Utah News

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A bill seeking to triple the length of Utah’s mandatory abortion waiting period is one step closer becoming law. Friday, the House Health and Human Services Committee approved the measure, saying the extra time could only help women in making their decision. But as KCPW’s Jessica Gail reports, plenty of people spoke out against it, saying it violates the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade.

A bill passed a house committee today that would require the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control commission to consist of at least two drinkers of alcohol. The bill's sponsor, Brian Doughty, sees that other state boards and commissions require members to be licensed or have experience in field they regulate. Ashley Tolman reports.

Some Utah lawmakers are going a step further this year to take ownership of public lands from the federal government. Thursday, Governor Gary Herbert said he supports more drastic measures being proposed during this legislative session, even if they result in a lawsuit. KCPW’s Jessica Gail reports on the state’s latest approach to the debate.

Senator Lee said revenue from the development of federal lands could be used to make the state's education system the best in the country. He is urging Utah Lawmakers to assert their rights to access public lands within the state and stand against the overreach of the federal government. 

UPR's Kerry Bringhurst tells us more. 

139 Cars Damaged in Vandalism Spree

Feb 24, 2012

One or more individuals shot-out 139 car windows during a vandalism spree that swept South Salt Lake areas late Monday and early Tuesday, Cottonwood Heights police say. 

Police are asking for help identifying the suspects, and are offering a $500 reward. 

Ashley Tolman has the story.  

A judge in St. George has granted a father the right to visit his children, from whom he has been estranged since FLDS Church leader Warren Jeffs reassigned them to other families. Chris Holmes reports from Southern Utah.

A bill to expand the Utah Department of Workforce Services is getting a lot of attention on Salt Lake City’s Capitol Hill. Under the plan, the Division of Housing & Community Development would become part of the state agency, something proponents say is more cost effective and efficient. But as KCPW’s Jessica Gail reports, local housing organizations say the move could be disastrous.

Kerry Bringhurst talks to Dave Greiling about Representative Paul Ray's gun bill that passed the House and heads to the Senate, a proposed corridor near Syracuse that threatens the old Emigration Trail, and other topics in the news this week.

Full coverage of these stories and more can be found at the Standard-Examiner's website.

Authorities in Southern Utah believe they have identified the mystery man thought responsible for burglaries of mountain cabins in the area. After years of investigation, the big break in the case came when a motion-triggered wildlife camera snapped a photo of the recluse burglar. Chris Holmes has details from Cedar City.

Women who want to be homemakers in Utah should aspire to graduate from college just the same as women who plan to join the workforce. As KCPW's Whittney Evans reports, that was the message this morning at a meeting of Governor Gary Herbert's Education Excellence Commission at the State Capitol.

Well-Known SLC Businessman Struck by Bus

Feb 21, 2012

An 82-year-old Salt Lake City businessman known as "Mr. Downtown" has died after being struck by and pinned beneath a Utah Transit Authority bus. Ashley Tolman reports.

A mountain man who roams the woods of Southern Utah and breaks into vacant cabins to steal provisions continues to elude law enforcement, who consider him a ticking time bomb. Chris Holmes tells the story.

The Utah Attorney General's office says it will pay nearly $400,000 to resolve a lawsuit over roadside crosses honoring Utah troopers killed in the line of duty.

UPR Newsline with Dave Greiling

Feb 15, 2012

Dave Greiling joins Lee Austin to discuss this week's headlines from the Standard-Examiner including the unanimous passage of HB 88, which prohibits discrimination in custody cases, and the body found buried in a Roy backyard.

Read the full stories and more at the Standard-Examiner's website.

Sex and how to teach kids about it was the topic of discussion on Utah’s Capitol Hill Thursday. House Bill 363 initially proposed banning any discussion on contraceptives, premarital sex and homosexuality in Utah schools. As KCPW’s Jessica Gail reports, the bill passed out of committee after a heated debate, but not before significant changes were made.

Rep. Brad Last, sponsor of House Bill 245 says something must be done to control public use of electronic cigarettes and hookah pipes.

This bill would amend the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act, and cleared the House Governmental Operations Committee on Thursday. KCPW's Eric Ray has the story. 

US Department of Housing and URban development announced more than $4 million will go to creating housing for four Native American tribes in Utah.  About $1.7 million will go to the Paiutes in Cedar City. 

Chris Holmes has the story. 

A 75-year-old Vernal woman, Evelyn Johnson,  has been sentenced to 1 - 15 years in a Utah state prison for shooting and killing her husband in 2004. Ranae Bangerter has the story from Vernal.

A survey to study state-wide transportation trends is being sponsored by a metropolitan planning organization in Cache county. Kerry Bringhurst reports.

The Kane and Two Mile Research partnership has been created to bolster the science-guided resource management of public lands in Northern Arizona, specifically along the 

north rim of the Grand Canyon. The group was created to help inform public policy, and is composed of private ranchers, scientists, and government officials. Chris Holmes has the story. 

A California company wants to build an experimental coal-gasification plant in Kanab, UT

Members of the Cache Valley community will gather Friday to participate in a vigil to honor the memory of 7-year-old Charlie Powell and his 5-year-old brother Braden.

UPR's Kerry Bringhurst tells us the brutal murder of the boys at their father's hand has prompted law enforcement and the Child & Family support Center to ask for the community's support in taking a stand against child abuse.

All members of the public are invited:
4:00 p.m. Friday, February 10
Cache Valley Courthouse (199 N Main Street in Logan)
Bring a helium filled balloon

Utah Transit Authority's Debt Dillema

Feb 9, 2012

State lawmakers are looking for a silver lining in the Utah Transit Authority's mounting debt dilemma. A legislative audit revealed in January that it's uncertain whether the agency can afford to operate its costly new projects. UTA officials say they're confident they can rein in the debt, but as KCPW's Whittney Evans reports, some lawmakers want to know how.

Ten years after Salt Lake City hosted the Olympic Winter Games, Governor Gary Herbert and other Utah leaders are looking to do it again. He joined the mayor of Utah’s capital city this week to announce an exploratory committee has been formed to look at bidding for another Olympics. KCPW’s Jessica Gail reports on when they’re hoping the games might be coming to Utah.

Flying J Donates Millions to Utah Business Schools

Feb 9, 2012

The business schools at Utah State University and the University of Utah are getting 3.5 million dollars from the Ogden based Flying-J energy company. Ashley Tolman has details.