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Politics
2:03 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Thomas Wright Not Seeking Re-election as Utah GOP Chairman

Utah Republican Party Chairman Thomas Wright announced today that he will not seek re-election when the state GOP meets in May. 

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-KUER News Pod
12:33 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday March 19, 2013

A gay rights organization takes on Utah’s Amendment 3, Salt Lake County expands their small business loan program, and Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love could be gearing up for a rematch with Congressman Jim Matheson.

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Education
2:09 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Legislature Approves Dixie State University Name Change

File: Utah State Capitol
Brian Grimmett

Dixie State College is now one signature away from officially becoming Dixie State University after receiving approval from the Utah state legislature.

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Public Safety
4:40 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

More Utah Highways Could See 80 MPH Speed Limits

Southern speed limit test area on I-15
UDOT

The speed limit on several sections of Utah’s interstate highways could soon be increased to 80 miles per hour.

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Public Safety
4:17 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Should Every Home Have a Gun? A Small Utah Town Says Yes

Old School House Spring City, Utah
Spring City Corporation

Officials in Spring City, Utah are considering an ordinance that would encourage every homeowner to own a gun.

Spring City Councilman Neil Sorensen came up with the original idea that would have made owning a gun mandatory. But after discussion the city council quickly decided doing so would be too complicated, so they changed the language of the ordinance. Sorensen says he hopes the ordinance will make criminals think twice before attempting a home invasion.

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-KUER News Pod
12:49 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday January 8, 2013

Governor Gary Herbert is sworn into office for his first full term, new Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams holds an inauguration ceremony of his own, and environmental groups show concern over the acquisition of EnergySolutions.

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-KUER News Pod
12:59 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday January 7, 2012

Governor Gary Herbert is sworn into his first full term, newly elected State Auditor John Dougall sits down and talks with KUER’s Dan Bammes, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gives conditional approval to Utah’s health exchange.

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Public Safety
4:33 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Congressman-elect Chris Stewart OK with Armed Teachers

Chris Stewart speaks at the 2012 Utah Republican Convention
chirsstewartforcongress.com

In response to almost 200 teachers participating in a free concealed carry course offered on Thursday, Republican Congressman-elect Christ Stewart says he’s for the idea, as long as the individual and school district are on board.

Stewart says when he gets to congress he’s going to do what he can to protect 2nd amendment rights. And while he doesn’t think all teachers should have to carry a gun, he says it’s not necessarily a bad idea.

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Politics
2:30 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Leigh von der Esch Retires as Managing Director of Utah Office of Tourism

Office of Economic Development

The managing director of the Utah Office of Tourism, Leigh von der Esch is retiring after more the 28 years of public service. Spencer Eccles, executive director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development says von der Esch's dedication to promoting Utah is unmatched.

"At the core of Leigh von der Esch you have a deep commitment and a deep passion for the state and for promoting the state and all of its grandeur. And all of the incredible characteristics, the diversity of the culture and of the landscape," said Eccles.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

New Salt Lake County Mayor Reorganizes Public Works Department

Taylorsville Mayor Russ Wall and Salt Lake County Mayor-Elect Ben McAdams discuss plans to reorganize the Department of Public Works.
Terry Gildea

Salt Lake County Mayor-Elect Ben McAdams is already implementing changes to the government structure. Thursday he announced he will reorganize the Department of Public Works and appoint two people to oversee it. It’s now called the Department of Public Works and Regional Development. McAdams has named Taylorsville Mayor Russ Wall as the department’s director and Patrick Leary will fill a new position to called Township Executive. McAdams says the two men will help meet the diverse needs of county residents.

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KUER Local News
2:56 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Number of Utah Children in Poverty Up to 141,000

U.S. Census Bureau

Child Poverty in Utah is on the rise according to the latest information released by the U.S. Census Bureau today.

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Developing
1:33 pm
Sat December 1, 2012

Special Election: Jim Dabakis Wins Utah 2nd Senate District Seat

Jim Dabakis speaks to delegates in the Salt Lake County Council chamber
Brian Grimmett

With 67 votes in the second round of voting, Utah’s Democratic Party Chairman, Jim Dabakis, narrowly beat outgoing Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon in the special election for Utah’s 2nd Senate district. Dabakis will replace Senator Ben McAdams who is leaving with two years left in his term after winning the election for Salt Lake County Mayor.

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KUER Local News
3:28 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

KUER News Pod: Wednesday November 28, 2012

KUER News Pod

Democratic candidates for Utah’s vacant senate seat square off in their only debate, the Utah Supreme Court finds parts of Utah’s adoption laws “constitutionally defective,” and Utah students get a new standardized test.

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Politics
5:31 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Final County Canvasses Show Matheson Narrowly Wins 4th Congressional District

Congressman Jim Matheson, D-Utah
U.S. House of Representatives

Official results from county canvasses released today show that Jim Matheson maintained his victory over Mia Love in the Utah 4th congressional district race.

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Politics
4:50 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Utah Legislature Releases Redistricting Documents

Legislative leaders made 16 thousand pages of documents related to redistricting available online Friday. Earlier this year, leaders in the Utah Democratic Party requested all documents related to 2012 redistricting process. It’s the largest legislative records request in state history and earned them a more than 15 thousand dollar bill the legislature refused to waive. Democrats then refused to pay the bill in full and filed a lawsuit in the third district court over the matter.

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Healthcare
9:21 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Health Exchange Deadline Extended: Utah Still Non-Committal

Governor Gary Herbert plans to send a letter to the US Department of Health and Human Services Friday declaring the state’s intentions on its health insurance exchange. Up until now, the Governor’s Office has not said whether the state will update its existing exchange, Avenue H, to meet requirements of the Affordable Care Act - or let the feds create their own exchange in the state. But Utah’s Health Reform Implementation Coordinator Norman Thurston says the letter doesn’t commit the state to anything.

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Healthcare
10:20 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Utah Legislature Looks for Ways to Fix State Data Security Issues

Senator Stuart Reid presents draft legislation to the Health and Human Services Interim Committee

The state Health and Human Services interim committee unanimously supported draft legislation Wednesday aimed at fixing problems related to the state’s Medicaid data breach that left more than 800 thousand Utahn’s personal information vulnerable.

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Environment & Public Lands
4:50 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Corroon Endorses Propostion #1, Defends Against Pending Lawsuit

Salt Lake County

Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon endorsed the Regional Park and Trails bond today during an open house at the Northwest Recreation center. If approved, The Regional Park and Trails bond, or Proposition #1, authorizes the county to issue a $47 million dollar bond. The money would be used to help finish the Jordan River Parkway Trail, Parley’s Trail, and build three new regional parks. Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon says the benefits of approving the proposition far outweigh the property tax increase.

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Politics
4:00 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Millcreek "City" May Foot the Bill for 2300 East Repairs

Millcreek residents occupy a corner on 2300 east.

Emotions are running high in Millcreek Township, as residents make final appeals to voters who are undecided on whether or not to become a city. This morning residents who oppose incorporation gathered near a street corner on 2300 east to address some looming financial problems they see with the proposal. But they weren’t alone, as residents who support it gathered close by. 

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Education
3:11 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Matheson Battles Love Over Eliminating Special Education Money

Courtesy of Wikipedia/Jim Matheson

Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson is once again attacking opponent Mia Love’s proposed budget cuts and this time it’s over special education grants.

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Education
9:24 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Legislature Considers Sex Education Training for Parents

Senator Stuart Reid addresses the Education Interim Committee

State legislators debated the merits of creating training courses for parents on how to teach sex education to their children Wednesday during the Education Interim committee meeting.

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Politics
12:17 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Senator Orrin Hatch Skips Debate

Senator Orrin Hatch was absent from last night’s U.S. Senate Debate in Bountiful, where Democratic Candidate Scott Howell challenged the 36 year incumbent to defend his record.

Howell, Independent Senate Candidate Bill Barron, Constitution party candidate Shaun McCausland debated social security reform, the nation’s debt ceiling and a constitutional amendment requiring congress to pass a budget, and trade. McCausland argued the U.S. can easily avoid outsourcing jobs caused by free trade policies.

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Politics
5:20 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Utah Special Interest Groups Voice Concerns About ALEC

Special interest groups from Utah and other states gathered Thursday to voice their concerns over the corporate-lobbyist group, ALEC. The American Legislative Exchange Council is currently hosting their 39th annual conference in Salt Lake City through Saturday.

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Politics
9:53 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Conservative Group ALEC Comes to Salt Lake, Draws Criticism

This week the American Legislative Exchange Council or ALEC, will hold its four day conference at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City. But the group isn't without those who oppose their agenda and plan to protest the meeting.

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KUER Local News
11:47 am
Thu July 12, 2012

KUER News Pod: Thursday July 12, 2012

Utah's members of the U.S. House of Representatives vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the state of Utah accuses a major oil company of double dipping, and the state forester bans target shooting in parts of four counties.

Politics
11:17 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Social Media Recap: Special Session of the Utah Legislature

KUER News has a new twitter account (@KUERnews) and yesterday's special session of the Utah Legislature proved to be a great way to break it in. We sent three reporters to the capitol and throughout the day they took advantage of twitter to keep you updated.

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Politics
1:00 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Interim Committee Approves Bill to Add Liquor Licenses

Sen. John Valentine testifying before the Business and Labor interim committee.
Andrea Smardon

Updated 2:40 PM 6/20/2012

Utah may be getting 90 new liquor licenses. The State Legislature is expected to vote this afternoon on a bill that would allow 50 full-service and 40 limited-service restaurants to obtain licenses. The amendment to the Alcohol Beverage Control Act, sponsored by Senator John Valentine, was presented to the Business and Labor interim committee this morning. Representative Don Ipson urged the committee to approve it. 

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KUER Local News
12:21 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

KUER News Pod: Tuesday June 19, 2012

Governor Herbert calls legislators back for a special session, Utahns get the opportunity to weigh in on their health coverage, and four former GOP congressional candidates file a complaint with the Federal Election Commission. Those stories and more in today's KUER News Pod.

Politics
3:52 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Partisanship, Barriers Lower Utah Voter Turnout

Utah Foundation

Voter turnout in Utah has dropped dramatically in recent elections, and a new study by the Utah Foundation looks at some of the reasons why.

In the presidential election of 1992, 67% of Utah's registered voters took part, while only about 50% turned out in 2008.  A study by the non-partisan Utah Foundation suggests fewer close races and barriers to voter participation such as the state's closed Republican primary could be among the reasons.  Research director Morgan Lyon Cotti says the strident partisanship of recent years also plays a part.

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Healthcare
1:57 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Senator Orrin Hatch Vows to Repeal Affordable Care Act

US Senator Orrin Hatch and state Senator Pat Jones share a word after a meeting of the Salt Lake Chamber Health System Reform Task Force
Andrea Smardon

States are awaiting a decision from the US Supreme Court on provisions of the Affordable Care Act,which will require all Americans to purchase health insurance or face a fine.  But Utah’s Republican Senator Orrin Hatch is vowing to repeal the law, regardless of the court’s decision.   Hatch and Wyoming Senator John Barrasso spoke at a meeting of the Salt Lake Chamber’s Health Reform Task Force Wednesday morning. 

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