Business & Labor
6:21 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Survey: Utah Consumer Confidence at Historic High

Cicero Group CEO Randy Shumway at The Red Balloon toy store in Sandy talking about the high water mark for Utah consumer confidence just reported.
Credit Bob Nelson

Utahns’ confidence in the economy has hit an all-time high just as the holiday shopping season begins. The monthly Zions Bank Consumer Attitude Index is at a record-high 116.8. Randy Shumway is the CEO at The Cisero Group which does the survey for Zions. He says any number more than 110 means the economy is running on all cylinders.

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LGBT
5:10 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Utah to Pay $95,000 in Legal Fees for Same-Sex Marriage Benefits Case

Plaintiffs Matthew Barraza and Tony Milner with their son
Photo courtesy ACLU of Utah

The legal fight over same-sex marriage has come to a close in Utah. The state Attorney General’s Office has agreed to pay attorney’s fees for the plaintiffs in the Evans versus Utah case.

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Public Safety
3:04 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

UDOT Tow Plow Drivers Are "Best of the Best"

Brian Grimmett

As winter weather nears, Utah Department of Transportation tow plow truck drivers are preparing to tackle snow when it falls.

A tow plow is a 30 ft long trailer that a regular plow truck pulls. It works by swinging out into another lane, effectively doubling the amount of snow a plow can move. It’s also one of the most difficult things to drive on the road.

“You know, you’ve got your front plow, your sanders, your spreaders, the tow plow, you’re shifting gears.”

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Transportation
2:09 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Salt Lake City Will Introduce New Parking System

One of the automated parking meters in Salt Lake City, soon to be improved.
Credit Photo by PilotGirl, CC via Flickr

Installed in the spring of 2012, many of the 344 blue kiosks have consistently malfunctioned.  Credit cards weren’t being read and some drivers had trouble reading the kiosk screens at night. Now the city is working

quickly to replace the system. Robin Hutcheson is Transportation Director in Salt Lake City. She says the kiosks themselves will be left up.

“A company will replace the entire guts, if you will, of our tall blue parking pay stations, as well as the front panel—to improve the user experience of it—and as well as the software,” she says.

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Arts & Entertainment
1:45 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

First Listen: She & Him, 'Classics'

She & Him's new album, Classics, comes out Dec. 2.
Credit Courtesy of the Artist/NPR Music

The new album by She & Him, Classics, is the perfect soundtrack to bird/tofurky stuffing and holiday decorating. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Arts & Entertainment
1:33 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Books & Beats: November 22, 2014

Austen Diamond previews the Salt Lake City show by Sallie Ford and her all-girl band, and Betsy Burton reviews Marilynne Robinson’s new novel Lila, which explores notions of love, death and redemption (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).

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Public Lands
1:04 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Interactive OHV Maps From Utah State Parks

Interactive maps for off-highway vehicles are available from the Utah State Division of Parks and Recreation
Utah Department of Natural Resources

  The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation has put a new set of interactive maps online that make it easier to find trails for off-road vehicles across the state.

The maps are on the state parks website at ohv.utah.gov. The collection includes trails from Grouse Creek in Box Elder County to Hog Canyon near Kanab. Users can click on an icon and zoom in from a statewide view to a scale of objects just a few feet across.

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Public Safety
10:43 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Man Shot by Police in South Jordan Identified

Eugene Zemlyanskiy via Flickr

The trespassing suspect who was shot and killed by police in South Jordan Saturday has been identified.

Police were called Saturday afternoon to a private residence in South Jordan following reports of trespassing.

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Immigration
5:17 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Utah Immigrant Advocates Warn Against Scams

Attorney Mark Alvarez was part of a panel of speakers at the Mexican Consulate in Salt Lake City.
Andrea Smardon KUER

In the wake of President Obama’s announcement on immigration, lawyers and community leaders met at the Mexican Consulate in Salt Lake City Monday to let immigrants know about available resources…. and to warn them against scams.

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Politics
4:13 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Count My Vote Co-Founder Worried Legislature Will Gut Election Reforms

A leader of the Count My Vote initiative says he’s concerned the legislature is positioning itself to destroy the intent of a compromise bill, known as SB 54, passed during the last legislative session.

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