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  • FILE - In this March 27, 2015 file photo, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson delivers remarks on the release of a report by the National Petroleum Council on oil drilling in the Arctic, in Washington. Exxon shareholders will meet Wednesday, May 27, 2015 to hear Tillerson give his outlook for an industry grappling with lower crude prices. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) Trump reportedly will pass over Romney, Huntsman to pick Exxon Mobil CEO for State
    Washington • President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly picked Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, passing over both Mitt Romney and...
    Updated Dec 10 2016 05:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  Tribune file photo)   Rep. LaVar Christensen, R-Draper, secures House seat with a 5-vote victory over Democrat Suzanne Harrison, who conceded Friday. Democrat Harrison concedes, sealing Rep. LaVar Christensen re-election win
    Democratic legislative candidate Suzanne Harrison waived the possibility of a legal challenge Friday and conceded the race to outspoken social conserv...
    Updated Dec 09 2016 09:20 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Former mayor Rocky Anderson led a demonstration in City Hall outside the office of Mayor Jackie Biskupski demanding she produce a plan for emergency overflow shelter space for homeless people, Friday, December 9, 2016.   Former mayor says Biskupski to blame if more homeless die in the cold
    Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson gathered about a dozen homeless and recently homeless residents outside Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s office Fri...
    Updated Dec 10 2016 01:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2016 file photo, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., arrives at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J., to meet with President-elect Donald Trump. McMorris Rodgers has emerged as President-elect Donald Trump’s top contender to lead the Interior Department, according to a person involved in the transition.  Trump’s been weighing others for the post, including Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, but is said to be interested in finding a place for McMorris Rodgers in the administration. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Enviros raise concerns, GOP cheers Trump’s reported pick to head Interior Department
    Washington • America’s public-lands policy is expected to make a major shift with President-elect Donald Trump’s reported choice of Rep. Cathy McMorri...
    Updated Dec 10 2016 11:39 am   |     |   Share


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    The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) honored Jonathan Ball, the budget director for the Utah Legislature, with the Steven D. Gold Awar...
    Updated Dec 09 2016 08:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    With 30 minutes left to vote, there are still long lines outside the West Valley City Hall, Tuesday, November 8, 2016. After long election lines, lawmaker looking to back off universal mail-in voting
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    Vice President Joe Biden, left, laughs with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a ceremony to unveil a portrait of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) News roundup: Hillary Clinton takes on the fake news saying, ‘Lives are at risk’
    Clinton takes on the fake news saying, ‘Lives are at risk.’ Remembering John Glenn. Online petition seeks shelters for homeless in SLC. Happy Friday...

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    Beginning Jan. 1, purchases on Amazon.com are going to cost Utah customers more. That’s because the state Tax Commission has negotiated a deal with th...
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Bundled up homeless people in blankets and winter clothing either hunker down in place or keep walking to stay warm along 500 West near the Road Home shelter on a cold morning Wedneday Dec. 7.   The Collective Impact steering committee met today to review a survey of homeless people in the Rio Grande area to determine if more overflow shelter space is needed. Online petition asks Salt Lake City mayor to open more shelter space for the homeless
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  • Memo to Utah GOP: Forget passing bills; try paying them
    My Wednesday column about Bountiful-based Redstone Design’s lawsuit against the Utah Republican Party alleging nonpayment for services prompted anothe...
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   A UTA Vanpool vehicle at Utah Transit Authority Wednesday December 7, 2016. UTA reverses push to make van poolers pay for car washes
    After customer complaints, the Utah Transit Authority is retreating from an attempt to require vanpool passengers to pay for cleaning the UTA-owned or...
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    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, greets fellow candidate, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr., prior to the start the Fourth of July parade in Amherst, N.H., Monday, July 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) News roundup: Contradictions in foreign policy: Romney, Huntsman and other secretary of state candidates
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  Tribune file photo)   Metro Support Deputy Chief Fred Ross drives by Catholic Community Services of Utah as homeless men and women wait outside. Census: Some recession effects still linger in Utah
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Bundled up homeless people in blankets and winter clothing either hunker down or keep walking to stay warm along 500 West near the Road Home shelter on a cold morning Wedneday Dec. 7.   The Collective Impact steering committee met today to review a survey of homeless people in the Rio Grande area to determine if more overflow shelter space is needed. Despite more people living on the street, Salt Lake City will not increase overflow shelter space
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  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   The Payson Veterans Home is being named for World War II Medal of Honor Recipient ñ Mervyn S. Bennion.  Bennion was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the attack on Pearl Harbor, as commanding officer of the USS West Virginia, which ultimately cost him his life.  Wednesday, December 7, 2016 Utah veterans home named for Pearl Harbor hero
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Budget
Utah Legislature’s budget czar honored
Updated Dec 09 2016 08:36 pm

Governor’s new budget emphasizes law enforcement, education
Updated Dec 07 2016 10:36 pm

Salt Lake County budget up for public hearings, with focus on ‘Pay for Success’
Updated Dec 05 2016 10:42 am

Hillyard replaced after 12 years as budget chairman
Updated Nov 28 2016 11:10 am

Gov. Herbert calls special session Wednesday for Legislature
Updated Nov 15 2016 12:25 pm

No tax hike, little new money in Salt Lake County mayor’s 2017 budget
Updated Nov 18 2016 07:09 pm

Boo! Tax bills are arriving in Utahns’ mailboxes
Updated Oct 24 2016 09:18 am

Utah lawmakers consider extra funding for state liquor agency
Updated Oct 19 2016 09:05 pm

Scathing audit spots gaping holes at state business recruiter
Updated Oct 19 2016 01:46 pm

Head of Economic Development Corporation of Utah steps down ahead of legislative audit
Updated Oct 18 2016 04:47 pm


Crime
On heels of justice reform, Utah prisons have seen populations decline
Updated Nov 16 2016 05:10 pm

Juab County recorder behaved unethically, state commission says
Updated Nov 10 2016 10:13 pm

State saves millions on prison land purchase in northwest Salt Lake City
Updated Nov 22 2016 12:41 pm

Threatening calls follow Utah GOP leader’s Clinton love-child claim
Updated Oct 17 2016 09:25 pm

Feds have dropped medical-marijuana probe of Utah guv candidate’s wife
Updated Oct 17 2016 01:54 pm

Dozens more arrested in downtown Salt Lake City’s Rio Grande District
Updated Oct 10 2016 07:31 pm

Second wave of Operation Diversion begins late Monday in Salt Late City’s Rio Grande area
Updated Oct 10 2016 07:31 pm

Blitz targets drug dealers, addicts in Rio Grande homeless crowds
Updated Oct 01 2016 04:48 pm

Instead of shooting suspects, Utah police are training to de-escalate violence
Updated Sep 19 2016 04:59 pm

Effort launched to help Utah Latinos battle crime
Updated Sep 01 2016 10:55 am


Culture
Top diplomat says U.S. committed to spreading religious freedom step by step
Updated Nov 21 2016 12:12 pm

President Obama honors Robert Redford with America’s top civilian award
Updated Nov 26 2016 08:41 pm

Restless? Utahns moving more than average
Updated Nov 16 2016 10:52 pm

Lawmaker wants Utahns to vote on dumping daylight saving time
Updated Nov 07 2016 01:30 pm

Weinholtz says Herbert is unfair to women in his office
Updated Oct 29 2016 10:40 am

Former guv candidate pulls state senate endorsement over anti-gay comments
Updated Oct 28 2016 11:49 am

Utah guv would likely veto bill to OK concealed gun without a permit
Updated Sep 30 2016 09:32 pm

Utah Muslims face challenges in America, but love its freedom
Updated Sep 12 2016 08:47 pm

$1.9 million for arts goes a long way — split among 153 small groups
Updated Sep 06 2016 04:52 pm

Utah Heritage and Arts director steps down
Updated Aug 19 2016 08:47 pm


Elections
After long election lines, lawmaker looking to back off universal mail-in voting
Updated Dec 09 2016 10:33 pm

Democrat Harrison concedes, sealing Rep. LaVar Christensen re-election win
Updated Dec 09 2016 09:20 pm

Critics cringe at Trump strategist Bannon's ties to alt-right, rhetoric targeting Mormons
Updated Nov 14 2016 09:54 pm

While Mormons nationally stuck with Trump, in Utah he lagged
Updated Nov 18 2016 07:57 pm

Poll: Utahns like Hatch, but balk at extending 40-year tenure
Updated Dec 06 2016 10:29 pm

Utah’s six official electors pressured to reject Trump, but won’t
Updated Dec 05 2016 10:59 pm

Rivalry revived: Romney vs. Huntsman for secretary of state
Updated Dec 08 2016 09:00 am

Census: Salt Lake County no longer needs to offer voting help in Spanish
Updated Dec 06 2016 08:09 pm

Recount confirms Christensen’s win, stretches margin from 3 votes to 5
Updated Dec 05 2016 11:11 pm

Chaffetz: I’ll probe Trump in due time, if needed
Updated Dec 02 2016 01:10 pm


Education
Herbert backs away from $400 million promise for education boost
Updated Oct 04 2016 05:21 pm

Gov. Gary Herbert to seek $400 million more for schools in next budget
Updated Sep 29 2016 10:51 pm

Reed Benson ­— BYU religion professor, John Birch Society leader, son of Mormon prophet — dies
Updated Aug 31 2016 10:46 am

Utah governor’s race: Weinholtz vs. Herbert on charter schools, education
Updated Sep 12 2016 11:33 am

Utah committee has fun ‘ripping up’ school funding bill
Updated Feb 29 2016 02:32 pm

A rainy day fund for Utah’s higher education buildings?
Updated Feb 28 2016 09:50 pm

Senators reject bill to raise income tax on richest 1.5% of Utahns
Updated Feb 17 2016 10:40 pm

House OKs bill aimed at expanding kindergarten
Updated Feb 08 2016 09:26 pm

Bill advances to boost charter school funding by $40 million
Updated Feb 29 2016 06:47 pm

Battle over sex education returning to Utah Legislature
Updated Feb 03 2016 07:47 am


Environment
Enviros raise concerns, GOP cheers Trump’s reported pick to head Interior Department
Updated Dec 10 2016 11:39 am

Biskupski joins U.S. mayors asking Trump not to obstruct efforts on climate change
Updated Dec 07 2016 08:59 pm

Utah legislators don’t have to look far to see results of storage tank bill
Updated Nov 17 2016 10:25 pm

Mountain Accord supporters pitch Congress on new legislation
Updated Nov 16 2016 05:10 pm

Salt Lake County funds are allocated to help save ‘Owl Meadows’
Updated Nov 02 2016 03:23 pm

Mike Lee, Misty Snow spar over federal aid to help Flint, Mich.’s water woes
Updated Sep 26 2016 07:13 am

Utah voters split on Bears Ears monument as leaders dig in to fight it
Updated Sep 22 2016 07:12 am

Hatch, Lee seeking Utah exemption from monument-creating Antiquities Act
Updated Sep 15 2016 10:41 pm

Congress can still avoid a Bears Ears National Monument, says Rep. Jason Chaffetz
Updated Sep 14 2016 09:05 pm

Utah Gov. Herbert hints he could pitch plan to protect Bears Ears
Updated Sep 08 2016 12:11 pm


Health
Weinholtz support for medical marijuana bolstered by wife’s personal experience
Updated Nov 07 2016 01:31 pm

State says e-cigarette company changed its name, kept deceptive marketing
Updated Oct 04 2016 02:26 pm

Dems say Obamacare is helping Utahns, but GOP says plan is crumbling
Updated Nov 15 2016 06:52 pm

Utah leaders push for statewide crisis hotline to combat suicide
Updated Sep 23 2016 11:09 am

Hispanic Heritage Parade and festivities highlights culture and health care
Updated Sep 07 2016 12:21 pm

House passes Chris Stewart-led Zika bill, White House threatens veto
Updated May 20 2016 10:54 am

University of Utah named Olympic medical center
Updated Jul 29 2016 08:35 pm

Compliance with Utah's new abortion law is medically impossible, critics say
Updated May 10 2016 09:20 am

Sim Gill finds ‘nothing worth celebrating’ over Utah Medicaid funding
Updated May 05 2016 10:21 pm

State commission grants $135,000 to fight against drug overdose
Updated Apr 06 2016 10:57 am


Immigration
Utah lawyers step up to protect Muslim refugees from discrimination, threats
Updated Nov 29 2016 11:10 pm

New citizens welcomed to a country in flux
Updated Dec 01 2016 10:50 am

Herbert says Utah needs to welcome refugees from war-torn nations
Updated Dec 02 2016 10:02 pm

New coalition of Utah businesses, conservatives seeks immigration reform
Updated Nov 22 2016 02:43 pm

Mexican consul to Utah immigrants: We will defend you
Updated Nov 21 2016 12:11 pm

Utah ranks No. 10 for share of undocumented immigrants in workforce
Updated Nov 04 2016 08:21 am

Ex-congressman: Mormon leaders suffer ‘episode of incoherence’ in opposition to Trump’s Muslim ban
Updated Aug 23 2016 09:16 pm

Latino vote director for Hillary Clinton tells Utahns their votes count
Updated Sep 19 2016 11:07 am

Reverse Mexican immigration continues ­— but maybe not in Utah
Updated Sep 08 2016 07:58 pm

‘We are allies,’ says Mexico’s new consul in Utah
Updated Jul 18 2016 12:25 pm


Local
Regional theater is coming to Taylorsville
Updated Dec 05 2016 10:07 pm

Salt Lake County mayor revises his office as Bays departs
Updated Dec 07 2016 11:46 am

Sewer treatment plant's $250 million rebuild means fee hike for some in Salt Lake Valley
Updated Dec 05 2016 10:45 am

Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement Service Area seeks 9.49% tax increase
Updated Dec 05 2016 10:42 am

Waste district to implement fee for new homeowners
Updated Dec 05 2016 10:45 am

Officials say Eccles Theater designed with disabled patrons in mind
Updated Nov 29 2016 12:29 pm

A rocky marriage: the Salt Lake City Council and Mayor Jackie Biskupski
Updated Nov 19 2016 06:54 pm

T’ville mayor’s campaign finance veto stands
Updated Nov 18 2016 09:57 am

Residents turn out in force to oppose Central Wasatch Commission
Updated Nov 16 2016 05:10 pm

Crews begin dismantling scaffolding around upper tower of Salt Lake City Hall
Updated Nov 16 2016 11:28 am


Poverty
Former mayor says Biskupski to blame if more homeless die in the cold
Updated Dec 10 2016 01:58 pm

Online petition asks Salt Lake City mayor to open more shelter space for the homeless
Updated Dec 08 2016 10:25 pm

Census: Some recession effects still linger in Utah
Updated Dec 08 2016 06:40 pm

Despite more people living on the street, Salt Lake City will not increase overflow shelter space
Updated Dec 08 2016 07:55 pm

New homeless shelter announcement — any day now
Updated Nov 21 2016 09:58 pm

Utah homelessness up, despite federal report saying it is down
Updated Nov 21 2016 12:11 pm

Homeless campers in Salt Lake could be in for a long, cold and possibly dangerous winter
Updated Nov 05 2016 05:15 pm

Salt Lake City mayor announces plan for homeless this winter
Updated Dec 07 2016 08:48 pm

Biskupski says SLC council reckless in budget raid for housing, homeless
Updated Oct 20 2016 02:10 pm

‘The solution to homelessness is housing’: Salt Lake City sets aside $30M to address homelessness, affordable housing
Updated Oct 20 2016 02:11 pm


Security
A.G. Reyes says talk of Muslim registry is un-American
Updated Nov 21 2016 09:42 pm

Iran spy says Utah state senator was under constant surveillance during visit
Updated Oct 25 2016 06:35 pm

U. conference: Global threats grow amid questions of U.S. commitment
Updated Aug 01 2016 11:57 am

Utah’s members of Congress blast Obama for plan to close Gitmo
Updated Feb 25 2016 02:27 pm

Utah law enforcement to welcome Syrian refugees and help them assimilate
Updated Dec 07 2015 10:14 pm

Utah’s Chaffetz: Obama’s safety ‘is in jeopardy’ with Secret Service lapses
Updated Feb 17 2016 04:29 pm

Utah Congressman Chris Stewart calls Edward Snowden a traitor
Updated Sep 15 2016 08:10 pm

America is key to world peace, two ambassadors tell Utah audience
Updated Oct 14 2015 09:05 am

Utahns sue over government spying during 2002 Olympics
Updated Feb 17 2016 04:36 pm

Rocky Anderson threatens suit over alleged spying during 2002 Olympics
Updated Aug 11 2015 09:37 pm


Transportation
UTA reverses push to make van poolers pay for car washes
Updated Dec 09 2016 02:48 pm

UTA spent 59% more on ‘union busting’ consultant than initially disclosed — $74,000
Updated Dec 07 2016 07:39 pm

Salt Lake City Council questions rush on $350M add to airport rebuild tab
Updated Dec 06 2016 10:41 pm

Park City unveils new Kimball Junction Transit Center and clean-burning buses
Updated Dec 05 2016 10:16 pm

Except for ski buses, UTA altering little on Dec. 18 ‘change day’
Updated Dec 07 2016 11:49 am

Restored UTA bus evokes memories of Rosa Parks
Updated Dec 05 2016 10:44 am

Trees helped more than hurt by transit project, Provo mayor says
Updated Dec 02 2016 11:30 am

Nation’s worst drivers: Utahns
Updated Dec 02 2016 02:57 pm

Airport expansion costs soar another $350 million to $2.9 billion
Updated Nov 28 2016 11:09 am

Highway Patrol’s focus for holiday week: Buckle up
Updated Nov 17 2016 10:10 pm