Kerry Bringhurst

A Utah advocacy group is praising Utah’s governor and lawmakers for approving plans for Utah schools to expand a federal school breakfast program.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill this week that was passed by lawmakers during the 2020 Utah Legislative Session. The Start Smart Utah breakfast program increases funding for school breakfast programs in hundreds of Utah schools according to Neil Rickard, Child Nutrition Advocate for Utahns Against Hunger.

The number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb in the state. The Utah Department of Health on Wednesday said there are now 346 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Utah.  The department will provide another daily update at 1 p.m. Thursday, which will include reports of two new cases in the Southwest Utah Public Health Department areas of Washington and Iron counties.

Donations of masks in response to COVID-19 forces Utah health care providers to create guidelines.
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Intermountain Healthcare and University of Utah Health have released guidelines for donating masks and other items to support the COVID-19 response.

In a statement release Wednesday the healthcare providers expressed appreciation for the generosity of so many people in the community who are looking for ways to help.

Social isolation has increased the number of residents spending time in Utah wildlife areas.
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The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is reminding people to adhere to posted signs after 17 people were cited for trespassing at closed wildlife management areas in northern Utah over weekend. 

DWR’s Faith Jolley said each of the closed wildlife management areas provide critical winter range habitat for mule deer. And, she said, each one is clearly marked with signs indicating it is currently closed.

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Logan City officials have asked residents to send in written comments about a dog-friendly park pilot program that is coming to an end after it’s yearlong-trial. 

Utah Governor Gary Herbert is telling Utah County officials to repeal an order making it illegal to hold public gatherings with more than 10 people. Salt Lake County issued a similar health order Wednesday.

Rocky Mountain Power crews are working to restore power to residents along the Wasatch Front following a Wednesday morning earthquake.  At the time of the 5.7 magnitude earthquake, approximately 73,000 customers were without power.  Logan City public works officials say the power outage did not affect residents there.

Wednesday Morning Earthquake In Utah

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On Wednesday morning, Utah residents woke up to an earthquake just after 7 a.m.

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It happened again,  Law enforcement and emergency crews were called to Bear Lake Square early Tuesday morning, responding to reports that a semi-truck lost control and ran through an intersection, the same intersection that has been the location for other accidents, including one where the driver died.  

 

On Thursday, February 13, 2020 Utah State University and the Institute of Government and Politics sponsored a discussion about U.S. and Iranian relations during as part of their “Informed Citizen” series.

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The United States Department of Justice has found that a Utah University failed to respond appropriately to known sexual harassment allegations. 

 

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A Utah republican lawmaker is urging his colleagues to support legislation that would allow low-income female minors to get a contraception prescription without parental consent.

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Thursday, the Republican Speaker of the Utah House, Brad Wilson, of Kaysville filed a resolution “paying tribute” to Trump on the same day another lawmaker sponsored a censure resolution calling for U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney to be censured for his vote to convict President Donald Trump for abuse of power.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert presented his 11th State of the State address Wednesday, his final address before retiring as governor.

A Utah bowling ball manufacturer is partnering with Utah’s State Parks to encourage national and international guests to spend time exploring the state’s unique rock formations.

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A SWAT team was called to the Northern Utah community of Newton Sunday afternoon during a standoff with sheriff's deputies.  

The Arc is calling on the U.S. Congress to include siblings in the FMLA.
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A national organization that advocates for and serves people wit­­h intellectual and developmental disabilities is calling on the U.S. Congress to expand paid family leave to include siblings of those with disabilities.

Heightened avalanche conditions exist in the back country of northern Utah this week.  UPR's Kerry Bringhurst speaks with Craig Gorden of the Utah Avalanche Center who says human triggered avalanches involving new and wind drifted snow are possible, and the danger will increase and become more widespread as winds increase.

Some residents living in Garfield County who were hoping to vote in Tuesday’s elections have not received their mail-in-ballots. Chase Thomas with Alliance for a Better Utah said they were told by the county clerk that shipping complications with mail-in-ballots has forced polls to be open Tuesday for what was supposed to be in mail-in-ballots only election.

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All voters have until Tuesday to request a by-mail ballot or register to vote online.

Fall enrollment rates at Utah State University have dropped according to a statewide report released this week.  The Utah System of Higher Education enrollment numbers show Utah State University's fall enrollment fell by 122 students. The University of Utah enrollment numbers fell by 171 students.

Over the weekend families in Logan gathered with their children to show support for the family of Lizzy Shelley. The 5-year-old was found dead after she went missing. Her uncle has been charged in the case.

A northern Utah center that provides support for families is encouraging people to be kind during a recently launched campaign.

Utah's Hill Air Force Base Museum has completed work on a fifth interactive classroom.
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A new interactive classroom featuring a Vietnam-era aircraft is now open in Utah. The re-purposed C-130 Hercules is one of five such classrooms at Hill Air Force Base.

A Providence, Utah man has been arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and reckless control or possession of explosives, chemicals or incendiary devices. 21-year-old Jeffrey R. Toombs was arrested after he and a friend were handling explosive materials Tuesday night leading to an explosion in the garage of a home near 125 North off of 400 East.

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