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4:47 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Annual Hyrum Dam Polar Plunge Draws Costumes, Money for a Good Cause

One polar plunger gets ready for the dive by talking to Storee Powell.
APRIL ASHLAND Utah Public Radio

Audience members at the annual Polar Plunge got a thrill as community members dressed from Elvis to Ninja Turtles, jumped into freezing water Saturday. The divers did the deed in the name of good clean fun and to raise money for Utah Special Olympics.

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1:58 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Supporters of Senate Bill 55 Created a Colorful Display in the Capitol Rotunda

Supporters of a bill to get insurers to cover children with Autism created a colorful display in the capitol rotunda this morning.

A group of parents, children and employees from Home Depot met in the capitol rotunda this morning to construct a large crate in the shape of the state of Utah. Then they filled the structure with more than 18,000 colorful plastic balls. Mirella Petersen, President of the Utah Autism Coalition, explained the purpose of the exhibit.

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1:44 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Representative Wants to Ban Anyone Under the Age of 19 From Smoke Shops

Who should be allowed in smoke shops? One Utah Representative says no one under the age of 19. That’s why he is sponsoring a bill this year hoping to make that a law. But some lawmakers question the bill’s intent.

Utah law prohibits anyone under the age of 19 from smoking. But Clearfield Republican Representative Paul Ray wants to take that one step further by banning anyone under the age of 19 from setting foot inside a smoke shop all together.

Ray consistently pushes for tighter regulations on the state’s smoke shops saying it’s an issue that hits close to home.

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1:31 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

The Shaking Continues in Iron County

The shaking continues in Iron County where a series of small earthquakes has rattled windows frames and cupboards.

Iron County has experienced ten measurable earthquakes in the last 24 hours, the smallest have registered from 1.4 to 2.8, and the largest quakes from 3.1, to 3.5 to 3.7 on the Richter scale.

According to the University of Utah Seismic Station, all of the tremblers have been centered in the same location, about seven miles northwest of Cedar City and five miles west of the town of Enoch.

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1:21 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

High Speed Chase from Arizona to Utah Ends in Head-on Collision

Three people remain hospitalized following a high speed chase that began in Arizona and ended in Utah after a driver may have tried to purposely cause a head-on collision.

Arizona troopers attempted to stop a motorist on northbound I-15, but the vehicle failed to stop.  The pursuit reached speeds of 115 miles per hour through the Virgin River Gorge.

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2:32 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Stricter Seatbelt Laws Could be Coming to Utah

Stricter seatbelt laws could be coming to Utah. Today, a bill that would require seatbelts to be worn on Utah’s highways passed out of committee, but  some lawmakers argue the proposed legislation violate personal freedom.

It is already against the law not to wear a seatbelt in Utah.  But...currently l it’s a secondary offense, meaning officers can only issue a ticket if another violation is committed.

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2:22 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Utah's Canyonlands Debate Continues

Courtesy National Park Service.

A resolution calling for protection of Utah’s Canyonlands was held over for a year of study by Republican lawmakers on Thursday.

Utah Author Terry Tempest Williams made an impassioned plea for the state’s wild lands before the Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee on Thursday. She urged Utah lawmakers to get behind Senate Joint Resolution 10, which asks Congress and the President to protect the Greater Canyonlands area.  

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2:10 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Dating Violence Bill Proposed for Ninth Time

Victims of dating violence may soon have more protection under Utah law. Yesterday the House Judiciary Committee passed a bill that offers people in dating relationships the same legal protection as couples who are married or living together.  Jessica Gail reports on why  all lawmakers are  not on board with the bill.

House Minority Leader Jen Seelig is hoping the ninth time is the charm. That’s how many times a dating violence protection bill has been proposed the state legislature...but this year..she’s hopeful it will pass.

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1:49 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Cedar City Quakes

Shortly after noon Thursday, the Cedar City area was shaken by a series of small earth quakes.

A series of five small earth quakes has shaken iron county.  The first registering 2.7 on the Richter scale occurred just before noon Thursday, followed by a 2.0 shake.

About 30 minutes later a slightly stronger 3.1 quake occurred, and the strongest quake of the day, measuring a 3.5 magnitude occurred at around 1:00.

Two smaller aftershocks of 2.0 and 2.7 also shook the area.

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2:38 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Dabakis Wants “Citizen Co-Sponsors” for Canyonlands Protection Bill

Courtesy National Park Service.

A Utah state senator is putting Congress and President Obama on notice to protect a larger area of the Greater Canyonlands region. He’s asking the Utah Legislature to pass a joint resolution requesting the feds’ “immediate action” to keep the region underdeveloped and open for recreation. Comments from the resolution’s sponsor, Senator Jim Dabakis (D-Salt Lake City).

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