Utah

KUER Local News
12:09 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

KUER News Pod: Thursday November 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.

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Politics
10:47 am
Thu November 1, 2012

District 68: Race to Represent Rural Utah

Utah House District 68 covers a vast area of western Utah.
Credit 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.

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KUER Local News
11:53 am
Wed October 31, 2012

KUER News Pod: Wednesday October 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.

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Politics
9:34 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Utah's 8th Senate District Race Up for Grabs

Utah's 8th Senate district candidates Brian Shiozawa and Josie Valdez
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. 

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KUER Local News
2:44 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

KUER News Pod: Tuesday October 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.

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Politics
5:36 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Lawmakers Decry Negative Campaign Ads

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.

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Business & Labor
3:24 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

UTA to Begin Testing Airport TRAX Line

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.

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Education
2:25 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

David W. Pershing Inaugurated as 15th President of The University of Utah

New University of Utah President David W. Pershing and State Board of Regents Chair Bonnie Beesley

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.

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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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KUER Local News
1:12 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

KUER News Pod: Wednesday October 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.

Politics
1:31 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Salt Lake Taxi Services to Offer Free Rides for Latino Voters

Esteban Santos, Raul Ramirez, and Tony Yapias announce their plan to offer free taxi rides to voters.

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.

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Politics
3:05 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Millcreek Community Divided on Incorporation

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.

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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
2:53 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Hinckley Institute of Politics: Utah’s Parties and Elections

Utah’s Parties and Elections

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.

Education
4:38 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Digital Learning Summit Takes a Look at a Different Spin on Education

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

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Politics
4:46 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Hinckley Institute of Politics: Sex Education, Utah PTA, and the Legislature 09-10-12

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

Past Hinckley forums can be found here.

KUER Local News
6:10 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Utah/Idaho Team Wins Transplant Games Team Cup Award

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.

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Healthcare
7:00 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

The Future of Medicaid in Utah - Part 4: We Are All Affected

Physician Charles Pruitt with colleagues at the Utah State Capitol on the day of the Supreme Court decision, June 28, 2012.
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. 

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KUER Local News
12:50 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

KUER News Pod: Thursday June 21, 2012

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.

Environment & Public Lands
5:04 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Federal Agencies Issue Statewide Fire Restrictions

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.

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Science & Technology
4:47 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Utah Part of US Ignite Partnership

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.

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KUER Local News
12:20 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

KUER News Pod: Thursday June 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.

Politics
4:40 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Utah Receives Good Economic Rankings

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.

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Healthcare
5:56 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Utah Health Data Breach: New Ombudsman Says Credit Monitoring Service Use Increasing

Utah Department of Health Data Security Ombudsman

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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KUER Local News
3:39 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

KUER Newspod: June 6th, 2012

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