Casey Taylor

Afghan Refugees arriving in Qatar are receiving aid through the humanitarian branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Latter-day Saint Charities. 

Parents are suing to overturn the legislation banning mask mandates in Utah schools.

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The U.S. Senate has passed a massive infrastructure bill, and buried within the package is $12 billion for the nuclear industry, but critics said the money would be better spent elsewhere.

Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt will be the new president of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. Leavitt will replace Ron Jarrett, according to an announcement made by Bishop Gérald Caussé.

Leavitt will oversee over the 700 volunteers that make up the choir. One of his goals is to expand the choir’s worldwide reach and audience. 

Caussé said Leavitt’s past leadership roles including governor, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, and Health and Human Services Secretary prepared him to build on the choir’s legacy. 

Smoke from West Coast fires has blanketed Utah in a dense smog. As of Friday Salt Lake City has the worst air of any major city in the world, according to,

The Salt Lake County Health Department said the smoke can be very dangerous especially for those with underlying health conditions. The department listed eight different tips based on  guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency to help combat the smoke.



In May, the Utah legislature voted to ban school districts from requiring masks in classrooms. Now it is up to local health departments to help schools combat COVID-19.

New Study Shows The Ugly Side Of Beauty School

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A recent report by the Institute of Justice shows that not only is cosmetology school expensive, but that most students don’t graduate on time and often find jobs with low-income after graduation. Researchers suggest there is a solution to these problems, but beauty schools beg to differ.

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Blackrock Neurotech is a Utah-based company that creates brain-computer interfaces and other biomechanical devices. Devices like these can be used to restore a person’s speech, hearing, feeling or movement.


UPR’s Casey Taylor spoke with the company's co-founder, Florian Solzbacher, to learn about a new device the company is creating to help control jet lag and circadian rhythms.

Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson announced on Tuesday the official launch of the “Return Utah” program.


A recent study from the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget examined the pay differences between executive branch state employees. The goal was to identify the existence of pay gaps specifically tied to gender and minority status.

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Like many states, Utah has more open jobs than workers to fill those jobs. Utah, Colorado, and Idaho have seen a combined 37% decrease in agriculture workers. Current and former State Senators and Representatives along with local executives recently met to talk about bipartisan immigration solutions that could possibly expand the workforce.

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Utah’s unemployment rate is at 2.8%, the same as before the pandemic started. Despite the low rate, employers are struggling to fill vacant positions, especially in areas like restaurants and retail.  Mark Knold,  chief economist for the Utah Department of Workforce Services, said the Bureau of Labor Statistics surveyed over 60,000 households each month and found four probable causes for the labor shortage. “The first one is fearful workers,” Knold said. “Nearly 4 million people in this survey say that they are not looking for work because of the pandemic.

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A scientist at Utah State University is studying a new biochemical tool that is capable of editing the human genome and may be able to reverse aging. UPR’s Casey Taylor spoke with Dr. Ryan Jackson to learn more about his research.