Kerry Bringhurst

News Director | Host, Morning Edition

At 14-years-old, Kerry began working as a reporter for KVEL “The Hot One” in Vernal, Utah.  Her radio news interests led her to Logan where she became news director for KBLQ while attending Utah State University.  She graduated USU with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and spent the next few years working for Utah Public Radio.  Leaving UPR in 1993 she spent the next 14 years as the full time mother of four boys before returning in 2007.  Kerry and her husband Boyd reside in Nibley.

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In an email response to Utah Public Radio's story about a telemarketing scam targeting consumers interested in solar energy, Rocky Mountain Power External Communications Director Paul Murphy says the company is no longer offering the Utah Solar Incentive Program.

The Utah medical examiner continues to investigate the cause of death of a Cache Valley man found in a charred vehicle last month.

Joshua Timothy of the Cache County sheriff's office says they have identified the remains to be those of 47-year-old Clint Yonk of Petersboro. Yonk was found dead on private property Sunday, December 18.

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Cache County officials are seeking nominations for members of the Cache Water District Board of Trustees. The board is being organized after voters approved the creation of a water district in November.

The announcement by President Obama to designate Bears Ears National Monument has the board of trustees that oversees School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration or SITLA wondering how trust lands within the boundaries of the monument can be used. More than 100,000 acres of non-public school trust lands given to the state by the federal government to help finance public schools is located within the boundaries of the new monument.

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A recent announcement that homeless facilities in the Salt Lake area will be relocated has political and community leaders hustling to find ways to address concerns about the future of a growing number of residents in need of housing, health care, and food.  

Authorities say a woman and her unborn baby have died from injuries sustained in a six-vehicle pileup on Interstate 15 near Cove Fort in southern Utah.

The Utah Highway Patrol confirmed Monday that 22-year-old Bayley Zollinger Huerta died late Sunday. 

Cache County Sheriff's officials say they believe they have arrested all of the suspects in a case that forced students at a Northern Utah School to remain in their classrooms while under lock down Monday morning.

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Detectives with the Cache County Sheriff's office spent Sunday night investigating after responding to reports of a suspicious vehicle that appeared to be destroyed by fire.

Lt. Mike Peterson says deputies found a badly burned body inside a vehicle destroyed by fire on rural private property near Petersboro on the West side of Cache County.

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Three years ago, the state of Utah adopted higher academic standards for K-12 students. President of the Utah Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Joleigh Honey, says after reviewing two years of tests aligned to the change in standards she finds that student scores are improving.

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President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers to head the Department of the Interior.

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Idaho Sen. Jim Risch has introduced a bill in Congress to create the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Area in northern Idaho, which would encompass nearly 14,000 acres of national forest land in Bonner County. 

For the first time in Utah history, the state treasurer is listing the amount of unclaimed funds available to residents in each county. Utah State Treasurer David Damschen says as many as 780,000 individuals and organizations have property being held by the state. He and his colleagues would like to return the unclaimed property.

During the attack at Ohio State University a student plowed his car into a group of pedestrians on campus and then got out and began stabbing people with a butcher knife before he was shot to death by a campus police officer. Eleven people were hurt.

A new report by the Utah Foundation has found that changes to Utah's tax policy have cost public schools $1.2 billion annually.

 

When the Siemens Foundation and Discover Education began holding a competition in math, science, and technology in 1999 the goal was to increase access to higher education for young students who are gifted in STEM by offering winners scholarships of up to $100,000. That goal is still the same, but seventeen years later organizers have changed the way they encourage young girls to compete and consider careers that could lead to the cure for cancer or identify tomorrow's coolest technology. So, what does it take to involve a more diverse pool of participants...in other words...find a way to get girls to compete?

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A group of Utah conservatives concerned about the death penalty is hoping to encourage the public and policy makers to rethink death penalty policy in the state. The group is called Utah Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty and is a project of the Utah Justice Coalition.

Utah police say a 16-year-old student accused of stabbing five other students inside his high school locker room stabbed himself before he was subdued with a Taser and taken into custody.

The rest of the state's congressional delegation -- Reps. Jason Chaffetz, Chris Stewart and Rob Bishop -- are incumbents who won big last night.

Love became the first black Republican woman in Congress two years ago. She overcame a challenge from Doug Owens - for the second time. Owens is a Democrat who made their last matchup a close contest in the previously blue district.

Legislation signed into law 40 years ago today made conservation one of the country's top priorities on public lands. The Federal Land Policy Management Act or FLPMA, signed by President Gerald Ford in 1976, changed the way the Bureau of Land Management oversees its lands, which until then had mostly been leased for ranching, oil and gas, and other developments. Since FLPMA, the agency now considers preservation part of its mission. 

Six years ago, Dr. Susan Madsen and a team of researchers released data gathered to determine the value of higher education for Utah women.

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Utah's two candidates for governor used their debate Monday night to each make a pitch for their party's presidential candidate. Their matchup came an hour before Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump squared off in their first debate.

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Jon Harper says he will not be able to continue his Utah Attorney General campaign due to health reasons.

In a statement, Harper encouraged incumbent candidate Republican Sean Reyes to shut down what Harper called "the money mill" in the AG office that answers to the Republican Party and large donors. 

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An increase in the number of exposures to the only mammal that can fly has public health officials in Utah warning the public to avoid contact with bats.

Student government officials at Utah State University say the number of college-aged Utah students who have committed suicide is cause for concern and is reason enough to declare a mental health crisis at all Utah universities.

USU student body leaders are in the process of approving a document that outlines their concerns about access to mental health services, campus awareness and project funding.

Fire crews begin clean-up work Monday along the Utah/Idaho border after declaring the Peterson Hollow Fire fully contained as of Sunday evening.

Fire official Sara Hellstrom of the Uintah/Wasatch/Cache National Forest said investigators have determined an abandoned campfire in Logan Canyon resulted in more than 12,000 acres of land near Beaver Mountain Ski Resort and Bear Lake's Garden City to burn.

Hellstrom reminds forest visitors that many wildfires, large and small, are human caused, very expensive to put out and are totally preventable.

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