Utah News
4:03 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Storytelling Festival Captivates Cache Valley Community

The entrance to the Cachevalley Storytelling Festival.
Taylor Halversen Utah Public Radio

Storytellers mesmerized audience members June 7 as part of Cache Valley’s inaugural storytelling festival in North Logan. The event began as one man’s dream to bring stories to his home after watching storytelling festivals enhance and unite communities around the state.

Years ago Wayne McKay was introduced to the acclaimed Timpanogos Storytelling Festival and was entranced as he listened to the tellers and observed people of all ages laughing and connecting with the stories. He returned year after year taking note of the storytellers, the audience and the community.

“So I came away and I thought, 'Boy, that would really be cool if we had something like that up in Cache Valley',” said McKay.

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Access Utah
10:46 am
Wed June 11, 2014

"Empathy Exams" on Wednesday's Access Utah

Credit thenervousbreadown.com

Beginning with her experience as a medical actor, paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, Leslie Jamison’s essays ask essential questions about our basic understanding of others: How should we care about one another? How can we feel another’s pain, especially when pain can be assumed, distorted, or performed? Is empathy a tool by which to test or even grade each other? 

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Become A Source
9:04 am
Wed June 11, 2014

What's In Your Diet?

Can you imagine a diet without added sugars? Maybe you would eliminate it, but would your family join you? Author Eve Schaub convinced her husband and kids to join her on a year-long diet, omitting added sugars from their plates and published their journey in Year of No Sugar: a Memoir

Utah Public Radio wants to hear about your healthy choices or crazy diets for an upcoming segment on Access Utah. Maybe your family began eating less red meat or you went all-together vegetarian. Or maybe you decided to cut out preservatives and overly-processed foods for the health benefits. Whatever your story, UPR wants to hear it.

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Utah Health and Wellness
6:28 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Utah Confirms First Case Of Measles In 2014, Numbers Spike Across Nation

Utah confirmed its first case of measles on Tuesday. Nearly 400 cases have been seen across the country so far this year.
Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The number of cases of measles in the United States in 2014 has already doubled compared to the total number of cases seen during 2013. On Tuesday, Utah’s first case of the respiratory illness was confirmed by the Utah Department of Health, adding to the growing number of cases seen since the illness was eliminated from the U.S. 14 years ago.

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12:02 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

So What Are We Afraid Of?

I have heard people speaking of fear a lot lately. Recently I heard a couple of new graduates express their fear of life beyond high school. A business manager recently told me about an employee who was behaving unusually toward co-workers and management. Everything about the situation suggested that the employee was frightened, lashing out one moment, retreating and defensive the next. On a larger scale, I read about war in the middle East and conflict in Ukraine, and the world watches, fearful of the possible outcomes and consequences. Closer to home, our own Tea Party rebellion in recent years seems mostly based upon fear. Several commercial radio and television programs cater to the fearful- and the rantings would be comical if not so scary.

So what are we afraid of? And what does fear do to our relationships and our economy? Must we be so afraid?

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Access Utah
10:27 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Cycling Concerns on Tuesday's Access Utah

Credit www.bicycling.com

Recently, The League of American Bicyclists ranked Utah as the 8th most bike friendly state in the U.S., rising from the number 14 spot last year. With an increase in bike promotion, bike-related fundraising and commuting and an overall growth in bike culture across the state, biking advocates and anxious drivers alike are speaking up. 

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Utah Science
6:38 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Despite Higher Risks, Eating Disorder Rates At BYU Lower Than National Average

Women entering college tend to face an increased risk of eating disorders, especially those who are Caucasian, religious and achievement orientated. Though these risk factors describe many students at Brigham Young University, new research from the school shows women there are bucking the national trend.

Researchers from BYU conducted a longitudinal study, tracking hundreds of women’s responses to eating disorder questionnaires over three years.

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Utah Politics
6:25 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Against ACLU's Wishes, City Council Takes Action

A month ago, parade organizers refused entry of a float from Mormons Building Bridges, an LDS LGBT-support group, to the annual Days of ‘47 Parade, claiming that it would cause too much political commotion.

Story and interview with Salt Lake City Council Chair Charlie Luke

This sparked a discussion within the Salt Lake City Council to intervene by sending a letter to parade organizers to reconsider. This action brought attention and disapproval from the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah. Legal director for the organization, John Mejia, stated that sending the letter would be clear violation of the parade organizers First Amendment rights, because as a government entity the city council is not authorized to influence the contents of a publicly organized parade.

However, the city council opted to send the letter anyway, appealing to the sense of community that the Days of ’47 parade usually brings. In defense of the Salt Lake City Council’s actions, Chair of the City Council Charlie Luke said, “I think that elected officials have a responsibility to speak out on issues that are relevant to the communities in which they serve.”

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Access Utah
10:06 am
Mon June 9, 2014

"The Rosie Project" on Monday's Access Utah

Credit npr.org

This interview is an encore presentation from December, 2013.

Graeme Simsion will be visiting Salt Lake City at the King's English Book Shop on Saturday, June, 21, 2014. 

Meet Don Tillman, hero of Graeme Simsion’s new novel “The Rosie Project.” Don Tillman is a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. And so, in the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers. Rosie Jarman is all these things. 

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Utah Environment
9:28 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Utah Crow Hunt For Fall Approved

Because of a substantial increase in number of crows over the last 14 years, Utah's Division of Wildlife Resources has approved two fall hunts for crows.
Credit Division of Wildlife Resources

A growing number of crows are flying above the state of Utah, according to the Division of Wildlife Resources' newest survey, bringing the population to an all-time high at more than 2,400 crows statewide.

While Utah stood against crow hunting in the past, hunters will be able to shoot in the fall, according to DWR's spokesman Mark Hadley.

While the dense crow habitation is not a state-wide issue, the birds have hindered farmers in rural areas in addition to homeowners in rural landscapes.

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