Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah House of Representatives voted down a bill that would have required teachers in public schools to tell their students evolution is only a theory, not a fact. Final budget battles are also looming as the legislature moves into the final days of its general session. KUER's Dan Bammes reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has been looking for ways to support victims of abuse and civil rights violations in Utah's polygamist groups. His "safety net" approach isn't so much about prosecution as it is about reaching out to these communities. Wednesday on RadioWest, we look at what the program is teaching us about polygamist culture, and ask if the disturbing dynamics that make the headlines are inherent to the practice.
Salt Lake City, UT – Even great artists have to work within the confines of their material. This doesn't necessarily limit potential -- it can be the beginning of a symbiotic relationship between the artist and his medium. The legendary marble of Carrara exerted an influence on Michelangelo's masterpieces: David, La Pieta and Julius II's tomb. Doug Fabrizio talks to author Eric Scigliano about the allure of the marble, and the man who brought it to life.
Salt Lake City, UT – The Medicare drug benefit is the most expensive change in the Medicare program since its beginnings in the 1960s, but many users have found it confusing and difficult. On this edition of Your Personal Economy, Dan Bammes is joined by his regular guest John Bird, Medicare users Bob and Nikki Zito, Rob Ence of AARP and Kerry Brown of Olympus Pharmacy for a look at how the program works, and what might be done to make it better.
Salt Lake City, UT – At the State Capitol yesterday, debate raged over tuition vouchers for private school scholarships, the formation of gay-straight alliance clubs in Utah public schools and how best to reform the state's tax code. KUER's Tasha Cook has this report:
Salt Lake City, UT – In Part Three of KUER's three-part series on teen suicide, Dan Bammes has a profile of Arnold Thomas, who was a football and basketball star in high school, but who was led to a suicide attempt after his father took his own life and who today helps young people around the country understand the issue and find hope.
Salt Lake City, UT – State lawmakers advanced a bill yesterday that would force environmental groups to post a bond before filing a lawsuit to stop construction projects. They also took action on pay raises for state employees. KUER's Jenny Brundin starts her Capitol Hill report with a look at a bill to raise Utah's minimum wage.
Salt Lake City, UT – Mental health advocates, medical researchers and state leaders here are mobilizing. The hope is to reach troubled youth before it's too late. In the second part of KUER's teen suicide series, we continue with our profile of Brannigan Hazelton and her efforts to seek help when she was a teenager. We also look at ways the state is reaching out to Utah youth who contemplate ending their lives.