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Utah Education
3:27 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

New Cache County School Alerts System A Way To Increase Communication Between Parents And Educators

Parents of students attending schools in Cache County can participate in a new communication system.  The Alert Solutions Power Announcement system is a way for district administrators, teachers and staff to inform parents about events and happenings at their students' school.

Cache County School District personnel said the announcement system will alert parents of school closures, attendance records, general announcements and possible emergency situations.

Parents can also access information about grades and school forms by using a protected password.

Sign up for the Cache County School Districts Alert service.

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Utah Weather
6:22 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Polar Vortex Misses Utah, Pushes Eastward

Cold air from the polar vortex will not reach Utah.
Credit National Weather Service

Temperatures across much of the eastern U.S. are hitting record lows this week, but meteorologists say the arctic air won’t be reaching Utah.

Air flow at the poles creates year-round vortices, also known as an arctic cyclone. A weakening of the North American winter jet stream can lead to distortions in the shape of the polar air mass and allow for cold air to push southward, like what’s happening now.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Larry Dunn explained it’s not the vortex itself that’s reaching much of the eastern U.S.

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Utah News
6:02 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Utah Same-Sex Marriages Halted By Supreme Court

Over 900 same-sex couples were married in Utah before the Supreme Court issued a stay Monday on Utah’s gay marriage ban lift.
Credit Andrew Romriell

The slew of recent same-sex marriages in Utah have come to a halt this week after the Supreme Court placed the decision to lift the state’s gay marriage ban on hold Monday. 

The Supreme Court put Utah’s ability to grant same-sex marriage certificates on hold while the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit  comes to a decision on the matter. The Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage cannot continue during the appeals process. The ruling was issued after Utah filed an emergency appeal of U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby’s Dec. 20 lift on Utah’s gay marriage ban.  

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Utah Weather
5:33 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Earth At Closest Point To Sun Saturday- But Proximity Doesn't Equal Warmth

The earth is closest to the sun on Saturday.
Credit APRIL ASHLAND / UTAH PUBLIC RADIO

Saturday is the day the Earth will be closest to the sun this year, but don’t expect a heat wave. NASA Ambassador Patrick Wiggins said the change is such a small percentage of the total distance to the sun that mere earthlings like us won’t notice any difference.

“At closest, like now, we’re about 147 million kilometers out. At the furthest, it’s about 152 million,” he said.
What does make a difference to Earth’s temperatures and seasons, Wiggins said, is the 23.4 percent tilt of our planet on its axis.

“This time of year we here in the northern hemisphere are tilted away from the sun which means the sun is lower in the sky, it hits us at a much lower angle and it’s also in the sky for much less time than it is when we’re tilted toward the sun, so all of that works together to make it cold,” Wiggins said.

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Utah Families
4:59 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Domestic Violence Deaths In Utah Fewer In 2013

A new report shows there were 22 domestic violence related deaths in 2013, down from 30 the year before. Utah Domestic Violence Coalition Director Peg Coleman said the number is still too high, but does show that progress has been made.

“The good news is that the number of fatalities did go down and I think it is because more systems this past year really have started to work together more closely and understand the intersections of domestic violence with other issues,” Coleman said.

Domestic violence is often paired with factors such as substance abuse, mental health issues, and suicide. Coleman said one of the coalition’s objectives is to bring together domestic violence fighting non-profits with service providers in these areas.

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Utah Transportation
4:45 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Arizona Begins Construction On I-15 Bridges Monday

Arizona Department of Transportation begins construction on I-15 bridges in the Virgin River area on Monday.
Credit ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

The Arizona Department of Transportation is warning drivers of Interstate-15 between St. George and Mesquite to be aware of possible delays caused by reconstruction of I-15 bridges in the Virgin River Gorge.

On Jan. 6, 2014 ADOT will begin a $2.8 million project to upgrade three bridges that cross the Virgin River. Work is expected to be completed by summer.

An even more ambitious $27 million project is scheduled to launch later this spring, to be completed in 2015. Ultimately, ADOT will need to rehabilitate all eight of the I-15 Virgin River Bridges.

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Utah State University
4:18 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

So Long, Coca-Cola

Staff members at Aggie Ice Cream remove the lettering from a Coca-Cola sign Friday afternoon. Utah State University in Logan will be an all-Pepsi campus beginning in 2014.
Credit Matt Jensen

Students returning to Utah State University in Logan this spring semester will notice a change at the vending machines.

Coca-Cola is out and Pepsi is in.

USU’s decade-long contract with the beverage giant has come to an end and Pepsi will be taking its place.

Dwight Davis, associate vice president of business and finance at USU, says all products and services on campus go through a competitive bid process.

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Utah Crime
3:40 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Mohave County Deputies And Colorado City Marshals Capture Salt Lake Fugitive

Mohave County Ariz. authorities have captured an escaped fugitive out of Salt Lake County with the help of the Colorado City Marshals Office.

Misty Lee Adams, 25, was wanted out of Salt Lake County on theft, felony escape and other charges. She cut off her court-ordered ankle bracelet and has been on the run since late November.

Mohave County deputies were looking for Adams, and the Colorado City Marshals were investigating reports of a stolen vehicle at the Cane Beds Address.

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Utah Environment
2:47 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Group Plans Clean Air Rally Two Days Before Utah Legislature Opening Session

A group of clean air advocates has resolved to organize a rally that would be the Utah’s largest. The group hopes to use public pressure to persuade state Lawmakers to address their concerns about what they say is a lack of Utah policy needed to address air quality concerns.

When Tom Bennett of Georgia travels he takes along his guitar and makes music. Bennett is a folk musician who has settled along Utah’s Wasatch Front.

“I love the west,” said Bennett. “I have traveled most places and decided to settle here because I found it to be the most beautiful state.”

It used to be that Bennett traveled through Salt Lake on a bicycle but now he is forced to use public transportation to get to and from work because he said he can’t physically handle the state’s poor air quality.

“Last winter I suffered an 80 percent loss of hearing because my sinuses were so infected from breathing bad air,” he said.

On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ranked northern Utah and parts of central California as having the country's worst air.

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Utah News
6:10 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

UHP: No Extra Troopers With Colorado's New Marijuana Laws

The Utah Highway Patrol has said it does not intend to place additional Troopers near the Colorado border in light of that state's new marijuana policies.
Credit Utah Department of Public Safety

One of the biggest stories of the new year is Colorado's shift in marijuana policy. Residents in the Centennial State can now legally purchase marijuana, and the federal government has said it will not interfere.

Utah shares a long border with Colorado but authorities here say the new laws won't change enforcement practices. Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Rob Nixon says there's no discussion about adding extra troopers near the border. He says it'll be business as usual.

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