Utah News

Utah News
5:45 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

State Should Be Self-Reliant, Governor Says

Utah Governor Gary Herbert says in his State of the State Speech Wednesday night the state should not capitulate to federal authority when it exceeds the limited powers granted by the constitution.

Herbert says the state is in the midst of many fights with the federal government, from access to public lands to costly Medicaid requirements.

Instead o relying on federal money and bowing to federal regulations, Herbert says the state needs to become more self-reliant.

Utah News
5:38 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Teacher pleads guilty to sex charges

A former teacher at St. George area high school has pleaded guilty to child sexual abuse in 5th district court. 

John Robert Cody was a teacher at pine view high school until his arrest for several groping incidents, involving young girls which took place at St. George area swimming pools.

None of the alleged abuse took place at the high school.

Cody moved to Oregon after his dismissal. Another victim there, who is also a family member has since come forth accusing Cody of molestation.

Utah News
5:32 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Privatizing Liquor May Not Be So Easy

It is early in the 2012 legislative session, but at least one lawmaker says he doubts the issue of privatizing liquor sales will be resolved before the session ends. Instead, as UPR's Rob Jepson tells us, there is a push to have lawmakers first deal with how the Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control should be managed.

Utah News
5:26 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Best Schools Initiative Focus of Democrat Response to Governor's Address

In their response to Governor Herbert's State of the State Address last night, Utah's Democratic leaders stressed their priority this legislative session is to improve public education through a series of bills called the "Best Schools Initiative."

Utah News
5:08 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Atomic Downwinders in Southern Utah Honored Friday

Photo courtesy of National Nuclear Security Administration / Nevada Site Office
Photo courtesy of National Nuclear Security Administration / Nevada Site Office

There is scarcely a family native to Southern Utah that has not been affected by fallout from atomic weapons testing in Nevada. This Friday, January 27, marks the 61st anniversary since those tests began in the Nevada desert and has been declared a "National Day of Remembrance" for Americans who have suffered from the effects of radioactive fallout resulting from government testing.

Chris Holmes brings us the story of the Downwinders.

Utah News
4:58 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Medicaid Reform...Again

Though Utah lawmakers already passed a comprehensive Medicaid reform bill last year, more reforms are on the way. This comes after the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rejected a substantial portion of last year's reforms from the state, which had submitted a waiver. KCPW's Jessica Gail reports on how that frustrates one state representative.

Utah News
4:52 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

How to Enjoy a Sold-Out Sundance

Each year over 40,000 people flock to Park City for the Sundance Film Festival. With so many movie goers vying for tickets, it can be difficult to see anything.

Steven Smith is UPR's man-on-the-street at Sundance; he lives in Logan most of the year but volunteers in Park City during the festival. He shares with Kerry Bringhurst and our listeners several options for things to do at Sundance if you don't manage to get tickets to a film.

Utah News
2:57 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Federal funding to leave Utah

TOOELE, Utah-- Utah's massive chemical weapons stockpile is gone and so is the federal funding that helped pay for the sophisticated emergency response centers. 

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Utah News
12:45 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Utah Senator Mike Lee Responds to Obama's State of the Union Address

Listen the response from Utah Senator Mike Lee, recorded shortly after President Obama delivered his State of the Union Address.

Utah News
10:30 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Utah Democrat Jim Matheson responds to the President's Address

President Obama’s State of the Union address last night touched on some themes that could please some of Utah’s elected officials in Washington, like expanding domestic energy access. But do they think he has the track record to get it done? KCPW’s Jeff Robinson talked with one of them, Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson, to get his reaction to the address last night. He began by asking the lawmaker if he heard the president put forward any new initiatives for improving the economy.

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