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
5:44 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

String Of Eagle Deaths Unexplained, Fifth Eagle Found Alive But Paralyzed Saturday

Credit US FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE

Four eagles have died over the past two weeks from an unexplained illness that has left a fifth, discovered on Saturday, paralyzed but in stable condition. The eagles were discovered across northern Utah in Weber, Box Elder, Tooele and Utah counties.

Dalyn Marthaler is a wildlife specialist with the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah, which has cared for four of the birds, and said the birds are coming in with the same symptoms.

“They’re coming in with paralysis and tremors, and showing neurological issues. We don’t yet have the cause of that. It’s kind of a mystery at this point,” Marthaler said.

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Utah News
5:51 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Spider-Devouring Wasp Discovered By USU Researchers

Two new species of spider wasps were discovered by USU researchers in Brazil.
Credit Waichert and Pitts

Two new species of wasps have been discovered by a pair of researchers from Utah State University. Professor James Pitts and graduate student Cecilia Waichert found the new species of spider wasps while examining a century-old Brazilian museum collection.

Named for their method of reproduction, spider wasps lay a single egg on a spider they capture and paralyze. When the egg hatches, the young wasp feeds on the immobile spider.

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Utah Education
6:32 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

USU Researcher Develops New Method For Identifying Language Impairments In Bilingual Children

A new testing method may help to more easily identify language impairments in bilingual children.
Credit NYC Department of Education

One Utah State University researcher has found a way to better identify language impairments in bilingual children through English language testing. It can be difficult to identify delayed language development in bilingual children, who show impairments in both of the languages they speak.

Older methods identified problems by testing children bilingually, but USU professor Ronald Gillam said this method has limits.

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Air Quality
5:38 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Utah Division Of Air Quality Issues Mandatory Action Requirements

The "X" symbol indicates mandatory action announced by the Division of Air Quality. This forecast is the same for five Utah counties.
Credit UTAH DIVISION OF AIR QUALITY

As a familiar winter haze settles over the state, the Utah Division of Air Quality has issued mandatory action warnings for five Utah Counties. The use of wood stoves and fireplaces is prohibited in Cache, Box Elder, Salt Lake and Davis counties, as well as Utah and Weber counties until the Department of Environmental Quality lifts the limit with the improvement of air quality.

Utah Division of Air Quality Environmental Scientist Ken Simmons said the early warnings were issued to inform the public.

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Utah Health and Wellness
6:21 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Rate Of Shaken Baby Cases In Utah Among Highest In The Nation, Study Cites Multiple Factors

Utah ranks second in the nation for rate of shaken baby cases.
Credit Lauryn Schroeder/ The Medill Justice Project

Northwestern University’s Medill Justice Project released some of their findings from an investigation into the rate of legal cases surrounding shaken baby syndrome on Tuesday. The Justice Project is an investigative journalism program that researches criminal justice issues, including wrongful convictions.

Project director Alec Klein said the investigation was difficult because few of the crimes had witnesses and because little data has been collected to understand national trends.

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Utah News
6:19 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Documentary Captures One Man’s 6-Month Quest For Love And Marriage

One BYU senior is filming a documentary about his journey to find lasting love. Film student Stephen Nelson is on a mission to find true love and get engaged in six months. He said he woke up one morning with the idea, which has now grown into a documentary called 6 Till Engaged.

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Utah Families
6:52 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Federal Judge Hears Arguments On Utah's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Credit blogs.sos.wa.gov

A federal judge heard arguments from both sides of a lawsuit surrounding Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage. Three couples who were denied Utah marriage licenses filed the lawsuit in March, saying the ban violated their constitutional rights.

U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby heard arguments Wednesday from both sides, who had each asked for a summary judgment—meaning that a ruling could be made without material facts.

John Majia the legal director for the ACLU, which is in support of the couples, explains the arguments in the case.

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Utah News
6:09 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

As Storm Approaches, Search Continues For Missing Plane in Idaho

Rescuers are searching for a white and maroon BE-36 Beech Bonanza.
Credit Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

Rescuers continue to search for a small aircraft carrying five people that disappeared in rural Idaho on Sunday.

The six-seat, single engine Beech Bonanza left Baker City, Oregon on Sunday morning headed for Montana. The plane reported engine trouble as it crossed central Idaho around 1 p.m. before it lost contact with air traffic controllers.

Rescue crews have been searching near the Johnson Creek airstrip, where last contact was made.

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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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