The family of a former Utah State University student who was killed after riding his bicycle into a tensioned slackline on campus is suing the university and several students.
Eric Anderson was a 24-year-old music student. On August 26, he was riding his bicycle down Old Main Hill when he struck the line suspended between two trees, suffering fatal trauma.
Plaintiffs Carvel and Gayle Anderson are the student's parents, and filed the wrongful death suit in 3rd District Court on Wednesday. The family's attorney declined to comment.
University spokesman Tim Vitale says the school's legal counsel is reviewing the details about the suit.
"This was an extremely tragic accident and our hearts still go out to Eric Anderson's family and friends and everyone involved in this very sad accident," he said. "At this point we haven't even been served with the lawsuit yet so we'll need to take some time to look at the details once we are officially served."
The international language of science is English, but for the large number of researchers who don’t speak the language, making their work accessible to the international community can be a challenge.
A new book titled Dinosaurs and Other Reptiles from the Mesozoic of Mexico was edited by Utah State University Paleontologist Ken Carpenter. In the book, researchers who work across Mexico translated their work to English. Carpenter then edited the information.
The State Veterinarian's Office has issued an emergency order to address the potential spread of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv). The order requires all shows held on or after May 5, 2014 to be terminal. This means any pigs presented at county and state fairs, and other shows go directly to slaughter after judging concludes.
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.
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.
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.
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.