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Utah News
5:31 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

International Study Compares Self-Control Across Species

USU researchers gather data on self-control of Coyotes in international collaborative study.
Credit National Park Service

Utah State University researchers have contributed to a worldwide collaborative study that measures the evolution of cognition in a variety of species, specifically the aspect of self-control.

Kerry Jordan, one of the USU researchers on the project, said this study is unique because it is it the first of its kind in which researchers used the same methods and tasks across species.  

"Researchers in the past have had to rely upon things like meta-analyses of data gathered at all different times using all different tasks, purporting to measure the same concept, or they’ve had to just test a couple species they might have access to themselves or with a couple of close collaborators," said Jordan. 


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Utah Health and Wellness
1:12 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Groups Seek To Fix Coverage Gap In Utahs Healthcare

Two groups released a report Wednesday about the gap in Medicaid, and ways to fix the gap. Currently, a family of three that earns more than $9,300 annually are not eligible for to receive Medicaid in Utah.

Rachel Klein, enrollment program director for Families USA, said this leaves a gap between being poor enough to receive Medicaid and wealthy enough to afford insurance.

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Utah News
5:57 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Utah Tops Charts As Most Married State

Utah ranks number one in the nation for most married individuals proportional to total adult population.
Credit dhrm.utah.gov

A new study confirms what many Utahns speculate—there are a lot of married people in the state.

Find The Best, a website that researches and interprets data on various topics, used marriage statistics from the U.S. Census' American Community Survey to calculate a state-by-state proportion of wedded to non-wedded individuals. With 57% of its adult population hitched, Utah came out on top.


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Utah News
5:56 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

NASA Student Rocket Competition Soars In Utah Debut

NASA held its annual student launch competition May 17 at the Bonneville Salt Flats, the fist time the event has been held in Utah.
Credit nasa.gov

On Saturday, 500 spectators watched as students gathered from around the Nation to test their rocket designs at an annual NASA-sponsored competition. Twenty university teams gathered at the Utah location with 16 student-built rockets, ranging in length from 7-1/2 to 15 feet.

Previously hosted in Huntsville, Al., the NASA Student Launch moved to the Bonneville Salt Flats this year due to a change in altitude requirements, which made launches infeasible at the old location. Angela Storey with the Marshall Space Flight Center said the height goal this year was an astonishing 20,000 feet.

“In the past they only had to have a goal of one mile and this year it was changed to 20,000 feet, which would be accomplished out there (the Salt Flats),” said Storey.


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Utah Education
5:05 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Utah Teen Takes 13th At National Geographic Bee

Students from around the country competed in Washington D.C. for the title of the National Geographic Bee Champion, including Cache Valley’s 13-year-old Gauri Garg.

Gauri seemed like your typical 13-year-old; she attends Bear River Charter School, she loves swimming, ice skating and skiing; she has a smile that lights up the room and she aspires to be president of the United States and a doctor one day.

But she isn’t your average teenager- she has a knack for geography. Gauri placed 13th in the National Geographic Bee on Monday.

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Utah News
6:19 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Federal Judge: State Placed Same-Sex Couples In “Legal Limbo”

A federal judge ordered Utah to legally recognize the marriages of same-sex couples married after a ban was struck down in December.
Credit seattle.gov

A federal judge has ordered that the state of Utah must recognize same-sex marriages performed during the 17-day window following the Dec. 20 ruling that struck down a same-sex marriage ban in the state. 1,300 couples were issued licenses in the time between the ruling and the Supreme Court’s temporary halt of the marriages.

In his ruling Monday, federal Judge Dale Kimball wrote that the state has placed the couples in “legal limbo with respect to adoptions, child care and custody, medical decisions,” and other rights associated with marriage.

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Utah Transportation
6:15 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

September Completion For Logan's 200 East Expansion

End in sight for Logan, Utah 200 East construction projects scheduled to be completed by September.
Credit foxx.house.gov

Logan City has been engaged in renovating 200 East for multiple years, expanding the street’s role as a thoroughfare to other main traffic arteries.

Mark Nielson, Public Works Director for Logan said the UDOT-approved expansion measures will connect the road through Logan’s jurisdiction.


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Utah Families
11:04 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Center For Elderly Closed, Displacing Up To A Dozen People

: The Cache Valley Adult Day Center has been a refuge for those who have disabilities and those caretaker. However, the center is currently closed due to formalities.
Credit http://cvadc.org/

Caregivers Susan Thompson and Doug Amussen said they received devastating news on April 30.

“Doug called me up and said, ‘I’ve got bad news, they are closing the doors today,’” Thompson said. “I just couldn’t believe it.”

“She kept saying, ‘this a joke, right? This is a joke.’ Unfortunately, it wasn’t a joke,” Amussen said.  

They said the beloved Cache Valley Adult Day Center temporarily closed its doors two weeks ago, which displaced up to a dozen elderly people, including their aging mother, Colleen Amussen.

Thompson and Amussen said they have been taking care of their mother since January after she never fully recovered from a surgery. They said they have had no intentions of putting their mother in a nursing home regardless of the 24 hour care that she has needed. Instead, the siblings personally took care of their mother until they discovered the Cache Valley Day Center.

“She didn’t want to go the first day, but since that time, she’s loved it,” Thompson said.

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Utah News
6:15 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Is Evolution Predictable? Scientist Turns Over New Leaf In Theory

A new study finds evolution can be predictable, if conditions are right.

Scientists have long wondered if a species would evolve in the same way if you were to go back in time and start its evolution over; or if nature would take a different course the second time around.

Utah State University Assistant Professor of biology Zach Gompert had wondered this too. So, using walking stick insects that call different plants home, he set out to find an answer.

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Utah News
11:13 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Update: Hospital Shooting Suspect Named

Burr
Credit Cache County Sheriff's Office

Police have identified the individual who was shot by law enforcement at Cache Valley Hospital on Friday morning as 34-year-old Jason James Burr of North Logan.

According to North Park Police Chief Kim Hawkes, Burr was in a hospital waiting room at around 8 a.m. when he was seen brandishing a firearm. Reports indicate the hospital was then locked down while personnel tried to subdue the suspect. Two Adult Probation and Parole officers, who were at the hospital on a separate case, confronted Burr.

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