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Utah leaders respond to family separation policy, Hughes’ property may disqualify him from inland port board and a Navajo candidate sues county that barred him from the ballot

Utah’s religious and political leaders respond to the Trump administration’s initial policy of separating families at the border. Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes owns land close to the boundaries of the proposed inland port, which appears to disqualify him from the board he appointed himself to. And in San Juan County, a Navajo candidate files a lawsuit challenging the county’s […]


SLC Council limits mayor’s options for inland port lawsuit, Provo festival adds nonbias policy but bars LGBT groups, former detective sues police for retaliation

The Salt Lake City Council forbids Mayor Jackie Biskupski from suing over the inland port deal — unless she gets its permission first. The America’s Freedom Festival in Provo enacts a nondiscrimination policy, and then, once again, rejects LGBT parade entries, causing an uproar that led to a sit-down at which the groups reached a compromise. And a former police detective […]


Inland port plan bridges divide, couple attacked during Pride and ozone pollution arrives earlier than usual

Two Utah lawmakers unveil their ideas for bridging a divide between Salt Lake City and the state over the planned Inland Port. A mob shouting homophobic slurs chases four men leaving the Utah Pride Festival, until a dessert shop employee intervenes. And ozone pollution season arrives earlier than usual in northern Utah. At 9 a.m. Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters […]


Utahn released from Venezuelan prison, 3 initiatives make the ballot and Eagle Mountain to get a Facebook data center

After spending nearly two years in a Venezuelan prison, Josh Holt and his wife arrive home in the Beehive State. A final certification shows that three of four citizen initiatives are on their way to the November ballot. And Facebook plans to put a data center in Eagle Mountain, enticed by a $150 million tax break. At 9 a.m. Friday, Salt […]


Utah authors call FanX founders out, Utah GOP removes minority members before vice chair election, LDS and NAACP leaders announce joint efforts

Utah authors band together to criticize the founders of the FanX convention for their response to sexual harassment allegations. At its State Central Committee meeting, the Utah Republican Party removes some of its female and minority members and elects a new vice chairperson. And, in a historic meeting, LDS Church leaders get together with NAACP officials to collaborate on humanitarian and education […]


Salt Lake Tribune lays off third of staff, Utah County Clerk’s office misses petition signatures and San Juan County Commission candidate booted from ballot

The Salt Lake Tribune lays off a third of its staff, after publisher Paul Huntsman announces a steep decline in revenue since purchasing the paper in 2016. The Utah County Clerk’s office fails to count more than 100 packets of petition signatures for the Count My Vote ballot initiative. And San Juan County Commission candidate Willie Grayeyes, a […]


Mormon church to split with Boy Scouts, lyme disease flares in Utah and invasive plants proliferate in SLC

An invasive plant jumps from Salt Lake City gardens to the surrounding foothills. Deer ticks carrying lyme disease are more prevalent in Utah due to climate change. And after more than a century, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Boy Scouts of America announce a future split. At 9 a.m. Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters […]


An officer fights his demons and the demons of other cops, the EPA gives Utah a pollution deadline and Orrin Hatch gets a tribute in SLC

The EPA gives Utah three years to bring its ozone pollution down to acceptable levels. The newly announced Hatch Center aims to honor the legacy of retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch. And a Utah police officer, who sought help after years of on-the-job trauma, is working to get other officers to do the same. At 9 a.m. Friday, Salt […]


Kennedy defeats Romney at a tense GOP convention, and the Utah Jazz try to end their playoff series with the Oklahoma City Thunder

Rep. Michael Kennedy, R-Alpine, bested Mitt Romney in the GOP convention last weekend and will face off with him in the primary election. The tension between conservative and moderate Republicans worked up the convention into a tense marathon of a meeting. And the Utah Jazz gear up for Game 6 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. At 9 a.m. Friday, Salt Lake […]


GOP conspiracy theories and issues Utahns should actually care about

Natalie Gochnour is joined on The Right by columnist Holly Richardson and on The Left by Dan, host of the Blacksite Podcast. They discuss the outcomes of the Utah Republican Convention as well as the infighting plaguing the Utah GOP; what issues are political “insider baseball” and what Utahns should really care about; and the […]


Legislature pokes back at Utah governor; ballot likely to include medical marijuana, Medicaid expansion; San Juan wants Recapture Canyon road

The power struggle between Gary Herbert and the Legislature intensifies with lawmakers overriding two of the Utah governor’s vetoes. Four of six citizen initiatives likely will end up on the ballot in November, including one to expand Medicaid and another to legalize medical marijuana. And San Juan County claims a right of way through Recapture Canyon, the site of ancient archaeological […]


San Juan GOP is miffed at new voting boundaries, Salt Lake County sues over opioids and the Utah Jazz are back in the playoffs

At their convention, San Juan County Republicans express deep frustration over recently redrawn voting district boundaries that give the county’s majority Navajo population a greater say at the ballot box. Salt Lake County sues pharmaceutical companies over the opioid crisis while the state debates doing the same. And after turning their season around, the Utah Jazz are headed to the […]


Lawsuit against the LDS Church, Bear Lake water rights and SLC inland port deal

The woman who says she was raped by a former Missionary Training Center president sues the LDS Church and comes forward to tell her story. The state of Utah asks for control of unclaimed water in Bear Lake, prompting concerns from environmentalists about downstream effects. And how Salt Lake City’s priorities for an inland port […]


Romney talks immigration, guv OKs Medicaid expansion and Utahns take to the streets over guns

Mitt Romney discusses his stance on Dreamers and promotes a merit-based U.S. immigration system. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signs a Medicaid expansion bill that could cover 70,000 low-income Utahns if the federal government approves it. And thousands of students and supporters march against gun violence just after a counterdemonstration from gun-rights activists. At 9 a.m. […]


Curtis takes heat for ex-Provo top cop, Noel didn’t disclose pipeline interest and Utahns delete Facebook accounts

Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah, is accused of ignoring sexual-misconduct allegations against then-Provo Police Chief John King during Curtis’ tenure as mayor. Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, gets flak for not disclosing how he could benefit from the Lake Powell pipeline project he promoted in the Legislature. And Utahns are deciding whether to break ties with Facebook […]


Utah’s Senate president is out, a GOP House member is challenging Mitt Romney and students walk out to protest gun violence

More than 20 lawmakers have announced their departure from the Utah Legislature, including Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy. A Republican from the Utah House jumps into the U.S. Senate race in opposition to Mitt Romney. And thousands of students walk out of Utah schools, joining in solidarity with students protesting gun violence nationwide. At 9 a.m. Friday, […]


What the Legislature’s choices may mean for Utah

The general session of this year’s Utah Legislature ended last night after more than 1,300 bills were filed, setting a record. Among the legislation was a compromise on education funding, a potential overhaul of the Utah Transit Authority and changes to state election laws. At 9 a.m. Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Lee Davidson and Benjamin […]


State may require sex-assault reporting, SLC is peeved over port plan and what’s in UTA’s potential new name?

State senators pass a bill to overhaul the Utah Transit Authority, starting with its name. The Utah House votes to require public universities to share allegations of sexual assault with police, regardless of the victims’ wishes. And state officials plan an inland port for Salt Lake City’s northwest quadrant, but the city expected to have more input in […]


Trump backs Romney, Utah may ax death penalty and legislators can use hundreds of millions in unexpected funding

As Mitt Romney begins his campaign for Senate, his relationship with President Donald Trump appears to warm. Rep. Gage Froerer, R-Huntsville, leads the charge to do away with the death penalty, and he has some powerful players backing him. And state lawmakers seem to have an extra $209 million to work with this year. At 9 a.m. Friday, Salt […]


Hate crimes bill stalls, Utah lawmakers avoid climate change declarations, Mike Noel’s land is scrutinized

The latest attempt to increase penalties for hate crimes dies without getting a hearing in the Legislature. Although science points to the burning of fossil fuels as a driver of climate change, Utah lawmakers are wary to acknowledge human culpability. And a Montana conservation group says Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, who advocated for a reduction […]