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Area Uranium Mill Workers Entitled to Compensation

Jan 13, 2012

Former uranium-mill workers and their survivors are now eligible for government compensation due to radiation exposure. A U.S. Energy Department ruling has increased a list from 3 to 20 mill tailings plants where workers may have suffered illness from the job.
 
Newly entitled workers from four uranium mill tailings plants in the Four Corners area can now apply for compensation and medical benefits. According to a news release, the U.S. Department of Labor is notifying newly eligible workers at seventeen plants nationwide about potential benefits.

A federal judge in Salt Lake City has ruled that wrongful death lawsuit against Hurricane City, and two members of its police department may proceed to trial.

In 2009, Brian Cardall and family were traveling through Washington County returning to their home in Flagstaff, when Cardall experienced a manic episode related to bipolar disorder. He left his vehicle and began removing his clothing. His wife Anna dialed 911. Within minutes Chief Lynn Excell and Officer Kenneth Thompson of the Hurricane Police Department arrived.

Funeral services today for Jared Francom tops the news from the Ogden Standard Examiner. Dave Greiling reports on the city's memorial plans and also talks about why FEMA representatives are visiting  city officials in Davis County this week.

Read the full stories at the Standard-Examiner's website.

Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are meeting with city officials throughout Davis County to Assess damage from a December windstorm. Reaching 102 mph, the windstorm damaged public buildings, toppeling a church steeple and breaking school bus windows.

Prime Excavating of St. George replaced a critical water line in a forbidding area of the Arizona strip. The 60-year-old pipeline serves forest service and BLM grazing sites, as well as wildlife in the Houserock Valley area.

Forest managers praised the contractor for its work on very steep terrain and thanked local ranchers who secured the funding for the project.

A group of independent business owners and Utah Senate and House Minority leaders will hold a public panel-discussion Tuesday on state liquor laws. Ashley Tolman reports.

Federal officials detonated explosive material they found inside a Utah home where a narcotics officer was shot dead and five others were wounded. Mackinzie Hamilton reports.

The U.S. Department of Interior has moved forward with a plan to ban new mining claims on 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon.  Congressional Republicans tried to block efforts to limit mining operations in an area known for high-grade uranium ore.  Interior Secretary Ken Salazar finalized the 20-year ban on new mining claims on public land surrounding the Grand Canyon on Monday.

At least one constituent is demanding that the mayor of Helper resign as he faces a drunken driving charge.

The demand was made Thursday during a crowded Helper City Council meeting. Mayor Dean Armstrong was told his conduct is putting town residents in peril and that resigning would give him the chance to get his personal matters in order. Armstrong says he will not resign.

Should Cherry Creek be Zoned for a Ski Resort?

Jan 6, 2012

A request for permits to locate a ski resort in Northern Utah's Cherry Creek area is under review. UPR's Ashley Tolman tells us county planning and zoning officials have postponed making a decision whether or not to allow the conditional use permit.

USU Moab is in the Works

Jan 5, 2012

County officials declined to protest a south-corridor annexation proposed by Moab City. No protests by today’s deadline paves the way for Utah State University to build a campus along Highway 191.

Utah authorities say the suspect injured in a shoot-out with police in Ogden is a 37-year-old man with a limited criminal history.

Ogden police say Matthew David Stewart suffered injuries that are not life-threatening in the shooting Wednesday evening that killed one officer and wounded five others. The officer killed, Jared Francom, was with the Ogden police department. He had a wife and two yound children. Stewart is in a hospital under guard.

Dan Liljenquist, former Utah State Senator representing the Davis County area, made an important announcement on Wednesday. Mr. Liljenquist, who was named public official of the year by the national government watchdog magazine, Governing, talked to UPR's Chris Holmes about his decision to run for a seat in the United States Senate.

Today marks the return of a former Vice President at Southern Utah University who resigned last year after being caught in an undercover prostitution sting.

Wes Curtis was one of six Iron County men arrested in an internet prostitution sting in December 2010. Curtis resigned as University Vice President for Government Relations and Regional Services.

56-year-old James Bradley Meinert, a resident of Virgin, Utah, was trimming trees from a hoist bucket about 25 feet above the ground when the equipment became entangled in high-power lines.

The accident occurred in Brookside, about 20 miles north of St. George.

Emergency personnel were slowed in their response both by the remoteness of the area and the fear that the tangled power lines were still alive with as much as 39,000 volts of electricity.

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