Taylor Halversen


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Utah News
6:10 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

BLM Responds To Wyoming Roundup Accusations

The BLM said they are in accordance with the law with roundup efforts.

Wild horse preservationists have called into question the legality of the wild horse roundup in the checkerboard area of Wyoming which began Sept. 15. 

Shelly Gregory with the Wyoming High Desert District of the Bureau of Land Management asserts the Wild Horse and Burro Act allows private land owners to request the BLM remove wild horses from their property.

“The BLM is respecting the rights of private land owners to operate their land as they see fit,” Gregory said.

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Utah News
5:49 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Utah Resort's Pound Puppy Hike Aids No-Kill Efforts

Red Mountain Resort Pound Puppy Hike encourages no-kill efforts.
Russell Douglas Powell Red Mountain Resort

The No-Kill Utah initiative began at the end of March with the goal of making Utah a no-kill state for dogs and cats by 2019.

Temma Martin with Best Friends Animal Society said to be considered no-kill means 90% of cats and dogs must leave shelters alive through adoption, returning to owners or being rescued by another animal welfare organization.

“Our statewide save rate is currently at 79.4 percent. The dog save rate is quite a bit higher, which is exciting; we’re at about 92 percent. And then the cat save rate year-to-date is at about close to 64 percent,” Martin said.

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Utah News
6:03 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Horse Deaths In Wyoming Roundup Incite Advocates

Ten horses have died during BLM roundup efforts in Wyoming within a two-week period.

The Bureau of Land Management has removed 543 wild horses from public lands in Wyoming over the course of the last two weeks, with the goal of removing a total of 900 animals.

Ten horses have died during removal efforts and Suzanne Roy, director of the American Wild Horse Campaign, said the deaths are a direct result of the roundup. She calls the situation an example of the inhumanity of the government’s wild horse program.

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