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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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BYU messaging, a social media crackdown and a new cancer treatment

Faculty members at Brigham Young University are urged to align their teaching and research better with tenets of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A bill to regulate social media companies and minors’ access to those apps receives unanimous approval in committee at the Utah Legislature. And a promising new therapy uses a person’s own cells…

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School vouchers, health care for trans youth and a domestic violence database

A bill to prevent doctors from providing gender-affirming care to minors advances at the Legislature as crowds rally for transgender health care at the Utah Capitol. A domestic violence database could prevent more violence in Utah. And a controversial school voucher bill passes the Utah Legislature. At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Emily Anderson Stern, Jacob Scholl and Courtney Tanner,…

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Russell Nelson’s LDS presidency, Legislature’s start and Salt Lake Bees’ exit

Russell M. Nelson’s historic first five years as president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Utah Legislature begins its 45-day session. And the Salt Lake Bees baseball team announces it is leaving Utah’s capital for South Jordan’s Daybreak. At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Peggy Fletcher Stack, Emily Anderson Stern and Blake Apgar, along…

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Donovan Mitchell, highway angst and water outlook

Reaction pours in to former Utah Jazz player Donovan Mitchell’s criticisms of Utah. Recent snowstorms ease but do not erase water worries in the West. Divisions surface in the Heber Valley over growth and a proposed highway. And a plan to widen Interstate 15 from Farmington to Salt Lake City raises fears among west-siders. At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune…

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Enoch killings, latest Great Salt Lake warning and abortion fights

Eight people are found dead in an Enoch home in southern Utah after what authorities are calling an apparent murder-suicide. Experts tell lawmakers that they have only months to act or the Great Salt Lake will vanish in the next five years. With Utah in limbo in the wake of the Supreme Court’s rejection of Roe v. Wade,…

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Homeless deaths and a new threat to the Great Salt Lake

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…

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Lawmaker’s Qatar trip, wasteful school spending and tech layoffs

Qatar pays for Utah Senate President Stuart Adams, R-Layton, to travel to the FIFA World Cup. Utah technology layoffs continue as yet another company valued over $1 billion sheds hundreds of workers. This year’s flu season is gearing up to be the worst in years, with cases increasing and more Utahns heading to the hospital. And a state audit faults the Salt Lake…

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Polygamy mystery, UHP rape case and Sundance film fest

Federal agents search polygamous leader Samuel Bateman’s homes looking for evidence of underage marriages. The state apologizes for not investigating a woman’s reported rapes by a Utah Highway Patrol trooper. And the Sundance Film Festival announces the 101 movies coming to Park City and Salt Lake City in January. At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Jessica…

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Parched alfalfa, prison mosquito problems and controversial coyote kills

Alfalfa in the spotlight: Why one crop uses more than half of Utah’s water â€” and how that relates to the plight of the Great Salt Lake. Mosquitoes, as predicted, are wreaking havoc at the new state prison, but addressing the problem could cause harm to an already stressed ecosystem. And state-approved coyote killing contests in Utah stir…

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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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