Bob Nelson

Reporter and Host for All Things Considered

Bob Nelson is a graduate of the University of Utah with a BA in Mass Communications. He began his radio career at KUER in 1978 when it was still in Kingsbury Hall. That’s also where he met his wife, Maria Shilaos, in 1981. Bob left KUER for commercial radio where he worked for 25 years, and he is thrilled to be back at KUER.  Bob and his family are part of an explorer group, fondly known as The Hordes and Masses, which has been seeking out ghost towns and little-known places in Utah for more than twenty years.

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National Weather Service, NOAA

National Weather Service officials are warning northern Utah residents to brace for a cold front with heavy rain in the valleys and up to 10 inches of snow above 7500 feet.

Utah Mormons for Hillary has launched a bipartisan effort to get Hillary Clinton into the White House.

Phil Douglas, UTAH DIVISION OF WILDLIFE RESOURCES

The coal lease auction of 6200 acres scheduled for Thursday has been postponed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management Salt Lake City office.

Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City

Catholic Church parishioners in Utah are being urged by the Salt Lake City Diocese to join a push to repeal the death penalty in Utah during the next legislative session.

U.S. Census Bureau

At 11.3 %, poverty rates in Utah are down only slightly over the past year according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data. It’s also still higher than the 9.6 % of Utahns at the poverty level before the recession began in 2008.

Bob Nelson

For the first time since the Natural History Museum of Utah opened in 2011, officials are removing all 600 artifacts in the 36' tall display case on the museum’s main level and reworking the exhibit.

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Utah’s Goblin Valley State Park is now officially an International Dark Sky Park. The designation announced Tuesday comes from the non-profit International Dark-Sky Association in Tucson, Arizona.

Federal Bureau of Investigation, Salt Lake CIty Office

The FBI is now offering a $50,000 reward as federal law enforcement officials step up efforts to recapture Lyle Steed Jeffs, a leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Utah Department of Workforce Services

Utah’s July job growth numbers increased 3.2 % over the past 12 months, adding 43,800 non-farm workers to payrolls.

AmeriCorp, Corporation for National and Community Service

Utah’s ranks 5th nationally in producing AmeriCorp volunteers. That’s according to new a report from the Corporation for National and Community Service: the federal program that administers the programs.

Bob Nelson

Thursday students will begin moving into the new Lassonde Studios at the University of Utah. The new $45-million dollar facility features a huge public space on the ground floors for all U students to use.

Zions Bank, Cicero Group

Wasatch Front housing prices increased 0.8 % from June to July; more than doubling the jump in housing costs nationally during the same period.

Office of Utah State Treasurer

State Treasurer David Damschen reports record earnings from Utah’s Permanent State School Fund despite lackluster financial market performance over the past year.

Utah Department of Health

Methamphetamine lab busts are on the decline in Utah down from 107 in 2004 to 1 in 2014.  But concerns at the Utah Department of Health are rising.

Utah Foundation

More than half of the voters in Utah were highly concerned about partisan politics in the most recent survey by the non-profit Utah Foundation. The survey also found that unaffiliated and third party voters were a close second in size to Republican voters. 

Ben Holcomb, Harmful Algal Bloom Coordinator, Utah Department of Environmental Quality

With the closure of Utah Lake just last week due to a toxic algal bloom, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality is expanding warnings now to include the Jordan River and lower Cottonwood Creek.

The first notable fire of the 2016 season has crews busy controlling a blaze started by lightening in the desert terrain of West-central Utah. By Friday afternoon the North Moore fire was at about 1400 acres.

Bob Nelson

A new exhibit opens this weekend at the Natural History Museum of Utah. It’s called “Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code.” 

KUER Brian Grimmett

Utah Transit Authority officials are investigating the derailment Sunday of a Green Line TRAX train just after it left Central Pointe Station and began turning west.

KUER Brian Grimmett

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and the City Council are taking action in the wake of recent legislation in Mississippi and North Carolina that discriminates against the LGBT communities in those states.

Davis Hospital and Medical Center

The Utah Department of Health is nearly halfway through its investigation of a hepatitis C outbreak associated with a former healthcare worker at two Northern Utah hospitals.

KUER Brian Gimmett

Salt Lake City Police and Utah Transit Authority officials say they are prepared for an exceptionally busy weekend in downtown Salt Lake City.

Utah Film Center

An accident was the cause of a four-alarm fire early Tuesday morning in downtown Salt Lake City according to investigators. The blaze caused extensive damage to the Utah Film Center offices at 122 South Main Street.

elections.utah.gov

A total of 310 state and federal candidates met Thursday night’s filing deadline in Utah ahead of caucuses Tuesday.

Utah Valley University Communications

Utah Valley University officials announced Friday that the school will receive funding to build a new performing arts center on the grounds of the Orem campus.

Bob Nelson

A bill to restrict employers’ ability to require employees to sign a non-compete agreement is suddenly drawing the attention of a large number of business owners and employee rights advocates.

File: Head Start

A proposal to require the State Board of Education and the Department of Workforce Services to administer best practices for after-school programs in Utah failed by a close vote in the Senate Friday.

Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association

Utah-born rodeo legend Lewis Feild died this week of pancreatic cancer.

File photo: alta.com

Alta Ski Resort will be offering preferred parking spots on select days to skiers who carpool up the canyon. The program is part of a study through the University of Utah's Environmental and Sustainability Studies program in partnership with the Alta Environmental Center.

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Law Enforement

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources officials are investigating a number of juveniles in Emery County and have arrested two people in Tooele County in two separate cases involving the poaching of more than 20 deer.

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