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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 […]


Lawmaker quits amid solicitation allegation, Utah-linked White House aide is ousted and EnergySolutions may get big break from Legislature

Rep. Jon Stanard, R-St. George, abruptly resigns from office, citing a desire to spend time with his ailing father. But soon after the news of his departure surfaced, so did an allegation that he paid for sex. Rob Porter, a Trump administration official with ties to Utah’s U.S. senators, quits after his two ex-wives accuse […]


An immigrant mother finds sanctuary in a Utah church; the price of the state prison rises; and new information surfaces on the Lake Powell Pipeline application process.

On the eve of her scheduled deportation, a young mother and her two children find sanctuary at the Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City. The cost of moving the state prison is turning out to be more than lawmakers originally told the public, as the price tag nears $700 million. And the state spent $33 […]


Clergy request hate-crime crackdown, Legislature decries Utah guv and Chris Stewart warns of politics in intelligence agencies

Utah’s religious leaders advocate for a bill that would enhance penalties for hate crimes. Utah House Republicans slam Gov. Gary Herbert after disagreeing on the process of the 2017 3rd Congressional District special election. And Rep. Chris Stewart visits the Legislature to tell lawmakers that the real scandal in Washington isn’t Russian election meddling — […]


Love meets with Trump, Herbert aims at youth suicide, Mormon church gets new top leaders

Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, meets with President Donald Trump to discuss immigration policy — but not his “s—hole countries” remark. Gov. Gary Herbert creates a task force to address the rise in youth suicides. The LDS Church gets a new leader who changes the composition of its governing First Presidency. And, in a special pre-recorded […]


No re-election for Hughes, bad air may kill and Utah lawmaker wants to change water rules

Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes announces that he won’t seek re-election, stoking speculation that he will run for Utah governor in 2020. A new Harvard study adds to the growing body of evidence that air pollution, even in small amounts, can be deadly. And Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, proposes legislation to remove cities’ ability to regulate […]


Mormon church leader Monson dies, and will Mitt Romney replace Hatch?

After 41 years in office, Orrin Hatch says he will retire from the Senate early next year. The news has led to widespread speculation that Mitt Romney will run to replace Hatch. And The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints mourns the death of President Thomas S. Monson, who led the church for a […]


Hatch-praised tax bill passes, humans could help Great Salt Lake, and check out (or skip) these movies

A tax bill championed by Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch passes through Congress. The Great Salt Lake is drying up, but scientists say there’s still hope. And which movies should you see or skip in theaters this holiday season? At 9 a.m. Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporter Emma Penrod, Washington Bureau Chief Thomas Burr, movie critic […]


Uranium lobbying, Lake Powell Pipeline and Utah education funding

Recently obtained documents show how a uranium mining company pressured the Trump administration to shrink Bears Ears National Monument. Federal regulators tentatively approvemoving forward with the $1 billion Lake Powell Pipeline project. And Utah Gov. Gary Herbert proposes a major bump in education funding. At 9 a.m. Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Emma Penrod and […]


Trump trims monuments, Hatch distances himself from Moore and the president backs Utah’s senior senator

President Donald Trump visits Utah to break up and downsize the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, hardens his stance on the candidacy of Roy Moore, the GOP Senate candidate from Alabama. And Trump endorses Hatch for an eighth term in Congress. At 9 a.m. Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Christopher Smart […]


Trump to come to Utah, thousands of ballots are nullified, women share sexual harassment stories

President Donald Trump will come to Utah to announce boundary adjustments for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. Errors lead to thousands of ballots’ rejection in the special congressional election. And women in Utah politics share their experiences with sexual harassment. At 9 a.m. Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Courtney Tanner and Lee Davidson, […]


Salt Lake County to sue Big Pharma, BLM offices could come to Utah and sex ed may move out of classrooms

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams announces plans to sue the pharmaceutical industry over effects of the opioid crisis, and his decision catches County Council members off guard. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke considers moving the headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management to Salt Lake City. And a state lawmaker proposes moving sex education classes […]


Diehl walks, and John Curtis is set to be sworn in

After two years of uncertainty, former UTA board member Terry Diehl’s federal case is dismissed. And after Tuesday’s election, Rep.-elect John Curtis will be sworn in Monday. At 9 a.m. Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Jennifer Dobner and Courtney Tanner, government and politics editor Dan Harrie and columnist Robert Gehrke join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to […]


Feds OK Utah’s Medicaid waiver, a manhunt follows a U. shooting and Utahns in Congress discuss Mueller indictments

President Donald Trump’s administration approves Utah’s request for a Medicaid waiver to help fund Operation Rio Grande. The fatal shooting of a student near the University of Utah leads to a manhunt and arrests. And Utah’s members of Congress comment on special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s indictments over his Trump campaign investigation. At 9 a.m. Friday, […]


KBYU changes programming, syringe exchange builds bridges, police ask homeless for ID

BYU Broadcasting is changing its television and radio formats, resulting in petitions by fans of the station’s classical music programming. A syringe exchange program in Salt Lake Cityaims to prevent the spread of disease among intravenous drug users, while saving money for the state health system. And people experiencing homelessness report being asked by police […]


Advocates want to pause The Road Home’s closure, Hatch takes flak for a drug bill and Ben McAdams is running against Mia Love

Religion leaders send a letter to Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, urging her not to close the Road Home shelter before the new homeless resource centers are open. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, responds to reports linking legislation he sponsored to decrease DEA enforcement of black market opioids. And Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams […]


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