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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Support KUER
9:29 am
Thu July 3, 2014

KUER News Team Wins 9 Society of Professional Journalists Awards

The Utah Headliners chapter of the Society of Professional  Journalists recognized KUER's outstanding work in local news coverage and radio journalism with a total of 9 awards for pieces that aired in 2013.  Topping the list are the awards brought home for the Best Radio Reporter of the Year.  KUER reporters swept the category with Dan Bammes receiving 1st place, Andrea Smardon 2nd place and Whittney Evans 3rd place.  The news staff also claimed awards for beat reporting, continuing coverage and feature reporting.  Here is a complete list of KUER winners:

Best Radio Reporter:

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Public Safety
4:10 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Metro Gang Unit Arrests Three Most-Wanted Gang Members in One Month

A local gang member shows off his tattoos.
Whittney Evans

Salt Lake County’s Metro Gang Unit has captured three of the county’s most-wanted gangsters in the past month. Officials say it’s mostly a coincidence that they’ve nabbed the fugitives in such a short period of time, but its evidence that the unit’s relationship with the public is crucial to these arrests. 

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