Orem, UT – The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has declared an insect infestation emergency covering much of the west side of Orem. It's about to begin a spraying program, hoping to eradicate Japanese beetles, which were found in the area last year. The state is also imposing a three-year ban on home gardens in the area. KUER's Dan Bammes reports.
Farmington, UT – Learning about physics concepts such as velocity and acceleration has usually meant classroom experiments like watching a marble roll down an inclined plane. No wonder interest in science classes has been lagging among American teens -- and the percentage of undergraduates in science and engineering majors remains below that of many other countries. But what if kids were exposed to physics concepts while, say, careening down a roller coaster? Producer Robin Sussingham reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – The cemetery at Fort Douglas in Salt Lake City includes graves going back to the Civil War. Those American soldiers and others, including some who have died in Iraq, were remembered in services held by the U.S. Army Reserve's 96th Regional Readiness Command on Memorial Day. KUER's Tasha Cook attended the remembrance and brought back this audio postcard.
Salt Lake City, UT – Monday on RadioWest, we're exploring the way religion - in particular the Mormon religion - is portrayed in popular culture. We're using as a kind of case study an episode from the animated program South Park called "All About the Mormons?" which takes on the most sacred accounts of the church's origins. Our guests will explain why there's more here then just satire. It's also about belief, faith and the view outsiders have of the fantastic stories that are part of most religions. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Whether or not Utahns will actually be voting on school vouchers in this November's election sunk deeper into already murky water yesterday. Governor Jon Huntsman announced he would not hold a special legislative session to help clarify the issue. Voucher proponents meantime - petitioned the courts to step in and sort the matter out. KUER's Jenny Brundin has the story.