Utah News

Utah Courts
12:24 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Judge Robert Shelby Chats with Utah Students about Opinions, but Not His Own

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Shelby speaks to USU students.
Credit Jennifer Pemberton

As part of its Fireside Chat and Pizza series, the Institute of Government and Politics at Utah State University invited U.S. District Court Judge Robert Shelby to speak this week to students.

Judge Robert Shelby’s name is synonymous now with his December 2013 decision that Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. His opinion in Kitchen v. Herbert made legal same-sex marriage a possibility for over a thousand Utahns and has been cited in some 30 other court rulings.

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Vote Utah
10:33 am
Wed September 24, 2014

First Congressional Debate: Donna McAleer and Rob Bishop

Tuesday night, Donna McAleer (D) and Rob Bishop (R Incumbent) debated at Weber State University. Topics ranged from gun control to social security. Listen to the full debate below:

Utah Health and Wellness
6:38 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Enterovirus Breakout Has Hospitals Cracking Down

Cases of Enterovirus D68 found at Primary Children's Hospital.

A current outbreak of an uncommon virus strain has hospitals and care facilities taking extra precautions.

The Center of Disease control has confirmed an outbreak of Enterovirus D68 at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City.  Of 22 samples sent to the CDC for testing from the facility, 12 came back positive.

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Utah Science
10:47 am
Tue September 23, 2014

New Facility Set For Electric Vehicle Research

Dr. Regan Zane is the principle investigator for the Electronic Vehicle and Roadway project.
Credit Utah State University

Groundbreaking for the new Electronic Vehicle and Roadway Research Facility and Test Track is scheduled for Tuesday of this week at Utah State University. The 4,800-square-foot building and track will house the university’s research into electric cars and innovative charging options. The new center will attract academic and industry researchers to work together and advance the viability of electric transportation, according to Dr. Regan Zane of USU’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

“The facility we’re building and its resources [are] really USU driven. So, it’s a facility we’re building here and has a capability we’re adding in that’s going to do some amazing things we’re pretty excited about,”  Zane said. “It’s going to be the only one of its kind in the country for the foreseeable future and so we have quite a few collaborators, other universities and industry that are thinking about using this facility and working with us.”

Technology developed at USU that wirelessly charges electric buses has been adopted by the Salt Lake-based bus company Wave. The new facility will bring together several different areas of research under one roof, according to Zane.

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Utah News
10:44 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Utah Shelters Prepare for Winter: Donations Needed

Winter in Utah

Charitable organizations serving individuals and families in crisis are currently strategizing about how they are  going to meet the needs of the homeless this winter. While supplies are always needed, winter is especially a difficult time for those who are homeless because of exposure.

“People who are homeless experience disease three to four times as often as people who are housed," said Jennifer Hyvonen of the Fourth Street Clinic in Salt Lake City. "And in fact, poor health is often a contributing factor of someone becoming homeless.”

Hyvonen said that many supplies are needed throughout the year but winter is especially difficult.

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Vote Utah 2014
10:06 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Statewide Debates Heard Live On UPR

Utah Public Radio will be broadcasting five debates live this election season, in cooperation with the VoteUtah initative. The newly-formed Utah Debate Commission will be producing the state-wide debates. 

Each debate listed below will air live on UPR at 6 p.m. and be re-broadcasted the following morning at 11 a.m.

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Utah News
6:33 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Abandoned Vehicle Retrieval Turns Up Sunken Handguns

Divers and deputies found a sunken car and abandoned handguns at the bottom of Pineview Reservoir.
Lane Findlay Weber County Sheriff's Office

Divers, towing crews and deputies worked Saturday morning to retrieve a fifth vehicle located at the bottom of Pineview Reservoir.

Earlier this month, five vehicles were discovered at the bottom of the Ogden reservoir as Weber County deputies were testing out new sonar equipment. Four cars were pulled out over a week ago, with license plates dating the cars from the ‘90s to August of this year.

The car recovered Saturday was a Mercury sedan from the 1950s, according to Lt. Lane Findlay with the Weber County Sheriff’s Office.

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Utah Science
6:11 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Study Links Child Favoritism To Substance Use During Teen Years

A new study shows children who perceive themselves to be the less-favored child are more likely to use substances like alcohol in their teen years.

A new study published in the Journal of Family Psychology shows that parental favoritism, real or perceived, can impact a teen’s likelihood of using substances like alcohol and cigarettes.

Brigham Young University professor Alex Jensen said the concept of favoritism is pervasive and can have lasting impact on a child.

“Sometimes we joke about who’s the favorite child in the family and even ask people that question, but it’s really a complex process and a complex idea,” Jensen said.

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Utah News
11:15 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

Alzheimer Walk Brings Awareness To Utah Community

Walk to End Alzheimer's in Logan seeks to raise funds and awareness for the disease.
Melissa Lee The Alzheimer's Association

Alzheimer’s disease affects more than five million people nationwide and is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.  An event tradition decades in the making is underway this week to raise awareness and funds for the care and research of the disease.

Saturday’s Walk to End Alzheimer's event in Logan is one of more than 600 walks across the country, which together raised $57.2 million last year alone for the cause.

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