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The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) has received federal funding from the United States Department of Agriculture to administer the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) throughout the state of Utah. Food distribution will begin on Wednesday, March 31, at the Bountiful Food Pantry located at: 480 East 150 North in Bountiful, between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm.

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert acted on the remaining outstanding bills from the 2010 legislative session today, including:

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert has signed SB251, "Verification of Employment Eligibility," after receiving a commitment from the bill's sponsor that he will work to amend the bill to further clarify its intent.

Treating virulent influenza, sepsis, and other potentially deadly infections long has focused on looking for ways to kill viruses and bacteria. But new research from the University of Utah School of Medicine and Utah State University shows that modulating the body's own overeager inflammatory response to infection may help save more lives.

Mold can trigger asthma problems in sensitive individuals with asthma. According to the Asthma in Utah, Burden Report 2009, 8.0% of Utahns say they have asthma and 10.8% of adults with asthma reported seeing mold in their homes.

Utah's red rocks - world-famous attractions at numerous national parks, monuments and state parks - have yielded a rare skeleton of a new species of plant-eating dinosaur that lived 185 million years ago and may have been buried alive by a collapsing sand dune.

Everyone is invited to participate in the 4th Annual Physics Open House on Friday, April 9th from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. There will be physics experiments, demonstrations and more...

Express Pass is an electronic payment system that UDOT will implement along the I-15 Express Lanes by fall 2010. This system will replace the current decal program.

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert has vetoed SB47, "Electrical Utility Amendments - Efficiency and Conservation Tariff," sponsored by Sen. Kevin Van Tassell.

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert signed the following bills today:

UDOT will begin installation on March 29 of the new electronic payment system for the interstate 15 Express Lanes. The current $50/month decal program, will continue until the system is scheduled to go live in August 2010. The Federal Highway Administration authorized the decal program as a temporary solution until UDOT could convert to an electronic payment system.

You can see and learn more about the goats at a free wildlife-viewing event. The event will be held Saturday, April 10. Free activities for children are also part of the event.

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert signed the following bills today:

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert signed the following bills today:

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert is encouraging Utahns to participate in "Earth Hour" tomorrow from 8:30-9:30 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert signed the following bills today:

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert signed the following bills today:

Beginning in 2010, the United States Mint will issue 56 quarter-dollar coins featuring designs depicting national parks, national forests and other national sites as part of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.

As of today (3/25/2010), Utah's participation rate in the 2010 Census was 19%, one percent lower than the national average. Residents are encouraged to mail back their forms as soon as possible.

With a typical award size of $30,000, USTAR Technology Commercialization Grants (TCGs) will assist regional and research higher education faculty to prototype, test, assess markets, and commercialize new products and services in high-growth markets. In addition, Utah-based companies and other third parties willing to sponsor technology development work at regional public institutions of higher learning may jointly apply with a faculty member.

In celebration of National Agriculture Day (March 20, 2010), the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is kicking off its Real Talk From Real Farmers video contest. Real Talk invites Utah farmers and ranchers to document, through video-tape, how they produce our food and fabric, and care for the land and animals.

Utah Valley University is one of the nation's fastest growing universities.  Find out what opportunities this exciting school holds for you!

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert signed the following bills today:

Governor Herbert will host Olympic athletes with Utah ties at a luncheon in their honor, as well as officially declare March 23 as "Utah Olympians and Paralympians Day" in Utah

Results of a new Utah Department of Health (UDOH) study may shed some light on the underlying causes of the state's prescription drug overdose epidemic. According to the Office of the Medical Examiner, between October 26, 2008 and October 25, 2009, 432 Utahns died from drug-related deaths.

A national survey reveals that most people who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes know the risk factors, but often don't see those factors in themselves. The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) conducted a telephone survey in 2008 among 2,000 U.S. adults age 35 and older.

This animated series of temperature anomaly maps was produced by averaging results from 15 of the most advanced climate models in the world. Simulation of historical and projected climate data shows a strong warming trend in the lower atmosphere, underneath a cooling layer in the upper atmosphere.

Governor Herbert signs HB67, which requires the Utah Department of Health to analyze federal healthcare reform efforts prior to implementation and to report to the Legislature potential impacts to the state's own healthcare reform efforts.

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert signed the following bills today:

SALT LAKE CITY - Education reform in Utah will be on the table this week, as Governor Gary R. Herbert hosts the first meeting of his Education Excellence Commission. The Governor will serve as chairman for the Commission, which includes key stakeholders from the state's education and business communities, as well as legislative leaders.

You can now schedule your appointment to renew your drivers license through a new online service.  This new service will reduce the time you actually have to spend renewing your license.

Snow College has received the highest federal recognition that a college can receive for its volunteer work, service-learning, and civic engagement: the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The award comes from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Students at Amelia Earhart Elementary School learned about the seriousness and prevalence of patients suffering from leukemia and lymphoma, and other blood cancers and disorders. To help those with these conditions, the entire school decided to move forward with a project called Pennies for Patients, which encouraged students to donate the spare change found in their pockets and under the couch cushions to the cause.

These are suggested vegetable planting dates for an average year along the Wasatch Front. Of course, each season has its own unique weather conditions.

In April 2010 the Utah State Energy Program will introduce a renewable energy incentive program focused on residential and small commercial market sectors. Applications will be processed in the order received...

NPR addresses the issue of devices that take a driver's focus off the road by teaming with the Univ. of Utah to launch the Driver Distraction Center at their web site:

Four innovative research projects at Weber State University have received $139,600 in grant money from the Utah Science Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) Technology Commercialization Grants (TCG) program.

Watch the sage-grouse strut

Fri, 19 Mar 2010

The Division of Wildlife Resources and the Wild Bird Center of Layton will sponsor the free field trip on March 27. If you'd like to participate, meet at the Wild Bird Center of Layton at 5 a.m. From the center, those participating will caravan to an area near East Canyon Reservoir. Participants should dress for the weather and bring their binoculars.

Utah is making an important investment to restore and expand I-15 from Lehi to Spanish Fork to improve transportation and business throughout the state. You will start noticing barrels and initial work on I-15 in Utah County as UDOT prepares for the official start of construction in April.

As part of Cover the Uninsured Week, the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) today released new estimates that show little change in the percentage of Utahns who were uninsured during 2009. Preliminary figures from the Utah Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) show that 10.8 percent of Utahns were uninsured in 2009 compared to 10.7 percent in 2008 and 10.6 percent in 2007. Final data will be available next month.

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