Utah News

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The University of Utah welcomed its new President yesterday. Dr. David W. Pershing was selected to become the school’s fifteenth leader after more than 30 years of service at the institution.  Jessica Gail spoke to the President on his first day and reports on what plans he has in store for the University.

Personnel from the Washington County Search and Rescue Team responded to a call from a hiker with a broken leg stranded in the rugged red rock terrain near St. George. UPR's Southern Utah correspondent Chris Holmes reports on a difficult rescue.

Former Utah Governor Olene Walker was recently appointed to the Utah Women's College Task Force - a committee dedicated to increase Utah women's aspirations for higher education. Gov. Walker talks with UPR's Storee Powell about her early desire to become educated, and her work to inspire others to do the same.

The new plan for oil shale development on public lands would keep activity off thousands of acres of environmentally sensitive areas, with new leases initially being issued strictly for research on how to commercially produce oil from oil shale in Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado.

The Animal Cruelty Bill

Mar 12, 2012

Governor Gary Herbert is being urged to veto a bill prohibiting filming on farms, ranches, and dairies. Matt Rice of Mercy for Animals says the bill is a "thinly veiled attempt" to keep cruel and corrupt practices hidden from public view. Ashley Tolman reports on both supporters and opponents of the bill.

After 45 days of negotiating bills and budgets, the Utah Legislature wrapped up its business last night at midnight. Jessica Gail reports on what lawmakers got done over the last six weeks.

Idaho State would neither confirm nor deny whether former Southern Utah University Coach Bill Evans will become the new Idaho State Coach. Evans had 209 career victories in his 15 seasons at SUU, but in 2007 his contract was not renewed. Chris Holmes has the story.  

Incarceration and incarceration prevention centers don't just provide a place to house youth in trouble, they provide counseling and other services. Without more funding, some of those centers may shut down, move to part-time, or have to downsize by 40 jobs. 

Jessica Gail has the story. 

  • A Busy Last Day of Utah Legislative Session
  • Grain Mill Fire in Southern Idaho
  • Suing DOT Over Sinkhole Death

These stories and today's headlines in Utah News, plus full legislative coverage and the wonderful forecast from the Utah Climate Center.

March is National Women's History Month, and the 2012 theme is Women's Education, Women's Empowerment. Although women now outnumber men in colleges nationwide as a very recent phenomenon, the same is not true for women in higher education in Utah.

Storee Powell explores this topic in UPR's Women's History Month series by talking to those who research this issue and to the women breaking through Utah's glass ceiling in higher education.                          

  • Snowy Road Conditions Kill Two Men in Clearfield
  • Utah Home Sales are on the Rise
  • Senate Says No More Filming on Farms

These stories and the rest of the day's headlines, plus legislative coverage and a forecast from the Utah Climate Center.

Environmental groups told the Utah Supreme Court state regulators granted approval to Alton Coal Development

to operate a coal mine near Bryce Canyon without thinking of the environmental impact the operation would have. Alton Coal spokespeople say they have complied with the law. Chris Holmes has the story. 

Without fail, there’s always one issue that dominates much of the discussion during the Utah Legislature’s annual session: public education. This year, issues like reforming teacher contracts, dramatically changing how education dollars are spent and the Common Core standards adopted by the State Board of Education have been debated in the House and Senate. So what does Utah’s top education official think of all this, with just two days left in the session? Jeff Robinson sat down with State Superintendent Larry Shumway at his office in Salt Lake City.

On Sunday, Division of Wildlife Resources personnel spotted what appeared to be four wolves while performing coyote control from a helicopter in the mountains east of Springville in Utah County. Now the division must determine if the animals are wolves or wolf-dog hybrids before deciding a course of action. Eric Ray spoke with DWR Wildlife Section Chief Kevin Bunnell, who says finding the predators wasn’t a great surprise.

  • Woman Struck and Killed by Truck in Provo
  • State Attorneys Appeal Payment of $5.5 Million Debt Incurred by Warren Jeffs
  • Education a Hot Topic at the Capitol Today

These stories and the rest of the day's headlines, plus legislative coverage and a forecast from the Utah Climate Center.

Some welfare recipients may be required to undergo drug tests to qualify for benefits under a bill that has passed the house. Republican Representative Brad Wilson of Kaysville explained last week that anyone who fails a drug test could enroll in a treatment program to avoid losing their benefits. Mackinzie Hamilton has more about the bill.

March is National Women's History Month, and the 2012 theme is Women's Education, Women's Empowerment. In the first of our series on this theme in Utah, we hear from Susan Madsen, Director of the Utah Women & Education Project and professor at Utah Valley University. Findings from her recent studies explain why women in Utah graduate 6% less than men. While they enter college at the national level, they graduate at a much lower rate.

More information about the Utah Women and Education Project at http://www.uvu.edu/wep/.

Nearly Extinct Onion Planted in Utah Today

Mar 5, 2012

A Utah author and researcher has been given a rare vegetable seed from the U.S. government in an effort to prevent further loss of thousands of years of seed heritage. Caleb Warnock planted his very rare onion seeds today in a garden behind his home in Alpine, Utah.

  • A Proposed Bryce Canyon Coal Mine Has Environmentalists Very Concerned
  • Utah's 5th Avalanche Death
  • Lots of Bills Awaiting Governor Herbert's Signature

These stories and the rest of the day's headlines, plus legislative coverage and a forecast from the Utah Climate Center.

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Governor Gary Herbert has signed a bill to fund economic development in rural Utah. UPR's Kerry Bringhurst was at the state capitol during the signing ceremony and files this report.

It sounds almost as if a St. George defense attorney is actually working to keep his client in jail as the court waits for a required mental assessment. Chris Holmes reports from Southern Utah.

Free college credit for qualifying high school students may be a thing of the past. Concurrent enrollment courses, which are available at most high schools across the state, are seeing large budget cuts, and one lawmaker says the solution is to start charging students who want to receive the credit. KCPW’s Jessica Gail reports on what critics are saying about the measure.

A bill restricting the use of tanning beds by minors will soon be on Governor Gary Herbert’s desk, after the Utah House of Representatives approved it this morning following a passionate discussion. Jeff Robinson has the story.

A New Approach to Anti-Idling

Feb 29, 2012

Cities in Utah might have to give up on anti-idling ordinances to clear the air if some Utah lawmakers have their way, but one senator is proposing to educate young motorists to take responsibility for air quality. As KCPW's Whittney Evans reports, Salt Lake City Democrat Ben McAdams is backing a Senate resolution to encourage the State Board of Education and Driver License Division to take a look at the impacts of vehicle use.

Kerry Bringhurst talks to Dave Greiling about today's headlines, including the fate of Powder Mountain resort, Rep. Brad Dee's legislation about overruling felony convictions based on factual innocence, and Ogden's plan for revitalization.

Read these full stories and more at the Standard-Examiner's website.