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Crime and Courts
3:00 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Police Dog on the Mend after Injury at Work

Cedar City K-9 officer Pajko received his injuries during a physical confrontation with suicidal and uncooperative suspect.  The animal was taken to a specialist in Las Vegas. It was determined that Pajko suffered from a herniated disk in his neck.

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Crime and Courts
2:46 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Man Caught with 65 Pounds of Marijuana in Motor Home

The Utah Highway Patrol has arrested a New York man they say was carrying about 65 pounds of marijuana inside his motor home in eastern Utah.

Troopers pulled over the driver of a motor home for traffic and tinted window violations. Troopers say they became suspicious of the driver, 57-year-old Warren Debiew of New York.

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Cache Valley
9:19 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Voices from the Bad Air Story Booth

UPR's Jennifer Pemberton and Mackinzie Hamilton recorded festival attendees for the Bad Air Story Booth at Logan's Earth Day Downtown Street Festival.
Credit April Ashland

These are some of the voices from our Bad Air Story booth at Logan’s Earth Day Downtown Street Festival. With a background of various local musicians and speakers, we set up a table and microphone to ask Cache Valley residents to tell us their Bad Air stories. Have you ever had a bad air day? How do you know when it’s a bad air day? What do you do about it? 

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Utah News
3:13 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Bomb scare locks down Ogden school

More than 500 students were evacuated from Shadow Valley Elementary School in Ogden on Tuesday after administrators learned of a bomb scare.
Credit Ogden School District

A bomb scare forced educators to evacuate and lock down an elementary school in Ogden on Tuesday. Ogden Police Lt. Danielle Croyle says there was no explosion or injuries of any kind after more than 500 students were evacuated from Shadow Valley Elementary at 4911 S. 1500 East at around noon Tuesday.

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Air Quality
8:38 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Community Engagement Project Update: Keep Those Bad Air Stories Coming

Utah Public Radio has partnered with the Public Insight Network to report on public health effects of air pollution in Cache Valley. Listeners and other members of the community here have been telling us their experiences with air pollution through an online form. Jennifer Pemberton has been listening to these stories and has this update on public concerns:

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Utah News
2:10 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Hazmat Crew Snuffs Out Chemical Spill In Provo

Provo Fire Department

Several blocks were closed off around a chemical company in Provo while firefighters and a Hazmat crew responded to a chemical spill.

Neighbors spotted smoke coming through the roof at Wiltec on West Street about 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Provo Fire Battalion Chief Tom Augustus told the Provo Daily Herald that the company that studies chemical reactions was testing sulfur trioxide when a research tube failed.  He said the failure caused an unexpected chemical reaction that involved a significant amount of smoke.

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Environment
11:21 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Colorado Named Most Endangered River in US

  According to the group American Rivers, the Colorado river is the most endangered river in the United States. Outdated water policies and climate change seem to be the main causes.

"We’re in our 12th or 13th year of prolonged drought in the basin; we’ve had below-average precipitation most years, and that is compounded upon itself, year to year. Reservoirs like Lake Mead and Lake Powell are at about 50 percent or slightly less capacity," said Matt Niemerski, director of American Rivers.

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Utah News
5:08 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Cache Valley Group Tries to Save Rare Orchid.

A picture of the Mendon Meadows Preserve.
Credit Bear River Land Conservancy

In this newsline, UPR’s Brianna Bodily takes a ride out to Mendon with Dave Rayfield and Bryan

Dixon, directors from the Bear River Land Conservancy, who are trying to save a flower most don’t even know exists.

Brianna’s passion for journalism comes from a love of learning and a desire to know everything.  She studies Broadcast Journalism and Political Science at Utah State University and hopes one day to travel the world reporting hard news. She also works as the Aggie Radio news director and a reporter for USU TV.

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Utah News
4:59 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Canyons Superintendent Resigns

Superintendent David Doty
Credit Canyons School District

The superintendent of the Canyons School District has announced his resignation.

David Doty told school board members Tuesday night he’ll step down at the end of June to take a job with the Utah-based education reform company, Education Direction.

Doty has been superintendent since 2008 when the district was created and split from the Jordan School District. He says his decision to leave is due partly to his desire to spend more time with family.

In his new job, Doty will lead efforts to improve student outcome in public school districts and colleges.

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Utah News
4:41 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

May Swenson Centennial Celebration to Preserve a Legacy

May Swenson is one the most prolific writers to graduate from Utah State University. Joyce Carol Oates called her “a poet of dazzling gifts … quite simply, one of the most inventive, imaginative, intelligent and provocative poets of the era.” Swenson’s centennial birthday will be commemorated with readings by fans including Garrison Keillor—the voice and creator of A Prairie Home Companion—and Katharine Coles—Utah’s former poet laureate.

May Swenson is one the most prolific writers to graduate from Utah State University.

Swenson’s centennial birthday will be commemorated with readings by fans, including Garrison Keillor — the voice and creator of public radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion” — and Katharine Coles — Utah’s former poet laureate — at the culminating event of the May Swenson Centennial Celebration April 25.

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