Utah News

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 Outdated water policies and climate change seem to be the main causes.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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Utah News
4:40 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Navajo Nation Road to be Improved as Alternate Route

Arizona transportation officials have approved and fast-tracked the improvement of a Navajo Nation road to act as an alternate route to US-89 closed by a landslide south of page.

Navajo route 20 runs in almost a straight line parallel with us-89.  But as Floyd Stevens, president of Copper Mine chapter, a village at the south end of N-20 tells us the road will need to be improved, particularly an unpaved 28-mile stretch.

Utah News
6:15 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Man Arrested for Robbing Logan Kohl's Twice

A man accused of robbing a department store in Logan not once, but twice has been arrested.

24-year-old Logan resident Richard Jensen was apprehended around 2 P.M. on April 16 as he tried to walk out of Kohl’s with merchandise he hadn't paid for.

According to North Park Police Corporal Shawn Bennett, Jensen was trying to steal two pairs of underwear and some socks. In March, Jensen was caught on security tape stealing similar items and Kohl’s employees believe he may have struck a third time but lacked the evidence to prove it.

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Utah News
2:30 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

'ShakeOut' Drill Set for Wednesday

Credit ShakeOut.org/Utah

When we prepare together, we’ll survive together.

That’s the message behind the Great Utah SkakeOut – a statewide earthquake drill scheduled for 10:15 Wednesday morning. Organizers say nearly 900,000 people will participate in the exercise aimed at preparing Utahns for a major earthquake. TV and radio broadcasters will air a minute-long scenario about what to do when the shaking starts.

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Utah News
11:33 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Men Walk a Mile to Stand Against Sexual Assault

A young man brings his dog on the mile walk around campus.
APRIL ASHLAND Utah Public Radio

It's easy to think it will never happen to us or someone we know, but 1 in 4 women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.Raising awareness and support for this issue can't just be done by women. That's why a group of male students from USU put on their best pair of heels Friday, to show their support for the women in their lives. UPR's Storee Powell reports on the annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event.

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Boston Marathon
5:36 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Utah Natives Cross Boston Finish Line Unhurt, Respond to Bombings

Two explosions detonated near the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday afternoon.
Credit Boston Marathon

This story originally aired as three separate stories. They have been weaved together for a more complete picture of what happened in Boston. 

Two explosions rocked the finish line at the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon. While people panicked, police tried to make sense of what just happened and prevent any other explosions.

According to the Boston Marathon website, more than 350 runners registered for Monday's race were Utahns. One of these runners, Kristen Munson said she was one of the lucky ones.

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