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Jennifer Napier-Pearce
Trib Talk is an online video chat where Utah newsmakers discuss the hot issues of the day. Jennifer Napier-Pearce (@jnpearce) hosts. Want to join the conversation? Submit comments at sltrib.com. Text us at (801) 609-8059. Or send a Tweet to #TribTalk on Twitter and Google+. Watch the previous chats on youtube.com. Listen to the podcasts on iTunes.
 
Updated on Aug 22, 2014 01:03PM

The Second Amendment Foundation puts Utah cities and towns on notice for their gun laws. Utah’s state school board is in turmoil, even as student test scores dip. Park ...

Updated on Aug 22, 2014 01:03PM

Who will win Emmys at the 66th annual event Monday night in Los Angeles? Tribune television critic Scott D. Pierce, movie critic Sean P. Means and food writer Kathy Stephenson...

Updated on Aug 21, 2014 12:51PM

Cities and towns across Utah are considering loosening their local gun laws, a move prompted by a national gun-rights group.

On Thursday ...

Updated on Aug 20, 2014 12:45PM

Consider this scenario: Government chips in with a group of private investors to fund a privately run social program, such as a school counseling center or a health cli...

Updated on Aug 19, 2014 12:41PM

Non-violent offenders are filling Utah’s prison to the tune of 63 percent of new inmates, a trend that has lawmakers, attorneys, judges and corrections officials worried and w...

Updated on Aug 18, 2014 12:56PM

College athletes typically get nominal living stipends, but that’s poised to change. A landmark court ruling and a NCAA decision to negotiate with Power 5 conferences are pavi...

Updated on Aug 15, 2014 01:27PM

Want to hear the skinny on your best entertainment options for the weekend?

On Friday at 12:15 p.m., The Tribune’s entertainment wri...

Updated on Aug 15, 2014 09:21AM

Sen. Mike Lee’s campaign asks donors if their contributions were legal. More legal allegations surface against Shurtleff and Swallow. The state-run trust managing forme...

Updated on Aug 14, 2014 12:53PM

Tech-based ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft have rolled into Utah. They are currently illegal in Salt Lake City, but officials want to pave a way to legalize the act...

Updated on Aug 13, 2014 12:56PM

The state-run trust that manages assets of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is poised to give homes to 20 people even as it issues evictio...

Updated on Aug 12, 2014 01:12PM

A letter by 14 senators urges President Barack Obama to designate 1.8 million acres in southeastern Utah as a new national monument, an idea that environmentalists embrace whi...

Updated on Aug 11, 2014 01:23PM

Soaring in a hot air balloon through the Valley of the Gods, rock climbing along the breathtaking Via Ferrata in Ogden Canyon and marveling at Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty a...

Updated on Aug 8, 2014 12:14PM

A landslide destroys one home and rattles residents in North Salt Lake. Gov. Gary Herbert invites senators who support designating a new national monument in Utah to co...

Updated on Aug 8, 2014 12:59PM

College football revved up this week, complete with a three-position makeover at Utah, worries about running backs at BYU and continued high hopes for USU quarterback C...

Updated on Aug 7, 2014 01:17PM

More than 930 deaths in four African nations has raised fears and questions about the Ebola virus.

On Thursday at 12:15, Utah Department ...

Updated on Aug 6, 2014 01:23PM

When is it safe to build on a hillside?

Though no one was injured in Tuesday’s landslide in North Salt Lake, the collapse of the mountainside rene...

Updated on Aug 5, 2014 12:58PM

Low wages and low career expectations are holding back Utah women in the workplace, but a new task force aims to find ways to boost education and occupational choices for wome...

Updated on Aug 4, 2014 01:39PM

The sometimes colorful mechanical “eye” of the 2002 Winter Games has closed shut for the time being.

The Hoberman Arch was dismantled last week f...

Updated on Aug 1, 2014 01:00PM

Superhero tales continue to gravitate from comic book pages to live-action features, with “Gotham” and “The Flash” on television and “Guardians of the Galaxy” on the bi...

Updated on Aug 1, 2014 08:59AM

Former Utah Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow make their first court appearance. The Utah Public Service Commission considers a fee for homeowners with ...

Updated on Jul 31, 2014 01:17PM

Over loud and heated objections, the Utah Wildlife Board voted 3-2 Tuesday to allow Utah’s first crow hunt.

On Thursday at 12:15 p.m., board vice ...

Updated on Jul 30, 2014 01:52PM

Life in the polygamous towns of Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona is in a state of flux.

Residents who haven’t paid rent to the ...

Updated on Jul 29, 2014 01:45PM

Who can use the Comic Con name?

That’s at the heart of a budding legal dispute between San Diego Comic-Con, the nation’s largest comic book conven...

Updated on Jul 28, 2014 12:57PM

Opponents are lining up against a proposed fee on homes with solar panels, saying the fee would punish supporters of renewable energy. Rocky Mountain Power maintains net-met...

Updated on Jul 28, 2014 12:02PM

On Friday at 12:15 p.m., Tribune entertainment reporters and pop culture geeks will discuss opening films “Hercules” and “Lucy,” the bevy of country musical offerings all week...

Updated on Aug 1, 2014 08:27AM

Sen. Orrin Hatch wants a religious exemption to President Obama’s executive order extending LGBT workplace protections to federal contractors. Gov. Gary Herbert chimes ...

Updated on Jul 23, 2014 01:02PM

Ben and Renny Cross spent decades together living the ranching life and raising a family on the Colorado rangeland. But the murder of their daughter and an Alzheimer’s ...

Updated on Jul 22, 2014 12:33PM

Patrick Wiggins loves the night sky.

After 26 years at the Hansen Planetarium and the past 12 years as a volunteer Solar System Ambassador, Wiggin...

Updated on Jul 21, 2014 04:26PM

Come September, a former Utah elementary school teacher will lead the nation’s largest teacher’s union.

Lily Eskelsen García has been elected pres...

Updated on Jul 15, 2014 04:59PM

Former Utah Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow were arrested Tuesday and charged with multiple felonies, including receiving or soliciting bribes/bribery...

Updated on Jul 29, 2014 08:02AM

Trib Talk, The Salt Lake Tribune’s daily online chat with newsmakers on Utah issues, is taking a break this week. It will return on Monday, July 21.

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Updated on Jul 11, 2014 08:42AM

Text exchanges between former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and a former aide highlight ethical differences. A new poll shows Utahns want immigration reform this year...

Updated on Jul 11, 2014 12:51PM

A full smorgasbord of entertainment options awaits Utahns this weekend, from the SLC Jazz Festival to “Wicked” to the return of cult film director Trent Harris.

Updated on Jul 10, 2014 01:20PM

As per legislative mandate, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development asked Utahns what they think about Daylight Saving Time. So far, nearly 20,000 people have res...

Updated on Jul 9, 2014 12:48PM

Last week, University of Utah president David Pershing amended the school’s century-old fight song, altering several phrases deemed outdated and sexist. So far, the move has s...

Updated on Jul 8, 2014 01:23PM

Sales of an all-season transit pass in Salt Lake City have been underwhelming, a fact that has caught the attention of the Utah Transit Authority and city leaders.

Updated on Jul 7, 2014 01:22PM

A new national report card shows that family caregivers in Utah are stressed, don’t have enough time to recharge and need more training on how to care for their older or disab...

Updated on Jul 2, 2014 01:14PM

Last week, Tribune columnist Robert Kirby admitted killing several dogs during his time as a cop and since then, he’s received hundreds of comments, emails and face-to-...

Updated on Jul 1, 2014 02:00PM

In “American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church,” author Alex Beam retraces the rise and fall of the charismatic and controversial found...

Updated on Jul 1, 2014 02:01PM

Last week, the Utah Supreme Court tossed out an environmental challenge to a tar sands mine, allowing extraction to move forward on the Tavaputs Plateau. What does this mean f...

Updated on Jul 3, 2014 09:30AM

How is the new “Transformers” movie? What about the World Cup, where the United States advanced to the knock-out round? And the Arts Festival is in full swing. Our resi...

Updated on Jun 27, 2014 08:46AM

Utah’s same-sex marriage ban takes another hit, this time from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. The LDS excommunicates a leading voice in the push for women’s priesthood ord...

Updated on Jul 1, 2014 02:01PM

Let the parsing begin.

Experts are diving into the text of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling issued yesterday, looking for insight ...

Updated on Jun 25, 2014 03:02PM

The disappearance of Susan Powell, along with the disturbing murder of her two young sons by their father, continues to puzzle and trouble Powell’s family, friends and law enf...

Updated on Jul 1, 2014 02:01PM

In the days since his dog was shot and killed by a Salt Lake City police officer, Sean Kendall has garnered considerable support on a Facebook page, organized a rally and met ...

Updated on Jul 1, 2014 02:02PM

On the Ordain Women website, Kate Kelly urged supporters to maintain their membership in the LDS Church, writing, “Stay, and make things better.” How will Kelly’s excommunicat...

Updated on Jun 24, 2014 10:00AM

The church discipline of John Dehlin, Kate Kelly and others supporting Ordain Women has many Mormons mulling the meaning of the word apostasy and the difference between...

Updated on Jun 20, 2014 09:57AM

Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff pays a visit to Utah’s Capitol Hill, expressing outrage for a raid on his home. Former AG John Swallow and his attorney par...

Updated on Jun 24, 2014 10:00AM

How does the World Cup affect what and when Hollywood does what it does? Tribune movie critic Sean P. Means and television critic Scott D. Pierce join resident geek She...

Updated on Jun 24, 2014 09:59AM

State officials are exploring a massive expansion of Goblin Valley State Park, raising questions about how the park would be managed and who would reap the benefits.

 
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