Behind the Headlines

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  From its politics to its public lands to polygamy, Utah has always been fertile ground for news. Here on UPR, The Salt Lake Tribune presents a fresh way for Utahns to process the headlines. Behind the Headlines, a live weekly broadcast, examines the week’s top local stories through the eyes of reporters on the beat.

KCPW's producer and news host Roger McDonough and a rotating panel of the state’s top journalists – including columnist Paul Rolly, investigative reporter Matt Canham, senior government reporter Robert Gehrke, reporter Kathy Stephenson and others – will talk about what’s happening in the Beehive State along with the hows and whys.

Listeners can join the discussion by sending questions to #TribTalk on Twitter, Google+, commenting on sltrib.com or calling (801) 355-TALK.

The Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams announces plans to sue the pharmaceutical industry over effects of the opioid crisis, but his decision catches county council members off guard. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke considers moving the headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management to Salt Lake City. And a state lawmaker proposes moving sex-education classes out of the classroom and onto the internet.

The New York Times

Each Friday morning, stream “Behind the Headlines” online at kcpw.org or tune in to KCPW 88.3 FM or Utah Public Radio for the broadcast.

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The Trump administration approves Utah's request for a Medicaid waiver to help fund Operation Rio Grande. The fatal shooting of an international student near the University of Utah leads to a manhunt and multiple charges. And Utah's members of congress comment on the indictments handed down by special prosecutor Robert Mueller.

 

St. George News

A look into a breaking story about BYU basketball player Nick Emery who is currently under investigation by both BYU and the NCAA for a possible problem that happened with a BYU booster. Also KBYU television and radio is changing its format, resulting in petitions by fans of the station's classical music programming. A syringe exchange program in Salt Lake City aims to prevent the spread of disease among intravenous drug users, while saving money for the state health system.

NBC News

The release of body cam footage of a police shooting leads to protests -- and to calls for the ouster of Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, who found that the shooting was legally justified. During a visit to Salt Lake City, a renowned homelessness researcher calls Operation Rio Grande a disaster. And a U.S. House Committee advances a plan to dramatically limit the power of the president to declare national monuments.

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As the U.S. Supreme Court begins hearings for a political gerrymandering case, a Utah initiative to curb the practice receives big funding from private donors. After the mass shooting in Las Vegas, a Utah gun lobbyist explains how the bump stock device used in the attack allows a semi-automatic rifle to mimic automatic weapon fire. And a Utah woman successfully sues her attacker 20 years after the deadline to file a lawsuit for sexual assault cases.

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As the U.S. Supreme Court begins hearings for a political gerrymandering case, a Utah initiative to curb the practice receives big funding from private donors. After the mass shooting in Las Vegas, a Utah gun lobbyist explains how the bump stock device used in the attack allows a semi-automatic rifle to mimic automatic weapon fire. And a Utah woman successfully sues her attacker 20 years after the deadline to file a lawsuit for sexual assault cases.

The Dailywire

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro's appearance at the University of Utah stirs controversy and draws protesters. Provo Mayor John Curtis, the Republican candidate for Utah's Third Congressional District, receives criticism for Facebook ads demonstrating a far-right position on immigration. And Sen. Orrin Hatch offers a plan to give young undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship.

At 9 a.m. Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Courtney Tanner and Benjamin Wood as well as columnist Robert Gehrke join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about the week’s top stories.

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After a review of national monument sizes around the country, Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke's recommendation to Pres. Donald Trump includes shrinking Utah's Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante. Utah lawmakers discuss eliminating sales tax on food during a special session of the Legislature. And the Utah Board of Education hears from critics and proponents of the decision to make health, physical education, career awareness and arts courses optional for middle school students.

In anticipation of Utah's growing population, Gov. Gary Herbert announces a 50-year water management plan for Utah. Salt Lake County Council Member Jenny Wilson announces her candidacy against seven-term Sen. Orrin Hatch. And the White House officially nominates Jon Huntsman Jr. as ambassador to Russia. 

 

 

Outgoing Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz starts work as a political pundit on Fox News. Republican Senate leaders postpone a vote on their health care bill amid lack of support, including from Utah Sen. Mike Lee. And while the Brian Head fire rages on, environmentalists and state legislators disagree on what causes wildfires to spread.

 

  

A state audit of the Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control shows millions of dollars in reporting errors. Two candidates looking to jump in to the 3rd district congressional race are rejected by the state. And Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder takes a job as Moab's police chief.

 On Friday at 9 a.m., Salt Lake Tribune reporters Kathy Stephenson and Brian Maffly, government and politics editor Dan Harrie and columnist Robert Gehrke join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about the week’s top stories.

American Indian students are disciplined in Utah schools more than any other demographic, a recent report shows. Details about former Utah Transit Authority board member Terry Diehl's bankruptcy case surface, prompting more questions about his relationship with Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes. And Pres. Donald Trump's proposed budget would affect Utahns in need and those in rural areas of the state.

 

Behind the Headlines: Chaffetz, Comey, Huntsman

May 19, 2017

Congressman Jason Chaffetz invites former FBI Director James Comey to testify publicly over a memo regarding a special request from Pres. Donald Trump. Jon Huntsman Jr. awaits nomination as ambassador to Russia more than two months after accepting the job. And with Chaffetz's plans to step down from Congress in June, Gov. Gary Herbert and the Utah Legislature still disagree on the process of filling the vacancy.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke receives feedback from lawmakers, advocacy groups and American Indians on Bears Ears National Monument for his recommendation to Pres. Donald Trump. Congressman Jason Chaffetz requests a review by the Department of Justice of the firing of FBI Director James Comey. And Sen. Orrin Hatch comments on Americans receiving federal health care benefits.

  Five-term Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz announces he will not run for public office in 2018. Huntsman Cancer Institute CEO and director Mary Beckerle is unexpectedly fired from her position. Salt Lake City ranks in the top 20 on the American Lung Association's list of worst cities for ozone pollution. And former presidential hopeful Evan McMullin owes nearly $670,000 in campaign costs.

 

  This week's show is an hourlong look at the series of stories that earned The Salt Lake Tribune this year's Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting, with the team behind the paper's groundbreaking investigation of sexual assault at Utah colleges.

UTA and Rocky Mountain Power on Behind the Headlines

Apr 7, 2017

  The Utah Transit Authority escapes federal charges in exchange for disclosing information about individuals under investigation in the agency. Rocky Mountain Power prepares to build more than 400 new wind turbines to power Utah homes. And plans to build a fence on 200 South between The Gateway mall and downtown homeless services comes off as physically and perceptually divisive, says Salt Lake City Council members.

  Cities rail against putting a Salt Lake County homeless shelter within their boundaries. Democratic Salt Lake County Council member Jenny Wilson rises as a potential opponent to GOP incumbent Sen. Orrin Hatch in the 2018 Senate race; he has yet to say whether he’ll run.

  As Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch undergoes hearings for his confirmation, Sen. Orrin Hatch shows his support for the candidate. The Salt Lake City School District votes to protect the information of undocumented students. House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Chris Stewart questions FBI Director James Comey over an investigation into Pres. Donald Trump's ties with Russia. And Gov. Gary Herbert will sign off on a bill that lowers the threshold for DUI arrests from .08 blood alcohol content to .05.

 

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Sen. Mike Lee propose legislation to curb EPA regulations on Utah coal power plants. The Salt Lake Area Restaurant Association asks Governor Gary Hebert to veto a bill lowering the legal blood-alcohol limit. And residents of South Salt Lake and West Valley confront Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams over proposed locations for a new homeless resource center.

  A bill that would change the definition of bigamy passes through the Utah House.

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Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz addresses Pres. Donald Trump's travel ban with leaders of Utah's Islamic community. Both the State House and Senate pass a resolution to shrink the Grand Staircase Escalante Monument. Organizers of the Outdoor Retailer show consider leaving Utah due to the state's policies on public lands. And the Utah House advances a bill to expand medical cannabis research.

This Week's Top News On Behind The Headlines

Feb 3, 2017
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   President Trump's executive order banning immigrants and refugees from entering the United States affects at least 64 refugees bound for Utah. Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch advances two of Pres. Trump's cabinet nominees without Democratic senators present. And Utah House Republicans vote to remove requirements that guarantee Democrats on state boards. On Friday at 9 a.m., Salt Lake Tribune reporters Courtney Tanner and Thomas Burr, editorial writer George Pyle, and senior managing editor Matt Canham join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about the week’s top stories.

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