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1:08 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

High Schools Students Gather in West Valley for Robotics Competition

Hundreds of high school students participated in a regional sporting event at the Maverick Center in West Valley City last weekend. But in this competition, the players were robots. Kim Schuske from Explore Utah Science has the story.

“Lets’ go, alright drivers take control…”

And with that, the robots were off, trying to fling Frisbees into four goals at each end of the field.

Forty-four teams from 10 states built robots that competed in the challenge, 19 of those teams were from Utah. The hard work of designing, building, and testing the robots took more than six weeks of intensive collaboration between team members, says Sheyne Anderson of the DaVinci Dragons of Ogden.   

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Utah News
6:21 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Church Fire Sparked By Old Computer Monitor

Firefighters try to save the Clearfield Community Church
Credit Salt Lake Tribune

Investigators are blaming a 1980’s-era computer monitor for a fire that ravaged a Clearfield church this week.

“I was getting ready to yell out, ‘Did anyone call 911 yet?’ and the police came up the street.”

Jamie Monson lives right across the street from where an old monitor overheated and sparked the Tuesday afternoon blaze in the Clearfield Community Church library.

North Davis District Interim Fire Chief Mark Becraft estimated the damages at between $750,000 and $1 million.  Monson says that damage is apparent.

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Education
6:09 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Ogden School District Looks for Alternative Resources for Pool Funding

Dane Held looks at a light that is falling out of its socket Thursday, March 21, 2013, at the swimming pool at Ogden High School.
Credit Standard Examiner

Ogden School district officials want to unload two old pools that are costing them a quarter of a million dollars in classroom money every year.  UPR’s Brianna Bodily has more.

The pools at Ogden and Ben Lomond high schools were built in the 1970’s.  Donna Corby, who handles the district’s community relations, says they both need about a half million dollars in renovation and updates.

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Utah News
1:10 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Arizona Looks for Alternatives to US 89

Transportation officials in Arizona are scrambling to find alternatives after US 89 was closed due to a landslide in February.

The Arizona State Transportation Board is considering whether to temporarily designate a 45 mile long Navajo tribal road as a state highway and improve it so it can be used as an alternate to a closed stretch of US 89 south of Page.

The design phase of the project would cost $1 million.

US 89 has been closed north of Bitter Springs and south of Page since February 20 because of a landslide that buckled part of the highway on a hillside.

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Utah News
12:44 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

SUU gifted $6 Million for Center for the Arts

Southern Utah University has received a $6 million gift from the Sorenson Legacy Foundation to create a multi-million dollar arts center on the campus of SUU.

In partnership with the Utah Shakespeare festival, the new center will further establish SUU as a regional center for the arts.

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Utah News
2:10 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Girl Scout Money Thief Turns Himself In

The man accused of stealing cookie money from a Girl Scout troop has turned himself into the police.  UPR’s Brianna Bodily has more on the details and possible motivation behind the crime.

Unified Police Detective Ken Hansen says 24-year-old Steven Andrew Kvenvold turned himself into police around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. 

Police say members of Troop 2532 were selling cookies at a stand outside a Taylorsville Wal-Mart last Saturday when a man and woman, working together, stole their cash box.

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Utah News
12:59 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

SUU President is a Finalist for Eastern Kentucky University Presidency

Southern Utah University President, Dr. Michael T. Benson, is one of three finalists to become the next president of Eastern Kentucky University.

Michael Benson has been president of SUU since 2006.  Benson has made a name for himself in the Utah higher education system for his personable approach and his proven ability to fund raise.

“The future is rising,” is a comprehensive campaign to raise 100 million dollars at SUU.  Now in its third year, the campaign has already raised 85 million.

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Utah News
12:10 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Allegiant Air Announces New Flights From Provo During Uncertain Times for Small Airport

Allegiant Airlines announced a new route from Provo to Oakland, Calif. amidst uncertainty of the future of the air traffic control tower.

Provo city and Allegiant Air announced a second flight route from the Provo Airport.  But as UPR’s Stephen Tanner tells us, federal budget cuts might make flying from Provo a little harder.

In front of a model of the Golden Gate Bridge, Allegiant Air representative Jessica Wheeler announced the  news.

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Utah News
5:44 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

USU Professor receives $200,000 grant.

Receiving a landmark international grant of nearly $200,000 , USU Assistant Professor Of Music, Christopher Scheer, will be working with faculty from six other universities to research theosophy's influence on the arts in the late 19th and 20th centuries.

UPR's Brianna Bodily spoke with him about what his research will entail and why theosophy has been overlooked for so long.

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Utah News
5:33 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Giant Clams Found in Utah

Dr. Ken Carpenter at clam dig site south of of Price.

USU Eastern is buzzing about a disappointing dinosaur hunt that turned into a major fossil find.  UPR's Brianna Bodily spoke with the scientist who made the find, about his discovery and where the public can see it.

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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