Kris Hyde

Hackers Sabotage Driverless Vehicles

Aug 20, 2014

As you wake up from your afternoon commute, you realize that your self-driving car has taken an unexpected detour into the front lawn of the police chief’s house. A hacker has used your car for a joyride while you were in the drivers seat.

The autonomous vehicle is expected to be the future of transportation but there are problems that need to be solved before it becomes a reality.

Assistant professor at Utah State University, Ryan Gerdes, leads a research group that was given a grant of $1.2 million to address the potential for malicious attacks from hackers.

Glenn Beck

The Independence Day celebration in Logan will have music, fireworks and an unexpected national political speaker. The schedule for Freedom Fire has been altered to make room for a 10 minute speech by political pundit Glenn Beck. The often controversial speaker was a last minute addition.

Logan City’s Debbie Harvey says Beck was originally invited to speak at the show but declined due to health issues. However, he has since changed his answer and decided to speak at Freedom Fire.

“It will be nothing political, he is going to talk about honoring veterans. He is going to talk about patriotism and about what a great country we live in. There will be nothing political in his speech,” Harvey said.

Herbert Awards Clean Air Grant To Roast Master

Jun 30, 2014

A Logan coffee shop will be visited by Gov. Herbert Tuesday morning. He will congratulate the company on its efforts to cut emissions, as part of a valley-wide tour.

The governor and other officials will be eating lunch at Caffé Ibis tomorrow before awarding the small business a grant for $15,000.

The money will help fund a recently installed afterburner which helping to reduce the pollution made from roasting coffee.

Deputy Chief of Staff Mike Mower, who will be attending the air quality tour, says he is looking forward to a busy day in Cache Valley.

Whooping cough has reached epidemic proportions in California by infecting 800 people in the last two weeks. However in Utah there have been 400 confirmed cases so far this year, which is down 15 percent from the same time last year.

The bacterial disease, also known as Pertussis, is common among children. This is why 45 states including Utah require the immunization for students.

Peter Corroon: Medicaid Decision Cannot Wait

May 27, 2014
Utah nonprofit groups join together to support Medicaid expansion with the creation of the Coalition for a Compassionate Utah.

Utahns will have to wait for a decision by the state legislature on their healthcare options, but one Utah official says that waiting is not an option.

Democratic state party chair Peter Corroon says a special session of the legislature needs to be held so a decision can be made about Medicaid.

He said Utahns are giving their money to other states while the legislature takes its time.

“People think that if we do not take the federal money than we are saving money in our own pocket book but that is not the case,” Corroon said. “Case is that the money is going to other states and Utah is losing out.”

Gov. Herbert Addresses Medicaid Expansion

May 22, 2014

A report released yesterday by Families USA and Utah Health Policy Project shows how Medicaid expansion could cover approximately 140,000 working Utahns.

During his monthly press conference, Gov. Gary Herbert says he has not yet read the report but it is important not jump into something without knowing what it will do to the economy down the road.

Two groups released a report Wednesday about the gap in Medicaid, and ways to fix the gap. Currently, a family of three that earns more than $9,300 annually are not eligible for to receive Medicaid in Utah.

Rachel Klein, enrollment program director for Families USA, said this leaves a gap between being poor enough to receive Medicaid and wealthy enough to afford insurance.

Utah State University athletics unveiled the Wayne Estes Center, a new athletics training and competition facility Wednesday. 

A crowd of alumni, donors, athletes and coaches gathered in the $9.7 million building to celebrate the future of USU athletics and to recognize the legacy of Aggie All-American Wayne Estes.

The school prepares for its second season in the Mountain West Conference this fall. Utah State University President Stan Albrecht says, “This is the type of facility that will help USU continue to climb to the top.”

Men’s basketball coach Stew Morrill says this kind of facility will make the Aggies more competitive in recruiting.

smart phone gps
State of Wisconsin

Senate Bill 253 goes into effect Tuesday and will change what Utah drivers are allowed to do on their cellphones. The bill says that a driver could be given a $100 fine if they are caught looking away from the road to use their phone. 

 Sen. Stephen Urquhart (R-St. George) says you will still be able to talk on the phone while driving but if you need to punch information into your device then you will need to find another way.