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City council members also approved two four-story L shaped luxury apartment buildings. Residents pa... South Jordan • Over the concerns of the mayor and many who attended a lengthy, contentious public meeting, the South Jordan City Council voted late Tuesday to approve an apartment complex near the FrontRunner station on a bluff overlooking the Jordan River. The council voted 4-1 to OK a transit-oriented development that mixed housing and businesses on 5.6 acres once slated for only commercial use. City council members also approved two four-story L shaped luxury apartment buildings. Residents pa... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57822970@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:46:56 MDT Four Utah cities take aim at improving arts programs http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57827142-90/arts-cities-councils-county.html.csp Four cities in Salt Lake County are starting a three-year program to increase their ability to put on arts and cultural programs — and to obtain the Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) tax revenue to help them do it. Arts councils in Cottonwood Heights, Holladay, Midvale and South Salt Lake will receive a ZAP grant of $10,000 a year, plus training expenses of up to $4,000, to promote the arts in their communities. Their cities agreed to match the grant, with the overall funding going toward hiring or deve... Four cities in Salt Lake County are starting a three-year program to increase their ability to put on arts and cultural programs — and to obtain the Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) tax revenue to help them do it. Arts councils in Cottonwood Heights, Holladay, Midvale and South Salt Lake will receive a ZAP grant of $10,000 a year, plus training expenses of up to $4,000, to promote the arts in their communities. Their cities agreed to match the grant, with the overall funding going toward hiring or deve... 57827142@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:46:56 MDT Study: Utah has among nation’s highest payday loan rates http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57828069-90/payday-percent-states-rates.html.csp Utahns pay among the nation’s highest interest rates for payday loans — mainly because it is one of seven states that impose no legal limits on them. Competition among lenders doesn’t tend to lower rates much without limits, according to research released Wednesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts. “Utah is one of the seven states that allows payday loans but does not limit their costs,” Nick Bourke, project director for Pew, told The Tribune. “That tends to drive the prices up, so Utah has among th... Utahns pay among the nation’s highest interest rates for payday loans — mainly because it is one of seven states that impose no legal limits on them. Competition among lenders doesn’t tend to lower rates much without limits, according to research released Wednesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts. “Utah is one of the seven states that allows payday loans but does not limit their costs,” Nick Bourke, project director for Pew, told The Tribune. “That tends to drive the prices up, so Utah has among th... 57828069@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:46:56 MDT SLC police chief unveils ‘transparent’ rape-investigation program http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57828323-90/approach-burbank-cases-chief.html.csp Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank ripped into City Councilman Kyle LaMalfa on Wednesday for impugning detectives who investigate rape allegations — and then he outlined a groundbreaking initiative that would make such inquiries transparent. Burbank put forward his “Code R Kit Project,” which would post online information on 625 rape cases but would protect the identity of victims. It would allow the public to see if forensic rape kits were forwarded to the state crime lab for processing,... Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank ripped into City Councilman Kyle LaMalfa on Wednesday for impugning detectives who investigate rape allegations — and then he outlined a groundbreaking initiative that would make such inquiries transparent. Burbank put forward his “Code R Kit Project,” which would post online information on 625 rape cases but would protect the identity of victims. It would allow the public to see if forensic rape kits were forwarded to the state crime lab for processing,... 57828323@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:46:56 MDT Blame game under way in lack of rape prosecutions, lab testing http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57822873-90/assault-dna-evidence-kits.html.csp Experts say that only a small fraction of rapes are reported and that the prosecution rate in those cases is dismally small — in Salt Lake County it’s 6 percent. In many instances of alleged sex assault, forensic evidence gathered from the victim is not even analyzed. Such evidence — including semen and saliva that can provide DNA — is collected by specially trained nurses in what is called a Code R kit, or rape kit. The evidence could be key to a conviction. But of 1,001 sex assault investigati... Experts say that only a small fraction of rapes are reported and that the prosecution rate in those cases is dismally small — in Salt Lake County it’s 6 percent. In many instances of alleged sex assault, forensic evidence gathered from the victim is not even analyzed. Such evidence — including semen and saliva that can provide DNA — is collected by specially trained nurses in what is called a Code R kit, or rape kit. The evidence could be key to a conviction. But of 1,001 sex assault investigati... 57822873@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:55:06 MDT Herbert: Feds say ‘no deal breaker’ in Utah health-care expansion plan http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57823606-90/care-expanding-health-herbert.html.csp Washington • Gov. Gary Herbert said the White House and outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius are inching closer to approving his alternative plan for expanding health-care for low-income Utahns through a block grant to the state, and the governor added that he’s hopeful for a resolution this summer. “The encouraging comment [Sebelius] made to me was, ‘I see nothing here that would be a deal breaker,’” Herbert told The Salt Lake Tribune after leaving the White House on ... Washington • Gov. Gary Herbert said the White House and outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius are inching closer to approving his alternative plan for expanding health-care for low-income Utahns through a block grant to the state, and the governor added that he’s hopeful for a resolution this summer. “The encouraging comment [Sebelius] made to me was, ‘I see nothing here that would be a deal breaker,’” Herbert told The Salt Lake Tribune after leaving the White House on ... 57823606@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:23:32 MDT LDS leader, Obama meet to push for immigration reform http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57822496-90/church-citizenship-common-immigrants.html.csp Washington • A top LDS Church official joined fellow faith leaders to meet with President Barack Obama on Tuesday, urging action on immigration reform that has so far stalled in Congress. Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor to Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Thomas S. Monson, said outside the White House that he’s hopeful for a break in the partisan logjam preventing meaningful reform. “There are many programs and actions that the president or the administration is standin... Washington • A top LDS Church official joined fellow faith leaders to meet with President Barack Obama on Tuesday, urging action on immigration reform that has so far stalled in Congress. Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor to Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Thomas S. Monson, said outside the White House that he’s hopeful for a break in the partisan logjam preventing meaningful reform. “There are many programs and actions that the president or the administration is standin... 57822496@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:49:06 MDT Rolly: Cast-out candidate says convention eviction was Love’s doing http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57822404-90/county-aalders-party-republican.html.csp A congressional candidate who was kicked out of Saturday’s Salt Lake County Republican Convention says he was asked to leave after paying $300 for a booth because the Mia Love campaign insisted he go. Tim Aalders is a conservative talk-radio commentator who is running in the 4th District as an Independent American Party candidate. He ran for the U.S. Senate in 2012 as a Republican, so he is known in the GOP, but he said he was surprised to be invited to Saturday’s convention because he now repr... A congressional candidate who was kicked out of Saturday’s Salt Lake County Republican Convention says he was asked to leave after paying $300 for a booth because the Mia Love campaign insisted he go. Tim Aalders is a conservative talk-radio commentator who is running in the 4th District as an Independent American Party candidate. He ran for the U.S. Senate in 2012 as a Republican, so he is known in the GOP, but he said he was surprised to be invited to Saturday’s convention because he now repr... 57822404@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:56:15 MDT Will Uinta pipeline hurt Utah’s drinking water? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57817683-90/pipeline-tesoro-uinta-oil.html.csp A proposed 60,000-barrel-a-day oil pipeline would eliminate 250 truck trips between Salt Lake City and the Uinta Basin, but Utah water purveyors caution that the 135-mile project could pose “catastrophic” risks to drinking-water supplies. “It’s not a matter of if but when a pipeline ruptures and we’ll be out of drinking water for a time,” warned Scott Paxman, assistant general manager of the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District. All three proposed alignments for the Uinta Express Pipeline foll... A proposed 60,000-barrel-a-day oil pipeline would eliminate 250 truck trips between Salt Lake City and the Uinta Basin, but Utah water purveyors caution that the 135-mile project could pose “catastrophic” risks to drinking-water supplies. “It’s not a matter of if but when a pipeline ruptures and we’ll be out of drinking water for a time,” warned Scott Paxman, assistant general manager of the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District. All three proposed alignments for the Uinta Express Pipeline foll... 57817683@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:38:27 MDT County extends deadline to join committee charting future of townships http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57824142-90/committee-community-county-html.html.csp Not everyone thought Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams did such a masterful job in crafting legislation that protects unincorporated-area boundaries while the future of that area is discussed. Members of the Association of Community Councils Together (ACCT), which includes representatives from many of the county’s 16 community councils, didn’t think the mayor’s office kept them in the loop enough about what was going on as a frequently changing bill wound its way to legislative approval. Their ... Not everyone thought Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams did such a masterful job in crafting legislation that protects unincorporated-area boundaries while the future of that area is discussed. Members of the Association of Community Councils Together (ACCT), which includes representatives from many of the county’s 16 community councils, didn’t think the mayor’s office kept them in the loop enough about what was going on as a frequently changing bill wound its way to legislative approval. Their ... 57824142@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:47:01 MDT Chris Stewart has big cash lead over Robles in Utah’s 2nd District http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57822356-90/bank-campaign-democratic-district.html.csp Rep. Chris Stewart has a big financial advantage in his bid for a second term. The latest campaign-finance reports, filed late Monday, show that his campaign is humming along, producing mailers, releasing radio ads and monitoring poll results. His opponents have been far less active. Stewart, a Republican from Farmington who captured the 2nd District seat in 2012, has raised $143,700 since the start of the year and spent about $108,400 of it. He’s left with $205,400 in his campaign account. H... Rep. Chris Stewart has a big financial advantage in his bid for a second term. The latest campaign-finance reports, filed late Monday, show that his campaign is humming along, producing mailers, releasing radio ads and monitoring poll results. His opponents have been far less active. Stewart, a Republican from Farmington who captured the 2nd District seat in 2012, has raised $143,700 since the start of the year and spent about $108,400 of it. He’s left with $205,400 in his campaign account. H... 57822356@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:46:43 MDT Down on their luck in Sugar House http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57798005-90/area-drinking-homeless-lake.html.csp Their numbers are small. They can be practically invisible or starkly too apparent. How much of a problem they are depends on your point of view. They are the homeless of Sugar House. They face the same challenges as the homeless anywhere — how to get nutrition, where to find shelter from the elements and how to get through another hopeless day. Unlike the homeless population surrounding Pioneer Park in downtown Salt Lake City, the homeless in Sugar House stand out against the upscale surroundi... Their numbers are small. They can be practically invisible or starkly too apparent. How much of a problem they are depends on your point of view. They are the homeless of Sugar House. They face the same challenges as the homeless anywhere — how to get nutrition, where to find shelter from the elements and how to get through another hopeless day. Unlike the homeless population surrounding Pioneer Park in downtown Salt Lake City, the homeless in Sugar House stand out against the upscale surroundi... 57798005@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:33:48 MDT Sugar House fireworks get surprise funding pop http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57818229-90/apollo-authority-call-celebration.html.csp The July Fourth Sugar House Fireworks show will go on after all. It was nail-biting time at the end of last week as organizer Scott Workman was about to raise a white flag and cancel the annual Independence Day celebration. But a call from Michael Ziouras, owner of Apollo Burger, saved the day. Ziouras ponied up $25,000 to help Workman reach the $65,000 goal needed to stage the Independence Day celebration. “As of late last week, until I got that call from Apollo, I thought we’d have to cancel i... The July Fourth Sugar House Fireworks show will go on after all. It was nail-biting time at the end of last week as organizer Scott Workman was about to raise a white flag and cancel the annual Independence Day celebration. But a call from Michael Ziouras, owner of Apollo Burger, saved the day. Ziouras ponied up $25,000 to help Workman reach the $65,000 goal needed to stage the Independence Day celebration. “As of late last week, until I got that call from Apollo, I thought we’d have to cancel i... 57818229@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:21:20 MDT Utah legislators won’t try overriding governor’s vetoes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57818719-90/governor-herbert-vetoes-bill.html.csp Utah legislators will not come back into session this summer to override three vetoes issued by Gov. Gary Herbert, including one arising from the investigation of former Attorney General John Swallow, agreeing the issues can be addressed later. Support in both the House and Senate fell well short of the two-thirds majorities that would be needed to override Herbert’s vetoes — with 34 representatives and only eight senators supporting reversing the governor. It would take 50 House members and 20 ... Utah legislators will not come back into session this summer to override three vetoes issued by Gov. Gary Herbert, including one arising from the investigation of former Attorney General John Swallow, agreeing the issues can be addressed later. Support in both the House and Senate fell well short of the two-thirds majorities that would be needed to override Herbert’s vetoes — with 34 representatives and only eight senators supporting reversing the governor. It would take 50 House members and 20 ... 57818719@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:21:20 MDT Tribune cartoonist Pat Bagley named finalist for Pulitzer Prize http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57818518-90/bagley-tribune-pat-cartoonist.html.csp He’s something like a soothsayer and a weather vane, pundit and funnyman all rolled into one. On Monday, longtime Salt Lake Tribune cartoonist Pat Bagley was recognized as a finalist in editorial cartooning for the Pulitzer Prize. For the past 36 years, Bagley has been skewering the powerful and intemperate, while bringing wry smiles to Tribune readers of all stripes. The Pulitzer went to Kevin Siers of the Charlotte Observer. David Horsey of the Los Angeles Times also was a finalist. Bagley’s ... He’s something like a soothsayer and a weather vane, pundit and funnyman all rolled into one. On Monday, longtime Salt Lake Tribune cartoonist Pat Bagley was recognized as a finalist in editorial cartooning for the Pulitzer Prize. For the past 36 years, Bagley has been skewering the powerful and intemperate, while bringing wry smiles to Tribune readers of all stripes. The Pulitzer went to Kevin Siers of the Charlotte Observer. David Horsey of the Los Angeles Times also was a finalist. Bagley’s ... 57818518@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:22:22 MDT Outsider’s view as Interior secretary http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57812607-90/story.csp Washington • Just off the traffic-snarled George Washington Parkway, over a small footbridge and across from the Lincoln Memorial, lies a natural island unscathed by the development of the nation’s capital. Native Americans fished here. Slaves worked a plantation here. Union troops camped here. And this is where Sally Jewell wants to chat. The Interior Department secretary has one of the most spacious government offices in Washington, a 1,120-square-foot suite with a wraparound balcony and ki... Washington • Just off the traffic-snarled George Washington Parkway, over a small footbridge and across from the Lincoln Memorial, lies a natural island unscathed by the development of the nation’s capital. Native Americans fished here. Slaves worked a plantation here. Union troops camped here. And this is where Sally Jewell wants to chat. The Interior Department secretary has one of the most spacious government offices in Washington, a 1,120-square-foot suite with a wraparound balcony and ki... 57812607@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 01:01:01 MDT Cash fuels pacesetters in bid to fill Matheson’s seat http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57818793-90/campaign-candidates-com-fuehr.html.csp Three candidates, three separate strategies and a whole lot of money. The latest campaign-finance reports, which were due Monday, show some big differences between the most prominent people vying to replace Rep. Jim Matheson in Congress. On the Republican side, there’s Mia Love, the national GOP darling, fighting against Bob Fuehr, the self-funding businessman. On the Democratic side is Doug Owens, a lawyer who has buddied up to some of the state’s biggest power players. Love, the Republican who... Three candidates, three separate strategies and a whole lot of money. The latest campaign-finance reports, which were due Monday, show some big differences between the most prominent people vying to replace Rep. Jim Matheson in Congress. On the Republican side, there’s Mia Love, the national GOP darling, fighting against Bob Fuehr, the self-funding businessman. On the Democratic side is Doug Owens, a lawyer who has buddied up to some of the state’s biggest power players. Love, the Republican who... 57818793@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:57:31 MDT UTA doubled execs’ bonuses last year while seeking tax hike http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57802498-90/board-bonus-bonuses-chief.html.csp The Utah Transit Authority doubled spending on controversial bonuses for managers last year, while it sought a sales-tax hike it says is needed to restore bus service cut during the recession. The agency spent $1.74 million on such bonuses last year, twice the $870,368 doled out in 2012, according to UTA salary data analyzed by The Salt Lake Tribune. The biggest individual bonuses for executives rose to $30,000 each, up from $25,000. That came on top of compensation packages, including benefits,... The Utah Transit Authority doubled spending on controversial bonuses for managers last year, while it sought a sales-tax hike it says is needed to restore bus service cut during the recession. The agency spent $1.74 million on such bonuses last year, twice the $870,368 doled out in 2012, according to UTA salary data analyzed by The Salt Lake Tribune. The biggest individual bonuses for executives rose to $30,000 each, up from $25,000. That came on top of compensation packages, including benefits,... 57802498@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:19:43 MDT 'Nation's largest landlord' finds democracy messy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57775147-90/department-government-interior-jewell.html.csp Washington • Just off the traffic-snarled George Washington Parkway, over a small footbridge and across from the Lincoln Memorial, lies a natural island unscathed by the development of the nation’s capital. American Indians fished here. Slaves worked a plantation here. Union troops camped here. And this is where Sally Jewell wants to chat. The Interior Department secretary has one of the most spacious government offices in Washington, a 1,120-square-foot suite with a wraparound balcony and ki... Washington • Just off the traffic-snarled George Washington Parkway, over a small footbridge and across from the Lincoln Memorial, lies a natural island unscathed by the development of the nation’s capital. American Indians fished here. Slaves worked a plantation here. Union troops camped here. And this is where Sally Jewell wants to chat. The Interior Department secretary has one of the most spacious government offices in Washington, a 1,120-square-foot suite with a wraparound balcony and ki... 57775147@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:11:00 MDT Paul Rolly: Count My Vote still causing fights in Utah’s GOP http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57806783-90/party-republican-county-freedomworks.html.csp Forces that benefit when political candidates are chosen by the few are still working behind the scenes to unhinge the compromise bill passed this year by the Legislature that allows for alternative paths to a party nomination. I wrote recently about one legislator’s temporary roadblock to SB54, the measure that paves the way for the traditional caucus/convention path and the petition/primary path. He wanted the law’s implementation delayed until 2018 instead of 2016, when Sen. Mike Lee is up f... Forces that benefit when political candidates are chosen by the few are still working behind the scenes to unhinge the compromise bill passed this year by the Legislature that allows for alternative paths to a party nomination. I wrote recently about one legislator’s temporary roadblock to SB54, the measure that paves the way for the traditional caucus/convention path and the petition/primary path. He wanted the law’s implementation delayed until 2018 instead of 2016, when Sen. Mike Lee is up f... 57806783@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:32:55 MDT