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USU researchers are developing a device that would wrap around the propellers of water craft used by smugglers, pirates or terrorists. Biology professor Randy Lewis, said the device would be designed to stop boats laden with explosives like the one that a
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The United States' Navy and Utah State University researchers are working together to develop tools for non-lethal warfare. A $420,000 grant from the Navy has been awarded to USU’s Synthetic Spider Silk Lab.

Arizona Miners Rallying For Jobs
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Hundreds of miners and their relatives will join leaders from the Navajo Nation, the Hopi Tribe, and the United Mine Workers to rally at the state Capitol to keep open the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station in northern Arizona.

The gathering in downtown Phoenix on Wednesday morning is the latest effort by employees of the 2,250-megawatt station near Page in northeastern Arizona to save their jobs. Utility operators say the station costs more to operate than natural gas-burning plants.

Suit Filed Against ID Law Voiding Pregnant Women's Living Wills

Jun 5, 2018
An end-of-life care advocacy group has filed a federal lawsuit claiming a law that voids women's living wills if they become pregnant is unconstitutional
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A lawsuit has been filed over an Idaho law that voids women's living wills if they become pregnant. 

Legal Voice and the end-of-life care advocacy group Compassion and Choices filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of four women, saying the law is unconstitutional for violating due-process and equal protection clauses. 

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A former U.S. intelligence officer is being charged with attempted espionage for trying to sell secrets to China.

Federal prosecutors said Monday that 58-year-old Utah resident Ron Rockwell Hansen was paid up to $800,000 for passing along technology and information about U.S. military and intelligence issues.

Tips For Maintaining Healthy Vision

May 21, 2018
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This is Healthy Vision Month, and more than 23 million adults have never had an eye checkup. 

Even though there may be nothing noticeably wrong with your vision, some health problems that cause eye disease don't have any early warning signs. 

Drugs in evidence rooms becoming issue.
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A national police expert says evidence room problems like a Utah technician fired after being found high on methamphetamine at work are all too common.

Joe Latta with the International Association for Property and Evidence says meth and pills have been a serious problem in recent years.

At least one gunman opened fire at a Houston-area high school Friday, killing eight to 10 people, most of them students, authorities said.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said he could not be precise about the number of deaths at Santa Fe High School, which went on lockdown around 8 a.m. Two suspects believed to be students were in custody.

Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts store, bought more than 5,000 ancient artifacts for $1.6 million. The artifacts were imported against federal law. Hobby Lobby has returned the artifacts to Iraq and paid a fine of $3 million. One expert has advice for collectors on how to stay inside the law.

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Twitter users went crazy with comments after a Utah high school student posted a picture of herself wearing a red, Chinese-style dress to her prom. Many responses to the tweet criticized the Woods Cross High School student's choice of dress as being racists, while others are defending her. Some commented that they were not offended by the dress, but rather by a photograph of the girls in the group standing with their hands pressed together in a pose they felt mocked Chinese culture.

Spring weather in Utah can be unpredictable, creating frustration for people looking forward to summer weather. But for farmers, the up and down weather could impact the health of fruit trees. Experts are trying to warn people before it’s too late.

“In the scientific community his work will be recognized for a very, very long time,” Perry said. “I would imagine that in a thousand years’ time his name will still be known.”
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Scientist Stephen Hawking was known for his groundbreaking work with black holes and relativity. He passed away March 14, 2018, at the age of 76, but his legacy as a pioneer and a friend lives on. UPR’s Bronson Teichert spoke with Malcolm Perry, a professor at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and close friend of Stephen Hawking.

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Environmental groups are suing the Trump administration for selling oil and gas leases on huge swaths of Western U.S. public lands while allegedly ignoring policies meant to protect an imperiled bird.

The lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court seeks to reverse lease sales across 475 square miles (1,230 square kilometers) in Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Nevada.

The Havasupai Tribe says three animal abuse cases in its tribal court have ended in convictions since the tribe promised last year to make animal-cruelty offenses a top priority.

Two other individuals have also had animal cruelty charges filed against them in the past month.

Utah State University and the College of Education and Human Services is opening a new facility to serve individuals with varying needs
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A 100,000-square-foot clinic is opening in Logan. The Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Clinical Excellence is designed to serve as many as 5,000 clients of varying abilities each year.

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A Native American advocacy group is making a long shot request for an independent expert with the United Nations Human Rights Council to order the United States to respond to ongoing human right violations it says are happening at Bears Ears National Monument.

The Deseret News reported Tuesday that Utah Dine Bikeyah leaders say ongoing grave robbing and looting of cultural artifacts merit action and intervention. The group didn't provide any statistics to back the claim in its official letter.

Utah State University Equine Student Breaking Barriers

Apr 26, 2018
Jack Charlesworth is a USU equine science major breaking barriers for people with unique challenges
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One Utah State University student in the Equine Science Program has unique challenges, but he is changing the way people like him work with horses. This student is not letting any challenges get in the way of his love for horses and life.

The driver and passenger in a vehicle that was hit while trying to make a left hand turn have died.
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A vehicle collision in Idaho killed two people and injured four Wednesday. The highway crash happened in Preston, Idaho near the Utah-Idaho border. Traffic was stopped for nearly four hours while emergency and law enforcement crews cleared the area.  

Idaho State Police report 83-year-old Franklin resident L. Max Richards was driving a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee when the vehicle was hit as Richards attempted to make a left hand turn onto Cub River Road. He and a passenger, 80-year-old Phyllis Richards, died at the scene when their vehicle was hit by an oncoming  2011 Ford Edge.

The two friends at a USU Aggies football game
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During this next episode in our year-long series Crossing Borders, two university students who crossed state lines before arrived in Utah to discover their differences actually strengthen their friendship.  

According to the United States Consumer Products Commission, between 300 and 400 ATV deaths occur each year, including children under the age of 16.
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Due to the rising number of ATV-related accidents, a local outdoor equipment company is working to spread safety awareness this summer to farmers and outdoor enthusiasts. 

Ely Prison where an inmate was stabbed to death.
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A Nevada inmate serving up to life in prison for kidnapping, robbery and sexual assault has been stabbed to death in a fight with two other inmates at the state prison in Ely.

Nevada Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Santina said Wednesday that 32-year-old Sergio Chan was killed in the altercation at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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Beloved former NPR Newscaster and Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me Official Judge and Scorekeeper Carl Kasell has died.

The Connection Between Money And Happiness Is Real

Apr 14, 2018
The link between money and happiness impacts people around the world according to researchers from the University of Utah.
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The link between money and happiness impacts people around the world, according to researchers from the University of Utah. One researcher who studied happiness for 35 years co-authored the study.

U.S. - China Tariff Dispute Impacting American Farmers

Apr 14, 2018

In 2016 President Donald Trump campaigned on balancing the United States’ annual trade deficit of $500 million. Fast-forward to March 2018, President Trump announced tariffs on steel and aluminum. Now the $23 billion U.S. ag industry is to be impacted by global trade decisions.

An investment firm tasked with finding a new owner for an Arizona coal plant says it's focused on one potential investor with a handful of others on the sideline.

The Navajo Generating Station near Page is set to close in 2019 if no one steps in to buy it.

Groups Gather To Advocate Against Idaho Sex Trafficking

Apr 10, 2018

Sex trafficking isn't just an issue in other parts of the world, it is going on in Idahoans' backyards. But there's growing interest in the Gem State to fight back.

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