Utah News

Utah News
12:25 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Multicultural Center Could Close By Year's End

The Multicultural Center of Cache Valley has a permanent resident: a one-eyed gerbil. Center director Ernesto Lopez, who installs an immediately appreciated wheel into the gerbil’s habitat, explains that the black fur-ball is a remnant from a short-lived bilingual preschool program.

"It was costing the center more money than could be afforded. Due to that reason, the program had to end, and we inherited the mascot—the pet to that program, which was a gerbil."

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Vernal
3:55 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Uintah Wrestling Coach Wins World Championship

It's not everyday an ordinary high school coach receives a police escort through town, complete with signs, banners, and a waiting crowd of students remixing a cheer in your honor. But then again it's not every day that same coach wins a world championship.

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UPR Feature Story
5:23 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Human Library Turns Reading into a Conversation

Visitors this week to the Merrill Cazier Library on Utah State University's campus have not only been able to borrow books, but people, too. Mackinzie Hamilton went to check out the Human Library for Utah Public Radio

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Utah News
2:24 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Former Governor Huntsman Continues to Champion LGBT Equality

Nearly three and a half years ago, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman announced his support for same-sex civil unions shortly before leaving office. Last night, he and his wife, Mary Kaye Huntsman, were honored by Equality Utah at the Salt Palace.

Huntsman admits when he was in office he took some risks. One of them was publicly endorsing same sex civil unions.

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Election 2012
12:36 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Mia Love and Jim Matheson Square Off in Debate

Utah Republican congressional candidate Mia Love and Democratic incumbent Jim Matheson clashed Wednesday over federal spending cuts during their first debate ahead of the November elections.

The two disagreed on a number of potential cuts to reduce the federal deficit during a televised debate outside KUTV studios and heard on UPR.

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Utah Health and Wellness
11:23 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Utah Raising Awareness of Prescription Drug Safety

According to the FDA, one way to properly dispose of pills is to seal them in a plastic bag with used coffee grounds.

"On December 5th, my life changed in a way that I would've never imagined."

Angie Watson lost her 13-year-old son, Connor, on that day.

"He spent the next few hours texting his friends in his bedroom, and the last text he sent to one of his friends said he was going to take a couple of pills and go to sleep. I know he had no idea when he took those pills that he wouldn't be waking up the next morning."

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Voter Information
3:21 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

AARP Releases 2012 Voter Guide for Retired Voters

To help better inform Utah's retired residents about the upcoming election, the American Association of Retired Persons has released a 2012 voter's guide. The guide is available nationwide but has been catered to each state.

Danny Harris is the Associate State Director of Utah's AARP. Kerry Bringhurst talked to Harris about the voter's guide:

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Utah News
3:05 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

EPA to Weigh in on Health Concerns of Leaded Aviation Fuel

The EPA has until this Friday to respond in a federal court case asking the agency to to crack down on the use of leaded fuel. Attorney Marianne Engleman Lado with EarthJustice says the reason for concern is the health effects, especially on children.

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Utah Arts
2:50 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Leonardo Coming to the Leonardo in Salt Lake City

Beginning Friday, the work of Leonardo DaVinci will be in Salt Lake City’s backyard. The Leonardo museum will begin showcasing Da Vinci – The Genius, a 21st Century look at his work.

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Southern Utah
2:43 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Almost a Year After Landslide, State Route 14 Construction Complete

Nearly a year after a massive landslide closed SR-14 east of Cedar City, construction on the Restore 14 Project is complete. State Route 14 will continue to be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

UDOT announced that that Wednesday, September 26, would mark the final day of construction, although workers are still clearing equipment from the area and mopping up the operation.

On October 8 of last year a major landslide wiped out a 1,000-foot plus section of the critical connector between Interstate 15 and US Highway 89.

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