Public Safety
3:25 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Owner Could Face Charges in Magna Horse Deaths

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Animal doctors at a laboratory in Logan should know by the end of the week how ten horses found in a Magna field over the weekend died. The answer could lead to criminal charges for the animal’s owner.

On Friday afternoon Salk Lake County Animal Services and the Unified Police Department responded to reports that several horses were found dead in a field near 3500 south and 9200 west in Magna. One horse was still alive but in poor condition.

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Arts & Entertainment
2:41 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

First Listen: Shabazz Palaces, 'Lese Majesty'

Shabazz Palaces' new album, Lese Majesty, comes out July 29.
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MC/producer Ishmael Butler once fronted Digable Planets. But don't expect anything like 1992's "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)" with Shabazz Palaces' new album Lese Majesty. Butler's newest project is hip hop-based, but it's also atmospheric. Abstract. Check it out - NPR Music is featuring the album in its entirety through July 29, 2014. 

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NPR's Giles Snyder can be heard on NPR stations nationwide, bringing listeners the latest in national and international developments. His newscasts have been a regular part of NPR News' weekend overnight coverage since June 2004.

Prior to coming to NPR, Snyder worked for sixteen years at West Virginia Public Radio. He held a variety of on-air as well as managerial positions at the station, including operations director, program director, and the morning and local news anchor and reporter. He also spent time as the station's afternoon anchor/reporter.

Snyder has been awarded a variety of state Associated Press Awards for his newscasting role in public radio. He was also a proud member of an award-winning news team in West Virginia.

4:53 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Stays Same-Sex Marriage Recognition Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court has granted Utah a stay of a lower court’s ruling that would have required the state to recognize same-sex marriages performed during a period when they were legal.

With the Supreme Court’s stay, the more than one thousand same-sex couples who got married in December and January will continue waiting to see if they’ll be able to receive the same benefits as other married couples.

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Energy & Environment
4:45 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

State Sets Water Priorities On Virgin River Tributaries

Washington County Water Conservancy District is concerned that unauthorized users are jumping their place in line and taking water they need for their reservoirs. Sand Hollow Reservoir is one of the district's storage sites.
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A drought in southwestern Utah means there’s not enough water to fulfill the needs of all property owners in the area. KUER’s Judy Fahys reports on the priority list that’s leaving some Washington County water users dry this year.

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Health Care
4:20 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

AirMed Takes Emergency Newborn Care to the Sky

Andrea Smardon KUER

A University of Utah AirMed team can now deliver emergency care to newborn babies. The perinatal team has just been licensed to transport babies from zero to 30 days, and they have a new larger helicopter for the necessary equipment.

University of Utah chief flight nurse Bart Chournos says he’s been treating pregnant mothers for 30 years. He travels by helicopter to expecting moms in need of urgent care at smaller, regional hospitals throughout the Mountain west.

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Arts & Entertainment
2:33 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Books & Beats: July 19, 2014

The Polyphonic Spree will play live at In the Venue in Salt Lake City on July 25, 2014.
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Experience the sound and atmosphere created by all 22 members of The Polyphonic Spree and take a hilarious satirical romp through the pretentious world of literary prizes with “Lost for Words” by Edward St. Aubyn (Farrar Straus and Giroux) – Dan Nailen and Betsy Burton bring you the details.

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

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Science & Technology
2:28 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Volunteer 'Ambassador' Receiving NASA Honor

Patrick Wiggins, NASA's Solar System Ambassador in Utah
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  Patrick Wiggins, who represents NASA as a volunteer Solar System Ambassador in Utah, is receiving one of the space agency’s highest honors.

NASA’s Solar System Ambassadors work to educate the public about astronomy and space exploration.  They commit to eight events a year – but the agency says Wiggins averages about 88 a year, more than a thousand since he started working in the program 12 years ago.

Wiggins says it’s something he just likes to do.

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Renee was born in Texas and raised in Wichita, Kansas before graduating from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY with bachelors degrees in Sociology and German Studies.  In 2009, she moved to Utah in pursuit of skiing, hiking, and mountain biking, and spent the next 4 years in the social work field working at the Asian Association of Utah, a local non-profit organization serving refugees. She made a career change in 2013 when she accepted the position of Marketing and Events Assistant at KUER, and has loved being able to combine her creative streak with event planning and the marketing needs of her favorite radio station. 

Arts & Entertainment
11:55 am
Fri July 18, 2014

RadioWest: Alive Inside

Today's RadioWest is a rebroadcast of a conversation with Michael Rossato-Bennett, the director of "Alive Inside," a documentary that explores the healing power of music. The film is screening in Salt Lake City next week (July 22, 2014) as part of RadioWest's Through the Lens collaboration with the Utah Film Center. If you've never checked out a Through the Lens screening - mark your calendar and treat yourself.