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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.


Utah News
5:54 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Fresh Start For Animal Shelter Dogged By Abuse Allegations

The St. George Animal Shelter is holding a grand re-opening a year after allegations of mismanagement, animal abuse and neglect.
Credit St. George Animal Shelter

A year after allegations of mismanagement, animal abuse and neglect, the St. George Animal Shelter is holding a re-opening celebration to showcase the changes that have been made to the facility.

The shelter is re-opening with a new director, Sgt. Ivor Fuller, and new facilities including kennels that give animals access to the outdoors and dog runs.

Fuller said one of the biggest changes is the no-kill policy.

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Utah Environment
6:25 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

USU Student Looks Into Geothermal Energy For Logan City

New research from USU student Blake Thomas will let Logan City know about the costs and benefits of using geothermal power.

A graduate student from a Utah university is looking into the feasibility of Logan City using geothermal energy as part of a $4,000 DEED grant.

Blake Thomas is a master’s student in the Department of Environment and Society at Utah State University. He said he’ll explore whether geothermal energy is feasible in the land surrounding Logan, along with economic and transportation costs.

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Utah News
6:15 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Forever Stamp Features SUU Professor’s Painting

A SUU professor designed the Forever Stamp for Nevada's 150th statehood anniversary.
Credit USPS

150 years after Nevada became a state, a Sagebrush State artist with Utah ties has designed the U.S. Postal Service’s Forever Stamp celebrating the  anniversary.

Southern Utah University Professor of Drawing Ron Spears was commissioned by the USPS to design the stamp two and a half years ago. He said he submitted 15 initial designs before the final location for the painting was selected. The stamp, which was released late last month, features a sunrise at Fire Canyon in the Valley of Fire State Park.

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Utah Education
6:30 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Education Funding Slips: Students See Less Money Than Prisoners

Utah has the lowest per-pupil spending in the nation.
Credit FiveThirtyEight

A new study from polling site FiveThirtyEight and the U.S. Census Bureau has confirmed what state democrats say they already know—despite increased talk about education in the state, funding is dwindling.

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Utah News
6:36 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Study Suggests Human Skull Evolved From Fighting

A new study from the University of Utah suggests Homo sapien skull configurations evolved with fighting.
Credit Biological Reviews journal

A new study from researchers at the University of Utah suggests Homo sapiens’ ancestors evolved to take a punch to the face.

The research suggests that violence stemming from male competition for access to mates millions of years ago has influenced the shape of the hominin skull, making it robust in areas it wouldn’t need to be if it had evolved only for eating.

“The face and the head are the most commonly struck targets and those areas of the face that are hit the most are the areas that show the most increase in robustness throughout our evolution,” said author Michael Morgan, an emergency medicine resident at the University of Utah.

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Utah News
6:11 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Construction At Arches To Cause Summertime Congestion

Congestion is expected as Arches National Park renovates the Devil's Garden parking lot in June.
Credit National Park Service

After years of growing visitation numbers, Arches National Park near Moab will be expanding one of its largest parking lots.

The Devils Garden parking lot will be closed for construction for 10 days in June. Between the 16th and the 26th visitors to the park won’t be able to access one of the most popular trails that features land marks such as Landscape Arch, Double O arch and the Primitive Loop Trail.

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Utah Health and Wellness
6:28 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Utah Confirms First Case Of Measles In 2014, Numbers Spike Across Nation

Utah confirmed its first case of measles on Tuesday. Nearly 400 cases have been seen across the country so far this year.
Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The number of cases of measles in the United States in 2014 has already doubled compared to the total number of cases seen during 2013. On Tuesday, Utah’s first case of the respiratory illness was confirmed by the Utah Department of Health, adding to the growing number of cases seen since the illness was eliminated from the U.S. 14 years ago.

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Utah Science
6:38 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Despite Higher Risks, Eating Disorder Rates At BYU Lower Than National Average

Women entering college tend to face an increased risk of eating disorders, especially those who are Caucasian, religious and achievement orientated. Though these risk factors describe many students at Brigham Young University, new research from the school shows women there are bucking the national trend.

Researchers from BYU conducted a longitudinal study, tracking hundreds of women’s responses to eating disorder questionnaires over three years.

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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.

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.

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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