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Rocio Hernandez

Reporter

Rocio is coming to KUER after spending most of her life under the blistering Las Vegas sun and later Phoenix. She earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism and Spanish at the University of Nevada, Reno. She did brief stints at The Associated Press, the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Reno Public Radio. She enjoys wandering through life with her husband and their toy poodle.

Weber State University’s newest president is a familiar face to the campus.

 

Brad Mortensen was selected on Thursday by the Utah State Board of Regents to be the university’s 13th president.

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About 200 Millcreek property owners have been living in limbo for the past two months.

 

They’ve been wondering if their city officials would approve a blight study which had the potential to condemn their properties, giving the city the power to seize them for the sake of a redevelopment project.

PHOTO COURTESY OF JORGE ARELLANO

Midvale artist Jorge Arellano spent a few days last month helping members of the migrant caravan while they stopped in Mexico City on their way to the U.S.-Mexico border. This group of Central American migrants fleeing their home countries has been in the headlines after President Trump labeled the caravan “an invasion.”

 

Arellano recently returned to Utah from Mexico's capital where he grew up. He spoke with KUER’s Rocio Hernandez about the obligation he feels to support the migrants as an immigrant himself.

Millcreek homes
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When Tina Grant bought her two-story duplex on Elgin Avenue in Millcreek three years ago, it was a tidy little block with three other houses.

Photo of Boyce.
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Utah is among the top 10 states with the most cases of missing and murdered indigenous women and children, according to a recent report by a Native American health group.

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City of Millcreek Facebook Live Screenshot

As Millcreek looks to redevelop more than 200 acres for a proposed city center, some residents are rushing to spruce up their properties out of fear they could be pushed out of their homes to make way for the new development.

Illustration of immigration line.
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Like other expectant parents, Kenadee Ferre and her husband Eleazar Ishmael Castro Afane are a bundle of excitement and nerves as they prepare for their birth of first children.

DACA recipient Ciriac Alvarez Valle
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Ciriac Alvarez Valle and Alonso Reyna Rivarola stepped out of the shadows once. They don’t intend to return.

Photo from press conference.
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University of Utah President Ruth V. Watkins has tapped two former law enforcement officials to work on independent reviews into campus safety and police protocols following the killing of a student last month.

Photo of John Fitisemanu.
Courtesy Equally American

As President Donald Trump pushes to end birthright citizenship for U.S.-born children of immigrants who are not citizens, a federal court case filed in Utah that seeks to expand that exact right for American Samoans is heating up.

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Screenshot University of Utah

The suspect in the fatal shooting on the University of Utah campus Monday night went on a dinner date shortly after he killed a 21-year-old student with a borrowed gun, the university police chief said Thursday.

Photo of students at vigil.
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Hundreds of students, faculty and staff gathered Wednesday at the University of Utah in honor of student-athlete Lauren McCluskey, who was shot and killed on campus Monday night.

Utah Cann expo
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What does hemp oil do and how much of it should you take? Those were some of the questions posed at the inaugural Utah Cann medical cannabis conference that opened Friday in Sandy.

school safety hearing
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A state school safety committee asked lawmakers on Wednesday to budget almost $100 million to improve security at schools and hire more mental health professionals.