Mental Illness in Utah Jails: How Wait Times For Treatment Harm Inmates

In Utah, wait times for mental health services for inmates are significantly longer than in any of the six neighboring states. These inmates have yet to face trial, because they’ve been ruled mentally unable to do so. In order to be tried, they first need rehabilitation at the Utah State Hospital, the only institution in the state that can treat them. The hospital has a months-long waiting list.

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Utah Works: Bookmobiles - Serving The Underserved

Jun 21, 2017

For the last ten years, Shawn Bliss has operated the Cache and Rich County Bookmobile.

New Sunblocks And Worsened Ozone Depletion

Jun 21, 2017

There are new physical component sun blocks found in local drugstores to help protect skin this summer. The sun block’s components include titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are used as protection from ultraviolet A, ultraviolet B and infrared radiation.

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In Money Rates’ “2017 America’s Top Cities for Young Entrepreneurs,” the Provo and Orem area was ranked second in the nation, just behind the North Port area in Florida. 

Utah environmental regulators are taking comments through July on whether the controversial White Mesa uranium mill should be allowed to continue to operate. 

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According to National Park Service figures, Zion National Park saw 4.3 million visitors last year, up more than a million since 2014. As the number of yearly visitors continues to climb, the funding has stayed mostly the same, and would see an 8 percent cut under President Trump’s budget plan.

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Although there was no growth on Sunday in the size of the wild fire that threatens the town of Brian Head, the situation remains volatile and the town still very much under threat.

Brian Head Fire Receives Emergency Federal Funds

Jun 19, 2017
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In response to the growing Brian Head wildfire in Southern Utah, a federal agency authorized an emergency grant to assist the firefighting effort.

Reaching 1,000 acres in size on Monday, the Brian Head fire threatens the rest of Iron County, Dixie National Forest and several BLM lands, according to an interagency government report.

In February, operators of Oroville Dam in California noticed damage to the concrete spillway.  Record precipitation meant the dam was at 150% of historic holding capacity. Water was released through the compromised spillway resulting in a breach which caused erosion and mandatory flood evacuations.

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BYU English Professor, Chris Crowe, is an award-winning author of books for young adults about the Civil Rights era. He recently gave a couple of talks on the USU campus in Logan as a part of the USU Department of English Speaker series. Crowe is the author of several books, most notably MISSISSIPPI TRIAL, 1955, which won several awards, including the 2003 International Reading Association's Young Adult Novel Award. His nonfiction book, GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER: THE TRUE STORY OF THE EMMETT TILL CASE, was an Jane Addams Honor book.

How Utah Is Contributing To Safer Space Travel

Jun 16, 2017
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The Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle will be the first spacecraft capable of taking a human crew to multiple deep space destinations. On Thursday at Promontory Point, Utah, the craft’s launch abort motor was put to the test.

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The first book of the Harry Potter series went on sale in the U.K. 20 years ago today. It offers a convenient excuse to reacquaint yourself with a world before anyone on this side of the Atlantic had heard of muggles, horcruxes or pensieves, before tourists would crowd into London's Kings Cross railway station simply to peer wistfully at the space between Platforms Nine and Ten.

Here's the first story NPR ever aired about Harry Potter — a wonderful piece by the late Margot Adler, from All Things Considered in 1998.

Some gems, from that bygone era:

Transportation Security Administration agents at Logan Airport's Terminal C in Boston snapped to attention Sunday, when they came across a live 20-pound lobster lurking in a cooler among the checked luggage.

"The lobster was screened and allowed to continue on its way," TSA spokesman Michael McCarthy tells NPR in an email.

He tweeted about it Monday saying, "@TSA officers are skilled at screening all sorts of items in checked baggage...including this 20+ pound lobster at @BostonLogan."

Google will no longer scan emails in Gmail accounts in order sell targeted advertising, the company said Friday.

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