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Taylor Halversen

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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.

She enjoys studying organizational structuring and communication, and desires to help teams and organizations work more effectively. She also hopes to one day use what she has learned from her schooling, research and work to open her own business and test her theories of good organizational practices in the field.

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Utah News
6:44 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Governor Confronts Controversial Issues In Conference

Governor Gary Herbert gave monthly address Thursday giving response to pertinent Utah issues.
http://blog.governor.utah.gov/

Thursday morning, Gov. Gary Herbert addressed issues currently facing Utah.

In regards to the problematic Utah Transit Authority audit that came out earlier this week, Herbert said that it is for transparency and accountability that audits take place within the government.

“I’m just in the process of having my people review the audit. Our general councils review not only the audit on UTA, but also the 50-page response from UTA, and with a cursory view, it appears that a lot of these issues are old issues going back to 2009 and maybe even before that,” Herbert said. “I believe that the new leadership there in place now, has taken steps to correct those problems.”


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Utah News
6:56 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Great Salt Lake Approaching Record Low Levels

Water diversion and low snow pack result in the Great Salt Lake approaching record low water levels.
http://www.gslcouncil.utah.gov/

The Great Salt Lake is only 2 1/2 feet from its all-time record low water level, which media reports was set over 50 years ago.

Low snow packs over the last few years are reported to have majorly contributed to water shortage in the area.

Wayne Wurtsbaugh, professor of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University said another factor creating the low levels in the lake is the diversion of water for agricultural, industrial and municipal use.

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Utah News
6:34 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Preservationists Sue BLM Over Alleged Wild Horse Mismanagement

Preservationists in Wyoming claim the BLM's scheduled roundup of wild horses is illegal.
blm.gov

Wild horse maintenance has been an inciting topic in Utah over the summer months. However, the issue extends beyond state borders with the role of state and federal governments in roundup efforts being debated nationally.

The Bureau of Land Management currently plans to roundup over 800 wild horses from federal lands in Wyoming.

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Utah News
4:33 pm
Sat August 23, 2014

Back To School Brings Pedestrian Safety Concerns

AAA advises drivers to be especially aware and vigilant of surroundings with the start of a new school year.
www.in.gov

With students returning to school this week and a subsequent increase in pedestrian traffic, Utah officials and safety organizations are urging drivers to be especially vigilant while on the road.  

AAA Utah issued a statement this week encouraging people behind the wheel to particularly keep an eye out for child pedestrians and individuals riding bicycles. Spokeswoman Rolayne Fairclough with AAA said there is an increased threat on the road as children are traveling to and from school.

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Utah News
6:17 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Utah Policies Don't Make Cancer-Fighting Cut, Study Finds

New study ranks states on how their policies address cancer related issues.
Credit http://www.acscan.org/static/measure/

A study released this week by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network claims three-quarters of all states are falling short in the fight against cancer.

How Do You Measure Up: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality looks at 12 state policy areas to see how focused states are in addressing cancer-related issues.

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Utah News
6:42 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Utah Surpasses Herbert’s 100,000 Jobs In 1,000 Days Goal

Utah celebrated reaching an economic goal almost three years in the making this week.
http://www.utahjobsplan.com/

Tuesday, Utah officials and business representatives gathered in Salt Lake City to celebrate the completion of a job-creation goal more than three years in the making.

In 2012, Gov. Gary Herbert set a statewide goal to create 100,000 jobs in just 1,000 days, pushing specifically for private sector job creation. The deadline recently passed and the state not only reached the audacious goal, but surpassed it with 112,000 created jobs.


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Utah News
6:09 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Vandals Deface Rock Art Site With Painted Targets

BLM seeking information about vandalism that occured at a rock art preservation area near Utah Lake.
Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management is looking for individuals responsible for defacing an area containing Native American rock art on the west side of Utah Lake.

Lisa Reid with the Bureau of Land Management said people frequently venture into the Lake Mountain area to engage in target practice illegally. She said litter from shooting is a major problem for the area, but added that vandalism is a less-common issue.

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Utah News
6:11 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

High-Intensity Underwater Workouts Improve Arthritis, Study Finds

High-intensity aquatic exercise alleviates arthritic pain in subjects.
http://pks.usu.edu/htm/facilities-equipment/sports-medicine-laboratory Utah State University

A group of researchers at Utah State University are using groundbreaking equipment to observe the influence high-intensity exercise has on symptoms of severe arthritis.

The researchers were able to create an aquatic environment for high-intensity exercising by using an underwater treadmill and currents. Eadric Bressel, a researcher on the project, said the level of workout intensity achieved in the study could not be reached with calisthenics or other movement in the water.

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Utah News
5:55 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Drought Persists Despite Summer Precipitation

Drought conditions continue for the third consecutive year in Utah.
water.utah.gov

Despite recent precipitation, scientists say Utah is still experiencing drought conditions.

Brian McInerney, hydrologist for the National Weather Service, said the amount of precipitation that has fallen does not mitigate how much the state is lacking in its reservoirs.

“When we have the snowpacks, an average snowpack melting, we get an inch a day coming out of the mountains, and that lasts for about six weeks,” McInerney said. “The rainfall we’re getting now is maybe thirty-five hundredths, a half-inch, a quarter-inch over three days, four days.”

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Utah News
6:48 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

West Nile-Carrying Mosquitoes Discovered In Utah County

Officials urge residents of Utah County to take proper precautions after mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus were found in the area.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus have been found in Utah County, according to state health officials.

Currently there are no reports of anyone contracting the disease, but officials are urging the public to take precautionary measures. Lance Madigan with the Utah County Health Department said individuals should wear long-sleeved clothing and using insect repellant containing DEET, especially during the dusk-to-dawn hours. 

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