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5:26 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Orrin Hatch says Trans-Pacific Partnership is a “Win” for Utah and Country

Office of Senator Orrin Hatch

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch was in Salt Lake City Friday to check in on a major foreign trade deal being negotiated here. Consumer advocates and some members of Congress have criticized the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but Senator Hatch remains supportive.

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Business & Labor
5:47 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Avenues Bistro Petitioning to Get Its Outdoor Patio Back

Avenues Bistro in Salt Lake City has started a petition to get its outdoor patio back open and the owner has enlisted the help Salt Lake City Attorney Pat Shea. Back in October, the restaurant was ordered to close the space because it violated a Salt Lake City Zoning ordinance.

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Business & Labor
5:16 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Environmental and Consumer Advocates to Protest Secret Trade Talks in Salt Lake City

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Salt Lake City’s Grand America Hotel is hosting closed-door talks on a major trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Negotiations between the US and 11 Pacific Rim countries begin Tuesday and run for five days. Trade representatives will be greeted by protestors. Labor, environmental, and consumer advocates will be rallying outside the hotel at noon Tuesday, demanding the agreement be released to the public.

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Business & Labor
4:30 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Boeing Considering Utah For Construction of 777X

Rendering of the 777X
Boeing

Utah Governor Gary Hebert says Boeing officials spoke with him yesterday to ask if the state would be interested in assembling the new 777X airplane, a proposition that could have an economic impact for the state in the billions of dollars.

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Business & Labor
2:42 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Utah Ski Resorts Anticipate "Epic" Season

Ski Utah

How will the Utah ski season be this year? Well, that mostly depends on the snow. But ski resorts and the state’s tourism organizations are optimistic that this could be one of Utah’s better years.  Not only will it be a winter Olympic year which brings more attention to the ski industry, but this is the first year Utah will be included as part of the Epic Pass – a special pass for selected resorts around the world. The Epic Pass will likely mean more out of state visitors, and it also means better deals for locals.

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Business & Labor
1:26 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Downtown Salt Lake City's Winter Market Opens Saturday

The Historic Rio Grande Depot at 300 South Rio Grande Street (450 West)
Credit File: Flickriver, Thad Roan-Bridgepix

The Downtown Farmers Market is moving to inside the Rio Grande Depot starting Saturday morning.  With Salt Lake City’s Downtown Farmers Market ending its 21st summer season at Pioneer Park, the Downtown Alliance is leveraging its success into the new indoor venue to become The Winter Market.

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Business & Labor
5:02 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Rio Tinto Kennecott Opens Major Mine Access Road Six Months Ahead of Schedule

Andrea Smardon

Rio Tinto Kennecott has opened a major access road, restoring full access to Bingham Canyon mine. Kennecott officials say the opening comes months ahead of schedule, but they say it will still take about two years to restore the mine to normal operations.

Where once there was a massive slide, now a road cuts through. Trucks as big as houses motor along back and forth from the mine. Matt Lengerich General Manager of the Bingham Canyon Mine, says it was no small feat to build the new mine access ramp.

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Business & Labor
4:26 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Audit Shows Utah Department of Workforce Services Fixing “Pattern of Non-Compliance”

Utah Department of Workforce Services call center
Dan Bammes KUER

A state audit released this week shows that the Utah Department of Workforce Services has cut down on errors enrolling people for benefits and training, and is doing a much better job complying with federal regulations. A previous state audit of the Department showed a consistent pattern of non-compliance, resulting in millions of dollars in questioned costs. 

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Business & Labor
6:34 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Hiring Our Heroes Reaches Out to Military Personnel and Spouses at Annual Job Fair

Utah Air National Guard Serviceman Kevin Haugen of Ogden (left) surfs Hero 2 Hired website with guidance from Sergeant Major Bowser. The mobile web center travels 200 days a year to stop at events like the one in Sandy Wednesday.
Credit Bob Nelson

About 80 Utah employers held a job fair for veterans at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy Wednesday.  Along with vets, they were hoping to reach their spouses and members of the National Guard and reserves.

Sergeant Major Wayne L. Bowser represents of one of the sponsors, “Hero 2 Hired.”  He says knowing where to start is key.

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Business & Labor
6:00 am
Tue October 29, 2013

UTA's 2020 Plan Gets 15 Minute Schedule for Metro Area and Local Tax Increases

Pictured Left to Right: At the podium, UTA GM Mike Allegra, Salt Lake City Councilman Stan Penfold, Mayor Ralph Becker, Co-Chair of Utahn's for Better Transportation Roger Borgenicht, Breathe Utah Executive Director Erin Mendenhall and Marty Carpenter of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce
Credit Bob Nelson

The Utah Transit Authority has just concluded its year-long analysis of future transportation needs for Utahns. Michael Allegra, general manager of UTA, says expanding use of technology, more focus on residents’ needs and air quality are becoming focal points of the board.

“So air quality is certainly one if those agendas and our pricing and fare policies are all part of that initiative that they’ve given us discharge to go forth and try to implement,” says Allegra.

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Business & Labor
3:19 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Policy Change Allows Businesses to Sell EV Charging Services

Oregon Department of Transportation

The Public Service Commission of Utah is changing a rule that will make it easier for businesses to install charging stations for electric vehicles.

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Business & Labor
3:06 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Federal Employees Protest Government Shutdown in Ogden

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jarrod Rogers, with the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron during the load crew of the year competition at Hill Air Force Base. (Dec. 17, 2010)
DoD photo by Airman Allen Stokes, U.S. Air Force/Released

Federal workers and furloughed employees are holding a rally Thursday at the Ogden Federal Building to protest the government shutdown. Ogden-Clearfield is one of the top 10 metro areas in the country affected by the furloughs. Hill Air Force Base is Utah's largest employer with some 25,000 federal employees and contractors. 

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Business & Labor
4:30 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Government Shutdown Delays Some Mortgage Loans

The federal government shutdown is delaying and even stopping some lenders from finalizing home loans. With the Internal Revenue Service closed for business, lenders are unable to obtain borrowers tax transcripts, which is a vital step in approving a mortgage. The US Department of Agriculture, which processes rural home loans is closed as well. 

Babs De Lay is the principal broker and owner of Urban Utah Homes and Estates. She says lenders, buyers and sellers are panicked.

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Business & Labor
2:43 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Consumer Attitude in Utah Takes a Big Jump into September

Randy Shumway (left) CEO of the Cisero Group and Kim Casaday, President of Residential Lending at Zions Bank, discuss Utah's booming economy.
Credit Bob Nelson

The Consumer Attitude Index in Utah is at its highest point since Zions Bank created the tracking system three years ago.  Randy Shumway of the Cicero Group says the CAI increased 4.3 points from August to September to 92.6. He says that’s a marked improvement over the decrease this month in the national Consumer Confidence Index of 2.1 points to 79.7.  Shumway says the percentage of Utahns who think business conditions are normal or good jumped 5 percentage points to 91 percent on the diversity of the state’s economy.

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Business & Labor
2:25 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Arrival of First F-35 Lightning II Celebrated at Ogden Air Logistics Complex

US Senator Orrin Hatch addresses large gathering to celebrate the arrival of the first F-35 Lightning II at Ogden Air Logistics Complex
Credit Bob Nelson

The arrival of the first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill Air Force Base was celebrated Friday. Eventually more than a hundred of these planes will be housed and maintained at the base. Dignitaries including US Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee were on hand for the celebration today.

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Business & Labor
10:28 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Food Stamp Cuts on the Table as 1 in 4 Families Struggle to Afford Food

A battle over food stamps is coming to the floor of the U.S. House this week. Republican leaders are backing a bill that would cut $40 billion from the program, formally called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, over the next 10 years. At the same time a new study released by the Food Research and Action Center, shows that in the last four years, about one in four households in Utah with children struggle to afford food for their families. Utah is just below the national average by about 1 percent. 

Gina Cornia is executive director of Utahns Against Hunger.

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Business & Labor
2:02 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Officials Announce Sugar House Streetcar Name and Design

http://www.shstreetcar.com/

Utah Transit Authority will begin testing the Sugar House Streetcar line early next week. In the meantime, Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake and UTA officials gathered along a residential section of the streetcar corridor this morning to unveil the look and name of the streetcar. Here’s a hint: It’s a familiar design.

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Business & Labor
11:42 am
Mon August 26, 2013

BYU Study Shows That Wearing High Heels Could Save You Money When Shopping

New BYU research shows that shoppers who wear high heels think differently when they shop
BYU

The next time you go shopping for a big ticket item you might want put on your best pair of four inch heels. At least that's what BYU professors Jeffrey Larson and Darron Billeter recommend in their newly released study.

Larson and Billeter find that when a shopper, whether online or in person, has to think about balance they are more likely to weigh their options and go with a product in the middle of the price range.

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Business & Labor
2:14 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Salt Lake City and Downtown Alliance Survey Finds Mobile Pay App Virtually Unknown

Jason Mathis, Executive Director of Downtown Alliance in Salt Lake City explains parking survey results.
Credit Bob Nelson

Salt Lake City and the Downtown Alliance released their parking survey results to the public today with some surprising results. The city’s transportation director Robin Hutcheson says people parking downtown have seen big changes in the last year and a half.

“It was a lot for our public to take in and we’ve been working very diligently to listen, take the feedback…understand the changes we need to make going forward,” say Hutcheson.

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Business & Labor
4:08 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

U of U Continues to Benefit Financially From PAC-12 Move

The latest findings from an ongoing study by the University of Utah’s Center for Public Policy and Administration show that the U’s move to the PAC-12 conference continues to financially benefit the state and university.

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Business & Labor
12:31 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Utah Job Growth Outpaces the Nation

Call center at the Utah Department of Workforce Services
Dan Bammes

  Utah’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.6 percent in July, and the number of jobs was expanding at an annual rate of 3.5 percent.  That’s a strong employment picture compared to the rest of the country, but Jonathan Springmeyer with Bonneville Research says it’s not keeping pace with Utah’s population.

“While we are back to where we were before the recession, it doesn’t count all the people that have entered into the job market," Springmeyer tells KUER.  "Jobs are improving, but we’re still not keeping up with growth.”

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Business & Labor
5:46 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Moab Community Unanimously Supports Skywest Bid for Essential Air Service

Moab residents wait for a decision from the Chief of EAS in the Federal Office of Aviation Analysis
Credit File: Skywest Airlines

Moab residents are putting their support behind a bid by Skywest Airlines to establish regular flights between Salt Lake City and the popular south eastern Utah community. A recent presentation for Essential Air Service, or EAS, included the current contractor, Denver-based Great Lakes Aviation as well as Skywest and Boutique Air. Bill Groff is Chair of the Grand County Airport Board. He says the interest in making a change is high.

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Business & Labor
3:40 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Entrepreneurs to Open Social Innovation HUB in Salt Lake City

HUB Salt Lake co-founders Søren Simonsen and Dustin Haggett in newly leased space on 150 South State Street.
Andrea Smardon

A group of entrepreneurs is creating a center for social innovation in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City. Known as HUB Salt Lake, the center is expected to open its doors by late fall. 

HUB Salt Lake will be located in the former Zim’s Arts and Crafts store at 150 South State Street. Right now, it’s 13,000 square feet of open space. City councilmember and architect Søren Simonsen is a co-founder, and he imagines the HUB as a workspace for entrepreneurs trying to solve societal problems.

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Business & Labor
9:30 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Utah Teen Struggles to Find Summer Job

While Utah and the country may be climbing out of a recession, many young people are not feeling the recovery.  A recent analysis by the Center for American Progress found that more than 10 million youth are unable to find full-time work. 17-year-old Fiona Boomer of Ogden wrote to us at KUER about her difficulty finding summer employment, and we asked her to keep a journal in her quest to find a job.  This is Fiona’s story.

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Business & Labor
3:43 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Second-Quarter Home Sales a Mixed Bag

An uptick in home prices combined with higher interest rates is making life hard for first-time homebuyers. But Zions Bank’s residential lending numbers show construction activity is strong. 

The Salt Lake Board of Realtors home sales statistics for the first quarter of 2013 show home prices in the Salt Lake area climbing steadily.

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Business & Labor
4:58 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Gateway Shops Missing Out on Downtown Resurgence

Bear Country Cookies owner Joel Clark says sales are down 35% at his Gateway shop since City Creek Center opened.
Andrea Smardon

A report released Tuesday shows that retail sales in downtown Salt Lake City were up 36 percent last year, largely driven by business at City Creek Center. But some businesses at The Gateway Shopping Center say they are not seeing the same trend.

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Business & Labor
5:52 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

SLC Downtown Alliance Aims to Build on Momentum from City Creek Center

A fountain at City Creek Center during the holiday shopping season.
Andrea Smardon

Salt Lake City’s Downtown Alliance held its first annual Downtown Symposium Tuesday. City leaders gathered to review the past year, and talk about what’s to come for Utah’s capital city.

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Business & Labor
4:45 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

SLCO Council Wants More Say In Mayor's Appointments

Some members of the Salt Lake County Council want a bigger role in deciding who the mayor appoints to county offices, boards and departments. They’ll consider an ordinance on Tuesday that would give them more time to review the resumes and qualifications of the mayor’s appointees.

The proposal requires the mayor provide information to the council about nominees prior to making an appointment.  It also requires some nominees to interview with the council.  Republican Council Chair David Wilde is advocating for the changes.

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Business & Labor
4:05 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Utah Exceeding Expectations in 100K Jobs in 1,000 Days Goal

Governor Gary Herbert
Brian Grimmett

Utah Governor Gary Herbert says his office is exceeding expectations at the half-way point of a goal to create 100 thousand jobs in one thousand days.

Speaking at a high tech manufacturing plant that chose to expand in Utah last year, Governor Herbert announced that the private sector has created 63,600 jobs since he announced the goal during his 2012 state of the state speech. Herbert says when companies choose to expand in Utah it often creates a ripple effect that leads to even more job creation.

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Business & Labor
5:11 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Salt Lake City Council Overrides Mayor's Tax Hike Veto

The Salt Lake City council sidestepped the mayor’s veto of the city- council-approved budget today, which includes an $8 million property tax hike.

The council overrode the mayor’s veto on a five to two vote, with Councilman Stan Penfold and outgoing Councilman Carlton Christensen voting no.  Outgoing Councilman Soren Simonsen said the city can no longer scale back on maintenance to keep ordinary government operations afloat. 

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