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KUER News Pod: Thursday November 1, 2012

Nov 1, 2012

Redistricting adds to the intrigue of Utah’s 68th district race, Lieutenant Governor candidates debate about the economy and education, and the 4th Congressional race breaks a Utah record.

District 68: Race to Represent Rural Utah

Nov 1, 2012
House District 68
vote.utah.gov

It’s been 20 years since Merrill Nelson served one term in the Utah House of Representatives, but this year’s legislative redistricting has given him the opportunity to seek another.  He’s a Republican who lives in Grantsville, and the new boundaries of District 68 divide Tooele County and extend all the way to Milford in Beaver County.  Most of Juab County, including Eureka, is also now in District 68, and that’s where the Democratic candidate, Tom Nedreberg, comes from.

KUER News Pod: Wednesday October 31, 2012

Oct 31, 2012

Utah’s 8th Senate district candidates vie for votes in one of the states few contested races, Candidates in Utah’s 2nd Congressional district try to get noticed, and the Millcreek incorporation debate gets even hotter.

Utah's 8th Senate District Race Up for Grabs

Oct 30, 2012
Brian Grimmett

Within the boundaries of Utah’s 8th Senate district are the cities of Cottonwood Heights, Midvale, most of Murray, and a sliver of Holladay. Unlike most districts in the state the demographics of the 8th district essentially make it a toss-up between Republicans and Democrats and both candidates feel they have a shot at victory. 

KUER News Pod: Tuesday October 30, 2012

Oct 30, 2012

Volunteers from the Utah chapter of the American Red Cross head to the East coast, Intermountain Medical Center celebrates its five year anniversary, and Utah home prices are on the rise.

Lawmakers Decry Negative Campaign Ads

Oct 26, 2012
Alliance for a Better Utah

Two Democratic State Lawmakers joined progressive watchdog group Alliance For a Better Utah this morning to condemn what they call a barrage of negative campaign ads leading up to this year’s election. 

Senator Patricia Jones says voters should not ignore the onslaught of negative political mailers and television ads being employed during this election season.

“If we feel offended or if we have questions about something that’s been said in the campaign, we owe it to ourselves and to our democratic society to call them on it and that’s what we’re doing today," Jones said.

Major construction on the Utah Transit Authority TRAX Line to the Salt Lake International Airport is wrapping up this week with testing scheduled to begin as early as next week. UTA officials announced today the light rail system will be officially open on April 14, 2013. Utah Transit Authority spokesman, Gerry Carpenter, says with commuter rail to Provo opening in December, all metro areas will soon be connected.

The University of Utah inaugurated David W. Pershing as its 15th president, Thursday. During his inaugural address Pershing said that enhancing the student experience will be his first priority. He outlined a number of ways he plans on accomplishing this including moving towards a more holistic approach to admissions.

“We’re going to go beyond grades and test scores to incorporate the factors that we know impact college success: Such as integrity, motivation, maturity, resilience, and a respect for cultural and intellectual diversity,” he said.

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

KUER News Pod: Wednesday October 24, 2012

Oct 24, 2012

Salt Lake area Hispanic organizations are making it easier for Latinos to vote, Westminster College launches a new center for the arts, and an 11-year-old-boy proposes “In God We Trust” licence plates.

Salt Lake area Hispanic organizations want to make sure that Latino voters have a voice in this year’s election and a couple of taxi companies are helping to turn that desire into reality.

Some residents in Millcreek township say they lack a voice in many policy decisions and pay Salt Lake County too much for police and fire services. But others say the county is doing a good job of keeping taxes low and providing adequate representation. In the last two decades residents of Cottonwood Heights and Holladay decided to incororate. Now voters in Millcreek will decide if their community should do the same.

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.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Jim Dabakis, Chair, Utah State Democratic Party
Thomas Wright, Chair, Utah State Republican Party
 

Click here for more information about the Hinckley Institute of Politics Forums at the University of Utah.

Past Hinckley forums can be found here.

Business, education, and community leaders discussed the future of digital learning, Tuesday, at Salt Lake City school district’s new Innovations High School.

Click here for more information about the Hinckley Institute of Politics Forums at the University of Utah.

Past Hinckley forums can be found here.

A team made up of individuals from Utah and Idaho won the top award at the Transplant Games of America in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Monday the team re-united in Murray.

Andrea Smardon

After the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act, states are faced with a decision on whether to expand Medicaid eligibility.  Utah remains undecided.  In the last story in our series, The Future of Medicaid in Utah, we look at how the decision affects all of us as taxpayers and healthcare consumers. 

In a special session, the Utah legislature approves 90 new liquor licenses, fixes a $25 million dollar gap in the education budget, and discusses the potential cost of the medicaid data breach.

Map of 2012 Utah Wildfires
Utah Department of Natural Resources

New restrictions to help prevent wildfires across Utah were put in place Thursday. The dry weather and lack of rain have created an early and intense fire season that is expected to continue if conditions don’t change.

Utah is going to be a test lab for the use of super high speed broadband. The Salt Lake area is one of 25 communities involved in a new federal initiative designed to speed the development of next generation applications that can operate on ultrafast networks.

KUER News Pod: Thursday June 14, 2012

Jun 14, 2012

Utah's economy receives high marks from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, UDOT completes a four mile section of the I-15 CORE construction project, and members of the Utah National Guard leave for a year long deployment in Afghanistan. That and more on today's KUER News Pod.

UCF U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Governor Herbert is in Washington, DC touting Utah’s latest rankings in an annual U.S. Chamber of Commerce report. The state ranked high in economic development and recovery efforts.

Natalie Gochnour, Executive Director of the Salt Lake Chamber, says it’s a good day for Utah’s economy.

Utah’s new health data security ombudsman says more people are signing up for credit monitoring after a state data breach exposed the personal information of 780,000 people, but there are still parts of the population who are not protected.

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