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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.

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Hear about this week’s top Utah stories on Behind the Headlines

With Utah reporting 1,837 new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations reaching a new record high Thursday, Gov. Gary Herbert declared that “the time for talk is over — it’s time foraction.” But that action isn’t coming from the Utah Capitol. Herbert said local governments will have to decide whether to enforce the mask orders and gathering […]

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Record high COVID-19 hospitalizations, the governor’s emergency powers, and the AG and 2nd District debates

Gov. Gary Herbert warned that as the state experiences record-high coronavirus hospitalizations and case counts continue to climb, the health care system is at or near capacity. “It should cause us all alarm,” Herbert said, warning that “our hospitals are starting to fill up.” The Utah Department of Health reported 1,543 new coronavirus cases on […]

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Utah’s new pandemic strategy, constitutional amendments explained, and Sen. Romney‘s lament on the state of political discourse

Declaring Utah’s continuing surge of coronavirus cases “unacceptable,” Gov. Gary Herbert announced the state will abandon its previous color codes for a new strategy that ties restrictions to local case numbers and testing rates. Starting Tuesday, each county will receive a weekly rating of high, moderate or low “level of transmission,” depending on its rate […]

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The VP debate, a presidential poll, a senator’s comments on ‘rank democracy,’ and fact-checking coronavirus misinformation 

This past week, Utah hosted the only vice presidential debate of the 2020 election; a new poll found President Trump has a ten point lead over Joe Biden in the Beehive State; Sen. Mike Lee took aim at “rank democracy” on Twitter; and coronavirus columnist Andy Larsen fact-checked a viral social media post. Recap these […]

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Utah’s coronavirus response audited and the state’s new jobs program

This week in Utah news: This week’s other debate between the two candidates vying to become Utah’s next governor focused mostly on education funding and the coronavirus response. Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and Democratic challenger Chris Peterson both supported increasing public school investments in Utah, but they did not agree on current policies on schooling […]

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