Transportation
5:43 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Utah Transit Authority Considers New Electric Buses

An all-electric bus stopped in Salt Lake City Monday on a demonstration tour around the US. The Utah Transit Authority is looking at the bus for possible future use.

There are a few things you notice right away on board the latest model of Proterra’s 40-foot battery-powered electric bus. The driver controls are minimal, there’s a back window that let’s in more light… and it’s quiet. Matt Horton, the VP of Sales for Proterra Incorporated gives me his pitch in under 15 seconds.

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Business & Labor
5:41 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Utah Food Bank Dealing with Typical Lean Summer Months

Demand for food from the Utah Food Bank is high while the summer supplies are low. The Summer Business Food and Fund Drive is an attempt fill the need.
Credit File: Utah Food Bank

A number of Utahns are still struggling to get enough food for their families despite overall favorable economic news. Rural Utahns in particular are facing tough times with more than 1 in 5 kids unsure how they getting their next meal. Ginette Bott is the chief development officer for the Utah Food Bank. She says the type of people needing food assistance is changing.

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Public Lands
5:15 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Utah Congressman Wants to Revamp Recreation Fees

Ranger-led programs, including interpretative talks about geology, astronomy and history, are funded by public land user fees. These fees are the subject of a bill by U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, and supported by a coalition of conservation and recreation groups.
Credit National Park Service

Recreation fees provide money for campfire talks and other visitor programs that take place on public lands. Utah Congressman Rob Bishop wants to update those user fees, and he’s got backing from some unlikely supporters.

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Public Safety
3:07 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Former Federal Judge Joins Former WVCPD Officer's Defense Team in Manslaughter Case

Matheson Courthouse
Brian Grimmett

University of Utah law professor and former U.S. District Court Judge Paul Cassell has joined the defense team for the former West Valley City Police detective who shot and killed Danielle Willard.

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Religion
2:24 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Utah Muslims Celebrate Eid al-Fitr as Ramadan Ends

Imam Shuaib Din at the Utah Islamic Center
Dan Bammes

  It's the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and Utah’s Islamic congregations are celebrating the happiest holiday of the year. 

After a month of fasting from dawn until dusk, the appearance of the crescent moon marks the end of Ramadan and the beginning of a festival called Eid al-Fitr.  More and more Utahns are marking the occasion – the number of mosques in Utah has grown from three a few years ago to nine, and there are other groups that meet outside of a formal mosque.

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Arts & Entertainment
12:31 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Newport Folk Festival 2014

Pokey LaFarge performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival.
Credit Adam Kissick/NPR
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Arts & Entertainment
11:39 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Books & Beats: July 26, 2014

Wu Tang Clan play live at Pioneer Park in Salt Lake City on July 31, 2014 as part of the Twilight Concert Series.
Credit Courtesy of the artist

Dan Nailen previews upcoming shows by Motley Crue and The Wu Tang Clan, and Betsy Burton reviews “The Good Suicides” (Crown) by Antonio Hill, where you’ll meet Inspector Salgado of Barcelona, who’s investigating the suicides of several employees from a local cosmetics company upon their return from a motivational corporate retreat.

Betsy Burton is the co-owner of The King’s English Bookshop and Dan Nailen blogs about music and culture at SLCene.com.

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Air Quality
4:56 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Pollution Spikes: A New Holiday Tradition

Smoke from fireworks makes pollution counts skyrocket during Utah's 4th of July and Pioneer Day celebrations.
Credit Sarah Sammis / Flickr Creative Commons

Families all over Utah celebrated Pioneer Day with fireworks. The festivities also pumped lots of unhealthy smoke into the air that spiked air pollution. KUER’s Judy Fahys reports on the trend and Salt Lake City’s plan to deal with it.

Polluted air has become a kind of day-after tradition for Independence Day and Pioneer Day in Utah. Monitors at the state Department of Environmental Quality show those pretty pyrotechnics created enough smoke to top federal health standards in Salt Lake, Utah, Weber, Cache and Tooele counties Thursday night.

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Public Lands
3:47 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

National Park Visits Down in 2013

Bryce Canyon National Park
Brian Grimmett

A new report from the National Park Service shows that fewer people visited Utah’s National Parks in 2013 compared to 2012.

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Health Care
3:29 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Utah Stroke Survivors Take Part in National Dance Day

Andrea Smardon KUER

A group of Utah dancers was featured this week on the Fox show So You Think You Can Dance. National Dance Day is Saturday, and the group submitted a video of the routine that many are doing across the country in hopes of being featured on the program.  But these Salt Lake City dancers have a special distinction. They’re all stroke survivors.

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