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5:26 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Tax-Filing Season Begins Friday

Jan. 31 marks the beginning of tax-filing season and is the deadline to receive W-2 and 1099 forms.
Credit Internal Revenue Service

Tax-filing season is here again and is scheduled to run from Jan. 31 to April 15. However, tax payers can file for more time if needed.

"If an individual needs additional time to file, they can request it by filing a form 4868 on or before midnight Tuesday April 15, and receive an additional six months of time to submit the return, not pay the tax," said Bill Brunson, Internal Revenue Service spokesman.

Friday is also the due date for employees to receive W-2 forms -- wage and tax statements -- and 1099 forms for interest on bank accounts and dividends from mutual funds.

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Utah Legislature
5:10 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Utah Senate Leaders Have No Decision On Medicaid Expansion

Sen. Ralph Okerlund (right) says no decision has been made on whether or not to expand Medicaid.
Credit APRIL ASHLAND / UTAH PUBLIC RADIO

Senate leaders said no big decisions have been made on Medicaid expansion, though no potential options have been ruled out.

On Friday, Senate majority leader Ralph Okerlund said Republicans have barely scratched the surface on that topic in Senate caucus meetings, and no position has been taken.

“At this point, I believe all of the options are still out there on the table for our caucus,” Okerlund said. “We’re still willing to look at everything, and I suspect that (among) our caucus members, you’d find that we’ve got a lot of different opinions on whether we should go, at this point, with one of the options or with full expansion.”

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Utah Politics
4:52 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Democrats Respond To Gov. Herbert's State Of The State

Utah’s Democratic Party Executive Director responded to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s State of the State address Thursday by asking for a more detailed plan.  

“Utah faces many difficult issues, but our governor is just playing the margins,” Matt Lyon said.  “To plan for the future we want, we must be detailed, analytical, and strategic today.

Lyon said words are nice and but that the “Devil is in the Details.”

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Utah Politics
4:27 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Immigration Reform In Six Steps: US House GOP Releases Immigration Statement

U.S. House Republican leaders released their guidelines for a bi-partisan effort to overhaul the immigration system on Thursday. The Republican statement on standards for immigration reform call for a step-by-step approach and multiple little bills rather than one large piece of legislation few understand.

The statement says, "Our nation's immigration system is broken and our laws are not being enforced. Washington's failure to fix them is hurting our economy and jeopardizing our national security."

Former Utah Republican Chairman Stan Lockhart said he knows this all too well.

"So in Utah we've actually had our state legislature get involved in this issue because the federal government just showed so much inaction, and it's our experience that the current policies with the extreme difficulty to get a legal visa has created an environment of de-facto amnesty," Lockhart said.

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Utah News
1:28 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Utah County Sergeant Killed, Deputy Injured In Pursuit Of Suspect

Sgt. Cory Wride of the Utah County Sheriff's Office was found dead Thursday afternoon after pulling over to assist with what looked like a disabled vehicle. A deputy was critically injured giving chase to a suspect, who is now in custody.
Credit Utah County Sheriff's Office

Sgt. Cory Wride of the Utah County Sheriff's Office was killed during a traffic stop Thursday afternoon and another deputy was injured pursuing a suspect.

Wride was found by Utah County deputies shortly after 1 p.m. He was still in his patrol vehicle and died at the scene. Officials said Wride had stopped to check on a truck that appeared to be disabled and was shot and killed from the truck while running a background check on his computer.

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Utah News
5:40 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

State Senators Visit Lunchless Elementary Students

Parents say they are outraged after elementary school children had their food thrown out because of outstanding balances on their account. Jim Dabakis visited some of those students during school lunch today.
Credit www.utahsenate.org

State Sen. Jim Dabakis and Sen. Todd Weiler visited the Uintah Elementary School in Salt Lake City Thursday to eat lunch with victims of a school lunch scandal.

It is estimated 30 elementary school children had their lunches thrown out after their parents didn’t pay the lunch fee.

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Utah Education
5:29 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

University Of Utah, USU Address Issues In Response To Summer Audit

In July of 2013, the state released an audit showing the University of Utah Red Zone stores were competing with private sector businesses. Two Utah universities respond to the audit from July stating they were in competition with local businesses.

The Board of Regents policy the groups were in violation of, states institutions cannot provide services to those who are not members of the campus community, except in specific circumstances.

The Utah Red Zone stores will be closing as the leases on the buildings run out. Other university groups were also mentioned in the audit.

The audit says, "While not as great a concern as the off-campus Red Zone stores, the on-campus enterprises also are required to avoid directly marketing or providing extensive services to the general public."

USU's University Inn and the University Conference Center were listed as appearing to violate the Board of Regents policy, a claim the university says has been addressed.

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Utah Education
2:14 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Logan Students Among Finalists For Video Contest

Ellis Elementary is one of 12 nationwide finalists for the Scotties Tissues 'Trees Rock' video contest. School officials say if the school wins, it will use the prize money to plant trees.
Credit Ellis Elementary

A class of fifth graders is getting excited about trees.

Students at Ellis Elementary in Logan are among 12 finalists nationwide in a video contest that could bring the school $10,000 in prize money.

Ellis is the longest continually-running school in the state, and it's in need of a major remodel. That means about 10 big trees that surround the school have to come down, and they'll need to be replaced.

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Utah Education
6:09 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Undergrads Share Research With Lawmakers At Capitol

Undergraduate researchers from Utah State University and the University of Utah will gather at the rotunda in the State Capitol Thursday to present their research to state legislators.

Research on Capitol Hill was founded 14 years ago as a way for universities to showcase undergraduate research.

Scott Bates is involved with deciding which USU students present at the capitol. He calls the event a distinct experience for undergraduates and lawmakers, some of whom are in charge of state funding for research grants.

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Utah News
5:00 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Annual Science Week Begins At Utah State University

Utah State University's annual "Science Week" is scheduled from Jan. 27 to Feb. 1.
Credit Utah State University Physics Department

Keeping with decades of tradition, this week Utah State University’s College of Science is holding its annual “Science Week”.

Michelle Shook, Utah State University’s Science Council President said the week helps the students and public to connect to the college.

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