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Utah News
5:37 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Pioneer Day Fire Restrictions

Governor Herbert has issued a warning reminding citizens to use caution and follow fire restrictions closely while celebrating Pioneer Day this year.

Although each city is responsible for its own fireworks restrictions and safety, all areas outside of incorporated areas are still under a full ban on fireworks. The only exceptions include 1 or 2 areas inside Salt Lake County.

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Cache Valley
5:17 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

This is Only a Test: Large-Scale Foreign Animal Disease Drill in Cache Valley

Citizens in Cache Valley can expect to see livestock transport vehicles pulled over during the drill.

Veterinarians and public safety responders from Utah and Idaho will be conducting a large-scale foreign animal disease exercise July 31 - August 2 in Cache Valley to quickly identify and contain a foreign animal disease.

Dr. Bruce King, Utah's State Veterinarian talks to Kerry Bringhurst about the importance of containing foreign animal diseases and why this exercise will involve so many agencies and individuals.

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Logan
6:02 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Pioneer of Mental Health Courts Shares Ideas at Utah Conference

Judge Stephanie Rhoades of the Anchorage District Court is a pioneer of mental health courts. She was the featured speaker at the second annual Intermountain Health Court Conference at Utah State University in Logan this week.

UPR's Brianna Bodily talked to Judge Rhoades about the role of mental health courts, starting with an explanation of what a mental health court is and does:

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Climate
5:39 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Hot June Explained by State Climatologist Robert Gillies

NOAA: June 2012 was 4th Warmest on Record for the Globe

June 2012 was the 4th warmest on record for the globe according to an analysis by the NOAA National Climatic Data Center. Warmer than normal temperatures were especially prevalent across the Northern Hemisphere, which, when analyzed separately, were the warmest June since records began in 1880.

UPR's Mackenzie Hamilton sat down with State Climatologist Dr. Robert Gillies to try to understand exactly what these June records say about the state of the climate here in Utah and around the world, starting by asking the obvious...

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Utah News
5:00 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

ACLU of Utah Sounds Alarm Over Student Privacy

The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah says Utah schools aren’t doing enough to protect students’ privacy. Legal Director John Mejia says students who take the American Services Vocational Aptitude Battery or ASVAB exam are having their information released to the military without their parents’ knowledge:

“Currently the system is that the schools are the ones that elect how the information is given to the military, and we’re concerned that the parents don’t have the final say in that.”

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Utah News
4:51 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Trading Cards Show Kids What Scientists Look Like and What Scientists Can Do

USU alum Tamara Heartsill Scalley has her very own scientist trading card in the US Forest Service series.

The Natural Inquirer is a science journal directed at middle school-aged children, which has come out with its very own trading cards featuring US Forest Service scientists.

The people at the Inquirer found that teachers and students alike benefited from learning about the scientists behind their experiments.

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Utah News
11:59 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Over 50 and Underwater: AARP Reports on Senior Foreclosure Rate

AARP reports increased rate of foreclosures for people over 50.

There are millions of homeowners over the age of 50 that are still at risk of foreclosure. That's the finding from an AARP national report released today.

Utah doesn't track mortgage defaults by age of homeowner, although the state remains in the top 10 in the nation for foreclosures.

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Colorado City, AZ
11:16 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Reward Offered for Animal Cruelty Case in FLDS Community

A $15,000 reward has been offered in a recent case of animal cruelty in the FLDS-dominated bordertown of Colorado City, Arizona.

The now infamous cat mutilation case actually took place on May 31, but only recently received local and national news attention when footage was posted on Youtube.

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Utah News
11:00 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Innovation and Collaboration Key to Conserving Water in Utah

This summer's unusually hot and dry weather means that fire is a disaster Utahns are becoming well acquainted with. Todd Crowl, a professor in Utah State University's Department of Watershed Sciences, says the changing climate combined with Utah's rapid increase in water consumption points to the immediate need for new water practices.

"All of that says we're going to have real serious issues and challenges in Utah as well as most of the West and event the Midwest in terms of future water, water availability, and water sustainability."

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Provo
10:44 am
Thu July 19, 2012

4th District Fundraising Race Heats Up

With the upcoming election less than 4 months away, candidates are going all out to raise as much money as they can. The sprint for monetary support is most prevalent in the race for Utah's new 4th congressional district.

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