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.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Salt Lake Tribune published poll results on Sunday that showed 73% of LDS respondents support President Bush's handling of the war in Iraq. Only 30% of non-LDS indicated the same support. Wednesday on RadioWest, we'll explore that divide and look at how Christian theology reconciles the questions of war and peace.
Washington, DC – Republican members of the House of Representatives vote this week on a new majority leader. The former leader - Texas Congressman Tom DeLay - recently announced he wouldn't return to the post. G-O-P rules required DeLay to step aside after he was indicted on federal fraud charges. And now Utah Republican 3rd District Representative Chris Cannon is calling for his colleagues to vote for all his party's leadership positions except Speaker of the House. Chad Pergram reports from Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah legislature will be looking at bills in the current session that have been worked out over the past two years by two governors and a legislative task force. But one Republican legislator has a simpler idea. Representative Jim Ferrin simply wants to cut the state's top income tax rate. KUER's Dan Bammes reports on that and other legislative action Monday.
Salt Lake City, UT – As the debate over evolution continues in Utah and across the country, Doug Fabrizio talks to Pulitzer-prize winning historian Dr. Edward Larson, author of Trial and Error: The American Controversy Over Creation and Evolution. At 7:00 p.m., join RadioWest for a special broadcast of American Public Media's Intelligent Designs on Evolution. The documentary looks at "intelligent design" and at the motivations of its proponents.
Salt Lake City, UT – After a vigorous, hour-long debate, House lawmakers on Utah's Capitol Hill passed a bill yesterday that would remove the sales tax Utahns pay on food at the grocery store. The move, however, sets up a battle with the Utah Senate. Republican leaders there say scrapping the tax will be too costly. They've proposed instead a smaller tax cut, including giving poorer Utahns an income tax credit for sales tax on food purchases. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Park City, UT – The 2006 Sundance Film Festival is showcasing several documentaries and dramatic films about people moving from one country to another. The films delve into the meaning of their immigrant experience of trying to but never quite succeeding at reconciling the different worlds they inhabit. KUER's Tasha Cook reports.