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Sunday Edition: Immigration reform, North Korean tension, and asteroids

By Richard Piatt | Posted - Apr 21st, 2013 @ 9:00am

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SALT LAKE CITY — Senators have started picking apart that plan from the so-called "Gang of Eight." Our panel weighs in on Washington's efforts. Plus, we'll take a closer look at Korea's reunification dilemma. And check out a big hole in Utah that could help scientists defend our planet.

Segment 1

The bombings at the Boston Marathon last week overshadowed the start of an important immigration debate in Washington.

But there is a tie-in. The hearings started with some Republicans saying the two immigrant suspects raised questions about gaps in the system, even though they apparently entered the country legally. That of course, is just part of the debate going forward.

Joining Richard Piatt to discuss the sweeping new immigration bill: former attorney general Mark Shurtleff, Sen. Luz Robles, Jason Mathis, executive director of the Downtown Alliance and immigration attorney Barbara Melendez.

Segment 2

North and South Korea have been in the news lately, as well as apparent threats of nuclear war from the North. Both countries have new leaders trying to reshape the relationship between the two countries.

But that's not going to be easy, according to defense analyst and filmmaker Dodge Billingsley.

His film, "Unfortunate Borthers: Korea's Reunification Dilemma," takes a closer look at the riddle of Korean unification and promotes deeper understanding of two countries many of us do not fully understand.

The film is sponsored by the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at Brigham Young University. The center is committed to telling international stories not only in books and articles, traditional academic mediums, but also in film.

Segment 3

World scientists met in Flagstaff last week to figure out how to defend the planet.

The concern is asteroids that might someday collide with Earth.

Many Utahns don't realize it, but our state was evidently right in the bull's-eye for such a catastrophe a long time ago. Science and Nature Specialist John Hollenhorst explains.

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