Behind the Headlines

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  From its politics to its public lands to polygamy, Utah has always been fertile ground for news. Here on UPR, The Salt Lake Tribune presents a fresh way for Utahns to process the headlines. Behind the Headlines, a live weekly broadcast, examines the week’s top local stories through the eyes of reporters on the beat.

KCPW's producer and news host Roger McDonough and a rotating panel of the state’s top journalists – including columnist Paul Rolly, investigative reporter Matt Canham, senior government reporter Robert Gehrke, reporter Kathy Stephenson and others – will talk about what’s happening in the Beehive State along with the hows and whys.

Listeners can join the discussion by sending questions to #TribTalk on Twitter, Google+, commenting on sltrib.com or calling (801) 355-TALK.

The Salt Lake Tribune

On the eve of her scheduled deportation, a young mother and her two children find sanctuary at the Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City. The cost of moving the state prison is turning out to be more than lawmakers originally told the public, as the price tag nears $700 million. And the state spent $33 million to file an unfinished application for the Lake Powell pipeline. 

Network Of Victim Assistant

Utah's religious leaders advocate for a bill that would enhance penalties for hate crimes. Utah House Republicans retaliate against Gov. Gary Herbert after disagreeing on the process of the 2017 Third Congressional District special election. And Rep. Chris Stewart pays a visit to the legislature to tell lawmakers that the real scandal in Washington isn’t Russian election meddling, but that intelligence agencies are choosing sides in politics.

Immigration Reform, Utah Youth Suicide, & More On This Behind The Headlines

Jan 19, 2018
The New Yorker

Utah Rep. Mia Love meets with Pres. Donald Trump to discuss immigration reform. As Utah's youth suicide rate continues to rise, Gov. Gary Herbert creates a task force to address the issue. The LDS Church gets a new leader and sees changes in its top governing council. And Salt Lake Tribune columnist Holly Richardson advises on how to encourage women to run for political office.

The Salt Lake Tribune

Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes announces that he won’t seek re-election, stoking speculation that he will run for Utah governor in 2020.

The Salt Lake Tribune

After 41 years in office, Orrin Hatch says he will retire from the Senate early next year. The news has led to widespread speculation that Mitt Romney will run to replace Hatch.

CNN

The Salt Lake Tribune’s editorial voices reflect and opine on the #MeToo movementOperation Rio Grande, national monuments and the power wielded by Sen. Orrin Hatch in 2017.

ABC News

tax bill championed by Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch passes through Congress. The Great Salt Lake is drying up, but scientists say there’s still hope. And which movies should you see or skip in theaters this holiday season?

Newsmax.com

Recently obtained documents show how a uranium mining company pressured the Trump administration to shrink Bears Ears National Monument. Federal regulators tentatively approve moving forward with the $1 billion Lake Powell Pipeline project. And Utah Gov. Gary Herbert proposes a major bump in education funding for the state.

 

Climbing Magazine

President Donald Trump visits Utah to breakup and downsize the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. Senator Orrin Hatch hardens his stance on the candidacy of Alabama Republican Senate hopeful Roy Moore. And Trump endorses Hatch for an 8th term in Congress. 

The Salt Lake Tribune

President Donald Trump makes his way to Utah to announce boundary adjustments to Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. Voter errors resulted in thousands of rejected ballots from the November election. And women in Utah politics share their experiences with sexual harassment.

At 9 a.m. Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Courtney Tanner and Lee Davidson, Washington Bureau Chief Thomas Burr and columnist Robert Gehrke join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about the week’s top stories.

The Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams announces plans to sue the pharmaceutical industry over effects of the opioid crisis, but his decision catches county council members off guard. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke considers moving the headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management to Salt Lake City. And a state lawmaker proposes moving sex-education classes out of the classroom and onto the internet.

The New York Times

Each Friday morning, stream “Behind the Headlines” online at kcpw.org or tune in to KCPW 88.3 FM or Utah Public Radio for the broadcast.

Vocies for Utah Children

The Trump administration approves Utah's request for a Medicaid waiver to help fund Operation Rio Grande. The fatal shooting of an international student near the University of Utah leads to a manhunt and multiple charges. And Utah's members of congress comment on the indictments handed down by special prosecutor Robert Mueller.

 

St. George News

A look into a breaking story about BYU basketball player Nick Emery who is currently under investigation by both BYU and the NCAA for a possible problem that happened with a BYU booster. Also KBYU television and radio is changing its format, resulting in petitions by fans of the station's classical music programming. A syringe exchange program in Salt Lake City aims to prevent the spread of disease among intravenous drug users, while saving money for the state health system.

NBC News

The release of body cam footage of a police shooting leads to protests -- and to calls for the ouster of Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, who found that the shooting was legally justified. During a visit to Salt Lake City, a renowned homelessness researcher calls Operation Rio Grande a disaster. And a U.S. House Committee advances a plan to dramatically limit the power of the president to declare national monuments.

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As the U.S. Supreme Court begins hearings for a political gerrymandering case, a Utah initiative to curb the practice receives big funding from private donors. After the mass shooting in Las Vegas, a Utah gun lobbyist explains how the bump stock device used in the attack allows a semi-automatic rifle to mimic automatic weapon fire. And a Utah woman successfully sues her attacker 20 years after the deadline to file a lawsuit for sexual assault cases.

The Dailywire

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro's appearance at the University of Utah stirs controversy and draws protesters. Provo Mayor John Curtis, the Republican candidate for Utah's Third Congressional District, receives criticism for Facebook ads demonstrating a far-right position on immigration. And Sen. Orrin Hatch offers a plan to give young undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship.

At 9 a.m. Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Courtney Tanner and Benjamin Wood as well as columnist Robert Gehrke join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about the week’s top stories.

Fox 13

After a review of national monument sizes around the country, Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke's recommendation to Pres. Donald Trump includes shrinking Utah's Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante. Utah lawmakers discuss eliminating sales tax on food during a special session of the Legislature. And the Utah Board of Education hears from critics and proponents of the decision to make health, physical education, career awareness and arts courses optional for middle school students.

In anticipation of Utah's growing population, Gov. Gary Herbert announces a 50-year water management plan for Utah. Salt Lake County Council Member Jenny Wilson announces her candidacy against seven-term Sen. Orrin Hatch. And the White House officially nominates Jon Huntsman Jr. as ambassador to Russia. 

 

 

Outgoing Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz starts work as a political pundit on Fox News. Republican Senate leaders postpone a vote on their health care bill amid lack of support, including from Utah Sen. Mike Lee. And while the Brian Head fire rages on, environmentalists and state legislators disagree on what causes wildfires to spread.

 

  

A state audit of the Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control shows millions of dollars in reporting errors. Two candidates looking to jump in to the 3rd district congressional race are rejected by the state. And Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder takes a job as Moab's police chief.

 On Friday at 9 a.m., Salt Lake Tribune reporters Kathy Stephenson and Brian Maffly, government and politics editor Dan Harrie and columnist Robert Gehrke join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about the week’s top stories.

American Indian students are disciplined in Utah schools more than any other demographic, a recent report shows. Details about former Utah Transit Authority board member Terry Diehl's bankruptcy case surface, prompting more questions about his relationship with Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes. And Pres. Donald Trump's proposed budget would affect Utahns in need and those in rural areas of the state.

 

Behind the Headlines: Chaffetz, Comey, Huntsman

May 19, 2017

Congressman Jason Chaffetz invites former FBI Director James Comey to testify publicly over a memo regarding a special request from Pres. Donald Trump. Jon Huntsman Jr. awaits nomination as ambassador to Russia more than two months after accepting the job. And with Chaffetz's plans to step down from Congress in June, Gov. Gary Herbert and the Utah Legislature still disagree on the process of filling the vacancy.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke receives feedback from lawmakers, advocacy groups and American Indians on Bears Ears National Monument for his recommendation to Pres. Donald Trump. Congressman Jason Chaffetz requests a review by the Department of Justice of the firing of FBI Director James Comey. And Sen. Orrin Hatch comments on Americans receiving federal health care benefits.

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