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April 1: Utah Performing Arts Center, movie ratings and train safety

Posted - Apr. 1, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.



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OverviewPlans for the Utah Performing Arts Center are moving forward as a one-man show. Hear why Salt Lake City leaders are concerned and learn about the details the County needs ironed out before they make a decision. Plus, a movie aimed at teenagers receives an R rating and creates a lot of backlash for the Motion Picture Association of America. We'll discuss inconsistencies within the rating system with film critic Chris Hicks. And find out why you could soon risk a ticket if you don't hang up or stop texting near TRAX and Frontrunner stops all in this Sunday Edition.

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Salt Lake City is moving forward with plans for the Utah performing Arts Center -- with or without county support. City officials say they're optimistic Salt Lake County will partner in the 110 million dollar performing arts center. But until a deal is done, city leaders can't count on that support. They also can't wait. On Tuesday they had to commit 15 million dollars to the developer. We'll discuss plans for the development with representatives from the County and City.

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A film on a middle school reality has earned the scarlet letter-an 'R' rating. "Bully" is a new documentary that depicts the brutal bullying experienced by middle-school- aged students. Seemingly everybody who has seen the film agrees it's the rare kind of media that can significantly benefit teens and parents alike. What they can't agree on, though, is what the film should be rated. On one side of the issue is the Motion Picture Associate of America, which decided "Bully" should be rated R for strong language. On the other side of the matter-the film's distributor, the Weinstein Company, and a groundswell of activists. Their rationale: All the language is realistic of what teens experience, and an R rating would prevent a lot of teens from seeing the film because most teenagers wouldn't be caught dead at the movies with a parent. The Weinstein Co. Decided to move past the R rating and on Friday released the film in select theaters unrated. It will open in Utah on April 13. Deseret News columnist and film critic Chris Hicks joined us to discuss the movie rating system.

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If you don't watch where you're going near train crossings, you could get a ticket. The Utah Transit Authority is considering an ordinance to ban distracting behavior near train crossings. That includes talking on a phone, texting or listening to music. Eight pedestrians have died in the past year after being struck by Frontrunner or TRAX trains. Gerry Carpenter, spokesperson for the UTA, joined us to discuss that and safety at rail crossings.

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