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Utah Education
9:31 am
Mon July 21, 2014

"Aggies Elevated" Supports Students With Intellectual Disablities

The first group of students to receive higher education through Aggie s Elevated.
Credit http://www.usu.edu/ust/index.cfm?article=53966

There are some children that grow up knowing they will be attending a university, but for those with intellectual or developmental disabilities attending is likely just a dream.

The pilot program Aggies Elevated changed that expectation this year by creating a path for eight freshmen with intellectual disabilities to enroll at Utah State University beginning this fall semester.

 

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Utah Transportation
9:05 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Two Die In Fiery Crash Sunday Evening

Two people have perished in a dramatic fiery crash of a single-engine plane while dozens of motorists traveling Interstate 15 through the Virgin River Gorge looked on in horror.

At just after 7:30 p.m. Sunday, a single-engine plane crashed into the jagged cliffs of the Virgin River Gorge killing both occupants. There were dozens of eye witnesses to the crash, as the site is fully visible to drivers of I-15.

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Utah Science
6:30 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

NASA Funded Experiment Launches Into Upper Atmosphere

USU students work on the device they will be sending to the upper atmosphere in August.
Credit Elaine Taylor

A team of student scientists at Utah State University received a grant from NASA, and they’re learning more than just science.  The students will be launching a device to measure wind in Earth's upper atmosphere in August.

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Utah News
11:16 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

ACLU Responds To State’s Push To Extend Stay In Gay Marriage Case

The ACLU is penning a response to the state's decision to seek an extension to the say that is currently preventing the recognition of same-sex couples in the state.
Credit seattle.gov

Utah has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to extend a stay that is currently in place, which prevents nearly 1,300 same-sex couples married late last year from being recognized by the state.

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Utah Education
2:17 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Gov. Herbert Takes Action On Education

Utah academic standards are under review.
Credit http://ok.gov/sde/documents-forms

 Academic standards for public schools have been a contentious issue for some parents and teachers in Utah and the Attorney General’s Office was asked Thursday to review the adoption of federal recommendations known as the “Common Core."

This was just one step outlined by Gov. Herbert today during a conference on education.  During the conference, Herbert added that though many people in the state are divided on what standards to implement, there is actually a lot that the opposing sides agree upon, like local control of education.

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Utah News
6:07 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Utah Condor Population Perched On Edge Of Comeback

The chick that hatched in Zion N.P. is the first to be born in the wild in Utah since reintroduction efforts began in the 1980s.
Credit National Park Service

High in the cliffs of Zion National Park, scientists and park officials have spotted a chick that may signal that there is hope for a species once on the brink of extinction.

“The California Condor is probably the most endangered bird in North America, mainly because the population had dwindled so low in the end of the 1980s that there were only 22 birds left in the wild,” said Fred Armstrong, division chief for resource management and research at Zion National Park. “It was a bird that was on its way to extinction.”

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Utah Arts
12:11 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Paintings From “The Ten Commandments” Discovered To Have Utah Ties

 The epic motion picture The Ten Commandments was honored with an Academy Award for outstanding visual effects in 1957.  Before the parting of the Red Sea and the burning of the bush could be shown on screen, the images were first sketched and painted on canvas.  

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Utah Politics
4:43 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Charges Filed, Shurtleff And Swallow Arrested In Ongoing Investigation

Two formerly top-level state official were arrested Tuesday morning and charged with a combined 23 counts, ranging from accepting bribes and tampering with evidence to the misuse of public money.

Former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff were arrested at their homes and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail Tuesday, with bail set at $250,000.

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Update
7:21 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Murder-suicide Leaves Community Confused

Three people were left dead early Monday morning after what Police are calling a murder suicide.
Credit Nick Herrmann

  A burst of shots were heard in the residential area at the bottom of Utah State University’s Old Main Hill on Monday at 12:15 a.m. Moments later, a vehicle was then seen fleeing the area. The incident raised suspicions and, as a result, police were dispatched.

“At about 16 minutes after midnight, our 911 communications center took a call and the report was possibly shots fired,” explained Logan City Chief of Police Gary Jensen.

The gun fire was confirmed when first responders arrived on the scene.

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Utah Health and Wellness
6:59 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Ancestry, Location, Outdoor Rec. Pushes Utah’s Skin Cancer Rate Higher

Utah has some of the highest skin cancer rates in the nation.
Credit skincancerprevention.org

Utah has officially entered the dog days of summer, and with the heat comes the risk of burns.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 40 males and 1 in 50 females in the state will develop melanoma, one of three common types of skin cancer. Utah has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the nation. Dr. Nate Hanson, a dermatologist at Logan Regional Hospital, said the primary factors are ancestry and location.

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