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Utah Legislature
5:19 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Air Pollution on Lawmakers' Minds Inside the Capitol

Air pollution was hanging around Salt Lake City today and was on the minds of many legislators on the opening day of the Utah Legislative General Session.
Credit April Ashland

Two days ago the Capitol steps were full of protesters demanding that the legislature do something to clean up Utah’s air. Today the commotion was inside the chambers as the general legislature session opened. When asked what they’re hearing from constituents, majority and minority leaders in both the house and the senate said "air quality".

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Utah Crime and Courts
5:15 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Cache Valley Woman Charged With Murder Incompetent To Stand Trial

Heidi Rutchey, charged with the murder of her two-year-old son Eli Rutchey was found incompetent to stand trial, Monday.
Credit Cache County Sheriff's Office

On Monday, District Court Judge Thomas Willmore read an order that declared Heidi Rutchey incompetent to stand trial for the murder of her son, Eli Rutchey.

42-year-old Rutchey came to Logan Regional Hospital seeking medical treatment on Sept. 4, 2013 where staff learned of the toddler and notified law enforcement.

Cache County Sheriff’s deputies found the two-year-old dead in Rutchey’s apartment later that day. Autopsy reports indicated that the child had been deceased for at least 10 days.

Rutchey was booked into Cache County jail on $100,000 bail Oct. 24, 2013.

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Utah Politics
6:25 am
Mon January 27, 2014

2014 Legislative Session- Special Coverage

UPR's Legislative Coverage begins Monday, January 27 -- reporting live from the Capitol!

The UPR news team will be covering the session during its entirety.  Expect to hear updates on legislation and interviews with senators and representatives during Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Access Utah and the Utah News at 5:30.

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Utah Politics
6:01 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

Thousands Rally for Clean Air Legislation

Thousands of Utahns showed up on the steps of the Capitol for the "Clean Air, No Excuses" rally.
Credit Jennifer Pemberton

Thousands of protesters turned up at the Utah State Capitol over the weekend for the “Clean Air, No Excuses” rally. UPR’s Jennifer Pemberton tells us why voters and activists are targeting lawmakers two days before the start of the general legislative session.


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Utah Environment
6:16 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Effects Of Unseasonably Dry Winter To Be Felt Acutely This Summer

SNOTEL collects precipitation data from around the state to help with water management.
Credit Natural Resource Conservation Service

It has been a dry winter so far for Utah, and new data from the precipitation measuring system SNOTEL confirms that the state, and much of the West, is in for a dry year.

Federally run SNOTEL sensors are distributed around the state. They take measurements on things like snow depth and soil moisture levels, which can be used to help water managers decide how to allocate water.

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Utah Arts
5:55 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Logan Youth Shakespeare Makes History With New Show

Logan Youth Shakespeare performing Cardenio.
Taylor Halversen

The award-winning Logan Youth Shakespeare group is making history this week as they perform “Cardenio”, Shakespeare’s “lost” play. It is the U.S. premiere of the play and the first time and amateur group will perform the piece.

The story of Cardenio's journey to the Cache Valley stage, includes interviews with actors of Logan Youth Shakespeare and Director of the group, Mary Jackson-Smith.

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Southern Utah News
3:12 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Highway Damaged In Landslide Still Under Repair

A landslide damaged sections of US-89 south of Page on Feb 20, 2013.
Credit Arizona Dept of Transportation

The Arizona Department of Transportation has issued an update on the repairs to U.S. Hwy. 89 that was closed in February of last year after a massive landslide south of Page. Chris Holmes reports.

In a press release, ADOT maintains that the reconstruction of US-89 is on “the fast track,” but “fast" seems a relative term.  

The design and planning phase is about 60 percent complete. Environmental and archeological clearances, without which ADOT cannot receive federal funding, still lie ahead.

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Utah News
5:54 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Carp Removal

In Provo, crews are working to remove big numbers of carp from Utah Lake.
Credit http://utahlake.gov/wow-thats-a-lot-of-carp-efforts-to-remove-carp-continue/

Carp are being removed from Utah Lake as a way to clean up the murky water. The Utah Lake Commission is heading up the project in partnership with June Sucker Recovery Implementation Program over the next three years to get the carp population under control.

Carp have taken over the ecosystem in Utah Lake causing the June Sucker population to suffer since they were introduced, said Reed Price who is the director of the Utah Lake Commission.

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Utah News
5:46 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Utah And Roe v. Wade, 41 Years Later

Wednesday marked the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v. Wade. UPR spoke with two Utah organizations located on different sides of the discussion and found  both are concerned about the future of women’s healthcare.

The 1973 Roe v. Wade decision has become a divisive political issue in the state and around the nation in the 40 years since the court ruling legalized some forms of abortion.


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Utah Environment
5:17 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

New Director Announced For Swaner Preserve And EcoCenter

Nell Larsen was announced as the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter's new director.

Utah State University has announced a new director to oversee a nature preserve in Summit County.  

Nell Larson will oversee operations at the 1,200-acre Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter in the Snyderville Basin near Park City.

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