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6:22 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Utah Space Expert To Receive NASA’s Highest Award

NASA Ambassador Patrick Wiggins will receive NASA's highest civilian honor next month.
Credit nasa.gov

UPR’s long-time go-to outer space and star guy Patrick Wiggins is being awarded NASA’s highest civilian honor. Wiggins is Utah’s Solar System Ambassador for NASA and his mission is to get the public outside and looking at the stars.

UPR spoke with Wiggins the day after he learned he’d be the first ambassador to receive the Distinguished Public Medal and, by his own account, he was still in shock.

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Utah News
5:47 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Governors Write To President Concerning Immigrant Children

State representatives expressed their concerns to President Barack Obama about children in the middle of immigration reform.
Credit http://editorials.voa.gov/

This issue of immigration reform has been a major focus of President Obama's administration, particularly the children caught between borders. This week, one Utah representative expressed concern regarding the current state of illegal child immigration to the president. 


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Utah Transportation
4:30 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

USU Student Dies In Plane Crash In Southern Utah

The plane crashed in rugged terrain, killing two.
Credit Chris Holmes

The bodies have been recovered and identified, but the questions remain in the crash of a single-engine aircraft in the Virgin River Gorge Sunday night. The victims were teenage brothers from Clinton, Utah.

Daulton Whatcott, 19, just received his pilot's license. He was excited about pursuing a career in commercial aviation according to a Facebook post by a family member.

Daulton was accompanied by his 16-year-old brother Jaxon. The two were en-route to a basketball tournament in Las Vegas.

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Utah News
6:25 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Protestors Dispute First U.S. Tar Sands Mine

Environmental protesters attempt to halt construction of the first U.S. tar sands mine.
Credit http://www.ostseis.anl.gov/

Approximately 80 environmental protestors are attempting to halt construction of a strip mine being built in Uintah County.

The mine, located in the Book Cliffs, is reportedly on track to be the first tar sands mine in the United States.

Opponents to the project say nearly 80 acres of forest and sage land have been leveled in preparation for mine construction, which they call a devastating blow to the environment.

U.S. Oil Sands, a Canada-based mining corporation, has plans to build the mine on state lands leased from the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration. The mine, which is in early stages of construction, is scheduled to produce 2000 barrels of oil per day.


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Utah News
6:16 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Hatch: Executive Order Unfair To Religious Groups

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch said Monday's executive order should have included an exemption for religious organizations.
Credit hatch.senate.gov

Monday morning, President Obama signed an executive order which aims to protect LGBT employees of federal contractors. The order will protect individuals from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have laws protecting LGBT workers from being fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The executive order will expand previous measures meant to protect federal employees to the 28 million workers employed by federal contractors, which account for about 20 percent of the nation’s workforce.

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Utah Education
9:31 am
Mon July 21, 2014

"Aggies Elevated" Supports Students With Intellectual Disablities

The first group of students to receive higher education through Aggie s Elevated.
Credit http://www.usu.edu/ust/index.cfm?article=53966

There are some children that grow up knowing they will be attending a university, but for those with intellectual or developmental disabilities attending is likely just a dream.

The pilot program Aggies Elevated changed that expectation this year by creating a path for eight freshmen with intellectual disabilities to enroll at Utah State University beginning this fall semester.

 

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Utah Transportation
9:05 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Two Die In Fiery Crash Sunday Evening

Two people have perished in a dramatic fiery crash of a single-engine plane while dozens of motorists traveling Interstate 15 through the Virgin River Gorge looked on in horror.

At just after 7:30 p.m. Sunday, a single-engine plane crashed into the jagged cliffs of the Virgin River Gorge killing both occupants. There were dozens of eye witnesses to the crash, as the site is fully visible to drivers of I-15.

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Utah Science
6:30 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

NASA Funded Experiment Launches Into Upper Atmosphere

USU students work on the device they will be sending to the upper atmosphere in August.
Credit Elaine Taylor

A team of student scientists at Utah State University received a grant from NASA, and they’re learning more than just science.  The students will be launching a device to measure wind in Earth's upper atmosphere in August.

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Utah News
11:16 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

ACLU Responds To State’s Push To Extend Stay In Gay Marriage Case

The ACLU is penning a response to the state's decision to seek an extension to the say that is currently preventing the recognition of same-sex couples in the state.
Credit seattle.gov

Utah has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to extend a stay that is currently in place, which prevents nearly 1,300 same-sex couples married late last year from being recognized by the state.

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Utah Education
2:17 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Gov. Herbert Takes Action On Education

Utah academic standards are under review.
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 Academic standards for public schools have been a contentious issue for some parents and teachers in Utah and the Attorney General’s Office was asked Thursday to review the adoption of federal recommendations known as the “Common Core."

This was just one step outlined by Gov. Herbert today during a conference on education.  During the conference, Herbert added that though many people in the state are divided on what standards to implement, there is actually a lot that the opposing sides agree upon, like local control of education.

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