February 8, 2006 – A bill that would require people proof of citizenship when registering to vote advanced on Capitol Hill yesterday. Legislators also considered bills on wearing seat belts, presidential primaries, animal torture and raw milk. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports:
Salt Lake City, UT – As Utah lawmakers look at a billion dollar state surplus, decisions must be made about how the windfall should be spent. While some at Utah's Capitol Hill caution discipline, others see an opportunity to reduce taxes or to fund projects like transportation. A recent Salt Lake Tribune-KUED-KUER poll found that 61% of Utahns want to improve public schools. Doug Fabrizio talks to lawmakers and analysts about spending priorities and fiscal choices in a year of plenty.
Salt Lake City, UT – A Senate Committee wrote the latest chapter in the ongoing battle to define who's legally allowed to use and possess peyote in Utah. A joint appropriations subcommittee decided that making up cuts in federal spending was its top priority for spending the new money available in this year's state budget for social services. And a bill to expand all-day kindergarten programs advanced on a razor-thin committee vote. KUER's Dan Bammes and Laura Weiss report.
Salt Lake City, UT – Lawmakers on Capitol Hill yesterday advanced a measure eliminating lawmakers access to life-time health benefits once they retire. A committee also voted to repeal a 3-year-old law giving undocumented students in-state tuition. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Washington, DC – On Monday, KUER will broadcast NPR coverage of the Senate Judiciary Committee's "Wartime Executive Power and the NSA's Surveillance Authority." Please join us again for RadioWest on Tuesday, February 7.
Salt Lake City, UT – Bishop George Niederauer has served the Diocese of Salt Lake City for nearly 11 years. On February 15, though, he will be installed as Archbishop of San Francisco. As Bishop Niederauer prepares for his move, he joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about his faith, about the role of religion in community, and about Utah, a place he calls home.
Salt Lake City, UT – In Field Notes on the Compassionate Life, author Marc Ian Barasch explores the nature of compassion, what he calls "the x-factor that every faith exalts as a supreme virtue." RadioWest talks to Barasch about the fieldwork that took him to kitchen tables, maximum security prisons, political organizations and medical conferences. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, Ut – Among the numerous bills that passed through the Utah Legislature Wednesday was legislation aimed at helping Utahns in need--of water, workforce assistance, and medical funding for the future. KUER's Tasha Cook reports on these highlights.
Salt Lake City, UT – House lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a bill yesterday that sets in motion a $680 million dollar project to divert water from the Bear River to satisfy the state's growing demand for water. And the first of a number of bills challenging the Governor's authority advanced in the Utah Senate yesterday. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.