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Education
4:10 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

USU Alum Gives Inmates Opportunity to Assist in University Research

Credit USU PUBLIC RELATIONS

A chance encounter with Utah State University’s Intermountain Herbarium allowed Utah State University alum Sara Lamb ’12 to indulge her fascination with rare and endangered plants, while creating an enriching opportunity for fledgling lab technicians to contribute to university research.
In a unique partnership forged with the herbarium in fall 2012, Lamb is leading a group of inmates at eastern Utah’s Daggett County Jail in preparing and cataloging a collection of more than 4,000 plant and seed specimens for the herbarium’s collections.

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Utah News
1:02 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Logan, Mountain Crest, and Skyview High Basketball Advance to Semi-Finals

All three Cache Valley High School basketball teams are advancing to the state championship semi-finals. Logan, Mountain Crest, and Skyview won their respective games Thursday.

Skyview began the series of northern Utah wins by defeating Olympus 62-57. Then, the Logan Grizzlies defeated East High in a 66-62 upset. The Mustangs of Mountain Crest defeated Herriman 52-47 Thursday.

Logan and Mountain Crest face off tonight (Friday) at 5:45 in Pgden. Mountain Crest won both regular season games against Logan and captured the Region 5 title.

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Utah News
1:14 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Immigration Bill that Would Delay Utah's Guest Worker Program is Debated in Committee

A bill that would push back the start date of Utah’s guest worker program for undocumented immigrants was debated in committee at the Capitol on Wednesday morning. Lawmakers are backpedaling from legislation they passed two years ago.

With the federal government considering comprehensive immigration reform, Utah lawmakers are trying to postpone the state-level immigration laws they created in 2011.

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Utah News
1:04 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Cedar City Bank Robbery Causes School Lockdown

An afternoon bank robbery in Cedar City not only put police on alert for the suspect, but also led to the lockdown of a nearby middle school.

At approximately 1:30 pm, an older white male entered the Mountain American Credit Union and handed the teller a note demanding money. The suspect received an undisclosed amount of cash and left the building.

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Utah News
1:00 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Senate Approved Bill giving Foresters Power to Restrict Target Shooting When Fires Risk is High

The state Senate approved legislation on Tuesday that would give Utah’s State Forester the power to restrict target shooting when there is a high risk of fire.

When she originally presented the bill in committee, in January, Republican Senator Margaret Dayton said that the measure was aimed at making Utah’s laws reflect the conditions on the ground.

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Environment
12:31 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Clean Up of Moab Uranium Tailings Resumes in March

Uranium tailings resume being cleaned up in Moab.
Credit JON KOVASH

After a three-month hiatus, the Department of Energy will resume shipping uranium tailings by rail from Moab to a disposal site near Crescent Junction.

On Tuesday, Jeff Biagini, the project manager, addressed the citizen watchdog committee for the tailings cleanup. 

“Basically on Monday next week we’ll bring all the employees together, in Moab, all roughly 110, 112 of them, and have a kickoff meeting.”

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Utah News
1:43 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Rep. Briscoe Requests Funds to Make UTA Fare Free During Worst Inversion Months

A funding request at the legislature would make UTA busses and trains free in January and July. The measure is meant to address northern Utah’s air pollution problems.

Democratic Representative, Joel Briscoe of Salt Lake, asked the Infrastructure and General Appropriations Committee for $9 million on Friday to fund what he called an experiment. Briscoe is drafting legislation aimed at trying to cut the number of drivers on northern Utah’s roads during the worst inversion months, and cut back on emissions as a result.

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Utah News
1:28 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

A Provo 7-Eleven Promotes Literacy with Mini-Library for Children

To create a culture of reading in his community, one man turns to Slurpees. This is how a Provo store owner is encouraging children to read.

A 7-Eleven sits on 300 South and Freedom Boulevard in Provo. Customers come and go to buy gas, food and of course slurpees. But this 7-Eleven has something you wouldn’t expect from a convenience store, it’s running a mini-library for children. 

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Utah News
2:26 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Canadian Elder Joins Idle No More Round Dance at Capitol Rotunda to Fight Utah Tar Sands

Photo courtesy of City Weekly

Wednesday people gathered for a flash mob round dance in the Utah capitol rotunda to support the idle no more movement and protest development of tar sands in Utah.

The round dance was in special honor of Canadian First Nations leader and former chief, Elder Francois Paulette, who has been defending his people’s land in Canada against tar sands for decades, and is a main leader of the Idle No More movement.

Kate Finneran, with Before it Starts, a Moab based organization, tells us a little bit about the round dance taking place.

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Utah News
1:43 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

"Safe Harbor” Bill Would Allow Gun Owners to Turn Over Weapons to Police Without Undue Scrutiny

One of the six gun-related bills heard yesterday at the Utah Legislature, was a bill to let gun owners turn their weapons over to law enforcement officials, no-questions-asked, for safe keeping and later retrieval. Here is what the “Safe Harbor” bill requires.

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