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
1:39 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Utah Appeals Judge's Ruling Recognizing Same-Sex Marriages

The state submitted a notice to federal court on Wednesday saying they would appeal Judge Kimball's May 19 ruling on the recognition of same-sex marriages preformed in the state.
Credit seattle.gov

Two and a half weeks after a federal judge ordered the state of Utah to recognize the 1,300 same-sex marriages performed in Dec. and Jan., the state has announced its plan to appeal the ruling.

On Wednesday, Gov. Gary Herbert and State Attorney General Sean Reyes filed a notice of appeal in federal court saying they would challenge U.S. District Judge Dale A. Kimball’s May 19 ruling.

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Utah News
7:15 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Despite Positive Economic Effects, Utah Last In Beer Consumption

Utah is last in the nation for beer consumption, despite positive economic effects of the industry.
Credit http://www.beerinstitute.org/

A new report released by the Beer Institute, the national beer industry representative, shows the growing economic impact beer brewing has on the state’s economy. According to the report, beer brings in a total of $179 million in local, state and federal taxes, with a total economic impact of over $1 billion.

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Utah News
7:05 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Logan Canyon Rescue Takes Criminal Turn

Rescue efforts in Logan Canyon took an unexpected turn Wednesday.
Credit www.fhwa.dot.gov

A rescue effort was underway Wednesday in Logan Canyon. Two women, who claim to have been stranded for multiple days in the canyon, contacted another hiker in the area around 10 a.m. who called for help.

Medical and search and rescue crews were dispatched to Logan Canyon where they assisted the 19- and 46-year-old women down the mountain. However, the case has taken a criminal turn since the rescue.


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Utah News
5:50 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Camelopardalid Meteor Shower: A Spectacular “Maybe”

Friday's meteor shower may turn out to be nonexistent, but astronomers hope it will be spectacular.
Credit NASA

Earthlings may finally get a glimpse of a meteor shower hundreds of years in the making on Friday, that’s if the comet called 209P/LINEAR left enough space dust in its trail to be visible in Earth’s night sky.

“If, 200 years ago when nobody knew it existed, it was a really active comet that threw off a bunch of stuff, we’re in for a great show. If, however, it was not an active comet, we may be just standing out there watching the sky and not seeing much,” said Utah's NASA Ambassador Patrick Wiggins.

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Utah News
6:19 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Federal Judge: State Placed Same-Sex Couples In “Legal Limbo”

A federal judge ordered Utah to legally recognize the marriages of same-sex couples married after a ban was struck down in December.
Credit seattle.gov

A federal judge has ordered that the state of Utah must recognize same-sex marriages performed during the 17-day window following the Dec. 20 ruling that struck down a same-sex marriage ban in the state. 1,300 couples were issued licenses in the time between the ruling and the Supreme Court’s temporary halt of the marriages.

In his ruling Monday, federal Judge Dale Kimball wrote that the state has placed the couples in “legal limbo with respect to adoptions, child care and custody, medical decisions,” and other rights associated with marriage.

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Utah News
6:15 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Is Evolution Predictable? Scientist Turns Over New Leaf In Theory

A new study finds evolution can be predictable, if conditions are right.

Scientists have long wondered if a species would evolve in the same way if you were to go back in time and start its evolution over; or if nature would take a different course the second time around.

Utah State University Assistant Professor of biology Zach Gompert had wondered this too. So, using walking stick insects that call different plants home, he set out to find an answer.

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Utah News
6:09 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Trib Supporters Say Unfair Deal Killing Newspaper

The renegotiation of the joint agreement between the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune is once again making news. The new agreement, which was put in place at the beginning of the year, changed the Trib’s portion of the two newspapers’ shared revenue from a long-term 58 percent to 30 percent.

Utah Senator Jim Dabakis said the Trib is likely to go under in the next two months, thanks to what he calls an illegal agreement between the Deseret News and Tribune owner Alden Global Capital.

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Utah News
6:39 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Idaho Judge Refuses To Stay Gay Marriage

Same-sex couples in Idaho will be able to begin marrying Friday after a federal judge refused to put gay marriages on hold.
Credit www.seattle.gov

A federal judge has refused to put gay marriages on hold in Idaho pending an appeal from the state’s governor.

U.S. District Magistrate Judy Candy Dale wrote Wednesday morning that Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s appeal isn’t likely to succeed, so there’s no reason to keep same-sex couples from seeking marriage licenses or marrying.

Same-sex couples in Idaho will be able to begin marrying at 9 a.m. Friday.

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Utah Environment
7:00 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Aspen's Features Create Uniquely Biodiverse Environment

The aspen tree grows in complex underground root systems that link clone trees together.
Credit United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service

Utah’s new official tree, the aspen, may possibly be the largest of all state trees if you look at it like scientists do—as a clone colony, which can grow to weigh 13 million pounds.

The aspen trees you see above the ground are better thought of as stems of a much larger underground organism, according to Utah State University extension agent Jody Gale.

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Utah News
5:43 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Star Lovers Gather For Astronomy Day

One of the events for National Astronomy Day is a book signing at the Clark Planetarium.
Credit Karl Beckstrand

National Astronomy Day is on Saturday. The holiday marks a day that professional and amateur astronomers gather to enjoy the night sky together. The Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City is hosting an event in celebration of Astronomy Day, including a book signing by Karl Beckstrand, author of Bright Star, Night Star: An Astronomy Story.

“It’s kind of a primer for kids who are getting their first exposure to astronomy and the night sky,” Beckstrand said.

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