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.
Salt Lake City, UT – The First Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees the right to "petition the Government for a redress of grievances." This right has bred professional lobbyists, who play an important role in the working of both national and state legislative bodies. Doug Fabrizio talks to Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, Ron Hrebenar, author of "Interest Group Politics in America," and lawmakers about who lobbyists are, and what steps must be taken to impose ethical standards in the wake of high-profile scandals.
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.
Salt Lake City, UT – At the State Capitol, state lawmakers examined two controversial bills---on teaching evolution in the classroom and paying for women's reproductive health care costs. KUER's Tasha Cook reports: KUER's Tasha Cook reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Is the war on terror making Americans safer, or enflaming radical Islamic groups around the world? Former White House advisor and National Security Council member Daniel Benjamin argues that we are losing -- that four years after September 11, we are no closer to "victory." Benjamin, co-author of the book The Next Attack, is in Salt Lake City this week, and joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about his research and about his strategy for getting it right.
February 8, 2006 – A bill that would require people proof of citizenship when registering to vote advanced on Capitol Hill yesterday. Legislators also considered bills on wearing seat belts, presidential primaries, animal torture and raw milk. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports:
Salt Lake City, UT – As Utah lawmakers look at a billion dollar state surplus, decisions must be made about how the windfall should be spent. While some at Utah's Capitol Hill caution discipline, others see an opportunity to reduce taxes or to fund projects like transportation. A recent Salt Lake Tribune-KUED-KUER poll found that 61% of Utahns want to improve public schools. Doug Fabrizio talks to lawmakers and analysts about spending priorities and fiscal choices in a year of plenty.
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.