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Utah News
2:06 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Utah Republicans Seek to Overrule Federal Gun Laws

Some Washington County Republicans are preparing state legislation to exempt Utah from federal gun laws and fine any federal agents who try to seize any guns.  

The move comes as a President Barack Obama pushed Congress on Wednesday to ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that republicans in Utah’s Washington County will ask state lawmakers to enact a law that would levy a $5,000 fine on any federal agent who takes a gun away from a Utah resident.

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Environment
4:03 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

State Climatologist Predicts Inversions

Robert Gillies is a part of the team that has created this program that predicts when inversions will take place, weeks in advance. Gillies and the Utah Climate Center  use the climate data and input it into the model that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association runs, to predict inversions before they happen, based on  weather patterns from around the world.

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Utah News
3:35 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Legislature to Debate State Tax Credit for Low Income Families

When the Utah Legislature convenes later this month, one topic to be debated is whether to enact a state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low-wage workers. The number of Utah families using the federal EITC has been climbing, but previous attempts to create a state EITC have failed. Comments are from two staff members at Voices for Utah Children: Tracy Gruber, policy analyst; and Allison Rowland, director of budget and research.

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Utah News
3:21 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Man Killed by Own Car in Arizona

A security guard at a Kingman, Ariz. business discovered an unconscious man laying underneath a pick up truck in the business’s parking lot.  

Mohave county sheriff’s deputies and medical personnel were called to the scene, and pronounced 54-year-old James Henry, of Kingman, deceased.

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Utah News
2:19 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Flu Season Comes Early This Year

Utah officials say  flu season has arrived early and remains active, but the strain doesn't appear dangerous.

The influenza has sent 233 people to Utah hospitals, about half the usual number for a full season.

No deaths have been reported.

Utah Department of Health epidemiologist, Valoree Vernon, says the flu season arrived about a month early this year.

Vernon says flu cases spiked last week, dropped slightly this week, and could spike again next week.

The flu season normally runs through February.

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Environment
12:30 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Landscaping Rules Under Discussion in Salt Lake City

The Salt Lake City Council is discussing a plan that would allow more planting options to be grown in city-owned parking strips, but there could be some problems standing in the way. Adding some tomato plants, or a few water-wise plants this spring could  get easier to do.

“I would like to see be able to grow tall plants in their parking strip and express some creativity in terms of how they want their parking strip to look," said  Salt Lake City Council Chair Kyle LaMalfa.

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Environment
11:50 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Sage Grouse May Be Added to Endangered Species List

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to list the Gunnison sage-grouse as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.  Most of the roughly 5,000 Gunnison sage-grouse are in Colorado but a small population of about 150 birds nest in southeastern Utah in Monticello.  According to USFWS supervisor of ecological services in Colorado Patti Gillet, the agency has until September 2013 to determine if the species will be listed as endangered.
 

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Utah News
2:43 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Boeing Creates Jobs in Utah

Boeing is expanding manufacturing operations in Utah by opening a third factory in the Salt Lake City area to fabricate a tail piece for their 787 passenger jet.

The aircraft manufacturer is taking over a factory originally built for KraftMaid Cabinetry in the Salt Lake suburb of West Jordan.

Boeing has 575 employees in Utah and it said will add 100, paying factory wages that state officials said will average $65,000 a year.

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Features
4:03 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

"Mormon Sexologist" to Give Seminar in Salt Lake City

She calls herself the "Mormon Sexologist."

While Dr. Melissa Jones self-proclaimed title may seem like a paradox, Jones says her studies in sexology has strengthened her faith in the LDS religion.

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Politics
3:46 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Bill Proposes Liquor Sales Revenue to Fund Education

Liquor sales could begin funding public education, at least if one Utah lawmaker has his way. Republican Representative Jim Bird plans to run a bill in the upcoming legislative session that takes 10 percent of liquor sales to improve schools.
Utah has consistently come in last in the country when it comes to state spending on public education according to the U.S. Census. Now, West Jordan Republican Representative is looking for a way to change that.
“We’re just trying to move 10 percent of the gross profit from DABC to education.”

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