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Utah Money
4:16 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Utah Tops National Charts For Economic Prowess

The Annual Rich States, Poor States: ALEC- Laffer State Economic Competitive Index published by the American Legislative Exchange Council was released this week, ranking Utah as number one in the nation.
Credit http://www.alec.org/publications/rich-states-poor-states/

A national study released this week shows that for the seventh consecutive year, Utah ranks number one in the nation for economic outlook.

The 2014 Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index analyzes state economic policies and assesses which states are prepared for prosperity. The index bases state rankings on performance in 15 economic categories, taking into account taxation, salaries and state expenditures.  

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Utah Outdoors
4:30 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Iron County And BLM Reach Agreement About Wild Horses

Iron County and Utah BLM officials have created an agreement to round up wild horses on private land in the southern Utah county.

The BLM claimed that a lack of funding is the reason that exploding wild horse populations in Southern Utah have not been pared back to appropriate management levels.

When the agency started spending millions to round up the cattle of Nevada rancher Cliven Budy, Iron County cried hypocrisy.

The two have come to agreement on the round up of horses in certain areas. BLM specialist Chad Hunter expresses confidence in the Utah's cattlemen.

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Utah News
4:11 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Pretty In Pink: 40-Foot-Tall Vernal Icon Gets Makeover

Dinah has been approved for a $26,000 makeover.
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Dinah is Utah’s pinkest dinosaur, and she may soon become the state’s prettiest now that the city of Vernal has approved a makeover for her. Dinah the dinosaur is a 40-foot-tall Brontosaurus (scientifically known as “Apatosaurus”) that sits on the east end of Vernal City. Originally built in 1958 as part of the Dine-A-Ville Motel, Dinah was given to the city in the 1990s.

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Utah Food
5:52 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Organic Food Trend Grows In Rural Areas

An organic-only store opened in Logan on Tuesday. Elaine Taylor explores why organic food has become more popular.
Credit Elaine Taylor / Utah Public Radio

Organic foods used to be reserved for Chaco-wearing granola types, but these days the industry is growing quickly. New organic grocery stores have opened across the state in the past year. Logan saw the grand opening of Natural Grocers on Tuesday, a chain store that has seen success in less urban areas.

Utah State University professor Tamara Steinitz says people are becoming more interested in knowing their food’s history.

“It’s one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the food industry. People are more interested in knowing where their food comes from, how it’s grown, what’s put into it or not put into it, care of the animals, use of pesticides, hormones, things like that,” Steinitz said.

The new store was busy Tuesday afternoon, with many families and college students wandering the aisles. Many shoppers said they were excited to have a wider organic selection available. A few, like Evan, a shopper who we caught up with outside of the store are still a bit skeptical of organics.

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Utah News
5:33 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

University of Utah And Ute Tribe Renew Agreement Regarding Name Usage

Credit utah.edu

The University of Utah and the Ute Indian Tribe signed a memorandum of understanding in Fort Duchesne Tuesday morning. The agreement allows the university to continue use of the Ute name for its sports teams, which it has done with support from the tribe since 1972.

As laid out in the memorandum, the Ute tribe has two goals in its relationship with the U: to build “respect and understanding of the Tribe’s history, culture and contributions to the state,” and to “have the University assist tribal members in helping their children lead healthy lives and be prepared to pursue a college education” through scholarship opportunities.

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Utah Environment
2:15 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

USU Students Turning Old House Into Center Of Activity

Pergolas are under construction at the LAEP House near the Utah State University campus. Students in the landscape architecture and environmental planning department are working on the house to gain experience in their field.
Credit Eric Jungblut / Utah Public Radio

Students are busy at work turning an old house near the Utah State University campus into a hub of activity for the Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Department.

This project was designed by students in the fall of 2012, said Phil Waite, associate LAEP professor. He said the department has taken on the build as a service project.

"There's a variety of students: sophomores, juniors, seniors, grad students, two or three professors, adjuncts, instructors, everybody's out here working together to complete the project," Waite said.

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Utah News
6:20 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Snowpack Numbers Re-Spark Debate Over Pipeline

The Virgin River Basin is estimated to be at just 45 percent of normal snowpack for the year.
Credit ut.water.usgs.gov

Continued drought in southern Utah has once again sparked a debate over the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline.

Current numbers show the statewide snowpack to be 105 percent of normal in the northern portion of the state and 80 percent in the south, with the Virgin River Basin totaling just 45 percent of normal.

The proposed pipeline would carry water from Lake Powell to the more populated southwestern corner of the state via a 140 mile pipeline. The cost of the pipeline is estimated at over $1 billion. It would essentially double the water available to the region.

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Utah Money
6:31 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Crowdsourcing: The Future Of Small Businesses?

Preston Parker stands on the future deck of Morty's Cafe.
Credit Elaine Taylor

Crowdfunding for music and artistic projects has become common practice in recent years, but using an online crowdsourcing platform to fund small businesses has only recently started to gain traction.

Utah State University Professor and Director of the Clark Center for Entrepreneurship Mike Glauser said using crowdsourcing platforms like Kickstarter lets business owners bypass traditional industry mechanisms.

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Utah News
3:42 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Vehicle Collision Leaves Cache Valley Man in Critical Condition

A three-vehicle collision in Millville on Thursday evening sent one person to the hospital and prompted an investigation into whether one of the drivers was under the influence of alcohol.

Cache County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Peterson issued a news statement Friday, saying the driver of a pickup truck traveling eastbound on 200 South in Millville was driving erratically when he crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a passenger vehicle near 140 W. 200 South around 7:30 p.m.

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Utah News
5:15 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

2009 Explosion Caused By Uninspected Pipe

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board released a report, Thursday indicated a 2009 explosion at the Silver Eagle Refinery was the result of a corroded pipe.
Credit csb.gov

On Thursday, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board released findings concerning a massive explosion that occurred at Silver Eagle Refinery in Woods Cross on Nov. 4, 2009.

The new report reveals that a ten-inch reactor pipe at the paraffin wax facility tore and ignited after it began spouting hydrogen, launching a fireball toward a nearby neighborhood.

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