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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.

Privatizing Liquor May Not Be So Easy

Jan 26, 2012

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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

After a one year trial period, it appears Utah residents could be in for a quieter July. Tuesday, the legislature’s House Business and Labor Committee voted unanimously to cut the state’s fireworks period in half, limiting the days and hours they would be allowed. KCPW’s Jessica Gail reports on the reasons behind the new legislation, and what aspects of last year’s fireworks changes will stick.