Utah Health and Wellness
5:36 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Herbert Unveils Health Plan, Seeks Grant From Federal Government

Gov. Gary Herbert announced his Healthy Utah plan on Feb. 27. The plan would help impoverished Utahns receive health care without expanding Medicaid.
Credit April Ashland / Utah Public Radio

Gov. Gary Herbert announced today a plan to fill the gap in Utah’s health care system without expanding Medicaid.

Healthy Utah” is the name of Herbert’s new plan to cover those living in poverty in the state.

Speaking to reporters Thursday afternoon, Herbert said he would seek a grant from the federal government and use the money to provide health insurance assistance to the poorest Utahns.

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Access Utah
10:38 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Talking Water with TEDxUSU Experts on Thursday's Access Utah

Bruce Bugbee, 2013 TEDxUSU Speaker
Credit rgs.usu.edu/tedxusu

Living in the second-driest state in the U.S. most of us are closely attuned to water issues, especially as we face changes to our climate. Three experts at USU recently chose water as the topic of their TEDxUSU talks. 

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The Zesty Garden
10:23 am
Thu February 27, 2014

The Zesty Garden - February 27

Red Haven Peaches

How will California's drought affect Utah food prices? How will the December cold snap affect Utah's peaches, apricots and cherries? USU Extension Fruit Specialist Brent Black joins us.

USU Extension Publication-Pruning

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7:29 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Royden Card: "God You Have Made The World Too Beautiful"

Credit StoryCorps/Utah Public Radio

60-year-old Royden Card, artist and poet, explores with his wife Sandee whether he chose art or art chose him.  Royden's art has been acquired by many museums including the Smithsonian Institute Library in Washington D.C. His portrayal of Zion National Park can be viewed on the 2011 UPR coffee mug.

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Utah Environment
6:08 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Swans Stop In Utah On Long Journey Home

Tundra swans migrate through Utah each spring.
Credit FWS

Warm temperatures and melting ice mean many swans will soon be arriving in Northern Utah. Tundra Swans nest in Alaska, but spend their winters in the warmer waters of California and Texas. Kathy Stoffer from the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge says the swans pause in Utah each spring to fill their stomachs on the long journey home.

“They come down from Alaska, they follow the water opening up following the food source, which in this case, is sago pondweed that grows in the deeper water on the refuge,” Stoffer said.

The swans are motivated to get home to their nesting grounds, so the length of their stay in Utah generally depends on the weather to the north and the availability of food in the state.

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Utah Environment
4:55 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Utah Wildlife Officials Propose Plan For Bighorn Sheep In Zion And Ask For Public Comment

Bighorn sheep rest on a rock ridge.
Credit Zion National Park

Wildlife officials from Zion National Park and the Division of Wildlife Resources have proposed a plan to help insure the health of the bighorn sheep population within the park.

The bighorn sheep were reintroduced into the park in 1973 after their mid-century disappearance. Initially, the herd population grew slowly, however a recent count shows the population to be over 500 sheep. This growth is of concern to scientists, like Zion National Park Division Chief Fred Armstrong, who fears contact with domesticated animals will lead to disease in the bighorn population.

“It has been shown that time and time again, when these native wild sheep come into contact with domesticated animals they inevitably contract one of the respiratory ailments that leads to phenomena and basically leads to devastating die-offs.”

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Utah Careers
3:55 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Huntsman School Study Says Signs Of Quitting Are Surprising

Long lunch breaks and vacations don't always point to an employee readying themselves to quit. A new study by the Huntsman School of Business at USU finds 18 predictors someone is ready to leave.

Though we may think we know how to predict that a coworker or employee is thinking of quitting their job, a new study from Utah State University shows actions assumed to be telltale signs of quitting, such as taking long lunches or vacation time, may not be all that predictive after all.

Tim Gardner, an associate professor of management in the Huntsman School of Business used manager and employee feedback to create a list of things they thought to be predictors of quitting. After multiple studies and experimental field research, Gardner narrowed down the list from over 900 to 18.
“All of these 18 cues that we identified really have a common thread of a form of disengagement, in that the person is not engaged with the business, with their boss, with their workforce and their overall job,” Gardner said.

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Access Utah
11:08 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Count My Vote on Wednesday's Access Utah

Credit politicit.com

What’s the best way to involve people in the political process? Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney is in favor of the Count My Vote initiative, which would mandate a change to direct primaries to determine party nominees. He says that the current caucus and convention system excludes many people and rarely reflects how rank-and-file party members feel. 

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Access Utah
10:43 am
Tue February 25, 2014

"Evening in Brazil" on Tuesday's Access Utah

Credit usu.edu

It’s a tradition that every year about this time “Evening in Brazil” presents a concert or two in northern Utah. And each year, we gather group members in UPR’s studio C to enjoy some great Bossa Nova and Samba on Access Utah. Linda Ferreira Linford, Christopher Neale, Eric Nelson and Mike Christiansen will join us with their music on Tuesday. We hope you will too, beginning at 9:00 a.m. 

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Access Utah
10:30 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Digital Security on Monday's Access Utah

Credit tradeandexportme.com

We’re putting more and more of our lives in the cloud. More and more our transactions are electronic. Which is convenient and fast. But is it safe? How secure is all that stuff in the cloud or moving around electronically, like your credit card information or your bank records? 

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