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6:30 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Education Funding Slips: Students See Less Money Than Prisoners

Utah has the lowest per-pupil spending in the nation.
Credit FiveThirtyEight

A new study from polling site FiveThirtyEight and the U.S. Census Bureau has confirmed what state democrats say they already know—despite increased talk about education in the state, funding is dwindling.

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Utah News
6:04 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Mormon Facing Excommunication Speaks Out

John Dehlin is a husband, father of four and creator of the blog and podcast Mormon Stories. He has learned in recent days that local church leaders disagree with his ideas and that his membership in the Mormon faith is in jeopardy.
Credit mormonstories.org

A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who was among the first in the world to use online forums to discuss Mormon culture and doctrine has learned in recent days that he faces a disciplinary council for his ongoing discussions about doubts he and many of his supporters share about the faith.

John Dehlin is the founder of the popular blog and podcast Mormon Stories. He spoke with Utah Public Radio on Friday about being notified by church leaders that he faced a pending disciplinary action - the outcome of which could ultimately lead to his dismissal from the LDS faith and ostracize him from his community.

Listen to our full interview with Dehlin here:

Interview with John Dehlin

Read the full transcript below:

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Utah News
6:03 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Student Art Hitches Ride On Cache Valley Buses

Student Alyssa Spear's artwork is featured on a CVTD bus.
Taylor Halversen Utah Public Radio

The annual Summerfest Arts Faire is taking place in Logan this week, but one exhibit is transportable and will be seen throughout the community year-round.

Two lucky students’ artwork will be displayed on the outside of Cache Valley Transit District buses and 15 buses will display student artwork on the interior.

Alyssa Spear from Mountain Crest High School, the winner of this year’s high school competition, talked about the inspiration for her design.

“The theme was bringing communities together, which is the theme of the CVTD, and I wanted to incorporate that with showing a diversity of different people like old and young and different ethnicities on my design so that everyone would feel included," said Spear.


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Utah Health and Wellness
3:36 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

USU Chemical Spill Forces Lab Evacuation

A chemical spill was reported on the Utah State University campus Friday morning. The building was evacuated and two employees were transported to a local hospital.

According to officials, an employee at the Laboratory Animal Research Center was using a chemical incorrectly which released hazardous fumes. Tim Vitale, Director of PR and Marketing at USU said the woman and another male employee were taken to Logan Regional Hospital.

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Utah News
6:47 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Utah Best Environment For Small Businesses

Utah ranks number one in the nation for a small-business-friendly environment, according to a recent study.
Credit thumbtack.com

According to a recent survey, Utah excels as the most small-business-friendly state in the nation. The third annual study from thumbtack.com, an online marketplace for local services, and the Kaufmann Foundation surveyed more than 12,000 entrepreneurs nationwide.

John Lieber, chief economist of thumbtack.com, said the study looked at environmental aspects that create a helpful working partnership with state and local governments.

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Utah News
6:36 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Study Suggests Human Skull Evolved From Fighting

A new study from the University of Utah suggests Homo sapien skull configurations evolved with fighting.
Credit Biological Reviews journal

A new study from researchers at the University of Utah suggests Homo sapiens’ ancestors evolved to take a punch to the face.

The research suggests that violence stemming from male competition for access to mates millions of years ago has influenced the shape of the hominin skull, making it robust in areas it wouldn’t need to be if it had evolved only for eating.

“The face and the head are the most commonly struck targets and those areas of the face that are hit the most are the areas that show the most increase in robustness throughout our evolution,” said author Michael Morgan, an emergency medicine resident at the University of Utah.

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Utah News
6:11 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Construction At Arches To Cause Summertime Congestion

Congestion is expected as Arches National Park renovates the Devil's Garden parking lot in June.
Credit National Park Service

After years of growing visitation numbers, Arches National Park near Moab will be expanding one of its largest parking lots.

The Devils Garden parking lot will be closed for construction for 10 days in June. Between the 16th and the 26th visitors to the park won’t be able to access one of the most popular trails that features land marks such as Landscape Arch, Double O arch and the Primitive Loop Trail.

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Utah News
5:22 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Centuries-Old Tree Key To Understanding Climate Variation

350-year-old juniper tree discovered in Utah's Indian Creek last fall may hold answers to climate variability in the region.
Credit Barry Baker / The Nature Conservancy

Director of Canyonlands Research Center Dr. Barry Baker was walking in Cottonwood Creek with his wife last fall when he spotted something out of the ordinary—a tree hovering above the creek bed, buried in a deep layer of sediment. 

“I figured it had been there a while and was hoping that we could study the tree to get some insight into past climatic regimes and sedimentation regimes in the area,” said Baker.

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Utah News
4:03 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Storytelling Festival Captivates Cache Valley Community

The entrance to the Cachevalley Storytelling Festival.
Taylor Halversen Utah Public Radio

Storytellers mesmerized audience members June 7 as part of Cache Valley’s inaugural storytelling festival in North Logan. The event began as one man’s dream to bring stories to his home after watching storytelling festivals enhance and unite communities around the state.

Years ago Wayne McKay was introduced to the acclaimed Timpanogos Storytelling Festival and was entranced as he listened to the tellers and observed people of all ages laughing and connecting with the stories. He returned year after year taking note of the storytellers, the audience and the community.

“So I came away and I thought, 'Boy, that would really be cool if we had something like that up in Cache Valley',” said McKay.


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Utah Health and Wellness
6:28 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Utah Confirms First Case Of Measles In 2014, Numbers Spike Across Nation

Utah confirmed its first case of measles on Tuesday. Nearly 400 cases have been seen across the country so far this year.
Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The number of cases of measles in the United States in 2014 has already doubled compared to the total number of cases seen during 2013. On Tuesday, Utah’s first case of the respiratory illness was confirmed by the Utah Department of Health, adding to the growing number of cases seen since the illness was eliminated from the U.S. 14 years ago.

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