Utah Governor Gary Herbert is jumping on the idle-free bandwagon with a new executive order for state employees to turn off the ignition when they’re not driving. KCPW’s Whittney Evans reports on what the new policy means.
The ACLU of Utah has filed an open-records request to learn more about how law enforcement agencies in the state are using automatic license plate readers. The request was submitted to the Utah Highway Patrol, the Ogden Police Department and the Iron County Sheriff’s Office. John Mejia, Legal Director of ACLU of Utah, says the organization is against the devices in general because of the privacy abuses they could produce.
The progressive-leaning open-government advocacy group Alliance for a Better Utah is calling on state lawmakers to withdraw their membership from the American Legislative Exchange Council, also known as ALEC. KCPW’s Whittney Evans reports on why they say ALEC is bad for democracy, leading some to protest its annual meeting in Salt Lake City this summer.
NASA is in Salt Lake City for the weekend with its traveling exhibit “Driven to Explore.” The free exhibit is set up outside the Leonardo, where visitors can touch a piece of moon rock and learn more about space exploration.
The federal government has ruled Salt Lake County Councilman and Unified Fire Authority Chief Michael Jensen has not violated the Hatch Act. The federal law prohibits government employees who oversee federal funds, or are paid with them, from engaging in partisan politics. Jensen says the ruling validates his belief that he’s done nothing wrong, but as KCPW’s Whittney Evans reports, Democrats who filed the complaint say they’re not satisfied.
It’s difficult to tack on “hate crime” to a conviction in Utah, according to law enforcement officials who took part last night in Salt Lake County’s Council on Diversity Affairs forum on hate crimes. KCPW’s Whittney Evans reports on how law enforcement determines what a hate crime is and how they go about prosecuting offenders.
Former Hewlett Packard CEO and U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina addressed the Zions Bank Trade and Business Conference this afternoon at the Marriott hotel in Salt Lake City. The Texas native began her career as a secretary, before dropping out of law school and eventually became what some call the most powerful woman in American business.
Two political rivals in the race for Utah’s 4th Congressional district addressed the Utah Taxpayers Association at the Little America Hotel Tuesday. KCPW’s Whittney Evans reports on what Republican Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love and Blue Dog Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson had to say about taxes, spending and political ideology.
A supporter of West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder’s campaign for Salt Lake County Mayor is fighting fire with fire, after Winder’s campaign was slapped with a complaint last week accusing him of campaign finance and ethics violations.