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Utah Arts
12:11 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Paintings From “The Ten Commandments” Discovered To Have Utah Ties

 The epic motion picture The Ten Commandments was honored with an Academy Award for outstanding visual effects in 1957.  Before the parting of the Red Sea and the burning of the bush could be shown on screen, the images were first sketched and painted on canvas.  

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Utah Politics
4:43 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Charges Filed, Shurtleff And Swallow Arrested In Ongoing Investigation

Two formerly top-level state official were arrested Tuesday morning and charged with a combined 23 counts, ranging from accepting bribes and tampering with evidence to the misuse of public money.

Former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff were arrested at their homes and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail Tuesday, with bail set at $250,000.

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Update
7:21 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Murder-suicide Leaves Community Confused

Three people were left dead early Monday morning after what Police are calling a murder suicide.
Credit Nick Herrmann

  A burst of shots were heard in the residential area at the bottom of Utah State University’s Old Main Hill on Monday at 12:15 a.m. Moments later, a vehicle was then seen fleeing the area. The incident raised suspicions and, as a result, police were dispatched.

“At about 16 minutes after midnight, our 911 communications center took a call and the report was possibly shots fired,” explained Logan City Chief of Police Gary Jensen.

The gun fire was confirmed when first responders arrived on the scene.

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Utah Health and Wellness
6:59 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Ancestry, Location, Outdoor Rec. Pushes Utah’s Skin Cancer Rate Higher

Utah has some of the highest skin cancer rates in the nation.
Credit skincancerprevention.org

Utah has officially entered the dog days of summer, and with the heat comes the risk of burns.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 40 males and 1 in 50 females in the state will develop melanoma, one of three common types of skin cancer. Utah has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the nation. Dr. Nate Hanson, a dermatologist at Logan Regional Hospital, said the primary factors are ancestry and location.

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Breaking
10:15 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Three Dead In Possibly Related Logan Shootings

Two people were found dead in an apartment just below Utah State University's Old Main Hill.

The silence of a warm summer night was disturbed when shots rang out in two different Logan locations, ending in three deaths.

A burst of shots were heard in the residential area at the bottom of Utah State University’s Old Main Hill on Monday at 12:15 a.m. After initial confusion by people in the area thinking the noise came from fireworks, a vehicle was seen quickly leaving an apartment complex, turning a corner, and speeding off. The incident raised suspicions and, as a result, police were dispatched.

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Utah Science
6:16 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Just How Super Is A Super Moon?

There will be three super full moons in the next few months, but whether or not you'll be able to tell is a different story.
Credit NASA

 You might have recently heard the term “super moon” thrown around. These moons seem to be in vogue with the media because of their size and brightness; but are the super moons really that special? NASA Ambassador Patrick Wiggins doesn’t think we should get our hopes up.

“Don’t expect them to look that much different than a regular full moon,” Wiggins cautions.

So what makes a super moon? Well, the moon orbits the earth in an elliptical fashion, meaning its orbit isn’t completely circular.

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Utah Science
6:26 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Students To Take First Glimpse Of High Atmospheric Winds

Scientists are using the principals of the Doppler effect to understand winds in the upper atmosphere.
Credit Utah State University

Undergraduate researchers from Utah State University will soon attach an experiment onto a balloon the size of a stadium. The experiment has been years in the making. USU was selected to take part in a new NASA initiative that aims to involve students in research that could make an impact on the scientific community.

Student Team Leader and System Engineer Landon Terry describes what the experiment looks like.

“Well, it’s about a foot and a half by a foot by about a foot tall and it looks like kind of a shoe box,” said Terry.

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Utah News
6:09 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Morrill Act Anniversary Marks Beginning Of U.S. Polygamy Prosecution

Though plural marriage was outlawed in 1862, the issue remains contentious today.
Credit utah.gov

  152 years ago congress passed the first law banning polygamous marriage. UPR reporter Taylor Halversen spoke with Dr. Kathryn Daines, a recently retired professor from Brigham Young University and Martha Bradley, Dean of the Honors College at the University of Utah and scholar of modern polygamy about the history of polygamy in the LDS church, the effect of this law had on LDS culture, and how we have come to the current state of polygamy prosecution in the United States. 


Utah Crime and Courts
5:39 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Texas Killing Spree Suspect A Former Logan Resident

A man accused of engaging in a fatal shooting spree in Texas this week has ties to Cache Valley. On Wednesday, 33-year-old former Logan resident Ronald Lee Haskell shot seven members of his ex-wife’s family.

Haskell reportedly dressed as a FedEx employee to gain entrance to the home. The 15-year old daughter of the family attempted to shut the door after telling Haskell her parents were not home. He broke in the door and held the five children at gunpoint until their parents arrived, after which he shot the five children and their parents. 

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Utah Education
10:49 am
Thu July 10, 2014

High School Students Gather At Utah State To Research With Professors

Miles Robertson and Wesley Cook study bacteria from the Great Salt Lake that survives in an extremely harsh environment as a part of a summer program at USU.
Credit M. Muffoletto / USU

Utah State University’s Biotechnology Summer Academy is currently underway. 31 teens from Utah, and the surrounding Western States are working side-by-side with USU scientists and engineers on a variety of research projects Tuesday to Thursday, July 8-10th.

This year’s Summer Academy exposes high school students to numerous career opportunities available in the Biotechnology field.

“It’s a program where students come to Utah State University, for a week. Students listen to talks about working in biotechnology,” said Aaron Thomas, director of the Academy.

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