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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
6:28 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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Utah News
6:07 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

USU graduate sparks kindness blitz

A participant in the Unexpected Kindness Blitz Monday engages in reverse-pickpocketing.
Braden Thompson

A former Utah State University student’s personal effort to do small acts of kindness every day for a year has turned into a much larger effort.

Braden Thompson started Project #365Aware earlier this year after deciding he wanted to make small acts of kindness the norm instead of the exception. Thompson had been working alone, making an effort to reach out to strangers and learn their stories; but when he received an overwhelming response from friends following his effort on the internet, he knew he had to do something bigger.

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Utah News
5:51 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

McAleer to run against Rob Bishop in 2014 election

McAleer
Credit dmcaleer.com

Former Army Officer and West Point graduate Donna McAleer announced her plan to run for Congress against Republican Rob Bishop on Friday, while attending a Salt Lake City protest of the government shutdown.

McAleer is one of two Democrats, including Ogden’s Peter Clemens, who have announced their candidacy for Utah’s First Congressional District. McAleer ran in last year’s election and was defeated by Bishop, who took 72 percent of the district’s votes.

McAleer said the government shutdown is hurting Utah families through no fault of their own.

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Government Shutdown
10:50 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Women, infants and children program sees cuts in government shutdown

Utah's WIC program is closed until the government re-opens.

The Women, Infant and Children Program—commonly known as WIC was not spared from Tuesday's government shutdown. The federal assistance program allows women to purchase nutritious foods at specified stores, provides infant formula vouchers, nutritional education and access to healthcare.

Women in Utah who already received WIC vouchers for the month of October will be able to use the money; however women who did not receive payment may be affected by the shutdown.

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Utah Health and Wellness
3:24 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Number of Utah children without health insurance remains steady

The affordable care act, or "Obamacare" rolls out today. It could help thousands of uninsured children and their families.

The Affordable Care Act debuts Tuesday, and new data released by the Utah Department of Health shows the number of Utahns who lack health insurance remained steady between 2011 and 2012.
The data, collected by the Utah Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, shows the percentage of Utahns without insurance remained at slightly over 13 percent—or 377,000 people.
The numbers reflected recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, and both studies showed number of adults without coverage is on the rise, while rates of children without insurance remained steady.
Senior Health Policy Analyst for Voices for Utah Children, Lincoln Nehring, says the trend among children is especially troubling.
“The vast majority of uninsured kids are in households with incomes below 200 percent of poverty,  and that means they qualify for Medicaid and CHIP. Utah just has not done a very good job of signing them up."

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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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