Arts & Entertainment
3:12 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Fourth of July Celebrations Underway

A family relaxes during the Murray Fun Day Parade
Whittney Evans

Independence Day festivities are underway across the state. 

The heat didn’t keep hundreds of people from gathering along State Street this morning for the nearly 2-hour Murray City Fun Day Parade. James Burt and his family, including two 18 month old twin girls relaxed in the shade. Burk says it’s his family’s favorite holiday.

“To see everyone come together, wearing the colors celebrating our freedom, hot dogs, and hamburgers. We love it,” Burk says.

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Energy & Environment
12:31 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Salt Lake County Helps HawkWatch International Study Kestrel Falcons

A volunteer climbs up to one of the nest boxes HawkWatch international has set up in Salt Lake County
Brian Grimmett

Salt Lake County is teaming up with HawkWatch International to help study and track the smallest falcon in North America known as the kestrel falcon.

Mike Shaw is a volunteer with the organization. Right now he’s reaching up into one of the 150 nest boxes the organization has put out across the Wasatch front and pulling out the baby kestrel falcons.

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Religion
11:07 am
Fri July 4, 2014

U of U Prepares for Returning LDS Missionaries

Image courtesy University of Utah

  Thousands of young Latter-day Saints took advantage of the change in age for missionary service after it was announced almost two years ago.  It won’t be long before some of those missionaries will be coming home.  KUER’s Dan Bammes reports the University of Utah is making plans to accommodate them.

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Business & Labor
7:21 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

UTA Off for the 4th but Change Possible Next Year

The 2nd Annual 4th of July Pet Parade kicks off the Art Festival. Highland Drive between Wilmington Ave. and 21st South is closed to autos for the 92 vendors, kids games, special library events all day.
Credit File: Sugar House Facebook page

Thousands of Salt Lake Valley residents will be celebrating Independence Day tomorrow, but they won’t be able to catch a bus or train to get around. The Utah Transit Authority is taking the day off. KUER’s Bob Nelson reports.

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Education
5:46 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

County Jail Inmates Graduate "Life Skills" Program

Prisoner Ofa Katoa visits with his children after the graduation ceremony.
Whittney Evans

Fourteen inmates at Salt Lake County’s Oxbow jail graduated today from a program that helps them successfully transition from cell to society.

Today is the 66th commencement ceremony for inmates who’ve completed the rigorous five-week, 200- hour Life Skills program. The class takes up to 16 volunteer inmates willing to learn about things like parenting, personal health, cognitive behavior, the social impact of crime and personal finance. During the ceremony Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder spoke passionately to the graduates.

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Air Quality
4:04 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Breathtaking Fireworks Have Health Impacts, Too

One side effect of fireworks is particulate pollution. Many years the Utah Division of Air Quality sees spikes of PM 2.5 pollution that can be traced to fireworks on the 4th of July and Pioneer Day.
Credit Mike Renlund / Flickr Creative Commons

    

Fireworks are already exploding in neighborhoods throughout Utah. KUER’s Judy Fahys reports report on the potentially unhealthy side affects of this pastime.

Many enjoy the colorful spectacle of a fireworks display. But the pollution caused by fireworks makes others sick.

Just like the stuff that causes Utah’s winter smog, the smoke from fireworks is particle pollution.

“Any kind of pollution makes me cough,” says Richard Keene, a Salt Lake City resident whose lung problems are aggravated by fireworks smoke.

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Religion
1:32 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

LDS Missionary Numbers Approach Peak

LDS Missionaries in Ghana, West Africa
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has about 86-thousand missionaries serving around the world.  Church leaders are expecting that number to peak later this year.  KUER’s Dan Bammes has more.

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Arts & Entertainment
11:18 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Coffee and Indie Mambo with Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta

Top off your mug and secure your dancing boots, as NPR Music brings us the most caffeinated backyard performance of the year...

Arts & Entertainment
10:46 am
Thu July 3, 2014

The Stone Roses: Made of Stone

I’m due for a confession. For as much as I tout myself as a great fan of alternative rock and all sub-genres that fall under that description, I only recently (in the past three years) began to regularly listen to English rock legends The Stone Roses. Still, it’s not too shocking. As fans of music, we all experience our own “eras” or “phases.” But it seems now more than ever, I’m coming around to the rich contributions that the UK offered to the rock music of the eighties and nineties.  It’s not that I’ve been completely blind to it, it’s just that I’m now immersing myself in it.

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Arts & Entertainment
10:03 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Books & Beats: July 5, 2014

Lauryn Hill launches the 2014 Twilight Concert Series on Thursday, July 10th with a live show at Pioneer Park.
Credit Courtesy of the artist

This weekend's edition of Books & Beats features a preview of the launch of the 2014 Twilight Concert Series featuring Ms. Lauryn Hill. And just in time for Independence Day, dispel the myths you learned in grade school about the Statue of Liberty with a review of "Liberty's Torch: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty" (Atlantic Monthly Press) by Elizabeth Mitchell.

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