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.

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.

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."

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.

The elevation changes that runners of the Top of Utah Marathon will experience during the race.
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.

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.

A map from UDOT showing where speed limit changes will be made.
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.

A negative stained transmission electron micrograph of the influenza virus.
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.

Cancer Prevention Study-3
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.

Debris fills the road at 2050 South 160 West in Hurricane.
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.

Poster for Guerrilla Girls.
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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