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.

 

   Utah Lake's algal bloom proves problematic in Utah, Salt Lake and Davis Counties. Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings seeks dismissal of all charges against former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff. A caregiver of a Utah man who died from Zika virus has also contracted the virus. And GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is named the official nominee of the party at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. 

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Utah Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz reveal their long-awaited public lands initiative. Utah legislators discuss bills regarding Facebook and drones during a special session. Cancer-causing toxins are discovered in Utah's air. And lawmakers call for a rebuilding of public trust by the Utah Transit Authority.

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A video showing a police officer hitting a woman during her arrest prompts a departmental investigation by Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown. The Campaign for Accountability calls for an audit of legislative expenditures for representatives in Utah's land transfer lawsuit. Utah's members of Congress show little interest in the creation of new gun laws. And the summer holidays bring fireworks-induced air pollution into the valley.

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  Incumbent Gov. Gary Herbert sweeps challenger Jonathan Johnson in the Republican primary. Democratic Senate nominee Misty K. Snow wins out over Jonathan Swinton to run against Republican Sen. Mike Lee. The Oakland City Council votes to keep Utah coal from passing through a new deep-water port. And a father and son duo from Utah are charged with the murder of a UTA worker.

The ACLU of Utah files a class-action lawsuit against the state to declare its public defender system unconstitutional. FLDS leader Lyle Jeffs flees home confinement after being released from jail pending trial. Incumbent Republican Sen. Mike Lee holds a lead over his two Democratic challengers in the primary. And the Utah Transit Authority Board approves a project to extend the SLC Airport TRAX line.

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Polling shows incumbent Gov. Gary Herbert with a 45-point lead over challenger Jonathan Johnson in the Republican primary. 71 percent of Utah's lakes fall short of meeting water quality standards. Lawmakers and educators meet to decide the fate of SAGE testing. And Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox speaks out at a vigil for the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando, Fla.

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Sen. Orrin Hatch wants the media to go easy on presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. A student at Salt Lake City's Judge Memorial High School meets resistance from administrators while trying to establish a gay-straight alliance club. Utah legislators put the final touches on a lawsuit over federal lands. And support for Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson in Utah might swing the state in Hillary Clinton's favor.

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Paul Huntsman finalizes the purchase of The Salt Lake Tribune. Utah Democrats discuss doing away with superdelegates. The Utah Department of Public Safety is investigating BYU's campus police after multiple students have reported a mishandling of their sexual assault cases. And toxic dust from the diminishing Great Salt Lake's beds pose a problem for prison relocation efforts.


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The Utah Legislature opposes the creation of a Bears Ears monument in a resolution passed Wednesday. An audio recording of a Utah County deputy sheriff reveals he wanted an alleged rape victim at BYU to be investigated by the Honor Code Office. The Bureau of Land Management discusses how to preserve the Bonneville Salt Flats. And most Utah schools aren't worried by federal rules requiring restroom accommodations for transgender students.    

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The Davis County Attorney wants a grand jury to hear evidence alleging federal agents refused to investigate corruption charges against high-ranking officials. A new law requiring doctors to quell fetal pain puzzles doctors. Rocky Mountain Power proposes a multi-state agreement on managing the power grid. And Utah’s homeless population grows.  

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Local Republicans contemplate what Donald Trump as the GOP presidential nominee means for Utah voters in November. Former Sen. Bob Bennett dies at age 82. Salt Lake City Council members want more detail in Mayor Jackie Biskupski's vision for the city. And author and environmentalist Terry Tempest Williams resigns from her faculty position at the University of Utah.


  Survivors of sexual assault at BYU say their attackers used the school's Honor Code against them. Republican gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Johnson beats Utah Gov. Gary Herbert at the GOP convention. And charter school students get less state money than their public school counterparts. 

On Friday at 9 a.m., Tribune reporters Benjamin Wood, Lee Davidson and Erin Alberty as well as columnist Paul Rolly join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about the week's top news stories.

 

 


Protesters deliver a petition with more than 90,000 signatures to BYU, asking to amend the school's Honor Code policies to protect victims of sexual assault. Lawmakers and conservationists continue to disagree over the use of the Antiquities Act in the Bears Ears region. Utah gubernatorial candidates name their running mates. And Paul Huntsman, president of Huntsman Family Investments, is buying The Salt Lake Tribune.


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Several Brigham Young University students allege reports of sexual assault are routinely funneled to the school’s Honor Code Office. The Utah Republican Party says it won’t comply with state election law allowing signature gathering. And Salt Lake City is barring city travel to states that have gutted anti-discrimination legislation.

A judge says it is constitutional for candidates to gather signatures to get on the ballot. Polygamist leader Lyle Jeffs will stay in jail as he awaits trial on charges of food stamp fraud. The Salt Lake County Council wants to audit the county recorder’s office after questions surfaced about recorder Gary Ott’s cognitive abilities. Utah County Republicans want legislative candidates to sign a “fitness pledge.” And former Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan reveals he’s suffering from Parkinson’s disease and dementia. 

 


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Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt says Donald Trump won't win the presidential race. Gov. Gary Herbert signs more than 450 bills and vetoes three bills from the recent legislative session. Utah's Democratic superdelegates are split between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. And the LDS Church sponsors a new refugee-assistance program. 


Cruz & Sanders Win Utah Caucus Voters On Behind The Headlines

Mar 25, 2016

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz win big in Utah's presidential caucuses. The Utah GOP's experimental online voting system sees major glitches on its voting day debut. President Barack Obama makes a historic stop in Cuba. And Cruz envisions Utah Sen. Mike Lee on the Supreme Court.

 


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Utah Sens. Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch say they'll block President Obama's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Presidential candidates make campaign stops in Utah before Tuesday's caucuses even as a highly-anticipated debate is shelved. A Utah woman sues a former prosecutor-turned-federal judge, alleging he sexually abused her. And Salt Lake City residents push for more accountability from the city's Police Civilian Review Board.

   

Utah Legislature Finishes 2016 Session On Behind The Headlines

Mar 11, 2016
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The Utah legislature wraps up its general session after debating a Medicaid expansion plan, the death penalty, medical cannabis, a deep-water port development, fetal pain, school funding and more. And Utah conservatives rally around the widow of Oregon refuge occupier “LaVoy” Finnicum after investigators this week determined his shooting by police was justified.

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Mitt Romney says what many in the Republican establishment are thinking: Donald Trump is a fraud. State senators drop a hate crimes bill, but approve of ending the death penalty in Utah. And Salt Lake City residents react to last Saturday's police shooting of a teenage boy. 

Federal officials indict members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) on charges of food stamp fraud. The legislature kills a comprehensive sex education bill in committee, keeping Utah's abstinence-only program in schools. A Utah panel denies LGBT couples equal treatment in adoption cases. And a GOP presidential debate is coming to Utah, though tickets for locals will be hard to score.

 

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Utah Republicans urge President Obama to wait on appointing a replacement for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The LDS Church again weighs in on religious freedoms and LGBT rights. Medical marijuana backers want to put the issue to the voters. Author Terry Tempest Williams buys land near Arches National Park in protest of fossil-fuel drilling. And Utah’s public school system loses yet another superintendent. 

  

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Feb. 12th, 2016- Rocky Mountain Power's plan to reduce emissions meets criticism from environmentalists and the Office of Consumer Services. Sen. Steve Urquhart moves to get rid of the death penalty in Utah. More young Utahns than ever use e-cigarettes. And the LDS Church weighs in on Sen. Mark Madsen's medical marijuana bill. 

 


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Feb. 5th, 2016- House Minority Leader Brian King proposes a bill for more
comprehensive sex education in public schools. Business leaders want
Utahns to vote on a tax hike for public school funding. A new audit
recommends a number of improvements to the parole board. And Utah
Transit Authority pledges to increase transparency. 


Jan. 29th, 2016- Gov. Gary Herbert gives his sixth State of the State address to Utah legislators, touching on Medicaid expansion, education funding and economic gains. Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s first State of the City address draws mixed reactions from city leaders and residents. Utahns are concerned about the cost of a proposed Lake Powell Pipeline, even as a bill is introduced in the Legislature that could kick-start funding for the project. And an EPA hearing on Utah’s air quality draws environmentalists and coal miners alike.

 


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