News roundup: No immigration votes in the House this year
Snowden's long reach. The shutdown slammed Utah's tourism industry. Stericycle now the subject of a state investigation.
Happy Friday. Immigration activists are ramping up their efforts in an attempt to pressure House Republicans to pass a reform bill, but GOP leaders have no intention of taking any immigration related votes in 2013. [Politico]
Topping the news: U.S. officials are notifying foreign intelligence services about the tens of thousands of documents stolen by Edward Snowden that reveal their secret cooperation with the United States. [WaPost]
-> The government shutdown cost Utah's tourism industry about $30 million, the state's chief economist estimates. [DNews]
-> Gov. Gary Herbert has ordered the Utah Department of Health to investigate the medical-waste incinerator owned by Stericycle. The study will be three-tiered, including soil samples as well as the incinerator's effects of its dioxins and furan releases. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV] [Fox13]
Tweet of the day: From @TheFix: "The more the Obamacare rollout goes south, the more amazed I am that Republicans made the mistake of letting the government shut down."
From @martycarpenter: "If immigration reform requires any web design, I'm less than optimistic."
Happy birthday: To State Reps. James Gowans, Paul Ray and Curt Webb. On Saturday birthday wishes go to state Sen. Peter Knudson.
In other news: Herbert said the GOP took it on the chin because of the government shutdown, but it's not fair Democrats get off the hook. He added time will tell if the shutdown was a good or bad thing. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Herbert has asked for a review of the security around the Utah Capitol after a Layton man stormed the Supreme Court chamber doors. Herbert, along with others want to keep the Capitol safe and secure, but open for people to come and go. [Trib] [KUTV] [Fox13]
-> Some view the Count My Vote effort to go to direct primaries as a way to knock down Sen. Mike Lee. [Fox13]
-> The Trib's owners are betting big on digital, agreeing to a new deal with the DNews that shifts its share of the print profits from 58 percent down to 30 percent. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly discusses how Utah Highway Patrol had to shoot a man in a stolen truck that had a rifle and a handgun in it. The truck belong to a Spring City councilman who amended a law requiring all Spring City residents to own a gun. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley gives his take on how the rest of the world views the United States and the NSA. [Trib]
-> The Interior Department will repay Utah over $660,000 for funding the national parks during the shutdown, the rest of the money has to be authorized by Congress. [KUTV]
-> Rep. Jim Matheson will be the keynote speaker at the Taylorsville Veterans Day Parade hosted by the United Veterans Council. [DNews]
-> The governor said he wants a "Utah solution" to health care instead of just following the Affordable Care Act. Herbert would like to expand charity care for the poor with donations coming from Utah hospitals. [KUTV]
-> Layton City upgraded to the new "Smart911" system becoming the first city in Utah to offer the service. Residents can create safety profiles that help dispatchers quickly facilitate the proper response to the right location. [Trib]
-> With three seats open on the West Valley City Council this election, candidates are battling to get the needed votes and represent their city. [Trib]
-> The nonpartisan Holladay mayors race has turned decidedly partisan with a series of political endorsements. [UtahPolicy]
-> Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott talk about Lee's bad poll numbers and former Lt. Gov. Greg Bell's new gig in their weekly video chat. [UtahPolicy]
-> Bernick goes through the history of the Trib and DNews and says the recent changes to their joint operating agreement is a major shift in power. [UtahPolicy]
-> Timber! The first 1,000 individuals can buy permits to cut down their own Christmas tree in the Heber-Kamas Ranger District of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. [DNews]
Nationally: President Barack Obama hosted immigration advocates at the White House to urge House Republicans to pass an immigration reform law before the year is through. [WaPost] [Politico] [CNN] [NYTimes]
-> Contractors in charge of developing healthcare.gov didn't test the site in its entirety, just individual components, officials testified at the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing. They also said that not enough time was given to them to test the site. [NYTimes] [WaPost]
-> The FDA has recommended tighter controls on prescription painkillers containing hydrocodone which should take effect at the beginning of next year. The change would reduce the amount of refills given, and prescriptions would have to be taken into a pharmacy rather than having a doctor call it in. [NYTimes]
-> A North Carolina GOP official has resigned after his interview with The Daily Show with John Stewart revealed racist remarks regarding voter ID laws. [Politico]
Where are they?
Gov. Gary Herbert takes a personal day.
SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams tours both the Gunnison prison and then the Bud Bailey Apartments with the Housing Authority of Salt Lake County.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker meets with Salt Lake City Council Chair Kyle LaMalfa and Vice Chair Jill Remington Love.
President Barack Obama meets with Vice President Joe Biden before traveling to New York to visit and tour the Pathways in Technology Early College High School, then delivers remarks at a pair of fundraisers before heading back to Washington.
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