Utah News

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Each year, USU 4-H Extension hosts a mock legislative session for high school students. In a condensed version of what takes Utah lawmakers 45 days, high school students visit Utah’s capitol hill and go through the entire legislative process in one day.

Lewis is the only Caltech Beaver to win titles at different weight classes 126 and 137 lbs.
Randy Lewis

One Utah State University researcher who is used to being recognized for his pioneering as a scientist is now being recognized for his success as an athlete. Utah’s “spider-silk man” will travel from Logan to California for the honors.

Utah State University
Utah State University

Utah State University has removed its Title IX coordinator after an investigation revealed administrators had not sufficiently addressed sexism and sexual misconduct allegations against some faculty members.

Dennis Stock

The Logan City Council held their bi-monthly meeting Thursday to vote on a resolution dedicated to neighborhood improvement and enforcement of Logan’s occupancy limit.

A professor at the University of Utah recently co-authored a study exploring challenges faced by black male doctoral students. The six-year study followed 21 students earning doctorate degrees in engineering. It showed these students felt they were at the bottom of the hierarchy when it came to receiving resources from faculty members.

Recreational pot sales may be allowed in Wendover.
whyy.org

The legal sale of recreational marijuana on the Nevada-Utah line may not be banned after all.

The mayor of West Wendover, Nevada is using his veto power to put the question back on the table.

Utah man sentenced to 100 years in prison, with more charges still pending.
ou.org

A 38-year-old southern Utah man convicted of sexually abusing five young girls will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

A judge in Ogden sentenced Jacob Streeper of Riverdale to at least 100 years in prison. He still faces sentencing for two additional felony charges after he violated a court order and contacted victims after his arrest.

Utah State University Names New Provost

Apr 17, 2018
usu.edu

Utah State University announced on Tuesday that Francis D. Galey will be it’s new executive vice president and provost. Galey is currently the dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources as the University of Wyoming. He fills the position Noelle Cockett left vacant when she became university president in January 2017.

A suspect has been arrested following a Monday morning shooting that left one man dead in Tremonton.
Box Elder County Sheriff Dept.

An investigation into a possible homicide continues in Tremonton. A press release from local police outlines the details of a shooting early Monday morning.

Utah could join 30 other states in legalizing some form of medical marijuana.
change.org

The push for legalized marijuana has moved into Utah and Oklahoma, two of the most conservative states in the country, further underscoring how quickly feelings about marijuana are changing in the United States.

If the two measures pass, Utah and Oklahoma will join 30 other states that have legalized some form of medical marijuana. That's according to the pro-pot National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana laws. Nine of those states and Washington, D.C. also have broad legalization where adults 21 and older can use pot for any reason. Michigan could become the 10th state with its ballot initiative this year.

Followers of the Kyle Burton Search Party Facebook group received a status update Monday. They wonder if the remains of a male body found near Providence Canyon could be Burtons.
Facebook

UPDATE:

On Monday, UPR's Arden Ott reported on a possible connection between a body found Sunday in Cache Valley and a Wyoming man missing since November.

Research and Graduate Studies / Utah State University

In 2011, the Association for Women and Science published a paper claiming women were underrecognized when scientific organizations chose nominees and selected prominent scientists to award. 

Police in Salina say two juveniles have been injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident.

Salina police say the accident occurred Saturday in a riding area east of the city when an ATV rolled onto the two 12-year-olds who weren't wearing helmets or other safety gear.

Logo for Utah State Treasurer.
mycash.utah.gov

Officials say Utah residents have more than $38 million in unclaimed property.

The Deseret News reports the Utah State Treasurer's Office recently announced the Utah Unclaimed Property Division received more than $38.4 million in lost property at the end of 2017.

Utah Treasurer David Damschen says the property is from a variety of sources, including dormant bank accounts, stock certificates and uncollected insurance payouts.

Jails in Utah counties have had significantly less deaths last year.
corrections.utah.gov

Figures from sheriff's offices around the state show seven people died at county jails in Utah last year, down from a record 25 the year before.

The Standard-Examiner reports last year it requested 2016's jail death records from Utah's 29 counties. Twenty-three deaths were reported. Two more jail-related deaths were discovered with additional record requests to the Weber and Davis county sheriff's offices. Those two deaths had not been counted because the inmates died later at hospitals, not in the jails.

www.nps.gov / National Park Service

On Saturday, April 21, visitors will be able to attend any national park site in the United States free of charge. Dinosaur National Monument is one of the many areas in Utah the public will be able to enjoy at no cost.

Utah public schools collecting millions in fees.
change.org

A state audit has found that Utah public schools collected $71 million in fees from students last year, increasing by 29 percent over the last five years.

The Deseret News reports the State Board of Education audit released Thursday found that academic fees ranged from a few cents for library fines to more than $100 for lab costs and textbooks.

Utah public schools collecting millions in fees.
change.org

A state audit has found that Utah public schools collected $71 million in fees from students last year, increasing by 29 percent over the last five years.

The Deseret News reports the State Board of Education audit released Thursday found that academic fees ranged from a few cents for library fines to more than $100 for lab costs and textbooks.

Utah public schools collecting millions in fees.
change.org

A state audit has found that Utah public schools collected $71 million in fees from students last year, increasing by 29 percent over the last five years.

The Deseret News reports the State Board of Education audit released Thursday found that academic fees ranged from a few cents for library fines to more than $100 for lab costs and textbooks.

Utah prairie dogs are given looser protections.
wonderopolis.org

Wildlife managers under the Trump administration are loosening contentious endangered-species protections for Utah prairie dogs in a plan that's worrying for animal advocates but cheered by people in southern Utah who said their town was overrun.

The new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plan makes it easier to develop private land, even it means prairie dogs are removed or killed.

A state audit of a southwestern Utah county's sheriff's office has uncovered poor oversight and occasional misuse of government equipment.

The auditor's report released on Tuesday said that the Washington County Sheriff's Office kept poor records about $124,000 in donated funds and didn't have proper safeguards to ensure that gift cards and other expenses weren't being abused. At least one official also used county equipment for their personal use.

Different LGBTQ identities.
redefy.org

A new Utah Department of Health survey has found that lesbian, gay and bisexual Utah residents are more frequently victims of sexual violence than heterosexual people.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that 10,000 Utah adults took the survey in 2016, answering questions such as whether they had ever been raped or if someone had ever attempted to rape them.

Utah Ranks Fourth In Nation For Financial Literacy

Apr 11, 2018
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April is National Financial Literacy Month. In a recent report released by WalletHub, Utah ranked fourth in the nation for financial literacy.

The organization assessed the financial literacy of individuals with questions on topics like interest, stocks and investing. The report also analyzed financial education and consumer habits.  

New yoga series to take place in Utah's state parks
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The Utah Department of Natural Resources announced a new outdoor yoga series taking place in nine different state parks. Organizers hope the experience of practicing yoga in the outdoors will help participants feel more connected to nature.

Matilyn Mortensen

A yearlong program offered through Brigham Young University Pathway-Worldwide is designed to help students transition more successfully into a higher-education setting.

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