Brian Grimmett

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Brian Grimmett is a former intern who worked his way onto the KUER staff. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree in communications. As a student he helped produce and report for the University's daily news show, ElevenNEWS, and also served a year as the station's sports director. Brian developed a love for public radio when he interned at KUER, choosing to do so because it was the only broadcast related internship in Salt Lake City that offered compensation, and now says he couldn't imagine working anywhere else. Brian is originally from Arlington, Texas. When he isn't at KUER Brian enjoys spending time with his wife and two little kids, taking pictures, and putting together short films and documentaries. 

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Several legislators are now saying that they are considering legislation to address some of the regulatory issues facing the online HR company Zenefits.

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Governor Gary Herbert has appointed Judge Constandinos Himonas to the Utah Supreme Court.If confirmed by the Senate, Judge Himonas will take the place of Utah Supreme Court Justice Ronald Nehring who is retiring on February 1st.

The online Human Resource services company, Zenefits, has officially asked the Utah Department of Insurance to reconsider its decision that the company is operating illegally in the state.

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North Salt Lake City officials say they are very close to a final remediation plan for the landslide that happened in August, but many questions still remain.

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The Utah Republican Party is now saying that they don’t have enough time to make the changes called for in the County My Vote compromise legislation, known as SB54.

Utah GOP Chairman James Evans says SB54 does not give his party long enough to change its bylaws and constitution to fit the new definition of a qualified political party.

The Utah Insurance Department has informed an online Human Resources service company, called Zenefits, that the manner in which it offers its products violates state law. The decision has the small business community in an uproar and has even caused Governor Gary Herbert to respond.

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The state’s prison relocation commission has voted to move forward with further assessment of six sites located in Salt Lake, Utah, and Tooele Counties. 

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A new report on the impacts of transferring public lands to the control of the state of Utah indicates it could be economically feasible.

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Leaders of the Utah State Republican Party are filing a lawsuit challenging the legality of  SB 54. The legislation passed this year changes the state’s caucus/convention system for nominating political candidates.

In a statement sent to KUER, Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans says the lawsuit should be seen as a friendly attempt to clarify the Constitutional boundaries between the state and political parties. He argues that the state should not be able to tell individual political parties how to elect their candidates.

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As winter weather nears, Utah Department of Transportation tow plow truck drivers are preparing to tackle snow when it falls.

A tow plow is a 30 ft long trailer that a regular plow truck pulls. It works by swinging out into another lane, effectively doubling the amount of snow a plow can move. It’s also one of the most difficult things to drive on the road.

“You know, you’ve got your front plow, your sanders, your spreaders, the tow plow, you’re shifting gears.”

A leader of the Count My Vote initiative says he’s concerned the legislature is positioning itself to destroy the intent of a compromise bill, known as SB 54, passed during the last legislative session.

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A group of Utahns is asking Governor Gary Herbert to lead out on the issue of restricting guns on college campuses.

Chelsi Archibald is a young mother who represents the advocacy group Moms Rising. She says she’s asking for sensible gun safety measures on college campuses because she wants people to be able to attend classes and assemblies without fear.

“We don’t necessarily have an issue on guns, but we want kids on campus to be safe and to have the freedom to learn as they want and not have to worry about their safety,” she says.

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North Salt Lake city officials say they are closing in on a final plan to mitigate the effects of the landslide that happened last August. 

North Salt Lake City Mayor Len Arave says a final approved mitigation plan should be made public in 2 – 3 weeks.

“The plan is getting pretty close to being final," he says. "There are just a few things that we’re talking about that people have issues in a few locations.”

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A legislative committee has given its approval to a bill that would bring back the firing squad as an option for inmates on death row.

The drugs used in the lethal injection cocktail are manufactured by a European company that is refusing to sell it to Utah and other states. Rep. Paul Ray, R - Clearfield, says his proposed bill making the firing squad a fall back option is a preventative measure in case the state does not have or cannot buy the drugs the next time they need them.

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The Legislative Process Committee is recommending that the legislature take a look at expanding the 45-day legislative session.

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Officials at the Utah Department of Transportation want to raise the speed limit on Utah’s urban freeways to 70 miles per hour. 

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The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is launching a new program that rewards farmers and ranchers who are working to protect the environment.

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In the only statewide election on this year’s ballot, Utahns chose Republican Sean Reyes to be the next Attorney General.

Sean Reyes received more than 60 percent of the vote beating out his challenger, Democrat Charles Stormont, by more than 30 percentage points. Reyes says the numbers indicate that he didn’t just win because he’s a Republican.

“There had to be a lot of Democrats and Independents who believed in our vision of returning the office back to an office, not an overtly political office, but a law office,” Reyes says.

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University of Utah engineers have developed a better a better bomb sniffer, that they hope will soon be in the hands of public safety officials.

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North Salt Lake City officials say they’re getting closer to finalizing a plan for dealing with the landslide that destroyed one home in August.

For the past few months engineers and geologists have been doing detailed surveys of the area in and around the landslide. They’re trying to create a computer model of the area that will allow them to see what impact different remediation plans will have on the hill.

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The Utah County Attorney investigating the police shooting of Darrien Hunt says their investigation is almost over.

Utah County Attorney Tim Taylor says the Utah Medical Examiner’s autopsy report released Tuesday shed some light on the events that happened on the day of the shooting, but that their investigation had already uncovered many other details. A search warrant the courts unsealed on Wednesday revealed some of those, including a narrative of the incident.

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Attorneys for the family of Darrien Hunt released the official state autopsy report Tuesday. The 22-year-old was shot and killed by a Saratoga Springs police officer in September.

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The Utah State Office of Education has released the results of the new Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence, or SAGE, testing and proficiency numbers are quite low.

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The Ogden School District Board of Education has appointed a new interim district superintendent to replace Brad Smith.

Brad Smith is leaving the Ogden School District to become the new state superintendent of public instruction. To replace him, at least temporarily, the Ogden School District Board of Education has selected Assistant Superintendent Sandy Coroles. She’s worked in the Ogden school district for 25 years. She also worked closely with Smith in helping implement new programs aimed at improving education outcomes in the district.

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Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and Democratic challenger Charles Stormont say they each have a plan to restore integrity to the office of the state’s chief legal advisor in the wake of a scandal that drove the former Attorney General  to resign.  In our continuing series profiling Utah major mid-term election races, we examine each candidate’s strategy and how they might influence voters.

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Early voting locations around the state opened their doors Tuesday allowing Utah voters to get a head start on the mid-term elections.

In the morning, a slow trickle of people shuffle in to cast their ballot at the Salt Lake County building. Only about 10 people had shown up in the first few hours of being open. Earl and Colleen Hardwick were two of them.

“It’s just really convenient and nice to get up in the morning to go vote and have breakfast,” Earl says.

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Confusion about what a person can and can’t do with a gun on Utah’s college campuses is once again in the spotlight after pop culture critic and feminist Anita Sarkeesian cancelled a speaking engagement at Utah State University earlier this week after receiving death threats. 

The Utah State Court’s Self-Help Center will soon begin offering a series of free classes in Spanish.

Utah State Courts spokesperson Nancy Volmer says the legal system can be incredibly intimidating, especially for someone who doesn’t speak English.

“So we’re hoping that if we reach out to the public, help educate them on how to file the court papers before they get into the court for their hearing, that that will make the whole process run smoother,” she says.

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