Dani Hayes

Freelance Reporter

Dani, hailing from Highland, Utah, graduated from Utah State University with a BS in journalism and a minor in art history. The plan was to become an art critic at some exotic area in Europe but then she discovered public radio during an internship at UPR. After graduation, she worked for the LDS Church's radio station called the Mormon Channel. After 2 1/2 years there, she was drawn back to Logan to be a full-time employee at Utah Public Radio. After years of working in news and managing UPR's web content, she's now a freelance reporter. 

She believes everything in life can be related back to a Seinfeld episode.  

Ways to Connect

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Utah’s 2019 legislative session opens the end of January and Utah State University will lobby for funding to increase employee compensation and build new buildings, among many other things. 

The Family Place

A traumatic event is characterized as an incident that causes harm to an individual, resulting in an individual feeling anxious, frightened and unsafe. For a child, the traumatic experience can have a lasting impact. As the child’s brain continues to develop they require additional love and support to deal with a traumatic episode. But what if that child doesn’t have that support? 

It happens every day – in a hospital, in a car, at home – babies are born. Almost 4 million babies were born in 2016 in the U.S., that’s nearly 11,000 babies a day. 

Especially after a first baby, the homes of many new moms are packed with people, presents and casserole pans from well-meaning neighbors. But, when the excitement fades, and the inevitable exhaustion sets in, where do moms go for support?

Our Schools Now

Utah voters rejected a ballot measure Tuesday that would have boosted education funding through a gas tax in a state that has the lowest per pupil spending in the nation. 

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So you’re driving down I-15, casually looking around at the terrain, the other cars, other drivers. You glance inside the cab of the semi-truck you’re passing and something catches your attention.

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UPDATE: The driver in the semi-truck accident has died. 31-year-old Ahmed M. Abdelgader was operating the Kenworth semi-truck carrying a load of butter in boxes. The passenger is in critical condition. 

ORIGINAL STORY: The crash happened around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of US 89 and HWY 30 in Garden City. The semi was heading northbound on US 89, the highway that connects Logan to the Bear Lake area and comes to a T interaction when it meets HWY 30.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in high school, Christine Blasey Ford, are testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Watch the proceeding live.

EcoFlight

Try Googling “public lands in America.” You’ll find loads of maps covered in different colors outlining types of land – private, city, county, state and federal. The color representing public lands spans the country and absolutely covers the West, reminding residents that most of Utah is public, owned and managed by the federal government.

St. Luke's Health System

With the opening of the region's first "virtual hospital," some Idahoans' health care needs could be met with the click of a button. Saint Luke's Health System says its virtual-care center in Boise is now up and running, eliminating the distance rural Idahoans have to travel to receive care. 

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Between Friday and Saturday, Immigration and Custom Enforcement officers detained nine people in Moab. Several workers in the popular tourist area stayed home from fear of being arrested.

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A Utah man died Monday night at a California hospital after he was injured while battling the massive Mendocino Complex wildfire north of San Francisco, the largest recorded blaze in the state's history.

 

Firefighter Matthew Burchett leaves behind a wife and a young son and worked for the Draper Fire Department. 

Elephant Canyon, Needles District, Canyonlands National Park
Dani Hayes

Picture yourself scrolling through your Facebook feed. You see a friend’s picture on top of Mt. Timpanogos. They look happy, healthy and adventurous. You get a little envious.

One Injured In Small Plane Crash In Cache Valley

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One person was injured when a small plane crashed in southern Cache Valley Thursday morning. 

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Current and forecasted weather paired with extremely dry vegetation throughout northern Utah have created hazardous fire conditions. 

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In May, the city of St. George initiated an ordinance for residents that limits outdoor watering from 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. Data from the last 2 months show that most people are watering their lawns between 4:00 and 6:00 a.m. Because of this, there is a large drop in water pressure causing water coverage from sprinklers to be less effective.

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Flashing his trademark smile and touting a patched-up relationship with the president, Mitt Romney rolled through the Republican primary in his adopted Utah on Tuesday and took another step in his political comeback that would have him assume the Senate seat of retiring Orrin Hatch.

Rescue team searches for missing 35-year-old man at Newton Dam
Brian Champagne

A 35- year-old man went missing while swimming with a group of people in Newton Dam reservoir on Saturday. 

Utah is a destination spot for those who want to explore the raw, untouched lands of America. Adventurers seek out Utah to experience the awe of the land by exploring its northern snow-capped mountains or the river-carved canyons of the south.

Family in front of Solution Focus RV.
Dani Hayes

In today’s digital and mobile world, there are so many ways to get the word out about a cause. Some people use social media, others start a podcast or blog, and some take it on the road. 

Busy sidewalk outside the Eccles Theater in downtown Salt Lake City
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Understanding its popularity, Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of Hamilton, wanted to make the musical more accessible to the youth. So, in a partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Miranda created the Hamilton Education Program

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This Friday there will be some very happy high school students packing the Eccles Theater in downtown Salt Lake City. Students from around the state will be traveling to Utah's capital to watch the award-winning musical Hamilton, a hit Broadway production about founding father Alexander Hamilton. 

Selma, Alabama water tower
Brianne Johnson

By only looking at the civil rights movement through the lens of Martin Luther King Jr., we would see a cursory story of Jim Crow segregation, and the struggle for voting rights. But if we follow the story of a child, who was a foot soldier in the movement, we would reveal a more visceral story. 

First African Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
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On our journey along King’s Road, we visited Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The story of Tuscaloosa is not well-remembered in the annals of civil rights history. 

New yoga series to take place in Utah's state parks
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The Utah Department of Natural Resources announced a new outdoor yoga series taking place in nine different state parks. Organizers hope the experience of practicing yoga in the outdoors will help participants feel more connected to nature.

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