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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.

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Utah Environment
6:11 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Wolf Management Techniques Working, Report Says

Wolf populations remained steady during 2013.
Credit fws.org

Wolf populations in the Northern Rocky Mountains remain stable, that’s according to a new report out Friday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service along with state agencies compiled the yearly report that looks at the status of wolf population since the species’ delisting from the endangered species list three years ago.

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Utah Transportation
6:07 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

New Study: Suburban Sprawl Bad For Health And Wealth

New research suggests urban dwellers have greater economic opportunity than their suburban peers.
Credit U.S. Department of Transportation

A new study conducted by Utah researchers shows the benefits of living in urban areas instead of suburban neighborhoods. The study, led by University of Utah Metropolitan Research Center Director Reid Ewing, shows people who live in urban areas spend less on housing and transportation costs, tend to be healthier, and have greater economic opportunity.

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Utah News
6:25 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Minority Children Do Worse Than White Children In Utah And Nation

A national study looking at the welfare of children shows that children of color tend to fall behind their white peers in measurements of milestones of success. The Annie E. Casey study compared children in 12 measures of success, including birth weight, attendance of pre-k programs, and the completion of a secondary degree by the age of 29.

Results in Utah tend to reflect the rest of the nation. Terry Haven with Voices for Utah Children, a group involved in study, says children of color are over-represented in negative outcomes.

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Utah News
6:16 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

New Campaign Aims For No-Kill Status For Utah’s Shelters

Utah’s kill rate for animals in shelters has dropped by nearly 30 percent in the last 15 years, and a new coalition of animal welfare groups is hoping to push that number even lower.

A new campaign titled No-Kill Utah was launched Sunday by the Best Friends Animal Society and a coalition of 36 other animal welfare groups.  Best Friends’ CEO Gregory Castle explained the goal is for the state to reach no-kill status, which means finding homes for at least 90 percent of the animals taken in by shelters.

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Utah News
6:10 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Backyard Bones Headed For Further Forensic Analysis

Earlier this week a Salt Lake City homeowner attempting to put in a backyard pond uncovered human remains. The Salt Lake City Police Department determined the bones were ancient. Now, specialists from the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts are investigating. The department’s Geoffrey Fattah explained.

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Utah Environment
5:06 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Pheasant Chicks Seek Homes: Foster Families Needed

Nearly 3,000 pheasant chicks need temporary homes.
Credit DWR;Michael Christensen

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is looking for foster families for nearly 3,000 pheasant chicks. The DWR’s Dean Mitchell said the chicks will need families to care for them from May through October, when they will be released to state wildlife and waterfowl management areas.

“The purpose behind this program is to really get people interested in wildlife and engaged in wildlife and wildlife conservation here in Utah,” Mitchell said.

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Utah News
3:57 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Fishing And Hunting Programs Receive $20 Million In Federal Funding

Utah will receive $19.6 million in an annual payout of taxes from the federal government to be used for fish and wildlife conservation projects.The allocated money is part of $1.1 billion in taxes collected on sporting and boating equipment each year.

Mark Hadley from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources says many Utahns don’t realize hunters and anglers pay for much of the wildlife conservation efforts in the state.

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Utah Money
6:32 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

New Jobs Report: Steady, Moderate Growth

Job gains in Feb. were highest in the trade and transportation industry as well as in leisure and hospitality services.
Credit jobs.utah.gov

The Department of Workforce Services released a new jobs report for Feb. on Friday.

The unemployment rate remains at 3.9 percent, the same as it was Jan. and a five year low for the state. 32,000 jobs have been added to Utah’s economy since Feb. of 2013.

Nic Dunn with DWS said the state has seen growth in nearly all sectors.

“What we’re seeing in Utah is a lot of diverse growth. Were actually the fourth most diverse economy in the nation and a hallmark of a strong economy is a diverse economy,” Dunn said.

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Utah Outdoors
6:01 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Risky Sport's Popularity Grows, As Do Fatalities

BASE jumping has grown in popularity since the 1970s, and so have the fatalities associated with the sport.

Two BASE jumpers were killed over the weekend in separate incidents in Zion National Park and Mineral Canyon, west of Moab. These mark the second and third BASE related deaths in the last two months in Utah.

BASE, or “Building, Antenna, Span, Earth” jumping evolved out of sky diving in the late 1970s. The sport only started to gain a more mainstream following 15 years ago, as more legal areas to jump were discovered and advances to BASE gear made jumps less risky.

Tom Aiello is the chief BASE instructor at Snake River BASE Academy, he says the increased number of fatalities is to be expected.

“As the number of participants increases, the total number of incidents will increase, even if the incident rate itself—the incidents per jump—is decreasing. Although from the outside you may look at it and say it seems like incidents have climbed a lot, incidents per participant haven’t actually and in fact may have decreased in the last 10 years,” Aiello said.

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Utah Science
6:36 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

New Dino Species One Of Youngest On Record

Researchers say Anzu wyliei was five feet tall and eleven feet long.
Credit Matthew C. LamannaHans-Dieter SuesEmma R. SchachnerTyler R. Lyson

A feathered, beaked dinosaur discovered in the Northern Plains states has ties to Utah.

Emma Schachner is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Utah, and is part of the team that discovered the dinosaur in the mid-2000s.

The dinosaur, called Anzu wyliei, was announced in a PLOS ONE journal article Wednesday.

Schachner said the dinosaur would have lived in a warm, humid environment along the flood plains of a river around 65 million years ago.

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