Taylor Halversen

Reporter

Taylor Halversen is a reporter, engineer and occasional co-host for UPR news. She recently graduated summa cum laude from Utah State University with bachelor’s degrees in Communication Studies and Liberal Arts, and worked for UPR as a reporting intern for a year before being hired as a reporter.

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Utah News
6:20 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

SLC Produce Redistribution Program Fruitful In 2014

Fruit Share provides produce for needy in Salt Lake area.
agr.wa.gov

An in-state collaboration is meeting the need of hungry individuals with nutritious, home-grown foods.

More than 25,000 pounds of fruit was donated to local food assistance programs this year through Salt Lake City's Fruit Share program. The initiative allows people to register their fruit trees, then directs volunteers to help harvest fruit that would otherwise go to waste, matching need with abundance.

The collected produce is split between homeowners, harvest volunteers, and efforts to help the needy.

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Utah News
6:00 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Roy Shooting Thought To Be Suicide By Cop

Around 4 a.m. Tuesday, Roy City officers were dispatched to a home after a man threatening suicide called a help hotline, which contacted police.

Police engaged in a seven-hour standoff with the 35-year-old, according to Detective Matthew Gwynn with Roy City Police.

“After several hours of negotiation, the negotiation with our subject failed. There were shots fired and the subject is now deceased,” Gwynn said.

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Utah Transportation
5:40 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Teens Miraculously Survive Canyon Crash Unscathed

Two teenagers survived plunging over 100 feet off a canyon road Sunday.
www.efl.fhwa.dot.gov

Two teenagers survived after their vehicle plunged 100-150 feet down a steep ravine in Salt Lake County this weekend.

Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal said the 16-year-old boy driving the car took a curve too fast, and the vehicle plunged off the road around 10 p.m. on Sunday.

“They came around a corner just too quick, lost control, veered across the oncoming traffic lane, and then off the edge and down the embankment,” said Hoyal. “In the process of going down off the edge, they rolled several times then ultimately came to rest at the bottom of the ravine.”

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Utah News
6:58 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Gluten Intolerance Debunked, Gluten-Free Marketing Thrives

The 2014 National Gluten Free Expo was held in Salt Lake on Oct. 11.
Taylor Halversen

Peter Gibson, a professor of gastroenterology at Monash University in Australia, published research in 2011 that gave credence to the condition of non-celiac gluten sensitivity or gluten intolerance. Gibson later conducted a more in-depth study on the effects of gluten on the digestive system. This study found no specific response to gluten in participants. In other words, there was no evidence to support gluten intolerance as a condition.

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Utah Crime and Courts
6:05 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Teen Boy Arrested In 2012 Murder Case

17-year-old boy arrested on murder charges in case of Anna Kasprzak's death.
facebook.com

An arrest has been made in conjunction with the murder of a 15-year old Utah girl that occurred over two years ago.

A teenage boy, whose name has not been released, was arrested in Grand Junction, Co. Thursday morning; however, authorities say the 17-year-old was a resident of Utah at the time of the murder.

Representatives of the District Attorney’s Office told media in a press conference Thursday afternoon that they have filed criminal charges against the juvenile.

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Utah News
6:26 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Cache Valley Election Division Awarded For Accessibility

Making sure all Utahns have the opportunity to vote is the goal of the Disability Law Center, which gave Cache Valley an accessibility award Tuesday.
Credit ada.gov

The Disability Law Center, designated by the governor to implement advocacy programs for people with disabilities, presented the Cache County Clerk’s Office Election Division with an award Tuesday after the division took significant measures to improve voting access.

Sheri Newton, voting access director for the center said Cache County took advantage of federal grants to make changes to polling location accessibility and helped make an engaging sample ballot for voters, earning them the 2014 Partner Award.

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Utah News
6:16 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Police Search For Walgreens Weekend Robbers

Three Walgreens pharmacies were robbed this weekend and police continue to search for the thieves.
www.womenshealth.gov

Sunday morning, a man dressed in a hoodie, hat and surgical mask entered a Walgreens store in Logan and walked to the pharmacy where the he handed the pharmacist a note.

“The note basically said, ‘Give me what I want and nobody gets hurt.’ Of course what he wanted was narcotic pills,” Logan City Police Chief Gary Jensen said. “The pharmacist gave him what he wanted and he walked out without incident.”

Two other robberies occurred at Walgreens pharmacies across the state this weekend, one in Sugar House on Saturday night and another in Woods Cross Sunday afternoon.

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Utah News
6:36 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Meet The Mormons Makes Nationwide Debut

Meet the Mormons premiered in theaters Oct. 10 across the nation.
meetthemormons.com

A new feature film produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints opened in theaters Friday, not only in Utah but across the country. Meet the Mormons will play on over 300 screens in 47 states.

Blair Treu, the director, called the film an introduction that will help viewers get a clear picture of LDS people.

The unscripted documentary follows the lives of six LDS families living around the world. Treu said the film shows that the church is not only a Utah faith.

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Utah Crime and Courts
6:19 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Bountiful Abduction A Hoax, Police Say

Police say girls who claimed they were abducted last month were lying after finding video footage.
http://bountifulcitypd.com/reserves/

Police announced Tuesday that two teenage girls who reported they were abducted from the east side of Bountiful were lying.

The girls, 16 and 17, claimed they were forced by two men into a vehicle at 2 a.m. on Sept. 9. They told police they were bound with duct tape and taken 70 miles from Bountiful. The teenagers flagged down a vehicle later that evening in Santaquin and called police.

Lt. Dave Edwards with the Bountiful Police Department said this development in the case was unexpected.

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Utah News
6:25 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Going Local: Ordain Women Changes Priesthood Session Attendance Tactic

Ordain Women members are planning to attend the male-only priesthood session of LDS General Conference at local meeting houses Oct. 4.
ordainwomen.org

General Conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is scheduled to take place this weekend. Ordain Women announced Sept. 17 that, as with the two previous conferences, they will attempt to attend the male-only general priesthood session, but will use a different tactic to obtain entrance.

They plan to attend the broadcast of the Saturday session at local meeting houses instead of trying to get in to the live session in Salt Lake City.


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