Salt Lake City, UT – Utah lawmakers adjourned their 45-day legislative session at midnight last night, not quite completing their $9.5-billion dollar budget. They failed to pass a $69-million dollar proposal to lower the income tax rate, ensuring that Governor Jon Huntsman will call them back into a special legislative session to determine the nature of the tax cut. And that was just one of the reasons many are calling this legislative session "historic." KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Doug Fabrizio talks to Craig Childs about his book The Way Out: A True Story of Survival. For years, Childs has walked the spare, most forbidding terrain on the planet. "Between jobs," he writes, "I survive by drinking from water holes in the far country, mapping canyons and routes for my own curiosity." His book is the story of an extreme journey with a friend -- a life or death challenge to explore some of the world's most unforgiving land, and to find their way out. (Repeat)
Salt lake City, UT – Leticia Anderson is a parent who hopes Utah legislators will provide vouchers for Utah families to send their children to public schools. Chad Harris represents the Utah School Boards Association, and he thinks it's a bad idea.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah's 2006 Legislative Session ended Wednesday. Today on RadioWest, Doug is joined by Senate leaders, journalists and analysts for a look at this year's legislation and what it means for the state.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah legislature had a busy day yesterday, its second to last of the 2006 session. Included in the rush of bills debated wree ones that created new restrictions on public records, banned smoking in many places and weighed medical services for the disabled. KUER's Tasha Cook was at the state capitol and has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah House of Representatives voted down a bill that would have required teachers in public schools to tell their students evolution is only a theory, not a fact. Final budget battles are also looming as the legislature moves into the final days of its general session. KUER's Dan Bammes reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has been looking for ways to support victims of abuse and civil rights violations in Utah's polygamist groups. His "safety net" approach isn't so much about prosecution as it is about reaching out to these communities. Wednesday on RadioWest, we look at what the program is teaching us about polygamist culture, and ask if the disturbing dynamics that make the headlines are inherent to the practice.
Salt Lake City, UT – Even great artists have to work within the confines of their material. This doesn't necessarily limit potential -- it can be the beginning of a symbiotic relationship between the artist and his medium. The legendary marble of Carrara exerted an influence on Michelangelo's masterpieces: David, La Pieta and Julius II's tomb. Doug Fabrizio talks to author Eric Scigliano about the allure of the marble, and the man who brought it to life.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Medicare drug benefit is the most expensive change in the Medicare program since its beginnings in the 1960s, but many users have found it confusing and difficult. On this edition of Your Personal Economy, Dan Bammes is joined by his regular guest John Bird, Medicare users Bob and Nikki Zito, Rob Ence of AARP and Kerry Brown of Olympus Pharmacy for a look at how the program works, and what might be done to make it better.
Salt Lake City, UT – At the State Capitol yesterday, debate raged over tuition vouchers for private school scholarships, the formation of gay-straight alliance clubs in Utah public schools and how best to reform the state's tax code. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report:
Salt Lake City, UT – In Part Three of KUER's three-part series on teen suicide, Dan Bammes has a profile of Arnold Thomas, who was a football and basketball star in high school, but who was led to a suicide attempt after his father took his own life and who today helps young people around the country understand the issue and find hope.
Salt Lake City, UT – State lawmakers advanced a bill yesterday that would force environmental groups to post a bond before filing a lawsuit to stop construction projects. They also took action on pay raises for state employees. KUER's Jenny Brundin starts her Capitol Hill report with a look at a bill to raise Utah's minimum wage.
Salt Lake City, UT – Mental health advocates, medical researchers and state leaders here are mobilizing. The hope is to reach troubled youth before it's too late. In the second part of KUER's teen suicide series, we continue with our profile of Brannigan Hazelton and her efforts to seek help when she was a teenager. We also look at ways the state is reaching out to Utah youth who contemplate ending their lives.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah's suicide rate is the tenth highest in the nation, and suicide is the leading cause of death for males 15-19 in the state. Doug Fabrizio talks to community activists and counselors about an epidemic facing teens from all walks of life.
Salt Lake City, UT – State officials call it the "silent epidemic." They're talking about teen suicide. Utah's overall suicide rate is the 10th highest in the nation. It's become a public health crisis for mental health advocates and state leaders. The hope is to reach troubled youth before it's too late. In the first of a three-part series on teen suicide, KUER's Tasha Cook tells the story of a Utah family's struggle to cope:
Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah legislature addressed gay/straight school clubs, all-day kindergarten, seat belt use and the age for kids to get hunting licenses, all the while trying to resolve the question of tax cuts and a state budget. KUER's Dan Bammes and Laura Weiss have more from Utah's state capitol.
Washington, D.C. – In the wake of lobbying and bribery scandals, lawmakers in Washington are clamoring to tackle lobbying reform. Democrats are hammering Republicans over corruption charges as a political strategy going into mid-term elections next fall. And Republicans are eager to dodge the culture of corruption rap. Both parties want to curb lawmaker travel. Laura Strickler looks at trips taken by some Utah members of Congress.
Salt Lake City, UT – Abraham Lincoln is often portrayed as a moderate whose main mission was to keep the country united. Biographer Richard Striner sees him not as a politician who only pragmatically freed the slaves though, but rather as a visionary political ethicist who from the beginning of his career strove for justice and human equality. Doug Fabrizio talks to Striner about his interpretations of Lincoln's speeches and writings.
Salt Lake City, UT – Assembling Utah's 9.7 billion dollar state budget is a complex operation, beginning with last year's budget and the governor's proposals and ending with last-minute maneuvering to get funding for various programs and priorities. It's even more complex this year, when the legislature has a huge revenue surplus to account for. Dan Bammes hosts RadioWest as we examine how the state budget is actually put together and what influences legislators as they make the final decisions.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah legislature weighed bills yesterday on education, executive power and the expansion of hazardous waste sites. KUER's Tasha Cook reports on these highlights from the state's Capitol.
Salt Lake City, UT – Calling all fans of Spam, dead parrots, upper-class twits and lumberjacks! Thursday on RadioWest, Doug Fabrizio is joined by Monty Python Producer John Goldstone and Jeffrey Miller, a specialist on British Television and American Culture. Beginning next week, KUED will air "Monty Python's Personal Best" series, and we're using it as an excuse to talk about "something completely different."
Salt Lake City, UT – The balance of power between the governor and the legislature, stopping head-on collisions on Highway 6, and banning lobbyists gifts to lawmakers - it was a full agenda on Utah's Capitol Hill yesterday. But KUER's Jenny Brundin starts her report from Capitol Hill with a look at one of the top issues this legislative session - whether Governor Jon Huntsman will get the tax reform he believes Utah needs for a stable future.
Salt Lake City, UT – Conspiracy, betrayals and assasination -- William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar explores the interesection of personal morality and public ethics, issues very familiar to observers of Elizabethan politics. Pioneer Theatre Company's Chuck Morey, Mark Elliot Wilson (Cassius) and Kurt Zischke (Brutus) join Doug Fabrizio to talk about the company's new production and about the bard's late 16th century comments on issues that are still current today.
Salt Lake City, UT – Revenue projections released Monday show Utah's economy is getting even stronger. As the legislature moves into the final weeks of its general session, demands on the huge revenue surplus are piling up. KUER's Jenny Brundin looks at the surplus and Dan Bammes follows other action on Utah's Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City, UT – For weeks, KUER listeners have been participating in the Your Money, Your Choice project with KUED and the Salt Lake Tribune. About two-thirds of the respondents favor dramatically increased spending on Utah's public schools, but transportation and tax cuts are also high on their priority list. KUER's Dan Bammes has been listening to your phone calls.
Salt Lake City, UT – Pulitzer prize winning critic Gail Caldwell poses a complicated question in the first line of her new memoir -- How do we become who we are? "A Strong West Wind" is Caldwell's journey -- from the daughter of a World War II veteran in the Texas Panhandle to a passionate rebel navigating the turbulent 60s. She will be in Salt Lake City later this week, and joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about how place, family, art and love mold us all.