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KUER Local News
1:18 am
Mon February 20, 2006

Voices of Hope: Part 1

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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:

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KUER Local News
12:57 am
Sun February 19, 2006

Legislature Picking Up the Pace

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.

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KUER Local News
12:56 am
Sun February 19, 2006

One Way Ticket

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
2:52 am
Fri February 17, 2006

Monday, February 20: Father Abraham

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
5:12 am
Thu February 16, 2006

Friday, February 17: Building the State Budget

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.

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KUER Local News
11:28 pm
Wed February 15, 2006

Executive Power, Expansion of Hazardous Waste and Education at the State Captiol

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
2:06 am
Wed February 15, 2006

Thursday, February 16: Monty Python in America

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."

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KUER Local News
11:21 pm
Tue February 14, 2006

Utah Governor Pushes Broad Tax Reform

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
6:02 am
Tue February 14, 2006

Wednesday, February 15: Julius Caesar

L-R: Kurt Zischke (Brutus), Scott Whitehurst (Casca), Ross Bickell (Julius Caesar) and Mark Elliot Wilson (Cassius).

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.

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KUER Local News
10:13 pm
Mon February 13, 2006

New Revenue Projections Push Surplus Even Higher

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.

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KUER Local News
10:03 pm
Mon February 13, 2006

KUER Listeners Weigh In on State Budget Priorities

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
1:16 am
Mon February 13, 2006

Tuesday, February 14: A Strong West Wind

Author and Book Critic Gail Caldwell

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
2:38 am
Fri February 10, 2006

Monday, February 13: Lobbyists and Reform

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
4:16 am
Thu February 9, 2006

Friday, February 10: Arvol Looking Horse

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.

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KUER Local News
11:37 pm
Wed February 8, 2006

Legislature Looks at Evolution & the "Pill Bill"

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
3:04 am
Wed February 8, 2006

Thursday, February 9: The Failure of the War on Terror

Daniel Benjamin

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.

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KUER Local News
11:33 pm
Tue February 7, 2006

Politics, Public Safety and Unpasteurized Milk at the Legislature

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:

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
9:07 am
Tue February 7, 2006

Wednesday, February 8: The 2006 State Budget

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.

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KUER Local News
12:10 am
Tue February 7, 2006

Legislature Addresses Peyote Use, Human Services Spending, Kindergarten

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.

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KUER Local News
9:36 am
Fri February 3, 2006

Tuition Break for Undocumented Immigrants Challenged

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
5:36 am
Fri February 3, 2006

Monday, February 6: Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

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.

RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
12:44 am
Fri February 3, 2006

Tuesday, February 7: Bishop George Niederauer

The Most Reverend George H. Niederauer

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
9:17 am
Thu February 2, 2006

Thursday, February 2: The Nature of Compassion

Author Marc Ian Barasch

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)

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KUER Local News
6:27 am
Thu February 2, 2006

Utah Legislature: Water Projects and Help for the Disadvantaged

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
2:59 am
Thu February 2, 2006

Friday, February 3: Non-resident Tuition Exemptions

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KUER Local News
11:45 pm
Tue January 31, 2006

Bear River Water Project Moves Ahead at Legislature

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
1:13 am
Tue January 31, 2006

Wednesday, February 1: Christianity and War

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.

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KUER Local News
10:28 pm
Mon January 30, 2006

Cannon Calls for New Republican Leadership in the House

Rep. Chris Cannon

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.

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KUER Local News
10:01 pm
Mon January 30, 2006

Tax Cut Bill Challenges Reform Plans

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.

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RadioWest (M-F @ 11AM & 7PM)
3:56 am
Mon January 30, 2006

Tuesday, January 31: Elizabeth the First

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