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DEI ban in schools; tithing lawsuits against LDS Church; and Utah’s coal agenda on ‘Behind the Headlines’

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

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Protesters hold a silent rally at the Utah Capitol in January 2024 before the Senate Education Committee heard HB261, an anti-DEI bill that would dismantle diversity offices in Utah public education and government.

Equity training is now considered discriminatory in Utah’s K-12 schools after a vote by the Utah State Board of Education. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is slapped with a string of new “copycat” tithing lawsuits. And Utah taxpayers could end up buying a coal plant as legislators advance an Intermountain Power Project plan.

Salt Lake Tribune reporters Carmen Nesbitt, Tony Semerad and Tim Fitzpatrick, along with news columnist Robert Gehrke, join Utah Public Radio’s Tom Williams to talk about the week’s top stories.

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