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KCPW and The Salt Lake Tribune present 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.

A rotating panel of the state’s top journalists – including columnist Robert Gehrke, Senior Managing Editor Matt Canham, reporters Erin Alberty, Brian Maffly and others – join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about what’s happening in the Beehive State along with the hows and whys.

Listeners can join the discussion by posting questions and comments at sltrib.com or calling (801) 355-TALK. Behind the Headlines airs Fridays from 9-10 a.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m. on KCPW. Streaming audio is available as well as podcasts on both www.kcpw.org and www.sltrib.com.

Religious freedom vs. medical marijuana, a big name change for Utah’s biggest church and a possible issue with state driver licenses

After its first year of implementation, how has Operation Rio Grande impacted crime and homelessness in Salt Lake City? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bristles against the term “LDS” and asks that its members not be referred to as Mormons. Opponents to Utah’s medical marijuana ballot initiative argue against it on the basis of religious freedom. And the […]

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Willy Grayeyes returns to the ballot, climate change fans political wildfires, and Mia Love’s misleading mailers

A judge rules that San Juan County Commission candidate Willy Grayeyes be put back on the ballot after an elections official backdated a complaint against him. U.S. Senate candidates Mitt Romney and Jenny Wilson offer differing takes on the cause of western wildfires. And Rep. Mia Love receives flack for a misleading mailer she sent […]

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Sen. Mike Lee opposes move to ban 3D-printed guns, and the Inland Port Authority has its first meeting

The Inland Port Authority has its first real meeting, during which one board member asks for fewer comments about environmental concerns. Utah’s request for a Medicaid waiver likely won’t be addressed until after voters weigh in on adopting full Medicaid expansion. And Sen. Mike Lee says plans for 3D-printed guns shouldn’t be kept from the public. At 9 a.m. Friday, Salt […]

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A loaded gun left in a bathroom, Utahns consider nuclear power and a SLCPD occupy an old Arctic Circle

A loaded gun was left in a bathroom at the Living Planet Aquarium, where the property has a posted ban on weapons, but Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill says no law was broken. At least 20 municipalities in Utah have signed on to buy power from a planned nuclear reactor, but environmental and economic costs are […]

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Legislature creates inland port amid Biskupski’s criticisms, LGBTQ suicide prevention group V.P. resigns after LDS Church donation and what’s in store for Ambassador Huntsman

The Utah Legislature changes the law that creates an inland port near the Great Salt Lake, but Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski criticizes its process for lacking public input. After President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, what happens next for U.S. Ambassador to Russia — and former Utah governor — Jon Huntsman? And […]

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