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7:24 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Woman Spends Thanksgiving Week As A Homeless Youth

Hatch spent her first night at Rhodes Skate Park, sleeping in a blanket she brought.

When an Idaho native discovered that 65 percent of foster children who turn 18 become homeless, she decided to help. Last week, she volunteered to be homeless for five days.

20-year-old Shaylee Hatch spent her Thanksgiving week on the streets of Boise and Salt Lake City to raise awareness for the homeless youth, specifically those who have been kicked out of the foster care system at age 18 with nowhere to go.

“Thanksgiving is a big holiday where people are really giving and grateful and I just felt really strongly that would be the perfect time to do something like this. I wanted people to actually take the time to hear it,” she said.

So from Tuesday to Saturday, she and a few friends sat on the streets. No food, no water, and nowhere to sleep.

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Utah Families
6:52 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Federal Judge Hears Arguments On Utah's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

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A federal judge heard arguments from both sides of a lawsuit surrounding Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage. Three couples who were denied Utah marriage licenses filed the lawsuit in March, saying the ban violated their constitutional rights.

U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby heard arguments Wednesday from both sides, who had each asked for a summary judgment—meaning that a ruling could be made without material facts.

John Majia the legal director for the ACLU, which is in support of the couples, explains the arguments in the case.

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Utah Transportation
6:34 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Search For Missing Idaho Plane Expands Wednesday

Credit Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

A Beech Bonanza Plane that left Baker City, Oregon on Sunday morning continues to be searched for, however the accuracy of the faint transmitter beacon heard Tuesday morning which narrowed down the search area is in question. Rescuers broadened the search area Wednesday and brought in new planes with diverse capabilities to aid in the search.

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Utah News
6:09 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

As Storm Approaches, Search Continues For Missing Plane in Idaho

Rescuers are searching for a white and maroon BE-36 Beech Bonanza.
Credit Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

Rescuers continue to search for a small aircraft carrying five people that disappeared in rural Idaho on Sunday.

The six-seat, single engine Beech Bonanza left Baker City, Oregon on Sunday morning headed for Montana. The plane reported engine trouble as it crossed central Idaho around 1 p.m. before it lost contact with air traffic controllers.

Rescue crews have been searching near the Johnson Creek airstrip, where last contact was made.

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Utah Outdoors
3:48 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Utah Avalanche Center Gearing Up For Season

Credit Bruce Tremper

Utah is known for its world-class scenery, winter sports and, according to the Utah Avalanche Center, some of the highest avalanche danger in the world. But safety experts say it's easy to mitigate risk by arming yourself with the right information.

Paige Pagnucco, who represents the Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center, sat down with Utah Public Radio to talk about ways to stay on top of the best snow on Earth.

Excerpts from an interview with Paige Pagnucco with the Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center.

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Utah Education
5:58 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

St. George Begins Work On All-Abilities Park And Playground

St. George announced plans this week to build a playground to serve children of all ability levels.
Credit Kent Perkins

St. George is making sure all children in its community have the opportunity to experience outdoor play by building an all-abilities park and playground.

Kent Perkins, leisure services director for St. George said that creating accessibility to the playground will open the way for a shared play experience.

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Utah Health and Wellness
5:01 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

New Bill Aims To Lower Epidemic Level Of Drug Overdoses

Over five hundred Utahns died of drug overdose in 2012.
Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

State representative Carol Moss is sponsoring a bill she hopes will reduce the number of drug overdose deaths in the state. Moss’ “Good Samaritan” bill is her second piece of legislation on the topic. The first, which was introduced in 2006 and died in committee, would have penalized a person for abandoning someone who was overdosing on drugs.

Moss’ new bill adopted suggestions from people who work in substance abuse and addiction programs, and instead uses incentives to solve the growing problem.

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Utah Environment
4:00 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Authorities Search For Answers In Hawk Killing Spree

One of the hawks killed near Smithfield, Utah this month.
Credit Department of Wildlife Resources

Eight hawks have been found killed in Cache Valley over the course of the last two weeks.

The raptors were shot with small-caliber firearms near 400 West in Smithfield and officials believe it is the same individual or individuals behind the killings.

Chris Schulze, conservation officer with the Division of Wildlife Resources, and conservation sites director at Hawkwatch International Dr. Steve Slater discuss the situation and the issues surrounding Hawk killings in Utah.

Chris Schulze and Dr. Steve Slater discuss the situation in Cache Valley and the problem of hawk shooting for Utah.

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Utah News
7:55 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Verizon Wireless Helps Combat Domestic Violence

HopeLine donated a six thousand dollar grant to the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition.
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Verizon Wirelesses’ philanthropy project HopeLine recently donated a $6,000 grant to the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition, a 25-year-old nonprofit organization that provides assistance for domestic abuse survivors.

Click to hear the HopeLine and domestic violence story.

Bob Kelley, Verizon’s public relations manager, said HopeLine is a project that helps domestic violence organizations raise money nationwide.

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Utah Politics
5:52 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Former Mayor With Criminal History Returns To Public Office

Ex-mayor of Virgin, Utah who resigned after controversy over a decade ago is back in elected office.
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Despite controversial policies during his tenure as mayor and criminal charges leading to his resignation, former mayor of Virgin, Utah Jay Lee is back in public office, and the town is split over the decision.

As mayor, Lee made headlines passing an ordinance requiring every homeowner in Virgin to possess a firearm, adopting a resolution against the United Nations in the community and charging residents $25 to speak at town council meetings. His divisive term ended abruptly in 2003 as he resigned after being accused of approving $18,600 in unearned pay to the former town clerk, Stacey Higbee.

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