Utah News
6:16 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Hatch: Executive Order Unfair To Religious Groups

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch said Monday's executive order should have included an exemption for religious organizations.
Credit hatch.senate.gov

Monday morning, President Obama signed an executive order which aims to protect LGBT employees of federal contractors. The order will protect individuals from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have laws protecting LGBT workers from being fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The executive order will expand previous measures meant to protect federal employees to the 28 million workers employed by federal contractors, which account for about 20 percent of the nation’s workforce.

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Run My Roadtrip
6:03 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Run My Roadtrip: Crossing The Great Western States

"The view for most of the road thus far," says guest reporter Brian Champagne. He crossed Wyoming and Nebraska over the weekend.
Credit Brian Champagne

Summer is the time of family reunions, vacations, and roadtrips. We asked you for your travel tips to help UPR guest reporter Brian Champagne run a roadtrip from Kenosha, Wisconsin and back. Brian sent us this report, after crossing Wyoming and Nebraska.
Like many family roadtrips, Brian’s isn’t going quite as smoothly as expected. He reports:

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Utah Environment
1:45 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Federal Agencies Join With Watchdog Group To Scrutinize Pipeline

Ozone concentration in Southern Utah National Parks has some citizens worried about the construction of a new gas pipeline.

The growing oil field, along the entrance to the Island in the Sky portion of Canyonlands, became more controversial when citizens learned that Moab city water is being used for drilling, and then a well leaked oil all the way to the Green River. Now a new network of pipelines and a gas compressor plant have sparked a citizen watchdog group that has raised safety and environmental concerns. I talked to Bill Love, a member of the Canyon Country Coalition for Pipeline Safety.  

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Access Utah
12:21 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Tibet: An Unfinished Story on Monday's Access Utah

In the fifth century BC, the Greek historian Herodotus wrote of a high plateau in a mountainous region where there were gold-digging ants. This launched the myth of Tibet as a place of beauty, riches and peace. University of Cambridge Professors, Lezlee Brown Halper and Stefan Halper, were invited to visit Tibet in 1997 as guests of the Chinese government. The only way to see the place while they were there was to sneak out of their hotel window, past their Chinese guards at 3 a.m. They were shocked by the real Tibet they encountered: a 180 degree departure from the myth.

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Utah Education
9:31 am
Mon July 21, 2014

"Aggies Elevated" Supports Students With Intellectual Disablities

The first group of students to receive higher education through Aggie s Elevated.
Credit http://www.usu.edu/ust/index.cfm?article=53966

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.

The pilot program Aggies Elevated 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.


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Utah Transportation
9:05 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Two Die In Fiery Crash Sunday Evening

Two people have perished in a dramatic fiery crash of a single-engine plane while dozens of motorists traveling Interstate 15 through the Virgin River Gorge looked on in horror.

At just after 7:30 p.m. Sunday, a single-engine plane crashed into the jagged cliffs of the Virgin River Gorge killing both occupants. There were dozens of eye witnesses to the crash, as the site is fully visible to drivers of I-15.

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NPR's Giles Snyder can be heard on NPR stations nationwide, bringing listeners the latest in national and international developments. His newscasts have been a regular part of NPR News' weekend overnight coverage since June 2004.

Prior to coming to NPR, Snyder worked for sixteen years at West Virginia Public Radio. He held a variety of on-air as well as managerial positions at the station, including operations director, program director, and the morning and local news anchor and reporter. He also spent time as the station's afternoon anchor/reporter.

Snyder has been awarded a variety of state Associated Press Awards for his newscasting role in public radio. He was also a proud member of an award-winning news team in West Virginia.

Arts and Culture
6:31 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Bar Fights And Gunfire, "Nerds" Defy Stereotypes

Very often as humans, we try to categorize the things we experience and the people we meet. We often dismiss what we do not understand. In a lot of ways, it makes it easier for us to get through life. Unfortunately, this is also how stereotypes are formed. This story is about a group who don't fit their stereotype.

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Utah Science
6:30 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

NASA Funded Experiment Launches Into Upper Atmosphere

USU students work on the device they will be sending to the upper atmosphere in August.
Credit Elaine Taylor

A team of student scientists at Utah State University received a grant from NASA, and they’re learning more than just science.  The students will be launching a device to measure wind in Earth's upper atmosphere in August.

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Utah News
11:16 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

ACLU Responds To State’s Push To Extend Stay In Gay Marriage Case

The ACLU is penning a response to the state's decision to seek an extension to the say that is currently preventing the recognition of same-sex couples in the state.
Credit seattle.gov

Utah has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to extend a stay that is currently in place, which prevents nearly 1,300 same-sex couples married late last year from being recognized by the state.

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