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Juvenile Court Vacancy Short-List Announced

Dec 14, 2016

The Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice has released a list of finalists to fill a vacancy on the First District Juvenile Court. 

Heidi Snyder

A new plan is in the works for National Forests in Southeast Utah. It's been 31 years since the Forest Plans were last updated, and one of the bigger issues so far is grazing on public lands. 

John Glenn Remembered By Utah Astronomy Professor

Dec 12, 2016


John Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth and was one of the stars of space exploration. Years later he served as a U.S. senator, but he still spoke at events regularly about physics and astronomy.


University of Utah Associate Professor Zheng Zheng saw Glenn speak when he was a doctoral student. He laughs as he tells the story of how he wasn’t sure who he was at first.


Senior Field Trips is inviting Utah seniors to attend the Mormon Tabernacle Choir broadcast of the Music and the Spoken Word this Sunday at the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City.


Garfield County prosecutors have named the suspect in the murder of a rehabilitation center employee on Tuesday, at the Turn-About Ranch, a facility for troubled teens near Escalante, Utah


Gov. Gary Herbert released his proposal for the 2018 fiscal year budget on Wednesday, dedicating most new revenue to public and higher education. The plan includes $260 million for public and higher education. Utah’s K-12 public education system is expected to take in over 10,000 new students in the near future. Herbert said that education remains the top priority of his administration.

Some details have emerged in the case of the murder of a rehabilitation center staff worker Tuesday in Garfield County.

Jeffrey Anderson, University of Utah

What does it mean to “feel the spirit?” To some, it may be in the form of physical sensations and emotions—perhaps, a sense of warmth, the presence of peace, tingling reminiscent of small jolts of electricity, or a state of euphoria. But, beyond the feelings, what is actually happening inside the body? A team of scientists wanted to know more, so they peered into the body’s “control center”—the brain.


With less than 50 days until the Utah State Legislature opens, Democratic state Rep. Joel Briscoe is preparing to unveil a plan that would introduce a state carbon tax.

A final version of the proposal has not been officially released as some of the details are still being worked out. Briscoe, who is a co-founder of the legislature’s Clean Air Caucus, said that, given the eventual rise in energy costs, it will be important to ensure that low-income Utahns won’t be burdened.


What happens in Salt Lake County when a big winter storm comes through? That’s the basic question Richard Medina, assistant geography professor at the University of Utah, is asking.

Making Sense Of White House Transitions

Dec 2, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump will have to fill 4,000 federal positions. The process can take up to a year. Planning the transition into the White House begins in May or June of an election year. With around 1,000 appointments requiring the approval of the Senate, the Trump White House might not be complete for weeks after Inauguration.


Three months after the Utah State University Student Association declared a “mental health crisis” at the university, Utah’s higher education governing board announced the formation of a working group on student mental health.


A Utah junior high student says an armed 15-year-old boy entered a science classroom and fired a shot into the ceiling before a woman grabbed the shotgun he held, threw it down and pulled him into a hallway.


The Utah Department of Commerce announced Wednesday that it has received reports about an online gifting scam that is tricking people into paying into a PayPal account. The scheme, going by the name of Blessing Loom, asks unsuspecting social media users to contribute money and then recruit two friends with the promise of receiving a large profit.

Aimee Cobabe

Utah state officials say final election results show this year's voter turnout was the highest in nearly three decades.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox said Monday at the canvass that 82 percent of active registered voters cast ballots in the November election.

Stepping Forward For The Sake Of Justice

Nov 23, 2016

It’s been over 20 years since the genocide that took the lives of over one million Rwandans. Salt Lake City resident Ambassador Pierre-Richard Prosper led the legal team that successfully prosecuted the first case of rape as a war crime. He and his team’s work was featured in the documentary “The Uncondemned,” which was show Friday in Salt Lake City. I was recently able to sit down with Ambassador Prosper to talk about the events of 1994.

Report Offers Blueprint For Better Foster Care

Nov 23, 2016

Child welfare systems need to provide foster parents with more training to care for children who have experienced instability and trauma, according to a new report by The Annie E. Casey Foundation.


According to a research write-up out of Utah Valley University, the gender-wage gap in Utah is one of the highest in the nation.

Susan Madsen is the co-author of a Utah Women Stats research write-up on women and poverty in Utah that says 11.3 percent of Utahns are living in poverty.


Utah State officials are giving Union Pacific Railroad the go-ahead to begin breaking up a 21-mile railroad causeway on the Great Salt Lake next month.

Fueling The Future With…Our Waste

Nov 21, 2016
Water Environment & Reuse Foundation

What if there was a way to turn trash into treasure or even take something deemed unusable and give it new purpose? Well, sewage sludge—yes, a product of what goes down your toilet and drain—is getting a new start as fuel. Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Utah-based Genifuel Corporation have developed a simple, yet powerful approach for generating fuel from waste using a technology known as hydrothermal processing.


The U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Methane and Waste Prevention Rule updates the current regulations governing venting and flaring of natural gas that have been in place for several decades. Venting and leaks contribute to large emissions of methane in the atmosphere.

Prosecuting Rape As A War Crime

Nov 16, 2016

Ambassador Pierre-Richard Prosper was a young Los Angeles lawyer when he got the opportunity in 1995 to be the lead prosecutor in a war crimes trial after the Rwandan genocide.

Post-Election Opinions Could Be Used In The Future

Nov 16, 2016


If you’ve been on social media over the past week, chances are you’ve seen a number of posts about the election.

Utah police say a 16-year-old student accused of stabbing five other students inside his high school locker room stabbed himself before he was subdued with a Taser and taken into custody.

BLM Changes Rule To Invite Green Energy Firms

Nov 14, 2016

The Bureau of Land Management hopes to attract more developers of green energy by providing financial incentives for companies to set up shop on lands with the highest producing potential. The new rules are also designed to streamline the process for wind and solar energy production while awarding leases competitively.