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Even though the state has an estimated $638 million budget surplus, legislators are launching an effort to identify possible spending cuts of about 2 percent. It’s not that they actually expect to make those cuts, said Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, Senate …

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  • Man critical after being hit crossing dark Midvale street
    A 57-year-old man remained in critical condition Wednesday, the day after he was struck while allegedly crossing a dark Midvale street against a traff...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 08:51 am   |     |   Share
  • COMBO - This combination of two photographs shows the detail of a poster of an undated photograph of Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, left, used during a demonstration calling for his release from the Islamic State group and a still image from video, right, of Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman sentenced to death in Jordan for her involvement in a 2005 terrorist attack on a hotel that killed 60 people. Jordan said Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 it is willing to swap the woman held on death row in Jordan for the Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from the Islamic State group. (AP Photo) Jordan ready to swap inmate for pilot held by Islamic State
    Amman, Jordan • Jordan is willing to swap an Iraqi woman prisoner involved in deadly 2005 hotel bombings for a Jordanian pilot captured in December by...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 08:51 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Alpine Mayor Don Watkins is part of an effort to prevent the residential development of this 100-acre parcel, that is in the Alpine foothills and has been zoned critical environment in the past with very strict limits on its use and development. The Utah County Council has agreed to rezone the property so the owner can develop it with 1-acre residential lots and other development. This is opposed by many citizens and environmentalists. Mayor Watkins was photographed on the land in Alpine, Utah Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Foothills development plan pits residents, mayor against Utah county leaders
    The fate of 100 acres of previously untouched land in the Alpine foothills has turned into a battle over property rights, environmental concerns and r...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 09:04 am   |     |   Share
    People First For America First
    For every person walking through the doors of a shelter, there’s almost always a sad story to tell, but at one Utah shelter, there are hundreds of tho...
    Updated Jan 26 2015 05:05 pm   |     |   Share

    Trib Talk: Hughes, King on legislative agenda 2015
    State lawmakers will spend the next six weeks tackling some of Utah’s toughest issues, from dirty air to LGBT rights to taxes to health insurance for ...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 07:33 am   |     |   Share

  • Teen scooter rider dies of injuries in St. George crash
    An 18-year-old man has died of his injuries after being struck by a car as he lay on a St. George street following a motor scooter crash Tuesday. St. ...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 09:06 am   |     |   Share
  • S. Salt Lake man hurt when gun goes off during struggle with intruder
    A South Salt Lake man says he suffered a cut to his ear after being pistol-whipped by an intruder inside his home early Wednesday morning. South Salt ...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 09:03 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah forecast: Mild, wet winter weather through midweek
    Northern Utah’s crazy, mild winter weather — which produced record-high temperatures on Tuesday — was to continue through the midweek. After Salt Lake...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 09:01 am   |     |   Share
    Trib Talk: Utah AG Sean Reyes on sex trafficking and Operation Underground Railroad
    Last October, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes flew to Colombia and participated in one of three undercover stings that freed 127 girls from a sex-tra...
    Updated Jan 27 2015 12:55 pm   |     |   Share

  • Water main break in Sandy closes 90th South, some surface streets
    Commuters for a while Wednesday morning were asked to avoid the area of 90th South and surface streets near Interstate 15 in Sandy — unless they had a...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 07:06 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah lawmaker: All school board elections should be partisan
    Utah’s method of electing state school board members unraveled in September after a U.S. District Court judge ruled the process was unconstitutional. ...
    Updated Jan 27 2015 09:49 pm   |     |   Share
  • County reaffirms support for ‘Healthy Utah’
    For the third year in a row, the Salt Lake County Council is writing a letter to legislative leaders, asking them to support Gov. Gary Herbert’s Healt...
    Updated Jan 27 2015 09:49 pm   |     |   Share
    News roundup: Koch brothers plan to spend $889 million in 2016
    Koch brothers to spend $889 million in 2016. Utah Legislature opens with Lockhart tribute, pledge to tackle big problems. Chief Justice Durrant: Focus...

    Updated Jan 27 2015 11:25 am   |     |   Share

  • With LDS announcement, is anti-discrimination bill now a slam-dunk?
    For years, proposals to enact a statewide anti-discrimination law have faltered, but with the endorsement of the LDS Church on Tuesday, supporters bel...
    Updated Jan 27 2015 08:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
LDS Apostle Dallin H. Oaks makes a public statement for religious freedom and nondiscrimination in Salt Lake City Tuesday Jan. 27, 2015. He was one of four LDS leaders that called for legislation that protects vital religious freedoms while at the same time supporting protections in housing and employment for LGBT people. In major move, Mormon leaders call for statewide LGBT protections
    Top leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Tuesday for passage of laws granting statewide protections against housing and e...
    Updated Jan 27 2015 10:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
LDS Apostle D. Todd Christofferson makes a public statement of religious freedom and nondiscrimination in Salt Lake City Tuesday Jan. 27, 2015. He was one of four LDS leaders that called for legislation that protects vital religious freedoms while at the same time supporting protections in housing and employment for LGBT people. We all can be more civil on LGBT issues, Mormon leader says
    In the past few years, Mormonism has toned down its language about homosexuality from a debate about sin and causality to embracing notions of empathy...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 07:33 am   |     |   Share
    Heidi Thorn, CEO of Navitus Sustainable Industries was a guest on Trib Talk on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Trib Talk: Would waste-to-energy plant be non-polluting?
    A San Jose-based company is proposing to build Utah’s first waste-to-energy plant, turning Sandy’s trash into electricity. But air quality advocates a...
    Updated Jan 27 2015 07:47 am   |     |   Share

  • Lawmakers use Swallow scandal to stall campaign-donation caps
    Horror stories about alleged campaign corruption by former Attorney General John Swallow ironically helped block passage Tuesday of a bill to limit ca...
    Updated Jan 27 2015 09:49 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Abe Katz, 91, remembers the five years he survived at Auschwitz concentration camp as a teen. He was liberated from Auschwitz 70 years ago on Jan. 27, 1945. Always the optimist in life, he hasn't missed voting in an election since he became a U.S. citizen. He's lived in Salt Lake City since 1950. Utah Auschwitz survivor: ‘This story should not be forgotten. It could happen again.’
    Abe Katz is gregarious and resilient — attributes that no doubt helped him survive Auschwitz. On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the infamou...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 07:36 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah alcohol board considers tougher fines for employees selling booze to minors
    Bar and restaurant employees in Utah could face higher fines and tougher penalties if they are caught serving liquor to minors on more than one occasi...
    Updated Jan 27 2015 09:29 pm   |     |   Share
    FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2015 file photo, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaks during the Republican National Committee's winter meeting aboard the USS Midway Museum in San Diego. As he decides whether to run for president a third time, Romney has accepted an invitation to speak at Jacksonville University’s spring graduation in the key presidential battleground of Florida. Romney also will receive an honorary degree on April 25, the private school announced. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File) News roundup: Mormon faith drives Mitt Romney’s possible 3rd run
    Mormon faith drives Mitt Romney’s possible 3rd run. Your guide to the Utah Legislature’s General Session. Education, energy, clean air top Utahns’ iss...

    Updated Jan 27 2015 11:25 am   |     |   Share