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The driver and passenger in a vehicle that was hit while trying to make a left hand turn have died.
videvo.net

A vehicle collision in Idaho killed two people and injured four Wednesday. The highway crash happened in Preston, Idaho near the Utah-Idaho border. Traffic was stopped for nearly four hours while emergency and law enforcement crews cleared the area.  

Idaho State Police report 83-year-old Franklin resident L. Max Richards was driving a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee when the vehicle was hit as Richards attempted to make a left hand turn onto Cub River Road. He and a passenger, 80-year-old Phyllis Richards, died at the scene when their vehicle was hit by an oncoming  2011 Ford Edge.

The two friends at a USU Aggies football game
Katlyn Uhart

During this next episode in our year-long series Crossing Borders, two university students who crossed state lines before arrived in Utah to discover their differences actually strengthen their friendship.  

According to the United States Consumer Products Commission, between 300 and 400 ATV deaths occur each year, including children under the age of 16.
Utah Public Radio

Due to the rising number of ATV-related accidents, a local outdoor equipment company is working to spread safety awareness this summer to farmers and outdoor enthusiasts. 

Ely Prison where an inmate was stabbed to death.
doc.nv.gov

A Nevada inmate serving up to life in prison for kidnapping, robbery and sexual assault has been stabbed to death in a fight with two other inmates at the state prison in Ely.

Nevada Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Santina said Wednesday that 32-year-old Sergio Chan was killed in the altercation at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

npr.org

Beloved former NPR Newscaster and Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me Official Judge and Scorekeeper Carl Kasell has died.

The Connection Between Money And Happiness Is Real

Apr 14, 2018
The link between money and happiness impacts people around the world according to researchers from the University of Utah.
unews.utah.edu

The link between money and happiness impacts people around the world, according to researchers from the University of Utah. One researcher who studied happiness for 35 years co-authored the study.

U.S. - China Tariff Dispute Impacting American Farmers

Apr 14, 2018

In 2016 President Donald Trump campaigned on balancing the United States’ annual trade deficit of $500 million. Fast-forward to March 2018, President Trump announced tariffs on steel and aluminum. Now the $23 billion U.S. ag industry is to be impacted by global trade decisions.

An investment firm tasked with finding a new owner for an Arizona coal plant says it's focused on one potential investor with a handful of others on the sideline.

The Navajo Generating Station near Page is set to close in 2019 if no one steps in to buy it.

Groups Gather To Advocate Against Idaho Sex Trafficking

Apr 10, 2018

Sex trafficking isn't just an issue in other parts of the world, it is going on in Idahoans' backyards. But there's growing interest in the Gem State to fight back.

Last year credit card debt in America passed the $1 trillion mark for the first time ever. According to a study from WalletHub, credit card payments are coming later than previous years and sometimes not at all.

Utah Teen Has A 'Kind' Approach To Prevent School Violence

Mar 16, 2018
Utah teen Elizabeth Busdicker has a nicer solution to prevent violence in schools.
Busdicker Family

Earlier this week thousands of high school students walked out of class, calling for safer schools and stronger gun control legislation. One Utah student joined the smaller movement of students across the nation to stay inside their schools.

Bull elk, similar to the one poached by Ed and Ryan Singler.
opb.org

Two Wisconsin men who illegally poached a bull elk near the Nevada-Utah line have been sentenced to 10 days in jail and ordered to pay thousands of dollars in fines and penalties.

Nevada wildlife officials say Ed Singler of Shiocton, Wisconsin had a valid hunting tag for the area. But the elk killed in White Pine County in 2015 was actually shot by his son, Ryan Singler of New London, Wisconsin.

$50 million dollars has been allocated by the Utah State Legislature for public transportation.
UTA

The Utah Transit Authority will receive an estimated $50 million makeover, as it transitions to the newly named Transit District of Utah under Senate Bill 136.

Women Unite at Utah State Capitol

Mar 9, 2018
On the final day of the 2018 Utah State Legislative Session a group gathered in the rotunda so support Internal Women's Day.
KUTV

Joining in solidarity with women across the world, around 200 Utahns celebrated International Women’s Day by rallying at the State Capitol on Thursday, the last day of the 2018 legislative session.

The Utah Farm Bureau is focusing on farm safety. This week has been designated as Agricultural Safety Awareness Week. The bureau identified safety risks while focusing on the theme, “No One Can Take Your Place.”

Researchers at the state’s agricultural university, Utah State University, are researching a robotics system that could be used to milk cows. Glen Mickelson is an assistant herdsman at the USU Caine Research Dairy. The dairy is in the process of replacing their hand milking program. Instead of using employees to do the milking two robotic machines have been installed.

Opioid Issue Roundtables Being Set Up In Rural Areas

Mar 8, 2018
A round table discussion will be held by the USDA and local leaders on April 11th
USDA.gov

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working on a plan to combat the opioid epidemic in rural America. The USDA is seeing impacts on the quality of life and economic well-being in small towns.

Cache Valley Deer Take Helicopter Ride

Mar 7, 2018
Female mule deer were captured for testing to compare with data from last December
Bronson Teichert

Biologists from Division of Wildlife Resources are working with a helicopter crew to locate and capture female mule deer. The deer had tracking collars put on last December.

A beloved polar bear has died at the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, New York.

Director Larry Sorel says the loss of 28-year-old Aurora is "difficult for the entire zoo family."

Zoo Society President Pamela Reed Sanchez says Aurora was "an extraordinary ambassador" for her "vulnerable species."

Local lawmakers discuss funding for the homeless as they prepare for the final week of the session
Kerry Bringhurst / Utah Public Radio

When Logan City Mayor Holly Daines first learned about House Bill 462 for homeless services she began researching how an annual tax for low-income or homeless programs would impact her city.

“We are watching that bill,” Daines said.

Republican Representative Steve Eliason is sponsoring the bill that would give the state the ability to tax cities that don’t have programs for their homeless population.

Police say a 50-year-old Colorado woman was killed in a hit-and-run crash near Moab in eastern Utah.

An individual found the body of Cheryl Zimmerman of Lakewood, Colorado near a parked white SUV 12 miles (19 kilometers) north of Moab on Friday morning.

A blizzard warning has expired but the National Weather Service says whiteout conditions are still possible around Lake Tahoe where 3 feet of snow (90 centimeters) already has fallen and winds gusting to nearly 150 mph (240 kph) shut down Interstate 80.

A winter storm warning remains in effect until 10 a.m. Saturday around Tahoe where up to another 20 inches (50 cm) of snow is possible.

Canceling all student loan debt could create more than half of all the jobs created after the Great Recession
Pixabay

Student loan debt in the U.S. has reached $1.4 trillion. That's greater than all credit card debt and also eclipses all motor vehicle loans. 

Researchers at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College say canceling that debt would be a major boost to the economy. 

Grid Not Ready For Increased Demand For Renewables

Feb 21, 2018

A number of large companies are driving the demand for renewable energy, and those same companies are calling for a major upgrade to the country's energy transmission lines, including Utah.

People in Cache Valley working against food waste
Bronson Teichert

Next time you find yourself scraping your plate into the garbage, you might consider how much you’re throwing away.  

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