Utah Politics
6:17 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Utah's Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down By Circuit Court

The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed an earlier decision by Judge Shelby striking down Utah's gay marriage ban.
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On Wednesday, the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a decision from a Utah judge striking down the state’s gay marriage ban. 

Six months after the state appealed Judge Shelby’s ruling, which found Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, a three-judge panel from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court's decision in a 2-1 ruling. However, with the ruling, the court put an immediate stay on the decision.

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Utah Politics
3:40 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Cache County Primary Election Results

Primary elections were held across Utah on Tuesday. To view the full results, click here.

Cache County results are below.

County Executive / Surveyor:
Boyd R. Pugmire:     2132
Craig W. Buttars:     3025*

County Recorder
Bradley P. White:     2080
Michael L. Gleed:     2985*

County Tresurer:
Craig McAllister:     2653*
Denise Lindsay    2529

*Winner of the election.

Access Utah
10:47 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Human Trafficking on Wednesday's Access Utah

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Andrea Powell and Stephanie Henry join us Wednesday on Access Utah to discuss their work in helping victims of human trafficking. We’ll also share comments on human trafficking in Utah from our Public Insight Network. You can respond right now at www.upr.org. Click “Become a Source.” 

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Utah News
6:56 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Sen. Thatcher: There Is No Rape Kit Backlog

Senator Daniel Thatcher says there is no rape kit backlog in controversy surrounding kit processing in Utah.
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Updated June 25, 2014. 

Controversy has arisen this week over proposed amendments to the processing of rape kits in Utah.

During a Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee meeting last week, Rep. Jennifer Seelig (D- Salt Lake) pushed for additional processing of backlogged rape kits. Sen. Daniel Thatcher (R- Salt Lake, Tooele) questioned the wisdom of the proposed resource allocation.

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Utah Science
6:21 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Research Shines Light On Gardening Question

The efficiency of lights used for growing home gardens and crops has changed in recent years, leaving many to wonder which lamps to use.
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Though the sun is still the primary source of light for most gardeners, many rely on electric lights some of the time. But varying claims on the efficiency of these lights from different manufacturers has left many growers confused about which products to use, according to Bruce Bugbee.

Bugbee, a professor in Utah State University’s College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, along with graduate student Jacob Nelson decided to look into these claims, publishing an article on the topic in the journal PLOS ONE.

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Access Utah
10:41 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Paul Holton's "Collateral Kindness" on Tuesday's Access Utah

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As a loving father, Paul Holton found it hard to reconcile his innate goodwill with his role as an interrogator for the Army National Guard. Until one day, deep in Iraqi territory, surrounded by the horrors of war, he realized how he could make a small but significant difference in the lives of the children all around him. 

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Utah News
4:39 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Founder Of Ordain Women Excommunicated

Kate Kelly, the founder of Ordain Women, was excommunicated on Monday after being charged with "apostasy” by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly has been excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Kelly said in a prepared statement, “The decision to force me outside my congregation and my community is exceptionally painful. Today is tragic day for my family and me as we process the many ways this will impact us, both in this life and in the eternities. I love the gospel and the courage of its people. Don’t leave. Stay, and make things better.”

Debra Jenson, the spokeswoman for the organization, spoke with UPR last week.

“We are deeply disappointed that the church has decided to take this action against a woman who simply asking questions publicly that women have been silently asking for years,” Jenson said.

In an e-mail to Kelly Monday, her Bishop from Virginia, Mark Harrison, said the following: “…our determination is that you be excommunicated for conduct contrary to the laws and order of the church.”

A disciplinary hearing was held in Virginia about Kelly's case, which she was invited to join in person or via video, according to the letter from Kelly's former Bishop. Also in the letter was a list of times Kelly had been met with by her local leaders.

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Access Utah
1:02 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Revisiting Ed's Kociela's "It Rocked!" on Monday's Access Utah

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Author Ed Kociela has a knack for taking his readers behind closed doors and now walks you backstage to hang out with some of the biggest stars in rock 'n' roll history in "It Rocked! Recollections of a reclusive rock critic. 

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8:28 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Fresh Folk- June 21

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  On the show this week, I feature the new album from the masterful storyteller Joe Crookston, and the compelling songs from Lucy Billings’ new release. I’ll also play songs from new discs by Joseph Arthur, the Big Bright, and Ernest Troost, to name just a few. Tune in and listen, this Saturday at 8pm, to Fresh Folk, on Utah Public Radio.


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Utah Science
6:37 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Dino Goes Digital, Scientists Map Wall Of Bones

Dan Chure and Brooks Britt on the wall of bones.
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Scientists from Brigham Young University and Dinosaur National Monument have teamed up to map the famous “wall of bones,” a sandstone slab containing more than a thousand dinosaur fossils.

Using a laser scanner and photogrammetry, Brooks Britt, a BYU professor and paleontologist, is working to put together the most accurate model of the wall since 1936.

Over the years, fossils of dinosaurs dating back 150 million years to the late Jurassic have been removed from the 5,000 square foot wall.

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