UVU Student Marks Map to Help Others, Is Charged With Criminal Mischief
(KUTV) A Utah Valley University employee and student, was arrested, slammed into a wall, and tossed to the ground. This was in part because of a small change she made to an incorrect wall map inside one of the buildings of UVU.
Ginger Anderson, 48 who works in the information center at the university and is also attending the school, says on the first day of classes back in January she noticed many new students were having trouble getting to classes because of a wall map inside the Browning building. The map in question was being displayed upside down.
Anderson, who spends much of her work day directing students to their proper classes, informed a university employee that the map was incorrect. The employee then used a marker to make some changes to the map, soon after so did Anderson.
She says she corrected the compass, and wrote in marker that the map was upside down. Two days later a couple officers from the UVU police department visited her and told her they intended to arrest her for criminal mischief. A shocked Anderson refused to go with officers to the police department and was thrown to the grown and arrested.
She says the department used unwarranted force and complained. The Utah County Sheriff's Office conducted an independent review and found that Anderson was resisting, both passively and actively, and found that the officers did not break any laws, or violate protocol.
(KUTV) Can you imagine planning a dinner party for complete strangers? It's a new trend happening across the country. Chef Emily is one of several hosts who work with the online supper club, feastly. Organizers, Noah Karesh and Danny Harris, vet chefs before welcoming them into their network. Feasters or diners choose from a range of meals designed by the chefs, book a seat, often for about $30. It's part of a growing trend of supper clubs happening far from the confines of the regular restaurant.
Utahns Tell Heart-Wrenching Healthcare Stories, Few Lawmakers Show Up To Listen
(KUTV) Stacy Davis-Stanford made the trek to Capitol Hill in her wheelchair, hoping to tell her story to as many lawmakers as possible, but only six showed up. "It seems like the legislators here were already on board. It's disappointing," she said of the small audience.
The lawmakers were invited by Senators Jim Dabakis (D) and Brian Shiozawa(R) to hear the stories of Utahns with life-threatening illnesses to put a face on the Medicaid expansion debate.
Davis-Stanford and others at the hearing told their stories of losing jobs and healthcare coverage when serious illness struck their lives. They want Utah lawmakers to stop bickering and take 435 million dollars in Affordable Care Act money to expand Medicaid coverage to some 120,000 Utahns who need it.
Many of those affected are like Davis-Stanford, working Utahns who make too little to afford health insurance, but too much to get Medicaid right now. Davis-Stanford said lawmakers must act quickly because many sick people don't have time to wait for lawmakers to continue debating.
In her case, a serious car accident left her with a central nervous system problem that is eating away at her spine and brain. She has limited vision and gets around in a wheelchair. "You push this until the next legislative session - I could be dead by then," she said.
Gov. Herbert and Speaker Lockhart Fail To See Eye to Eye on Education Funding
(KUTV) Is there a war brewing on Utah's Capitol Hill? Thursday the governor said he'd veto House Speaker Becky Lockhart's pet project if passed. The bill in question calls for hundreds of millions in an education tech bill. While there is always push and pull in a budget session it is a bit out of character to have such a battle with every level of state government controlled by Republicans.
The 45 day legislative session started off with fireworks and fighting words. Lockhart in a prepared speech verbally slapped the governor saying, "We need energy in the executive, not an inaction figure in the governor's office." 38 days later and the Governor got in his own dig.
Governor Herbert who has line item veto power says he'll veto Lockhart's bill asking for 200 million in funding for technology in schools, like an iPad for every student in the state. A spokesman for the Governor said they don't want to throw hundreds of millions of dollars into an untested initiative. Their idea is to take smaller steps and start with a pilot program funded with 20-30 million. Anything above that the Governor has said he will veto.
By all accounts it's a little early to be talking vetoes, but this could be the governor staking his claim after House leaders were no shows at a scheduled budgeting meeting Thursday. If you ask Lockhart she will say this is "normal." Normal or not the tug of war continues with the speaker saying of the Governor, "We hope he can buy into that vision and not keep insisting on holding our children back in a 19th century education model."
The governor's team says it's about responsibility with tax payer dollars. That may be the case, but it could also be a way to let a potential foe know who's in charge. As the bickering continues Lockhart refuses to answer whether or not she'll run for governor. She told 2News she has thought about it, but when questioned Thursday she said, "That question I think is unfair frankly. I've answered it many times and to keep bringing it up is a way to perpetuate a perceived battle."
There is only one week left in the session with no sign of a budget. As for the Senate, leaders have already said they're willing to put $26 million into Lockhart's' plan which means Lockhart's bill doesn't have a chance at the $200 million mark.
(KUTV) A Layton couple has dedicated the last 15 years of their life to helping teenagers stay out of trouble by donating their backyard to a project they call the "Jesus Field."
"I could go days telling stories about what this place has done for me," says Marcus Trujillo, who converted a once empty backyard, full of weeds, into a skatepark.
"We're like, 'let's put a basketball court in', and the skaters showed up and they didn't play basketball, they just skated... and they were like, 'make us a rail'," he says. Marcus works in construction, so he welded some jibs and rails, giving the teens what they wanted, a place to hang out.
The Jesus Field began taking shape in 1999, but it has expanded in the last 15 years, into a backyard warehouse where there's a series of skating ramps, rope swings and a pool table. "You know, in the middle of winter in Utah, it could be -2 or whatever," says Marcus, as he enters a full kitchen - where volunteers offer hot dogs and hamburgers at discount prices. "This was all donated by Layton City," he says.
The warehouse also features two full bathrooms with showers and lockers for outdoor equipment. Many of the features have been donated over the years, by the city, local businesses and friends.
Marcus says this idea started with a few friends, who wanted to provide a place for teens to hangout, safely, under adult supervision. Sometimes 50 kids will show up on a single night. "I have to get involved and tell these kids that I made mistakes and they don't have to make them," he says.
Adult volunteers hang out with the kids, play games, help them with their schoolwork and feed them; all they ask in return, is that the kids join them for prayer, music and discussion before the night ends. "We want the kids to have that foundational truth: honor your parents, why you don't get drunk, why God said the things he did, he's not controlling us, and he wants betterment for us."
ACA Marketplace Confusion Leaves Adults Signed Up for Pediatric Dental Care
(KUTV) Scott Jensen wanted dental insurance for himself and his two adult children because his COBRA insurance is running out.
Last November, Scott turned to healthcare.gov, the health insurance marketplace that was established with the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare.
Scott says he answered a series of questions and picked a health plan and a dental plan that he liked enrolling himself and his 19-year-old sons, Josh and Jeremy.
On Scott's confirmation you can clearly see that Scott and his sons have "Select Health Dental."
But when Josh and Jeremy tried to go see the dentist several months later and handed their insurance cards to the receptionist, they say they were told they do not have dental coverage.
Figuring there had to be some sort of mistake, they called their dad, who called Select Health. Scott was told that the dental plan for which he had registered was a pediatric dental plan which is why it didn't work for his 19-year-old sons.
Since then, Scott says it's been a run-around. A kids plan obviously doesn't do the three adults any good so Scott says he asked Select Health to cancel the policy. Select Health told Scott that he has to cancel through the marketplace where he signed up for the plan. But when Scott contacted the marketplace he was told that he needed to contact the insurance company, Select Health.
Scott says he is frustrated because he has been paying for several months for coverage that he cannot use and cannot seem to cancel.
So Scott decided to Get Gephardt.
We took it to Select Health and their Affordable Care Act expert Rachel Reimann. She says that dealing with the healthcare exchange has been a challenge since its inception but that she believes it's getting better.
Reimann says that a lot of the confusion between insurance companies and the marketplace seems to happen when the marketplace paraphrases the plans that are actually offered by the insurance company. For example, it doesn't say "pediatric" anywhere on the confirmation of the dental insurance for which Scott signed up through the marketplace.
"It really is up to the marketplace to determine what information is shown to those consumers that are shopping for coverage," Reimann said.
As for Scott's case, Reimann reaffirmed that he would have to cancel through the marketplace where he signed up.
Director of the media relations group for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services with Health and Human Services Aaron Albright contradicted what Scott was told by a Marketplace worker. In an email, he said that the marketplace can help, writing, "[Scott] can log onto [his] account on hc.gov and cancel [his pediatric dental] plan now."
Scott says he had to input birth dates and social security numbers multiple times while signing up for the plan and wonders how the website even allowed him to obtain a dental plan that wouldn't serve him. On that note, we specifically asked Albright if this is an isolated incident or if others have been confused and signed up for worthless pediatric plans. He didn't answer the question.
By Matt Gephardt Produced by Michelle Poe Edited by Amber Monio Photography by Brian Morris
(KUTV) Prosciutto and cheese stuffed lamb loin, smoked trout ravioli, and root beer glazed chicken lollipops are not the stuff of everyday eating; but they are the culinary creations of Utah high school chefs in the making.
"Fabrication and knife skills you are now in competition mode," announced Peter Hodgson, executive chef for the University of Utah, and master of ceremonies for the annual ProStart High School Culinary Championship Competition.
Students from 11 schools across Utah filled an upstairs room at Thanksgiving Point---slicing, whisking, braising their way toward a coveted title, and the chance to compete at nationals in Minnesota.
"I was so nervous," said Madeleine Jones, of Dixie High in St. George, who was still "shaking" minutes after Dixie served up an appetizer, entree and dessert.
"I'm looking for professionalism," said Chef Clark Hyde, a culinary pro who wandered through the table-top kitchens of the young foodies. "I'm looking for creativity."
Asked if he were looking for his replacement, Hyde replied with a smile, "Absolutely, every day we're looking for my replacement."
Mother Rebecca Camara apparently can feel the heat when she watches her son---a team captain---in culinary bouts. She used to watch him compete on the baseball diamond but said this is "way more intense, because it has to be perfect."
After the white hats demonstrated knife work and prepared the kitchen, the actual cooking lasted only an hour.
A judge who sampled the plated masterpieces was heard to say, "I like that sauce."
When it was over, there were cheers and high fives, pots and pans lugged away, and score sheets collected. A winner might not be known until next Monday.
"75 percent of the time it sets up," said a young lady of her delectable concoction, which required the deep chill of dry ice. "So there's that little 25 percent where it could have gone bad."
Thursday, she could bask in the warm glow of a cold treatment that worked.
There was also a restaurant management competition, in which teams that designed and planned eateries, outlined their proposals.
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