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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.