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Utah News
3:04 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Adult Obesity Rates Low in Utah Compared to Other States

Findings that compare state-by-state adult obesity rates show Utah’s rates are low compared to rates in neighboring states.

http://stateofobesity.org/states/ut/

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Utah Transportation
12:34 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Nibley City Holds Public Hearing Thursday Night

A new high school is under construction in Cache Valley, and Nibley City officials are holding a public hearing for a nearby intersection Thursday, Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Credit NASA

Construction is underway on a new high school to serve students living in Cache Valley's Millville, Providence, and Nibley. Increased foot traffic is expected near the high school where a state road runs alongside the Blacksmith Fork River.

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Utah Food
9:54 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Swine Virus Found In Utah For The First Time

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food announced Wednesday that the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, or PEDv, has been detected at the state’s largest hog farm. The Salt Lake Tribune Reports that farm to be Circle Four Farms in Beaver County.

The disease, which is not a threat to humans but is highly contagious between hog farms, was first detected in 2013 and is suspected to have been imported from Asia.

The virus causes cold-like symptoms in adult pigs but can be deadly for piglets. Because of the high mortality rate, pork prices have been climbing since the spring.

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Utah News
7:29 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Utah Women Call Out Carl's Jr. On Sexualized Ads

Twin sisters from Utah lead charge against corporate use of objectification.
Beauty Redefined

A Utah nonprofit is leading a campaign against a nationwide fast food chain, which they claim is objectifying women in its advertising.

Twin sisters Lindsay and Lexie Kite are pushing back against a Carl’s Jr. advertising campaign they say objectifies women. The ads feature bikini-clad women eating the fast-food chain’s burgers in a seductive manner.

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Utah Environment
6:38 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

50 Conservation Projects Celebrate Historic Legislation

Utah to participate in wilderness conservation to celebrate the Wilderness Act anniversary.
blogs.usda.gov

Wednesday, Sept. 3 marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, a piece of legislation that set aside millions of acres of public lands for preservation. In celebration of the anniversary and the recent creation of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, national conservation groups plan to complete conservation projects in 50 “wild places” across the country this year.

Though some projects are focused on conserving rugged wilderness areas, spokesman for the Wilderness Society Michael Carroll said there are diverse projects happening in every state.

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Utah Outdoors
6:08 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Police Continue Searching For Man Lost In Utah Reservoir

Police are using sonar equipment to search the Flaming Gorge Reservoir for a man who went missing Monday.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Police are still searching for a man who fell out of a boat in Daggett County this week.

Teams from three counties in Utah and Wyoming are contributing to the search for a 69-year-old man from Riverton after he fell out of his boat in Flaming Gorge Reservoir on Monday around 4 p.m. The Daggett County Sheriff’s Office was notified of Charles Darrell Thomas’ disappearance after his girlfriend, who was also in the boat, managed to swim to shore and call the police.

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Utah News
10:48 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Man's Death After Fleeing From Police Being Investigated

The investigation continues by the Arizona Department of Public Safety into the death of a motorcyclist who was tased twice after fleeing a traffic stop on Interstate 15, near Littlefield Friday evening.

Michael John O'Connell, 44, had a felony warrant for seven counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a child issued out of San Jose, Calif.

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Utah Outdoors
11:24 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Unlikely Team To Race In Southern Utah Half Marathon Saturday

Elsha Stocksetch and one of her partners cross the finish line. She has muscular dystrophy, preventing her from running or walking.
Elsha Stocksetch

Saturday morning, runners of the Southern Utah half marathon will cover the Virgin River Trail as hundreds of people rush by, clothed in neon and black, feet slapping the pavement, and numbers pinned to their backs. It's a typical race- with less than typical contestants.

In the past three years Elsha Stocksetch has crossed the finish line in 31 races, the most recent being a marathon just last weekend. Her next race is Saturday, along with friend Walter Brown.

“Elsha's amazing. You know she, has overcome obstacles like I have, where we shouldn't be alive, she's done it,” Brown said.

Brown will be Stocksetch’s partner in the race- because instead of pounding the pavement in the latest neon shoe, Stocksetch will be treading the course in a three-wheeled jogging stroller, Walter behind her, every inch of the 13-mile course.

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Utah News
6:44 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Governor Confronts Controversial Issues In Conference

Governor Gary Herbert gave monthly address Thursday giving response to pertinent Utah issues.
http://blog.governor.utah.gov/

Thursday morning, Gov. Gary Herbert addressed issues currently facing Utah.

In regards to the problematic Utah Transit Authority audit that came out earlier this week, Herbert said that it is for transparency and accountability that audits take place within the government.

“I’m just in the process of having my people review the audit. Our general councils review not only the audit on UTA, but also the 50-page response from UTA, and with a cursory view, it appears that a lot of these issues are old issues going back to 2009 and maybe even before that,” Herbert said. “I believe that the new leadership there in place now, has taken steps to correct those problems.”


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Utah News
6:56 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Great Salt Lake Approaching Record Low Levels

Water diversion and low snow pack result in the Great Salt Lake approaching record low water levels.
http://www.gslcouncil.utah.gov/

The Great Salt Lake is only 2 1/2 feet from its all-time record low water level, which media reports was set over 50 years ago.

Low snow packs over the last few years are reported to have majorly contributed to water shortage in the area.

Wayne Wurtsbaugh, professor of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University said another factor creating the low levels in the lake is the diversion of water for agricultural, industrial and municipal use.

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