News roundup: Not The Onion: Local KKK meets with NAACP
Published: September 4, 2013 05:59AM
Updated: September 4, 2013 05:59AM

Not The Onion: KKK meets with NAACP. Utah's congressmen skeptical of Syria action. County My Vote effort raises half-million.

Happy Wednesday. It sounds like a story straight out of the satirical Onion, but this one is true: The KKK and the NAACP met recently, and one of the KKK members signed up to join the black advocacy group. The meeting took place between a local chapter of the klan and a local NAACP official took place in Casper, Wyo., and experts believe it may have been the first such effort between the the groups. [AP]

Topping the news: Members of Utah's congressional delegation aren't convinced the U.S. military needs to strike Syria. [Trib] [DNews]

-> The Count My Vote initiative is making headway with its election reform project by bringing in more than a half a million dollars in the last two months. [Trib]

-> Utah politicians haven't been as squeaky clean as you would think. A look back at the state's headline-grabbing political scandals. [Trib]

Tweets of the day: From @badbanana: "Kerry, here's the problem with your 'armchair isolationism' comment. It sounds incredibly cozy and peaceful."

From @DomenicoNBC: "Corker wants Kerry's answers to be crisper... see 2004 presidential debates"

Happy birthday: To Salt Lake County Council administrative aide Leslie Reberg, state Sen. Deidre Henderson and Washington County Democratic Chairwoman Dorothy Engelman.

In other news: West Valley City Council unanimously ratified the hiring of Lee Russo as its new police chief with an annual salary of $128,000. [Trib]

-> Gov. Gary Herbert visited his alma mater, Westmore Elementary School in Orem, and encouraged students to make the most of their education. [Herald]

-> The Utah Bureau of Land Management will reconstruct the 16-mile road system in Little Sahara Recreation Area with federal funding. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly notes a Kearns man was turned down for a job as a crossing guard because he's in a wheelchair. [Trib]

-> Former Helper mayor Dean Armstrong has been sentenced to home confinement after pleading guilty to driving while under the influence of alcohol. [Trib]

-> Some Republican lawmakers, including Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, are concerned that a federal agency is breaking the law in implementing the Affordable Care Act. [WaTimes]

-> The Weber County commission decided to delay a vote about the expansion of the county's library board. [Trib]

-> The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has proposed changes to the state's regulations for fishing. [DNews]

-> A former Roosevelt mayor says he's disappointment that a long-running feud between the city and the Ute Indian Tribe is still unresolved. [DNews]

-> The UTA will be giving free return trips to all passengers coming back from the Utah State Fair on TRAX's green line. [Trib]

Nationally: Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel appeared before a Senate panel to argue for proposed military strikes on Syria. [WaPost]

-> House Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, encourages his colleagues to back the president on the Syrian action. [Politico] [NYTimes]

-> Meanwhile, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says that he supports Obama's military intervention in Syria, but he still might vote no if the resolution doesn't do enough. [Politico]

-> Recalling local political leaders has become easier today, there's also an app for it. [WaPost]

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