Behind the Headlines

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

  Utah County has agreed to free up 128 beds for Salt Lake County inmates, a decision that state, Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County officials hope will help address issues of lawlessness in downtown Salt Lake's Rio Grande area. The ACLU of Utah warns Utah lawmakers that blocking their constituents on social media is a violation of constituents' First Amendment rights. And an LDS general authority is excommunicated from The Church. 

Ozone levels along the Wasatch Front are the worst they've been in almost a decade. A $10 million donation from the Charles Koch Foundation has some University of Utah faculty concerned about potential political influence at the school. And after a judge ruled in the party's favor, Jim Bennett will be on the ballot as the new United Utah Party's candidate for the upcoming special election in the state's Third Congressional District.

 State leaders announce their new plan to combat homelessness, though many of the details remain unknown to the public. Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch disagrees with Pres. Donald Trump's ban on transgender people serving in the military. And Gov. Gary Herbert endorses Provo Mayor John Curtis before the Third Congressional District primary. 

  

  

Senate Republicans release a revision of their health care bill, gaining some conservative votes and still lacking support from moderates. Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch says the story of Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian national is "overblown." Republican candidates for Utah's 3rd congressional district have a hard time distinguishing themselves from one another at their first debate. And a ballot initiative aiming to increase education funding receives mixed reactions from the public. 

The Our Schools Now campaign to increase education funding changes to include a sales tax hike. Candidate for Utah Democratic Party chairperson Rob Miller pulls out of the race amid accusations of sexual harassment. And a poll shows Utahns disagree on why former FBI Director James Comey was fired from his position. 

 

  

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.

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.

The Salt Lake City Council diverts $30 million of RDA funds to affordable housing in an effort to address homelessness downtown. Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin leads Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in Utah polls. Utah GOP leader James Evans receives threatening phone after claiming on national television that Bill Clinton fathered a child out of wedlock. And Gov. Gary Herbert suggests the EPA steps in to address Utah's issues with ozone pollution.

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  On Oct. 7, Torrey Green -- now a former USU football player -- was arrested on four counts of rape, one count of aggravated sexual assault, and one count of kidnapping.

In 2015, four different women reported to Utah State University and Logan police that they had been sexually assaulted by Green, but no formal charges were immediately made.

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Top Utah Republicans pull their support from Donald Trump after a video surfaces showing the presidential candidate boasting about kissing and groping women. Donna Weinholtz, wife of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Weinholtz, awaits misdemeanor drug charges for possession of medical cannabis. A teenaged fast-food worker who was accused of contaminating a police officer's drink is cleared of any wrongdoing in the case. And the Tribune editorial board endorses Hillary Clinton for president. 

 

   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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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.