Salt Lake City, UT – RadioWest profiles the Egyptian Theatre Company's production of the 70s rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar. Doug talks to Dr. Jeffrey Mahan about the history of dramatic representations of the life of Jesus, and to actor Stuart Metcalf and director Dana Durbano Keiter.
Jesus Christ Superstar runs through March 6th at the Egyptain Theatre in Park City. For more information, call 435-649-9371 or visit them on-line.
Salt Lake City, UT – Doug talks to National Book Award winner Pete Dexter about his latest work, "Train." The novel presents an unlikely relationship between police sergeant and a young black caddy in 1950s California.
Salt Lake City, UT – On Utah's Capitol Hill yesterday, lawmakers took action on group homes in neighborhoods, a divorce task force and citizen ballot initiatives. But first, two bills with a long history in the Utah legislature were back on the agenda. The hate crimes bill made its 10th appearance and a bill to require health insurance companies to pay for contraceptives came up for the 8th time. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – On Utah's Capitol Hill yesterday, lawmakers reversed themselves on a bill to ban smoking in private clubs and bars. Meantime, House lawmakers engaged in a passionate debate about whether surrogates shoudl be paid to carry fertilized embryos. Lawmakers also advanced a bill that limits the ability of undocumented immgrants to obtain driver's licenses. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – RadioWest talks to two biologists from Utah State University that are examining cougar populations in Utah. There's a controversy about the impact of these predators on domestic live-stock and wild game. Biologists are worried about hunting permits being issued without complete information.
Salt Lake City, UT – Lawmakers in Utah's House of Representatives sent a message to Washington, passing two bills challenging the federal No Child Left Behind Act. They also took up a bill to ban smoking in private clubs and another to prevent cities from favoring companies that pay more than the minimum wage, along with a ban on gifts to state employees. But KUER's Jenny Brundin starts today's legislative report with a brief update on the state budget.
Salt Lake City, UT – A Utah State Senate audit has indicated that as many as 58,000 driver's licenses have been issued to undocumented aliens. Four House bills and one Senate bills seek to limit access of licenses. Opponents argue that the proposed solutions could lead to, among other problems, an increase in the number of uninsured drivers and differential treatment of minorities. RadioWest looks at the bills and at the arguments surrounding them.
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah lawmakers took up a number of controversial issues on Monday (2/14), including phasing out unused sick leave for state employees and whether to let cities use photo radar to catch drivers who run red lights. But the big news was a Valentine's Day surprise -- new revenue estimates showing they have $121 million more in state revenue to spend in next year's budget. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – "Her Majesty" is a family film that delivers a parable on race relations, colonialism and identity. As a New Zealand town prepares for a visit by Queen Elizabeth, they come in conflict with an old Maori woman whose home is an "embarrassment" on the parade route. The young heroine Elizabeth must choose between her loyalty to her friend and her dream of meeting the Queen. RadioWest talks to writer and director Mark Gordon, and locally based cinematographer Steven Katz.