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Utah Education
5:26 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Students Present Final Designs For Caine College Courtyard

Chris Binder stands with his design at the final presentation. Binder said he tried to maintain elements from the original courtyard design in his proposal.
Credit ELAINE TAYLOR / UTAH PUBLIC RADIO

Construction on the courtyard outside of Utah State University’s Chase Fine Arts Center began earlier this fall, but it wasn’t until Monday that a final design was selected for the space.

The new design was chosen through a student competition held by the Caine College of the Arts and the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. After an anonymous first round, judges narrowed the field from 34 to 6 designs.

Monday the judges met to hear presentations from each of the finalists and choose a winner. Before the presentations began, finalists excitedly paced the performance hall in suits, talking about their designs with faculty and friends.

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Utah News
5:13 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Cedar City Animal Control Seeks Public Help In Abandoned Puppy Case

Abandoned puppies were found near Cedar City, now animal control seeks public help to find the owner.
Credit CEDAR CITY ANIMAL CONTROL

A day after St. George police arrested a man who abandoned 13 dogs, Cedar City Animal Control is investigating a case of nine puppies left in two cardboard boxes on a residential Cedar City street.

Animal control has solicited the help of local Facebook users to gather information that might lead to the arrest of the person responsible for leaving nine puppies in two cardboard boxes on a residential street.

It's believed the puppies are the same as those offered on a Facebook post in the last few weeks. Cedar City Animal Control is asking for the public's help in locating the individual who posted the offer.

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Utah Politics
1:49 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Lee Confident Supreme Court Will Reject Obama's 2012 Appointments

Sen. Mike Lee said he is confident the U.S. Supreme Court will reject Obama's presidential appointments in January 2012 because they did not follow the correct order.
Credit MIKE LEE

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said he expects the U.S. Supreme Court will rule that President Obama's controversial recess appointments from January 2012 were unconstitutional.

The constitution allows, with some limitations, for the president to make appointments if the senate is not in session. Sen. Lee insists that the recess appointments were unconstitutional because the Senate was not in recess at the time of the appointments two years ago.

"According to the Senate's own rules, according to the Senate's own journal of its proceedings, the Senate had just reconvened. It was not in recess. Therefore, the president did not have authority to name three people to the National Labor Relations Board, and a fourth person to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau," Lee said.

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Utah News
5:38 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Skydivers' Chutes Tangle, Two Crash To Ground

Two skydivers are alive but seriously injured after landing next to a helicopter at Mesquite Airport.
Credit mesquitelocalnews.com

Two Nevada skydivers are alive but seriously injured after their parachutes entangled and they struck the ground, just a few feet from a medical helicopter stationed at the Mesquite Airport.

The jumpers were attempting to land at the Mesquite airport when their parachutes tangled, causing the two to free-fall the final 20 to 30 feet to the ground. The two landed just feet from a medical helicopter whose flight crew immediately rendered aid.

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Utah Health and Wellness
5:26 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Three Flu-related Deaths In Southwest Utah, Health Department Urges Vaccination

Credit NPR

The southwest Utah Public Health Department has confirmed that three flu-related deaths occurred in southwest Utah during the past two weeks. All were under the age of 65.

The three deaths are the first flu deaths reported in the area for the 2013-14 flu season. By comparison, one death was reported last season for the five county area. Dave Heaton works for the Department, and said people should be vaccinated.

"The southwest Utah public health department is urging people to get vaccinated if they haven't already. This year's vaccine includes protection against H1N1 flu and is still available at your local healthcare provider or your nearest health department office," he said.

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Utah Politics
3:02 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Women Win Elections in Utah...But They Have to Run First

Twenty-seven-year-old Cedar City Mayor Maile Wilson participated in a panel discussion at Real Women Run.
Credit Jennifer Pemberton

Dozens of women with political ambition or at least curiosity, turned up at the Real Women Run training in Sandy over the weekend.

Real Women Run is a nonpartisan advocacy group that encourages women to run for public office in Utah. Because statistics show that women win elections at the same rate as men, but very few women run for office in the first place, especially in Utah, where they make up only 15 percent of the state legislature.

Gender isn’t the only way these women don’t fit the mold in Utah politics. Maile Wilson probably exemplifies this best.

Wilson was elected last November as the first female and youngest mayor ever of Cedar City.

“I was 26 when I filed. There had never been anyone under mid- to late-fifties…I’m still in a small conservative community, not married, being a female, not having children, all the stereotypical roles,” Wilson said.

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Utah Environment
6:49 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Nevada Organizations Sue BLM For Mismanagement Of Wild Horses

Two Nevada organizations have sued the federal government, accusing mismanagement of wild horses has led to excessive damage to rangelands and to the animals themselves.

The Nevada Farm Bureau Federation and the Nevada Association of Counties named Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the Bureau of Land Management as defendants in the lawsuit filed Dec. 30 in U.S. District court.

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Utah Outdoors
6:54 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Avalanche Danger High This Weekend

The avalanche danger is rising to CONSIDERABLE (Level 3) today, and the danger will continue to increase through Sunday.  Accumulating snow from multiple storms and drifting from forecast strong winds will gradually overload the old, weak, sugary layers in the snow pack.  New snow avalanches can be triggered on steep slopes today; deeper, more dangerous avalanches are expected this weekend.    

Backcountry travelers need to be aware that avalanche conditions are becoming more dangerous.  They should:

  1.  Check the latest avalanche conditions by monitoring our web site at: www.utahavalanchecenter.org or call 888-999-4019. (Recorded information customized for each forecast area)
  2. Carry avalanche rescue gear such as an avalanche rescue beacon, shovel and probe.
  3. Get some basic avalanche education.  You can start by watching our Know Before You Go video.

This does not apply to ski areas where avalanche control is normally conducted.

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Utah News
6:02 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Utah Same-Sex Couples Get Federal, But Not State, Benefits

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled parts of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional last June, same-sex couples in the United States were able to receive marriage benefits from the federal government.

While the Obama administration now recognizes Utah’s more than 1,000 same-sex couples married after Amendment 3 was overturned on Dec. 20, the state of Utah does not.

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Utah News
5:50 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Federal Government Recognizes Utah Same-Sex Marriages

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that the federal government would recognize same-sex marriages performed while gay marriage was legal in Utah. 

Saying that the recent stay granted by the U.S. Supreme Court had cast doubt on the marriages, Holder said all the federal benefits of marriage would apply for Utah same-sex couples.

“I am confirming today that for purposes of federal law, these marriages will be recognized as lawful, and considered eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages,” Holder said.

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