Utah Politics
10:56 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Still No Decision On Oktoberfest Alcohol Permit

Utah received a lot of bad press as a result of not issuing a liqor license for the upcoming Oktoberfest- that's according to Sen. Jim Dabakis (D-Salt Lake).

Dabakis spoke Monday at an Administrative Rules Review Committee meeting to express his displeasure with the statewide alcohol regulations.

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UPR Station News
10:20 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Join Bryan Earl At The Penstemon Festival June 20-21

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UPR's Bryan Earl is the host of the Zesty Garden, a weekly garden show that reaches statewide. He will be the keynote speaker at this years' Penstemon Festival in Richfield, Utah.

The festival celebrates Utah's natural beauty, with events Friday and Saturday June 20-21. The festival includes speakers, a plant sale, vendor booths, a potluck dinner on Friday, and a wildflower hike Saturday morning.

Friday, June 20th:

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Access Utah
10:15 am
Mon June 16, 2014

"Year of No Sugar” On Monday's Access Utah

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In her memoir ”Year of No Sugar,” Eve Schaub recounts her family’s attempt to eliminate sugar from their lives. We’ll talk with Eve Schaub on Monday’s AU and we’re going to talk about your attempts (successful or not) to change your eating habits, whatever your goal is. 

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Utah Transportation
12:09 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Southern Utah Roads Prove Dangerous For Motorcyclists

The weekend proved dangerous, and in one case deadly, for motorcycling in Southern Utah.

David Wuergler, 50, of Orem was riding on SR 12 near Escalante. Officials say it appears he was traveling too fast to negotiate a curve, crossed the center line and slammed head-on into an RV headed in the opposite direction. He was killed on impact.

On Saturday, 62-year-old Daniel Shoop and his wife, 61-year-old Alice Shoop, of Sioux City, Ariz. were traveling with a group of other riders within Cedar Breaks National Monument when they hit a patch of gravel.

9:07 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Trombone Playing Father Came Up With Plan to Thwart Bully

Steve Eaton's dad, Ed Eaton, never took himself too seriously.
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On this Father's Day, UPR special contributor and Deseret News columnist Steve Eaton reflects on life with his father, Ed.

I suppose some people would find my father’s behavior embarrassing.

I’m sure some frightened people were probably tempted, at first, to call the cops when they discovered him on their front lawn early in the morning playing happy birthday to them on his trombone. By his own admission, his old battered instrument from college never could deliver that pure sound he hoped it would. But if he was on your front lawn, it was played with such reckless abandon that it would be easy to imagine it represented 75 more trombones gathered together in a parade in your honor.

Despite his unorthodox approach to life, my father has four grown children who see such acts of off-tune love quite remarkable. To say we are proud of Dad, is an understatement. No one else had a dad who wore an umbrella hat in public.

UPR special contributor Steve Eaton reflects on life with his father, Ed.

He was a trend-setter for us. For example, my Dad taught us the sweetness of the “slow roll.” My Mom, who was always a grownup, was sharing with us something long and important at a family meeting when my Dad started to rock back and forth slowly on the floor on his back - as if he was in a giant infant rockaRoo.

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8:45 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

Fresh Folk- June 14

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  On the show this week, I feature the harmonious new collaboration between Carrie Elkin and Danny Schmidt, as well as the thoughtful songs on Bernice Lewis’ new album. I’ll also play tracks from new releases by Carrie Newcomer, Dan Pelletier, and Twin Forks, among other talented artists. Join me this Saturday at 8pm, for Fresh Folk, on Utah Public Radio.

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Utah Politics
11:47 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Anti-booze Policies Called Into Question

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Members of the state agency that controls alcohol in Utah have been summoned to a legislative hearing to answer questions about a series of policy changes that have garnered much attention around the nation and the world. 

Earlier this summer the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control made some alterations to the liquor laws, including an alteration to the rules involving serving alcohol at events. Sen. Jim Dabakis says he believes these policies are hurting the state’s economy and job growth, and do not actually deter any dangers involved with alcohol consumption.

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Juana Summers is a reporter covering education for NPR.

Prior to coming to NPR, Summers spent nearly four years as a reporter for POLITICO, where she focused on political and campaign coverage, primarily the 2012 Republican primary and general election. She has also extensively covered defense policy and veterans affairs, and authored POLITICO's morning defense newsletter.

Before that, she covered statewide and local politics for the Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch, as well as KBIA-FM. Her work has also been featured in the Austin American-Statesman and The Washington Post.

Utah Education
6:30 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Education Funding Slips: Students See Less Money Than Prisoners

Utah has the lowest per-pupil spending in the nation.
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A new study from polling site FiveThirtyEight and the U.S. Census Bureau has confirmed what state democrats say they already know—despite increased talk about education in the state, funding is dwindling.

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Utah News
6:04 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Mormon Facing Excommunication Speaks Out

John Dehlin is a husband, father of four and creator of the blog and podcast Mormon Stories. He has learned in recent days that local church leaders disagree with his ideas and that his membership in the Mormon faith is in jeopardy.
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A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who was among the first in the world to use online forums to discuss Mormon culture and doctrine has learned in recent days that he faces a disciplinary council for his ongoing discussions about doubts he and many of his supporters share about the faith.

John Dehlin is the founder of the popular blog and podcast Mormon Stories. He spoke with Utah Public Radio on Friday about being notified by church leaders that he faced a pending disciplinary action - the outcome of which could ultimately lead to his dismissal from the LDS faith and ostracize him from his community.

Listen to our full interview with Dehlin here:

Interview with John Dehlin

Read the full transcript below:

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