Behind the Headlines

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Deseret News

The kick-off of a new drug court program adds to the treatment efforts of Operation Rio Grande. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throws its support behind a Colorado bakery shop owner who refused on religious grounds to make a cake for a same-sex wedding. And as the November general election nears, polling shows a wide gap between Utah's Third Congressional District Republican candidate Provo Mayor John Curtis and Democratic candidate Dr. Kathie Allen.

 

The Salt Lake Tribune

Utah's Congressional delegation responds to Pres. Donald Trump's decision to rescind DACA, the program that shields immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children from deportation. Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski says the officer who arrested a University Hospital nurse should have been placed on leave immediately, not after body cam footage of the incident became public. And a state lawmaker fears a database of people who have Utah Driver Privilege cards is being used by immigration officials to round up undocumented workers in the state. 

The Salt Lake Tribune

Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes and Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski have a public disagreement over Operation Rio Grande. Rocky Mountain Power reaches an agreement with solar energy advocates over net metering for people with solar panels. And after nearly raising the sales tax on food during this year's legislative session, Utah lawmakers consider doing away with the tax altogether. 

At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Emma Penrod, Lee Davidson and Matt Piper as well as columnist Robert Gehrke join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about the week’s top stories.

Fox 13

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommends boundary adjustments to some national monuments, but he doesn't suggest eliminating them altogether. Operation Rio Grande's efforts to curb crime near the downtown homeless shelter could take two years. And Rep. Chris Stewart has his eyes on Sen. Orrin Hatch's seat in 2018 -- if Hatch chooses not to run for re-election.

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The efforts of Operation Rio Grande result in the arrests of 87 people within the homeless community on its first day in action, but the ACLU of Utah calls the strategy "business as usual." Provo Mayor John Curtis clinches the Republican nomination in Utah's Third Congressional District, but Chris Herrod, the runner up, refuses to concede. And elevated levels of lead in some Utah schools' drinking water has prompted a request for tests of the metal in public schools statewide.

  Utah County has agreed to free up 128 beds for Salt Lake County inmates, a decision that state, Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County officials hope will help address issues of lawlessness in downtown Salt Lake's Rio Grande area. The ACLU of Utah warns Utah lawmakers that blocking their constituents on social media is a violation of constituents' First Amendment rights. And an LDS general authority is excommunicated from The Church. 

Ozone levels along the Wasatch Front are the worst they've been in almost a decade. A $10 million donation from the Charles Koch Foundation has some University of Utah faculty concerned about potential political influence at the school. And after a judge ruled in the party's favor, Jim Bennett will be on the ballot as the new United Utah Party's candidate for the upcoming special election in the state's Third Congressional District.

 State leaders announce their new plan to combat homelessness, though many of the details remain unknown to the public. Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch disagrees with Pres. Donald Trump's ban on transgender people serving in the military. And Gov. Gary Herbert endorses Provo Mayor John Curtis before the Third Congressional District primary. 

  

  

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. 

 

Senate Republicans release a revision of their health care bill, gaining some conservative votes and still lacking support from moderates. Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch says the story of Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian national is "overblown." Republican candidates for Utah's 3rd congressional district have a hard time distinguishing themselves from one another at their first debate. And a ballot initiative aiming to increase education funding receives mixed reactions from the public. 

 

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.

 

The Our Schools Now campaign to increase education funding changes to include a sales tax hike. Candidate for Utah Democratic Party chairperson Rob Miller pulls out of the race amid accusations of sexual harassment. And a poll shows Utahns disagree on why former FBI Director James Comey was fired from his position. 

 

  

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.

  Five-term Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz announces he will not run for public office in 2018. Huntsman Cancer Institute CEO and director Mary Beckerle is unexpectedly fired from her position. Salt Lake City ranks in the top 20 on the American Lung Association's list of worst cities for ozone pollution. And former presidential hopeful Evan McMullin owes nearly $670,000 in campaign costs.

 

  This week's show is an hourlong look at the series of stories that earned The Salt Lake Tribune this year's Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting, with the team behind the paper's groundbreaking investigation of sexual assault at Utah colleges.

UTA and Rocky Mountain Power on Behind the Headlines

Apr 7, 2017

  The Utah Transit Authority escapes federal charges in exchange for disclosing information about individuals under investigation in the agency. Rocky Mountain Power prepares to build more than 400 new wind turbines to power Utah homes. And plans to build a fence on 200 South between The Gateway mall and downtown homeless services comes off as physically and perceptually divisive, says Salt Lake City Council members.

  Cities rail against putting a Salt Lake County homeless shelter within their boundaries. Democratic Salt Lake County Council member Jenny Wilson rises as a potential opponent to GOP incumbent Sen. Orrin Hatch in the 2018 Senate race; he has yet to say whether he’ll run.

  As Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch undergoes hearings for his confirmation, Sen. Orrin Hatch shows his support for the candidate. The Salt Lake City School District votes to protect the information of undocumented students. House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Chris Stewart questions FBI Director James Comey over an investigation into Pres. Donald Trump's ties with Russia. And Gov. Gary Herbert will sign off on a bill that lowers the threshold for DUI arrests from .08 blood alcohol content to .05.

 

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