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Two Utah lawmakers generated outrage on Monday after jokingly commenting about changing genders on Twitter. Monday morning State Rep. Jacob Anderegg posted to the social media site said he was "strongly considering a gender identifying change" so that he could use the women’s restroom because the men’s was occupied.

"Switching your gender identity? Just can’t keep up with you. You’re a new man! Erm…woman," said State Sen. Wayne Neiderhauser via Twitter in response to Anderegg's comment.

Thanksgiving Holiday Programming

Nov 21, 2013
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Thursday, November 28 9-11 a.m.

More than 200 protestors gathered on Saturday to denounce Utah’s so-called “Ag-Gag” law. The law, which was signed by Governor Herbert in 2012, prohibits unauthorized filming or photography at agricultural facilities. This weekend’s protest was organized after charges were filed – and then dropped –  against a woman who filmed activities at a slaughterhouse in Draper.

USU Grads Ace CPA Exams

Apr 16, 2013
Jon M. Huntsman School of Business

Only 39 people out of more than 92,000 candidates who took the Uniform CPA Examination in 2012 scored above 95.5, and two of those high scorers were graduates of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.

Boy Scouts of America

A  proposed Boy Scouts troop sponsored by a Utah gay rights organization has been rejected by Boy Scouts of America.

Valerie Larrabe of the Utah Pride Center says they were told that the mission of their organization didn’t properly align with the goals of Boy Scouts.

Larrabe says the troop would have included 10 middle-school aged boys and been guided by straight troop leaders.

Boy Scouts of America spokesman Deron Smith said they decided that a partnership with the Utah Pride Center would not have been beneficial based on the mission of the Utah organization.

Logan Film Festival

For organizer Tyler Woodbury, the Logan film festival does more than just provide a screen for viewing movies.

“The atmosphere in Logan is disjointed right now. So, one of the purposes of the festival is to bring it together, and bring the people together.”

The Utah Film Commission is known for promoting Utah in the movie world, but generally focuses on the Southern end of the state.

Gabe Saxton, from the Logan Downtown Alliance and the man in charge of the festival, says this publicity problem hinges on airport access.

The aerospace giant ATK announced Thursday the layoff of approximately 150 employees at its Box Elder County facility as well as in Mississippi and Ohio.

The company, best known for its solid-rocket boosters that propelled the space shuttle into orbit for many years, has laid off roughly half its workforce since 2009.

ATK spokeswoman Trina Helquist said the majority of layoffs took place at the nearby Promontory facility. About 90 employees agreed to voluntary severance.

Would you know what to do in case an earthquake hit Utah?  You may have a plan for your family, but what about your pets?  Superstorm Sandy first responders are teaching Utah agencies how to save animals as well as families in case of emergency.

Animal experts from all over Utah gathered at the 4th annual Animals in Disaster Workshop at the Provo Marriott.  The workshop educates different agencies about what to do with pets in case a natural disaster hit Utah.

Brinkerhoffs

With more students leaving for religious missions than ever before, Universities across the state are facing major enrollment dips.

Utah State University President, Stan Albrecht, said the school is still having difficulty estimating the fiscal consequences of this lower enrollment.

“We’re budgeting in a fog right now because we don’t really understand all of the impacts yet.”

Church Fire Sparked By Old Computer Monitor

Mar 22, 2013
Salt Lake Tribune

Investigators are blaming a 1980’s-era computer monitor for a fire that ravaged a Clearfield church this week.

“I was getting ready to yell out, ‘Did anyone call 911 yet?’ and the police came up the street.”

Jamie Monson lives right across the street from where an old monitor overheated and sparked the Tuesday afternoon blaze in the Clearfield Community Church library.

North Davis District Interim Fire Chief Mark Becraft estimated the damages at between $750,000 and $1 million.  Monson says that damage is apparent.

Girl Scout Money Thief Turns Himself In

Mar 21, 2013

The man accused of stealing cookie money from a Girl Scout troop has turned himself into the police.  UPR’s Brianna Bodily has more on the details and possible motivation behind the crime.

Unified Police Detective Ken Hansen says 24-year-old Steven Andrew Kvenvold turned himself into police around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. 

Police say members of Troop 2532 were selling cookies at a stand outside a Taylorsville Wal-Mart last Saturday when a man and woman, working together, stole their cash box.

Committee Rejects Climate Change Bill

Feb 5, 2013

Legislation that for the first time would have acknowledged the science of human-caused climate change by the government of the State of Utah was debated during a committee meeting on Monday, before being rejected on a 11-4 vote.

Republican representative Kraig Powell, of Heber, wants the state legislature to acknowledge the effects that climate change is having on wildfires in Utah.

“What the bill does is - it authorizes the state division of forestry, fire and public lands to consider the effects of climate change on their efforts to develop and implement firefighting strategies.”


Oil Rig Fire Forces Evacuations Near Roosevelt

Jan 22, 2013
KSL 5 News

A drilling rig near Roosevelt caught fire late Monday night and forced the evacuation of a work crew and three homes.  UPR’s Brianna Bodily reports.

Brianna’s passion for journalism comes from a love of learning and a desire to know everything.  She studies Broadcast Journalism and Political Science at Utah State University and hopes one day to travel the world reporting hard news. She also works as the Aggie Radio news director and a reporter for USU TV.

Prime Excavating of St. George replaced a critical water line in a forbidding area of the Arizona strip. The 60-year-old pipeline serves forest service and BLM grazing sites, as well as wildlife in the Houserock Valley area.

Forest managers praised the contractor for its work on very steep terrain and thanked local ranchers who secured the funding for the project.

From the Utah Climate Center...

Tuesday, January 10

The death of Ogden police officer Jared Francom and wounding of five other members of the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force last Wednesday has shocked and saddened Utahns and reminded us of the high cost sometimes paid to protect our communities.

A group of independent business owners and Utah Senate and House Minority leaders will hold a public panel-discussion Tuesday on state liquor laws. Ashley Tolman reports.

Federal officials detonated explosive material they found inside a Utah home where a narcotics officer was shot dead and five others were wounded. Mackinzie Hamilton reports.

Monday, January 9

Mark Anderson joins Bryan Earl to answer gardening questions in the first half on Monday’s Access Utah.
Then Tom Williams’ guests in the second half, Stanford researcher and doctoral student William Anderegg and University of Utah Biology Professor John Sperry, say they’ve discovered the reason for a phenomenon known as Sudden Aspen Decline.

At least one constituent is demanding that the mayor of Helper resign as he faces a drunken driving charge.

The demand was made Thursday during a crowded Helper City Council meeting. Mayor Dean Armstrong was told his conduct is putting town residents in peril and that resigning would give him the chance to get his personal matters in order. Armstrong says he will not resign.

Should Cherry Creek be Zoned for a Ski Resort?

Jan 6, 2012

A request for permits to locate a ski resort in Northern Utah's Cherry Creek area is under review. UPR's Ashley Tolman tells us county planning and zoning officials have postponed making a decision whether or not to allow the conditional use permit.

USU Moab is in the Works

Jan 5, 2012

County officials declined to protest a south-corridor annexation proposed by Moab City. No protests by today’s deadline paves the way for Utah State University to build a campus along Highway 191.

Utah authorities say the suspect injured in a shoot-out with police in Ogden is a 37-year-old man with a limited criminal history.

Ogden police say Matthew David Stewart suffered injuries that are not life-threatening in the shooting Wednesday evening that killed one officer and wounded five others. The officer killed, Jared Francom, was with the Ogden police department. He had a wife and two yound children. Stewart is in a hospital under guard.

Dan Liljenquist, former Utah State Senator representing the Davis County area, made an important announcement on Wednesday. Mr. Liljenquist, who was named public official of the year by the national government watchdog magazine, Governing, talked to UPR's Chris Holmes about his decision to run for a seat in the United States Senate.

Wednesday, January 4

We've finally arrived at votes that count. We'll review the results of the Iowa Caucuses with several political experts: Mike Lyons, Associate Professor of Political Science at USU; Kirk Jowers, Director of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics; Deseret News columnists, LaVarr Webb and Frank Pignanelli; and Quin Monson,    BYU Assistant Professor of Political Science and Associate Director at the Center for the study of Elections and Democracy.

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