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7:29 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Utah Women Call Out Carl's Jr. On Sexualized Ads

Twin sisters from Utah lead charge against corporate use of objectification.

A Utah nonprofit is leading a campaign against a nationwide fast-food chain, which they claim is objectifying women in its advertising.

Twin sisters Lindsay and Lexie Kite are pushing back against a Carl’s Jr. advertising campaign they say objectifies women. The ads feature bikini-clad women eating the fast-food chain’s burgers in a seductive manner.

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Utah Environment
6:38 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

50 Conservation Projects Celebrate Historic Legislation

Utah to participate in wilderness conservation to celebrate the Wilderness Act anniversary.

Wednesday, September 3 marks the 50-year anniversary of the Wilderness Act, a piece of legislation that set aside millions of acres of public lands for preservation.  In celebration of the anniversary and the recent creation of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, national conservation groups plan to complete conservation projects in 50 “wild places” across the country this year.

Though some projects are focused on conserving rugged wilderness areas, spokesman for the Wilderness Society Michael Carroll said there are diverse projects happening in every state.

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Utah News
6:08 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Police Continue Searching For Man Lost In Utah Reservoir

Police are using sonar equipment to search the Flaming Gorge Reservoir for a man who went missing Monday.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Police are still searching for a man who fell out of a boat in Daggett County this week.

Teams from three counties in Utah and Wyoming are contributing to the search for a 69-year-old man from Riverton after he fell out of his boat  in Flaming Gorge Reservoir on Monday around 4 p.m. The Daggett County Sheriff’s Office was notified of Charles Darrell Thomas’ disappearance after his girlfriend, who was also in the boat, managed to swim to shore and call the police.

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Utah News
10:48 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Man's Death After Fleeing From Police Being Investigated

The investigation continues by the Arizona Department of Public Safety into the death of a motorcyclist who was tased twice after fleeing a traffic stop on Interstate 15, near Littlefield Friday evening.

Michael John O'Connell, 44, had a felony warrant for seven counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a child issued out of San Jose, Calif.

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Utah Outdoors
11:24 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Unlikely Team To Race In Southern Utah Half Marathon Saturday

Elsha Stocksetch and one of her partners cross the finish line. She has muscular dystrophy, preventing her from running or walking.
Elsha Stocksetch

Saturday morning, runners of the Southern Utah half marathon will cover the Virgin River Trail as hundreds of people rush by, clothed in neon and black, feet slapping the pavement, and numbers pinned to their backs. It's a typical race- with less than typical contestants.

In the past three years Elsha Stocksetch has crossed the finish line in 31 races, the most recent being a marathon just last weekend. Her next race is Saturday, along with friend Walter Brown.

“Elsha's amazing. You know she, has overcome obstacles like I have, where we shouldn't be alive, she's done it,” Brown said.

Brown will be Stocksetch’s partner in the race- because instead of pounding the pavement in the latest neon shoe, Stocksetch will be treading the course in a three-wheeled jogging stroller, Walter behind her, every inch of the 13-mile course.

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Utah News
6:44 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Governor Confronts Controversial Issues In Conference

Governor Gary Herbert gave monthly address Thursday giving response to pertinent Utah issues.

Thursday morning, Gov. Gary Herbert addressed issues currently facing Utah.

In regards to the problematic Utah Transit Authority audit that came out earlier this week, Herbert said that it is for transparency and accountability that audits take place within the government.

“I’m just in the process of having my people review the audit. Our general councils review not only the audit on UTA, but also the 50-page response from UTA, and with a cursory view, it appears that a lot of these issues are old issues going back to 2009 and maybe even before that,” Herbert said. “I believe that the new leadership there in place now, has taken steps to correct those problems.”

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Utah News
6:56 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Great Salt Lake Approaching Record Low Levels

Water diversion and low snow pack result in the Great Salt Lake approaching record low water levels.

The Great Salt Lake is only 2 1/2 feet from its all-time record low water level, which media reports was set over 50 years ago.

Low snow packs over the last few years are reported to have majorly contributed to water shortage in the area.

Wayne Wurtsbaugh, professor of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University said another factor creating the low levels in the lake is the diversion of water for agricultural, industrial and municipal use.

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Utah News
5:55 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Naked Art: Photographer Works In The Nude To Explore Emotion

Trevor Christensen's latest work has been capturing his subject's reactions to his own nudity.
Trevor Christensen!/p/nude-portraits

A new project from a photojournalist in Provo is causing quite a stir online. The focus of his work is nude photos, but it isn’t the subjects who are naked.

Trevor Christensen launched the project titled Nude Portraits earlier this week. Christensen’s subjects are fully clothed, but he—the photographer—is not.

Click here for Christensen's full gallery.

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Utah News
5:56 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

State Granted Extra Month For Gay Marriage Appeal

The state of Utah was granted an extra month to file an appeal in a case that could decide the rights granted to gay couples married between Dec. of 2013 and Jan. of 2014.

Tuesday a federal appeals court granted the state of Utah an extra month to file its appeal of a federal order that would require the state to recognize the nearly 1,300 same-sex couples married between December and January.

The new deadline for the state’s appeal to the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals is Oct. 22.

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Utah Science
6:58 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

The Brink Of Eruption: Icelandic Volcano Could Halt Air Travel, Cause Floods…Or Not

When Eyjafjallajökull erupted in 2010, air travel in Europe was delayed for weeks and windblown ash could be seen from space.

Iceland is known for its volcanic activity; however, it wasn’t until 2010, when an Icelandic eruption shut down air travel in Europe, that the whole world took notice. Now, another volcano is on the brink of eruption, but what may happen is still unclear. UPR spoke with Mary Hubbard, a Utah State University geologist who recently returned from Iceland, about the most recent volcano to make the news.

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