Behind the Headlines

Homeless deaths and a new threat to the Great Salt Lake

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) A man points to the tent where he found a man that has succumbed to the cold, on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022.

After five deaths among unsheltered residents, Salt Lake City’s mayor signs an emergency order to expand shelter space in Utah’s capital. A retired federal scientist highlights a previously unconsidered threat from a proposed canal extension project to the Great Salt Lake ecosystem. And a columnist wonders why Utah taxpayers are on the hook for millions of dollars to private law firms to defend controversial laws.

At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Blake Apgar and Leia Larsen, along with news columnist Robert Gehrke, join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about the week’s top stories.

Every Friday at 9 a.m., stream “Behind the Headlines” at, or tune in to KCPW 88.3 FM or Utah Public Radio for the broadcast. Join the live conversation by calling 801-355-TALK.

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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. Produced by KCPW Studios
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