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Officials Searching for Answers in Trafficking

Apr 13, 2012

Restoring self worth and value to victims of sex trafficking is a common theme at the 2012 Trafficking In Persons Symposium being held in Salt Lake City this week. As KCPW’s Whittney Evans reports, law enforcement leaders, educators, advocates, survivors and other experts are talking about why it takes more than locking up perpetrators to solve the problem. 

Utah Department of Transportation officials say drivers should be prepared to be inconvenienced by its plans to complete more than 200 projects this year, mainly to improve roadways and streets.

  • 3 of the Fastest Growing Towns in America are in Utah
  • Suicide Prevention Bill Signed Into Law
  • Which Candidate is the Most Attractive to Utah Voters?

These stories and the rest of the day's headlines on our 5:30 Utah News broadcast.

Kerry Bringhurst talks to the Standard-Examiner's Dave Greiling about this week's headlines.

  • Morgan County is Utah's Healthiest County
  • Death Row Inmate Granted Reprieve
  • Approval Withdrawn for a Central Utah Coal Mine

These headlines and the rest of the day's news along with a quick forecast from the Utah Climate Center on today's Utah News broadcast.

More than 3,000 counties and the District of Columbia were evaluated by the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The county health rankings measure how healthy their residents are and how long they are expected to live.

In Utah, Cache County received the #2 ranking when it comes to health behavior, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment.

  • Federal Officials Arrest 54 Immigrants in Utah
  • Parents of Boy Who Drowned in Washing Machine Won't Face Charges
  • Where are the Worst Drivers in Utah?

These headlines and the rest of the day's news along with the forecast from the Utah Climate Center during our 5:30 Utah News broadcast.

Joy Wicks and her husband aren’t strangers to owning a home. After losing money on their previous homes, she says they’re excited to learn about a new program that will help them get back into one they can afford: “It’s just a struggle to come up with the down payment. Not so much to make the monthly mortgage payments but just having that savings or that money from the homes that we may have lost money on.”

The overall theme for National Public Health Week this year is "A Healthier America Begins Today". It's a time when public health agencies from all across the United States come together... to encourage families, friends and neighbors to make small changes. Because when they make small changes in their lives, they protect their health and they prevent disease.

Jill Parker of the Bear River Health Department gives UPR listeners a run-down of the week's events in Northern Utah.

Wendell Loy Nielson has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine for each of his 3 counts of bigamy -- the maximum penalty under Texas law. While his defense lawyers argued that Nielson was not guilty of bigamy because his extra relationships were not legal marriages, the jury disagreed. Nielson is also alleged to have conducted ceremonies, marrying girls 12- and 16-years-old to Warren Jeffs. He has allegedly been involved in the marriages of 37 girls of that age.  

The concept behind an empty bowl event is not new. It began in South Carolina as a way to bring attention to the need to feed those less fortunate. Thursday, on the campus of Utah State University in Logan, area restaurants donated soup and bread while members of USU's ceramics guild threw 250 bowls. Visitors who purchased a bowl of soup got to take the bowl home and the money was donated to the Cache Community Food Pantry.

Lawyers for an environmental activist convicted of disrupting a federal oil-and-gas auction say the man has been put into isolation at a federal prison because of an unidentified congressman's complaint. The federal bureau of prisons refuses to confirm or deny that Tim DeChristopher is being punished.

Kerry Bringhurst talks to the Standard Examiner's editor Dave Greiling every Wednesday about the paper's headlines.

Weber High School Assistant Principal Fired
Jim Bell was terminated from Weber High School on March 21 and the school district also provided information about that termination to the North Ogden police department. The allegations or charges against Jim Bell have not been released.

  • Gov. Herbert Has Approved a New Education Budget
  • Man Charged with Aggravated Murder for Shooting a Smoke Shop Owner's Son
  • California Man Honored with Bravery Award for Saving a Life in Zion National Park

State Education Budget

A federal program to help rural residents construct their own homes is facing funding cuts. UPR's Kerry Bringhurst tells us administrators of the program in Cache and Box Elder Counties are worried cuts to the national program could harm future home owners.

Kim Datwyler is Executive Director of the Neighborhood Nonprofit Housing Corporation. She helps administer funds from the federal government for the program:

Graduating in lower numbers from college is not the only problem Utah women face according to the Utah Women and Education Project. Utah women are more likely to graduate in a field traditionally held by women, and receive lower pay. Those women who forge ahead in higher education, especially beyond 4 years, in non-traditional fields face many obstacles. Rachael Christensen, a PhD student at USU in the dairy nutrition program, has been a cowgirl her whole life, experiencing discrimination not only in the field, but academia as well.

  • High Winds Toppled a Semi on I-15
  • Liquor Laws Challenged in Court
  • 2 Cases Involving Utah at the Supreme Court

We cover these headlines and the rest of the day's news from around the state on our 5:30 Utah News broadcast.

Kerry Bringhurst had the opportunity to have a conversation with the artist commissioned to construct and install a hanging sculpture in Utah State University's new Agricultural Research & Science Building, "kinetic sculptor" Tim Prentice from Connecticut.

The new building is recognized for its energy efficiency and everything about it reflects the theme of nature. Prentice's sculpture is inspired by grass.

St. George based Skywest Airlines is among 33 Utah employers commended by the Department of Defense for their support of National Guard Personnel and military reservists under their employ. These companies are in a nationwide running for the "Freedom Award," given to 15 employers later this summer.

The DOD explains:

Kerry talks to the Standard Examiner's editor Dave Greiling every Wednesday about the paper's headlines.

Weber State Tuition Hike
Weber State University asking its board of regents to increase tuition and fees. The Standard Examiner reports that an increase of 5% in tuition could go into effect for the summer session. Dave Greiling says the increase "For a full-time undergraduate that's a state resident...would be about $110 a semester."

Gov. Herbert Signed Into Law:

  • Longer Waiting Period for Abortions in Utah
  • Shorter Window for Shooting Off Fireworks this Year
  • Nearly 200 More Bills

We cover news of Utah's newest laws and the rest of the day's headlines on our 5:30 newscast.

March is women's history month, and the national theme Women's Education, Women's Empowerment is applicable not just to students, but also to women in academia. Storee Powell talks with Utah State University's Dr. Christy Glass, a gender scholar and researcher, who not only studies the struggles of women entering academia, but experiences it first-hand as a female associate professor.

  • Gunfire at a House Party Injures Four
  • Man Planning to Propose to His Girlfriend Has Died
  • Arrest Made for the Murder of a 15-Year-Old Girl

Listen to these stories and the rest of the day's news , plus the weather forecast, on our 5:30 Utah News broadcast.

  • Anti-Government Materials in the Home of Matthew David Stewart
  • Car Plows into a Beauty Salon Overnight in St. George
  • A Disappointing Utah Weather Forecast

Listen to these stories and all the day's Utah News during our 5:30 broadcast.

Residents in Utah are being taxed for digital goods including movies, videos and online books. The director of the "Download Fairness Coalition" is calling for federal guidelines to oversee the taxation of digital products and says Utah should make sure other states are not taxing on top of their taxes. Kerry Bringhurst continues her conversation with Same Whitehorn.

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