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Salt Lake City
4:53 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

TRAX Line to SLC Airport to Open Ahead of Schedule

Those looking for easier transportation to the Salt Lake City International Airport can look forward to riding TRAX sooner than originally planned. Utah Transit Authority has announced the new line will open in April 2013.

"Originally the airport TRAX line was scheduled to open by 2015. It was part of a program of five projects that were all slated to be completed by then. So an April 2013 opening is ahead of our commitment to the taxpayer."

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Utah County
5:26 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

I-15 CORE: A Billion Dollars in 24 Months

It has been almost 3 years since I-15 CORE Construction began in Utah County. This massive project added two lanes on both sides of the highway from Lehi to Spanish Fork. It extended the express lanes through Utah County and replaced 63 aging bridges. So after millions of hours of labor and a billion dollars later, the end of the project is in sight.

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UPR Feature Story
5:09 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Mental Illness Awareness, Part 3: Coming Out

Earlier this month the National Association of Mental Illness held awareness events to help dispel myths and promote understanding. This week Utah Public Radio introduced you to three of our contributors -- April Ashland, Ryan Cunningham, and Storee Powell. Today, we continue their brave conversation in the hopes that listeners can feel better prepared and open to understanding mental illness.

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UPR Feature Story
10:18 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Mental Illness Awareness, Part 2: "You Don't Look Mentally Ill"

Inspired by Mental Illness Awareness Week this month, a group of Utah Public Radio interns and reporters began sharing their personal experiences with mental illness. These were not stories about their observations of others who deal with mental illness; these were their stories.

During Part 2 of our series on Mental Illness Awareness series, we begin listening to a conversation between Storee Powell, Ryan Cunningham, and April Ashland as they work through some of the myths associated with mental illness.

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UPR Feature Story
5:30 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Mental Illness Awareness, Part 1: Stigma

In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week to recognize the efforts of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)  to raise mental illness awareness. Since then, mental health advocates across the country have joined together during the first full week of October in sponsoring many kinds of activities.

In the first of a three-part series, UPR's Storee Powell discusses the continuing stigma of mental illness with NAMI Utah's executive director, Rebecca Glathar.

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Utah Education
4:09 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Tibetan Monks Share Their Culture at USU

All this week at Utah State University, the religious studies program has invited two Buddhist monks to demonstrate the sacred art of sand mandalas.

Passersby may notice what looks a lot like a section of the student "Hub" roped off around two robed men. What those men will be envisioning is their own small piece of heaven—a suitable space to create a sand mandala. The sand mandala is an ancient Tibetan art form made by arranging colored sand in geometrical patterns. Dr. Hun Lye, professor of East Asian Religion at Davidson College, says the process is very symbolic. 

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Election 2012
3:32 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

1st District Representative Candidates Rob Bishop and Donna McAleer Debate

KPCW's Larry Warren moderates a debate between 1st District Republican Congressman Rob Bishop and his Democratic challenger Donna McAleer, who are both running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The debate originally aired during KPCW's Community Voices and UPR's Access Utah.

Utah News
3:03 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Utah Lawmakers Consider Sex Ed Training for Parents

Utah students may no longer be the only ones getting a lesson in sex education. Lawmakers are considering new human sexuality and health education courses for parents to help them teach the often-uncomfortable sex ed lesson to their children at home. While lawmakers agree there is room for improvement to sex ed in schools, they question the cost and effectiveness of this plan.

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UPR Feature Story
2:11 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

From Boy Band to the Tabernacle Choir -- Alex Boye's Musical Journey to Utah

As a youth, he moved in and out of foster care homes or he lived on the streets of London. To cope with abandonment by his parents, Alex Boye turned to music and a belief in Jesus Christ. It wasn't until he served a religious mission for the LDS Church that Boye performed for the first time in public. He eventually spent four years as the lead singer of a popular boy band. While touring in Europe, he decided to leave the group and move to Salt Lake City, where he could be with fellow members of the Mormon faith.

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Environment
6:07 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Volcanoes in Utah?

Scientists from the Southwestern United States, including Utah, spent the weekend studying volcanoes and how best to prepare for future activity. Steve Bowman, with the Utah Geological Survey, says even though volcanic activity is rare in Utah, it has happened.

"There are three main volcanic fields and each of the fields has a variety of these volcanic centers, like cinder cones and other features that have erupted in the past and they are all in southwest Utah."

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