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News roundup: New deal may revive gun control bill

Published April 8, 2013 8:56 am

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Packer's gay marriage warning. Hatch gives a nod to civil unions. A new gun proposal in the works.

Happy Monday. It appeared as if the NRA killed any new gun laws, well, that may have been premature. There's a hint of a new bipartisan deal on expanding background checks for gun buyers that could entice conservative Democrats and some Republicans to come on board. [WaPost]

Topping the news: In what appeared to be a reference to the gay marriage debate, Mormon apostle Boyd K. Packer warned against the "tolerance trap," saying that if laws allow acts of immorality it doesn't make it less harmful spiritually. [Trib]

-> In a radio interview, Sen. Orrin Hatch suggested that civil unions may be a reasonable end to the gay marriage debate, protecting traditional marriage while allowing equal rights for gay couples. [Trib]

Today's news: Salt Lake City is set to debut its new bike share program, which will bring rent-a-bike stands to locations throughout the city. [Fox13] [DNews]

-> Salaries for professors are beginning to recover from cuts inflicted during the recession, but universities are still turning to adjuncts more and more. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly is tired of getting fundraising requests from the likes of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. [Trib]

Tweets of the day: From @davidfrum: "Like most pundits, *I* have no intention of retiring at 65. This is one occupation where senile dementia is a bona fide job qualification"

Happy birthday: To GOP strategist John Weaver.

Opinion section: Former Sen. Jake Garn says the U.S. should be doing more to encourage immigration instead of quashing it. [Trib]

-> Two Utah gun control advocates blast the NRA's School Shield program, calling it "cynical." [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly says once elected, Utah's officials have a less-than-stellar track record of dealing with constituents. [Trib]

-> George Pyle says Gov. Gary Herbert's veto of a bill that would allow gun owners to conceal a gun without a permit may have been a ruse to make Utah's concealed carry law more appealing. [Trib]

-> Brian Moench says there's more to be done to prevent what he calls the Las Vegas water grab. [Trib]

-> Former Utah Attorney General Paul Van Dam lays out the legal issues behind "grabbing" land from the federal government. [Trib]

-> A former school teacher says the U.S. could learn from Finland's educational system by shrinking class sizes and cutting standardized tests. [Trib]

-> An environmentalist lays out the issues that people have with riding UTA, saying that raising fares won't help the situation. [Trib]

-> A professor in the U.'s medical school says the lack of preventative care is the real problem with the nation's health care system. [Trib]

-> John Florez argues that Utah lawmakers didn't take moral imperatives into account when choosing to back health care or a move to relocate the state prison. [DNews]

-> A Provo Republican writes about her friend Sonya, an undocumented immigrant. [DNews]

-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb discuss state Sen. Aaron Osmond's proposal to raise taxes to fund education. [DNews]

-> An economist says Utah doesn't do enough to help at-risk students. [DNews]

-> Former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist takes a look at the Cyprus banking crisis. [DNews]

Weekend in review: In our weekly column, we explore what Rep. Jason Chaffetz saw along the border, how Utah is turning even more conservative and who has already filed for 2016 House races. [Trib]

-> Chaffetz says the punishment is too light for those caught crossing the border illegally. [Trib]

-> Rep. Jim Matheson and Chaffetz say there is much common ground in the immigration debate. [Herald]

-> Ralph Becker has been Salt Lake City's mayor for five years now and he has a series of successes to point to, though some critics say he has stopped reaching out to the public. [Trib]

-> Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman says China is at its wits end with former ally North Korea in an interview on State of the Union. [CNN]

-> A Chevron diesel fuel pipeline that spilled into Willard Bay last month is up and running again, the company says. [Trib]

-> FAA administrators bumped the closing date of some 149 airport control towers – including those in Ogden and Provo – to June 15. [Trib]

-> Two groups are threatening to sue the state of Utah for not providing an adequate public defender system. [Trib]

-> Scrawling penmanship will still have a place in Utah schools, as the State Board of Education program voted to keep teaching cursive despite it not being required in the Common Core. [APviaHerald]

-> Meet Lehi's new city historian. [Herald]

Nationally: Bill Clinton fueled speculation that his wife is going to make another run for the presidency, saying the nation will have "some very good choices for president." [TheHill]

-> Libertarians are shedding their old image in favor of a trendier brand led by Sen. Rand Paul as he takes on guns and immigration reform from a new stance. [Politico]

-> As the TSA considers new moves to make security checkpoints less stressful for "low-risk" travelers, some security experts are riled at the leniency. [Politico]

-> Are you feeling confused about this federal budget process? Check out this handy primer. [WaPost]

Where are they?

Rep. Jason Chaffetz has a radio interview for KSL, speaks at the Hinckley Institute of Politics and presents Youth Community Citizenship Awards in Provo.

SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams meets with Cynthia Bioteau and Tim Sheehan from Salt Lake Community College and hits a Holocaust Remembrance Day event at the IJ and Jeanné Wagner Jewish Community Center.

SLC Mayor Ralph Becker has an interview on ABC4 about the Salt Lake City bike share program, meets with City Councilman Søren Simonsen, hits the bike share launch, attends a Holocaust Remembrance Day event, and tours the public safety building.

President Barack Obama flies to Hartford, Conn. to talk about reducing gun violence.

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— Matt Canham and Emily Andrews Twitter.com/mattcanham and Twitter.com/emilytandrews