Salt Lake City, UT – I'm attending the 34th Annual International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) conference in NYC in early January. This is the largest assembly of Jazz industry people in the world. Players, educators, Radio and TV people along with promoters and record company folks.
Salt Lake City, UT – "Fair Trade" is a business model which links retailers directly to producers in developing countries to guarantee them greater equity in the global economy. Doug Fabrizio is joined by Katie Olsen and Doug Dirks of Ten Thousand Villages, and by Kimberly Grimes, author of "Artisans and Cooperatives," for a look at the challenges of the global market and at the impact of Fair Trade on the lives of artisans throughout the world. (Rebroadcast)
Washington DC – The Republican leadership of the Utah legislature met the deadline for acting on new district boundaries to give Utah a 4th seat in the U.S. House of Representatives this week, but the proposal was going nowhere in Washington, DC. KUER Capitol Hill Correspondent Chad Pergram reports.
Washington, D.C. – A commission headed by former Secretary of State James Baker will make its recommendations on the Iraq war to President Bush. And at least one Utah lawmaker wants to "wait and see" what the so-called "Iraq Study Group" will recommend. Our congressional correspondent Max Cacas reports:
Washington, D.C. – Republican congressional leaders on Capitol Hill have decided against awarding Utah another seat in the House of Representatives. Lawmakers mulled the idea of increasing the size of the House by two seats. To accomplish that, they would grant the District of Columbia representation...and balance it with a seat in Utah. Chad Pergram has this report from our Capitol Hill bureau:
Salt Lake City, UT – When the Utah Jazz and EnergySolutions announced the name change for The Delta Center, it didn't take long for the public to invent their own monikers. EnergySolutions is best known for its nuclear waste disposal, reflected in nicknames for The EnergySolutions Arena like The Radium Stadium, The Glow Dome or The Waste Basket. Wednesday on RadioWest, we'll talk about the deal, and about what part naming rights play in a corporation's strategy to create an image.
Washington DC – RadioWest will not be heard today. KUER and NPR will bring you live anchored coverage of the Senate Armed Services Committee's hearings to consider the nomination of Robert M. Gates to be Secretary of Defense. The coverage will begin at 7:30 a.m. and will conclude with a wrap up at 7:00 p.m. During the committee's lunch break, The Diane Rehm Show will look at some of the challenges Gates will face if confirmed as expected.
Salt Lake City – The non-partisan research group Utah Foundation released a report this week analyzing five options for health care reform. The ideas are focused on controlling the costs of health coverage, something that's at the top of many business leaders' list of concerns. The Salt Lake Chamber's Employer's Healthcare Coalition helped to set the agenda for the study. Greg Fredde, a vice-president of Merit Medical, served on that committee. Steve Kroes is the executive director of the Utah Foundation. They spoke with KUER's Dan Bammes.