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.
Credit http://energy.utah.gov/

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.
Credit http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/slc/

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.
Credit nasa.gov

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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The Zesty Garden
10:23 am
Thu June 26, 2014

The Zesty Garden - June 26

Variegated Pothos

In an encore presentation from a year ago, we take a captivating look at the sinister side of the natural world on today’s Zesty Garden. Author Amy Stewart uncovers more than one hundred of our worst insect enemies in her book Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon’s Army and Other Diabolical Insects. It’s a mixture of history, science, murder, and intrigue that begins-but doesn’t end-in our own backyards. The Green Room showcases the pothos houseplant as a low-light alternative, and in Petals and Prose it's the language of bees.

Listen to the Full Program

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Utah Outdoors
9:38 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Search And Rescues In Logan Canyon Double This Summer

Officials remind hikers to be smart and prepared when entering Logan Canyon
Credit wildlife.utah.gov

The number of rescues performed in Logan Canyon have doubled this season from previous summers.
Officials say inexperienced and unprepared hikers hitting the trails with a little too much confidence could be behind the spike.

Lt.  Doyle Peck from the Cache County Sheriff’s Office says the search and rescue team, made of volunteers, has been called weekly. He said while they’re not entirely sure why there has been a dramatic surge in rescues, they want to raise safety awareness, particularly on social media.

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Utah News
7:05 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Former Employee Pleads Guilty To Stealing From USU

Noell Hansen of Hyrum, Utah plead guilty to theft and forgery charges in a 1st District Court Monday.
Credit ice.gov

A former Utah State University employee pled guilty Monday to theft and forgery, both felony charges.

44-year-old Noell Hansen was accused of stealing over $38,000 from USU from 2011 to 2013 after working for the university for over 20 years.

  Media reports Hansen was able to embezzle the funds by keeping deposits until she had accrued multiple checks. After, she would take cash in the amount of a particular check to cover the missing money, then would submit the check instead of cash for that day’s deposit.

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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.
Credit seattle.gov

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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