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Behind the Headlines

Hosted By Roger McDonough

From its politics to its public lands to polygamy, Utah has always been fertile ground for news.

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.

A rotating panel of the state’s top journalists – including columnist Robert Gehrke, investigative reporter Jessica Miller, public lands reporter 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.

Listeners can join the discussion by posting questions and comments at 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.

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LDS on same-sex marriage and Donald Trump, and Utah’s abortion law

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints react to the faith’s support of a federal law that would codify same-sex marriage. Plus, Donald Trump announces another run for the presidency, but Latter-day Saint Republicans may not be in his camp. And, in an unusual move, state lawmakers say they’ll file an amicus brief opposing a hold…

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Mike Lee’s victory and ominous news about the Great Salt Lake

Sen. Mike Lee successfully fends off his independent challenger and Utah’s all-Republican congressional delegation sails to victory in the 2022 midterm elections. And scientists say the Great Salt Lake’s ecological collapse has begun, At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune statewatch editor Jeff Parrott, water and land use reporter Leia Larsen and news columnist…

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Survivor tries to stop lawmaker sister’s bill, ex-Utah State athletic director apologizes and more

A sexual assault survivor shares her story in an attempt to stop her Utah lawmaker sister’s abortion bill. A former San Juan county attorney makes claims against current county commissioners â€” saying the commission has gotten too cozy with a Utah environmental organization. And, after resigning from his post, the former athletic director at Utah State University apologizes for repeating…

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Utah A.G. balks at COVID vaccine list, Huntsman backs Lee

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes signs onto an effort opposing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adding the COVID-19 vaccine to the recommended list of routine childhood immunizations. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. endorses Sen. Mike Lee’s reelection bid. Utah is on the list of potential states for development of a nuclear power plant. And the Utah Jazz start their…

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Utah lawmaker’s exit, environmental worries and an off-road tussle

The Environmental Protection Agency looks into the operations of a Sandy medical device maker after new data shows that its use of ethylene oxide gas can pose a cancer risk to neighbors. Embattled state Sen. Gene Davis announces he’ll retire early after an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations. And yet another battle over off-road vehicles looms as the Bureau of Land…

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Burgess Owens’ debate snub, Mike Lee’s overture to Mitt Romney and lessons for Great Salt Lake

At the last minute, Republican Rep. Burgess Owens pulls out of a scheduled political debate, citing objections to the event’s moderator: Salt Lake Tribune Executive Editor Lauren Gustus. Owens says the newspaper she leads is racist because of a political cartoon it published equating the congressman’s own fear-stoking rhetoric about immigrants to that of the Ku…

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2020 election (again), drone Rx delivery, UFOs and poetry

A candidate for Salt Lake County clerk walks back his assertions that the 2020 election was stolen. Drones begin delivering prescription drugs to some Utah homes. A Salt Lake City-raised poet, whose writing explores the Black history of the West, is long-listed for a National Book Award. And a columnist bemoans Utah Attorney General Sean…

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Cry of election fraud, new tool against homeless camps

A GOP candidate for Salt Lake County clerk insists that the 2020 election was stolen and called Democrats “Commies” and “Marxists.” Salt Lake City deploys a rapid intervention team to try to prevent the establishment of large homeless encampments. And how a state plan to turn 28,500 acres covering Tabby Mountain into a public wildlife and hunting preserve got…

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Harassment on river trips, a critical Utah Inland Port audit and new housing measures

A state audit faults the Utah Inland Port Authority for awarding no-bid contracts and for accountability issues. The Salt Lake City Council fast-tracks proposed changes to off-street parking rules, shared housing and tiny homes — in what it says is an effort to address affordability. And Utah guides work to combat sexual harassment on river trips. At 9 a.m. on Friday,…

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Raid in polygamous town, Salt Lake Bees’ future and a controversial lawman

Girls are removed from a new offshoot of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints after a federal raid. Critics decry the planned appearance of a controversial former sheriff at a Utah law enforcement conference. And time will tell if Salt Lake City’s Ballpark neighborhood will lose its baseball field. At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt…

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