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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
9:19 am
Thu March 8, 2007

3/9/07: Mr. Conservative

KUER Local News
5:35 am
Thu March 8, 2007

Congress Could Give Utah At-Large House Seat

Washington DC – Utah could potentially score a fourth Congressional seat and an additional electoral vote if House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland has his way. Last night, Hoyer announced he'd call a vote by the end of the month to grow the size of the House by two seats. The plan would award the District of Columbia a seat...and Utah an at-large seat. Chad Pergram reports from Capitol Hill.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
5:23 am
Wed March 7, 2007

3/8/07: Jim Harrison - Returning to Earth

Jim Harrison
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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
2:55 am
Tue March 6, 2007

3/7/07: HB236 - Gay Clubs in Utah Schools

Photo by Dean Terry
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KUER Local News
9:08 am
Mon March 5, 2007

Bite Sized - A Passion for Cheese

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
5:41 am
Mon March 5, 2007

3/6/07: An Ordinary Man

Photo by David Banks, NPR

Salt Lake City, UT – During the Rwandan genocide in 1994, hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina refused to succumb to the madness that surrounded him. Instead, he protected more than 1200 Tutsis and Hutu moderates who were in danger of losing their lives to homicidal mobs. Rusesabagina's actions were the subject of the film "Hotel Rwanda." Now he's written his autobiography. It details the inner life of a man who found a vast reserve of courage ... an "Ordinary Man" who became a hero.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
2:56 am
Fri March 2, 2007

3/5/07: Beethoven's Ninth

1820 Portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven by Joseph Karl Stieler

Salt Lake City, UT – Chances are, you've heard the finale from Beethoven's Ninth many times. Ode to Joy is common in cartoons and commercials and is still played to mark pivotal events like the fall of the Berlin wall. Its premiere 183 years ago was entirely different though. The musicians who first performed it had only rehearsed three times. Renowned musicologist Thomas Forrest Kelly is coming to Utah to talk about Beethoven's Ninth, Then and Now, and joins Doug for a look at the First Night of the Choral Symphony.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
2:00 am
Thu March 1, 2007

3/2/07: 2007 Legislative Wrap-Up

Salt Lake City, UT – Utah's 2007 legislative session closed late Wednesday evening. It was a relatively quiet session because of a large budget surplus that lawmakers were willing to spend. Friday on RadioWest, Dan Bammes is joined by the University of Utah's Matthew Burbank, Salt Lake Tribune reporter Matt Canham and Richard Piatt of KSL for a look at the victories and failures on Capitol Hill.

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KUER Local News
11:37 pm
Wed February 28, 2007

Utah Legislature Wraps Up Session

Salt Lake CIty, UT – Utah lawmakers ended their 45-day general session last night, putting the finishing touches on a budget expected to add up to 10.7 billion dollars and passing 422 bills. Using the biggest surplus in state history -- 1.7 billion dollars -- lawmakers carved up most of the money between education, roads and a 220-million dollar tax cut. Most lawmakers agreed this was a kinder, gentler session and most everyone went home happy. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.

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KUER Local News
9:16 am
Wed February 28, 2007

No Veto for Radioactive Waste Bill

Salt Lake City, UT – Lawmakers are racing towards tonight's midnight deadline to finalize a 10-point-7 billion dollar budget. $900 million dollars in new spending was approved yesterday for roads, schools and other programs. But first -- last night, Governor Jon Huntsman refused to sign or veto a bill allowing the controversial expansion of a radioactive waste dump in Utah's West Desert. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
4:57 am
Wed February 28, 2007

3/1/07: EO Wilson

Biologist, Theorist and Naturalist Edward O. Wilson

Salt Lake City, UT – The biologist EO Wilson has been described as "one of the 20th century's greatest thinkers" and "Darwin's natural heir." Wilson himself often says he just never outgrew "the bug phase" that most children go through. The Harvard Professor Emeritus believes in the truth of nature and science, and that this truth holds the key to improving the human condition. EO Wilson is in Salt Lake City, and joins Doug in studio to talk about saving nature - and in turn ourselves.

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KUER Local News
9:06 am
Tue February 27, 2007

Guns & Gratitude in the Utah Legislature

Salt Lake City, UT – As the end of the legislative session approaches, bills can disappear into the Rules Committee -- and that may be the final fate of a compromise worked out between Utah's public universities and gun rights activists. At the same time, Utah lawmakers were debating a bill putting restrictions on the state's largest teachers' organization, all the while not mentioning the UEA by name. KUER's Dan Bammes reports.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
2:44 am
Mon February 26, 2007

2/27/07: Flower Confidential

Field in Carlsbad, California. Photo by Jim Frazier

Salt Lake City, UT – What do hospital rooms, dining room tables, high school proms and funerals have in common? Americans like to say it with flowers, buying around 10 million stems per day. In her new book Flower Confidential, Amy Stewart follows our quest for bigger, more beautiful and cheaper blooms. The journey takes her around the globe, and on Tuesday, Stewart joins Doug to talk about what is gained and lost in this mass commercialization of nature.

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KUER Local News
9:20 am
Fri February 23, 2007

No Divine Strake, Tax Reform Moves Ahead

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
1:06 am
Fri February 23, 2007

2/26/07: The Concealed Weapons Debate

Photo by Tim Mekin

Salt Lake City, UT – As four gun-related bills wind their way through Utah's Capitol Hill, the community is still trying to make sense of the February 12 Trolley Square shooting. Gun-rights advocates feel that greater citizen access to concealed weapons could prevent such tragedies, while critics argue that it's ready access to firearms that lead to this sort of incident. Monday on RadioWest, we'll hear from both sides of this divisive issue, and ask what role American culture plays in fueling the debate.

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KUER Local News
1:02 am
Thu February 22, 2007

Teacher Shortage, Student Clubs & IIlegal Immigration

Salt Lake City, UT – Among the legislation taken up at the Utah state capitol yesterday were education bills that deal with the shortage of teachers and that limit the creation of student clubs. Legislators also heard from U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
10:13 pm
Wed February 21, 2007

2/23/07: A History of Doubt

Learn more about Hecht's research and poetry at her web-site

Salt Lake City, UT – Surveying the history of "doubt" is for author and historian Jennifer Michael Hecht "like seeing a map upside down." It's a bit disorienting because we tend to study our world through its moments of certainty. Doubt, though, is what drives us forward. As Hecht argues "every time you ask a question, you've got to come up with an answer." Jennifer Michael Hecht was in Utah last year, and she joined Doug to explain how doubt is just as vibrant as belief in its prescriptions for a good life. (Rebroadcast)

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KUER Local News
9:06 am
Wed February 21, 2007

Immigrant Tuition Issue Returns to Legislature

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
8:37 am
Wed February 21, 2007

2/22/07: Jorge Fierro and Rico Mexican Market

KUER Local News
9:11 am
Tue February 20, 2007

Lawmakers Reject Lobbyist Gift Ban

Salt Lake City, UT – Every year, Democrat Ralph Becker tries to persuade his colleagues in the Utah legislature to prohibit all but the smallest gifts from lobbyists. Every year his bills have been rejected. But this year, the House tightened the rules for reporting gifts even as they rejected Becker's proposal.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
2:16 am
Tue February 20, 2007

2/21/07: Alone Together

Photo by Kunstbroertje
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KUER Local News
10:17 pm
Mon February 19, 2007

Bite Sized - Tet Celebration

Kent Miles

Salt Lake City, UT – Beth Hoffman wants us to stop for a moment and think about food in a deeper way at the environmental, cultural and artistic connections we have to cooking and eating in Utah. On Sunday, February 18th, Hoffman celebrated the Vietnamese New Year, also known as Tet.

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KUER Local News
6:21 am
Sun February 18, 2007

Seat Belts, Tax Credit for Green Cars, Rally on Energy Solutions

Salt Lake City – Lawmakers take up measures on wearing seat belts, how to get people to pay child support, how students can form school clubs, and how to encourage people to buy fuel efficient cars. But first, KUER's Jenny Brundin reports on a rally of citizens on Capitol Hill, urging Governor Jon Huntsman to veto one bill in particular.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
3:49 am
Fri February 16, 2007

2/20/07: Flock of Dodos

RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
2:01 am
Fri February 16, 2007

2/19/07: Father Abraham

Photo by Dave Bushe

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. (Rebroadcast)

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KUER Local News
1:30 am
Fri February 16, 2007

More Concealed Weapons Permits Could Follow Trolley Shootings

Salt Lake City, UT – The last three or four years nationally there's been a rapid increase in requests for concealed weapons permits. Monday's shooting at Trolley Square could lead to a spike in applications for concealed weapons permits in Utah. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.

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KUER Local News
6:15 am
Thu February 15, 2007

Waste, Traffic and Recycling

Salt Lake City, UT – At the Utah legislature yeasterday, lawmakers raced through bills about traffic rules and regulation of hazardous waste. KUER's Tasha Cook reports.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
11:19 pm
Wed February 14, 2007

2/16/07: God Grew Tired of Us

KUER Local News
8:42 am
Wed February 14, 2007

Trolley Square Shooting

Salt Lake City, UT – The fallout from the shooting at the Trolley Square shopping center continued yesterday. On Monday night, the mall was the site of apparently random killings by an 18-year-old man. Six people died, including the gunman, who ended his shooting spree only when police killed him. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
5:54 am
Wed February 14, 2007

2/15/07: The Rhetorics of Religious Violence

Reverand Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas picketed Matthew Shepard's funeral.
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