The University of Utah is taking more steps to accommodate LGBT students. Beginning in the fall, gender-neutral housing will be an option for on campus and University officials say the dorm is already filling up.
Last year the University of Utah was named one of the country's top 25 friendly schools for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. Huffington Post and Campus Pride ranked the U LGBT friendly in nearly every category, except housing and residential life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.