Fresh Folk
8:48 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

Fresh Folk- June 28

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On the show this week, I feature the second album from the harmonious couple Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison, and the new release from the skilled band True North. I’ll also play songs from new discs from Neale Eckstein, Joe Henry, and Lou DeAdder, among other talented artists. Join me this Saturday at 8pm, for Fresh Folk, on Utah Public Radio.

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StoryCorps
7:20 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

"God Wanted Me In Heaven": Remembering Tim Cummings

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Through a partnership with Dixie Regional Medical Center, 52 year old Liz Cummings and her 23 year old daughter Samantha came to StoryCorps to remember their husband and father, Tim Cummings.

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Utah News
3:49 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Roaming Feline Scares Sandy Shoppers

Mountain lion travels to mall and scares shoppers Friday.
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SANDY, Utah (AP) — Utah authorities have captured a mountain lion that startled shoppers but didn’t hurt anyone Friday morning at a shopping center in a suburb of Salt Lake.

Sandy Police Sgt. Dean Carriger says the mountain lion was spotted walking across a street into Jordan Commons in Sandy, Utah, just before 8 a.m.

Officers found the cat hunkered down at the entrance of a steakhouse. Some people were taking pictures and videos, while others were unaware the cat was even there.

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Utah News
2:10 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

National Relay Race Takes Place In Utah

Ragnar participants getting started.

The Wasatch Back is part of the relay series known as Ragnar. The more than 11,000 contestants travel throughout the night and will take turns running the almost 200 miles through the northern Utah mountain range.

Teams of 4 to 12 people flock from all over the country to participate in what has become the biggest relay race of its kind.

Participants say the poor weather conditions wasn’t enough to stop them from competing.

“I hope it does not rain because I only brought one pair of shoes," said one team captain.

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Utah Transportation
11:48 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Reminder To Stay Safe Around Train Tracks

Officials remind residents to stay safe when near railroad tracks.
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In the past 24 hours, two train accidents have occurred in Utah. Despite these recent incidents, officials say the number of collisions has dropped in recent years.

The two accidents happened in Salt Lake City and West Jordan, coincidentally, a train safety event was scheduled for Friday morning. Union Pacific Railroad partnered with Operation LifeSaver to ride a locomotive from Salt Lake to Stockton to remind Utahns how to be safe around tracks. 

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Utah Politics
11:27 am
Fri June 27, 2014

U.S. Senate Recess Appointments Ruled Unconstitutional

The U.S. Supreme Court dealt with what some media outlets are calling an historic blow to executive powers, when it invalidated four 2012 appointments to the National Labor Relations Board, in a decision Thursday.

At issue was whether the Senate was in session, or in recess, at the time of the appointments. 

Senator Mike Lee:

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Utah Environment
6:29 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Dry Conditions Spur Red Flag Fire Warnings

Many Utah counties experience red flag fire warnings during the early summer; this was true Thursday.
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Current weather conditions resulted in red flag fire warnings for much of eastern and southern Utah Thursday.

Travis Booth, a forecaster at the Grand Junction Office of the National Weather Service, spoke with UPR about the conditions that make the weather ripe for potential blazes.  

“A red flag warning just means there is a combination of gusty winds, low relative humidity and critically-dry fuel conditions that could lead to fire starts and difficulty controlling wildfires,” said Booth. 

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Utah Environment
6:22 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Drought Disaster Declared Statewide

91 percent of the state is experiencing dry or drought conditions.
Credit drought.gov

All 29 Utah Counties are now included on the disaster declaration list from the U.S. Department of Agriculture due to ongoing drought across the West.

In a letter to Gov. Gary Herbert earlier this week, U.S. Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack informed state officials that Uintah and Duchesne counties were added to the list. They were the only two counties not included before the change.

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Utah Science
12:55 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Marine Toxin Found In Flatworms By USU Grad

A toxin most commonly found in puffer fish was discovered in terrestrial flatworms.
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Sushi eaters may be used to the tingling sensation eating puffer fish produces. But now, the toxin that causes the buzz has been found on land by a USU Grad.

Amber Stokes graduated in 2013, but her dissertation was just published. After a colleague and somewhat worm-expert Peter Ducey noticed a strange behavior between his laboratory flatworms, Stokes dove into research to find out what was going on.


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Access Utah
10:53 am
Thu June 26, 2014

The Fight for Indian Rights Comes to Utah on Thursday's Access Utah

Clockwise from top left, Ken Sleight, Mark Maryboy, Steve Boos and Phil Lyman
Credit Courtesy of Jon Kovash

Sometime next year, a federal judge will decide whether Native Americans are still being shut out of political power in San Juan County, where now more than 52 percent of residents are Navajo or Ute tribal members. At issue will be the Navajo Nation’s claim that voting districts in the county have been gerrymandered to assure a permanent white majority in local elections. 


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