AVERAGE - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/AVERAGE News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) U.S. says average airfares rising slowly; $381 in 4Q http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57850539-79/airlines-percent-travel-airfares.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57850539-79/airlines-percent-travel-airfares.html.csp">U.S. says average airfares rising slowly; $381 in 4Q</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DAVID KOENIG</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-22T13:26:38.144-06:00">Updated Apr 22, 2014 01:26PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Dallas • The average price of an airline ticket for travel within the U.S. rose by just $1 last year, although prices are still modestly higher than they were five years ago. The U.S. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that the average domestic airfare rose to $381 in the fourth quarter of 2013, a 0.3 percent increase from a year earlier. The government said that the highest average fares were in Huntsville, Ala., at $528, and the lowest were $249 in Long Beach, Calif. The figures, which ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-578505392014-04-22T13:26:38.144-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-22T13:26:38.144-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57850539@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:26:38 MDT Editorial: Time to cap payday-lending rates http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57836569-82/interest-payday-rates-states.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57836569-82/interest-payday-rates-states.html.csp">Editorial: Time to cap payday-lending rates</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-21T08:49:30.865-06:00">Updated Apr 21, 2014 08:49AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Perhaps the most surprising thing about Utah’s average 474 percent interest rate on payday loans is that there are six states with higher rates. Idaho, South Dakota, Nevada, Delaware and Wisconsin all have at least 500 percent average interest on payday loans. And those other states did it without ever having John Swallow as their chief law enforcement officer. Researchers at the Pew Charitable Trusts have released a study of payday lending laws around the country, and, not surprisingly, the ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57836569@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:49:30 MDT Average U.S. 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.27 pct http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57831773-79/average-mortgage-rates-percent.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57831773-79/average-mortgage-rates-percent.html.csp">Average U.S. 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.27 pct</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-17T08:56:50.059-06:00">Updated Apr 17, 2014 08:56AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week for the second straight week as the spring home-buying season begins. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate for the 30-year loan fell to 4.27 percent from 4.34 percent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage eased to 3.33 percent from 3.38 percent. Mortgage rates have risen about a full percentage point since hitting record lows about a year ago. Many analysts have been expecting an improving econo...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-578317732014-04-17T08:56:50.059-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-17T08:56:50.059-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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Jobless claims continue to be near pre-recession levels despite the slight increase. The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, fell 4,750 to 312,000. That average has fallen from 357,500 applications over the past 12 months. It is the lowest four-week average since October 2007, just two months before the Great R...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-578316022014-04-17T07:44:04.155-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-17T07:44:04.155-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57831602@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:44:04 MDT Sports briefs: UNLV football team ineligible for 2014 postseason http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57803839-77/unlv-2014-coach-abplanalp.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57803839-77/unlv-2014-coach-abplanalp.html.csp">Sports briefs: UNLV football team ineligible for 2014 postseason</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-10T20:49:17.506-06:00">Updated Apr 10, 2014 08:49PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">COLLEGE FOOTBALL • The UNLV Rebels will not be eligible for the Mountain West championship game or a bowl berth in 2014 after failing to reach the minimum Academic Progress Rate score. The NCAA sanctions include no postseason competition, replacing four hours of practice time with four hours of academics weekly and having five days of football-related activities a week instead of six. Teams need an average four-year APR score of 930 out of 1,000. UNLV’s average was 925. • Running back Aaron Balt...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57803839@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:49:17 MDT Average U.S. 30-year mortgage rate down to 4.34 pct. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57801815-79/mortgage-average-percent-rates.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57801815-79/mortgage-average-percent-rates.html.csp">Average U.S. 30-year mortgage rate down to 4.34 pct.</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-10T10:07:37.482-06:00">Updated Apr 10, 2014 10:07AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined this week, edging closer to historically low levels as the spring home-buying season begins. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate for the 30-year loan fell to 4.34 percent from 4.41 percent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage eased to 3.38 percent from 3.47 percent. Mortgage rates have risen about a full percentage point since hitting record lows about a year ago. Going into the spring buying season...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-578018152014-04-10T10:07:37.482-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-10T10:07:37.482-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57801815@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:07:37 MDT American Easter spending down this year http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57796446-79/billion-spending-easter-percent.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57796446-79/billion-spending-easter-percent.html.csp">American Easter spending down this year</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Tom wharton</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-09T22:12:41.219-06:00">Updated Apr 9, 2014 10:12PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A new report from the Washington, D.C.-based National Retail Federation shows Americans will spend an average of $137.46 on apparel, food, candy and gifts to celebrate Easter this year. That is slightly less than the $145.13 spent last year, with total spending expected to reach $15.9 billion. “The winter doldrums left consumers with a lot of pent-up demand, and though many Americans may take a cautious approach to spending on Easter items this year, retailers are anticipating that warmer weathe...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57796446@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:12:41 MDT Utah water: Northern outlook good, south could face shortage http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57775613-78/utah-percent-northern-average.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57775613-78/utah-percent-northern-average.html.csp">Utah water: Northern outlook good, south could face shortage</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By TOM WHARTON</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-04T22:52:51.815-06:00">Updated Apr 4, 2014 10:52PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Utah’s water supply outlook going into spring is a question of brightness. Things look brighter in northern Utah and much darker in the southern part of the state. That was the word Friday from Randy Julander, of the National Resources Conservation Service’s Utah office, which issued an outlook report this week. The report said that snowpacks measured on April 1 range from 46 percent of the median in the Virgin River watershed to 120 percent of normal in the Bear River watershed. The north is at...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57775613@www.sltrib.com Fri, 04 Apr 2014 22:52:51 MDT Tribune Photo of the Day http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsphotoblog/57777694-227/photooftheday-photo-staff-stevegriffin.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsphotoblog/57777694-227/photooftheday-photo-staff-stevegriffin.html.csp">Tribune Photo of the Day</a></h4> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-04T22:28:49.868-06:00">Updated Apr 4, 2014 10:28PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake TribuneLow water levels at Jordenelle Reservoir exposes more of the dam near Heber, Utah Friday, April 4, 2014. The Natural Resources Conservation Service issued its Utah Water supply Outlook report, showing that the water situation is better in northern Utah than southern Utah. Read more</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57777694@www.sltrib.com Fri, 04 Apr 2014 22:28:49 MDT Steady, not spectacular: U.S. jobs up 192,000 in March http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57773891-79/percent-jobs-march-added.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57773891-79/percent-jobs-march-added.html.csp">Steady, not spectacular: U.S. jobs up 192,000 in March</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-04T10:02:47.638-06:00">Updated Apr 4, 2014 10:02AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March and hired more in January and February than previously thought. Friday’s government report sent a reassuring signal that the economy withstood a harsh winter that had slowed growth. The economy gained 192,000 jobs in March, the Labor Department said Friday, slightly below February’s revised total of 197,000. Employers added a combined 37,000 more jobs in January and February than previously estimated. The unemployment rate was uncha...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577738912014-04-04T10:02:47.638-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-04T10:02:47.638-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57773891@www.sltrib.com Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:02:47 MDT Average U.S. 30-year mortgage rate rises to 4.41 pct http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57769313-79/average-mortgage-percent-rate.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57769313-79/average-mortgage-percent-rate.html.csp">Average U.S. 30-year mortgage rate rises to 4.41 pct</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-03T08:50:01.93-06:00">Updated Apr 3, 2014 08:50AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose slightly this week but remained near historically low levels. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate for the 30-year loan ticked up to 4.41 percent from 4.40 percent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage increased to 3.47 percent from 3.42 percent. Mortgage rates have risen about a full percentage point since hitting record lows about a year ago. A report released Tuesday by real estate data provider CoreLogic s...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577693132014-04-03T08:50:01.93-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-03T08:50:01.93-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57769313@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Apr 2014 08:50:01 MDT MLB ticket price average $27.94 after 2 pct rise http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57753881-77/average-percent-season-price.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57753881-77/average-percent-season-price.html.csp">MLB ticket price average $27.94 after 2 pct rise</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-31T23:26:13.102-06:00">Updated Mar 31, 2014 11:26PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Chicago • Major League Baseball’s average ticket price rose 2 percent this season to $27.93, the steepest rise since a 5 percent hike in 2009, according to the Team Marketing Report’s annual survey. The average rose 1.8 percent last year after remaining flat in 2012. World Series champion Boston had the highest average, rising 4.8 percent to $52.32. The New York Yankees, who missed the playoffs for just the second time in 19 years, kept their average flat and remained second at $51.55. The Chica...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577538812014-03-31T23:26:13.102-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-31T23:26:13.102-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57753881@www.sltrib.com Mon, 31 Mar 2014 23:26:13 MDT NCAA women’s tournament: For UConn, dominance starts with ‘D’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/57740784-88/espn-uconn-game-defense.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/57740784-88/espn-uconn-game-defense.html.csp">NCAA women’s tournament: For UConn, dominance starts with ‘D’</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By PAT EATON-ROBB</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-27T20:52:20.942-06:00">Updated Mar 27, 2014 08:52PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Storrs, Conn. • Connecticut’s opponents spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to slow the Huskies’ offense. A bigger challenge may be finding a way to score on the nation’s top-ranked women’s team. UConn (36-0) goes into Saturday’s regional semifinal against BYU (28-6) holding opponents to an average of 47 points a game. The next best defense, Presbyterian, gave up 53.5 this season. The Huskies also are at the top of the list when it comes to shooting defense, with opponents making just 3...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577407842014-03-27T20:52:20.942-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-27T20:52:20.942-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57740784@www.sltrib.com Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:52:20 MDT MLB: Dodgers top Yankees with $4M average salaries http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57733298-77/million-players-average-baseball.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57733298-77/million-players-average-baseball.html.csp">MLB: Dodgers top Yankees with $4M average salaries</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By RONALD BLUM</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-28T17:29:18.03-06:00">Updated Mar 28, 2014 05:29PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">New York • Zack Greinke and the Los Angeles Dodgers have knocked Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees off baseball’s payroll perch, part of an offseason spending spree that has the average salary approaching $4 million for the first time. The Dodgers are ending the Yankees’ 15-year streak as baseball’s biggest spenders and as of Tuesday had a projected payroll of $235 million, according to study of all major league contracts by The Associated Press. New York, which last failed to top the payr...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577332982014-03-28T17:29:18.03-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-28T17:29:18.03-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57733298@www.sltrib.com Fri, 28 Mar 2014 17:29:18 MDT MLB: Orioles acquire Steve Lombardozzi from Tigers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57723030-77/lombardozzi-orioles-detroit-gonzalez.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57723030-77/lombardozzi-orioles-detroit-gonzalez.html.csp">MLB: Orioles acquire Steve Lombardozzi from Tigers</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-25T16:15:57.264-06:00">Updated Mar 25, 2014 04:15PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Sarasota, Fla. • The Baltimore Orioles have acquired infielder Steve Lombardozzi from the Detroit Tigers for infielder Alex Gonzalez. The 25-year-old Lombardozzi hit .259 with two homers and 22 RBIs for the Washington Nationals last season and was dealt to Detroit in December for pitcher Doug Fister. Gonzalez, a 37-year-old infielder, has a .246 average with six major league teams. He was the starting shortstop for the 2003 World Series champion Florida Marlins. He agreed to a minor league contr...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577230302014-03-25T16:15:57.264-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-25T16:15:57.264-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57723030@www.sltrib.com Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:15:57 MDT Letter: There is a correlation between mental illness and Republicanism http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57694686-82/percent-illness-mental-serious.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57694686-82/percent-illness-mental-serious.html.csp">Letter: There is a correlation between mental illness and Republicanism</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-24T07:45:35.001-06:00">Updated Mar 24, 2014 07:45AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The article “Two faces of Utah: Healthy but mentally ill” (Tribune, March 17) contained one error (Arkansas 20.89 percent serious mental illness; should be 5.07 percent), but missed the point on correlation. Of the 32 states with more than the national average of 3.97 percent serious mental illness, only seven states (Washington, Vermont, Oregon, Maine, Rhode Island, Colorado, and New Hampshire) have predominantly Democratic state politics; Iowa is mixed; the other 24 are Republican. The 32 ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57694686@www.sltrib.com Mon, 24 Mar 2014 07:45:35 MDT Utah gymnastics: Utes’ Wilson gunning for all-around title at Pac-12s http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57708626-89/wilson-pac-ranked-season.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57708626-89/wilson-pac-ranked-season.html.csp">Utah gymnastics: Utes’ Wilson gunning for all-around title at Pac-12s</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Lya Wodraska</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-20T21:56:17.415-06:00">Updated Mar 20, 2014 09:56PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Short in lineups due to injuries, the Utes had no choice but to use Tory Wilson in the all-around last season. Now she has made it so they can’t afford to take her out. Wilson is ranked 12th nationally in the all-around with a 39.445 average, but is the highest-ranked gymnast in the Pac-12, making her one of the favorites for the all-around title at the Pac-12 Championships. Wilson is also ranked first on vault (along with teammate Kailah Delaney) with a 9.945 average, but being in the all-aroun...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57708626@www.sltrib.com Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:56:17 MDT With engagement rings, love meets budget http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57499791-79/diamond-ring-percent-engagement.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57499791-79/diamond-ring-percent-engagement.html.csp">With engagement rings, love meets budget</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By TARA SIEGEL BERNARD</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> New York Times News Service</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-20T10:02:02.309-06:00">Updated Mar 20, 2014 10:02AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Ilona Kaprovsky, a 24-year-old New Yorker who works in finance, said she didn’t initially think she wanted a diamond as the centerpiece of her engagement ring - a lab-grown stone like a white sapphire, or even cubic zirconia, would be just fine. Besides, who would know the difference? But she eventually warmed to the idea when she and her boyfriend, Justin Veach, 28, started to talk about it more seriously. “During the process of buying the ring, we both were weighing what the value of the ring...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57499791@www.sltrib.com Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:02:02 MDT Average U.S. 30-year mortgate rate down to 4.32 percent http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57707281-79/average-percent-rates-mortgage.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57707281-79/average-percent-rates-mortgage.html.csp">Average U.S. 30-year mortgate rate down to 4.32 percent</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-20T09:03:01.653-06:00">Updated Mar 20, 2014 09:03AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined last week, edging closer to historically low levels. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate for the 30-year loan fell to 4.32 percent from 4.37 percent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage eased to 3.32 percent from 3.38 percent. Mortgage rates have risen about a full percentage point since hitting record lows roughly a year ago. The increase was driven by speculation that the Federal Reserve would red...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577072812014-03-20T09:03:01.653-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-20T09:03:01.653-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57707281@www.sltrib.com Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:03:01 MDT Utah has 14th lowest taxes, study says http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57698657-90/taxes-average-lowest-utah.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57698657-90/taxes-average-lowest-utah.html.csp">Utah has 14th lowest taxes, study says</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Lee Davidson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-18T19:53:22.088-06:00">Updated Mar 18, 2014 07:53PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Think taxes are too high in Utah? It is worse in 36 other states and the District of Columbia. Utah has the 14th lowest taxes among the states, according to a study conducted by the personal-finance website WalletHub. It said Utah taxpayers spent an average of $6,069 in state and local taxes, 13 percent lower than the national average. Even better, the study says Utah would rank 10th lowest if rankings were adjusted based on the cost of living index. The study said Utah tied for the lowest taxes...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57698657@www.sltrib.com Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:53:22 MDT