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New House Speaker Sworn in as 61st Utah Legislature Gets to Work

The opening of the general session of the state legislature sets the tone for the next 45 days. The tone in the House of Representatives was emotional as Rep. Greg Hughes, R-Draper, was sworn in to the spot vacated by former Speaker Becky Lockhart, who died after a short illness earlier this month. U.S. Congressman Rob Bishop administered the oath of office for the new speaker, who started his opening day speech by invoking the former speaker who he said “wasn’t a big fan of inaction.”...
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Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman along with six other significant African American women will come to life during “Traveling Shoes” a one-woman show presented by Utah Public Radio Feb. 5

Utahns from various backgrounds responded to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ declaration of support for legal measures that would protect LGBT individuals from discrimination—so long as religious liberty was protected.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said the new comments from the LDS Church brought up important issues that lawmakers will have to think long and hard about.

Utah Trappist Monastery To Close

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The Abbey of the Holy Trinity in Hunstville, Utah, is one of a shrinking number of monasteries left in the nation. The Ogden Valley monastery has been the home to a group of Trappist monks since 1947. The monks who reside there live a life of prayer, meditation and farming. However, the average age of the monks today is now nearing 80 years old and the men of the abbey have decided to find a new purpose for their monastery.

According to Father Brendan Freeman, the Superior of the abbey, the decision was made as fewer men made the choice to take on the Trappist way of life.

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On the Logan main campus, work is underway on a permaculture teaching garden, which will demonstrate alternatives for dealing with storm water in the city. A USU Professor is now doing the same thing in Moab.

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It was 2004, and Sean McFate had a mission in Burundi: to keep the president alive and prevent the country from spiraling into genocide, without anyone knowing that the United States was involved. The United States was, of course, involved, but only through McFate's employer, the military contractor DynCorp International. Throughout the world, similar scenarios are playing out daily. The United States can no longer go to war without contractors. Yet we don't know much about the industry's structure, its operations, or where it's heading. Even the U.S. government-the entity that actually pays them-knows relatively little. 


On the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature, we’re live at the State Capitol. 

We’ll speak with Utah Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox; Senate Majority Leader Ralph Okerlund; Senate Minority Leader Gene Davis; and House Minority Leader Brain Brian King. We’ll discuss air quality, education, the economy, Medicaid expansion, the budget and more.


Utah students, parents, and educators will join in a national celebration Jan. 25-31, 2015 to recognize school choice.  Participants in the 2015 National School Choice Week are hoping to encourage communities to look at different ways of helping to educate today's youth.

Early Monday morning Andrew Campanella, President of the non-profit organization National School Choice Week, rang the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchanging to mark the official beginning of the celebration.

Almost Famous Women is the kind of "high concept" short-story collection that invites skepticism. These stories are about 13 historical women whose names you mostly might sort-of recognize. Beryl Markham, Butterfly McQueen and Shirley Jackson are slam-dunks, but Romaine Brooks and Joe Carstairs are a bit blurrier. While the family names of Allegra Byron, Dolly Wilde and Norma Millay betray their relation to important figures, we don't know what they did. And who the heck was Hazel Eaton or Tiny Davis?

Competency-based education is in vogue — even though most people have never heard of it, and those who have can't always agree on what it is.

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The Utah Department of Workforce Services released their monthly economic update on Thursday. Utah’s unemployment rate stayed steady in the month of December at 3.5 percent, that’s 2 percent below the national level. Job growth was above average for December at 3.9 percent.

DWS Senior Economist Mark Knold said Utah’s unemployment levels have been holding steady for about a year now, as the state continues to recover from the recession. But he cautions that the low unemployment rate could come at a cost.

Overstock.com announced this week that the online retailer will offer customers a streaming-video service sometime this year.  UPR spoke with company chairman, Jonathan Johnson, about the new service.  Johnson said the company is also planning to extend Overstock products to customers in China.

In February 2014 Overstock.com announced the company would begin accepting bitcoins.  Kerry Bringhurst asked Johnson if the use of  this crypto-currency is growing.

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