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 All Things Considered 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
6:01 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Strong Winds Uproot Trees, Damage Building at Southern Utah University

A tree fell onto South Hall during a wind storm on Southern Utah University campus Monday.
Credit Southern Utah University

Weather around the state was blustery Monday. Winds at the airport in Bryce Canyon measured above 40 miles per hour for much of the day and gusts in Logan reached 49 miles per hour late in the afternoon.

However, none of these winds compared to those in Cedar City, which experienced gusts in the 60s and 70s according to the National Weather Service.

Nine trees on the Southern Utah University campus were uprooted. The largest of those, a 60 to 70 foot pine, came to rest on South Hall. Amy McIff, a spokesperson for the university, said damage was minor.

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Utah Education
6:24 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

International Study Shows Utah Students Competetive in STEM Subjects

Utah was one of 47 states to score above the international average in science.
Credit National Center for Education Statistics

The National Center for Education Statistics has released a new study synthesizing test scores from across the globe. The study looked at how eighth graders from the United States and 38 other countries scored in math and science.

Researchers compared U.S. scores on the NAEP test with international scores on the TIMSS test. U.S. states and foreign countries were then rated on a scale of 0 to 1000, with 500 being the international average.

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Utah News
6:09 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Baby dinosaur discovered by a high school student has lots to teach researchers

Left half of skull of Parasaurolophus.
Credit Andrew A. Farke, Derek J. Chok, Annisa Herrero, Bradon Scolieri, Sarah Werning

Four years after his somewhat miraculous discovery, “Joe” the dinosaur is making his public debut.

Joe, a young Parasaurolophus—or duckbilled dinosaur—was discovered by a high school student visiting Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument on a school trip led by paleontologist Andy Farke.

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Utah News
6:09 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Citizens claim Cache County’s countersuit in canal case is illegal

File photo: Crews work to reconfigure the Logan and Northern Canal at 600 E. 800 North in Logan.
Credit Cache Water Restoration Project

The lawsuit surrounding changes made to canals in Cache County following a 2009 mudslide that killed three people continues to wind its way through court.

A group of citizens, who sued the county over what they claim to be illegal action to bury canals, recently filed a motion to dismiss the county’s counterclaim.

The county filed a 76 million dollar counterclaim suing the citizens for defamation and libel, a charge Tony Wegener of the group Utah Foundation for Land and Open Water—known as Utah FLOW—said is illegal.

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Utah News
5:52 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

EPA regulations prompt closure of Utah power plant

Mercury emission limits prompted the closure of Carbon Power Plant near Helper, Utah.
Credit Environmental Protection Agency

Mercury and Air Toxics Standards proposed in 2011 by the Environmental Protection Agency are slated to take effect soon—prompting the early closure of a Utah Power Plant. The Carbon Power Plant near Helper, Utah will close five years ahead of schedule in April of 2015.

Rocky Mountain Power spokesman Dave Eskelsen said the company determined that changes to make the 60-year-old plant compliant with the new standards would not be possible.

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Utah News
6:28 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

USU receives $6 million for Center for Entrepreneurship

Mike Glauser and Jeff Clark; Clark and his wife have given 6 million dollars to the Huntsman School of Business at USU.
Credit Huntsman Alumni Magazine, Utah State University

Utah State University’s Huntsman School of Business has received a 6 million dollar financial gift. The money, provided by USU alumnus Jeffery Clark and his wife Bonnie will be used in the construction of the school’s new building. Huntsman School of Business Director of Entrepreneurship Programs, Mike Glauser, explained.

“We’re building a new building called Huntsman Hall, which is in construction right now. And his funds will help to build out the Center for Entrepreneurship—which will be on the top floor of that building,” Glauser said.

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Utah News
5:58 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

New habitat nixes endangered listing for local beetle

The Coral Pink Sand Dune Tiger Beetle
Credit Mark Capone / USFWS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is withdrawing a proposal to list the Coral Pink Sand Dunes tiger beetle under the Endangered Species Act.

The tiger beetle is found only in two small pockets of Kane County and has one of the smallest ranges of any insect.

Under a new agreement, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service along with county, state and federal partners will expand the species’ protected habitat from 207 acres to 266 acres.

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Utah News
6:03 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Government shutdown prompts governor to call special session

Utah State Capitol
Credit Utah.gov

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has called a special legislative session in response to the continued lapse in federal funding for state programs.

State Senator Lyle Hillyard says three bills will be covered in Wednesday’s session: The first aims to authorize state funds for last week’s reopening of some of Utah’s national parks.

Hillyard said the appropriation process for money the governor sent to the national parks late last week may be contentious.

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Utah News
4:58 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

USU cyclists ride to victory in national competition

Utah State University placed first among Universities in the National Bike Challenge.
Credit Utah State University

Utah State University bikers have taken first place in a competition that pitted universities and workplaces across the nation against one another.

USU registered over 200 cyclists for the National Bike Challenge, which began in May and concluded at the end of September. The challenge is a wellness initiative that awards bikers points for the miles they ride during daily commutes and exercise.

USU sustainability coordinator Alexi Lamm said the university decided to get involved for health and environmental reasons.

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Utah News
4:36 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

New lieutenant governor appointed

Spencer Cox
Credit electspencercox.com

Gov. Gary Herbert appointed a new lieutenant governor Tuesday after Greg Bell resigned from the position last month. State Rep. Spencer Cox (R) of Fairview will replace Bell, who cited his family’s financial situation as his reason for leaving public office and returning to the private sector.

Cox, who was elected into the state House last year, was formerly a Sanpete County commissioner as well as mayor and city councilman in Fairview, the town where he was born and raised.

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