Salt Lake City, UT – Monday's legislative agenda included the Drug Offenders Reform Act, a plan to help those convicted of drug-related crimes get treatment and stay out of jail. A bill that was meant to regulate clubs for gay students passed in a weakened form. And the House passed a bill meant to make it harder for state employees to collect retirement pensions and still work full time in government. KUER's Dan Bammes has more.
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. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – Every 10 minutes, there is a motor vehicle crash in Utah. It probably doesn't surprise you. You've seen the "idiot driver" talking on his cell phone or speeding past you or going much slower than you. In fact, 80% of you firmly believe that you drive better than most others on the road. So, how do Utah drivers (including you) compare with the rest of the country? Doug talks to the driving psychology specialist James Leon and others to gauge the state of Utah driving.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah legislative leaders proposed a constitutional amendment yesterday that would change the opening day of the legislative session so that it no longer conflicts with the holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Junior. They also took up measures to make wearing a seat belt a primary offense and a controversial measure to have political parties choose school board members. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – This past weekend, Salt Lake Acting Company opened its production of Sexsting. It's the story of the relationship between a suspected Internet predator and an FBI agent posing as a young girl. Playwright Doris Baizley created the piece with criminal defense attorney Susan Raffanti - adding insight into questions about intent, responsibility and the double-edged nature of the information age. Baizley, Raffanti and others join Doug to talk about production and the issues it raises.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah legislature considered bills yesterday to expand or limit the power of local authorities. Among the bills debated at the Capitol were measures about law enforcement, undocumented immigrants and land use. KUER's Tasha Cook reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – The political columnist Molly Ivins insisted didn't think George W Bush is stupid or mean, and she didn't hate him. But she did understand him. She put his life, his public persona, even his policies in context and fixed them all to a place: Texas. Molly Ivins died this week in Austin after a 7 year battle with breast cancer. We talked with her back in 2004 about George W. Bush, but also her life and her role in the American conversation about politics. (Rebroadcast)
Salt Lake City, UT – State lawmakers took up three highly controversial bills yesterday. One would all but ban abortions in Utah in the event Roe versus Wade is overturned. Another would give parents taxpayer-financed vouchers to send their children to private schools. But first, KUER's Jenny Brundin reports on a bill to repeal Utah's law allowing children of undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition at colleges and universities.
Salt Lake City, UT – In Monday's legislative action, a House committee advanced a bill to change the standards for imposing the death penalty for crimes against children. A bill allowing 6-year-olds to ride off-highway vehicles was heard in committee, but no action was taken. And a bill to regulate the use of tanning beds by teenagers easily passed a critical vote in the Utah Senate. KUER's Dan Bammes reports.