Business & Labor
6:42 am
Fri March 14, 2014

The Draw at Sugarhouse Project Has Light at the End of the Tunnel

L-R: Juan Arce-Larreta of Parley's Rails, Trails and Tunnels, Project Manager Walt Gilmore of SLCO Parks and Recreation, and Artist Patricia Johanson standing at the west end of "The Draw" facing Hidden Hollow.
Credit Bob Nelson

The thousands of commuters through Sugarhouse everyday may only be aware of the project called  'The Draw at Sugarhouse " due to traffic slowdowns on 1300 East. But on June 6th the traffic will once again flow freely when the tunnel between Sugarhouse Park and Hidden Hollow west of 13th is scheduled to officially open. New York artist and engineer Patricia Johanson dropped in to check on the progress Thursday. She won the design competition for the project 11 years ago.

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Environment & Public Lands
2:06 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Air Quality Commands Lawmakers' Attention

Rep. Patrice Arent, D-Holladay, speaks at the pre-Legislature rally attended by thousands of Utahns fed up with poor air quality. Arent created the Clean Air Caucus, whose members championed several bills to passage during the 2014 Session.
Credit Judy Fahys

  

  The Salt Lake Valley was choking with winter pollution as the Legislature convened in January. Lawmakers were compelled to step up to the challenge to clear the air.

Thousands of Utahns rallied for air pollution solutions outside the state Capitol the weekend before lawmakers settled in. No one could remember another time that so many people came together to demand a stop to the smog. Sara Baldwin Auck is an advocate for Utah Clean Energy.

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Education
1:14 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Legislature Okays Pre-K Funding Bills

House Speaker Becky Lockhart joins House Majority Leader Brad Dee to address the media.

Early education won big this legislative session. State lawmakers set aside $6 million for preschool programs.

The Utah legislature had been reticent to fund preschool programs in previous years. Some were concerned about taking kids out of the home too soon. But Republican House Speaker Becky Lockhart says this year legislators were swayed by information about the value of preschool, especially for at-risk kids.

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Health Care
12:29 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Session Ends with No Medicaid Decision, Talks Continue

File: Utah Governor Gary Herbert
Brian Grimmett

  Another Utah legislative session has ended without a decision on Medicaid, but Governor Gary Herbert and healthcare advocates are declaring a victory of sorts.

Late in the session, Governor Herbert came out with his long-awaited proposal to get health coverage for Utah’s poorest citizens. He wants to use federal dollars to buy private coverage for low-income Utahns, but he first needs approval from the federal government. He asked state lawmakers not to limit him with any legislation that would hinder negotiations with the feds.

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Politics
12:14 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Swallow Scandal Results in Campaign Finance Changes

Utah Attorney General John Swallow resigns from office
Brian Grimmett

The scandal surrounding former Utah Attorney General John Swallow not only ended in his resignation, but also brought about several changes to Utah’s campaign finance reporting laws. 

The House’s investigation into John Swallow came with a price tag of about $4 million. A cost House Speaker Becky Lockhart says was well worth it.

“It was a high cost, but we cannot put a price on public trust," she says. "One does not cut corners when the very integrity of the justice system is at question.”

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Politics
3:35 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

2014 Utah Legislature Comes to a Close

File: Utah State Capitol
Brian Grimmett

As the 2014 session of the Utah Legislature comes to a close we're putting together an ongoing list of the best sights, sounds, stories, and tweets from the last day. Be sure to check back frequently to see the lastest.

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3:16 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

RadioWest Live In-Studio CD

RadioWest Live In-Studio CD: If you love RadioWest’s local music series, then you will LOVE our RadioWest CD highlighting live in-studio recordings of local bands featured on RadioWest. Music includes songs from L’Anarchiste, Folka Dots, Spell Talk, Bullets & Belles, Moth & The Flame, and more with cover art by local artist, Shawn Harris. 

$10 per CD
To purchase, contact KUER at (801) 581-5559 or email Nastaran Alimadadi at nalimadadi@kuer.org

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Politics
3:13 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Utah Legislature Rushes Through Final Day

Utah Senate Clerk Paula Tew conducts a roll-call vote
Dan Bammes

  It’s the last day of Utah’s general legislative session.  State senators and representatives will be working ‘till midnight to get as many bills passed as they can. 

Whether it’s the chime that tells members of the House it’s time to vote, or state Senate clerk Paula Tew calling the roll, the final day of the legislative session is filled with vote after vote after vote.  Inevitably, there are many bills that won’t pass.  And there are issues that won’t be addressed in this session.

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Entertainment
1:55 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Jammy time with Mayer Hawthorne

Mayer Hawthorne performs on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. In his jammies.

Entertainment
1:40 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Angeli Symphony

Another epic story from Snap Judgment. Meet Stuart. Following the tragic death of his son, he has a vision where he claims that angels have given him a special gift. Stuart then drops everything in his life and spends the next 15 years pursuing this divine offering. Listen to how it all unfolds...

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