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For 150 years, the Juneteeth holiday has been celebrated across the country to commemorate the day black slaves in Texas first learned of their emancipation by Abraham Lincoln.

New Dino-Themed Marketing Campaign For Uintah Basin

Apr 4, 2016
www.nps.gov / National Park Service

Uintah County launched a new dino-themed marketing campaign this Month with two animated dinosaurs named Vern and Al, which put together spell Vernal.


With the passage of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act last year, states may now have more freedom to implement their own education policies. Utah quickly followed this year with two new laws designed to reduce the emphasis on standardized testing in teacher evaluations.

Baby Animal Days For the Whole Family

Apr 1, 2016
Katie Peikes / UPR

The American West Heritage Center’s Baby Animal Days is an event where families can play with and hold many different animals.

Located in Wellsville, Utah, the American West Heritage Center holds Baby Animals Days every year. Rentals Manager Sarah Gunnell said this traditional event brings families together.

Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development

Over 10,000 Utahns are employed by aerospace aviation companies.

Kent "Rommel" Rominger was a former space astronaut. He flew the space shuttle five times and was with NASA for 14 years. Rominger is also the VP for business development for Orbital ATK, a private aerospace company and builds defense and aviation systems.

Should The GOP Be Sympathetic To Bundy Cause?

Mar 30, 2016

The Bundy family of ranchers made news again this week when brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy appealed to stay in Oregon while defending themselves in federal court. The brothers contend that they should be allowed to finish their Oregon trial before being sent to Nevada to face similar charges there.

UPDATE: After three days of fruitless searching, the rescue efforts to find a missing Cedar City man, have been scaled back and redefined as a recovery operation.

The mobile command unit has been removed from the site and recovery efforts will be directed out of the sheriff’s department offices in Cedar City. 

The three days of searching for 34-year-old Daniel Brown have been exhaustive across multiple jurisdictions, says Lieutenant Del Schlosser of the Iron County Sheriff’s Department.


National Child Abuse Prevention Month starts April. A Utah nonprofit organization is looking to educate children and parents on growing efforts to reduce what has been a consistent number of child abuse cases in Utah since 2011.


  With the college basketball season edging toward the crowning of a new champion and with spring training soon to give way to the regular baseball season, a lot of talk around the preverbal water cooler is centered on what has traditionally proven to be the domain of men: sports.

American Ninja Warrior To Speak at Utah High Schools

Mar 28, 2016

Millard High School students will be the first of many Utah students who will meet an American Ninja Warrior this week. 


One in five voters is disabled, and 52% of voters have someone close to them with a disability.

Utah Legislators Provide Science Research Funding

Mar 25, 2016
Utah State University

The Utah State Legislative Session wrapped up earlier this month with lawmakers funding Utah State University’s science exploration. Researchers will focus on air quality and water conservation. Lawmakers also provided money to help build a new Life Sciences building and for improvements to an assistive technology lab with resources going to help fund graduate students.

Utah Gubernatorial Candidates Spar On The Issues

Mar 25, 2016
Evan Hall

A Thursday luncheon hosted by the Utah Foundation featured all four major gubernatorial candidates responding to the findings of the 2016 Utah Priorities Project. The survey conducted found that the biggest issue on the minds of Utah voters this year is healthcare.

  The Utah Foundation and Utah Public Radio's Kerry Bringhurst ask the Gubernatorial candidates to respond to questions about key Utah issues.

Solar Power Benefits Local High School

Mar 24, 2016

A new solar panel array was turned on this week at Cottonwood High School in Murray, Utah. The school joins more than 100 Utah organizations that received funding from Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky renewable energy program.


  With spring officially here, gardeners are preparing their orchards for summer crop. 

Justin Prather / UPR

Lines stretched out the doors at a number of caucus locations around the state, and the supply of ballots quickly dwindled, forcing caucus workers to photocopy provisional ballots to meet the demand.

Could Legal Issues Sink Oakland Coal Port Plan?

Mar 23, 2016

Critics of a proposed $53 million California coal terminal allege that the loan given for the project violates federal and state law. Funding in the form of SB242 was approved by the Utah legislature two weeks ago.

Four Mormon Missionaries Hospitalized After Brussels Attacks

Mar 22, 2016

Three Utah missionaries are in serious condition after the bombings in Brussels, Belgium Tuesday, including Richard Norby, Joseph Empey and Mason Wells. Another French missionary, Rachel Clain, was also hospitalized.


On a cold night in late March of 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. found himself in a not so unfamiliar situation, running from the Klan. Earlier in the evening he had delivered a speech at a mass meeting in Greensboro, Alabama and was on his way back to Selma when he received the news that cars filled with armed men were on the lookout for him. There was also news that several churches had been burned to the ground. King quickly turned to an old ally, Mrs. Theresa Burroughs, for a safe house where he could weather the storm. With little thought, Mrs. Burroughs and her family, obliged.

Utah Becomes Battleground For 2016 Hopefuls

Mar 21, 2016

Utah has received a lot of attention from every major Republican and Democratic campaign in the lead up to Tuesday’s caucuses. As the races remain competitive down the stretch, candidates have been looking to win over Utahns like never before.

North Logan School Teacher Dies in Car Crash

Mar 21, 2016

Leah Jan Tingey and her son Nyals Bodine died at the scene of the crash on U.S. Highway 30 in Idaho, according to Idaho State Police. They say Jan’s husband, Jeff Tingey, was also in the car and was transported to Portneuf Medical Center. They were hit by an 18-year-old driver from Idaho Falls.

Utah has a fairly low rate of child abuse fatalities compared to the rest of the country, but nationwide there are an estimated 4 to 8 child abuse related deaths every day. A report, released Thursday, from the Commission to End Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities highlights which steps the government should be taking when addressing those deaths.


Woman Returns to Retry Failed Rappell

Mar 17, 2016

In 2012, Brittany Fisher was a Utah State University student, spending her spring break rappelling Cougar Cliffs in St. George. Something went wrong and Fisher plummeted about a hundred feet to the rock below.

Letter Warns Of Potential Ballot Petition Fraud

Mar 17, 2016

Jonathan Johnson’s campaign manager has alleged that signature gatherers working for Gov. Gary Herbert may have used unethical means to get residents to sign the incumbent’s ballot access petition.

A letter detailing allegations of petition fraud were sent to Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, Attorney General Sean Reyes, and the state Republican Party. Dave Hansen, who is the head of Johnson’s campaign, said that he began hearing the rumors soon after the start of signature gathering.