The Salt
12:31 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

McDonald's Teams Up With Humane Society To Phase Out Pig Crates

Score one for the pigs. The news that McDonald's will require its U.S. pork suppliers to phase out the use of gestational crates should add a lot more momentum to efforts to end the practice of confining sows while pregnant.

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Tristin Tabish has worked in public radio for more than half her life - starting out at KRCL and later joining KUER. She received her M.S. from the University of Utah and is an adjunct instructor in the U's communication department. Tristin enjoys browsing thrift shops and bookstores, traveling with camera in tow and exploring new music. Her favorite programs are RadioWest and Snap Judgment.

As a southern girl from a long line of southern gardeners, Susan was lured away from a 17 year career at her beloved Red Butte Garden only by an opportunity to work for her ‘other’ love….KUER and public radio. Her gypsy life started in Tallahassee at Florida State University and ended at Oregon State University in Corvallis with a Bachelor of Science in Management and Economics and an MBA. In 1988, she moved to Utah with her husband Darryl Kropf, professor of Biology at the University of Utah, and together they have enjoyed exploring the wonders of the west. Spare time is devoted to travel, fly fishing, sleeping in the dirt, and two adorable grandkids.

Born in Manhattan at the end of WWII to a big band Dad and a dancer Mom, Steve was pretty much sentenced to a life of music. His father's woodwinds were all around, and Steve picked up the clarinet and saxophone. He studied music at the University of Utah, and loves playing with small groups. He got his start in radio in 1979, here at KUER, and became Jazz Director in 1984. He loves the opportunities he has to meet the people and artists in jazz. To relax, he likes to travel, taking in jazz festivals and conferences around the country and motoring around Utah and beyond in his beloved Volkswagen Westfalia.

It's All Politics
12:16 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Romney's Hard Line On U.S. Auto Industry Good For Primary But Trouble Beyond

Mitt Romney is sticking by his position, first taken in 2008, that the Obama administration should have let GM and Chrysler file for bankruptcy.
Robert F. Bukaty AP

Mitt Romney, self-proclaimed "son of Detroit," appears to be in serious trouble in Michigan, falling behind to rival Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum in new polls.

Despite that, he's standing firm on his position that the Obama administration should have allowed two iconic car companies — GM and Chrysler — to enter the regular corporate bankruptcy process three years ago.

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Shots - Health Blog
12:10 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Family Acceptance Key In Preventing Gay Youths From Considering Suicide

A new study pinpoints signs that an LGBT teens may be at risk for suicide and suggests how to intervene.
Ben Goode

Chances are you've seen a YouTube video featuring _______ (fill in a celebrity's name) telling America's gay teens that "it gets better."

There are a slew of them promising that the bullying will eventually subside and that life will improve, if teens can just hang in there.

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Michael Tadashi Havey is a Utah native who grew up in Salt Lake City (listening to KUER, of course). He’s also half Japanese and won his first radio journalism award for a piece he produced about the internment camp where his mother, uncle and grandparents were sent during World War II. Michael has traveled to Japan, China, Europe, Canada and Mexico and been a part of KUER since 1990. He loves sushi, photography and good novels. He earned his Bachelors of Fine Art from the University of Utah and has one daughter.

A Salt Lake native, Benjamin Bombard served numerous internships in the KUER newsroom before becoming a producer of RadioWest. He aspired to the position for years, and in his sometimes wayward pursuit of it he has worked as a print and radio journalist in Utah, Wyoming and California, a horse wrangler in East Canyon, a golf course "bag rat" in Massachusetts, a dishwasher, a bookseller, a librarian, a children's museum guide, a barista, a linecook and a male nanny or "manny." He has also dished up gelato to Mafiosos in Providence, R.I., and worked as a volunteer for a health NGO in Mali, West Africa, where he declined an offer to act as a blood-diamond mule. During his free time he can most likely be found running up and down mountains along the Wasatch Front with his two dogs.

The Two-Way
12:00 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Fans, Senators Ask FCC To Scrap Sports Blackout Rule

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 12:05 pm

A coalition of fans and five U.S. senators are urging the Federal Communications Commission to scrap its so called Sports Blackout Rule. The policy allows the NFL to block local broadcasts of games that don't sell out.

The rule has been in place since 1975, and the Sports Fan Coalition says it is outdated and "fan-unfriendly."

Broadcasting & Cable reports on the filing, which was entered with the FCC on Monday:

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