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Utah News
2:23 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

New Gun Proposal Would Allow Adults to Carry Concealed Weapons Without Permit

The gun debate took center stage at the state capitol yesterday afternoon, including a proposal that would allow any adult to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. The bill’s sponsor says the proposed legislation is important.

In front of a crowded committee room, Republican Representative John Mathis of Vernal describes what he is trying to do by running HB 76.

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Utah News
1:59 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

U.S. 89, South of Page, AZ, Closed From Possible "Geologic Event."

Courtesy of Arizona Department of Transportation

A stretch of U.S. highway 89 in northern Arizona is closed in both directions because of a pavement problem about 25 miles south of Page.

The Arizona department of transportation says traffic will detour around the closure by using U.S. 89a and other U.S. and local highways.

ADOT says what caused a 150-foot section of pavement to buckle shortly after 5:30 a.m. is not related to the weather and might be what the department calls a "geologic event."

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Utah News
2:22 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Women "Rise Up" and Dance in Logan to End Violence Against Women

That was the message of the one billion rising flash mob that took place Thursday, also known as Valentine's day, with the goal of ending violence against women. While flash mobs, dancing to those lyrics, occured around the world on Thursday, Logan got it's own taste with a flashmob in front of the historic courthouse and in the USU Taggart Student Center, all ages of women and some men, participated in the dance.

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Utah News
1:01 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

USU Professors Discover New Fault and New Answers to the Bonneville Flood

Credit www.usu.edu

The Great Salt Lake and several smaller lakes are all that remain of the vast, prehistoric inland sea that once covered much of what is today Utah. Lake Bonneville, under which Cache Valley was once submerged, broke its containment at the northern edge of the valley in what came to be known as the Bonneville Flood. The event drained the lake of roughly half of its water, and years of climate change would reduce it to its modern-day ancestors.

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Utah News
2:33 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Social Security Making the Transition to Paperless Benefits

The U.S. Treasury Dept. is going "paperless," so anyone who now receives a benefit check needs to arrange to have it deposited directly into their bank or loaded onto a debit card, like this one. Courtesy of U.S. Treasury.

It's been at least two years in the making, and as of March 1, federal agencies such as Social Security officially make the transition to "paperless" benefits. But millions of people,  including some in Utah,  still haven't made the arrangements for the switch.

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Utah News
1:19 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

U.S. District Court Will Not Rule on Immigration Bill from 2011

Civil rights attorneys argued for making permanent an injunction against a contentious immigration enforcement law on Friday afternoon, while protesters stood vigil outside the district courthouse. This story explains why we’ll have to wait a little longer for the court’s decision.

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Utah News
12:58 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Bill Passed out of Committee that Would Require High School Students to Learn CPR Before Graduation

A bill that would require high school students to learn CPR before graduating passed out of committee on Wednesday afternoon after one lawmaker questioned whether it was the legislature’s place to decide the curriculum of Utah schools. This story tells us how the bill’s sponsor succeeded in getting her bill advanced.

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Environment
12:52 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Salt Lake, Ogden Mayors Join in Call for State to Address Dirty Air

Local community leaders hope 2013 will be the start of cleaner air. Last week,  Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker joined forces with Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell to call on the state to do more in addressing Utah’s dirty air.

Poor Air Quality isn’t a partisan issue, it’s a problem that affects every Utahn. That’s why Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker was up at the State Capitol Thursday calling on the state to take a closer look at what can be done.

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Utah News
12:48 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Senate Joint Resolution 11 Passed With a 5 to 1 Vote

A joint resolution that calls for the rejection of a somewhat obscure United Nations document was passed out of a Senate committee on Tuesday on a 5 to 1 vote.

Senate Joint Resolution 11 is concerned with Agenda 21, a voluntary action plan that came out of discussions by national governments and the United Nations at the 1992 “Earth Summit” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Republican Senator Todd Weiler, of Woods Cross, says that the legislation he’s sponsoring would help address what he sees as a dangerous UN plan.

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Utah News
12:40 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

LULAC Recognized Utah Democratic Senator Luz Robles at its Annual Awards Gala in Washington DC

The League of United Latin American Citizens, or LULAC, recognized a Utah State Senator on Wednesday night at its annual awards gala in Washington DC.  Here's why the organization chose to honor a local lawmaker.

Democratic Senator Luz Robles was in Washington DC last night to accept an award that recognizes leaders who have served the American Hispanic community well. Senator Robles was one of six recipients this year of awards given by LULAC, an 84-year-old organization based in the nation’s Capitol. Robles said she was honored by the recognition.

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