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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.