Matt Jensen

News Coordinator, Host All Things Considered

Matt started at UPR in 2007 as a student announcer for the Sunday evening shift. A year later he graduated from Utah State University with a degree in broadcast journalism. He spent five years at The Herald Journal covering crime, courts and public safety news. He rejoined the UPR staff in 2013 as a news coordinator and host for All Things Considered.

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Utah Transportation
5:01 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Solid foundations: new technique used in Utah bridge construction

UDOT crews work to replace a bridge near Echo Junction on I-84 in Summit County.
Credit TenCate

A first-of-its-kind road construction project is underway in Summit County where crews are building a new freeway overpass atop piles of dirt instead of concrete. UPR’s Matt Jensen reports.

The Utah Department of Transportation is replacing an aging pair of bridges near Echo Junction on Interstate 84 with a new road deck that won’t be supported by columns of steel or concrete. Instead the roadway will sit on piles of soil compacted between layers of a specialized fabric.

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Utah News
4:57 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Drink while you wait? Commission works to clarify Utah liquor law

Credit attorneygeneral.utah.gov

Does walking into a restaurant mean you intend to order something to eat? That’s the question Utah’s liquor control panel discussed Tuesday.

The state's Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission is working to clarify a Utah law that prohibits patrons from ordering alcohol unless they purchase food as well.

The law requires that patrons intend on ordering food if they purchase alcohol.

A new rule could require restaurant servers to get verbal confirmation from patrons that they intend to order food – something critics say makes for an unfriendly business environment.

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Utah Transportation
12:53 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Crews add deceleration lane on US-91

Crews are constructing a deceleration and right turn lane on the northbound side of U.S. Hwy 91 at approximately 9100 North south of Richmond.
Credit Google

Work is underway in Northern Cache Valley where crews are building a new right-turn lane on U.S. Hwy. 91 south of Richmond. The new deceleration and turn lane will allow northbound drivers to exit the highway at approximately 9100 North onto South State Street – also known as Whiskey Lane.

Utah Department of Transportation spokesman Vic Saunders says the new lane will improve safety and traffic flow at the intersection.

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Utah Fire News
4:14 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Update: Cinder Pit fire contained

An aircraft drops retardant on an active flank of the Cinder Pit fire.
Credit @UtahFireInfo Twitter

A wildfire sparked by lighting Thursday afternoon that expanded to about 500 acres was 100 percent contained by Saturday evening, according to a Twitter feed by fire authorities.

The Cinder Pit fire in Washington County burned between the small towns of Veyo and Brookside along Highway 18 north of St. George.

Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Vicki Tyler says the fire hasn’t grown since Friday morning and says she expects new information on containment later Friday evening.

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Utah Environment
1:58 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Utah's desert tortoise gets room to grow

A desert tortoise is seen inside the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve in Washington County.
Credit Courtesy: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Utah’s desert tortoises are getting a little more elbow room thanks to a new federal grant that will help expand a nature reserve in Washington County. UPR’s Matt Jensen reports.

On a blistering hot highway near St. George, bright yellow markers warn drivers to watch out for these ancient, shelled crawlers that live in a tiny desert nook of Southwestern Utah. Their home here is the farthest north you’ll find a desert tortoise in the United States. And although the reptiles survive in this harsh climate, they’ve been listed as a threatened species for more than two decades.

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Utah Legal News
12:16 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

High court agrees: Deb Brown factually innocent

In a long-awaited decision announced Friday morning, the Utah Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling that exonerated former Logan resident Debra Brown of aggravated murder.

After an 11-year process to free Brown of what her lawyers say was a legal injustice, the case has come to a close.

Brown's legal team says the 4 to 1 decision by the high court reaffirms their commitment to reversing wrongful convictions.

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Utah News
12:34 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Update: Missing hikers found

A Smithfield couple who had been missing after a hike in the Bear River Mountains have been found safe.

Cache County Sheriff's officials say Chad and Lynn Hansen of Smithfield were located by search and rescue teams at approximately 11:30 Thursday morning.

In a news statement the office said family members received phone communication from the Hansens this morning, saying they were walking the main trail back to Tony Grove. The couple and their three dogs were found to be in good condition.

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Utah Transportation
3:34 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Utah highways scores high for safety, efficiency in national study

Utah was ranked 26th in a recent report on the performance of state highway systems.
Credit Reason Foundation

A new study on the health of the nation’s highway system gave Utah high marks for safety and efficiency. But overall the state ranked 26th with only mediocre scores for congestion, rural pavement conditions and administrative costs. Study author David T. Hartgen, emeritus professor of transportation at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, says the rankings are a function of both cost and efficiency.

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Utah Agriculture
3:52 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Lawmakers aim to eliminate death tax

A grain operation in Juab County.
Credit utah.gov

Utah farmers could find some financial relief in the near future if a major tax reform bill becomes law. UPR’s Matt Jensen reports on a new attempt at eliminating one of the nation’s oldest taxes.

A South Dakota lawmaker is proposing to do away with a centuries-old tax commonly known as the death tax. The estate tax, its technical name, is levied on family farms, ranches, and businesses upon the death of an owner. Needless to say, it’s a very unpopular tax among farmers.

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Arts and Culture
3:30 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Arrival from Sweden dazzles Freedom Fire

Stage crew members work to prepare for Freedom Fire on Wednesday.
Credit Matt Jensen

Crowds couldn't get enough of the music of ABBA at Wednesday night's Freedom Fire event inside USU's Romeny Stadium in Logan.

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