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.

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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.

 


Public Land's Bill, Election Reform & More On Behind The Headlines

Jan 22, 2016
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Jan. 22nd, 2016- Congressmen Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz unveil their public lands proposal. Utah’s lieutenant governor stands behind signature gathering. And Utahns like the job Governor Gary Herbert is doing, but it’s a different story for the state legislature. 


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Jan. 15th, 2016 - President Obama gives his final State of the Union address. Rep. Jason Chaffetz proposes a bill that would cut allowances for former presidents. A recently-released video draws more questions about the 2015 shooting death of James Barker. And sexual assault in Utah costs the state nearly $5 billion annually, according to a new report.


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Jan. 8th, 2016 - On this week's Behind The Headlines, a Bundy-led militia takes over a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, and the LDS Church denounces their actions. President Obama takes executive action to increase background checks in an attempt at reducing gun violence. Jackie Biskupski is sworn in as mayor of Salt Lake City. And a new inversion forecast can predict Utah air quality up to 30 days out.


Utah's Top Stories of 2015

Dec 25, 2015
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Dec. 25, 2015 - In 2015, Salt Lake City elected its first gay mayor, LDS church leaders grappled with the reality of gay marriage, lawmakers decided to move the Utah State Prison, flash floods claimed 21 lives in Southern Utah and the public lands debate raged on. 

 

 


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