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Chris Stewart’s departure; LGBTW activist’s strategy; I-15’s widening; and Brigham’s drag-performing son

Rep. Chris Stewart confirms he is leaving Congress, citing his wife’s health concerns. Bigger freeways don’t cut traffic congestion, many studies show. What could Utah do with Interstate 15 instead? Utah LGBTQ activist Troy Williams aims to protect his community by breaking bread with GOP lawmakers. And Brigham Young’s drag-performing son skirted traditional norms and now stirs speculation. At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt…

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Landslide threats, a Great Salt Lake update and a suicide-turned-homicide case

This week in Utah news: The first-appointed Great Salt Lake czar is heartened by the wet winter but says “we still have great cause for concern.” The latest on Davis County’s landslide risks. And a Utah man is charged with murder nearly 30 years after he told police his wife died by suicide. At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake…

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Living on the Edge: Voices of Poverty in America

Over a third of Americans lack sufficient savings to handle a $400 emergency. In this revealing public radio documentary, we consider the plight of tens of millions living on the edge of poverty in the United States. They may be among your family members or neighbors. Most of us hold misconceptions about who is struggling…

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LDS wealth on ‘60 Minutes,’ an LGBTQ school walkout and Kennecott’s tailings

This week in Utah news: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says a “60 Minutes” episode about its investment portfolio was based on “unfounded allegations.” LGBTQ+ students in Utah County walk out to protest the school board’s silence on removing pride flags. And Kennecott’s tailings may creep even closer to Magna homes. At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters…

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Brazen Presents: The Closer

This is a special edition of The Closer, a series from Project Brazen and PRX that shares the inside story of the deals that changed the world. In this episode, ‘The deal that made the world’s biggest airline,’ we reveal how a series of dramatic aviation deals brought about the shrinking legroom and extra charges…

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Homeless couple’s heartfelt journey, Utahns’ economic views, Ute Tribe sues

This week in Utah news: Residents generally feel better about their finances and future than other Americans. The Ute Tribe alleges discrimination was behind a rejected bid to buy Tabby Mountain. And a Salt Lake City couple went from “living in a homeless camp on a mountainside with a newborn baby” to a home and steady work. At 9 a.m. on…

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Queer Youth Resilience & Mental Health

Every day, queer teens and young adults are challenged by the politicization of gender identity and sexual orientation and the rise in anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination. And the mental health consequences are alarming. A staggering 45 percent of LGBTQ+ youth 13 through 24 report to have seriously considered suicide, and 14 percent have tried to hurt themselves,…

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Floods continue; Zion is swamped by visitors; Pornhub retreats; abortion clinics get reprieve

This week in Utah news: Flood risks in Utah remain high as the weather cools. A Utah judge blocks an abortion clinic ban — for now. Zion National Park has too many people and too little management. And Pornhub, the nation’s busiest porn site, blocks Utahns ahead of a new age-verification law. At 9 a.m.…

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KCPW Presents: Should the U.S. Ban TikTok?

TikTok is considered the world’s most successful video app. But with concerns that U.S. data could be transmitted to China’s government, President Biden banned TikTok from government phones. Should the Whitehouse go further? Those in support point to the ban on Huawei as an effective means of limiting China’s influence. Those against say a ban…

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A rebounding Lake Powell, an exiting Salt Lake Bees and a dog-friendly city

This week in Utah news: How Salt Lake City tried to keep the Bees baseball team, and why it didn’t work. With projections showing a 71-foot rebound coming, Lake Powell resumes the Grand Canyon’s experimental floods. And a Utah woman couldn’t find a good list of dog-friendly places in Salt Lake City, so she started making one. At 9…

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