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.

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 A judge throws out Salt Lake City’s lawsuit against the Utah inland Port. Sen. Mike Lee lambasts the Trump administration over its briefing on the assassination of a top Iranian general. And the Utah program that sends public employees to Mexico to buy their medications at a deeply discounted rate. 

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President Donald Trump is impeached. Utah Republican Congressmen Chris Stewart, Rob Bishop and John Curtis vote against impeachment, while Democrat Ben McAdams votes for it. And a whistleblower claims that the LDS Church stockpiled $100 billion in charitable donations.

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Lawmakers tackle tax reform in a special legislative session. Despite bed availability, some homeless men in Salt Lake City say the new Men's Resource Center is too far away. And Sen. Mitt Romney objects to a big jump in fees for obtaining genealogical records from the federal government.

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Data on jaywalking citations in Salt Lake City shows an apparent targeting of the city's homeless population. The historic Utah Theater is 'sold' and slated for demolition. And the University of Utah football team heads to the PAC 12 championship and beyond.  

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Rep. Chris Stewart defends President Donald Trump amid ongoing impeachment hearings. A new poll shows that more than half of Utah women believe that they have a lower status than men. And a legislative audit finds Utah oil and gas regulators aren’t regulating all that much.  

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Nine women and children with Utah ties are killed in Mexico. Salt Lake City Councilwoman Erin Mendenhall is elected the next mayor of Utah's capital city. And The Salt Lake Tribune becomes a nonprofit organization. 

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A massive tax reform proposal by state lawmakers draws fire from teachers and poverty advocates. State and local leaders say they’ll consider keeping the downtown homeless shelter open through the winter to address a long-predicted shortfall in beds. And poll monitors in San Juan County report irregularities in the early voting process, including potential electioneering.

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With less than a month to Election Day, the race for Salt Lake City mayor intensifies with debates, endorsements and deeper dives into the issues. Rep. Ben McAdams throws his support behind the Trump impeachment inquiry. And Sen. Mitt Romney and the president clash in a war of words that has included “appalling” and “pompous ass.”

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Utah's members of Congress react to the launch of an official impeachment inquiry. State officials significantly alter their plans for the Lake Powell Pipeline. And a Utah coal mine is expected to resume production -- with an eye to overseas markets.

At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune Washington bureau chief Thomas Burr, reporter Brian Maffly and columnist Robert Gehrke join KCPW's Roger McDonough to talk about the week's top stories. Every Friday at 9 a.m., tune in to Utah Public Radio for the broadcast. Join the live conversation by calling (801) 355-TALK.

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Lawmakers vote to take cannabis dispensing out of the state’s hands. Rents continue to rise, despite a boom in apartment construction. And Salt Lake City considers a crackdown on sidewalk scooter riders.

At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune senior managing editor Matt Canham, reporter Taylor Stevens and columnist George Pyle join KCPW host Roger McDonough to talk about the week's top stories. Every Friday at 9 a.m., tune in to Utah Public Radio for the broadcast. Join the live conversation by calling (801) 355-TALK.

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Following a spate of vaping-related illnesses, Sen. Mitt Romney suggests a recall of e-cigarettes. A Utah man is exonerated in a sexual abuse case after spending more than 15 years behind bars. And marijuana opponents cry foul over proposed changes to Utah’s medical cannabis law. At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune government and politics editor Dan Harrie, reporter Jessica Miller and news columnist Robert Gehrke join KCPW guest host Marcie Young Cancio to talk about the week's top stories. Every Friday at 9 a.m., tune in to Utah Public Radio for the broadcast.

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President Trump diverts $54 million from Utah military projects to fund his border wall. Facing deportation, an immigrant-rights activist seeks asylum. And Sen. Mike Lee visits Russia, even after two of his senate colleagues were denied visas.   At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune Washington bureau chief Thomas Burr, reporter Lee Davidson and news columnist Robert Gehrke join KCPW's Roger McDonough to talk about the week's top stories. Every Friday at 9 a.m., tune in to Utah Public Radio for the broadcast.

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The Salt Lake City Council approves a tax incentive for a developer to build on 3,000 acres inside the Utah Inland Port. The former Salt Lake City police officer who handcuffed nurse Alex Wubbels gets a job at the Weber County jail. And a United Nations conference descends on Utah's capital. 

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Mitt Romney says states should take the lead on new gun laws. Ken Ivory resigns his legislative seat to work for a public lands consulting firm. And despite losing federal funding, Planned Parenthood will keep operating in Utah.  At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune senior managing editor Matt Canham, reporter Bethany Rodgers, and news columnist Robert Gehrke join KCPW's Roger McDonough to talk about the week's top stories. Every Friday at 9 a.m., tune in to Utah Public Radio for the broadcast.

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Utah's federal lawmakers respond to the latest mass shootings in America.

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Utah's representatives in Washington respond to racist remarks made by president Trump on Twitter. Utah Sen.

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Inland Port protestors clash with police at the offices of the Salt Lake City Chamber.

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A Utah senator says he's preparing legislation to ban elective abortions in Utah.

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  The FBI is reportedly investigating a political action committee run by governor Gary Herbert’s former campaign manager. After a contentious debate, the Salt Lake County Council 

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Dozens of protestors are forcibly removed from a Utah Inland Port Authority board meeting.

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A tragedy unfolds in Logan after the disappearance of a 5-year-old girl.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints comes out against an LGBTQ rights bill in Congress. In a separate move, the faith announces a plan to increase political participation on the part of its members. And Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox launches his gubernatorial campaign.  At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune government and politics editor Dan Harrie, reporter Courtney Tanner, and columnist George Pyle join KCPW's Roger McDonough to talk about the week's top stories. Every Friday at 9 a.m., tune in to Utah Public Radio for the broadcast.

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