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Last week reports came out which said the Dugway Proving Ground in Tooele County shipped live anthrax samples to nine different states and a military base in South Korea. One scientist at Utah State University said while this was a mistake on the Department of Defense’s part, it is nothing that should cause panic.

“It is definitely an oversight, in fact a major, major oversight,” said Bret Tarbet, research professor in the Department of Animal Dairy and Vet Sciences at USU. “This is larger than a small mistake.”

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The Golden Spike National Historic Site is hosting a get outdoors day on June 13, where visitors can follow a ranger on an eight-mile bike tour.

The purpose is to encourage people to get outdoors and explore. David Kilton, the ranger leading the tour, said this is important in a world filled with technology, where people experience nature through computers and tablets.

May's Short-Term Energy Outlook Forecasts Lower Prices

May 26, 2015
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This month the U.S. Energy Information Administration, or EIA released a forecast that outlines energy production and predicts lower prices for both gasoline and natural gas.

According to the Short-Term Energy Outlook, or STEO, a combination of record production and reduced heating demand over the winter have increased the amount of natural gas in reserves.

Utah's Ski Numbers Down — But Not By Much

May 21, 2015
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With less than half the average snowfall this winter, ski attendance has been the lowest in nine years. But the state’s winter sports marketing group, Ski Utah says this isn’t as bad as it sounds.

Between all 14 resorts in Utah, ski attendance hit 3.95 million skier days — which is measured by when a person buys a lift ticket for either the day or night and uses it — this winter.

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Department of Workforce Services representatives visited with locals Tuesday morning to discuss the resources available at the Logan Employment Center.

“Considering a rainy morning, we got a good turnout,” said Jon Pierpont, executive director of the department. “And that makes us happy as we plan for a good event today.”

Pierpont, said while people generally know there’s an employment center, they may not know about all the resources they can use.

Richmond Celebrates 100th Annual Black and White Days

May 15, 2015
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Cattle owners washed and trimmed their cows in preparation for the annual Black and White Days cattle show on Friday, where the cows will be judged on their physical features. 

Cattle owner John Conrad from Eskdale, Utah, said winning these shows increases the value of the cows and their offspring.

“At really good shows, cows that win can be worth an excess of a hundred thousand dollars,” Conrad said.

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Three Dixie State students were forbidden from posting satirical cartoons on campus that made fun of Cuban leader Che Guevara and U.S. Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush. Later, when they wanted to set up a “Free Speech Wall” made of blank paper for students to write on, they were told to put it in a designated zone, where students rarely visit.

A hospital closure can send tremors through a city or town, leaving residents fearful about how they will be cared for in emergencies and serious illnesses.

A study released Monday offers some comfort, finding that when hospitals shut down, death rates and other markers of quality generally don't worsen.

A month after her father died of sepsis, Jennifer Rodgers began creating maps.

She took a large piece of paper, splattered it with black paint and then tore it into pieces. Then she began to draw: short black lines mimic the steps she walked in the hospital hallway during her father's hospitalization.

"It was a physical release of emotion for me," she says.

It was a few days after the funeral for Freddie Gray, and the Baltimore streets that had exploded into violence this week had mostly calmed down.

The Inacurracy Of The Pre-recession Mile Marker

Apr 20, 2015
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The March unemployment numbers for Utah were published in a April 17 report by the Department of Workforce Services. The report has Utah sitting at 3.4 percent joblessness compared to 5.5 percent nationally, both of which have not changed much in the first quarter of this year.

Also reported, the number of Utahns with jobs adds up to about 1.3 million people, with 49,000 residents actively looking for a work. The job growth rate, or created jobs, for the month was 4.0 percent.

If new jobs are popping up, why does it appear the unemployment number is stagnating? 

You may not know it but most of today's smartphones have FM radios inside of them. But the FM chip is not activated on two-thirds of devices. That's because mobile makers have the FM capability switched off.

The National Association of Broadcasters has been asking mobile makers to change this. But the mobile industry, which profits from selling data to smartphone users, says that with the consumer's move toward mobile streaming apps, the demand for radio simply isn't there.

One University of Utah Program That's Not Playing Games

Apr 10, 2015
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In the early 1970s University of Utah graduate Nolan Bushnell founded his video game company Atari and began working on the iconic game Pong.

 

Today, students and faculty of the Entertainment Arts & Engineering program at the U of U push forward with Bushnell’s innovation spirit. 

 

Associate Director of the EAE program Roger Altizer said instead of just building entertaining games, he asks his students to think about game development more philosophically.

 

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The Disability Law Center has launched an investigation into the death of 62-year-old Ramon Estrada, an inmate at the Utah State Prison. Estrada died on Sunday after failing to receive a scheduled dialysis treatment for kidney failure.

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If you’ve been looking this flu season for a way to find out what pathogens are floating around town, there’s an app for that.

A few years ago tech-developer Graham Dodge came down with a stomach virus and, as someone interested in data, he wondered if there was a way to track his ailment in the area he lived to try and get a better picture of how he got sick.

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Megumi Sasaki, the director of the documentary “Herb and Dorothy 50x50,” first learned about the Vogels while on assignment at the National Gallery in Washington D.C.

“I think that there were about seventy works exhibited there and they were all part of the Herbert and Dorothy Vogel collection,” Sasaki said. “I learned about Herb and Dorothy right there for the first time and I was totally shocked – in a good way.  I just could not believe that was a true story.”

The story is about a couple of humble means who had an insatiable appetite for collecting art. They lived in a one-bedroom apartment in New York City. Herbert Vogel worked as a postal worker and Dorothy Vogel worked as a librarian. They decided to live off of Dorothy’s salary and use all of Herbert’s salary to purchase artwork.

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As the students from the Jordan High School Young Democrats set up their table in the middle of the common area, there was an air of nervous anticipation. This was their first big event as a club and it had already garnered enough attention to attract TV cameras to the scene.

They were holding what's being called a “gender equality bake sale” with the goal to highlight the issue of wage inequality between men and women. The cookies, artfully arranged on the table, were sold at 77 cents apiece for girls, and $1 for boys.

Their president and founder, Kari Schott, said the price of the cookies reflects the current relative earning power of the genders due to pay inequality.

“We mostly got good comments from it, but some people were a little outraged by it. They thought that we were being sexist, which we were, but that’s the point - to maybe start a conversation and make change," Schott said.


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The Campbell Organ Festival will present a concert Wednesday evening featuring English organist Stephen Cleobury, the music director at King’s College. You may recognize his playing from UPR’s annual Christmas Eve broadcast of the “Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” live from Cambridge, England.

He is in Logan this week and will be performing as well as conducting two Utah State University choirs at Wednesday’s concert. He’ll be playing on the recently renovated Holtkamp organ located in the Kent Concert Hall.

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The first installment of “52 Strong” comes to us from a Greyhound bus station in Montgomery, Ala. The series follows USU Professor Jason Gilmore and two of his students as they travel through the South as part of a civil rights pilgrimage.

Montgomery, Ala. is contested space. On the one hand, it was considered the cradle of the Confederacy. On the other, the birthplace of the modern civil rights movement. It is the stories of courage and determination of the civil rights movement that drew us here.

140, 221 people in Utah signed up for a health insurance plan through the Affordable Care Act during the Open Enrollment period that ended Feb. 15. Those are the numbers reported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Jason Stevenson with the Utah Health Policy Project, a nonprofit organization that helps people in Utah get health coverage, says the numbers reflect a big increase over last year.

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