Utah News

Education
10:04 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Board of Regents Approves New Name and University Status

Utah regents have approved Dixie State College's years-long drive to become a university and are sticking with the school's traditional name despite some concerns expressed about racial insensitivity.

The regents voted Friday to adopt the new name of Dixie state university. The decision is subject to approval by the Utah Legislature and by Gov. Gary Herbert, who has indicated his support.

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Education
4:13 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Dixie State College Creates New Scholarship for Minorities

Dixie State College announced Friday the creation of a new minority student scholarship endowment during the Utah State Board of Regents meeting held on the college’s campus.
Even as board of regents member Rev. France Davis placed one of two dissenting votes against university status and retention of the name “Dixie,” the college’s board of trustees announced the formation of a new scholarship for minority students.

A $20,000 anonymous donation was received to establish the new scholarship endowment, which will be named in honor of the Rev. Davis.

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Education
3:48 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Senate Bill to Allow University of Utah to Accept More Med Students

The Utah Senate Education Committee unanimously endorsed a bill that would allocate $10 million of annual funding to the University of Utah School of Medicine, and make it possible for the school to accept 40 additional medical students every year.


Senate Bill 42, sponsored by Senator John Valentine, includes language restricting additional medical students to those “who demonstrate a strong connection to Utah,” – something Valentine says will benefit the state in the long run.

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Utah News
11:01 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Appeals Court Stands By Ruling On National Park Gas Leases

An appeals  court said it won't reconsider a ruling dismissing lawsuits that were filed against the federal government for rescinding oil and gas leases near national parks in Utah.

A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit court of Appeals ruled in September that energy companies missed a 90-day deadline to sue. Two companies sought a review by the full appeals court. The court said Thursday the requests were denied.

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Politics
7:40 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Poll Shows: Utahns Willing to Raise Taxes to Fund Education

Utah’s legislative session began Monday and a new poll shows education is the top priority among voters. More than 500 Utahns were asked questions about the what issues concern them the most in the state and this year, the poll shows voters are more willing to pay more to make public education stronger.

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Utah News
4:09 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Volunteers Bundle Up for Utah's Homeless Count

Volunteers will fan out across Utah and the nation to learn more about the circumstances of people without homes, in the Point in Time Homeless Count. Courtesy of COHHIO.

From park benches to friends' couches, thousands of Utahns spend their days looking for a place to sleep for the night. 

And next week, volunteers will bundle up and fan out across the state on Thursday morning to find those without homes for the annual Point in Time Homeless Count. 

In Utah, last year's volunteers counted more than 16,000 people. Tamera Kohler, director of the state Community Services Office, says there's no official prediction this year.

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Utah News
3:34 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Logan High School Students Return From National Music Competition, Inauguration

Isabella Muffoletto and 132 other Logan High School students attended the Inauguration in Washington D.C. Muffoletto is a senior at LHS and the 1st Chair Flutist in high school's band.

The Logan High School band, two choirs and a percussion ensemble returned on Jan. 22 from a six day trip in Washington D.C. where they competed in a national music competition and attended Monday's  inauguration. We spoke with Isabella Muffoletto, a senior at Logan High School, about the experience. 

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Politics
2:12 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Initiative Aims to Give Utahns More Access to Politicians

Credit Utah Political Capitol

The Utah Political Capitol (UPC) group is launching a new initiative to encourage Utahns to interact with their representatives, and make state politics more accessible to the average state resident. Eric Ethington is the Managing Editor of the UPC and said it's vital the community is involved.

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Health and Wellness
1:43 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Utah Doctors Declare Inversion a Health Emergency, Ask Governor for Help

A group of doctors wants Utah Governor Gary Herbert to do more about the state’s air pollution. Wednesday, a handful of doctors delivered a letter signed by over 100 healthcare professionals declaring Utah’s continued inversions a public health emergency.

President of the Utah Physicians of a Healthy Environment Brian Moench says the letter contains ideas of how the state can reduce pollution.

“We could reduce freeway speeds to 55 mph. We should be making all mass transit free for the remainder of the winter season and asking the legislature to make the revenue lost to the UTA.”

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Environment
1:28 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Governor Unveils Outdoor Recreation Vision

Utah is stepping up its efforts to preserve its natural beauty. Wednesday morning, Governor Gary Herbert released what he is calling “The State of Utah Outdoor Recreation Vision."

The outdoor industry plays a major roll in Utah’s economy. In 2011 the Outdoor industry sector contributed nearly 6 billion dollars to the state’s economy. Now, Governor Gary Herbert says its time to establish guiding principles to enhance outdoor recreation for Utahns as well as tourists.

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