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Stepping Forward For The Sake Of Justice

Nov 23, 2016

It’s been over 20 years since the genocide that took the lives of over one million Rwandans. Salt Lake City resident Ambassador Pierre-Richard Prosper led the legal team that successfully prosecuted the first case of rape as a war crime. He and his team’s work was featured in the documentary “The Uncondemned,” which was show Friday in Salt Lake City. I was recently able to sit down with Ambassador Prosper to talk about the events of 1994.

Report Offers Blueprint For Better Foster Care

Nov 23, 2016

Child welfare systems need to provide foster parents with more training to care for children who have experienced instability and trauma, according to a new report by The Annie E. Casey Foundation.


According to a research write-up out of Utah Valley University, the gender-wage gap in Utah is one of the highest in the nation.

Susan Madsen is the co-author of a Utah Women Stats research write-up on women and poverty in Utah that says 11.3 percent of Utahns are living in poverty.


Utah State officials are giving Union Pacific Railroad the go-ahead to begin breaking up a 21-mile railroad causeway on the Great Salt Lake next month.

Fueling The Future With…Our Waste

Nov 21, 2016
Water Environment & Reuse Foundation

What if there was a way to turn trash into treasure or even take something deemed unusable and give it new purpose? Well, sewage sludge—yes, a product of what goes down your toilet and drain—is getting a new start as fuel. Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Utah-based Genifuel Corporation have developed a simple, yet powerful approach for generating fuel from waste using a technology known as hydrothermal processing.


The U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Methane and Waste Prevention Rule updates the current regulations governing venting and flaring of natural gas that have been in place for several decades. Venting and leaks contribute to large emissions of methane in the atmosphere.

Prosecuting Rape As A War Crime

Nov 16, 2016

Ambassador Pierre-Richard Prosper was a young Los Angeles lawyer when he got the opportunity in 1995 to be the lead prosecutor in a war crimes trial after the Rwandan genocide.

Post-Election Opinions Could Be Used In The Future

Nov 16, 2016


If you’ve been on social media over the past week, chances are you’ve seen a number of posts about the election.

Utah police say a 16-year-old student accused of stabbing five other students inside his high school locker room stabbed himself before he was subdued with a Taser and taken into custody.

BLM Changes Rule To Invite Green Energy Firms

Nov 14, 2016

The Bureau of Land Management hopes to attract more developers of green energy by providing financial incentives for companies to set up shop on lands with the highest producing potential. The new rules are also designed to streamline the process for wind and solar energy production while awarding leases competitively.

The mood at republican headquarters was electric as voting totals came in.

Utah’s 3rd congressional district representative, Jason Chaffetz joined the crowd. Chaffetz withdrew his endorsement of Trump about a month ago, but says he ended up voting for the candidate.

The rest of the state's congressional delegation -- Reps. Jason Chaffetz, Chris Stewart and Rob Bishop -- are incumbents who won big last night.

Love became the first black Republican woman in Congress two years ago. She overcame a challenge from Doug Owens - for the second time. Owens is a Democrat who made their last matchup a close contest in the previously blue district.

Interview with Keaton Smoot at the USU's Republican Club's party.


Several candidates on the right tried to win over disaffected Republicans in Utah. However, what seemed like promising territory soon turned into a disappointment for independent and third party campaigns.

Utah Public Radio's Aimee Cobabe interviews Cathy Snyder, a former officer with the Cache Democratic Party. 


UPR's Evan Hall spoke with Joel Searby, chief strategist and campaign manager for Evan McMullin.

What's The One Thing Voters Can Agree On?

Nov 8, 2016
Aimee Cobabe


Voters are lined up to vote in person at the Cache County Clerk’s Office in Logan and others are dropping off their mail-in ballots in a drop-box.

The voters I’ve talked with are saying they’re happy to vote, but they’re not happy about everything in this election.

Making All Votes Count In Wyoming

Nov 7, 2016

The ACLU of Wyoming is advising residents to bring documentation of their citizenship to the polls on Tuesday.

Death Threats Not Slowing McMullin Down

Nov 4, 2016


Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin and running mate Mindy Finn made a stop in Logan on Friday. Before a speaking event on the campus of Utah State University, McMullin and Finn responded to recent death threats received from white nationalists.



90 state judges face a retention vote on this year’s ballot. Voters will be given a simple “yes” or “no” choice on the question of keeping the judges that preside in their judicial district.

Every judge in the Beehive State faces a mandatory retention election after an initial three-year term. If chosen to stay on, judges are able to serve full terms of office that vary depending on the specific court they work with.


Thursday, Cedar City and Southern Utah University hosted U.S. presidential candidate Evan McMullin and running mate Mindy Finn to a standing-room-only auditorium.

Secretary of State

With the presidential election every four years comes the Utah Colleges Exit Poll. Alexandra Gruszkiewicz is one of the student volunteers working here at the Brigham Young University call center. She says she has a couple motives for volunteering.


William Johnson, a self-described white nationalist, announced that he is ending his campaign of robocalls against independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin. Utah residents began receiving recorded messages from the California lawyer earlier this week that accused McMullin of being in favor of open borders and questioned his sexuality.




Today is the last day for Utahns to register to vote for the upcoming Nov. 8 general election. At the same time, many countries, including Cache County are holding mail-in only elections.




PANDOS, which stands for Peaceful Advocates for Native Dialogue and Organizing Support was one of the groups gathered in downtown Salt Lake City. Organization chairman Carl Moore told UPR the protest was part prayer and part standing in solidarity. Some chose to protest by locking themselves to each other inside the Wells Fargo Center.