Public Safety
10:46 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Why Aren't All Rape Kits Tested?

The Salt Lake City Council discusses testing all rape kits.
Credit Tim Slover

The Salt Lake City Council met with law enforcement officials yesterday to continue discussing the possibility of mandatory testing of all rape kits in the possession of the Salt Lake City Police Department.

Amid questions of how much it would cost to test every rape kit, and how long it would take to do so, the issue of exactly why all rape kits aren’t tested emerged. Sergeant Derek Christenson oversees the special 

victims unit of the Salt Lake City Police. He says that rape kits aren’t always necessary if the perpetrator admits to the encounter.    

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Education
5:07 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Utah Launches STEM Education Outreach Effort with Statewide Broadcast

Photo courtesy curiosityunleashed.com

Utah held its first ever statewide broadcast focused on STEM education Tuesday. It was designed to inspire students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math. 

Tami Getz, Executive Director for Utah STEM Action Center, spoke with KUER before the broadcast. She says it’s the beginning of a grassroots outreach and engagement campaign to get children thinking about a STEM related career.

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Energy & Environment
1:48 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

DC Court Hears Appeal of EPA Decision on Uintah Ozone

Utah Division of Air Quality pollution monitoring station in Vernal
Dan Bammes

  A complex court case involving winter ozone pollution in Utah’s Uintah Basin came before an appeals court in Washington DC Tuesday morning.  The central question is how much federal regulators need to know before they can act to control pollution.

Back in 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency decided the winter ozone problem in the Uintah Basin was “unclassifiable,” and it decided not to designate it as a non-attainment area for federal ozone standards.  Environmental groups sued, arguing the EPA had all the information it needed to act.

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Mid-Term Elections 2014
1:24 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Early Voting Begins in Utah

Brian Grimmett

Early voting locations around the state opened their doors Tuesday allowing Utah voters to get a head start on the mid-term elections.

In the morning, a slow trickle of people shuffle in to cast their ballot at the Salt Lake County building. Only about 10 people had shown up in the first few hours of being open. Earl and Colleen Hardwick were two of them.

“It’s just really convenient and nice to get up in the morning to go vote and have breakfast,” Earl says.

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Arts & Entertainment
11:45 am
Tue October 21, 2014

You're Not Alone Bono: Here Are 6 'Good' Music Ideas Gone Really Bad

During a recent Facebook video Q-&-A, Bono responded to a question from Harriet Madeline Jobson, "Can you please never release an album on iTunes that automatically downloads to people's playlists ever again? It's really rude."

"Oops. I'm sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea and we got carried away with ourselves...Artists are prone to that kind of thing. Drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into the last few years might not be heard."

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Steve Drummond heads up NPR's new education reporting project. NPR Ed launched in March 2014, providing deeper coverage of this vital issue and extending it to audiences across digital platforms. It's a nine-member team within the network, working in partnership with member stations around the country.

Education
5:28 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Pornography Education Pilot Project Launches in Taylorsville

An Eisenhower Junior High School student takes a quiz as part of a "Fight the New Drug" presentation.
Andrea Smardon KUER

Students at Eisenhower Junior High School in Taylorsville got an unusual lesson Monday. The children heard a presentation about pornography. The assembly is part of a pilot project organized by Salt Lake County to educate kids and parents about the dangers of what some are calling the “new drug.”

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Hinckley Forums
3:03 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Hinckley Forum: Russia, Ukraine and the 'Reset'

Wednesday October 8, 2014

Luke Coffey, Margaret Thatcher Fellow, the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, the Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at The Heritage Foundation

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Hinckley Forums
3:00 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Hinckley Forum: The World of Personal Data

Thursday October 2, 2014

Adam Tanner, fellow at the Institute of Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University; author and Forbes contributor

Co-Sponsored by MUSE

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Energy & Environment
2:47 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Air Force Plans Big Expansion of Utah Training Range

The proposed expansion of the U.S. Air Force training range in western Utah would include a portion of Snake Valley in Utah's West Desert.
Dan Bammes

  An environmental activist says a plan to expand the US Air Force test and training range in western Utah is nothing more than a land grab.

The proposed amendment to the Defense Authorization Act would add more than a thousand square miles to the Utah Test and Training Range.  It’s sponsored by Senator Orrin Hatch.

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