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Feb. 5: Car safety inspections, FLDS building and David Clark

Posted - Feb. 5, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.



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OverviewWhen you renew your car registration every year you usually have to take it for a state safety inspection first to assure it is road worthy. Could those safety inspections soon be a thing of the past? We'll take a close look at a bill that would do away with that requirement. Plus, unusual construction is underway on land owned by followers of Warren Jeffs. John Hollenhorst will join us to discuss his special investigation in Texas. And we'll have a conversation with congressional candidate David Clark about his campaign for the Republican nomination in the 2nd District.

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Before you can proceed with on-line motor vehicle registration renewal, you have to take the car to a garage and have it inspected for safety and to see whether it meets emissions standards. The safety inspection part will cost up to $22 plus the cost of whatever you may have to get fixed -- brakes, lights, windshield, new tires and such.

Today, the question is whether that inspection promotes public safety and your safety, or whether it is an unnecessary government intrusion and expense. Captain Kirk Middaugh of the Utah Highway Patrol and Rep. John Dougall, who is sponsoring a bill to eliminate safety inspections, were our guests.

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A strange building is under construction in Texas by followers of imprisoned polygamist Warren Jeffs. We were so intrigued by photos of the site and by rumors it may ultimately house a three-story-high statue of Jeffs, that we had to find out more. So, News Specialist John Hollenhorst went to Texas. He explained what he discovered there.

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Utah's Second Congressional District as of this year's election is not what it used to be. New boundaries mean two-thirds of its voters weren't in the second district before. Its six-term incumbent will run in another district.

No Democrat has announced his congressional candidacy in the Second District but eight Republicans have. One of them is David Clark, former Utah Speaker of the House, and he was our guest this morning.

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