Utah News

Election 2012
11:43 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Concerns Raised for Seniors Over Voter ID Laws

While seniors don't tend to vote for a party in the majority, they are the voting bloc with the highest voter participation. And with an aging population, the group continues to grow. As voter ID laws pop up across states, many worry that seniors will be disenfranchised. UPR's Storee Powell talks with AARP Utah's Laura Polacheck and Professor Tim Chambless of the Hinkley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah about why they believe the law is meant to suppress voters.

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Election 2012
10:47 am
Mon November 5, 2012

LDS Democrats Growing in Influence

"I am."

"I am."

"We are. And Elder [Jay] Jensen is. And President [James] Faust. And Silvia Allred. Brigham Young."

What do all of these people have in common? First, they're Latter-Day Saints. What is less known is that they're also Democrats.

Crystal Young-Otterstrom, the LDS Democrats Caucus vice chairperson, says the combination is actually more common than you might think.

"We're not that small of a minority, as people might think."

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Environment
3:48 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Utah’s Winter Wood Burning Regulations In Force

November 1 marks the beginning of the wood burning season, and thus the winter air pollution season, in Utah. Bo Call, manager of the Utah Air Monitoring Center, says the state is coming off a summer season that was slightly more polluted than previous summers, but not bad enough to trigger federal penalties.

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Salt Lake City
3:10 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

New Electric Charging Stations Open in Salt Lake

Utah Paperbox’s Electric Vehicle Charging Station
Credit KCPW

Helping to kick off Alternative Fuel Vehicle Awareness Month, Utah Paperbox unveiled five new electric vehicle-charging stations at its new facility in Salt Lake City on Thursday.  The company’s President, Steve Keyser, says his goal is to see 10 percent of his workforce in alternative fuel vehicles by the year 2020.

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Utah Politics
3:02 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

RAPZ a Hot-Button Issue for Cache Voters

One penny for every ten dollars spent. That’s what Cache County needs from voters in order to continue the Recreation, Arts, Parks, and Zoos tax—better known as the RAPZ tax. The tax, which excludes food purchases, was approved by voters in 2002 and is now up for renewal.

Many officials and beneficiaries have argued for the tax, saying it has been a boon for the local economy. North Logan recreation coordinator Brett Daniels supports RAPZ funding.

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Logan
5:19 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Searching for the Supernatural

"Is there anybody in here with us? Jim are you still here?"

Sarah Argyle bends down to inspect a flickering flashlight on the concrete floor. It's the only light in the darkened room.

"Now set it down," Argyle says as she slowly backs away.

Argyle is the manager of Cache Valley Paranormal and tonight the group is investigating an old office building in Logan, H&A Palmer and Sons.

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Election 2012
12:22 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Lt. Governor Candidates Debate at USU

Audience members take in a debate between Lt. Governor hopefuls Greg Bell and Vince Rampton.
Credit UPR

The one and only debate between Lieutenant Governor candidates Greg Bell and Vince Rampton took place on Wednesday at Utah State University.  Republican incumbent Bell and Democratic challenger Rampton argued their positions on public lands, the economy, and the budget, among other things.

Perhaps the biggest issue discussed by the candidates was the cost of higher education. Rampton criticizes Governor Gary Herbert for not doing enough to fund state colleges.

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Utah Crime and Courts
11:41 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Hearing Held for Fatal Ogden Drug Raid

Matthew David Stewart, the man at the center of a deadly shootout in Ogden last January, was in court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing. The shootout occurred after authorities presented a search warrant to inspect Stewart’s home for marijuana. It resulted in the death of an officer, as well as five wounded officers.

Nate Carlisle of the Salt Lake Tribune has been following this story. He spoke with UPR’s Ryan Cunningham about the hearing.

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Superstorm Sandy
11:19 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Red Cross in Utah Seeking Post-Sandy Blood Donors

Flag of the Red Cross.

In just one day, Superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast. There are massive damages to infrastructure, power outages, and dozens of deaths.

Watching from Utah can make it seem hopeless to reach out, but the American Red Cross says Utahns can do plenty by donating badly-needed blood and platelets.

John Petersen of the Red Cross in Utah:

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Logan
5:23 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Apartment Complex Evacuated After Resident Commits Suicide by Carbon Monoxide

One man is dead and a Logan apartment complex has had to be evacuated as police respond to a reported suicide by carbon monoxide.

Logan Police arrived at The Riverwalk Apartment Complex near the Logan River at about noon on Tuesday after receiving a call that an apartment was filled with chemicals. Authorities began evacuating residents due to suspected high levels of carbon monoxide in the building. A hazmat team was called in and the body of a 26 year old male was recovered. Captain Curtis Hooley says authorities are calling the death a suicide.

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