Salt Lake City, UT – The United States offered homes for Bantu Muslims fleeing the Somalian civil war. RadioWest looks the journey that brought them here and the struggle to recreate an existence so far from home. Doug talks to Aden Batar of Catholic Community Services and Awad Gure, a Bantu who now makes his home in Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake City, UT – Beginning teachers are on their way to a salary boost after House lawmakers narrowly passed a bill to do that. And two competing tax reform bills faced off yesterday -- one calls for a flat tax and the second limits the number of child deductions a household can take. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – The long and contentious battle to ban hotter radioactive waste from Utah -- the so-called B and C waste -- is coming to an end. All that's needed now is the signature of one man -- Governor Jon Huntsman. And round one of building the state's $8 billion dollar budget took place last night, with a few surprises. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – On Utah's Capitol Hill, state senators advanced a controversial bill to let patients choose doctors outside their regular health care networks. And House lawmakers voted to keep the right to "sneak a peek" at how their colleagues vote after floor debates. Also yesterday, lawmakers once again killed a bill to establish and effective hate crimes law in Utah. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – David Ives' play "Polish Joke" looks at how we connect with or sometimes run from our ethnic identity. Doug talks to Ives, as well as director Kirstie Rosenfield and actor Michael Behrens about Salt Lake Acting Company's new production.
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Salt Lake City, UT – Lawmakers on Utah's Capitol Hill updated a state law that targets so-called 'spyware,' computer programs that automatically send information from your computer without your knowledge. And a leigslator appears to be backing away from a controversial divorce bill. Meantime, House lawmakers threw the first wrench into Governor Jon Huntsman's proposal to phase out the corporate income tax in Utah, because it might cost the state's public schools too much. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports
Salt Lake City, UT – Award-winning journalist Andrea Moore-Emmett's new book tells the story of 18 former polygamist wives. Doug talks to the author of "God's Brothel" about these women and the fundamentalist sects they left behind. (Repeat)
Salt Lake City, UT – A bill before the legislature would make lay midwifery legal again in Utah. Proponents say it would legalize a viable birthing option for parents. Opponents argue it will make homebirths less safe. RadioWest looks at the history of midwifery in America, and talks to people on both sides of the debate.
Salt Lake City, UT – A battle is brewing between Utah Governor Jon Huntsman and Republican lawmakers over a proposal that weakens the governor's leverage in passing certain budget priorities. The bill's sponsor argues that it's simply a stop-gap measure intended to keep government running should lawmakers fail to agree on a budget by the last day of the legislative session. Lawmakers also advanced a message to Congress on federal education policy. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.