Salt Lake City, UT – Monday's legislative action included two critical women's health issues: abortion and cervical cancer prevention. The House decided not to go ahead with a bill that might have resulted in a multi-million dollar legal battle. A watered-down bill to provide an education program on cancer prevention moved ahead in committee. KUER's Dan Bammes reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah senators took up a controversial gun bill that the sponsor calls a "compromise" between the University of Utah and the legislature. Gun rights activists say it still doesn't offer them enough freedom. But first, lawmakers on Utah's Capitol Hill have more money to dole out, based on tax revenue estimates released yesterday. Questions remain about how much of it will go to Utah's public schools to reduce class sizes and how much to a tax cut. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – There's a war going on within the US borders; the battle ground is your newspaper, your car radio, and all the places where you get your information. It's a "News War" and it's between the government and the media for control of the national agenda. Tuesday evening, Frontline begins a new four-part series that examines the political and legal forces challenging the mainstream media and the press' reaction. Doug talks to producers Raney Aronson and Arun Rath about what's happening to American news.
Salt Lake city – It's been a long and wild road, but major league soccer is here to stay in Utah. The plan to keep Real Salt Lake in the league's smallest market took a number of high-powered players to seal the deal yesterday afternoon. It left many on Capitol Hill elated and ecstatic, but others exhausted and frustrated. KUER's Jenny Brundin tells the story.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah and 13 other states have been working to determine just how prevalent autism is among children, and the results show a dramatic increase in the number of cases compared to earlier studies. Psychiatrist William McMahon is director of the Utah Autism Resarch Program. He says it's becoming clear now that autism-related disorders are far more common than previously thought. He spoke to KUER's Dan Bammes.
Salt Lake City, UT – At the state capitol yesterday, Utah lawmakers discussed a new income tax proposal, a proposed bomb test in Nevada and a preferred drug list for Utah's Medicaid recipients. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – If you're looking for a tangible way of understanding the consequences of a warming planet, think about a ski season that begins sometime after Christmas and lasts -- if you're lucky -- until President's Day. Doug talks to researchers about a new study that looks at the impact of global climate change on Utah's ski industry and on the identity of the West.
Salt Lake City, UT – On Friday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that it is "unequivocal" that global warming is occurring. It also stated that it is at least 90% certain that humans are responsible. As the debate shifts from "Is it happening?" to "What do we do about it?" citizens, scientists and politicians are starting to look in their own back yards.
Salt Lake City, UT – Monday's legislative agenda included the Drug Offenders Reform Act, a plan to help those convicted of drug-related crimes get treatment and stay out of jail. A bill that was meant to regulate clubs for gay students passed in a weakened form. And the House passed a bill meant to make it harder for state employees to collect retirement pensions and still work full time in government. KUER's Dan Bammes has more.
Salt Lake City, UT – Arvol Looking Horse is the White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle Keeper and a spiritual leader of the Lakota-Dakota-Nakota Nation. Understanding the sacred rites of indigenous peoples has given Mr. Looking Horse a unique perspective on global issues -- issues of peace, the environment and human rights. He is in Salt Lake City this week, and joins Doug Fabrizio in studio, along with Forrest Cuch, Director of Utah's Division of Indian Affairs. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Every 10 minutes, there is a motor vehicle crash in Utah. It probably doesn't surprise you. You've seen the "idiot driver" talking on his cell phone or speeding past you or going much slower than you. In fact, 80% of you firmly believe that you drive better than most others on the road. So, how do Utah drivers (including you) compare with the rest of the country? Doug talks to the driving psychology specialist James Leon and others to gauge the state of Utah driving.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah legislative leaders proposed a constitutional amendment yesterday that would change the opening day of the legislative session so that it no longer conflicts with the holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Junior. They also took up measures to make wearing a seat belt a primary offense and a controversial measure to have political parties choose school board members. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – This past weekend, Salt Lake Acting Company opened its production of Sexsting. It's the story of the relationship between a suspected Internet predator and an FBI agent posing as a young girl. Playwright Doris Baizley created the piece with criminal defense attorney Susan Raffanti - adding insight into questions about intent, responsibility and the double-edged nature of the information age. Baizley, Raffanti and others join Doug to talk about production and the issues it raises.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah legislature considered bills yesterday to expand or limit the power of local authorities. Among the bills debated at the Capitol were measures about law enforcement, undocumented immigrants and land use. KUER's Tasha Cook reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – The political columnist Molly Ivins insisted didn't think George W Bush is stupid or mean, and she didn't hate him. But she did understand him. She put his life, his public persona, even his policies in context and fixed them all to a place: Texas. Molly Ivins died this week in Austin after a 7 year battle with breast cancer. We talked with her back in 2004 about George W. Bush, but also her life and her role in the American conversation about politics. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – State lawmakers took up three highly controversial bills yesterday. One would all but ban abortions in Utah in the event Roe versus Wade is overturned. Another would give parents taxpayer-financed vouchers to send their children to private schools. But first, KUER's Jenny Brundin reports on a bill to repeal Utah's law allowing children of undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition at colleges and universities.
Salt Lake City, UT – In Monday's legislative action, a House committee advanced a bill to change the standards for imposing the death penalty for crimes against children. A bill allowing 6-year-olds to ride off-highway vehicles was heard in committee, but no action was taken. And a bill to regulate the use of tanning beds by teenagers easily passed a critical vote in the Utah Senate. KUER's Dan Bammes reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Daniel Levitin spent over a decade producing music, and he met many talented musicians that just never rose above obscurity. This led him to questions like why some songs move us while others leave us cold. Today, Levitin is on the faculty of Psychology at McGill University, and he's written This is Your Brain on Music. Wednesday he talks to Doug about how the human brain and music interact and how the process gives rise to thoughts, feelings and the experience of beauty.
Salt Lake City, UT – RadioWest continues its series on school vouchers. We're joined by Kim Burningham, Director of the Utah State Board of Education, and Peggy Cain of the School of Education at Westminster College. They are critics of proposed voucher systems and argue that such plans deplete public schools of crucial funding, support religious education with tax dollars and create a two-tiered education system. We'll talk about their concerns, and take your calls.
Park City, UT – Two of the youngest filmmakers at this year's Sundance Film Festival are Salt Lake City residents. Their film, Mother Superior, focuses on a growing number of Utah women with a methemphetamine addiction. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – Religious scholar Marcus Borg agrees that the US is Christ-haunted. More than any other country in the historically Christian world, the figure of Jesus is prominent in the media and in public discussion. But while America has the highest percentage of people who identify themselves as Christians, they sharply disagree on who Christ was. Marcus Borg is coming to Salt Lake City, and joins us for a conversation about Jesus, what he taught, and why he plays such a prominent role in our culture today.
Salt Lake City – Radioactive waste issues are once again the focus of action on Utah's Capitol Hill. State lawmakers took up a bill that deals with the hazardous waste company Energy Solutions. They also took action on measures dealing with the sales tax on food, and booster seats for children over the age of 5. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Park City, UT – At this year's Sundance Film Festival, a film explores the lives of parents who are raising autistic children. The filmmakers and some of the parents came from New York to Park City this week to promote Autism Every Day. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.