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Kerry Bringhurst talks to Dave Greiling about Representative Paul Ray's gun bill that passed the House and heads to the Senate, a proposed corridor near Syracuse that threatens the old Emigration Trail, and other topics in the news this week.

Full coverage of these stories and more can be found at the Standard-Examiner's website.

Authorities in Southern Utah believe they have identified the mystery man thought responsible for burglaries of mountain cabins in the area. After years of investigation, the big break in the case came when a motion-triggered wildlife camera snapped a photo of the recluse burglar. Chris Holmes has details from Cedar City.

Women who want to be homemakers in Utah should aspire to graduate from college just the same as women who plan to join the workforce. As KCPW's Whittney Evans reports, that was the message this morning at a meeting of Governor Gary Herbert's Education Excellence Commission at the State Capitol.

Well-Known SLC Businessman Struck by Bus

Feb 21, 2012

An 82-year-old Salt Lake City businessman known as "Mr. Downtown" has died after being struck by and pinned beneath a Utah Transit Authority bus. Ashley Tolman reports.

A mountain man who roams the woods of Southern Utah and breaks into vacant cabins to steal provisions continues to elude law enforcement, who consider him a ticking time bomb. Chris Holmes tells the story.

The Utah Attorney General's office says it will pay nearly $400,000 to resolve a lawsuit over roadside crosses honoring Utah troopers killed in the line of duty.

UPR Newsline with Dave Greiling

Feb 15, 2012

Dave Greiling joins Lee Austin to discuss this week's headlines from the Standard-Examiner including the unanimous passage of HB 88, which prohibits discrimination in custody cases, and the body found buried in a Roy backyard.

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

Sex and how to teach kids about it was the topic of discussion on Utah’s Capitol Hill Thursday. House Bill 363 initially proposed banning any discussion on contraceptives, premarital sex and homosexuality in Utah schools. As KCPW’s Jessica Gail reports, the bill passed out of committee after a heated debate, but not before significant changes were made.

Rep. Brad Last, sponsor of House Bill 245 says something must be done to control public use of electronic cigarettes and hookah pipes.

This bill would amend the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act, and cleared the House Governmental Operations Committee on Thursday. KCPW's Eric Ray has the story. 

US Department of Housing and URban development announced more than $4 million will go to creating housing for four Native American tribes in Utah.  About $1.7 million will go to the Paiutes in Cedar City. 

Chris Holmes has the story. 

A 75-year-old Vernal woman, Evelyn Johnson,  has been sentenced to 1 - 15 years in a Utah state prison for shooting and killing her husband in 2004. Ranae Bangerter has the story from Vernal.

A survey to study state-wide transportation trends is being sponsored by a metropolitan planning organization in Cache county. Kerry Bringhurst reports.

The Kane and Two Mile Research partnership has been created to bolster the science-guided resource management of public lands in Northern Arizona, specifically along the 

north rim of the Grand Canyon. The group was created to help inform public policy, and is composed of private ranchers, scientists, and government officials. Chris Holmes has the story. 

A California company wants to build an experimental coal-gasification plant in Kanab, UT

Members of the Cache Valley community will gather Friday to participate in a vigil to honor the memory of 7-year-old Charlie Powell and his 5-year-old brother Braden.

UPR's Kerry Bringhurst tells us the brutal murder of the boys at their father's hand has prompted law enforcement and the Child & Family support Center to ask for the community's support in taking a stand against child abuse.

All members of the public are invited:
4:00 p.m. Friday, February 10
Cache Valley Courthouse (199 N Main Street in Logan)
Bring a helium filled balloon

Utah Transit Authority's Debt Dillema

Feb 9, 2012

State lawmakers are looking for a silver lining in the Utah Transit Authority's mounting debt dilemma. A legislative audit revealed in January that it's uncertain whether the agency can afford to operate its costly new projects. UTA officials say they're confident they can rein in the debt, but as KCPW's Whittney Evans reports, some lawmakers want to know how.

Ten years after Salt Lake City hosted the Olympic Winter Games, Governor Gary Herbert and other Utah leaders are looking to do it again. He joined the mayor of Utah’s capital city this week to announce an exploratory committee has been formed to look at bidding for another Olympics. KCPW’s Jessica Gail reports on when they’re hoping the games might be coming to Utah.

Flying J Donates Millions to Utah Business Schools

Feb 9, 2012

The business schools at Utah State University and the University of Utah are getting 3.5 million dollars from the Ogden based Flying-J energy company. Ashley Tolman has details.

Kerry Bringhurst talks to Dave Greiling about this week's breaking news in Utah.

For these full stories and more, go to the Standard-Examiner's website.

Fighting to Bring Utah's Building Codes Up-to-Date

Feb 8, 2012

One state lawmaker’s attempt to bring Utah's residential building codes up to date hasn’t been assigned a committee hearing, despite widespread support from local governments, businesses and residents. Republican Representative Fred Cox says adopting the latest building codes for new homes is important for public safety and energy cost savings, but as KCPW's Whittney Evans reports, at least one organization is fighting the change, saying it would cost homeowners too much.

A vote by a Senate committee Tuesday may be a sign that looser restrictions are coming for Utah’s billboard companies. One senator wants cities and counties to have less control over billboard regulations, including electronic billboards. KCPW’s Jessica Gail reports on what this means for Salt Lake City, which is looking to pass billboard restrictions of its own.

Clean air is important, and Republican Rep. Wayne Harper wants to overturn Salt Lake City's idiling ordinance, originally passed last year. The ordinance prohibits idiling for more than two minutes. 

Harper said the ordinance has too many loopholes. Jessica Gail reports. 

Utilities Extended to More Families on Reservation

Feb 7, 2012

The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority announced Monday it will extend power to 62 families over the next three years. The General Manager said families living near the generating station have waited for years for this opportunity. 

The project will cost $3.1 million, and 17 homes will have power by the end of this year. UPR's Vicki Barker reports.   

I-15 is open again after being closed for most of yesterday, while police dealt with a delicate stand-off situation. 

Laverken police tried to make a traffic stop at about 11 a.m. Monday, and the man driving  sped off onto I-15. Inside his car he had a gun and two children. For over eight hours I-15 was closed as authorities tried to negotiate with the man.  Chris Holmes has the story.  

New Bill Will Get Some Sex Offenders Off the List

Feb 7, 2012

The Utah House of Representatives passed a measure Tuesday to allow some sex offenders to petition their way off the list. Ashley Tolman covers the story for Utah Public Radio.

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