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Ryan Cunningham

Ryan began reporting for UPR in the fall of 2012. He is a graduate of Utah State University with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Ryan is originally from Indiana, but he now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Election 2012
11:20 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Representative Rob Bishop Visits Utah State Campus

Rep. Rob Bishop speaks at Merrill-Cazier Library at Utah State University on Oct. 11.
Credit RYAN CUNNINGHAM

U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop visited the Utah State campus on Thursday. In an event sponsored by the USU College Republicans called "Pizza and Politics," Bishop spoke on several topics and took questions from the audience at Merrill-Cazier Library.

Bishop opened by bemoaning the lack of bipartisanship in Washington, but the tone turned contentious when one audience member questioned Bishop’s stance on the public lands debate.

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Sports
3:24 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Utah Valley University Moves to Western Athletic Conference for 2013

In 2009, Utah Valley University became a full member of Division I NCAA athletics. Now, just four years later, the Wolverines will be joining a new athletic conference.

UVU announced on Tuesday that the Orem, Utah, school will formally join the Western Athletic Conference in July of next year. UVU is currently a member of the Great West Conference, but with rival schools scattered across the country, traveling to more regional WAC schools promises to cut down on travel costs.

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Utah Education
11:20 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Governor Herbert Welcomes New USU Distance Ed. Building

Utah Governor Gary Herbert attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Utah State University Distance Education building on Wednesday. As Utah State celebrated the completion of its new facility, the Governor touted the Distance Education program and its new high-tech headquarters.

Herbert says the new facility is an important step towards making higher education more accessible.

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Utah News
12:25 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Multicultural Center Could Close By Year's End

The Multicultural Center of Cache Valley has a permanent resident: a one-eyed gerbil. Center director Ernesto Lopez, who installs an immediately appreciated wheel into the gerbil’s habitat, explains that the black fur-ball is a remnant from a short-lived bilingual preschool program.

"It was costing the center more money than could be afforded. Due to that reason, the program had to end, and we inherited the mascot—the pet to that program, which was a gerbil."

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Utah Health and Wellness
11:23 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Utah Raising Awareness of Prescription Drug Safety

According to the FDA, one way to properly dispose of pills is to seal them in a plastic bag with used coffee grounds.

"On December 5th, my life changed in a way that I would've never imagined."

Angie Watson lost her 13-year-old son, Connor, on that day.

"He spent the next few hours texting his friends in his bedroom, and the last text he sent to one of his friends said he was going to take a couple of pills and go to sleep. I know he had no idea when he took those pills that he wouldn't be waking up the next morning."

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Utah News
11:31 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Cache Valley Food Pantry Nearing Completion of New Facility

When the new Cache Valley Food Pantry is completed, it will store a lot of food. Actually, it will store more than twice the amount of food the old Cache Valley Food Pantry could. Director Matt Whitaker says the extra space is desperately needed. 

"The facility we had was just too small. It didn't meet the needs of the clientele or the donors. And we couldn't properly store anything in the right place. We couldn't see what we had. We had no shelving whatsoever."

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Utah News
2:54 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Utah Nabs Unlicensed Contractors in Multi-State Sting

This month, investigators posing as homeowners in Utah and seven other states got bids for construction and handyman services from people they found on the Internet as part of a sting to catch unlicensed contractors.

In just one week, 21 were cited in two Utah counties. Mark Steinagel, who heads the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, says it's a new approach for his agency, which typically stays busy responding to complaints about contractors.

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Utah Politics
4:04 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Romney Bus Tours Logan

Cheers erupted as one of the five official Mitt Romney campaign busses rolled into a Logan parking lot on Tuesday night.

Dozens of supporters ("We're here to support Romney and his campaign and what he stands for.") and a couple detractors ("Well, he's outsourcing. Maybe they should just outsource him.") were on-hand to get a glimpse inside the mobile campaign headquarters.

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Utah News
11:07 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Hyde Park Considering Beer Sales

On a typical day at the Hyde Park Maverick gas station, drivers are able to fuel up as other customers head for a fountain drink or a snack—but they can't buy beer. Why not? Well, that's a question Maverick is asking Hyde Park officials.

The Hyde Park Maverick, like most gas stations, would like to sell beer. The problem is, there's currently no city ordinance under which Maverick can be granted a license—meaning Maverick can't sell beer.

But that might soon change. A new alcohol ordinance has been proposed and is currently in the draft stages. Maverick is the lone licensee.

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Utah Environment
2:49 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Prescribed Fires Planned for National Parks

Officials announced on Monday that five prescribed burns are planned this fall at the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument. Public access to the monument may be restricted and smoke may be present, but no roads are expected to close. Those fires could start as soon as Saturday.

A separate series of prescribed fires was announced Tuesday for the Hells Hollow area, fourteen miles east of Logan. Those fires may occur anytime in October or November, depending on weather. No major road delays are expected.

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