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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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Utah News
3:53 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Provo and Ogden Air Traffic Control Towers at Risk of Closing

The Federal Aviation Administration is considering closing more than 200 air traffic control towers to cut costs because of sequestration.

Update: Friday March 22, the FAA announced Provo and Ogden airports are among the nationwide air traffic control towers to close. Read the story here.

In response to the across-the-board federal budget cuts due to sequestration, the Federal Aviation Administration has said it will cut $600 million by closing air traffic control towers at some of the nation’s smaller airports, including two in Utah. UPR’s Matt Jensen speaks with Utah airport officials and the US Contract Tower Association to see how the closures could affect the national airspace and air safety

Air traffic control towers at two Utah airports are among the more than 200 nation wide that could close on April 7 due to sequestration.

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Education
2:49 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Utah Valley University Announces Expansion Plan

Utah Valley University was granted the funds to build a new facility by the Utah Legislature. If Governor Herbert signs the bill, the project will move forward in the summer.

On Monday, Utah Valley University announced plans of an expansion to its campus in Orem.  UPR’s Stephen Tanner tells us why the new expansion is much needed for a crowded UVU campus. 

The Utah State Legislature recently approved 54 million dollars for UVU to build a 240 thousand square foot building.   The classroom building was approved by the House and Senate at the close of the Legislature’s 2013 session. Now all it needs is Governor Gary Herbert’s signature. 

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Utah News
1:20 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Milford Man in Custody After 2-Hour Standoff

A man is in custody in Beaver County after a two-hour standoff with a Beaver County swat team on Sunday.

Beaver County sheriff deputies were dispatched to an apartment in Milford by witness reports that 24-year-old Samuel Weiss assaulted another man, threatened to kill him, and brandished a gun. 

When deputies arrived and attempted to talk to Weiss, he ran inside his own apartment and refused to respond to officers.

After two-hours of negotiations, a Beaver County swat team used tear gas and made entry into the apartment.

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Utah News
1:09 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Former Garfield County Public Defender Sentenced for Extortion

A former Garfield County Public Defender was sentenced to 90 days in jail for getting indigent clients to pay him even though he'd already been compensated by the state.

Sixth District Judge James Taylor on Friday also ordered John Hummel to perform 50 hours of community service and to pay restitution to victims.

A jury in February convicted the 54-year-old Hummel on four felony counts of theft by extortion and one felony count of attempted theft by extortion.

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Utah News
12:58 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

High School Baseball Player Saves St. George Motel From Fire

A dangerous situation at a St. George motel was averted Thursday night thanks to the heads up play on the part of a high school baseball player from Spanish Fork.

Jade Nielson and his team mates from the Spanish Fork High baseball team are staying in the Quality Inn on South Bluff Street in St. George for a weekend baseball tournament. 

Jade was returning to his parent’s room to his own when he smelled smoke in an unoccupied room belonging to team mates.

Rob Nielson is Jade’s father.

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Politics
1:41 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Eleventh Hour Bill Fixes Loophole: AG Now Cannot Investigate Himself

The legislature hurried to address a problem with Utah law that could have a bearing on ongoing investigations into alleged ethics violations by Utah Attorney General John Swallow.

Among the more than 200 bills considered by the Utah legislature on its final day was a newcomer. Senate Bill 289 sought to fix a problem with the law that gives the state Attorney General the power to investigate himself in cases of ethics violations.

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Environment
1:19 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Climate Change Includes Local Cooling Effects, Scientists Say

Climate Change has different effects on different parts of the world.

Many scientists have been predicting that effects from climate change in the Southwest will be especially severe, Utah in particular.

In January, Moab’s temperatures never rose above freezing for the entire month. With pipes freezing all over town, Ron Pierce, Moab’s weather historian, was among many old timers who had never seen anything like it.

“As far as I can remember, it’s the coldest spell we’ve had in a long, long time,” said Jayne Belnap.

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Politics
1:04 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

McCay: Making Cockfighting a Felony Would Overcrowd Prison

Legislation that would have made cockfighting a felony in Utah died in the House Thursday morning, after animated discussion that included worries about increasing the population of the yet-to-be-approved new state prison.

Alternating between the terms cockfighting and Game Fowl Fighting, Republican Representative Johnny Anderson of Taylorsville urged the House to pass the bill, saying that it invited illicit activities to the state and that it was cruel to the animals involved.

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Politics
10:12 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Dating Violence Bill Passes in Senate

Unmarried Utahns who have been threatened or abused may soon be able to seek a restraining order against a current or former dating partner, thanks to a bill that was passed by the state Senate yesterday.  House Bill 50 amends the state’s code to let Utahns who are 18 years of age or older seek protective orders against someone they are, or have been dating. Republican Senator Daniel Thatcher, of Tooele said the measure’s time had come.

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