As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we not only remember the man, but his legacy of human rights advocacy that continues on as access to opportunities become more available.
UPR's Taylor Halversen spoke with Marvin Roberts, Assistant Vice President for student engagement and diversity at Utah State University about the man, the meaning of the day and how his dream is still being achieved.
The digital currency bitcoin can now be used to pay for goods on Overstock.com, a Salt Lake City based company.
Bitcoin users can exchange traditional currency, like dollars, for the online currency or “mine” money, by allowing their personal computer to act as a server for the cryptocurrency in exchange for a reward or service fee paid in bitcoins.
An upcoming mission to Mars will have the help of one Utah company that will be providing some of the technology to find chemical evidence of life beneath the iron oxide that gives the “Red Planet” its nickname.
Wasatch Photonics makes high-tech refraction gratings and spectrometers that will be used by the ExoMars Mission. Developed by the European Space Agency and the Russian Federal Space Agency, ExoMars is an astrobiological mission to find biosignatures of life.
Millions of Americans will voice their support for educational opportunity during the fourth-annual National School Choice Week, which begins on Jan. 26. An unprecedented 5,500 events across all 50 states will be taking place between Jan. 26 and Feb. 1.
Andrew Campanella is the president of National School Choice Week, and said the events will be held within individual communities around the country.
"We're looking at everything from rallies to round-table discussions, movie screenings. People getting together in individual homes and community centers, and talking about making good choices for their children, the options they have. Families in Utah have a lot of options. They do have school choice," Campanella said.
School choice means parents deciding how their children are educated- through all forms of education.
About 37 percent of Utahns aged 18-65 were vaccinated during the 2012-2013 flu season, according to a study that used data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This puts Utah at 27th in the nation for percentage of adults vaccinated, with Massachusetts in first and Florida last.
Rachelle Boulton is an epidemiologist for the Utah Department of Health. She said some people don’t get vaccinated because they don’t see the flu as a threat.
The new design was chosen through a student competition held by the Caine College of the Arts and the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. After an anonymous first round, judges narrowed the field from 34 to 6 designs.
Monday the judges met to hear presentations from each of the finalists and choose a winner. Before the presentations began, finalists excitedly paced the performance hall in suits, talking about their designs with faculty and friends.
A day after St. George police arrested a man who abandoned 13 dogs, Cedar City Animal Control is investigating a case of nine puppies left in two cardboard boxes on a residential Cedar City street.
Animal control has solicited the help of local Facebook users to gather information that might lead to the arrest of the person responsible for leaving nine puppies in two cardboard boxes on a residential street.
It's believed the puppies are the same as those offered on a Facebook post in the last few weeks. Cedar City Animal Control is asking for the public's help in locating the individual who posted the offer.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said he expects the U.S. Supreme Court will rule that President Obama's controversial recess appointments from January 2012 were unconstitutional.
The constitution allows, with some limitations, for the president to make appointments if the senate is not in session. Sen. Lee insists that the recess appointments were unconstitutional because the Senate was not in recess at the time of the appointments two years ago.
"According to the Senate's own rules, according to the Senate's own journal of its proceedings, the Senate had just reconvened. It was not in recess. Therefore, the president did not have authority to name three people to the National Labor Relations Board, and a fourth person to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau," Lee said.