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Utah Politics
4:16 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Glenn Beck Comes To Logan's Independence Celebration

Glenn Beck, political pundit, will be speaking at Logan's Independence Day celebration Thursday night.
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The Independence Day celebration in Logan will have music, fireworks and an unexpected national political speaker. The schedule for Freedom Fire has been altered to make room for a 10 minute speech by political pundit Glenn Beck. The often controversial speaker was a last minute addition.

Logan City’s Debbie Harvey says Beck was originally invited to speak at the show but declined due to health issues. However, he has since changed his answer and decided to speak at Freedom Fire.

“It will be nothing political, he is going to talk about honoring veterans. He is going to talk about patriotism and about what a great country we live in. There will be nothing political in his speech,” Harvey said.

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Utah Environment
1:39 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Herbert Awards Clean Air Grant To Roast Master

Caffe Ibis is given money to make roasting methods more environmentally friendly.
Credit http://www.nssga.org/major-event/fall-board-meeting/activities/spouse-welcome-coffee/

A Logan coffee shop will be visited by Gov. Herbert Tuesday morning. He will congratulate the company on its efforts to cut emissions, as part of a valley-wide tour.

The governor and other officials will be eating lunch at Caffé Ibis tomorrow before awarding the small business a grant for $15,000.

The money will help fund a recently installed afterburner which helping to reduce the pollution made from roasting coffee.

Deputy Chief of Staff Mike Mower, who will be attending the air quality tour, says he is looking forward to a busy day in Cache Valley.

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Utah Health and Wellness
2:16 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Whooping Cough Declared Epidemic In California, Utah Still Ok

Infants are at particularly high risk for Whooping Cough.
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Whooping cough has reached epidemic proportions in California by infecting 800 people in the last two weeks. However in Utah there have been 400 confirmed cases so far this year, which is down 15 percent from the same time last year.

The bacterial disease, also known as Pertussis, is common among children. This is why 45 states including Utah require the immunization for students.

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Utah Health and Wellness
11:58 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Peter Corroon: Medicaid Decision Cannot Wait

Credit medicaid.gov

Utahns will have to wait for a decision by the state legislature on their healthcare options, but one Utah official says that waiting is not an option.

Democratic state party chair Peter Corroon says a special session of the legislature needs to be held so a decision can be made about Medicaid.

He said Utahns are giving their money to other states while the legislature takes its time.

“People think that if we do not take the federal money than we are saving money in our own pocket book but that is not the case,” Corroon said. “Case is that the money is going to other states and Utah is losing out.”

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Utah Politics
4:00 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Gov. Herbert Addresses Medicaid Expansion

A report released yesterday by Families USA and Utah Health Policy Project shows how Medicaid expansion could cover approximately 140,000 working Utahns.

During his monthly press conference, Gov. Gary Herbert says he has not yet read the report but it is important not jump into something without knowing what it will do to the economy down the road.

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Utah Health and Wellness
1:12 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Groups Seek To Fix Coverage Gap In Utahs Healthcare

Two groups released a report Wednesday about the gap in Medicaid, and ways to fix the gap. Currently, a family of three that earns more than $9,300 annually are not eligible for to receive Medicaid in Utah.

Rachel Klein, enrollment program director for Families USA, said this leaves a gap between being poor enough to receive Medicaid and wealthy enough to afford insurance.

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Utah Education
4:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

New Athletics Facility To Provide Training Space, Help Recruit Athletes

Utah State University athletics unveiled the Wayne Estes Center, a new athletics training and competition facility Wednesday. 

A crowd of alumni, donors, athletes and coaches gathered in the $9.7 million building to celebrate the future of USU athletics and to recognize the legacy of Aggie All-American Wayne Estes.

The school prepares for its second season in the Mountain West Conference this fall. Utah State University President Stan Albrecht says, “This is the type of facility that will help USU continue to climb to the top.”

Men’s basketball coach Stew Morrill says this kind of facility will make the Aggies more competitive in recruiting.

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Utah Transportation
4:15 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Texting And Driving Law Broadened: Don't Touch Your Cell Phone

New bill allows some activities on cell phones while driving, limits others.
Credit State of Wisconsin

Senate Bill 253 goes into effect Tuesday and will change what Utah drivers are allowed to do on their cellphones. The bill says that a driver could be given a $100 fine if they are caught looking away from the road to use their phone. 

 Sen. Stephen Urquhart (R-St. George) says you will still be able to talk on the phone while driving but if you need to punch information into your device then you will need to find another way.

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