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Utah Transportation
4:14 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

I-15 To Close in Brigham City for Bridge Demolition

A diverging diamond interchange is seen in this file photo courtesy Utah Department of Transportation.
Credit UDOT

If you’re traveling to the Wasatch Front on Thursday night via the Brigham City 1100 South on-ramp, be ready for some delays.

UDOT will close Interstate 15 at 7 p.m. Thursday to demolish the bridge at exit 362. UDOT spokesman Vic Saunders says it’s all part of building a new diverging diamond interchange at the location.

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Utah News
5:30 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Utah Could Face $407 Million Shortfall In Federal Transportation Funding

Utah stands to lose more than $400 million dollars in transportation funding if Congress can’t come to an agreement later this year.

Utah would lose 20 percent of its transportation budget if Congress allows the Highway Trust Fund to go dry, which it is predicted to do this summer.

In a report released by the non-partisan group Transportation for America, state and local governments would lose out on $47 billion in transportation funding nationwide.

This means Utah would lose out on nearly $407 million.

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Utah News
4:16 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Utah Ranked Among The Worst States For Health Care Access and Affordability

Despite Utah’s high rate for overall health, the state was recently ranked among the worst in the nation for health care access and affordability according  to a study released by the Commonwealth Fund on Tuesday. The group is a non-profit organization that tracks health care in the United States. 

Communications Director for the Utah Democratic Party, Anna Thompson,  says  the party blames the low ranking on the lack of Medicaid expansion from Gov. Gary Herbert and the state legislature.

Thompson also says the problem is more than just the lack of health care expansion. 

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Utah News
6:37 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Critics Call Fowl On Crow Hunting Proposal

Though the crow can be hunted for food, Stringham says the main purpose of the proposal is to deal with the growing bird population along the Wasatch Front.
Credit National Park Service

Hunters in Utah may get a chance to pursue a few new kinds of birds this coming season. Biologists from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will be sharing proposals to allow the hunting of crows and turkeys, and increasing the bag limits on other currently hunted birds.

Division of Wildlife Resources Migratory Game Bird Coordinator Blair Stringham says many western states already allow crow hunting.

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Utah Families
5:56 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Group Fights Intergenerational Poverty With New Grant

Voices for Utah Children received a $50,000 dollar grant to combat poverty in Utah.
Credit http://www.utahchildren.org/

Voices for Utah Children was accepted as a member of the Ascend Network on Tuesday. They also received a $50,000 grant from the Aspen Institute, which is a nationwide organization that is working to eliminate poverty.

Karen Crompton, president and CEO of Voices for Utah Children, said the organization is a multi-issue child advocacy group for kids living below the poverty line in Utah.  

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Utah Environment
5:51 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

April Precipitation Bolsters Utah Watershed

April showers have resulted in a strengthened watershed for Utah.
Credit http://directorsblog.health.azdhs.gov/tag/monsoon-rain/

April showers are said to bring May flowers, but they also increase watershed levels.  It has been a rainy month of April and Deputy Director of the Division of Water Resources Todd Adams said the watershed is benefiting from recent statewide weather conditions.

"The rain and the snow helps the watershed because we're augmenting a little bit to what we have and as well as with the temperatures cooling down, those of us that live in the valleys whether in the municipal or the agricultural side can delay watering that much longer," said Adams.

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Utah Politics
5:04 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Utah Parties Choose 2014 Candidates

The Republican and Democratic parties held their annual conventions Saturday to prepare for primary state elections June 24.
Credit colorado.edu

The 2014 Utah Republican and Democratic Nominating Conventions took place Saturday where delegates represented their precincts, choosing nominees for state elections later this year.

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Utah News
4:43 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

No Injuries After Chemical Spill At Logan Facility

A worker carries two hazmat suits in the parking lot of Schreiber Foods on April 28. A chemical spill at the facility was cleaned up with no injuries reported.
Credit Brian Champagne

There were no reported injuries after a chemical spill at Schreiber Foods at 885 N. 600 West in Logan on Monday morning.

The Logan Fire Department received a 911 call around 8:30 a.m. Crews arrived at the scene and assisted Schreiber’s on-site hazmat team in cleaning up the spill.

Logan City Fire Marshall Craig Humphreys said the Logan Fire Department played a support role in the cleanup.

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Utah News
5:38 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

New Record Label For LDS Music Scene

Eleven 17 is a new faith-based record label in Nashville.
Credit https://www.facebook.com/

Brandon Metcalf is the founder and producer of a new record label called Eleven 17 which will produce music for the LDS music niche.

"It will be working with other song writers and artists, and singers and musicians who are working on music that is of a faith-based or of an inspirational nature," Metcalf said. "I myself am LDS, but it is not limited to just that. I think the message can potentially appeal to a larger audience."

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Utah News
5:25 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Utah Ranked Nerdiest State In America

A real estate website ranked the 50 states on their levels of nerdiness, and Utah came out as the nerdiest state in the nation.
Credit blog.estately.com

Based on the research of Facebook pages from around the country, real estate website Estately shows Utah as the nerdiest state in the nation.

Utah beat out Alaska, Wyoming and Idaho for the top spot. According to the study, Utah and much of the Western U.S. comprises “Nerd-topia,” an area of nerdly acceptance, while the South makes up “Wedgie-Land,” where nerd culture is not really the norm.

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