Utah

Business & Labor
3:21 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Legislators Attempt to Clamp Down on Payday Lenders

File: Rep. Jim Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville
Brian Grimmett

Rep. Jim Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville, is one of a few legislators introducing bills that would give consumers more protection when dealing with payday lending companies.

HB127 would require deferred deposit lenders, also known as payday lenders, to start reporting detailed information about the loans they give out and how long it takes people to repay them. Rep. Dunnigan says this will help get to the bottom of the claim that payday lenders help create a cycle of debt for people with low income.

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Health Care
2:24 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

How Many Injuries Take Place in Your Neighborhood? UDOH Report Has the Answers

Utah Department of Health

The Utah Department of Health released their second ever Violence and Injury Small Area report today. The report summarizes data on 17 different kinds of injuries and injury related topics, like the number of emergency room visits by children or hospitalizations because of poisoning. It then takes that information and breaks it down into 62 small geographic areas.

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LGBT Rights
5:07 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Federal Court Grants Utah More Time to Prepare for Amendment 3 Appeal

LGBT Advocate Kate Kendell
Judy Fahys

A federal appeals court has granted Utah's request for more time to prepare opening arguments in defense of the state's same-sex marriage ban. A lawyer for the plaintiffs in the Amendment 3 case happened to be speaking at the University of Utah Law School today, and said she was disappointed by the extension, but not discouraged.

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KUER Local News
1:06 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Rescue Mission of Salt Lake Serves the Homeless a Christmas Feast

A Volunteer Santa at the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake helps hand out gifts at their annual Christmas Banquet
Brian Grimmett

The Rescue Mission of Salt Lake held it’s annual Christmas Banquet for the homeless today. Until the doors opened at 11 am, the line of people waiting to get into the Christmas banquet stretched down fourth West. When they did finally open, volunteers ushered them to their seats where they could eat a warm meal and listen to the Christmas music. Chris Croswhite is the executive director of the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake. He says for many, Christmas is an especially difficult time of year.

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KUER Local News
4:29 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Utah Ranked #1 Volunteering State in the Nation for the Eighth Year

Volunteers give their time for Candy Cane Cornor, an annual program that provides new donated clothing and toys for families in need.
Karina Puikkonen

Utah ranks first in the nation for volunteering according to a new report released today. It’s the eighth straight year the state has received the honor.

The report published by the organization Volunteering and Civic Life in America notes that more than 900,000 people in Utah volunteered this year. Some were donating their time on Monday in a large warehouse in Salt Lake City for Candy Cane Corner. It’s an annual program that provides new donated clothing and toys for families in need each Christmas. Volunteers, like Shelley North of West Jordan were excited to help. 

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Politics
4:25 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Acting Attorney General Faces Tough Challenge Replacing John Swallow

File: Utah Attorney General John Swallow announces his resignation.
Brian Grimmett

At midnight on Monday John Swallow officially became the former Attorney General of Utah. And while there are several Republicans vying to become the appointed replacement, the Governor won’t make that decision for another few weeks. Until then, Major General Brian Tarbet will be the acting Attorney General and dealing with the transition won't be easy.

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Science & Technology
3:00 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Major Dinosaur Discovery in Spain has a Utah Connection

Europelta carbonensis
Lukas Panzarin

Archeologists at an open pit coal mine in Spain have discovered the most well preserved ankylosaur, ever found in Europe, but the discovery has roots right here in Utah.

Dr. James Kirkland is the state paleontologist at the Utah Geological Survey. He’s been studying dinosaurs for 40 years. Recently, he’s been working on reclassifying all of the wide, heavily armored kind of dinosaurs. So when researchers in Spain called him up to ask his help identifying newly discovered fossils, he didn’t hesitate to say yes.

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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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Politics
1:59 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Missing Documents a Concern for House Investigative Committee of Utah AG John Swallow

Rep. Jim Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville
Brian Grimmett

The chair of the House committee investigating Utah Attorney General John Swallow says he’s concerned about possible missing documents from the Attorney General’s office.

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Politics
4:39 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

DOJ Closes Case Against AG John Swallow, Won't File Charges

File: Utah Attorney General John Swallow
Brian Grimmett

The investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice into Utah Attorney General John Swallow has apparently come to a close without any charges being filed.

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Education
4:48 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

State Releases Controversial School Grades

Members of the Utah PTA reading the latest school grades online.

Schools across Utah for the first time have been issued a single letter grade for their performance. According to the results of a new school grading system, released this morning, more than half of the state’s public schools got an A or a B, while the rest got C’s D’s or F’s. The education community responded this morning by calling the new system poor policy. But lawmakers contend it shines a light on poor-performing public schools.

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Education
10:34 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Making the Grade: Maps of the Highest and Lowest Scoring Schools in the State

The Utah State Office of Education released the letter grade evaluations of Utah Schools today. The grades are based on a combination of student growth and student performance on state testing in language arts, math, and science. The State Office of Education also graded high schools with the additional metric of graduation rates. If a school failed to test at least 95% of their students they automatically received an F grade. That's what happened for schools like Viewmont High School in the Davis School District.

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KUER Local News
3:01 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Governor Honors 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's "Dream" Speech

Reverend France Davis of the Calvary Baptist Church
Brian Grimmett

Governor Gary Herbert joined members of the of the Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission at the state Capitol today to honor and celebrate the 50th anniversary of King’s famous “I Have a Dream Speech.”

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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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Public Safety
4:08 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

West Valley City Police Try to Regain Trust With Latino Community Through Pact

West Valley City

Latino Community groups say they’re excited about a recent pact crafted between them and the West Valley City Police Department aimed at improving relations.

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Entertainment
3:43 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Hundreds Turn Out to Celebrate Pioneer Heritage

David Lamb of Kaysville watching the parade with a friend.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Downtown Salt Lake City this morning to witness the annual Days of ‘47 Parade. 

The annual celebration remembers the arrival of the first pioneer settlers to the Salt Lake Valley. On July 24, 1847, Brigham Young and his fellow Latter-day Saints emerged from the mouth of Emigration Canyon, pulling handcarts and driving wagons. 165 years later, colorful floats, horse-drawn carriages and pioneer wear harken back to that momentous trek.  

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KUER Local News
2:27 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

PHOTOS: Foundation Laid for KUHU's New Transmitter in Southeast Utah

Crews pour concrete to create the "pancake" base of the tower.
Lewis Downey

Crews poured the concrete foundation for the new KUHU transmitter tower at Abajo Peak near Monticello on July 15. The new tower will be bigger, better, and stronger than the tower we previously used in the area which will ultimately lead to much better long-term reliability of our signal in Southeast Utah.

Check out a few of the images and gifs that show how we're able to broadcast our signal to almost all parts of the state.

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Politics
3:36 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Utah House Democrats Unsure of Role in Special Investigative Committee

File: Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart
Brian Grimmett

House Speaker Becky Lockhart says she will announce on Wednesday the names of the people she’s appointed to the special investigative committee of Utah Attorney General John Swallow. In the meantime, Utah House Democrats are left waiting anxiously to see what kind of role, if any, they’ll play in the investigation.

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Politics
5:59 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

BYU Poll Shows 72% of Utah Voters Want Swallow Impeached

John Swallow is sworn in as Utah's new Attorney General
The Salt Lake Tribune (pool photo)

A new poll released by the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy at Brigham Young University shows that the majority of Utah voters think that Attorney General John Swallow should resign.

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Environment & Public Lands
3:52 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Wildfires Continue to Burn in Eastern Utah

File: Quail Fire burns near Alpine, UT during the Summer 0f 2012
Image by arbyreed / Creative Commons via flickr

Firefighters are still trying to contain three fires started in south eastern Utah last week. The Rock Creek Fire near Price, the Lackey Fan Fire near La Sal and the Dark Canyon Fire west of Monticello all began when a storm rolled through southeast Utah late last week.The Lackey Fan Fire is the biggest of the three having already burned about 900 acres with a crew of over 300 firefighters battling the blaze. The fire is currently burning in the opposite direction of La Sal and crews aren’t planning evacuations at this time. Jason Johnson is the information officer for the Rock Creek Fire.

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Education
1:35 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Utah Charter School Nurtures Entrepreneurial Spirit

Eighth-grader Kymira Jackson works at Highmark Charter School's store, where students buy little treats with money earned by turning in homework on time and performing chores.
Whittney Evans KUER

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 5:27 am

A new charter school in Utah wants to equip students in kindergarten through ninth grade with a solid foundation in business.

Students' daily lessons are peppered with concepts like sales and marketing, finance and entrepreneurship, says first-grade teacher Tammy Hill. "And that plays into leadership and improved math skills. And finance plays into every part of their lives."

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Public Safety
5:32 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

U.S. Attorney Sues Utah Over Restrictive Law Enforcement Bill

U.S. Forest Service

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah filed a complaint against the state today and obtained a temporary restraining order to stop a law from going into effect tomorrow. They say the new law violates a clause in the U.S. Constitution.

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Politics
4:24 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Lt. Governor to Seek Special Counsel in Swallow Investigation

John Swallow at Inauguration
The Salt Lake Tribune (pool photo)

Utah Lt. Governor Greg Bell will seek special counsel to investigate three of the 12 allegations brought against Attorney General John Swallow that he violated election law.

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Environment & Public Lands
2:04 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Utah Launches New Tourism Campaign

Life Elevated Banners
Brian Grimmett

The Utah Office of Tourism launched a brand new regional ad campaign today to help promote the state’s five national parks.

The $3.1 million dollar campaign will include TV commercials in major western markets like Los Angeles, Denver, and San Francisco as well outdoor and digital advertisements. Governor Gary Herbert was on hand for the launch. He says tourism has and will continue to help Utah’s economy.

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