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Pandemic "Endgame" bill sponsor speaks on SLC extending the mask mandate
Utah Rep. Paul Ray and the sponsor of the pandemic "endgame" bill passed through the legislature, responds to Salt Lake City Erin Mendenhall's decision to extend the mask mandate within city limits, despite a measure in the bill prohibiting the action.
Salt Lake DA gives update on murdered Kearns woman.
Salt Lake District Attorney Sim Gill joined Doug Wright with an update after his office filed more charges in the case of missing and murdered Kearns woman Conzuelo “Nicole” Solorio-Romero, 25 after police discovered her remains.
The Chosen Season 2 | Heart of Utah
A large part of Season 2 of The Chosen was filmed right here in Utah. A lot of the lessons they learned right here helped them pull of a biblical production in the middle of a pandemic, and keep everyone safe while doing it.
Cake by Courtney | Heart of Utah
Courtney Rich has become a cake baking sensation on social media, but besides sharing incredible recipes and cake decorating tips, through her journey, she discovered that baking cakes provided healing for the depression she'd experienced since the age of 19.
"Everyone can do something." | Heart of Utah
Two Utah doctors who responded to the call of duty during the pandemic as members of the Navy Reserves are looking back on a year of COVID-19 in the United States.
Heart of Utah: Storytelling festival helps young performers find their voices
For 25 years, the Weber State University Storytelling Festival continues to help kids across northern Utah gain confidence and find their voices, even in the midst of a pandemic that forced the event to go virtual.
But putting the storytelling festival online means even more people can now discover these young performers.
Reclaiming our African Roots | Heart of Utah
This year's theme for Black History Month is "The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity" and for many who have African Heritage, connecting with their roots can be incredibly difficult.
That was, and still is, the case for Thom Reed, he's the Chief Genealogical Officer for Family Search International, his family history has hit a brick wall in Alabama in 1870. After a trip to Africa with Family Search a few years ago, he struck out to figure out where his roots were on the continent.
Now, Family Search is part of a broad coalition of genealogical societies, academics and historians are working together to start the Reclaiming Our African Roots, or R.O.A.R, initiative.
Heart of Utah | The Eagles
February is a great month to see bald eagles and other majestic birds in Utah and you and your family may get hooked into the fascinating bird world and Utah’s outdoors. KSL Newsradio’s Mary Richards has more in this week’s Heart of Utah.
Heart of Utah | Mat and Savanna Shaw
Mat and Savanna Shaw, a daddy-daughter singing duo from Kaysville are coming up on one year since their first video went viral, and there are showing no signs of slowing down any time soon.
Impeachment trial: The case against convicting President Trump
The second impeachment trial against President Trump is set to start on Tuesday, but before the debate about whether to convict the former president can begin, the Senate will argue whether the proceedings should be dismissed entirely.
The case for convicting President Trump
This is the first of our two-part series looking into the arguments for and against the second impeachment of President Donald Trump.
The second Senate impeachment trial against President Trump is set to start this week, and some political analysts believe it will be short, not even lasting a week. Senate Democrats say the former president’s speech in early January directly led to rioters storming the U.S. Capitol, and some political analysts in Utah believe there is a strong case to convict him.
Extreme Motus | Heart of Utah
Disability or not, everyone wants to feel included." That's the message that lifelong friends Sam and Ryan are sharing with the world, and they're gaining a lot of traction on social media where they are sharing their wild adventures aboard an off-road wheelchair that's made right here in the Beehive State.
Strong like Sarah
The journey is just beginning for a remarkable young woman from northern Utah -- almost six months to the day since a she was involved in a terrible accident. Sarah Frei is on the way to a new future as she helps advocate on Utah’s Capitol Hill.
Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments
Less than a week after taking office, President Joe Biden has opened the door to again reviewing the boundaries for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. While Utah’s top politicians have banded together in opposition, local leaders in southern Utah are left wondering when the cycle of change will end.
Heart of Utah: Herriman teacher refuses to quit after diagnosis
For years, Jessilynn Morton-Langehaug did not know what was wrong with her body. She couldn’t keep weight on, food made her feel horrible, and many symptoms made no sense. Eventually, the Herriman teacher received a diagnosis of Lyme Disease, and a doctor said she couldn't run because her body couldn't take it. She didn't listen, eventually running -- and winning -- ultramarathons. KSL NewsRadio's Mary Richards reports for Heart of Utah.
Good Trouble - an MLK Day tribute
This year, the University of Utah’s MLK Week focuses on the theme “Good Trouble,” honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by paying homage to the late Representative John Lewis.
Find out more and participate with us virtually each day this MLK week.
Produced by the University of Utah. Published with permission.
Heart of Utah: Ballroom dancers finding safe ways to compete
Utah is known for its incredible ballroom dancers. After the pandemic struck right before the International DanceSport competition at BYU in March, and while ballroom hasn't made a full comeback, dancers hoping to put a safe foot forward to keep competing safely.
Local doctors say COVID-19 vaccines have similarities, differences to other immunizations
With COVID-19 vaccination plans already being rolled-out in many parts of the world, doctors are trying to better educate the public on how the various immunizations work.
KSL NewsRadio's John Wojcik has the story.
Heart of Utah: A swing for Hayes
A surprise that came in the mail last week helped a Utah family face the four-year anniversary of their son’s death from cancer.
It starts with a trip to the beach. In 2016, the Tate family went to California to celebrate Hayes being in remission. He was around 14 months old and had been battling brain cancer for much of his young life.
Steve Tate said he promised the other five kids that when Hayes was better, they’d go to Disneyland. They stopped at Newport Beach, where Steve pushed his little boy in a swing.
Utah ready to store, distribute COVID vaccine
The Utah Department of Health is finalizing their COVID-19 vaccination plan, which will feature mass scale storage and distribution. As many wonder, rightfully so, about who will get the vaccines and when, it’s important to remember that some serious work behind the scenes was needed to even get "vaccine ready." KSL NewsRadio's John Wojcik reports.
Heart of Utah: Navajo Strong
The Navajo Nation is one area that has truly been hard hit by the pandemic. And Utahns are finding ways to give and donate in unprecedented ways.
“I thought, I can do something, I want to help,” said Bud Frazier.
Frazier is a registered nurse who lives in Lehi but his grandparents live on the reservation. And one weekend he packed up his car with supplies and drove down to deliver them.
Now, that effort has grown into Navajo Strong, a non-profit charity set up to aid those most impacted on the Navajo Reservation.
Heart of Utah: Navajo Strong
Are the Covid-19 vaccines safe?
Are the Covid-19 vaccines safe? We’re getting closer to having an approved Covid-19 vaccine but can we trust that it’s safe to take? We went to the experts and asked. Here's what they said.
'Are the Covid-19 vaccines safe?’ is the second part of our four-part series, ‘The Vaccines: Hope on the Horizon.’ Each day, KSL will break down a different aspect of COVID-19 vaccine development and distribution. Listen to Utah’s Morning News at 7:45 a.m. and to Jeff Caplan’s Afternoon News at 4:45 p.m. every day this week for the latest.
Heart of Utah: Logan police officer saves friend’s life on fishing trip
Heart of Utah is a weekly segment highlighting all of the good news from around the state.
Two men say they will forever be friends after one saved the other’s life on a fishing trip in the High Uintas this year.
Bryan Lay and Benjamin Goodson are fishing buddies. This summer they wanted to try and see if they could catch an Artic Grayling in the high mountain lakes of the Uintas.
But after Benjamin suffered an allergic reaction, the fast actions of his friend, an off duty police officer Bryan saved his life.
On the frontlines: Doctors, nurses remain busy at Salt Lake ICUs
With COVID-19 cases continuing to surge in Utah, local hospitals and their staff are feeling the strain everyday. For those working in intensive care units, everyday is an adventure.
Thanksgiving in Assisted Living
Thanksgiving during a pandemic will look a little different for all of us this year. But that’s especially true for those in assisted living centers, who may not be able to leave or bring loved ones in. Some facilities and families are finding unique ways to connect for the holiday.
Poll Watchers in the 2020 Election
This week registered voters will start to get their mail-in ballots in Utah. And from now past election night, volunteer poll watchers are keeping an eye on the process. Here's what you need to know about what they do, and how they do it.
Tabernacle Choir members miss singing together
Meet Stephanie Wood, the alto leader of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, who says choir members are doing their best to stay in good singing shape in anticipation of the day when they get to practice and perform together again.
Suicide Prevention Special with Salt Lake Behavioral Health Hospital
It's National Suicide Prevention Week. KSL NewsRadio's Amanda Dickson sat down with Anna Lieber, Clinical Director at Salt Lake Behavioral Health Hospital to offer support, advice, and conversations around suicide.
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How can parents help kids navigate continued uncertainty?
Mental health advocates are warning of the possible impact that limited social interaction and months of isolation can have on child development. Thankfully, they say parents can help their kids navigate all the uncertainty.
Back to School: Utah's Universities
Many universities around the state are set to re-open Monday with a mix of online and some in-person classes. At the University of Utah, their schedule will rotate between a hybrid and online-only format.
An alternative to school: What happened when we got some families together to try and figure something else out
Despite the blazing sun, there is a dark cloud hanging over the gathering. I think it is much like the general malaise much of feel us when the day is done and we're thinking, "What are we going to do tomorrow?"
KSL's Todd Fooks goes in-depth on the conversations some Utah families are having about if they're planning to send their kids back to the classroom in the COVID-19 era.
First-year teachers: Starting school in a pandemic
Every fall, many brand-new teachers join the ranks in Utah’s classrooms. But this year, those first-time teachers, interns and student-teachers are beginning their careers in the era of COVID-19.
KSL's Mary Richards goes in-depth
In or Out? Utah teachers react to fall school plans
With school districts all over Utah still getting their plans in place for the fall, many educators are left “in limbo” wondering what their days will look like. In the Canyons School District, 98% of teachers responded to a survey by saying they intend to return to in-person teaching in the fall.
John Wojcik goes in-depth about how Utah teachers feel about Utah's back to school plans
Utah County Commissioners on public mask meeting
After citizens crowded into the Utah County Administration Building to voice their opinions on a proposed request for flexibility in the state’s school facemask mandate, county commissioner Tanner Ainge ended the meeting under 2 minutes saying that the gathering violated local health recommendations and was organized by fellow commissioner Bill Lee for political theater.
KSL NewsRadio has spoken to each one of the three county commissioners, you can hear their full interviews here.
Class of 2020: Going into the Marines to help people
Alexander Falkner has been studying at the Utah Military Academy since the seventh grade and now he's graduating and heading out to the Marine Corps.
Honoring the Class of 2020: Overcoming Anxiety
Anxiety can be tough for anyone to go through, but it can be extra difficult when you are a girl in high school. Paige Kennedy knows firsthand - but she's graduating with a 3.9 GPA and getting ready to head to SUU. Her mom started a Facebook group called "Adopt A Senior", which helps people give gifts to the Class of 2020. The Kennedys have adopted a few graduates themselves, while Paige has also gotten gifts.
Food insecurity in Utah
Utah Food Bank Executive Director Ginette Bott says she predicts food insecurity in Utah will jump over 40% by the end of 2021. She joined Utah's Morning News to discuss how the food banks are doing now as they work to help people and stay healthy.
Many teens are disappointed this year because they can't attend prom. But one family in East Millcreek held their own prom for their graduating senior which helped with the disappointment and to heal from a devastating tragedy.
KSL Newsradio's Kelli Pierce reports.
The Class of 2020: Helping others while going through challenges
Erin Estheimer has never missed a soccer game or even a team practice at Clearfield High School. She’s also got great grades and is going to Central Wyoming College on a full scholarship this fall, all while also helping set up the 'Adopt a Senior' program to take care of graduating seniors. It's incredibly impressive because she did all this while her mother was battling terminal cancer.
How art connects people to Joseph Smith’s First Vision
There have been many paintings, drawings, sculptures and even stained glass windows done of the First Vision and each of them shows the way that artists and faithful have connected with Joseph Smith’s account of what happened to him in a grove of trees near his home 200 years ago.
The impact of Joseph Smith's First Vision
This Spring marks 200 years since Joseph Smith’s First Vision, where he says he saw God the Father and His son Jesus Christ appear to him in a grove of trees near his home.
That experience was the catalyst for forming The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Did Joseph Smith's First Vision happen today?
Some scholars believe March 26th could have been the day that 14-year-old Joseph Smith had his First Vision.
"Whether you believe it or not, it symbolizes man’s yearning to connect to heaven. There's something universal there," says church historian Spencer McBride.
Stories from the Streets: Getting Sober and Getting a Job
Reporter Kelli Pierce met with Casey who is from Payson, Utah and spoke with him about his difficult journey through drug addiction and the process of getting sober. It took him two trips to rehab and a period of homelessness before he got clean. But he got sober and is now working and living in transitional housing.
Soaring drug prices spark legislative debate and action by Utah non-profit
The Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Intermountain Healthcare had spent a majority of the decade consumed by the minutiae of patient care. During that time, he realized that health care providers were operating in an imperfect system, but perhaps more troubling was the corporate and personal greed that was prohibiting any kind of solution.
Don't go into debt for your drugs: Price cuts available for prescriptions
“How do you go from $4,000 to $10 bucks a month?”
This isn’t a rhetorical question, rather a personal statement of disbelief. All over Utah everyday people are paying thru the nose for prescription medication they need just to stay alive, but asking a few questions could save you thousands of dollars.
Plenty of blame to go around on high drug prices
Though the FDA has a big role to play in the reason that prescription drug prices in the United States is so high, they aren't the only ones to blame.
This is day 3 of A Costly Cure: Struggling with soaring prescription prices our look into the rising cost of prescription drugs.
How the FDA is raising the price you pay at the pharmacy counter
More than 75% of new drug patents for new drugs aren't new. They are old patents that the FDA allows drug makers to take over.
Once they get that monopoly, that's when economists say the lower-cost generics disappear and the price we pay at the pharmacy goes up.
This is day 2 of our look into the rising cost of prescription drugs.
A Costly Cure: Struggling with Soaring Prescription Prices
Life and death decisions are being made all over Utah by families who can't afford the skyrocketing price of prescription medication.
This is especially true for type-1 diabetics, as many have resorted to swapping excess supplies throughout the state.. or evening rationing what they have. KSL Newsradio's John Wojcik recently spent an entire afternoon on the road as he starts our week-long coverage, "A Costly Cure: Struggling with Soaring Prescription Prices.”
The Case of Lauren McCluskey: One Year Later
Tuesday marks the one year anniversary of the murder of University of Utah track star Lauren McCluskey. Her parents say the milestone brings with it a sadness that doesn't go away but they are proud that her legacy is living on at campuses around the world.
Tim and Amanda spoke with Lauren's mother Jill McCluskey about how they are doing a year after losing their daugther.
Living Faith In Fear: the story of a Utah family trapped in Dubai
Abuse, threats, fear. It's all part of daily life for a Utah family trapped in the Middle East because of their Christian faith. KSL Newsradio’s Brianna Bodily begins our three part series: living your faith in fear with the story of a woman and her parents who found themselves trapped in Dubai.
Donovan Difference - Part 2
Utah Jazz ticket and apparel sales have been strong this season, but you can only partially credit the team's most recent winning streak. KSL Newsradio's Cleon Wall reports that one of the driving forces is NBA dunk champion Donovan Mitchell.
The Donovan Difference - Part 1
Utah Jazz fans seem to be connecting with this seasons team more than many other teams of the past. And it seems to be much more than the team's recent winning streak or the new jerseys. KSL Newsradio's Cleon Wall reports it has a lot to do with rookie phenom Donovan Mitchell how has taken the state and NBA by storm.
Special series: Vaping in Utah
More teens in Utah are trying e-cigarettes, and there's concern that they will be more likely to take up regular smoking and get addicted. But the growing vaping industry says e-cigarettes are a way for adults to quit regular smoking. As e-cigarettes or vaping grows, the latest device your kids may be using to hide their smoking is called a Juul. It looks like a flash drive.
Since 2011, Utah youth use rates have tripled, despite the law prohibiting sales to minors.
The health department also says youth more likely to use e-cigarettes than any other tobacco product on the market.
Vaping series part four: Industry
Utah lawmakers are working to regulate e-cigarettes industry in Utah, but the industry is growing rapidly, and fighting back. Different bills have tried to address e-cigarette labeling, regulation, ingredients, and access to minors. Some 40 Utahns recently experienced side effects after vaping what they thought was synthetic cannabinoid oil, but it wasn’t.
A new study from the National Academy of Sciences found e-liquids and the aerosol in the vape both contain toxins and can be carcinogenic, although lower than conventional cigarettes.
That same study also said e-cigarettes could lead adult smokers to quit regular cigarettes.
Vaping series part three: gateway
The e-cigarette industry insists their products are not a gateway to regular tobacco. But scientists are finding otherwise. The National Academy of Sciences announced recently that vaping can be addictive and may lure teenagers to smoking.
And the University of Michigan found teens were 6 to 7 times more likely to pick up regular smoking a year later.
A main concern for Brittany Karzen at the Utah Department of Health, is that nicotine changes the teen brain and makes it more prone to addiction in the future, and risky behaviors.
Vaping series part two: teen rates
Some teens say they don’t think e-cigarettes are as bad as the real thing, and they think they look cool and taste good. In 2015, youth use of e-cigarettes in Utah was 10.5 percent. In 2017 it’s at 11.1 percent. Since 2011, Utah youth use rates have tripled, despite the law prohibiting sales to minors. The health department also says youth more likely to use e-cigarettes than any other tobacco product on the market.
The newest trend in vaping
As e-cigarettes or vaping grows, the latest device your kids may be using to hide their smoking is called a Juul. It looks like a flash drive. The Truth Initiative says 25 percent of 15-24-year-old JUUL users do not identify their behavior as vaping, instead referring to it as “JUULing.” Health officials say many just think they are vaping flavored liquids. 37 percent of teen and young adult JUUL users are uncertain whether the product contains nicotine.
President Russell M. Nelson called to lead LDS church
President Russell M. Nelson has been announced as the 17th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, after the death of President Thomas S. Monson. But who is President Nelson? KSL Newsradio's Marc Giauque introduces us to the LDS leader through the people who know him best.
LDS President Thomas S. Monson's love of Scouting
A look back at the life of LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson who passed away at the age of 90 and his love of scouting. Monson always proudly shared he was a friend to scouting. He encouraged many young men to pursue obtaining the Eagle Scout award. KSL Newsradio's Randall Jeppesen tells us the story.
Late LDS Church president recalled for business acumen
Longtime friends say, President Thomas S. Monson, who died Tuesday at age 90, had success in the corporate world that shaped him for success at the helm of a worldwide church.
LDS President Monson's Family Life
We're remembering the life of President Thomas S. Monson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. President Monson had three children, eight grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren. He often spoke of his beloved wife, Frances. KSL Newsradio's Mary Richards has an in-depth look at President Monson's family life.
LDS Church President remembered for legacy of service
President Thomas S. Monson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints died last night at the age of 90. The church says his family was by his side.
President Monson served as a senior leader in the church for more than five decades. There are many stories of his service, but that principle is the legacy he left behind for the church. KSL Newsradio's Marc Giauque has more.
Mormons remember President Monson's gift of humor
After the death of President Thomas S. Monson, leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, many LDS faithful are remembering their prophet's talent for humor and storytelling. He used funny stories to illustrate life lessons in talks at priesthood sessions and general conference meetings over the years. Mormons say President Monson laughed at himself as much as anyone else in his storytelling. KSL Newsradio's Becky Bruce reports.
Honor Flight of Vietnam vets from Utah take part in National Archives event
The war in Vietnam was one with concentric casualties, leaving more than 58,000 American soldiers dead, and scores more fighting personal battles even decades after they returned.
This week as President Trump visits Vietnam in an effort to strengthen relations between the two countries, in Washington DC, they’ll open up a new exhibit at the National Archives about the Vietnam War. And a group of veterans from Utah will be there. They’re part of Utah's Honor Flight program. Nearly 4 dozen veterans who served during the Vietnam War will be there. The Utah vets are part of an Honor Flight, a program set up to thank veterans for their service by, in part, flying them back to Washington DC to see the memorials on the mall.
Interview with a Recovering Addict, Part 2
A recovering opioid addict, Casey, talks about how he became addicted to prescription pain pills and what ultimately led him into treatment and eventually recovery from that addiction.
Interview with a Recovering Addict
A recovering opioid addict, Rachel, talks about how she became addicted to prescription pain pills and what ultimately led her into treatment and eventually recovery from that addiction.
Recovering addicts talk opioids, treatment
Utah and the nation is grappling with an opioid addiction epidemic, one that President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have now declared a public health emergency. Two Utahns shared their stories of addiction, treatment and recovery with KSL Newsradio's Mary Richards. They told her the majority of addicts who use pain pills to get high are getting those drugs from a friend or family member - in many cases, handed over willingly.
Remembering Elder Robert D. Hales
KSL Newsradio's Becky Bruce takes a look back at the life and legacy of Elder Robert D. Hales of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. A native of New York, the LDS apostle played baseball and served as a fighter pilot before his successful career in business and eventual calling to serve in the Mormon church.
Grieving father spreads awareness of altitude sickness
A man whose healthy, strong teen son died unexpectedly of altitude sickness is hoping to spread awareness about the illness -- and what the signs and symptoms are that might help someone else from falling victim. KSL Newsradio's Paul Nelson reports.
Who Is Ben Shapiro?
A group of students is organizing at the University of Utah, in hopes of "shutting down" a controversial speaker who drew forceful protests at UC Berkeley. But the U supports the invite for former Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro, saying the way to support free speech is to allow more of it, not less, even if you find it disagreeable. Shapiro speaks at the invitation of Young Americans for Freedom, a student group. Another group, Students for a Democratic Society, is behind a planned protest that it tweeted it hoped would "shut down Ben Shapiro." First Amendment attorneys weighing in on the discussion say both the protesters and Shapiro have a right to be heard, so long as they do not become violent or threatening.
Music helps inmates find peace
Some inmates at the Utah State Prison are getting a new kind of direction, from Mack Wilberg, Conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He volunteers to work with prisoners in his free time, helping put together musical training for vocalists and other musicians including piano, strings and other instruments. KSL Newsradio's Paul Nelson reports.
Summer Safety in Utah
Summertime is great for travel, adventure, and all things outdoors. Still, with the added exposure to outside activities, there is more room for danger. To get ready for the 4th of July weekend, Doug Wright talks to the experts about how you can avoid getting in trouble over the Summer.
First on the docket is Salt Lake County Search and Rescue Commander Wayne Bassam. He talks to Doug about the effort behind quick water rescues and hiking mishaps. He and his team are the first call when somebody doesn't come back on time - he tells Doug what he wishes people would know before hitting the trails and waterways this weekend.
Doug Wright talks to Unified Fire PIO Eric Holmes and Cottonwood Heights Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore about what you can do over the 4th of July weekend to avoid starting your home or neighborhood on fire (hint: it involves being smart with fireworks). They also talk about the Brian Head fire and how easy it is for a simple blaze to get out of control.
After, Doug checks in with IHC Emergency Medicine Physician Dr. Adam Balls about the most common types of injuries he sees in the ER over the summer and which ones are most easily avoided.
Immigration hold up
The battle over President Donald Trump's travel ban continues in court. Meanwhile a Utah family is watching closely worried the decision could mean years before they reunite with families in Iran. KSL Newsradio's Brianna Bodily tells the story of this family who became United States citizens after escaping Iran. They went through an intense process in Turkey and other places to get processed to come as refugee to the U.S.
Summer Tech Camp
Sailing, soccer, or science more kids are spending their summers learning and more of those summer camps now involve STEM subjects. Children around the state are attending science, technology, engineering, and math camps all summer long. KSL Newsradio's Mary Richards tells stories of all these kids and the activities they learn in these camps such as building robots and much more.
James Comey Testfies
Former FBI Director James Comey appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee to field questions about President Trump. Comey sat down with the newly elected President and kept notes on all the interactions. He forced a leak to get the notes out there and he said he did it as a protection to him. He testified from everything as to why he was fired, the Russia and election meddling, Michael Flynn, and much more. You can catch the whole exchange in this KSL In-Depth coverage.
World War II Crew Remembered
This is one of many stories of loss in World War II, but this one didn't happen in Europe or even in the Pacific. This one happened in the so-called middle desert in Wayne County Utah. The crew of a bomber died in a plane crash in a remote area. Local ranchers found the wreckage almost three months later. This weekend there will be a monument honoring them. KSL Newsradio's Marc Giaque tells us the story.
Swift Water Rescue in Utah
Rivers across the west are high and fast. This spring people in Utah have lost their lives in places like the Ogden River, Parleys Creek, and the Blackfork River. Sometimes the best advice is just to stay away. On the other hand kayakers and rafters love seeing the big snow pack because it leads to some big fun. KSL Newsradio's Dave Cawley goes in-depth about swift water fundamentals. There is specific training for people who go on rescues for people who face trouble on the waters.
Refugee Moms in Utah
A group of moms at Highland High School wanted to volunteer their time. They were surprised at the request of where help is needed. This assignment was to help the growing number of refugee and immigrant students. Now these moms' efforts are changing their lives and attitudes. KSL Newsradio's Mary Richards goes in-depth on how these moms are helping refugees.
Utah Jazz and the LA Lakers 1988 Playoffs
The Utah Jazz are facing quite possibly the best team in basketball. There has even been talk of the Golden State Warriors being one of the greatest teams ever. The 1988 Jazz squad also had an uphill battle against one of the great teams, the Los Angeles Lakers. Head coach for Utah was Frank Layden who decided to use some interesting antics to take the pressure off his young team. He put the spotlight on himself and Mark Eaton remembers the series well. The Jazz took it to 7 games. KSL Newsradio's Cleon Wall sat down with Layden and Eaton to tell the story.
Utah Jazz's PA Voice
It's been 20 years since the Utah Jazz last made the NBA Finals falling at the hands of Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls. KSL Newsradio's Cleon Wall tells us of one long-time Jazz employee who hopes to be back there soon. Dan Roberts is the voice you hear when you are at the Vivint Smart Home Arena to watch the squad play. You may be familiar with that electrifying phrase "How about the Jazz".
Utah Jazz in the NBA Playoffs
Utah Jazz fans have waited five long years for the team to get back into the thick of the NBA Playoffs. There are a few players left on this team though that was part of the 2012 Jazz playoff team. It has been just as long for them. Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors were young and inexperienced at the time and they were swept right out of the first round at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs. This time around the team is different. Hayward is an NBA All-Star and Derrick Favors has plenty of experience as a starter under his belt. They are just as excited to be back in this position.
Plastic Utah Part Two
KSL Newsradio's Brianna Bodily continues the discussion of the high number of plastic surgeons in Utah. She goes in-depth the pressure women feel to go under the knife and the social pain which forces them to hide their surgery. She tells the story of one woman who received a tummy tuck, but was not about ridding a muffin top. It was to repair muscles in her stomach after pregnancy. One doctor says he saw a shift in his LDS Clients after one general authority warned against vanity. As you learn about though not all women are getting plastic surgery for what may be called "superficial reasons".
Plastic Utah Part 1
Utah is consistently among the top states for the number of plastic surgeons per capita in the nation. KSL Newsradio's Brianna Bodily with both patients and surgeons to ask the questions why are women choosing plastic surgery and why is that rate so high in Utah. Many people across the United States come to Utah to get their work done. There are so many plastic surgeons that it drives down costs.
Road to Understanding - Salt Lake City's West Side
This part of the state has the Salt Lake International airport, the fair park, two freeways, and the intermodal hub. This part also has plenty of homes though such as neighborhoods like Rose Park. KSL Newsradio's Marc Giauque says people in this part of Utah feel like they get a bad reputation. There are many classes from wealthy to poor and he takes us for an in-depth look.
Road to Understanding - Cache County
Cache County has been booming as technology increases to enhance agriculture. This brings its own set of issues however that the county has to still deal with. Robots and farming is quite amazing, but this means it actually needs more people. However, it cannot be just any person but someone who is trained in software to better the product.
Road to Understanding - Box Elder County
Box Elder County businesses have been going strong over the recent years. This has brought some growth from the south and the east. This has created some underlying challenges. Developers are trying to buy lands from agriculturists. Some consider themselves not exactly urban, but not exactly rural. They are more in the middle, so they call themselves "urbals". There is also some worry about leading the state in the suicide rate. Government officials even spoke with President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence about this issue.
Road to Understanding - Tooele County
It is the second largest county in Utah with one area so remote that people who work there say you can see the curvature of the earth. Tooele County is rich in its mining, agriculture, and military history but the present is much different. It has now become a suburb. Lots of people make the commute into Salt Lake for work. This has created opportunities for new services.
Road to Understanding Uintah County
If you are a consumer you love it when the price of oil goes down. It makes the gas bill lower to pay. However, when you are in an oil town, low prices can bring rough economic times. One area it hurts is those businesses which rent equipment. One bright spot of this though is there seems to be less high school drop outs in Uintah County. Officials say it is a team effort including the state of Utah to keep the drop out rate low.
Road to Understanding San Juan County
KSL Newsradio's Marc Giauque breaks down San Juan County and what they need to succeed. It has gotten a lot of national attention because of Bears Ears recently. There are other issues facing the county though. High school students came out to West Valley City to a robotics convention. One challenge though is the fact that getting teachers can be difficult. It is hard on the student's education process when teachers leave and move on.
Road to Understanding - Emery County
Emery County has been one of the main producers of coals and mining over the many years in Utah. Places like Castle Dale mines have been the lifeblood of the community. Things are not like they used to be. The industry is on a steady decline. People are saying they are very nervous for the future. They are trying to find new ways to sell coal even if it is dying in the United States, but possibly try to take it internationally.
Road to Understanding - St. George
When you think of St. George, you probably think of Tuacahn, warm weather, or even retirees. However, you may not know it is one of the fastest growing areas in Utah including the number of jobs. There are still plenty of struggles for people in low income households. Housing is not cheap in St. George as well, so this creates some issues for those starting out.
Road to Understanding Piute County
It may be small, but people who live in Piute county love it and want to keep a hold of it. This requires some discussion on how to help future generations earn a living there. This place is small enough you can take back roads on ATV's to Wal-mart. There are some cities enjoy some success with tourism, but not every city is lucky enough to see the same success. Education, economic development, and mental health is the focus the county is taking to help combat the issues.
Road to Understanding TV Special
KSL Newsradio's Doug Wright and KSL 5 TV's Deanie Wimmer and Dave McCann traveled down to Fillmore, UT to host the beginning of the Road to Understanding. Government officials and others from all over the state came in to discuss what is facing their counties and towns. They discuss everything from improving economic conditions for rural Utah to what should be done about the national monument Bears Ears. The hosts also get feedback on the quality of education children around the state need to succeed in their town. They all met at a central location to tell their stories about their counties.
Road to Understanding Day 1
KSL Newsradio, KSL 5 TV, and KSL.com have come together to try and get some perspective of all areas in the state of Utah. We begin our Road to Understanding as we capture the struggles and successes in rural parts of the state. KSL Newsradio's Marc Giauque tells us stories of individual people in Salt Lake City. Changes have come to this area such as the Outdoor Retailer show which has ended its time in this state over public lands issues. He also discusses the differences between urban Utah and rural Utah.
Making Utah law
Drew Steele heads up to the Utah State Capitol for the evening on the last night of the legislative session. He speaks with representatives and senators about issues and new laws regarding the state and the process of doing that. They discuss many of the laws passed in the latest session and Drew Steele gets the takes and insights of government members while also giving his own.
Homeless at East High School
The same school where several of Disney's High School Musicals were filmed is about to be home to a new facility built just to help homeless teens. Washroom facilities at East High School will include showers, washers and dryers - and that's in addition to a food pantry already housed within the historic school. The hope is that by transforming two old locker rooms with new paint, donated clothes and more, they'll help kids facing homelessness get a hand up. KSL Newsradio's Mary Richards talks with East Principal Greg Maughan, school PTA co-chair Kris Barta and the Salt Lake City School District.
President Donald Trump First 100 Days - Day 41
Polls show the President's speech was a success. The majority say Trump seemed presidential. 57% of those watching had a positive reaction. Vice President Mike Pence went all over television to cheer the speech.
President Donald Trump First 100 Days - Day 40
The President took aim at the House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Yesterday she said President Trump was making America sicker. Trump responded with saying the Democratic party seems to be disappearing and claims Pelosi seems incompetent.