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A rotating panel of the state’s top journalists – including columnist Paul Rolly, Senior Managing Editor Matt Canham, reporters Jennifer Dobner, Bryan 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 sending questions to #TribTalk on Twitter, Google+, commenting on 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.

Trump backs Romney, Utah may ax death penalty and legislators can use hundreds of millions in unexpected funding

As Mitt Romney begins his campaign for Senate, his relationship with President Donald Trump appears to warm. Rep. Gage Froerer, R-Huntsville, leads the charge to do away with the death penalty, and he has some powerful players backing him. And state lawmakers seem to have an extra $209 million to work with this year. At 9 a.m. Friday, Salt […]

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Hate crimes bill stalls, Utah lawmakers avoid climate change declarations, Mike Noel’s land is scrutinized

The latest attempt to increase penalties for hate crimes dies without getting a hearing in the Legislature. Although science points to the burning of fossil fuels as a driver of climate change, Utah lawmakers are wary to acknowledge human culpability. And a Montana conservation group says Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, who advocated for a reduction […]

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Lawmaker quits amid solicitation allegation, Utah-linked White House aide is ousted and EnergySolutions may get big break from Legislature

Rep. Jon Stanard, R-St. George, abruptly resigns from office, citing a desire to spend time with his ailing father. But soon after the news of his departure surfaced, so did an allegation that he paid for sex. Rob Porter, a Trump administration official with ties to Utah’s U.S. senators, quits after his two ex-wives accuse […]

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An immigrant mother finds sanctuary in a Utah church; the price of the state prison rises; and new information surfaces on the Lake Powell Pipeline application process.

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 […]

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Clergy request hate-crime crackdown, Legislature decries Utah guv and Chris Stewart warns of politics in intelligence agencies

Utah’s religious leaders advocate for a bill that would enhance penalties for hate crimes. Utah House Republicans slam Gov. Gary Herbert after disagreeing on the process of the 2017 3rd Congressional District special election. And Rep. Chris Stewart visits the Legislature to tell lawmakers that the real scandal in Washington isn’t Russian election meddling — […]

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