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Monday, we're looking back at Utah's 2013 legislative session. It wasn't full of fireworks and brawls, but there were some interesting debates. A freshman representative tried to take the decision on Medicaid expansion away from the Governor's office, the Senate haggled for weeks over moving the State Prison and it remains to be seen if the Governor will veto a bill that does away with concealed carry permits. Doug and his panel of reporters and observers assess what happened and what it could mean moving forward.

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Thursday, we’re wrapping up our series on Utah’s bad air. A lot has changed in Northern Utah in the last couple months. Our air is a lot cleaner, and there’s a sense that efforts to help keep it that way have gained some momentum. But will that result in meaningful improvements to our air quality? If so, when, and what will those improvements cost us? We’ll also explore what we do and don’t know about how air pollution actually affects our bodies.

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Proponents of a bill that would protect LGBT Utahans from discrimination are touting the progress they made in the Utah Senate. Republican Stephen Urquhart's bill passed through committee, but died earlier this week without a vote on the floor. The bill was modeled on Salt Lake City's 2009 ordinance which enjoyed the support of the LDS Church. The Church declined to take a position though on the statewide legislation. Wednesday, we're talking about the bill and asking what could change its fate in 2014.

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Thursday, it’s another installment in our "Clearing the Air" series and we’re talking about industry’s contribution to Utah's dirty air. There's a lot of debate about exactly how responsible industries like Kennecott Utah Copper and the area’s oil refineries are for our air pollution. Are they 11-percent of the problem? Thirty-percent? The industrial sector’s emissions have been regulated for decades, so what have they done to clean up their acts in that time? And what more can they be expected to do?

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Tuesday we're asking this question: should we be limiting gun rights or protecting them? Last year, the US experienced two of the deadliest mass shootings in our nation's history and gun-rights and gun-control advocates are again debating how best to respond. That's playing out in Utah where lawmakers are working through bills to eliminate concealed carry permits, to assert the state's sovereignty to regulate firearms and more. We'll talk about what's happening in the legislature and take your calls.

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Thursday, we continue our series on Utah's air quality with a conversation about the role of government.  After a month of horrible smog along the Wasatch Front, Utah's Capitol Hill is abuzz with debate about ways to clean up our bad air. Governor Gary Herbert says the state is working diligently to address the problem. Democratic legislators have put forth a handful of bills they say will help, and the Republicans have some bills in the works. So what can our local government do to help improve conditions? What should it do? And is there the political will to act now?

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When a U.S. Navy SEAL team killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden last year, the journalist Mark Bowden says it was the final chapter in a long and significant story. That story began soon after 9/11, when America went to war with evasive and opportunistic enemies and had to develop innovative fighting tactics. Bowden's latest book chronicles the decade of intelligence gathering, mission planning and strategies that finally led to "The Finish." Friday, he joins Doug to talk about what he learned. (Rebroadcast)

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Thursday on RadioWest we’re kicking off a series examining Utah’s air quality. With the majority of the region’s seasonal smog coming from automobiles, getting more people out of their cars and into buses and trains is often cited as part of the remedy for what ails our air. So the question is this: If more Wasatch Front residents used mass transit, how much better could our air actually be? We want to hear from you. What’s it like using mass transit in Utah? Is it convenient? Affordable? Is it perfectly adequate or could it be better, and if so, how? Join us.

The Boy Scouts of America delayed a vote this morning on whether it should change its policy excluding gay scouts and leaders. The move would give troops control over who they welcome into their ranks and people in Utah are paying close attention. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has the largest Scouting youth membership of any organization. Wednesday, we're asking people on both sides of the controversy what a policy change would mean for the organization and for its members.

Utah's Bad Air

Jan 30, 2013
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Thursday on RadioWest we’re talking about northern Utah’s perennially poor air quality. While people have no control over the weather and geography that team up to trap nasty air in the valleys, they can influence one very important factor: how much air pollution they put out. So here are some questions: Who’s responsible for our mucky air? What, realistically, can be done about it? And what can we learn from other cities that have cleaned up their air? We want to hear from you, so we hope you’ll join us.