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, which she is now a producer of, and fell completely in love with the medium. Elaine is currently taking classes at Utah State University in preparation for medical school applications. In addition to her work for SQ radio, Elaine 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 Health and Wellness
5:01 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

New Bill Aims To Lower Epidemic Level Of Drug Overdoses

Over five hundred Utahns died of drug overdose in 2012.
Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

State representative Carol Moss is sponsoring a bill she hopes will reduce the number of drug overdose deaths in the state. Moss’ “Good Samaritan” bill is her second piece of legislation on the topic. The first, which was introduced in 2006 and died in committee, would have penalized a person for abandoning someone who was overdosing on drugs.

Moss’ new bill adopted suggestions from people who work in substance abuse and addiction programs, and instead uses incentives to solve the growing problem.

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Utah News
5:15 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Christmas Tree Permits Still Available For Utah Forests

Permits for Christmas tree cutting are still available across most of the state.
Credit United States Department of Agriculture

Thousands of Utahns cut their own Christmas trees in national forests every year, and the day after Thanksgiving remains one of the most popular days to do so.

Though some areas like the Heber-Kamas Ranger District have sold out of tree cutting permits, the Forest Service’s Kathy Jo Pollock said most forests in the state have permits available.

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Utah Transportation
5:58 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Aggie Blue Bikes Donates Refurbished Bikes To Sub For Santa

Aggie Blue Bikes is a USU organization that provides refurbished bicycles to Sub for Santa.
Credit Aggie Blue Bikes

With winter fast approaching, children around the state are making their holiday wish lists. Still, many families are continuing to struggle with the implications of the Great Recession and high poverty levels, making the holidays an especially stressful time of year.

One Cache County organization is looking to ease some of that stress by donating refurbished bicycles. Utah State University’s Aggie Blue Bikes will continue its tradition of donating fixed up bicycles to Sub for Santa.

The group has donated nearly 90 bikes over the past eight years and expects to help even more families than average this holiday season.

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Utah Transportation
6:11 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Study Shows More Utahns Biking To Work

Biking in Utah has increased by nearly 60 percent over the past seven years.
Credit austintexas.gov

Biking to work is up in Utah according to a new study released by the League of American Bicyclists. The study, based on data collected in 2012, shows that Utah is ranked number 9 in the nation for growth in commuters getting to work by bike. Nearly 1 percent of Utahns biked to work in 2012, that’s compared .6 percent in 2005—an increase of 59.8 percent in 7 years.

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Utah News
5:59 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Provo City Council Considers Ordinance to Stop Discrimination against LGBTQ Community

In a unanimous decision Tuesday the Provo City Council asked their staff to begin researching housing and employment discrimination against the LGBTQ community in Provo.

Councilman Rick Healey said the issue was brought to the council by a special interest group, and that he has not personally heard of any discrimination in the city.

Healey said he is interested in seeing how ordinances have been implemented in other Utah cities like Salt Lake and Ogden—specifically, how common complaints are received and how they have been handled.

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Utah Education
6:27 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Lasers and Optical Illusions Scheduled for 2013 Physics Demo

Nov. 22, the Utah State University Department of Physics will enthrall and inform the public as they put on a demonstration about the physics of light.
Credit Utah State University

An upcoming event at Utah State University sets out to dispel the idea that science, especially physics, can’t be fun.

The Department of Physics will host the sixth annual November Demo Show this Friday, which is quickly becoming a Thanksgiving tradition. The theme of this year’s show is "The Physics of Light."

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6:14 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Astronomers Hope for Brighter Tail as Comet Nears the Sun

ISON is expected to be nearest to the sun on Thanksgiving Day. It is unknown how the comet will react to the sun's high temperatures.
Credit Mike Hankey of Auberry, CA

A comet new to the inner solar system from the distant Oort Cloud has made its way into Earth’s orbit and is now headed for the Sun. Astronomers hope the comet named ISON, discovered just last year, will put on a good show as it heats up. But so far, it has not been as bright as originally predicted.

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Utah Weather
4:16 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Snowy Weather puts Logan’s Green Waste Collection into Winter-Long Hibernation

Many Northern Utah residents woke up to a blanket of white on the ground Friday morning—a signal the seasons may finally be changing. Another greener indication that winter is upon the state is changing green waste collection schedules.

In Logan, the city will soon be asking residents to put their green waste bins into hibernation until March.

Logan’s green waste program started in 1994 and expanded to include roadside service in 2000. Conservation Coordinator Emily Malik said the city collects thousands of pounds of waste each year.

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Utah News
6:21 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

County Attorney Responds to Allegations in Canal Conflict

Cache County’s own water war continues to cause heated debate in the valley over two years after the original complaint was filed by a group of Utah citizens.

The most recent dispute that has gained attention was sparked by the filing of a countersuit by Cache County itself, against citizen plaintiffs including members of the Utah Foundation for Land and Open Water, also known as Utah FLOW.

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Utah News
6:23 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

No Utah Cases Confirmed of Dangerous New Drug

No cases of krokodil have been confirmed by the DEA in Utah.
Credit U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

Rumors that the drug krokodil has made its way to the U.S. have been circulating for weeks. Unconfirmed cases have popped up in the Southwest, including in one hospital in Murray.

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Albert Villasuso said no reports have been confirmed in Utah yet, but the administration is working hard to identify the dangerous drug.

"Unless we have conformation from one, the user and two, the actual substance that they injected, there’s really no way for us to confirm it,” Villasuso said.

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