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.
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.