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
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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Utah Environment
5:55 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

New highway crossing for deer near Wendover

Deer on completed overpass in Nevada.
Credit Michael Murphy, NDOT

Deer near the Utah-Nevada border will soon have a safer way to cross Interstate 80. A land bridge built to resemble the slope of a mountain is under construction outside of West Wendover in Nevada.

Several thousand mule deer are thought to migrate through the area each fall, creating hazardous conditions for the animals and vehicles. Michael Murphy from the Nevada Department of Transportation said the decision to build the 2.75 million dollar structure was based on a cost-benefit analysis that looked at human fatalities and damage done to cars.

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Utah News
5:40 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Ute tribe boycotts Roosevelt businesses

Ute tribal leaders from the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Eastern Utah have called for a boycott of some Roosevelt businesses. The boycott stems from what tribe members are calling civil rights violations and discrimination, as well as the continuing fight over who has jurisdiction to enforce the law in the region.

The plan to boycott all businesses that are not owned or partnered with the tribe was announced last week through a Colorado law firm. The boycott will not include oil and gas operators or contractors in the town, many of which conduct drilling on tribal lands.

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