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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 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
5:20 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Charitable runs abound in Cache Valley

This weekend Cache Valley will host walks, runs and a bike race that each hope to bring awareness to a cause. The Cruising to Stop Abusing bike ride, Run from Poverty 5K, and the Hunger and Buddy walks are all taking place Saturday.

The Buddy walk raises money for the Utah Down Syndrome Foundation and is in its 6th year. Maria Leishman, who has a child with Down syndrome, helped start the annual walk.

“I wanted something for our whole family to be able to participate in,” Leishman said.

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Utah News
5:00 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Record breaking year expected for Top of Utah Marathon

The elevation changes that runners of the Top of Utah Marathon will experience during the race.
Credit Top of Utah Marathon www.topofutahmarathon.com/

1200 runners will take to Cache Valley streets Saturday for the Top of Utah Marathon. The race, which is in its 15th year, will start at Hardware Ranch in Blacksmith Fork Canyon and end at Merlin Olsen Park in downtown Logan.

Despite changes made to the course due to construction, Race Director Todd Hugie thinks this is a record breaking year for speed.

“This year we’ve got a really fast men’s group and got a pretty fast women’s group. We’re expecting some records to be broken. It’s probably—in our 15th year—it’s probably the fastest field we’ve had,” Hugie said.

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Utah News
4:42 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Utah stores part of national string of bomb threats

Utah businesses including Walmarts in Logan and Ogden as well as a Walgreens and Rite Aid in Provo appear to be part of a national string of bomb threats.

Logan Police Chief Gary Jensen said the south Logan Walmart received a call around 12:45 this afternoon.

“It was a male voice that called the store and requested that the store pre-load some gift cards…then provide the gift card numeric information to the caller in trade for not detonating a bomb,” Jensen said.

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Utah News
5:46 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

80 mph speed zones expand across the state

A map showing where where speed limits will increase to 80 mph.
Credit Utah Department of Transportation

Drivers across the state will notice increased speed limits on over 250 miles of road in the coming week. That’s because the Utah Department of Transportation has decided to raise the speed limit from 75 to 80 mph on sections of Utah road including Interstate 15 and Interstate 80.

House bill 83, which passed earlier this year, allowed state officials to take a look at research conducted on stretches of road where the speed limit had already been changed to 80 mph and consider expanding the limit to other portions of road.

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Utah News
5:30 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Quadrivalent vaccinations available ahead of flu season

A negative stained transmission electron micrograph of the influenza virus.
Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Doctors’ offices, pharmacies, and supermarkets across the state have started offering flu shots for the 2013/2014 flu season. The official start to the influenza season is still a few weeks off, and Centers for Disease Control officials said they typically see hospitalizations from the virus start October 1.

The flu season in Utah lasts between October and May and normally sees 500 hospitalizations; though last year saw nearly double that number.

Rebecca Ward from the Utah Department of Health said this year’s vaccine will be different from previous years.

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Utah News
6:00 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

American Cancer Society seeks long-term study participants

Cancer Prevention Study-3.
Credit American Cancer Society

A national, long-term study researching the causes of cancer is looking for volunteers from Utah. The American Cancer Society will be following 300,000 participants from around the nation for the Cancer Prevention Study-3.

The American Cancer Society has conducted two previous studies over the past 60 years. The first determined the link between smoking and cancer and the second found a link between cancer and being overweight or obese.

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Utah News
5:30 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Storm leaves residents filling sandbags

Debris fills the road at 2050 South 160 West in Hurricane.
Credit Hurricane City Police Department

Heavy rainstorms left some Southern Utah residents filling sandbags today. Streets in the Angel Heights neighborhood of Hurricane were covered with debris after water spilled over a cliff in the area, filling the roadway with mud and rock. The storm forced the closure of multiple streets. 

Flooding in the 2050 South 160 West neighborhood began around 10 a.m. and continued across town as addition storm cells passed through the region.

Police Sergeant Brandon Buell said the city provided assistance to residents experiencing flooding.

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UPR Station News
6:04 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Guerrilla Girls come to Utah State University

Poster for the Guerrilla Girls gig at Utah State University.
Credit Utah State University

The Guerrilla Girls, a group founded nearly 30 years ago in New York City, is performing tonight on the Utah State University campus.

The group first came together in the mid-1980s to protest the lack of female artists represented at a Museum opening in New York City. Since then, the Guerrilla Girls, who wear furry gorilla masks and use pseudonyms of dead female artists, have taken part in numerous protests to bring attention to inequality in art, pop culture, and politics. Rachel Middleman, an assistant professor of art at USU, explains.        

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Arts and Culture
6:08 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Inaugural comic con exceeds all expectations

Cosplayers at Salt Lake Comic Con 2013.
Credit Salt Lake Comic Con 2013

Salt Lake City’s inaugural comic con outpaced even its creator’s expectations this weekend. The convention, which included panels featuring William Shatner, Stan Lee and Adam West, vendors and lots of costumes, sold 50,000 tickets for the 3 day event.

The huge turnout made the Salt Lake convention the largest inaugural comic con recorded and shows the convention may well be on its way to reaching San Diego status.

Event director Dan Farr said the convention used social media to compound ticket sales.

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UPR Station News
5:00 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

National Preparedness Month kicks off this week

National Preparedness Month poster.
Credit FEMA.gov

This weekend marked the start of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s “National Preparedness Month.” The effort, which began in 2004, encourages Americans to be prepared for all kinds of disasters. Joe Dougherty from the Utah Division of Emergency Management explained why this month is so important for safety.

“We know that disasters can happen any time, anywhere. No state is immune from natural disasters. This campaign takes place every September to help Americans be more prepared,” Dougherty said.

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