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‘Behind the Headlines’: SLC school closures, anti-DEI push and cleaning up the air before the 2034 Olympics

Salt Lake Tribune journalists go on the air to discuss the week’s top stories.

(Bethany Baker | The Salt Lake Tribune) Members of the Salt Lake City School Board listen to public comment Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, as they prepare to vote on closing four elementary schools.

At least three Republican lawmakers are working on proposals for Utah’s upcoming legislative session that could target college diversity offices and hiring efforts. Starting next academic year, four Salt Lake City elementary schools will permanently shut down. And what measures Utah may undertake to clean up its bad air before hosting the 2034 Winter Olympics.

Salt Lake Tribune reporters Courtney Tanner, Michael Lee and Julie Jag, along with news columnist Robert Gehrke, will join Utah Public Radio’s Tom Williams on Friday to talk about the week’s top stories.

Every Friday at 9 a.m., stream “Behind the Headlines” at upr.org or tune in to Utah Public Radio for the broadcast. Join the live conversation by email to upraccess@gmail.com or on X, formerly known as Twitter, @upraccess.