PROVO, Utah (AP) — Brigham Young University is appointing a new president.
Officials announced Tuesday at a student devotional assembly that Kevin J. Worthen would take the helm of the school, which is the flagship institution of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Worthen is the school's advancement vice president and former dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School. He will take over on May 1.
Worthen is replacing President Cecil O. Samuelsen, who has held the post since 2003.
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New Bill Will Strengthen Punishments for Using Smart Phones While Driving
(KUTV) Utah State Senators passed a bill to further restrict cellphone use behind the wheel.
The current state law already prohibits texting while driving, however Senate Bill 253 would ban accessing the Internet, dialing a phone number, or taking a selfie behind the wheel.
"It's an improvement on the law we already have," said Sen. Steve Urquhart R-St. George, sponsor of SB253.
The bill passed off the Senate floor on Monday with a vote of 17-8.
"After I listened to the arguments, I realized I am probably just as guilty as the next person who is trying to drive, dial and look up things on my smart phone," said Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, who voted for the measure.
The bill allows drivers to still talk on their cell phone while driving, but they would have to use voice activation to dial a number. Drivers would also be able to use navigation services.
Senator Margaret Dayton R-Orem, voted against the measure calling the proposed legislation excessive.
"If we start listing what we can't do while we're driving...we can't text, or we can't eat a hamburger, or change your DVD's," Dayton said. "The assumption is everything that isn't on the list, is allowed."
Sen. Urquhart ran this bill at the request of the family of David and Leslee Henson. In March of 2013, the couple was walking on the sidewalk of Dixie Drive in St. George when a car that was rear-ended by an allegedly texting driver struck and killed David Henson.
Bill Sponsors said it is difficult to enforce the current texting law, because when drivers are pulled over they often claim they were doing something else on their phone.
If the bill passes, using a smart phone to enter data or dial a number while driving would be a primary offense and cost offenders a 100 dollar citation.
(KUTV) A bill creating guidelines for breathalyzers in bars is moving forward on Utah's Capitol Hill.
House Bill 190 is now a watered-down version of the original proposal from the bill's sponsor, Rep. Greg Hughes (R, Draper), who had considered a bill that would require bars and clubs to install breathalyzers.
The final version passed the Utah House with a 'yes' vote of 72-1 on Monday, and now is being argued by the state Senate. Essentially, the bill enacts privacy laws for the folks that use the machines and it requires machines to be calibrated on a monthly basis, to ensure accuracy.
Breathalyzers are already in bars and restaurants across the country, including more than 50 in Utah. The majority of them are of the 'Breathe Legal' variety. Company CEO, Russ Smith, says he came on-board after a personal experience that nearly cost him a ticket for DUI, because he was unaware how impaired he was. "It's not just about DUI's, it's about keeping drunk drivers off the road, making sure to reduce injury accidents," says Smith.
To prevent drunk driving, the machine has to be accurate. Smith says operators will have them calibrated once-a-month for accuracy, or the machine will be shut-down until it's calibrated.
We spoke with Smith, and some patrons at Bout Time Pub & Grub, in Cottonwood Heights. A number of patrons, when asked, said blowing higher than the legal blood-alcohol limit of .08, would cause them to wait until they were more sober, or call a cab.
A concern over putting breathalyzers in bars is that friends might use the machine as a drinking game, to see who could blow the highest number, rather than actually stopping them from becoming further impaired. Smith says the machine isn't programed to go above .16. "If they blow over that, it will just say, 'you're over .16, extremely intoxicated, call a cab'." Smith says the machine has a feature to call a cab for you, sending one to your destination using a built-in tracking device.
Under House Bill 190, law enforcement is unable to access breathalyzer results in a bar, potentially using it as evidence. There's also an amendment for bar owners, protecting them from a lawsuit if a patron is later arrested for DUI, after 'passing' a breath test.
(KUTV) More than 5 million Americans currently have Alzheimer's Disease, a number expected to triple by 2050.
A new program at Northwestern University gives future doctors an unusual insight into an illness that affects an increasing number of people worldwide. It also gives patients a chance to stay socially engaged before their illness eventually robs their minds.
The program called "Buddy" pairs medical students with Alzheimer's patients in the early stages. Organizers hope the program will encourage more medical students to pursue careers related to aging and dementia. It's a specialty few medical students pursue, but one for which the demand is rapidly increasing.
Mom of Murdered Riverton Teen Speaks Out on 2-year Anniversary
(KUTV) The mother of a 15-year-old girl beaten to death and left in the Jordan River in Draper pleaded for information about the unsolved murder on the two-year anniversary of her death.
Anne Kasprzak's body was found close to a bridge near the Jordan River Parkway Trail on March 11, 2012. She had left home the night before, her parents believe, to meet someone.
"We strongly believe Anne left to meet somebody she knew, somebody she trusted. We don't believe at this point that it was a stranger or some random person," said Anne's mother, Veronica. "There are a lot of teenagers involved, which is one of the things that makes the case really complicated, because you've got a lot of minors who have whole different sets of rights and who have parents who knowingly want to protect them. Kids that are influenced easily. Maybe influenced by their peers."
Within weeks of Anne's murder, Draper police arrested two known felons for the murder based on a false lead, but investigators later cleared them.
"We're not looking for the person necessarily that looks like the bad guy. We are looking for one of the teenagers in your neighborhood. One of the friends your kids hang out with," Veronica said. "Based on the injuries she sustained, it appears to me they didn't want her to walk away."
Anne's family is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.
"As a mom, I can't sit back and hold my breath that this is going to be resolved, because every time I do and every day that passes is devastating, to just constantly wait and hope that this is going to be resolved," Veronica said. "Do I think that it will eventually be resolved? Yes. Will it ever be resolved to my satisfaction? I don't know."
If someone were to come forward, Veronica said, the break in the case would help her family as well as the killer.
"We live with this every day and I would anticipate so does the person who did this," Veronica said. "Although we have complete faith in the police, we are never going to stop looking. We are never going to stop asking questions. The people or the person who believes that this will just go away with time, it's not going to."
Veronica remembered her daughter on Monday as a typical teenager who loved her friends.
"Anne was kind of larger than life. She was pretty compassionate. She'd been through some hard times before we adopted her. So she had a way of connecting with people, especially other kids who may be struggling," Veronica said. "We're not giving up. Anne deserved far more than what she got. And we are committed to making sure we get as many answers as we can."
Veronica said she is confident in Draper police, who are working with the FBI and other local agencies on the case.
"The Draper Police Department's investigation into Anne Kasprzak's murder is ongoing. This investigation continues to be the highest priority of this Department," Draper police said in a statement on Monday. "Investigators are diligently working all aspects of the case and when it is appropriate, plan to present a strong case to the Salt Lake District Attorney's office."
Police encouraged anyone with information about Anne's murder to call the police department at 801-840-4000.
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