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.
Salt Lake City, UT – Producer Miguel Macias took three years to create "Chasing Love." It's an intricate montage of sound and voice that beautifully considers that complication emotion - or idea - of love.
Chasing Love: Listen to the full hour, join a conversation or talk to the producer at Transom.org
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.