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5:32 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Utah Legislators Not Doing Enough About Medicaid Record Breach

Organizations in Utah who serve residents receiving Medicaid and State Child Health Insurance are calling for Utah lawmakers to hold a special session to allocate money that would be used to help those whose personal information was stolen when a state computer system was hacked.

Judi Hilman is with the Utah Health Policy Project. She says the state is not doing enough to help the more than 800,000 victims:

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Salt Lake City
4:57 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Vince Rampton to Run Alongside Democratic Candidate Peter Cooke

Vince Rampton officially filed paperwork to run for office alongside Democratic gubernatorial candidate Peter Cooke. Rampton, who is the son of former Utah Governor Calvin Rampton, says as Lieutenant Governor he would focus on transparency in campaign financing, more precise requirements for lobbyists and more facilitative rules governing initiatives and referendums

He also says allowing electronic signatures to be gathered for petitions is also very important to the process: 

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Salt Lake City
4:48 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Gov. Herbert Gathers Rocky Mountain State Governors Around His Table

Hoping to muster up a stronger voice to direct towards Washington, Governor Gary Herbert met with the Governors of Wyoming and Idaho on Friday in the first ever “Rocky Mountain Roundtable.”

“This is really a beginning, the desire to communicate better as governors with each other and learn from each other, our success and our failures, and see if we can become better governors. And unite our voices where we have common concern.”

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Garfield County
4:39 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Hiker Survived 4 Days Stranded Near Hell's Backbone in So. Utah

Last week 59-year-old Victoria Grover from Maine parked her rented car on Hell's Backbone Road in remote Southern Utah and set out for a day hike to Sand Creek and back. But when sunset came she was nowhere near her car.

On Wednesday she broke her leg while moving through the rugged terrain and spent the next 4 days and nights stranded in the wilderness.

Tooele
4:13 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Deseret Chemical Depot Headed Back to Green Grass and Daisies

Igloos at Deseret Chemical Depot, Utah, provide secure storage for munitions awaiting incineration disposal. (Photo courtesy U.S. Army)
Photo courtesy U.S. Army

Army officials recognized the work of employees at the Deseret Chemical Depot weapons storage facility in Tooele Thursday for their part in destroying the largest stockpile of chemical weapons in the United States.

Inventory Management Specialist Kent Shields is letting go of the petty frustrations that come with the day-to-day workweek grind and forging ahead: “It’s such a changing event in our lives. I’m old and I’m going to be able to retire but it’s just like a big door shutting and a chapter of a great book ending.”

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Ogden
6:04 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

"Beacon on the Hill" - Weber State Campus Goes Dark

Weber State University's Ogden campus, that "beacon on the hill," went dim today. Bad wiring is at fault, but help is on the way.

The Social Science, Student Services, and Visual Arts buildings will be operating on emergency power Thursday and Friday as extensive repair work with specialized equipment is underway.

Employees who work in those buildings should contact their supervisors, according to John Kowalewski, campus spokesman. He said that the campus will provide alternatives for students needing to pay bills or register for summer term with student services.

Milford
5:12 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Meet Andy Swapp, Utah's Renewable Energy Guru

Andy Swapp (left) with Secretary Ken Salazar in front of a newly installed solar panel at Milford High School.

They call him the renewable energy guru. Andy Swapp is the technology teacher at Milford High School. He was recently recognized for his dedication to renewable energy by Utah Senator Orrin Hatch with a congressional tribute. Senator Hatch closed the tribute with the words, "Mr. President, I was really impressed with what I experienced in meeting Andy. I wanted to highlight the important, innovative work of a successful educator engaged in leading our nation into the future."

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Taylorsville
12:47 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

UDOT Employee Seeks Governor's Help to Reinstate Wrongfully Lost Job

The Utah Department of Transportation employee who was wrongfully fired after being accused of leaking confidential information about a contract bid wants to be compensated for her time out of work and she wants her old position back. She is calling on Utah Governor Gary Herbert to help her reach an agreement with UDOT, but it’s doubtful he’ll be on board.

Former UDOT Civil Rights manager Denise Graham says what UDOT gave her after a judge determined her termination was unjust was a new position and essentially a gag order.

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Salt Lake City
12:34 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

SkiLink Proposal Both Touted and Stinky

A controversial plan to connect Utah’s ski resorts is gaining support from local business leaders. A new coalition touts the economic and environmental benefits of joining resorts along the Wasatch Front and Back by a gondola, but the gathering spurred dozens to protest the meeting. 

Salt Lake Chamber President and CEO Lane Beattie announced the formation of the Lift Utah Coalition, which supports connecting Wasatch Mountain ski resorts:

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Promontory
6:18 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Man Crushed to Death at Work in Box Elder County

Family members went to look for Mitchell Shaw of Riverdale when he failed to return from work. He was found dead at 2:00 Tuesday morning, crushed by a front-loader while working at Promontory Point.

Chief Deputy Kevin Potter of the Box Elder County sheriffs' office says Shaw was working by himself and operating  an older style front-end loader with hydraulic arms: "Apparently he had leaned out over to the side and those arms came down on him. whether the hydraulics failed or he accidentally bumped levers, he was crushed against the side of the cab and he was killed instantly."

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