Salt Lake City, UT – A Senate Committee wrote the latest chapter in the ongoing battle to define who's legally allowed to use and possess peyote in Utah. A joint appropriations subcommittee decided that making up cuts in federal spending was its top priority for spending the new money available in this year's state budget for social services. And a bill to expand all-day kindergarten programs advanced on a razor-thin committee vote. KUER's Dan Bammes and Laura Weiss report.
Salt Lake City, UT – Lawmakers on Capitol Hill yesterday advanced a measure eliminating lawmakers access to life-time health benefits once they retire. A committee also voted to repeal a 3-year-old law giving undocumented students in-state tuition. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Washington, DC – On Monday, KUER will broadcast NPR coverage of the Senate Judiciary Committee's "Wartime Executive Power and the NSA's Surveillance Authority." Please join us again for RadioWest on Tuesday, February 7.
Salt Lake City, UT – Bishop George Niederauer has served the Diocese of Salt Lake City for nearly 11 years. On February 15, though, he will be installed as Archbishop of San Francisco. As Bishop Niederauer prepares for his move, he joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about his faith, about the role of religion in community, and about Utah, a place he calls home.
Salt Lake City, UT – In Field Notes on the Compassionate Life, author Marc Ian Barasch explores the nature of compassion, what he calls "the x-factor that every faith exalts as a supreme virtue." RadioWest talks to Barasch about the fieldwork that took him to kitchen tables, maximum security prisons, political organizations and medical conferences. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, Ut – Among the numerous bills that passed through the Utah Legislature Wednesday was legislation aimed at helping Utahns in need--of water, workforce assistance, and medical funding for the future. KUER's Tasha Cook reports on these highlights.
Salt Lake City, UT – House lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a bill yesterday that sets in motion a $680 million dollar project to divert water from the Bear River to satisfy the state's growing demand for water. And the first of a number of bills challenging the Governor's authority advanced in the Utah Senate yesterday. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Salt Lake Tribune published poll results on Sunday that showed 73% of LDS respondents support President Bush's handling of the war in Iraq. Only 30% of non-LDS indicated the same support. Wednesday on RadioWest, we'll explore that divide and look at how Christian theology reconciles the questions of war and peace.
Washington, DC – Republican members of the House of Representatives vote this week on a new majority leader. The former leader - Texas Congressman Tom DeLay - recently announced he wouldn't return to the post. G-O-P rules required DeLay to step aside after he was indicted on federal fraud charges. And now Utah Republican 3rd District Representative Chris Cannon is calling for his colleagues to vote for all his party's leadership positions except Speaker of the House. Chad Pergram reports from Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah legislature will be looking at bills in the current session that have been worked out over the past two years by two governors and a legislative task force. But one Republican legislator has a simpler idea. Representative Jim Ferrin simply wants to cut the state's top income tax rate. KUER's Dan Bammes reports on that and other legislative action Monday.
Salt Lake City, UT – As the debate over evolution continues in Utah and across the country, Doug Fabrizio talks to Pulitzer-prize winning historian Dr. Edward Larson, author of Trial and Error: The American Controversy Over Creation and Evolution. At 7:00 p.m., join RadioWest for a special broadcast of American Public Media's Intelligent Designs on Evolution. The documentary looks at "intelligent design" and at the motivations of its proponents.
Salt Lake City, UT – After a vigorous, hour-long debate, House lawmakers on Utah's Capitol Hill passed a bill yesterday that would remove the sales tax Utahns pay on food at the grocery store. The move, however, sets up a battle with the Utah Senate. Republican leaders there say scrapping the tax will be too costly. They've proposed instead a smaller tax cut, including giving poorer Utahns an income tax credit for sales tax on food purchases. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Park City, UT – The 2006 Sundance Film Festival is showcasing several documentaries and dramatic films about people moving from one country to another. The films delve into the meaning of their immigrant experience of trying to but never quite succeeding at reconciling the different worlds they inhabit. KUER's Tasha Cook reports.
The Yellowjackets took the stage at the Sheraton Hotel for the first GAM Sheraton Jazz show of the year.
By Steve Williams
Salt Lake City, UT – The Yellowjackets hit Salt Lake City like a rhythmic tornado. Monday night January 23rd The Yellowjackets took the stage at the Sheraton Hotel for the first GAM Sheraton Jazz show of the year.
Park City, UT – KUER continues its coverage of the 2006 Sundance Film Festival with a look at one of the most pressing issues facing the United States--the war in Iraq. KUER's Tasha Cook examines festival films on the war and its human toll.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah lawmakers took up the issue of abuse in several forms yesterday. Bills advanced addressing dating violence, animal abuse and making sure licensed home day care providers don't have family members who've abused in the past. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – When Rosie and Kelli O'Donnell chartered a ship to offer gays and lesbians a welcoming, family-centered vacation, 500 families signed on. Despite being confronted on Nassau by angry protestors -- a first time experience in prejudice for many of the young children on the trip -- the O'Donnells, parents of four, created an environment defined by love. RadioWest continues its Sundance coverage as Doug talks to director Shari Cookson about filming the cruise, and about what "family" means in today's society.
Park City, UT – Park City is crowded with this week with thousands of worldwide visitors. They're in town for the 25th annual Sundance Film Festival. KUER's Tasha Cook spent the weekend taking in the festival's sights and sounds and filed this report.
Salt Lake City, UT – A Senate committee advanced a bill yesterday that could diminish the governor's role in regulating hazardous waste sites in Utah. Meantime, the House passed a bill to suspend the driver's licenses of deadbeat parents, and a new plan was introduced to allow small businesses to buy into the health plan for state employees. KUER's Dan Bammes reports from Utah's Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City, UT – Renowned actor Michael York will be in Cedar City this weekend performing "Rogues and Vagabonds: An entertainment about actors and acting." Doug Fabrizio talked to York last March about acting Shakespeare, and about his long and varied career. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – This morning's piece is from Sean Way. He' 17 years old and lives in Salt Lake City. Today, in our continuing series Youth Waves, he brings us his perspective on stereotyping teenagers.
Salt Lake City, UT – Scientists have known for a long time that autism runs in families. Now a team of researchers at the University of Utah has narrowed the search for a gene linked to the disorder by using the state's unique database of genealogical records and focusing on one family. KUER's Dan Bammes talks with Hilary Coon, research associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Utah School of Medicine.
Salt Lake City, UT – As RadioWest begins its Sundance coverage, Doug Fabrizio talks to Sharon Waxman, author of "Rebels on the Backlot." Her book is a look at six maverick film directors who changed American filmmaking. He then talks to Slamdance Film Festival co-founder Paul Rachman, whose new film "American Hardcore" is part of this year's Sundance Film Festival.
Salt Lake City, UT – For years, Utah lawmakers have wrestled with whether to place restrictions on the gifts lobbyists give to them. Jazz tickets, expensive meals, golf games that's all been part of the package of being a state lawmaker. And for years, the Republican majority has opposed restricting gifts. But they did take a small step toward that end yesterday by expanding Utah's gift disclosure law. Meantime, in the state Senate, lawmakers advanced a bill to ban smoking in private clubs and taverns. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.