Amanda Harris

Reporter

Amanda Harris is from Dallas, Texas and began her career in radio in 2004 at CBS Radio Dallas as the Local Sales Coordinator for KJKK 100.3 Jack FM. After moving to Logan, Utah in 2009, she decided to put her career on hold and finish her degree. Amanda graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Public Relations and Marketing. With her love of radio and having worked in commercial radio for four years, it was a natural fit to finish her final semester working for UPR and learning all about public radio.

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Utah News
2:26 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Canadian Elder Joins Idle No More Round Dance at Capitol Rotunda to Fight Utah Tar Sands

Photo courtesy of City Weekly

Wednesday people gathered for a flash mob round dance in the Utah capitol rotunda to support the idle no more movement and protest development of tar sands in Utah.

The round dance was in special honor of Canadian First Nations leader and former chief, Elder Francois Paulette, who has been defending his people’s land in Canada against tar sands for decades, and is a main leader of the Idle No More movement.

Kate Finneran, with Before it Starts, a Moab based organization, tells us a little bit about the round dance taking place.

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Utah News
2:33 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Social Security Making the Transition to Paperless Benefits

The U.S. Treasury Dept. is going "paperless," so anyone who now receives a benefit check needs to arrange to have it deposited directly into their bank or loaded onto a debit card, like this one. Courtesy of U.S. Treasury.

It's been at least two years in the making, and as of March 1, federal agencies such as Social Security officially make the transition to "paperless" benefits. But millions of people,  including some in Utah,  still haven't made the arrangements for the switch.

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Utah News
2:38 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Dabakis Wants “Citizen Co-Sponsors” for Canyonlands Protection Bill

Courtesy National Park Service.

A Utah state senator is putting Congress and President Obama on notice to protect a larger area of the Greater Canyonlands region. He’s asking the Utah Legislature to pass a joint resolution requesting the feds’ “immediate action” to keep the region underdeveloped and open for recreation. Comments from the resolution’s sponsor, Senator Jim Dabakis (D-Salt Lake City).

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Utah News
2:28 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Utah Bill Proposed to Help Veterans Earn College Credit for Time in Service

Utah Veterans are one step closer to securing college credit for their time spent in training and deployment.

The Utah House voted unanimously Monday to pass a measure requiring the state’s colleges and universities to award credit in exchange for military experience.

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Utah News
1:40 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Utah's Attorney General, John Swallow, Denies Bribe Allegations

Utah Attorney General, John Swallow, bribe

Utah’s new Attorney General sailed into office last November after vastly out-raising his opponent and earning almost 65 percent of the vote.

But after only one week in office, John Swallow was embroiled in controversy after he was accused of orchestrating a plan to bribe Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Swallow has denied the allegations and asked the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Salt Lake City to launch an investigation he says will clear his name.

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Utah News
4:48 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Legislative Policy Summit Meets Wednesday in Salt Lake City

The annual Legislative Policy Summit meets this Wednesday and will focus on the challenges expected to be tackled by the Utah legislature during its general session.

More than 200 state and local elected officials, non-profit leaders, educators, lobbyists, policy makers, and department heads will attend the Legislative Policy Summit Wednesday.

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Logan
3:57 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

UDOT Reminds Motorists to Obey Construction Zone Regulations

  The Utah Department Of Transportation is reminding Logan motorists to stay within the designated travel lanes while driving within the Tenth West reconstruction (State Road 252) Zone.

In recent weeks, crews on the Tenth West project have encountered motorists driving off of the designated roadway.

Both motorists and pedestrians are attempting to take unauthorized shortcuts between businesses on Tenth West (State Road 252), by driving between crews working and their stock piles of materials.

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Utah News
2:06 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Utah Republicans Seek to Overrule Federal Gun Laws

Some Washington County Republicans are preparing state legislation to exempt Utah from federal gun laws and fine any federal agents who try to seize any guns.  

The move comes as a President Barack Obama pushed Congress on Wednesday to ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that republicans in Utah’s Washington County will ask state lawmakers to enact a law that would levy a $5,000 fine on any federal agent who takes a gun away from a Utah resident.

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Utah News
2:19 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Flu Season Comes Early This Year

Utah officials say  flu season has arrived early and remains active, but the strain doesn't appear dangerous.

The influenza has sent 233 people to Utah hospitals, about half the usual number for a full season.

No deaths have been reported.

Utah Department of Health epidemiologist, Valoree Vernon, says the flu season arrived about a month early this year.

Vernon says flu cases spiked last week, dropped slightly this week, and could spike again next week.

The flu season normally runs through February.

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Utah News
2:43 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Boeing Creates Jobs in Utah

Boeing is expanding manufacturing operations in Utah by opening a third factory in the Salt Lake City area to fabricate a tail piece for their 787 passenger jet.

The aircraft manufacturer is taking over a factory originally built for KraftMaid Cabinetry in the Salt Lake suburb of West Jordan.

Boeing has 575 employees in Utah and it said will add 100, paying factory wages that state officials said will average $65,000 a year.

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