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Gov. Gary Herbert signed 13 more bills into law on Thursday, including one allowing Utahns as young as 18 to obtain concealed-gun permits. Of a record 535 bills passed by the Utah Legislature before it adjourned March 9, Herbert has …

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  • Benjamin Wood  |  Salt Lake Tribune Teresa Reese, of Sandy, and Mike Weist, of Herriman, hold a mock press conference as mayor and governor during a community disaster simulation in Herriman on Saturday, March 25. Disaster simulation offers residents a trial run at community chaos
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Brad Kofford, gets a shoe shine from Erica Crisco on Wednesday at the opening of The Utah Microenterprise Loan Fund client support center to help the success rate of the small businesses that have received its loans. Crisco has a shoe shine business called Polished. Need help with your small business idea? This Utah loan fund gives you more than money
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