Richfield, UT – The battle over a coal-fired power plant planned for Sevier County has been described in terms of air quality, water rights and toxic waste. But yesterday, in a courtroom in Richfield, it came down to the question of who has the right to change local zoning laws. KUER's Dan Bammes says a court ruling upheld new limits on lawmaking by initiative in Utah.
Salt Lake City, UT – Jean Welch Hill is a 38-year-old Democrat challenging two-term incumbent Mark Shurtleff for the office of Utah Attorney General. Hill grew up in Salt Lake City, her father Dominic Welch was the publisher of the Salt Lake Tribune for 37 years until his retirement. Hill graduated from the University of Utah law school in 1995 and nine years ago, she was hired as a prosecutor and counsel to the State Board of Education.
Salt Lake City, UT – Gwendolyn Wright says that history isn't about answers; it's about investigation and evidence and personal stories. Wright is one of the hosts of the public television series "History Detectives," and the author of a new book on American architecture. She'll be in Salt Lake this weekend for the Utah State History Conference - and today she joins Doug to talk about history, architecture and what objects can tell us about the world we share.
Sigurd, Utah, a town of about 480 residents on the way to Capitol Reef National Park, is about to close a chapter on a seven-and-a-half year long debate.
Should Sevier Power be allowed to build a coal-fired power plant three-quarters of a mile from 183 homes? Tomorrow, a district court judge in Richfield will hear arguments on whether a proposal to allow a vote on the issue will be placed on the November ballot.
Salt Lake City, UT – Sarah Palin's candidacy for Republican vice president has again raised questions of the media's role and behavior this election season. Should a candidate's personal life be off-limits or do reporters have an obligation to introduce politicians to the voting public? How does praise or criticism of the media become part of a campaign strategy? Doug is joined by Brooke Gladstone of On the Media, NPR's David Folkenflik and Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute's Ethics Group.
St. Paul, MN – Utah delegates want the government to allow drilling in the Arctic National Wild Life Refuge, but Presidential candidate John McCain opposes the plan. Matt Laslo reports from St. Paul, Minnesota.
St. Paul, MN – Utah delegates say they are headed home from the national convention feeling a bit more confident with the Republican ticket than when they left. Sara Sciammacco reports from Saint Paul.
Salt Lake City, UT – Betsy Burton is a world traveler in her reading -- but it's not often that all the experiences across cultures happen in the same novel. This morning she's reviewing The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbary, who comes from Morocco, writes in French and lives in Japan.
Salt Lake City, UT – Ann Eliza Young was 24 when she married her prophet Brigham Young. By her account, she was his 19th wife, and when she filed for divorce in 1873, she made headlines in newspapers and tabloids around the country. Novelist David Ebershoff says those contemporary accounts remind him of reports he read on the polygamists in Eldorado, Texas. In his new book The 19th Wife, Ebershoff weaves together the two time periods to create a portrait of polygamy and its effect on the lives of those who live it.