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Elaine Taylor

5:30 News Co-host / Reporter

After graduating with a B.S. in Anthropology from the University of Utah, Elaine developed a love of radio while working long hours in remote parts of Utah as an archaeological field technician. She eventually started interning for the radio show Science Questions and fell completely in love with the medium. Elaine is currently taking classes at Utah State University in preparation for medical school applications. She is a host of UPR’s 5:30 Newscast and a science writer for the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station. Elaine hopes to bring her experiences living abroad in Turkey and Austria into her work.

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Utah News
6:18 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Libertarian Group Sues Over Common Core Adoption

The libertarian-minded public policy group Libertas Institute is funding a lawsuit against the Utah State School Board, which focuses on how Common Core standards were adopted.

Libertas President Connor Boyack said the state school board did not adequately consult parents, teachers and local school board members before the academic standards were adopted.

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Utah Politics
6:25 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Former Attorneys General See First Day In Court

Shurtleff posed with daughter for a selfie before his court appearance on Wednesday.
Credit twitter.com

Former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff made their first appearances in a Salt Lake City Court this week. 

Swallow and Shurtleff’s Wednesday morning court appearances were brief; both men maintained their innocence.

The two were arrested on July 15 and charged with a combined 23 counts, ranging from accepting bribes and tampering with evidence to the misuse of public money.

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Utah Environment
6:23 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Senators Push For National Monument Designation In Greater Canyonlands

In a letter, 14 U.S. senators asked the president to designate the Greater Canyonlands region as a National Monument.
Credit greatercanyonlands.org

Fourteen senators from across the U.S. have penned a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to declare the Greater Canyonlands region a national monument.

The area encompasses Canyonlands National Park and would expand protection to surrounding federal lands.

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Utah Environment
6:14 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Utah Horse Roundup Stirs Controversy And Debate

The BLM has begun the latest wild horse gathering, and opponents are speaking out.
blm.gov

The start of the Blawn Wash Gather on Monday has once again sparked debate about the management of wild horses in Utah. 

Lisa Reid with the BLM says the roundup is going well. The BLM aims to collect 140 horses from state land in the south western portion of Utah.

“Thus far we’ve been able to gather 70 horses successfully, we’ve had no incidences, no deaths, everything had come in healthy, looks great and we couldn’t be more pleased with operations,” Reid said.

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Utah News
6:13 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Dry Conditions Loom As Firefighters Near Containment Across State

State officials say the fire season isn't over just yet.
Credit noaa.gov

The month of July may be coming to a close, but the wildfire season is not. Fires continue to burn across the state, from the Tunnel Hollow Fire near Morgan to the Levan fire south of Nephi.

Jason Curry with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands said Utah is on track for a normal fire year. However, he said the state’s seen fewer large fires so far this year. Curry explained why he thinks the state is seeing less catastrophic events.

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Arts and Culture
5:18 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

St. George Airshow Features The Quirky And Patriotic

Getting ready: Blue Angels number 3 in a hanger in St George getting ready for the airshow.
Credit Carl Berger / Utah Public Radio

The Thunder Over Utah Airshow will be in St. George this weekend. The event will feature historical reenactments, the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels and some more quirky displays.

Between 20 and 25,000 residents and tourists are expected to attend the show this year. Show Director Kevin Walsh says he expects the event to be good for local businesses.

Walsh says he basically grew up at air shows. Both he and his father have each been in the business for more than 20 years. At the show Friday, he said he was excited to have the U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform at the event.

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Utah News
6:41 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Study Aims To Fix High Minority Infant Mortality Rates

Infant mortality rates among African American and Pacific Islander communities is significantly higher in Utah, study says.
Credit georgia.gov

Infant mortality has been dropping in the United States; however, as a new study shows, some Utah babies are still more likely to die than others.

Jacob Fitisemanu, outreach director for the Office of Health Disparities at the Utah Department of Health, explained the study.

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Utah Science
6:22 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Utah Space Expert To Receive NASA’s Highest Award

NASA Ambassador Patrick Wiggins will receive NASA's highest civilian honor next month.
Credit nasa.gov

UPR’s long-time go-to outer space and star guy Patrick Wiggins is being awarded NASA’s highest civilian honor. Wiggins is Utah’s Solar System Ambassador for NASA and his mission is to get the public outside and looking at the stars.

UPR spoke with Wiggins the day after he learned he’d be the first ambassador to receive the Distinguished Public Medal and, by his own account, he was still in shock.

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Utah News
5:47 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Governors Write To President Concerning Immigrant Children

State representatives expressed their concerns to President Barack Obama about children in the middle of immigration reform.
Credit http://editorials.voa.gov/

This issue of immigration reform has been a major focus of President Obama's administration, particularly the children caught between borders. This week, one Utah representative expressed concern regarding the current state of illegal child immigration to the president. 


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Utah News
6:16 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Hatch: Executive Order Unfair To Religious Groups

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch said Monday's executive order should have included an exemption for religious organizations.
Credit hatch.senate.gov

Monday morning, President Obama signed an executive order which aims to protect LGBT employees of federal contractors. The order will protect individuals from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have laws protecting LGBT workers from being fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The executive order will expand previous measures meant to protect federal employees to the 28 million workers employed by federal contractors, which account for about 20 percent of the nation’s workforce.

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