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4:45 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

ACLU And Newlyweds Sue State Over Same-sex Marriage Recognition

The ACLU of Utah is suing the state - demanding that it continue to recognize those same-sex marriages that were performed during the short window the practice was legal in Utah.

John Mejia, Legal Director for the ACLU of Utah said the Herbert administration is going against both the Utah and Federal Constitutions by not recognizing marriages conducted during the window of time when same-sex marriage was legal in the state.

“In refusing to recognize those marriages they have violated the due process clauses of the Utah constitution and the US Constitution. So we are asking the court to grant declaratory relief and injunctive relief that will require the state to recognize all of those marriages going forward,” Mejia said.  

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Utah News
6:20 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

A Look Back At Martin Luther King Jr.

King speaking to an anti-Vietnam war rally at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul on April 27, 1967.
Credit Minnesota Historical Society

As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we not only remember the man,  but his legacy of human rights advocacy that continues on as access to opportunities become more available.

UPR's Taylor Halversen spoke with Marvin Roberts, Assistant Vice President for student engagement and diversity at Utah State University about the man, the meaning of the day and how his dream is still being achieved.

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Utah Technology
5:00 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Overstock Now Accepts Bitcoin

The digital currency bitcoin can now be used to pay for goods on Overstock.com, a Salt Lake City based company.

Bitcoin users can exchange traditional currency, like dollars, for the online currency or “mine” money, by allowing their personal computer to act as a server for the cryptocurrency in exchange for a reward or service fee paid in bitcoins.

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Utah Science
6:24 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Space Mission Uses Utah Technology To Detect Life On Mars

ExoMars is scheduled to launch in 2018.
Credit NASA.gov

An upcoming mission to Mars will have the help of one Utah company that will be providing some of the technology to find chemical evidence of life beneath the iron oxide that gives the “Red Planet” its nickname.

Wasatch Photonics makes high-tech refraction gratings and spectrometers that will be used by the ExoMars Mission. Developed by the European Space Agency and the Russian Federal Space Agency, ExoMars is an astrobiological mission to find biosignatures of life.

Wasatch Photonics C.E.O. Gerald Heidt explains.

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Utah Arts
6:16 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Utah Musician, Professor Featured On Grammy Nominated Tracks

Corey Christiansen
Credit coreychristiansen.com

This year’s Grammys are on the 26th and featured on a recording nominated for “Best Instrumental Arrangement” and “Best Instrumental Composition” is a professor from Utah State University.

Guitar Studies Director Corey Christiansen plays on famous jazz musician Chuck Owen’s latest album, River Runs.

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Utah Education
6:08 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Education Events Around Utah Inform Parents Of School Choices

Credit Ogden School District

Millions of Americans will voice their support for educational opportunity during the fourth-annual National School Choice Week, which begins on Jan. 26. An unprecedented 5,500 events across all 50 states will be taking place between Jan. 26 and Feb. 1.

Andrew Campanella is the president of National School Choice Week, and said the events will be held within individual communities around the country.

"We're looking at everything from rallies to round-table discussions, movie screenings. People getting together in individual homes and community centers, and talking about making good choices for their children, the options they have. Families in Utah have a lot of options. They do have school choice," Campanella said.

School choice means parents deciding how their children are educated- through all forms of education.

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Utah Transportation
6:02 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Tesla Motors Opens Electric Charging Station In Blanding

The first Tesla electric charging station opened Tuesday in Blanding, Utah. Some residents are confused, others hope the move will bring more tourism to the area.
Credit Jim Motavalli / DIGITAL JOURNAL

Tesla Motors opened its first charging station in Utah for its electric cars on Tuesday, but its placement in Blanding has left more than a few people shaking their heads.

Janet Bradford works at the Blanding Visitors Center, which shares property with the station. She said she hasn’t seen anyone charge up yet.

“The station’s there and it could be used, there’s still some fencing around part of it…I haven’t even seen anything in town that could use it,” Bradford said.

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Utah Health and Wellness
5:29 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

U.S., Utah See Low Turnout For Flu Vaccinations

The above graph shows the number of influenza cases in Utah over the course of the 2013-2014 flu season. 369 Utahns have been hospitalized as of early January.
Credit health.utah.gov

About 37 percent of Utahns aged 18-65 were vaccinated during the 2012-2013 flu season, according to a study that used data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This puts Utah at 27th in the nation for percentage of adults vaccinated, with Massachusetts in first and Florida last.

Rachelle Boulton is an epidemiologist for the Utah Department of Health. She said some people don’t get vaccinated because they don’t see the flu as a threat.

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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.

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.

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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