Martha Harris, KUER 90.1

Martha Harris

KUER 90.1

Salt Lake City, UT, United States

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Recent articles by Martha:

With vouchers and pay out of the way, Utah lawmakers turn to school safety

Members of Utah’s House say school safety is a priority this year, in light of the rise in mass shootings nationwide. → Read More

Utah lawmakers send a teacher pay bump and school vouchers to the governor

It took less than two weeks for the hotly-debated bill to pass, all without the support of Democrats. → Read More

Utah lawmakers are working with startling speed on the teacher pay/school choice bill

The bill that includes a pay raise for teachers and also creates a school voucher program is moving to the full Senate, its last hurdle before going to the governor. → Read More

School vouchers and teacher pay raises are on Utah lawmakers’ minds this session

Lawmakers will also discuss school safety, teen centers and transgender students. → Read More

Utahns are feeling high egg prices. It’s not just inflation, you can blame avian flu too

Over 43 million egg-laying hens died nationwide last year because of the avian flu outbreak. → Read More

The BYU Slavery Project is putting a historian’s eye on a darker past

Looking at how the history of slavery has intersected with Brigham Young University also means taking a look at how slavery has intersected with Utah County and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. → Read More

After a deadly year for pedestrians, UDOT wants drivers to ‘lay off the aggression’

UDOT is urging Utahns to drive safer. Advocates want the state to take more responsibility for the high number of traffic fatalities. → Read More

Utah’s population is shifting away from kids and schools will need to adjust

The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute projects that by 2060, 5-to-17-year-olds will make up a smaller percentage of the population than they do now. → Read More

The Natural History Museum of Utah is seeking out the stories behind its collection

“Regardless of how these things were collected, oftentimes they were collected without the deep cultural knowledge that comes with an object,” said the museum’s curator of ethnography, Alexandra Greenwald. → Read More

Why Utah ‘bird nerds’ count birds through the holidays

Data collected during the annual Christmas Bird Count helps scientists identify long-term trends about different species. → Read More

What’s next for Salt Lake City’s Fleet Block memorial murals?

Salt Lake City is still figuring out what development exactly will go on the block, but the original murals will most likely come down. → Read More

Mayor Mendenhall and others call for emergency shelter capacity as temps plunge

While some Salt Lake City-area shelters are now allowed extra capacity, that does not mean they will be able to expand immediately. → Read More

Utah snowpack starts off strong, but there’s a long way to go to improve drought

A meteorologist with the National Weather Service said the Salt Lake Valley saw the snowiest start to December on record. → Read More

Even if it’s not named, students understand the reasons for lockdown drills

Even though lockdown drills are a common enough occurrence in schools now, explaining the thinking behind the preparation — and the reasons — varies by grade. → Read More

NASA’s lunar CAPSTONE CubeSat talks to Earth with a Utah-built space radio

The deep-space radio was built by Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory as part of NASA’s return to the moon. → Read More

Gov. Cox wants to make it ‘the year of the teacher’ with a $6K compensation increase

Cox is drawing special emphasis on both a boost in teacher pay and statewide tax relief before the release of his full budget. → Read More

Granite School Board votes to close 3 elementary schools

Twin Peaks, Spring Lane and Millcreek elementaries could close as soon as after this school year. → Read More

Oral storytelling could put kids on the path to literacy, finds Utah State University study

Reading is a challenge for students across the country, especially after the pandemic. → Read More

These are the 22 books removed from Utah’s Alpine School District

Several of the books that the Alpine School District removed are among the most challenged books of 2021, according to the American Library Association. → Read More

Utah State Board of Education will vote this week on new social studies standards

The proposed social studies standards for fifth and sixth graders have gone through several rounds of revisions. And while some people have shared strong criticisms about them, the guidelines still need to be voted on by the state Board of Education. → Read More