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Jasmine Despain Named UCASA's Student Advocate Of The Year

Apr 21, 2017
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In a year of nationwide discussion of sexual assault on Utah’s university campuses, Jasmine Despain, a student at Utah State University, was named student advocate of the year by the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

Herbert: Early Election If Chaffetz Resigns

Apr 20, 2017
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Utah’s Third District Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz announced Wednesday that he will not seek reelection to his seat in 2018. Amid speculation of what could be next for Chaffetz and his district, Gov. Gary Herbert has announced that there will be a special election if the Congressman resigns early.

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Deserae Turner who survived being shot in the head by two teens in a crime that shocked her small town of Smithfield is leaving the hospital after more than two months.

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Utah female students are accusing a national organization of having a sexist dress code.

The dress code for the American Legion of Auxiliary's Utah Girls State requires girls wear only blouses with skirts or dresses throughout most of the program. It specifically bans pantsuit options.

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Much of Rainbow Bridge National Monument along Lake Powell in southern Utah has gained a new protected status.

The National Park Service says 85 acres within the 160-acre monument have been designated a "traditional cultural property" due to the site's historic and ongoing cultural significance to at least six American Indian tribes.

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Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican who chairs the House Oversight Committee, says he won't for re-election or any other office in 2018.

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The annual Tri-Det competition sees Air Force ROTC detachments from three Utah universities face off in events designed to challenge young cadets mentally and physically. Tri-Det 2017, held in Logan, saw the Brigham Young University Air Force ROTC take home first place, but not before a down-to-the-wire challenge from the cadets of Utah State University. UPR's Evan Hall takes us there.

Utah State University To Host Mountain West Interfaith Lab

Apr 18, 2017
Katherine Taylor

 

Later this month, more than 100 people from twelve different Utah universities will come together to learn how to build interfaith bridges. The first ever Mountain West Interfaith Lab will be hosted by Utah State University.

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Leaders in South Salt Lake City fought against a new homeless shelter being built in their town but are now helping with plans for the facility, saying they want to make the best of a bad situation and reduce the potential for crime.

Utah Teen Dies After Being Hit By Car

Apr 18, 2017
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A Utah teenager has died after being struck by two cars, one of which pinned him to the ground.

Syracuse Police said Tuesday in a news release that that 15-year-old Dakota Kilburn died Tuesday morning from injuries he suffered in the Monday night incident.

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Utah legislators will not override Governor Gary Herbert's veto last month of a bill that would have allowed him to pack about two dozen of state boards and commissions with members of one political party.

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The Utah woman who suffered a broken leg in a high-profile London attack that left several people dead — including her husband — has returned home.

Melissa Cochran's brother, Clint Payne, says doctors cleared her to fly back home last week and she is healing faster than expected. Cochran lives in the Salt Lake City suburb of West Bountiful.

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A Utah judicial oversight commission representative says the number of comments about a judge calling a convicted rapist a "good man" during his sentencing hearing has nearly tripled since Friday.

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State officials say a new state prison is expected to be done by the end of 2020 as scheduled, but that inmates won't be moved there until the following year.

Officials said Friday during a Prison Development Commission hearing that it will take about six months to transition prisoners from the current facility in Draper to the new one about 25 miles north near the Salt Lake City International Airport.

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Officials say they are temporarily closing the area surrounding Bridal Veil Falls in northern Utah to work on renovations.

Utah County Public Works Director Richard Nielson says the area will be closed for about eight weeks while workers remove two old tram structures located at the top and bottom of the waterfall and a burned-down restaurant.

The waterfall is a popular attraction at the Provo Canyon that draws in thousands of tourists. The project costs $1 million.

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Brigham Young University officials say they've named a new dinosaur that they found hidden in Utah.

BYU professors have created a full picture of the sauropod from thousands of fossilized bones and published a paper Tuesday in the University of Michigan's Contributions from the Museum of Paleontology.

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A representative from Rocky Mountain Power insists that rates for solar users must change and that the company is not antagonistic toward green energy providers.

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A company with ties to a polygamous sect on the Utah-Arizona border has agreed to pay $200,000 for pay back wages to children who picked pecans for long hours in the cold.

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Western Democrats are pressuring President Donald Trump not to rescind land protections put in place by President Barack Obama, including for Utah's Bears Ears National Monument.

Outdoor Clothing Company Patagonia Visits USU Campus

Apr 12, 2017

 

If you’re walking around the campus of Utah State University Wednesday you may have noticed a funny looking vehicle parked on the Quad and lots of signs for the clothing company Patagonia. This promotional event comes on the heels of Patagonia’s recent withdrawal from the Outdoor Retailer Show typically hosted in Salt Lake City.

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Officials say a timber harvesting operation has begun at Beaver Mountain in northern Utah.

On Monday, Kamas-based Thompson Logging Inc. began the estimated 36-month operation to harvest 320 acres (129.5 hectares) of timber. The company has a contract with the State of Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration that runs through 2019.

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Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch has raised about $1.3 million in campaign donations in recent months as he prepares for a possible re-election run, something the long-serving Republican has opened the door to after pledging years ago that his current term would be his last.

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Two Utah brothers who want Rep. Jason Chaffetz to investigate President Donald Trump's alleged conflicts of interest and ties to Russia are putting their request on a large billboard near the congressman's Utah office.

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Prospective home-buyers in northern Utah are struggling amid a shortage of affordable housing in a situation that mirrors a nationwide trend.

Utah Joins Battle Against Seniors' Food Insecurity

Apr 11, 2017
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More than 10 million Americans age 60 and older are at risk of hunger every day, according to the National Council on Aging.

Ginette Bott, chief development officer with the Utah Food Bank, said there are simple steps anyone can take to help people living on fixed incomes or with limited transportation options.

She notes it's important to put a spotlight on food insecurity among seniors.

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