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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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Utah Politics
3:55 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Gov. Herbert To Deliver Fifth State of State Tonight

Gov. Herbert will give the State of the State Wednesday night.
Credit APRIL ASHLAND / UTAH PUBLIC RADIO

The stage is set for tonight’s ‘State of the State’ address by Gov. Gary Herbert.

A spokesman for the governor, Marty Carpenter, says the main points of the speech will include education and air quality – two big priorities in the governor’s latest $13.3 budget.

Health care is also likely to be part of the address. Last week, Herbert said he plans to expand Medicaid coverage to low-income Utahns, but the details are still unclear.

In an interview with UPR, Herbert said an expanded Medicaid would reach Utahns with limited access to healthcare.

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Utah Health and Wellness
5:59 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Bacterial Meningitis Causes Northern Utah Girl’s Death

A 12-year-old northern Utah girl passed away on Saturday at Primary Children’s Medical Center from bacterial meningitis. Faith Hunter was a 6th grader at Mount Logan Middle School in Logan.

Meningitis is an infection of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. According to the Centers for Disease Control, bacterial meningitis can be caused by many types of bacteria, though most of them, including the type Hunter died from, are not easily contracted or transmissible.

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Utah News
5:50 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Utah Gay Marriage at the Grammys

A same-sex couple from Utah are now married after a mass wedding ceremony officiated by Queen Latifah during the Grammy awards.

Spencer Stout and Dustin Reeser from Salt Lake City exchanged vows during the televised show.

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Utah News
5:49 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Nevada Earthquake Felt In Utah

A small earthquake shook a remote area near the Utah-Nevada border west of Cedar City.

Seismologists at the University of Utah measured the quake at 4.1 on the Richter scale. A quake of this size is considerable, but it occurred in such a remote area that there are few people who actually felt it. There are no reports of property damage.

The quake was centered about 22 miles west of Veyo, Utah and about four miles into the state of Nevada near Beaver Dam State Park.

There have been 14 aftershocks, the largest measuring 2.5 in intensity.

Utah Legislature
5:30 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

League of Women Voters on Capital Hill

The League of Women Voters met during the first day of the Utah State legislation.
Credit April Ashland

The Utah League of Women Voters gave an orientation of ways to lobby lawmakers during an onsite orientation on Monday at Capitol Hill.

Members of the league met in a room in the basement of the state capital, ate lunch, discussed the process of how bills become laws.

“Our founders believed women could vote their own heart and their own minds but like anybody they need education," said Jenn Gonnelly, co-president of the Utah League of Women Voters.

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Utah Legislature
4:44 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Senate Bill Would Phase Out Tax Credits, Fund Education

Credit Utah Public Radio

Gov. Gary Herbert's proposed education budget for the next fiscal year is more than $5 billion, but some Utah legislators want to take it a step further.

Sen. Patricia Jones, (D-Salt Lake County), is the sponsor of Senate Bill 118, which would gradually phase out tax exemptions for families with children over a five-year period. Using the extra income generated from this, SB 118 would set up a funding plan that allocates the money to public schools for use on school improvement plans.

Speaking just outside the Senate chambers in the state capitol, Jones highlighted what the money could be used for.


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