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Some have dubbed Utah the pornography viewing capital of the country. Governor Gary Herbert is fighting that stigma. He signed into law two anti-pornography bills on Tuesday morning. One bill is the Concurrent Resolution on the Public Health Crisis. This resolution declared pornography a public health hazard.  


American Ninja Warrior To Speak at Utah High Schools

Mar 28, 2016
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Millard High School students will be the first of many Utah students who will meet an American Ninja Warrior this week. 


Photo: Mikey Kettinger

The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City is embracing Americans' election-year-intensified interest in socio-political issues with several new visual art exhibitions dealing with ideology, immigration and sexuality.  


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For the first time in several years, Utah lawmakers did not discuss changes to the state's liquor laws during a legislative session despite a request by restaurant owners in the state to increase the number of licenses issued in Utah. 


Utah Museum Explores Art, Kitsch and Culture

Jan 29, 2016
Photo: Mikey Kettinger

The American Heritage Dictionary defines the word ‘kitsch’ as “Pretentious bad taste, especially in the arts.” Logan’s Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art has devoted a new exhibition to Kitsch and the evolution of its perception in the context of contemporary art.


Logan Ranks 3rd Cheapest City for Renters Insurance

Jan 20, 2016
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  ValuePenguin, a consumer research firm in New York, released a report detailing the cheapest Utah cities for rental insurance. 


Utah Museum Highlights Modern Uses of Ancient Mummies

Jan 17, 2016
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Mummies of the World is on view at The Leonardo museum in Salt Lake City, with recently discovered mummies from Hungary, as well as mummies from Ancient Egypt and South America. 


Photo: Mikey Kettinger

Every four years, in conjunction with the presidential election, Americans become slightly more interested in politics. Polls, candidates, issues and parties become subjects of countless jokes and a lot of attention, and for some Salt Lake City museums, politics will be central themes for exhibitions.


Utah Musicians Raise Money With Crowdfunding

Dec 14, 2015
Photo: Mikey Kettinger

Internet crowd-funding has become a very common means of fundraising for emerging artists in Utah.  Websites like Kickstarter.com and GoFundMe.com allow anyone to create a website for any project, where they can embed a video about their ideas, and why they deserve your money.

Each project must set a fundraising goal with a deadline.  Typically, creators will provide incentives for donations, with more enticing gifts being attached to higher donations.  Some artists offer outlandish rewards for generous donors, like special performances or signed records.

Plastic Sidewalks Save Real Trees In Logan

Dec 7, 2015
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Two-thousand square feet of experimental, sidewalk have been laid throughout Logan as part of a collaboration between Utah State’s Quinney College of Natural Resources and the city. The project is expected to save trees, money and resources.

 

Logan's winter season will prove whether or not the city and the state will more widely adopt Terrewalk's plastic sidewalk.

 

Utah celebrates International Education Week

Nov 19, 2015
Katie Peikes / UPR

Colleges throughout the country are celebrating International Education Week, honoring the benefits of learning about other cultures and enhancing cultural diversity.

And international student populations keep growing, some Utah colleges say.

Weber State University reported they have about 400 international students, according to Tiana Witkamp, an administrative assistant.

Local Coffee Roaster Wins National Competition

Mar 10, 2015
A Caffe Ibis roaster holds freshly roasted beans.
Elaine Taylor

In late February Caffe Ibis coffee roaster Brandon Despain went from coffee competition newbie to first place winner of the US Coffee Championship. Despain began working for the Logan-based café as a barista a decade ago. He eventually transitioned to the position of roaster, training under late Caffe Ibis Co-owner and Roastmaster Randy Wirth.

Humane Society Offers Reward After Deer Found Dead

Feb 27, 2015

The Humane Society of Utah is offering a $2,000 reward for information about the killing of a pregnant deer and two fawns that were run down with a car.

In a statement released Thursday, the group said they are looking for information leading to an arrest and conviction of whoever chased the animals through a Box Elder County grain field. The animals were run over on Feb. 14 or 15.

Humane Society Director Deann Shepherd talks about the $2,000 reward.

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New legislation may require Utah high school students to pass a citizenship test in order to graduate. After receiving approval from the Senate in a vote of 20-8, the bill is in its final stages in the House of Representatives.

Introduced by Sen. Howard Stephenson (R-Draper), the bill would require students to answer 50 questions on American Government and get 75 percent correct before receiving a high school diploma. The test would be similar to a citizenship test, which requires knowledge of principles of American Government, American History and Integrated Civics. However, citizenship tests only require a minimum score of 60 percent.