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Alex Stuckey

Health care reporter, Health, education and environment

801-257-8723, astuckey@sltrib.com


  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Gov. Gary Herbert, left, visits with Vance Checketts with Dell-EMC and Cydni Tetro, Chairman of the Utah Women’s Tech Council Tuesday March 21 in the capitol rotunda where he announced the new Talent Ready Utah executive board and launched the grant application process. Gov. Herbert touts work-related school programs in Utah
    Gov. Gary Herbert wants Utah to continue improving its school system — and he said Tuesday pairing education and the private sector furthers that goal...
    Updated Mar 21 2017 10:53 pm   |     |   Share

  • Southern Utah University sees unexpectedly large enrollment decline
    Southern Utah University officials aren’t quite sure why they lost more than 1,000 students between fall and spring semester this school year. Some of...
    Updated Mar 16 2017 02:32 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Leah Hogsten  |  Tribune File Photo)   U.S. News & World Report has rated The University of Utah Hospital among the top the best graduate schools in the nation. U. med school rises in ranks of doc trainers
    Utahns who want to be physicians have only one option for medical school in the state, but a recently released report found that choice is a good one....
    Updated Mar 15 2017 01:45 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |   Tribune file photo)   Alyson Ainscough takes a moment to compose herself while testifying as the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Standing Committee holds a hearing on HB0200, legislation requiring testing of all rape kits, in Salt Lake City, Friday February 3, 2017. Utah lawmakers call for mandatory rape-kit testing, victim confidentiality on college campuses
    Utah lawmakers approved a measure to require that all rape kits be tested for DNA at the state’s crime lab and provided $1.2 million to help get them ...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 11:20 pm   |     |   Share

  • Report questions payments tied to donation to the University of Utah
    University of Utah officials say foundations owned by America’s richest doctor “delivered on commitments to the university,” despite a recent news rep...
    Updated Mar 08 2017 10:32 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   The Hinckley Institute of Politics hosted a Monday panel discussion about the normalization of rape, its implications for different populations and how to combat it. The panelists included Romeo Jackson, a graduate student in the University of Utah’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy; Stephany Murguia, outreach and access coordinator at the Rape Recovery Center; Rachel Alicia Griffin, assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the U; and Julie Valentine, assistant professor in the College of Nursing at Brigham Young University, from left. Young Utahns need to know about consent and sexual violence in a real-world way, panel says
    Romeo Jackson believes the best way to teach young people about consent and sexual violence is to put the concepts in a context they can understand. F...
    Updated Mar 07 2017 10:58 am   |     |   Share

  • Struggling students forced to wait as Utah’s public colleges don’t have enough therapists
    David Bush can’t pinpoint the exact reason, but he’s seen more students than ever before in Utah State University’s counseling center asking for help....
    Updated Mar 09 2017 06:03 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Scott Sommerdorf  |  Tribune file photo)   Hikers walk during ’March For The Park’ earlier this month as part of an effort to work against a $4 Million 3-mile asphalt trail through Dimple Dell Regional Park in Sandy. Dimple Dell Regional Park users denounce plan to pave trail
    Sandy • Diana van Uitert moved to Sandy 30 years ago so she could ride her horse through Dimple Dell Regional Park whenever she pleased. But then van...
    Updated Mar 21 2017 07:42 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Randall T. Peterson, Ph.D., poses for a portrait with zebrafish in the Radiobiology Lab at the University of Utah on  Feb. 7, 2017. Peterson uses zebrafish to model human diseases and then rapidly identify small molecule drug candidates for cardiovascular and nervous system disorders. U. researchers, reliant on federal cash, worry about cuts; Trump plans 20% reduction of NIH
    At 5 days old, zebrafish are just tiny black specks barely visible through squinted eyes pressed close to their plastic container of a home. That size...
    Updated Mar 16 2017 01:09 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   BYU students Dhina Clement and Johnisha Demease-Williams on campus in Provo Thursday February 23, 2017. Black students at BYU report ignorant comments, cultural isolation
    Dhina Clement vividly remembers the day she realized Brigham Young University students looked at her differently because she is black. She was on camp...
    Updated Feb 24 2017 11:26 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   University of Utah student Chelsea Estrella holds a sign during a Salt Lake City School Board meeting at Glendale Middle School Tuesday February 21, 2017. Immigration resolution elicits praise from community, SLC school board considers it
    The calls West High School teacher Valerie Gates receives from worried parents are coming more and more frequently. The callers wonder whether it’s sa...
    Updated Feb 22 2017 11:05 am   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Kimberly Fox, 53, now lives at The Road Home shelter in Salt Lake City.   She wants to work and be self-sufficient, but is in constant pain due to an injury dating back to 2002 and needs surgery. She was expected to be covered by a small Medicaid expansion in Utah by now, but that expansion plan is on hold, awaiting approval by the Trump administration. Caught in Utah’s Medicaid expansion limbo: Homeless woman wants to ‘try to be happy again’
    Kimberly Fox rolled her wheelchair through the hallways of the Road Home shelter in Salt Lake City last month, reflecting on the events of the past de...
    Updated Feb 21 2017 01:34 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Care2 petition signer and sexual assault victim Sarah Belt (right) said BYU needs to remove the culture and fear that keeps sexual assault victims silenced.  Care2 petition supporters delivered 60,000  petition signatures to Brigham Young University’s Abraham O. Smoot administration building, Wednesday, April 20, 2016 to protest the school’s ÏHonor CodeÓ and to ask the school to add an immunity clause shielding sexual assault victims from Honor Code investigations. Committee passes bill that some say would discourage reports of campus sex assaults
    Rep. Brian King fears even fewer sexual assault victims will report to university officials if a proposal allowing police involvement despite their re...
    Updated Feb 18 2017 01:10 pm   |     |   Share

  • Elizabeth Smart Elizabeth Smart interviews Utah State rape victim Victoria Hewlett
    Though Victoria Hewlett lost a lot the July 2015 night Jason Relopez raped her, she said she also gained things: courage, for example, and strength. A...
    Updated Feb 18 2017 10:07 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Gabrielle Saunders, speaking as a concerned citizen, talks in favor of HB130 during the Senate Health and Human Services Standing Committee meeting at the State Capitol  in Salt Lake City Thursday February 16, 2017. HB130 would enact provisions related to research of cannabis and cannabinoid products. Senate panel OKs marijuana research bill
    Democratic Sen. Jim Dabakis called a proposal to allow expanded medical marijuana research in the state a “trojan horse” meant to placate suffering Ut...
    Updated Feb 17 2017 07:21 am   |     |   Share

  • Mumps outbreak reported in Salt Lake County
    Two children who attend the same school in Salt Lake County are recovering from mumps, which they both contracted despite being fully vaccinated. Coun...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 11:26 pm   |     |   Share

  • Majority of Utahns polled by group oppose Trump’s approach to Obamacare
    Kammie Garr is among large numbers of Utah residents opposed to President Donald Trump’s plans for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, as...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 08:23 am   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Sen. Brian Shiozawa, R-Salt Lake City asks question to Carolyn Tuft, a Utah woman who survived the Trolley Square shootings  after she testified in favor of Medicaid expansion and reform at the Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee Monday Feb. 8.  She still has hundreds of lead shotgun pellets in her body and lives in constant pain.  She said that she needs to take take pain medications and a drug called chemet which helps her body leach out the lead in her system.  She has lost most everything and can’t hold down a job.  She falls in the health insurance gap, has no drug benefit and pays for medications with her own cash.  Wording on abortion yanked from Utah telemedicine bill
    In an effort to prevent a “great” telehealth measure from getting mired in potential lawsuits, Sen. Brian Shiozawa prompted a legislative panel Tuesda...
    Updated Feb 14 2017 10:59 pm   |     |   Share

  • Will shielding conversations between Utah victims and campus advocates help combat sex assault?
    A measure that would make conversations between sexual assault victims and campus advocates confidential could have potentially troubling ramification...
    Updated Feb 14 2017 11:17 pm   |     |   Share

  • Lawmakers set aside right-to-die measure
    As terminal prostate cancer takes over his body and weakens his bones, Forrest Shaw fears he’ll bump into a doorway and break an arm. Or sneeze and cr...
    Updated Feb 09 2017 11:00 pm   |     |   Share

  • Bill would allow Utah universities to alert police if an alleged abuser poses a threat to student safety
    State Rep. Kim Coleman wants to give university officials the option to alert police if they are aware of multiple sexual assault allegations against ...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 05:48 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Mary Beckerle, CEO, and director of the institute, gives patient Mike Houston a high five after he said he was just about at the end of his chemotherapy infusion program at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Wednesday, August 26, 2015.  ------ The Huntsman Cancer Institute has been upgraded to the ’comprehensive cancer institute’ designation by the National Cancer Institutes, and now joins the ranks of the 45 top centers for research and patient care.  Huntsman Cancer Institute requests $6.2 million in state funds for cancer research
    Huntsman Cancer Institute is seeking about $6.2 million in state money, in part to replace funding it had drawn in past years from a U.S. settlement w...
    Updated Feb 08 2017 09:34 pm   |     |   Share

  • Measles case detected in Salt Lake County, first since 2011
    A child from Salt Lake County is recovering from the measles this week after traveling abroad, making it the first confirmed case of the disease in co...
    Updated Feb 08 2017 11:19 am   |     |   Share

  • (Leah Hogsten  |  Tribune File Photo)   U.S. News & World Report has rated The University of Utah Hospital among the top the best graduate schools in the nation. Lawmakers 'disappointed' with U. of Utah's $50M building request, say it won't ease doctor shortage
    State lawmakers are concerned that a $50 million request from the University of Utah to help replace its hospital and build other new medical faciliti...
    Updated Mar 14 2017 11:33 pm   |     |   Share

  • State officials send feds Medicaid expansion plan for low-income parents
    As Utah officials continue to wait for federal approval of their small-scale Medicaid expansion plan, they hope to expand coverage to some parents. To...
    Updated Feb 03 2017 10:52 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Rep. Angela Romero, D-Salt Lake, speaks in her office about her bill, HB200, Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Utah lawmaker proposes making campus advocate conversations with sex assault victims confidential
    When students walk through the doors of Weber State University’s Women’s Center, they come face to face with a sign declaring the center nonconfidenti...
    Updated Feb 02 2017 01:00 am   |     |   Share

  • (Leah Hogsten  |  Tribune file photo)    In December, members of the group SLC Against Sex Assault met with University of Utah President David Pershing, delivering an 11-page letter outlining changes they want to see in the U.’s response to sexual assault. Pershing has now responded, sending the group a letter listing the U.’s efforts. Left to right:  Jess Esplin, Mahalia Lotz,  Pershing, Mira Reynolds and Esther Aboussou. U. details efforts to improve response to sex assault
    The University of Utah recently trained its campus police force to understand how trauma can impact the memory and behavior of a student reporting an ...
    Updated Feb 01 2017 09:54 am   |     |   Share

  • Courtesy  |  LDS Church  President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints greets Dr. Bruce C. Kusch and his wife, Alynda. Dr. Kusch will become the 13th president of LDS Business College. The announcement was made at the college’s weekly devotional in the Conference Center on Temple Square, January 31, 2017. LDS Business College names new president
    Bruce Kusch will take the helm of LDS Business College in April, becoming the school’s 13th president. Kusch’s new role — he currently is the school’s...
    Updated Feb 01 2017 05:39 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Tribune file photo)  A year after almost legalizing it, Utah Legislature questions whether marijuana is medicine
    Republican Rep. Brad Daw thinks the dozens of states that have implemented medical marijuana laws have approached the issue incorrectly. Instead of de...
    Updated Jan 30 2017 07:44 pm   |     |   Share

  • National advocate wary as Utah advocates propose increasing confidentiality for student sex assault victims
    Some sexual assault victims on college campuses choose not to report to their schools, advocate Turner Bitton said, for fear that their name and other...
    Updated Jan 31 2017 01:48 pm   |     |   Share