Salt Lake City, UT – Utah's suicide rate is the tenth highest in the nation, and suicide is the leading cause of death for males 15-19 in the state. Doug Fabrizio talks to community activists and counselors about an epidemic facing teens from all walks of life.
Salt Lake City, UT – State officials call it the "silent epidemic." They're talking about teen suicide. Utah's overall suicide rate is the 10th highest in the nation. It's become a public health crisis for mental health advocates and state leaders. The hope is to reach troubled youth before it's too late. In the first of a three-part series on teen suicide, KUER's Tasha Cook tells the story of a Utah family's struggle to cope:
Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah legislature addressed gay/straight school clubs, all-day kindergarten, seat belt use and the age for kids to get hunting licenses, all the while trying to resolve the question of tax cuts and a state budget. KUER's Dan Bammes and Laura Weiss have more from Utah's state capitol.
Washington, D.C. – In the wake of lobbying and bribery scandals, lawmakers in Washington are clamoring to tackle lobbying reform. Democrats are hammering Republicans over corruption charges as a political strategy going into mid-term elections next fall. And Republicans are eager to dodge the culture of corruption rap. Both parties want to curb lawmaker travel. Laura Strickler looks at trips taken by some Utah members of Congress.
Salt Lake City, UT – Abraham Lincoln is often portrayed as a moderate whose main mission was to keep the country united. Biographer Richard Striner sees him not as a politician who only pragmatically freed the slaves though, but rather as a visionary political ethicist who from the beginning of his career strove for justice and human equality. Doug Fabrizio talks to Striner about his interpretations of Lincoln's speeches and writings.
Salt Lake City, UT – Assembling Utah's 9.7 billion dollar state budget is a complex operation, beginning with last year's budget and the governor's proposals and ending with last-minute maneuvering to get funding for various programs and priorities. It's even more complex this year, when the legislature has a huge revenue surplus to account for. Dan Bammes hosts RadioWest as we examine how the state budget is actually put together and what influences legislators as they make the final decisions.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah legislature weighed bills yesterday on education, executive power and the expansion of hazardous waste sites. KUER's Tasha Cook reports on these highlights from the state's Capitol.
Salt Lake City, UT – Calling all fans of Spam, dead parrots, upper-class twits and lumberjacks! Thursday on RadioWest, Doug Fabrizio is joined by Monty Python Producer John Goldstone and Jeffrey Miller, a specialist on British Television and American Culture. Beginning next week, KUED will air "Monty Python's Personal Best" series, and we're using it as an excuse to talk about "something completely different."