reaches 100K Jobs Goal

Gov. Gary Herbert announces that Utah created 112,200 jobs in the last 1000 days.
Brian Grimmett

Governor Gary Herbert says his challenge to create 100,000 jobs in 1,000 days was a huge success.

In his 2012 state of the state address Governor Gary Herbert challenged the private sector to create 100,000 jobs in 1,000 days. The unemployment rate at the time was 5.8%.  Now at the end of the challenge, Herbert says they were actually able to create 112, 200 jobs.

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Energy & Environment
1:22 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Grand County Council Considers Joining Coalition

Arches National Park in Grand County, Utah
Dan Bammes

Six counties in eastern Utah have formed a coalition to plan and build infrastructure projects such as roads and rail lines.  The Grand County Council will decide this afternoon whether to join the group.

Grand County is the last to consider joining what’s called the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition.  It was formed earlier this year and already includes Daggett, Uintah, Duchesne, Carbon, Emery and San Juan counties.

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Utah Politics
4:01 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Utah GOP Chairman Says Alliance for a Better Utah Sponsored Debates Are Political Trickery

File: Utah GOP Chairman James Evans speaks at the Utah GOP convention
Brian Grimmett

Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans is encouraging several legislative candidates to not participate in debates organized by groups that include Alliance for a Better Utah.

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Public Safety
3:29 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Police Looking for Suspects in Salt Lake City Nightclub Shooting

Whittney Evans

Police are still searching for the suspect involved in a Salt Lake City night club shooting over the weekend. A crowd of people were caught in a hail of gunfire on Saturday at Inferno Cantina, a Mexican restaurant and dance club, located at 122 West Pierpont Avenue in Salt Lake City.  Six people suffered non-life threatening injuries as a result of the shooting. Police Detective Greg Wilking says when the suspect fled the bar, an armed security guard from inside the club followed and fired at least one round, uncertain if the bullet hit anyone.

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Public Safety
3:11 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Cyberattack Hits Tooele Medical Center

Mountain West Medical Center is one of 206 hospitals owned, leased, or operated by Community Health Systems.

The personal information of patients at a Tooele hospital has been exposed in a cyberattack. Administrators at Community Health Systems, which operates Mountain West Medical Center in Tooele, say the attack took information from its computer network earlier this year.

The Tennessee company says that no medical or credit card records were taken in the attack, which may have happened in April and June. But the company said the attack did bypass its security systems to take patient names, addresses, birthdates, phone and Social Security numbers.

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Politics
1:28 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

State May Intervene In Millard County Election Case

Millard County Courthouse, Fillmore, Utah
Bob Weston

  The state of Utah may intervene in a lawsuit challenging the results of a primary election in Millard County.  A court decision last Friday raises a number of issues that aren’t addressed by Utah’s current law.

The initial count of votes in the June 24th Republican primary for a seat on the Millard County Commission showed the incumbent candidate, James Withers, losing to Jim Dyer by one vote.  A second count showed Withers winning by five votes.

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Business & Labor
5:15 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Utah Employment Rate On Steady Climb in July

Credit File: Department of Workforce Services

The number of Utahns with non-farm jobs grew by an estimated 3.6 percent in July. That’s equal to nearly 46-thousand jobs. The Utah Department of Workforce Services released its employment numbers for July today Friday.  DWS Chief Economist Carrie Mayne says it’s the highest growth so far this year.

“Our largest job gains were in the construction industry, trade, transportation and utilities and in education services,” says Mayne.

It was another great month for Utah in terms of job growth. Mayne says all 10 private sector industries showed job gains during the period.

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Local Government
4:01 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Salt Lake City Council, Mayor's Office Disagree on Golf Course Solution

Avatar/Media via Wikimedia Commons

The Salt Lake City Council doesn’t want to shut down any more golf courses, but the mayor’s office says it might be necessary to ensure the golf program is sustainable for the long term.

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Utah Politics
2:57 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Democrats Unhappy About Timing of Sen. Valentine's Resignation

File: Utah Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem
Brian Grimmett

Leaders of the Utah Democratic Party are unhappy with the timing of Republican State Senator John Valentine’s resignation.

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Energy & Environment
2:47 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Compromise Possible in Morgan County Sage Grouse Dispute

The Greater Sage Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)
Phil Douglass/Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Landowners won a decision from the Morgan County Planning Commission Thursday night. Conservation groups had asked them to protect a nesting area for the greater sage grouse. But it appears a compromise is already in the works.

The group of about 50 landowners wants to develop a new resort community near East Canyon Reservoir. They were asking the Morgan County Planning Commission to change the designation of their property on the county’s master land use plan from “Natural Resources and Recreation” to “Master Planned Community.”

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Transportation
4:43 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

City Considers Changes to Legalize Lyft

Pkg203 via Wikimedia Commons

This summer, Salt Lake City began issuing warning citations to Lyft and Uber drivers, but city officials are considering a plan to accommodate the ride sharing business model, with some conditions.

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Mid-Term Elections 2014
3:41 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Democratic AG Candidate Says Suing Fed. Government Is Wrong Way to Deal with Public Lands

File: Democratic AG Candidate Charles Stormont
Brian Grimmett

A growing group of Utah lawmakers want to take control of land inside the states borders that is managed by the federal government. Democratic Attorney General candidate Charles Stormont is arguing that the federal courts should not be the place to stage that fight.

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Public Safety
2:22 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Salt Lake County Rolling Out Funding for New Valley-Wide Commuter Bicycle Network

Salt Lake County unveils valley-wide commuter bike route plan.
Credit File: Salt Lake County Bicycle Commuter Network

Salt Lake County officials have announced a new grant program available to area cities to improve the commuter bicycle experience.

County Mayor Ben McAdams says the plan is to use a small portion of the $40-million plus transportation budget to double the number of bicycle commuters in a relatively short period of time.

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Local Government
5:48 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

West Jordan City Council Reviews Pay and Benefits for Departing City Manager

West Jordan City

The West Jordan City Council is meeting tonight to consider approving a severance package for former city manager Richard Davis, who resigned from the position on Tuesday.

West Jordan City’s council-manager form of government means Richard Davis was responsible for most of the city’s day-to-day operations. Now, according to city code, assistant city manager Bryce Haderlie will assume that role in the interim.

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Health Care
5:16 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

IMC Unveils Larger, More Powerful MRI Device

Unidentified MRI staff at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray demonstrate the extra-large size of the new General Electric 1.5 Tesla.
Credit File: Intermountain Healthcare

Intermountain Medical Center has unveiled their new, larger and more powerful 1.5 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI Wednesday.

Linda Campbell is the MRI Coordinator for IHC’s Urban Central Region.  She says improving technology enhances the machinery in the real world.

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Utah Politics
3:59 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Mike Lee Asks Small Group of Donors to Verify 2010 Contributions

File: Sen. Mike Lee
Brian Grimmett

Utah Senator Mike Lee has asked a small number of donors to verify that their contributions in 2010 actually came out of their own pockets.

Allegations that Sen. Lee received so called “straw man” donations first surfaced during the investigation of former Attorney General John Swallow. In an unsealed search warrant Jeremy Johnson says that Swallow asked him to help funnel $50 thousand to the Lee campaign by giving money to friends and family who would then donate to Lee. That information led the Alliance for a Better Utah to file a complaint with the Federal Election Commission.

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Energy & Environment
1:58 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Sage Grouse Central to Morgan County Land Use Controversy

Males strut on a greater sage grouse lek in Morgan County, UT
Dan Bammes

  Conservationists say a change in Morgan County’s master land use plan could have a big impact on the future of the greater sage grouse in Utah.  A potential resort development is the subject of a hearing planned for Thursday evening.

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Business & Labor
7:12 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Drop in Utah Gasoline Prices Lags Notable National Trend

Credit File: Ocalapost.com

Utahns will have to wait to enjoy the rest of the country’s overall downward trend in gasoline prices.

AAA reports Tuesday’s national average of $3.47 per gallon is 18 cents lower than last month. Utah’s price is only 4 cents lower. Randy Shumway is the economic advisor to Zions Bank. He says aside from any major unforeseen global political or economic events, the state will follow its long history of lagging as fuel prices fall nationally.

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Local Government
6:32 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Salt Lake City Continues Efforts to Reduce Homelessness, Crime

Salt Lake City officials have outlined a number of new efforts to combat homelessness and crime in the downtown area recently. In addition to Salt Lake City’s new Metro Support Bureau, the city is trying to making more housing available to those who need it most.

The new Metro Support Bureau is located at The Gateway Mall, about a block from Pioneer Park.  Officers there have arrested more than 400 criminals in the area since it was created in early July. But Chief Burbank says arrests alone will not solve the problems that plague the neighborhood.

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Energy & Environment
5:30 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Clinton Continues Chlorination after Drinking Water Contamination

The Davis County community of Clinton has been working all week to get rid of the drinking-water contamination that was caused when someone illegally connected the secondary water supply to culinary water pipes. By Monday, all water advisories were lifted and the city continued investigating the problem's cause.
Credit Judy Fahys / KUER News

Drinking water advisories have been lifted in the Davis County community of Clinton, but the weeklong ordeal caused by bacterial contamination isn’t quite over yet

The problem started when someone illegally connected the irrigation water system to the separate system of drinking water pipes.  

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Science & Technology
12:42 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

U Professor: How Social Media, Socialbots Exploit the Unwary

University of Utah Assistant Professor of Communication Robert W. Gehl
courtesy photo

  A University of Utah communication professor says popular social media platforms are analyzing your internet use in ever more sophisticated ways.  And he thinks there are ways to make that job harder.

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Health Care
4:40 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Utahn Tests Smaller, Wireless Pacemakers

Susan Thomas, 72, of Logan looks on as her doctor, Jared Bunch, talks to reporters about the implantation two weeks ago of a cutting-edge, wireless pacemaker.
Credit Judy Fahys / KUER News

Intermountain Medical Center in Murray is one of 50 hospitals nationwide involved in a research trial for next-generation pacemakers.  Last month one of its doctors implanted the new, wireless device in a grandmother from Logan.

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Arts & Entertainment
3:37 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Utah Symphony Begins "Mighty 5" Concert Tour

Utah Governor Gary Herbert rehearses with the Utah Symphony and its music director, Thierry Fischer
Dan Bammes

  The Utah Symphony’s tour of Utah’s five national parks begins tonight with a chamber concert in Teasdale, just outside Capitol Reef National Park.  The symphony rehearsed with a special guest conductor this afternoon.

Governor Gary Herbert took the podium for the Utah Symphony’s final rehearsal before leaving for what’s called the Mighty Five tour – performances at each of Utah’s national parks.  The governor got some coaching from symphony music director Thierry Fischer, but he says it wasn’t too tough.

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KUER Local News
3:28 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Memory Grove Thriving 15 Years After Tornado

A tornado destroyed dozens of trees in Salt Lake City's Memory Grove on August 11, 1999
Bryan Ford

On August 11th, 1999, a tornado ripped through downtown Salt Lake City. One person died, many more were injured, and hundreds of homes and other buildings were damaged.  But fifteen years later, it looks like one city park may have come through the experience better than before.

The tornado ripped down dozens of huge trees that shaded Memory Grove at the mouth of City Creek Canyon next to Utah’s state capitol.  But even before the disaster, the park had gained a reputation for crime and vandalism.

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Local Politics
2:35 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Lt. Governor and Salt Lake County Mayor Face Off in Demolition Derby

Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox getting ready to take on Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams in the demolition derby at the Salt Lake County Fair.

Over the weekend, Democratic Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and Republican Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox were out to crush any notions that the political rivals can’t put their party leanings aside for some good-natured fun. The two battled it out in a demolition derby at the Salt Lake County fair.

McAdams orchestrated the derby, hiring James Simko AKA “Gumby” to build both his and Cox’ derby cars.

The fact that you’re a right-wing republican, is that going to color who you’re rooting for today?, I ask him.

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Public Lands
4:59 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Outdoor Industry Mobilizes for Public Lands Protection

Photo courtesy Moab Desert Adventures

The summer outdoor retailer show is at the Salt Palace this week, and some locals are using the event as a chance to get the increasingly powerful outdoor industry involved in the Utah public lands debate. Instead of “drill, baby, drill” they’re pushing the tagline, “play, baby, play.”

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Sports
4:45 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

10th Tour of Utah Bicycle Race in Final Stages

Screen shot from live video stream of Peleton on downhill run toward Kamas.
Credit File: Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah

The fifth stage of the Tour of Utah bicycle race ends today at the finish line in Kamas after a rainy ride on the Mirror Lake Highway from Evanston, Wyoming.  Eric Young won Stage 5. Tom Danielson retained the overall yellow jersey.

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Education
4:45 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Utah Will Not Go Back to No Child Left Behind

The Utah State School Board has voted to extend a waiver that allows the state to forego key parts of the federal No Child Left Behind law. This comes as critics slammed the waiver for tying Utah to a set of college and career-ready education standards known as the Common Core.

School Board members are calling their decision a compromise--- guarding the state against onerous requirements under NCLB while promising to make a firm statement to the federal government that Utah has control of its academic standards, testing and accountability.

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Local Government
5:47 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Almost $9 Billion Needed for Salt Lake Valley Water Supply

Mike Wilson, General Manager of the Salt Lake and Sandy Metropolitan water district at the Terminal Reservoir project site.
Whittney Evans

Local business and government leaders say they need nearly $9 billion to protect existing water resources in the Salt Lake Valley and provide enough water to keep up with demand for the next half century.

More than 450,000 people in the Salt Lake Valley get their drinking water from this source, a set of concrete reservoirs in Millcreek near Parley’s Canyon. 

The Salt Lake Aqueduct terminal reservoir is where water traveling from the Deer Creek reservoir collects and is distributed to Salt Lake and Sandy City businesses and residents. 

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