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5:40 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Governor's Mexico Trip To Strengthen Utah’s International Presence

Governor Gary Herbert is in Mexico until April 10 on a mission to strengthen Utah’s international economic presence.
Credit utah.gov

Governor Herbert embarked on a four-day trip to Mexico, Monday with the goal to increase Utah's exports and strengthen relationships with potential economic partners.

Spokesman for Governor Herbert’s Office, Marty Carpenter said this trip is going the “final three feet” in making Utah a strong economic competitor.

“It’s that final three feet—shaking a hand, making a personal acquaintance—that sometimes makes a big difference in doing business with an international partner,” said Carpenter. 

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Utah News
7:07 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Utah New Home For Group Teaching Families How To Support LGBT Youth

The Family Acceptance Project seeks to provide families with research-tested information about how to relationally support LGBT youth.
Credit Family Acceptance Project

Research shows that family support plays a key role in the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender individuals, particularly youth who “come out.” Dr. Caitlin Ryan, a clinical social worker on LGBT health and mental health issues for over 40 years and founder of the Family Acceptance Project, and Marian Edmonds Allen, the new National Program Director for the Family Acceptance Project talk about the importance of supportive family environments in the health of LGBT youth.

UPR story about the Family Acceptance Project.

Extended-length interview with Dr. Caitlin Ryan about her research and the Family Acceptance Project.

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Utah Environment
6:11 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Wolf Management Techniques Working, Report Says

Wolf populations remained steady during 2013.
Credit fws.org

Wolf populations in the Northern Rocky Mountains remain stable, that’s according to a new report out Friday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service along with state agencies compiled the yearly report that looks at the status of wolf population since the species’ delisting from the endangered species list three years ago.

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Utah News
5:47 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Iron County Officials Claim BLM Response Unacceptable

The Bureau of Land management responded to a letter from Iron County this week which requested the removal of a surplus population of feral horses in the area.
Credit Bureau of Land Management

A long-standing controversy over the management of wild horses in Utah came to a head this week when Iron County issued a letter to the Bureau of Land Management demanding the immediate removal of feral horses from county lands.

Iron County Commissioner Dave Miller says there have been ongoing requests for action, but county officials decided to take matters into their own hands when they heard of a case where the BLM was using $2 million to confiscate privately owned cattle in Clark County, NV.


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Utah Environment
5:54 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Yellowstone Seismic Activity Not Worrisome To Geologists

A video showing bison running down the road has gone viral. The clip has sparked speculation on the internet that the animals were fleeing from potentially deadly seismic activity. 

However, some geologists disagree.

Paul Morgan, a senior geologist with the Colorado Geological Survey, said animals are sensitive to seismic activity; however, because earthquakes happen tens of times a day in Yellowstone, the animals are most likely used to the small earthquakes.

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Utah Transportation
6:07 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

New Study: Suburban Sprawl Bad For Health And Wealth

New research suggests urban dwellers have greater economic opportunity than their suburban peers.
Credit U.S. Department of Transportation

A new study conducted by Utah researchers shows the benefits of living in urban areas instead of suburban neighborhoods. The study, led by University of Utah Metropolitan Research Center Director Reid Ewing, shows people who live in urban areas spend less on housing and transportation costs, tend to be healthier, and have greater economic opportunity.

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Utah News
6:25 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Minority Children Do Worse Than White Children In Utah And Nation

A national study looking at the welfare of children shows that children of color tend to fall behind their white peers in measurements of milestones of success. The Annie E. Casey study compared children in 12 measures of success, including birth weight, attendance of pre-k programs, and the completion of a secondary degree by the age of 29.

Results in Utah tend to reflect the rest of the nation. Terry Haven with Voices for Utah Children, a group involved in study, says children of color are over-represented in negative outcomes.

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Utah Science
5:44 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

April 15 Lunar Eclipse To Be The First Of Many For Utah

A lunar eclipse can been seen from Utah on April 15. Two more eclipses, a solar and a lunar, will take place this year, followed by two more lunar eclipses in 2015 and a total solar eclipse in 2017.
Credit nasa.gov

A lunar eclipse will take place about two minutes before midnight on April 14 as the moon starts to move into the Earth’s shadow.

By 1:07 a.m. the moon will reach totality, which means it will be completely within Earth’s shadow until 2:24 a.m. on April 15. During this time, the moon might take a yellow, copper or reddish color.

This eclipse will be the first of a tetrad, which is a period of four lunar eclipses. Another lunar eclipse will take place in October of this year, followed by two more in 2015.

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Utah News
6:22 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium Ninth-Largest In Nation

The Utah otter exhibit at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium.
Shelby Dobson Loveland Living Planet Aquarium

Landlocked Utah is now home to the ninth-largest aquarium in the nation. After years of planning and preparation, the Draper location of the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium opened its doors to the public this week.


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Utah News
6:16 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

New Campaign Aims For No-Kill Status For Utah’s Shelters

Utah’s kill rate for animals in shelters has dropped by nearly 30 percent in the last 15 years, and a new coalition of animal welfare groups is hoping to push that number even lower.

A new campaign titled No-Kill Utah was launched Sunday by the Best Friends Animal Society and a coalition of 36 other animal welfare groups.  Best Friends’ CEO Gregory Castle explained the goal is for the state to reach no-kill status, which means finding homes for at least 90 percent of the animals taken in by shelters.

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