Behind the Headlines

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Today on the program, we're discussing the possibility of Utah doing away with the death penalty and as Mitt Romney begins his campaign for Senate, his relationship with Pres. Donald Trump appears to warm.  Huntsville Republican Rep. Gage Froerer leads the charge to do away with the death penalty, and he has some powerful players backing him. And state lawmakers seem to have an extra $209 million to work with in the budget this year. 

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The latest attempt to strengthen Utah's hate crime laws at the State Legislature dies without even getting a hearing. Although science points to the burning of fossil fuels as a driver of climate change, Utah lawmakers refuse to acknowledge the concept. And Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, who advocated for a reduction to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, failed to disclose that he owned land within the monument. 

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St. George Republican Rep. Jon Stanard abruptly resigns from office, citing a desire to spend time with his ailing father. But soon after the announcement, allegations that he paid a prostitute for sex surface. Rob Porter, a Trump administration official with ties to Utah's senators, quits after his ex-wives accuse him of physical abuse. And the Utah House advances a $1.72 million tax break proposal for EnergySolutions, a radioactive waste company. 

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On the eve of her scheduled deportation, a young mother and her two children find sanctuary at the Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City. The cost of moving the state prison is turning out to be more than lawmakers originally told the public, as the price tag nears $700 million. And the state spent $33 million to file an unfinished application for the Lake Powell pipeline. 

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Utah's religious leaders advocate for a bill that would enhance penalties for hate crimes. Utah House Republicans retaliate against Gov. Gary Herbert after disagreeing on the process of the 2017 Third Congressional District special election. And Rep. Chris Stewart pays a visit to the legislature to tell lawmakers that the real scandal in Washington isn’t Russian election meddling, but that intelligence agencies are choosing sides in politics.

Immigration Reform, Utah Youth Suicide, & More On This Behind The Headlines

Jan 19, 2018
The New Yorker

Utah Rep. Mia Love meets with Pres. Donald Trump to discuss immigration reform. As Utah's youth suicide rate continues to rise, Gov. Gary Herbert creates a task force to address the issue. The LDS Church gets a new leader and sees changes in its top governing council. And Salt Lake Tribune columnist Holly Richardson advises on how to encourage women to run for political office.

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Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes announces that he won’t seek re-election, stoking speculation that he will run for Utah governor in 2020.

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The Salt Lake Tribune’s editorial voices reflect and opine on the #MeToo movementOperation Rio Grande, national monuments and the power wielded by Sen. Orrin Hatch in 2017.

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tax bill championed by Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch passes through Congress. The Great Salt Lake is drying up, but scientists say there’s still hope. And which movies should you see or skip in theaters this holiday season?

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Recently obtained documents show how a uranium mining company pressured the Trump administration to shrink Bears Ears National Monument. Federal regulators tentatively approve moving forward with the $1 billion Lake Powell Pipeline project. And Utah Gov. Gary Herbert proposes a major bump in education funding for the state.

 

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President Donald Trump visits Utah to breakup and downsize the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. Senator Orrin Hatch hardens his stance on the candidacy of Alabama Republican Senate hopeful Roy Moore. And Trump endorses Hatch for an 8th term in Congress. 

The Salt Lake Tribune

President Donald Trump makes his way to Utah to announce boundary adjustments to Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. Voter errors resulted in thousands of rejected ballots from the November election. And women in Utah politics share their experiences with sexual harassment.

At 9 a.m. Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Courtney Tanner and Lee Davidson, Washington Bureau Chief Thomas Burr and columnist Robert Gehrke join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about the week’s top stories.

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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.

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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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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.

Deseret News

The kick-off of a new drug court program adds to the treatment efforts of Operation Rio Grande. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throws its support behind a Colorado bakery shop owner who refused on religious grounds to make a cake for a same-sex wedding. And as the November general election nears, polling shows a wide gap between Utah's Third Congressional District Republican candidate Provo Mayor John Curtis and Democratic candidate Dr. Kathie Allen.

 

The Salt Lake Tribune

Utah's Congressional delegation responds to Pres. Donald Trump's decision to rescind DACA, the program that shields immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children from deportation. Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski says the officer who arrested a University Hospital nurse should have been placed on leave immediately, not after body cam footage of the incident became public. And a state lawmaker fears a database of people who have Utah Driver Privilege cards is being used by immigration officials to round up undocumented workers in the state. 

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Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes and Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski have a public disagreement over Operation Rio Grande. Rocky Mountain Power reaches an agreement with solar energy advocates over net metering for people with solar panels. And after nearly raising the sales tax on food during this year's legislative session, Utah lawmakers consider doing away with the tax altogether. 

At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Emma Penrod, Lee Davidson and Matt Piper as well as columnist Robert Gehrke join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about the week’s top stories.

Fox 13

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommends boundary adjustments to some national monuments, but he doesn't suggest eliminating them altogether. Operation Rio Grande's efforts to curb crime near the downtown homeless shelter could take two years. And Rep. Chris Stewart has his eyes on Sen. Orrin Hatch's seat in 2018 -- if Hatch chooses not to run for re-election.

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The efforts of Operation Rio Grande result in the arrests of 87 people within the homeless community on its first day in action, but the ACLU of Utah calls the strategy "business as usual." Provo Mayor John Curtis clinches the Republican nomination in Utah's Third Congressional District, but Chris Herrod, the runner up, refuses to concede. And elevated levels of lead in some Utah schools' drinking water has prompted a request for tests of the metal in public schools statewide.

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