Utah News

Utah Crime and Courts
4:27 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Utah Officials Make Arrests in Alleged Human Trafficking Ring

Alleged prostitution ring leader Manuel Zapata-Sanchez was arrested in Thursday's raids.
Credit Salt Lake County Jail

The Utah Attorney General’s office, along with the Salt Lake City Police Department, the Unified Police Department, and federal agents, performed a search on Thursday of Salt Lake-area massage parlors. The result: three men arrested, and ten women—several of whom were minors—detained, in what looks to be part of an international human trafficking and prostitution ring.

Deputy Attorney General Kirk Torgensen says the businesses that were raided may have looked legitimate to outsiders.

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Politics
12:03 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

John Huntsman's New Washington Post

Former Utah Governor John Huntsman has found a new place in Washington; he’s now the co-chair of the bipartisan group No Labels. Jessica Gail talks with Thomas Burr, Washington correspondent for the Salt Lake Tribune and author of Political Cornflakes, about what this means for Huntsman's future.

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Education
11:45 am
Fri November 30, 2012

More City Kids Attend College in Utah Than Rural Kids

The percentage of high school students from Utah's rural areas who attend college is much lower than that of their city and suburb dwelling counter parts. That's according to a new study by the Utah Foundation that examined the challenges faced by Utah's rural schools. Research Analyst Shawn Teigen says rural students are offered fewer advanced placement courses that would allow them to score higher on college entrance tests.

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Utah News
4:23 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Underage Drinking in Utah Well Below National Average

A national survey shows Utah has the lowest number of underage drinkers in the country.  The National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows just 14.3% of Utah teens surveyed reported using alcohol during the previous month, more than 12% below the national average.

Susannah Burt, Program Manager for Prevention Services at the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, attributes those low numbers to the state doing a good job of educating people about the negative consequences of underage drinking, and also to the state’s stringent alcohol laws.

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Utah State University
3:58 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Two USU Scientists Named as AAAS Fellows

Lance Seefeldt, Professor in USU's department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been named a 2012 American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow.

To be named an American Academy for the Advancement of Science fellow is an honor reserved for the nation's top scientists. Utah State University professors Patricia Lambert and Lance Seefeldt are among 702 scientists named as AAAS fellows.

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Business
11:57 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Research Group: Utah an Economic 'Rock Star'

A new report finds Western states grew more jobs at nearly double the rate of the rest of the nation over the last four decades—and the access to high-quality outdoor opportunities on public lands is a factor driving that growth. Ben Alexander with Headwaters Economics says their new “West is Best” report finds almost all of the job growth in Western States has been in the high-wage service industry, and he says Utah is leading the pack.

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Health
4:11 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Whooping Cough on the Rise in Utah

Whooping cough is on the rise again in Utah. There have been more than 1,100 reported cases of pertussis or ‘whooping cough’ statewide so far this year, five times the national rate. Nicholas Rupp of the Salt Lake Valley Health Department says the state has seen twice as many cases as last year.

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Economy
3:55 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Consumer Confidence in Utah Dives After Romney Loses Election

Consumer confidence in Utah took a big dive this month according to the Zions Bank Consumer Attitude Index report on consumer spending. Randy Shumway, CEO of the Cicero Group, says the consumer attitude index fell more than 11 points, which he attributes to Utah favorite Mitt Romney losing the Presidential election.

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Space
5:16 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Small Satellites from Utah Help Measure Impact of the Sun's "Ejections" Toward Earth

This snapshot from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a stunning prominence associated with a Sept. 8, 2010 solar flare.
Credit NASA/SDO

Imagine a spacecraft as light as your laptop and small enough to fit in your hand. Small satellites, ranging in size from a smart phone to a loaf of bread, are making access to space cheaper and faster. They typically cost 100 times less than traditional satellites that are as large as a school bus.

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Health
4:29 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Huntsman Cancer Institute Working On Possible Treatment for Childhood Cancer

Researchers at the Huntsman Cancer Institute have discovered a possible new treatment for a rare childhood cancer. Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah, Dr. Stephen Lessnick, says the drug has a high likelihood of treating Ewing sarcoma, a deadly cancer found in children and young adults.

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