Utah News

Hurricane City
4:12 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Ends in Settlement

A settlement has been reached in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Brian Cardall who died in 2009 after a Hurricane City police officer shocked him with a taser.

According to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, the parties entered into a “mutual general settlement agreement and release of all claims” in the suit over the death of Cardall, a Utah native who was at the time a graduate student at Northern Arizona University. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

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4:46 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Threat of Violence Closes Cache Valley High School, One Week After School Shooting in Connecticut

Mountain Crest High School in Cache Valley was closed for the day due to a threat of violence. Kerry Bringhurst reports from Hyrum.

There's a sign asking for any deliveries to be made to call the school's number because the school is on lock-down.

They received information from students on Thursday night of a possible threat, and after spending several hours deciding what to do, they made a decision to close the school on Friday morning.

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Mesquite, NV
6:04 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Where Have All the Storm Drains Gone?

The Mohave County Sheriff's Office in Arizona has issued a plea to the public for information regarding the theft of dozens of steel storm drain covers.

The thefts occurred in the Shadow Mountain subdivision just across the state line from Mesquite, Nevada and south of Beaver Dam, Arizona -- some 30 miles southwest of St. George.

75 large steel grates have disappeared. The grates sit in a larger frame set in concrete curbs and cover the intakes of the area's storm drains.

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UPR Feature Story
5:18 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Puzzle Them Home: A Utah Community Pieces Together a Plan to Help a Family

Later this week, the Green Family from the Utah community of Herriman will bring home their sixth child adopted from China. The arrival of this new community member has residents wondering what they can do to support their neighbors and their adopted children with unique and special circumstances. 

“The idea sprouted that, 'let’s have a 5000 piece puzzle of the Green family and people can purchase a piece of that puzzle.'”  - Puzzle Them Home organizer Chrissy Probst

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UPR Feature Story
4:38 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

'Tis the Season For Counting Birds

Credit Jennifer Pemberton

How many birds do you see in a given day? How many sparrows or hawks or owls do you think live in your neighborhood? Jennifer Pemberton spent an entire day with Logan's Bridgerland Audubon Society compiling their annual bird census.

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12:11 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Representative Chaffetz On Gun Control and Mental Health

Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz is speaking out about mental health in the wake of Friday’s shooting in Newton, Connecticut. The Republican Representative told Jessica Gail he’s open to gun control for those with mental illness.

"I particularly worry about those with mental illness, there capability of making rash decisions. I really worry that we’re getting them the care, and the diagnoses that they need and making those kind of diagnoses available."

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2:55 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Puppies-for-Rent: One Provo Woman's Controversial Business Idea

Jenna Miller, founder of Puppies for Rent
Credit Jenna Miller

It’s a sound that can lift anyone’s spirit and one Brigham Young University student is hoping to cash in on people’s love for puppies.

"Puppies for Rent is a company I started in August. And the purpose of the company is to help puppies to find homes. Basically we take puppies that would otherwise be in a pound, or basically puppies that people are trying to get rid of.  We rent them out to families and to students."

Jenna Miller is the founder of Puppies for Rent, and for $15 per hour she will deliver a puppy to your home to play with.

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2:33 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Watchdog Group Sees No Future in Utah Oil Shale

This photo of an oil shale deposit in Uinta County was taken in 1916. People have been trying since then to find a profitable way to use it as a fuel source.
Credit U.S. Geological Survey

There are two reasons a Congressional watchdog group opposes oil shale development in eastern Utah and neighboring states. In the report Taxpayers for Common Sense says the government should stop making loan and price guarantees to oil companies to explore an energy source that it says so far hasn't paid off.

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Utah Politics
2:06 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

To Expand or Not to Expand? State Legislature to Decide Future of Utah's Medicaid Program

When the state legislature reconvenes in January they’ll be given a report outlining the cost/benefit analysis of expanding Utah’s Medicaid program. Last week, the Utah Department of Heath held a public forum to gather comments on what should be considered as the study gets underway, but as Jessica Gail reports, the report could have little influence on some lawmakers.

32 -year-old Christina Osborn relies on Medicaid. "When I was 11 years old I was diagnosed with a brain tumor but yet no health insurance would insure me because of the epilepsy that was created."

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4:54 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Governor Herbert's Budget for 2014 Contingent on Fiscal Cliff

Utah Governor Gary Herbert rolled out his budget proposal for fiscal year 2014 this week. At the top of his list: education. Herbert’s plan calls for $298 million in new funds be allocated to schools, but as Jessica Gail reports, the Governor's plan could be short lived due to the looming fiscal cliff.

Governor Gary Herbert is planning for the future. Wednesday he unveiled a $12.8 billion budget proposal for fiscal year 2014, which will begin in July. His top priority is education.

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