Immigration
4:20 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Ruling Clarifies Utah’s Role in Immigration Enforcement

Protestors at the US Courthouse in Salt Lake City for a hearing on HB 497. (February 15, 2013)
Andrea Smardon KUER

A federal judge issued a split ruling Wednesday on HB 497, Utah's controversial immigration law. It upholds several measures but strikes down others in the legislation that was passed in 2011.

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State Government
3:40 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

State Fair Park's Future Remains Uncertain

A scenario consultants are assessing for the future of the state Fair Park and associated properties.
Credit Courtesy: / CRSA Architects

    

Attendance keeps declining at the State Fair Park in Salt Lake City -- at least partly because the grounds are so run down, and lawmakers are grappling with what to do next.

Around the country, attendance has trended up at state fairs, but that’s not been the case in Utah. About 20 percent fewer people visited last year than just five years earlier.

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Education
3:11 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

UVU Purchases 125 Acres At Old Geneva Steel Site

Utah Valley University

Utah Valley University has acquired 125 more acres at the new development located on the old Geneva Steel site in Utah County.

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Support KUER
10:21 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Donate to KUER via Payroll Deduction

Employees of the University of Utah can give to KUER through payroll deduction.

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KUER Events
10:03 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Sold Out: Join KUER at the Lyle Lovett & His Large Band Concert on July 25th

Tickets are sold out to this event:

Join KUER and see Lyle Lovett & His Large Band on Friday, July 25th at 7:30pm as part of the Red Butte Garden's Concert Series. For your tax-deductible donation of $240, you’ll get to join KUER for a pre-show reception at 6:30pm and watch the concert from the VIP patio seats. Your tickets will also give you special VIP access to the concert venue to avoid the general admission line.

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Arts & Entertainment
9:02 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Books & Beats: June 21, 2014

Merle Haggard will play live at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City on June 24, 2014.
Credit Courtesy of the artist

Dan Nailen previews the upcoming concert by country music legend and "Poet of the Common Man" Merle Haggard, and Betsy Burton reviews the new novel by Laura McBride, "We are Called to Rise" (Simon & Schuster) - a story set in Las Vegas that  explores the realities of war and poverty, saints and sinners, and those so down and out that churches and casinos are hardly a factor.

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KUER Local News
5:20 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Initiative Aims to Help Young Adults Aging Out of Foster Care

Volunteers load Lifestart boxes for young people aging out of the state's foster care system. (NPS Warehouse, June 18, 2014)
Andrea Smardon KUER

Volunteers in Salt Lake City are filling boxes full of household goods this week intended to go to young adults who are aging out of the state’s foster care system. The Lifestart Initiative tries to provide this vulnerable population with some of the things they need to live on their own.

Up on the 2nd floor of the NPS Warehouse in West Salt Lake, volunteers are filling large plastic bins with towels, sheets, sponges, and tools.

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Public Safety
5:09 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Lawmakers Revisit Issue of Unprocessed Rape Kits

shahram sharif via Wikimedia Commons

Utah lawmakers were at the state capitol today discussing how to deal with thousands of untested rape in the state. They heard from law enforcement, victim advocates and the state crime lab. But there’s still no consensus on whether all the kits actually need to be tested.

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Energy & Environment
5:03 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Lawmakers Spar With Feds Over Policing Public Lands

The standoff in April between federal law enforcement agents and Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his supporters has rekindled a discussion about policing in and around Utah's federal lands.

    

There’s been debate all over the West for years about who’s best to police federal lands. On Wednesday, leaders from local, state and federal government agreed the best way to resolve the disputes is to keep talking.

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KUER Local News
2:26 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Volunteers Prepare for Fledging Falcons

The baby peregrine falcons nesting in downtown Salt Lake City are about a week away from taking their first flights and a group of dedicated volunteers plans on making sure they survive once they do.

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