Utah News
6:53 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Winter Storm Update

The latest news on the winter storm sweeping across the Rockies and bringing significant snowfall and flooding to Utah.

The Record
6:00 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Megaupload Shut Down By The FBI

Courtesy of Megaupload.

Originally published on Fri January 20, 2012 2:37 pm

Click the link above to listen to Laura Sydell's conversation with Morning Edition's David Greene about the Megaupload indictment and the attack on the Department of Justice's website by the group Anonymous.

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Utah News
5:17 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Olene Walker Housing Fund Saves Utahns from Homelessness

Utah faces a shortage of affordable housing for low-income households, but the Olene Walker Housing Fund has managed to help keep thousands of Utahns from being homeless. The Fund has also managed to keep off the federal housing cuts chopping block. Gordon Walker, State Director Housing and Community Development discussed the Olene Walker Fund at an affordable housing press conference yesterday.

Utah News
5:04 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Serious State Discussions for Sage Grouse Habitat

A scoping meeting to discuss preserving, conserving and restoring sagebrush habitat for the greater sage grouse was held Wednesday in Vernal. UPR's Ranae Bangerter tells us there will be 26 meetings to discuss the bird's habitat during the next two weeks.

Utah News
4:54 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Bill Introduced to Make Public Aware of Neighborhood Caucuses

A bill that would not only improve public notice of Utah’s neighborhood caucus meetings, but block any other public meetings from being held the same day, will go before lawmakers during the upcoming legislative session.   Republican Representative Kraig Powell, the bill’s sponsor, calls the neighborhood caucuses Utah’s “real election day.”

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Utah News
4:47 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Avalanche Warning in Effect

Avalanche risk is high in the mountains of Northern and Central Utah due to heavy snow and strong winds.

Toby Weed of the Utah Avalanche Center explains to UPR why conditions are particularly dangerous right now.

The warning doesn't apply to ski areas where crews conduct avalanche control, but skiing or traveling in the backcountry is not recommended.

The Utah Avalanche Center is a partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and other state and local agencies.

Utah News
4:29 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Teen Crashes Car After Huffing Air Duster

An 18-year-old from Syracuse is facing charges after police say he crashed his car while huffing a computer-cleaning air duster. He's being cited for driving under the influence of drugs, possession of a psychotoxic chemical, failure to wear a seatbelt, and failure to stop at a stop sign.

Syracuse detective Heath Rogers says that there has been a rise in abuse of air dusters, which consist of compressed gas usually used to clean debris from keyboards and other electronics.

Opinion
4:26 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

For Two City Slickers, Survival Of The Savviest

A wagon makes its way across the country.
istockphoto.com

Rhoda Janzen is the author of Mennonite in a Little Black Dress.

Recently my friend Peggy and I decided to make a jaunt from my house in Southwestern Michigan, across the state to Detroit. We took her car. At day's end we pulled into my remote driveway on Lake Allegan. It was then I realized that didn't have my keys. They were in fact, hanging in the little key box in my laundry room.

Oh no.

I had no way of getting into my home.

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The Two-Way
4:16 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Feds Shut Down File-Sharing Site; Hackers Attack Justice Department Site

Originally published on Thu January 19, 2012 5:36 pm

Earlier today, the Justice Department announced it had charged seven people on counts of copyright infringement and conspiracy in what's being called one the biggest criminal copyright cases.

NPR's Carrie Johnson filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"The Justice Department accused Megaupload, a popular file sharing site, with helping millions of people gain access to pirated movies, music and TV programs, often before the items are released for sale.

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It's All Politics
4:16 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Iowa Republicans To The GOP: Please Don't Ask Us Who Won

Iowa caucusgoers deposit their ballots on Jan. 3 at a school in Des Moines. On Thursday, the state GOP said it could not account for all votes from the caucuses.
Jewel Samad Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 19, 2012 10:56 pm

How embarrassing for Iowa GOP officials. How embarrassing for Iowa Republicans as a party. How embarrassing for Iowa.

But on the other hand, who told the world to hold its breath earlier this month, awaiting the latest word on who had edged ahead in the Iowa caucuses?

That would have been us. The news folks. Up all night to bring you the latest information — or misinformation, as it turns out.

And who told the world to care about these homey little midwinter Midwestern klatches in the first place?

That, too, would have been us.

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