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Property taxes, asbestos lawsuits and visa lotteries

A Utah senator sees a way to ease the property tax burdenon homeowners. A bill at the Legislature would make it more difficult to sue for asbestos injuries. And, with the H-1B visa lottery poised to start, some experts say the process makes it hard to hire international talent.

At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Tony Semerad and Palak Jayswal, news columnist Robert Gehrke and Eric Peterson from The Utah Investigative Journalism Project join Utah Public Radio’s Tom Williams to discuss the week’s top stories.

Every Friday at 9 a.m., stream “Behind the Headlines”, or tune in to KCPW 88.3 FM or Utah Public Radio at for the broadcast. Join the live conversation this week by email to or Twitter @upraccess.

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Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.