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Benjamin Wood

Education reporter, Health, education, environment

801-257-8715, bwood@sltrib.com


  • Audit: Employee stole $67K from Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind
    A financial analyst at the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind (USDB) skimmed at least $67,000 from school accounts over four years, according to a re...
    Updated Jul 19 2016 10:59 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Tribune file photo)   Tesoro is Utahís largest refinery and, like Hollyís oil-processing plant in in Woods Cross, it is updating its facilities to process more black wax and yellow wax crude oil from the Uinta Basin. Tesoro agrees to reduce emissions at Utah refinery in $425M settlement with EPA, DOJ
    Tesoro will pay about $150 million to install pollution controls at its Salt Lake City oil refinery as part of a settlement with the United States Dep...
    Updated Jul 18 2016 11:11 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Kim Raff | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Officers Circle at the University of Utah Utah public colleges changing how they dispense discipline for sexual assault
    Cedar City • At colleges and universities throughout Utah, school panels originally intended to address cheating or plagiarism act as judge and jury f...
    Updated Jul 18 2016 06:11 pm   |     |   Share

  • Courtesy  |  Mark Tullis  The Cinedome 70 in 1970. Whatever happened to ... Riverdale’s Cinedome theater?
    Matthew Holbrook grew up watching the original “Star Wars” trilogy at home on VHS tapes. He was 4 years old when the final film, “Return of the Jedi...

    Updated Jul 15 2016 09:56 am   |     |   Share

  • Davis School District superintendent to retire
    Bryan Bowles, 14-year superintendent of the Davis School District, will retire from his post Aug. 31, the district announced Tuesday. Following his re...
    Updated Jul 13 2016 10:08 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Karrie Galloway, CEO and President of Planned Parenthood Association of Utah, is joined by attorney Peggy Tomsic and others as they talk to the media outside the Planned Parenthood office in Salt Lake City Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s order to strip $272,000 in federal funding from Planned Parenthood Association of Utah was likely made to ’punish’ the organization, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. In a split 2-1 decision, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals granted a preliminary injunction to Planned Parenthood, reversing a lower court decision and restoring the flow of federal funds to the reproductive health organization. ‘As far as we are concerned, the lawsuit is over’: Utah Planned Parenthood says court’s ruling on injunction gives group a win over guv
    Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s order to strip $272,000 in federal funding from Planned Parenthood Association of Utah was likely made to “punish” the organi...
    Updated Jul 12 2016 10:42 pm   |     |   Share

  • Utah school board schedules public hearing for new route to license teachers without education training
    Members of the state school board are scheduled to hear public feedback this month on a new policy that allows individuals without education training ...
    Updated Jul 12 2016 09:03 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   The bell tower on the campus of BYU in Provo. BYU professor: Don’t go ‘nuclear’ over issues like prayer, religion in schools
    Provo • In 1995, a student at Salt Lake City’s West High School won a federal court injunction against her school’s choir, blocking the group from sin...
    Updated Jul 09 2016 09:24 am   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   The bell tower on the campus of BYU in Provo. Compromise, not division, is the way to protect religious and LGBT rights, BYU conference speakers say
    Provo • In the three years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Defense of Marriage Act, religious-freedom laws have been defeated in severa...
    Updated Jul 08 2016 07:07 pm   |     |   Share

  • SLC school board challenger ahead of incumbent president in latest tally
    A tight race between two candidates for Salt Lake City School District’s Board of Education saw a new leader emerge after revised voting results were ...
    Updated Jul 02 2016 10:04 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Tribune file photo)   Utah Transit Authority Board Chairman H. David Burton announces the agency has reversed course and will go back to opening its board committee meetings. UTA chairman and former Mormon leader picked to lead U. of U. trustees
    The University of Utah trustees elected H. David Burton as their new board chairman during a brief teleconference Friday morning. The position was pre...
    Updated Jul 01 2016 09:43 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |  Tribune file photo)   Students at the University of Utah walk near the Marriott Library building on the first day of Fall 2015 classes. University of Utah trustees reject call to ditch investments in fossil fuels
    The University of Utah will continue to invest in fossil fuel equities, the school’s board of trustees announced Thursday, despite recommendations by ...
    Updated Jun 30 2016 10:29 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Leslie Brooks-Castle, a candidate for the District 7 seat of the state school board, introduces herself during a debate hosted by Hinckley Institute of Politics, the Sutherland Institute, KSL and the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools at the Salt Lake Arts Academy in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Two State School Board incumbents may go down, returns show
    Tuesday’s primary showed mixed results for State School Board incumbents. Unofficial tallies suggested incumbents Dixie Allen and David Thomas would ...
    Updated Jul 02 2016 08:39 pm   |     |   Share

  • Update to ACT writing test makes 12 the perfect score
    Students who complete the writing portion of the ACT exam will be graded on a 2 to 12 scale beginning this fall, ACT administrators announced Tuesday....
    Updated Jun 28 2016 07:28 pm   |     |   Share

  • ‘Death is not failure’: Brittany Maynard’s widower urges Utah to consider legalizing fatal prescriptions
    Utah lawmakers on Wednesday began their study of an upcoming bill to legalize fatal prescriptions for terminally ill patients. Members of the Health ...
    Updated Jun 15 2016 05:12 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Candidate for the District 7 seat of the state school board say the Pledge of Allegiance before a debate hosted by Hinckley Institute of Politics, the Sutherland Institute, KSL and the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools at the Salt Lake Arts Academy in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Utah school board candidates defend teachers and Common Core during SLC debate
    Utah’s treatment of public school educators was the focus of a Wednesday evening debate among candidates for the state school board. Seven candidates...
    Updated Jun 15 2016 10:48 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Dan Diaz, widower of Brittany Maynard, speaks about expanding the availability of end-of-life options for terminally ill, at the Eccles Health Sciences Education Building Tuesday June 14, 2016. Diaz spoke at public event with the League of Women Voters and advocates of the Utah End of Life Choices Act, who have tried for two years now to get a ’death with dignity’ bill passed in Utah. In 2014, Diaz moved from California to Oregon with his late wife Brittany Maynard in order for Maynard to take advantage of the state’s Death With Dignity law. Life-ending prescriptions don’t cause more deaths — just less suffering, proponent tells Utahns
    Before she died in 2014, Brittany Maynard told her husband, Dan Diaz, to finish the plans they had made together before she was diagnosed with brain c...
    Updated Jun 14 2016 10:03 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Brandi Gollinger instructs third-graders at Elk Run Elementary school as they take a practice exam to prepare for the SAGE test in Magna, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Tribune poll: Utahns give failing grades to Common Core, SAGE testing in schools
    Standardized testing is “pretty much worthless,” measuring how good a child is at taking tests instead of what or how well a student is learning, Vick...
    Updated Jun 14 2016 10:39 pm   |     |   Share

  • Animal-rights group accuses University of Utah of negligence over lab monkey’s death
    The “extreme negligence” of University of Utah staff led to the injury and death of a laboratory monkey last year, an Ohio-based animal rights group s...
    Updated Jun 09 2016 11:05 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    District 4 State School Board candidates Brad Asay participates in a debate sponsored by the Hinkley Institute, Sutherland Institute, and the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools at the North Davis Preparatory Academy in Layton Wednesday June 8, 2016.     School board candidates talk testing, teacher morale and party politics at Layton debate
    Layton • Incumbent state school board Vice Chairman David Thomas defended his record against three election challengers during a debate Wednesday even...
    Updated Jun 08 2016 10:57 pm   |     |   Share

  • Image courtesy  of Snow College |   Long-term plans for Snow College include student housing and new classroom buildings for the school’s central Utah campuses, including a new science building scheduled to open in Ephraim in fall 2017. Thriving in its unique role, Utah’s small Snow College plans to expand, enhance its campuses
    Looking into the Snow College crystal ball, school leaders see a future with updated athletic facilities, new classroom buildings and student housing,...
    Updated Jun 07 2016 09:58 pm   |     |   Share

  • U. study: Women who’ve had 9 premarital sex partners have lower divorce rates than women with 2
    American women who abstain from sex before marriage are the most likely to remain married after five years. But divorce is also less likely when a br...
    Updated Jun 06 2016 08:28 pm   |     |   Share

  • Courtesy Utahns Against Common Core  A student at Utah Electronic High School took a photo of a question on his final biology exam that asked how a family should decide if the mother should terminate her pregnancy. The school has removed the question from the test. Online Utah high school’s biology test asked students if a woman should have an abortion
    A 40-year-old woman is pregnant, but her doctor recommends an abortion after genetic testing reveals the unborn child has Down syndrome. What should t...
    Updated Jun 02 2016 10:25 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Dr. Deneece G. Huftalin, President of Salt Lake Community College, waves after turning over a scoop of dirt during the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Westpointe Career and Technical Education Center, Wednesday, June 1, 2016. SLCC breaks ground on west-side technical education campus
    Construction of a $43 million technical education center officially began Wednesday with a ceremonial groundbreaking by Utah lawmakers and representat...
    Updated Jun 01 2016 09:58 pm   |     |   Share

  • Utah’s highest-scoring charter schools don’t outsource administration
    stokesLast spring, nine out of every 10 students at the Utah County Academy of Science (UCAS) met grade-level benchmarks on the science portion of SAG...
    Updated Jun 01 2016 08:44 am   |     |   Share

  • DATC graduates largest-ever class
    More than 400 students are expected to graduate from the Davis Applied Technology College on Thursday, the largest class in the school’s history. An a...
    Updated May 26 2016 09:34 pm   |     |   Share