Utah News http://upr.org en Chick-fil-A Payment App Changing Utah's Customer Experience http://upr.org/post/chick-fil-payment-app-changing-utahs-customer-experience <p>A national chain restaurant has chosen Utah as its testing ground for technology that could change the game for its consumer experience.</p><p>Customers at Chick-fil-A establishments across the state can now pay using their phone instead of cash or card. Earlier this week the corporation launched a new mobile payment app, testing it in four states including Utah’s 18 participating locations.</p><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00:19:09 +0000 Taylor Halversen 44543 at http://upr.org Chick-fil-A Payment App Changing Utah's Customer Experience Tar Sands Mine Protesters Arrested At Construction Site http://upr.org/post/tar-sands-mine-protesters-arrested-construction-site <p>Twenty-one environmental activists were arrested at the construction site of a U.S. Oil Sands tar sands mine near Moab earlier this week.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Protestors in </span>Uintah<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County have engaged in a constant two-month vigil near the site, which is set to become the first tar sands strip mine in the United States. Individuals have camped out, living on the land in opposition to the proposed clearing of 212 acres for the construction of the mine. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:46:34 +0000 Taylor Halversen 44444 at http://upr.org Tar Sands Mine Protesters Arrested At Construction Site Study Aims To Fix High Minority Infant Mortality Rates http://upr.org/post/study-aims-fix-high-minority-infant-mortality-rates <p>Infant mortality has been dropping in the United States; however, as a new study shows, some Utah babies are still more likely to die than others.</p><p>Jacob Fitisemanu, outreach director for the Office of Health Disparities at the Utah Department of Health, explained the study.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:41:01 +0000 Elaine Taylor 44443 at http://upr.org Study Aims To Fix High Minority Infant Mortality Rates Utah Space Expert To Receive NASA’s Highest Award http://upr.org/post/utah-space-expert-receive-nasa-s-highest-award <p>UPR’s long-time go-to outer space and star guy Patrick Wiggins is being awarded NASA’s highest civilian honor. Wiggins is Utah’s Solar System Ambassador for NASA and his mission is to get the public outside and looking at the stars.</p><p>UPR spoke with Wiggins the day after he learned he’d be the first ambassador to receive the Distinguished Public Medal and, by his own account, he was still in shock.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:22:47 +0000 Elaine Taylor 44384 at http://upr.org Utah Space Expert To Receive NASA’s Highest Award Governors Write To President Concerning Immigrant Children http://upr.org/post/governors-write-president-concerning-immigrant-children <p>This issue of immigration reform has been a major focus of President Obama's administration, particularly the children caught between borders. This week, one Utah representative expressed concern regarding the current state of illegal child immigration to the president.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:47:35 +0000 Person: Elaine Taylor & Taylor Halversen 44383 at http://upr.org Governors Write To President Concerning Immigrant Children USU Student Dies In Plane Crash In Southern Utah http://upr.org/post/usu-student-dies-plane-crash-southern-utah <p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Chris Holmes 44379 at http://upr.org USU Student Dies In Plane Crash In Southern Utah Protestors Dispute First U.S. Tar Sands Mine http://upr.org/post/protestors-dispute-first-us-tar-sands-mine <p>Approximately 80 environmental protestors are attempting to halt construction of a strip mine being built in Uintah County.</p><p>The mine, located in the Book Cliffs, is reportedly on track to be the first tar sands mine in the United States.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Opponents to the project say nearly 80 acres of forest and sage land have been leveled in preparation for mine construction, which they call a devastating blow to the environment.</span></p><p>U.S. Oil Sands, a Canada-based mining corporation, has plans to build the mine on state lands leased from the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration. The mine, which is in early stages of construction, is scheduled to produce 2000 barrels of oil per day.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:25:23 +0000 Taylor Halversen 44326 at http://upr.org Protestors Dispute First U.S. Tar Sands Mine Hatch: Executive Order Unfair To Religious Groups http://upr.org/post/hatch-executive-order-unfair-religious-groups <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Monday morning, President Obama signed an executive order which aims to protect&nbsp;</span>LGBT<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;employees of federal contractors. The order will protect individuals from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:16:26 +0000 Elaine Taylor 44325 at http://upr.org Hatch: Executive Order Unfair To Religious Groups Federal Agencies Join With Watchdog Group To Scrutinize Pipeline http://upr.org/post/federal-agencies-join-watchdog-group-scrutinize-pipeline <p></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:45:05 +0000 Jon Kovash 44471 at http://upr.org Federal Agencies Join With Watchdog Group To Scrutinize Pipeline "Aggies Elevated" Supports Students With Intellectual Disablities http://upr.org/post/aggies-elevated-supports-students-intellectual-disablities <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are some children that grow up knowing they will be attending a university, but for those with intellectual or developmental disabilities attending is likely just a dream.</span></p><p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><o:p></o:p></p><p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt">The pilot program <a href="http://www.aggieselevated.com/" target="_blank">Aggies Elevated</a> changed that expectation this year by creating a path for eight freshmen with intellectual disabilities to enroll at Utah State University beginning this fall semester.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:31:16 +0000 Kris Hyde 44221 at http://upr.org "Aggies Elevated" Supports Students With Intellectual Disablities