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KCPW Public Radio 88.3 FM and 105.3 FM is Utah’s first and only 24-hour commercial-free news and information station. Listen to local news updates from KCPW at 6:50, 7:50, and 8:50 a.m.






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Willy Grayeyes returns to the ballot, climate change fans political wildfires, and Mia Love’s misleading mailers

A judge rules that San Juan County Commission candidate Willy Grayeyes be put back on the ballot after an elections official backdated a complaint against him. U.S. Senate candidates Mitt Romney and Jenny Wilson offer differing takes on the cause of western wildfires. And Rep. Mia Love receives flack for a misleading mailer she sent […]


Inland port plan bridges divide, couple attacked during Pride and ozone pollution arrives earlier than usual

Two Utah lawmakers unveil their ideas for bridging a divide between Salt Lake City and the state over the planned Inland Port. A mob shouting homophobic slurs chases four men leaving the Utah Pride Festival, until a dessert shop employee intervenes. And ozone pollution season arrives earlier than usual in northern Utah. At 9 a.m. Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters […]


Ballot initiative bingo and convention predictions

Natalie Gochnour is joined on The Right by Rep. Dan McCay, R-Riverton, and on The Left by Sen. Jim Dabakis. They discuss the Utah congressional delegation’s response to the U.S.-led missile attack on Syria after the Assad regime allegedly used chemical weapons on its people; the citizen initiatives that will likely end up on the […]


A conversation with Rep. Mike Noel

On March 1, In the Hive featured an excerpt from a longer conversation with Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab. Producer Emily Means spoke with Noel on Feb. 28 in his office at the Capitol, in the midst of the 2018 legislative session. They discussed the Antiquities Act, the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument designations […]


What the Legislature’s choices may mean for Utah

The general session of this year’s Utah Legislature ended last night after more than 1,300 bills were filed, setting a record. Among the legislation was a compromise on education funding, a potential overhaul of the Utah Transit Authority and changes to state election laws. At 9 a.m. Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Lee Davidson and Benjamin […]


Public art in Salt Lake City

(Original air date: Nov. 30, 2017) Today on the show, we look at the way public art shapes Salt Lake City. Dana Hernandez, Public Art Program Manager for the Salt Lake City Art Design Board, talks about planning and funding art in new spaces throughout the community; Vestar Creative Director Bergendi Hatch shows us The […]


ABU Update: Lawmakers Want Final Say on Ballot Initiatives

It’s the last week of the 2018 Utah Legislative Session. KCPW’s Roger McDonough gets the latest from Chase Thomas with Alliance for a Better Utah. This week: lawmakers aim to weigh in on ballot initiatives before they take effect; and a bill asks state elections officials to disregard a recent move by the Utah Republican […]


Forgery Charges Brought Against Initiative Signature Gatherers

(KCPW News) [AUDIO AFTER BREAK] Two contractors working to gather signatures on statewide ballot initiatives have been charged with forgery. The Weber County District Attorney’s office filed charges of forgery and violations of petition procedures against two contractors for a company called Gather. Gather is working to collect signatures to get the Utah Medical Cannabis […]


Resolution to Exempt Utah from the Antiquities Act Nears Passage at Legislature

(KCPW News) Following an intense public hearing on Monday evening, members of a Senate committee advanced a resolution asking Washington to exempt Utah from future National Monument designations under the Antiquities Act. House Joint Resolution 1 now only needs to clear the full Senate to be sent to the governor’s desk for a signature. KCPW’s Roger […]


ABU Update: Constitutionally Conflicted Bills

On Mondays, KCPW’s Roger McDonough speaks with Chase Thomas from Alliance for a Better Utah to talk about the 2018 Utah Legislative Session. This week: bills that are potentially in conflict with the U.S. Constitution, and the proposal to do away with the so-called “constitutional note” at the Utah Legislature.


Lawmakers Discard Plastic Bag Fee Proposal

(KCPW News) Lawmakers on Friday rejected a proposal to add a ten cent fee to disposable grocery bags in Utah. At the same time, they advanced a proposal to prevent cities from banning bags – something Park City did just last year. KCPW’s Roger McDonough reports.


Lawmakers Consider Changes to Bicycle Traffic Laws

(KCPW News)[AUDIO AFTER BREAK] Utah cyclists might soon be able to legally run through stop signs and red lights. House Bill 58 would allow people on bicycles to treat stop signs like yield signs, and to stop and look both ways before proceeding through a red light. Currently, cyclists are required to follow vehicle rules […]


Lawmaker Requests $2 Million to Sue California Over Coal Fee

(KCPW News) Utah Rep. Mike Noel says California’s preference for renewable energy represents a war on Utah coal. KCPW’s Roger McDonough reports.


ABU Update: Efforts to Upend (Some) Ballot Initiatives Stall

Chase Thomas from Alliance for a Better Utah joins KCPW’s Roger McDonough for an update from the 2018 Utah Legislative Session. Today, they revisit the efforts by lawmakers to try to pass legislation to head off specific citizen ballot initiatives. But bills addressing medical marijuana and state election law have hit snags on Utah’s capitol […]


Claiming National Monuments Success, Nonprofit Seeks $500,000 from Lawmakers

(KCPW News) The Foundation for Integrated Resource Management (FIRM) is again requesting $500,000 from the state of Utah to fund its legal and policy work. [AUDIO AFTER BREAK] During a legislative appropriations meeting on Tuesday, Box Elder County Commissioner and FIRM Board Chair Stan Summers said the organization could take some credit for a number […]


ABU Update: Lawmakers Hoping to Temper Ballot Initiatives

Every Monday Chase Thomas from Alliance for a Better Utah joins KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about the 2018 Utah Legislative Session. This week: what lawmakers are doing relative to the various citizen ballot initiatives currently in the works – from Medical Marijuana to Medicaid Expansion to Our Schools Now and beyond.


An immigrant mother finds sanctuary in a Utah church; the price of the state prison rises; and new information surfaces on the Lake Powell Pipeline application process.

On the eve of her scheduled deportation, a young mother and her two children find sanctuary at the Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City. The cost of moving the state prison is turning out to be more than lawmakers originally told the public, as the price tag nears $700 million. And the state spent $33 […]


Bill Would Make Killing a Police Dog a Second-Degree Felony

(KCPW News) [AUDIO AFTER BREAK] Salt Lake Democratic State Senator Jani Iwamoto wants to make the penalty for killing a police dog more severe. Her Senate Bill 57 would make killing a police service animal a second degree felony, instead of the third degree felony that it is now. During a meeting of the Senate Judiciary, […]


ABU Update: Transportation, Birth Control and Crisis Hotlines

Chase Thomas from Alliance for a Better Utah joins KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about initiatives gaining traction at the 2018 Utah Legislative Session. In today’s update: measures to restructure the Utah Transit Authority and increase funding for transit spending, a push for a Medicaid waiver to pay for birth control for low-income women, and […]


Utah lawmakers advance bill to ban abortion of fetuses diagnosed with Down syndrome

A bill introduced in the House Judiciary committee Thursday seeks to prohibit abortions, if the reason for the procedure is a positive diagnosis of Down syndrome. House Bill 205, sponsored by Clearfield Republican Rep. Karianne Lisonbee, would charge doctors who carry out abortions under such circumstances with a class A misdemeanor. Lisonbee says she isn’t […]