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A West Valley City senator is trying to put a new spin on an old problem, proposing a bill to give Utah a workable hate-crimes law by placing a greater emphasis on criminal, not social, justice. But please, asks Republican …

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    News roundup: Trump to take office with historically low approval rating
    Trump to take office with historically low approval rating. Chaffetz says he won’t go on a ‘fishing expedition’ to investigate Trump. Meet the Utahns ...

    Updated Jan 17 2017 06:03 am   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   In search of safety, Rasha Ismaeel Al Kilani and her husband Ali Mohammad Al Soufani fled the war in Syria in 2013. After four years in Jordan they were finally cleared by immigration. Now with the help of Catholic Community Services, the two along with their children Sima Ali Mohammad, 22-months, and Mohammad Ali, 4, have spent their first two weeks in Utah as they talk about their hopes for a new future. Syrian refugee family welcomes new home in Utah, despite bitter cold and Donald Trump
    The snow is deep, and the air is bitter cold, but Ali Mohammad Al Soufani, 30, and his young family couldn’t be happier to be in Utah. They arrived in...
    Updated Jan 16 2017 10:39 am   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: We shall overcome — eventually. For years, that was the cry of Utah’s MLK Day backers
    While Utahns commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, few may remember the struggles that eventually dragged the Legislature into officially...
    Updated Jan 16 2017 10:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • This Jan. 20, 2016, photo, U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, speaks during news conference, in Salt Lake City. Chaffetz says he’ll vote for Donald Trump, despite withdrawing his endorsement. The Republican chairman of the House oversight committee said in a tweet on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, he’d doing it because he believes Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is bad for the country, but he won’t defend or endorse the Republican nominee. A spokeswoman confirmed the tweet Thursday. Chaffetz says a third-party candidate wouldn’t have a serious chance of winning. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Chaffetz won’t launch ‘fishing expedition’ into Trump’s finances
    Rep. Jason Chaffetz has no plans to dig into President-elect Donald Trump’s business dealings, including potential ties with Russia, saying to do so w...
    Updated Jan 15 2017 10:53 pm   |     |   Share

  • Courtesy  |  Salt Lake City Redevelopment Agency  Station Center Aerial City touts first completed development at ambitious Station Center project
    Anthony Ferro first crossed the Atlantic and then much of America, working as a miner and a grocer before helping launch Western Macaroni Manufacturin...
    Updated Jan 15 2017 11:00 am   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Sarita Gaytan poses for a photo on her porch in Salt Lake City. Gaytan plans to attend Trump’s inauguration and the women’s march in D.C..  Friday, January 13, 2017. Meet the Utahns going to Washington to celebrate — and protest — Trump’s inauguration
    Hundreds of thousands of Americans will descend on Washington, D.C., this week to celebrate — and to protest — the inauguration of President-elect Do...
    Updated Jan 15 2017 09:18 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   President Barack Obama arrives at Hill Air Force Base Thursday April 2, 2015.  Gehrke: Obama’s legacy could be wiped away with real Utahns in the balance
    The legacy of President Barack Obama in Utah is one that remains written in pencil and the state’s Republican elected leaders are hoping they hold the...
    Updated Jan 15 2017 09:19 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley speaks during a Democratic rally Saturday January 14, 2017. Former presidential candidate O’Malley tells Utah Democrats that Trump ran on ‘fear, scapegoating’
    Before keynoting the Utah Democratic Party’s annual gala, former presidential candidate and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said Donald Trump ran a “fas...
    Updated Jan 14 2017 09:11 pm   |     |   Share
  • Idaho voter intimidation case yields no criminal charges
    Boise, Idaho • Idaho’s top prosecutor has decided not to file criminal charges after his office was asked to review accusations of possible voter inti...
    Updated Jan 14 2017 10:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • The Piano Guys -- from left: Al Van Der Beek, Paul Anderson, Steven Sharp Nelson and Jon Schmidt -- at Midway’s Ice Castle exhibit last winter, where they filmed the video for their cover of ’Let It Go.’ Courtesy of The Piano Guys Utah group The Piano Guys set to perform at Trump’s presidential inauguration
    A Utah-based musical group — The Piano Guys — is in the lineup for a Thursday concert kicking off President-elect Donald Trump’s inaugural festivities...
    Updated Jan 16 2017 04:32 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Mia Allen, 9, examines tiny bones in an owl pellet during Owl Day at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017. Photos: Owl Day provides fair-feather fun
    Friends of Bear River Refuge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hosted Owl Day on Saturday, teaching birdwatchers — new and veteran — how to have ...
    Updated Jan 14 2017 03:42 pm   |     |   Share
    Sen. Mike Lee jokes high court gig could put him one up on his big brother
    Though he says it’s not a tooth-and-nail sibling rivalry, Sen. Mike Lee does see one advantage in getting the U.S. Supreme Court nomination over his o...
    Updated Jan 13 2017 06:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  Tribune file photo)   TSA worker checks identification and boarding passes before passengers have to remove jackets, belts, shoes, open laptops before going through the security scanners at Salt Lake International Airport Monday December 16, 2013. Salt Lake City International Airport ranks No. 10 for firearms seized
    The number of firearms seized at Salt Lake City International Airport spiked by 56 percent last year — from 48 to 75. That ranked No. 10 for gun confi...
    Updated Jan 13 2017 09:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • Manuel Balce Ceneta  |  AP file photo Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, speaks to reporters as he leaves a House Republican Caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. Chaffetz wants to probe ethics of federal ethics director critical of Trump
    Rep. Jason Chaffetz has repeatedly brushed off calls to probe Donald Trump’s potential conflicts of interest, and now he’s threatened to investigate —...
    Updated Jan 16 2017 12:20 am   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy of UDOT A semi truck trying to pass a snowplow collided with it and sent it over a 300-foot embankment in Spanish Fork Canyon on Thursday. Video: Semi hits Utah snowplow, sends it over 300-foot embankment
    A video shows a semitruck sideswiping a snowplow in Spanish Fork Canyon, forcing it across oncoming traffic and over a 300-foot embankment. State high...
    Updated Jan 13 2017 07:13 pm   |     |   Share
  • Trump names Hatch chief of staff as new White House staff secretary
    Washington • President-elect Donald Trump has named Rob Porter, Sen. Orrin Hatch’s chief of staff, as an assistant to the president and new White Hous...
    Updated Jan 13 2017 08:31 pm   |     |   Share
    News roundup: Trump inauguration and protests could make D.C. a powder keg
    Trump inauguration and protests could make D.C. a powder keg. Trump names Hatch chief of staff as White House staff secretary. Hatch speaks to Interio...

    Updated Jan 13 2017 06:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Bears Ears Buttes are located near Comb Ridge, a few miles from Bluff. The area is part of the newly designated Bears Ears National Monument. Hatch prods Interior nominee to help ‘repair damage’ of national monuments
    After meeting with President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Interior Department on Thursday, Sen. Orrin Hatch said he sees in the nominee a pot...
    Updated Jan 13 2017 12:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Is Salt Lake County too big for its britches? Some talk about splitting it up
    Whether it be a lingering anger toward Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams or a quest for better government, some Utah lawmakers have discussed splitti...
    Updated Jan 12 2017 11:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  Tribune file photo)    Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, speaks to reporters during the GOP election night party at the Hilton in downtown Salt Lake City, Tuesday Nov. 4, 2014. Utah law unclear on filling potentially vacant U.S. House seat, legislators working on fix
    Amid reports that President-elect Donald Trump may appoint Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, as the new Air Force secretary, Utah officials are finding that...
    Updated Jan 12 2017 11:34 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Rep. Francis Gibson , R-Mapleton, center, testifes at the Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee Monday Feb. 8 along with Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, left, and Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, right, for the Pamela Atkinson Homeless Trust Fund to build several homeless shelters in Salt Lake County, fund case workers, and increase services to transition people from shelters to independent living. Biskupski downplays city-county rift on homeless issues, McAdams requests money from Legislature
    Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, in her first public interview since Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams aired a rift between the two, downplayed...
    Updated Jan 14 2017 06:34 pm   |     |   Share
    News roundup: Senate votes to begin the end of Obamacare
    Senate votes to begin the end of Obamacare. SL County, SLC spar over homeless plans. Lt. Guv: Utah has ‘serious need’ for affordable housing. Happy ...

    Updated Jan 13 2017 06:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Salt Lake City hosted interested members of the public during a workshop to discuss the design and community impact of four proposed 150-bed homeless shelters, at the Multipurpose room of Salt Lake Community College South Campus on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. Residents pack meeting, say only ‘solution’ for proposed Sugar House homeless shelter is to put it somewhere else
    The first of two workshops held by Salt Lake City on Wednesday at Salt Lake Community College’s South Campus was filled by residents clustering around...
    Updated Jan 14 2017 06:34 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  Tribune file photo)   The playground and exterior of housing units at Canyon Crossing at Riverwalk Wednesday May 27, 2015.  Canyon Crossing at Riverwalk is a  10-building affordable housing community in Midvale. The $36 million development completed in 2015 creates 180 apartments for low-income families in the area and was made possible through a $13 million Low-Income Housing Tax Credit investment by American Express syndicated by Enterprise Community Investment. Poor Utahns face big shortage of affordable housing
    Utah’s poor face a big shortage of affordable rental housing. The number of Utah’s extremely low-income families exceeds the rental units they can aff...
    Updated Jan 11 2017 11:12 pm   |     |   Share


Unpaid taxes act as easy loans for many Utah developers
Updated Jan 03 2017 03:30 pm

Large arts groups to split $13.7M from ZAP
Updated Dec 14 2016 08:30 pm

Utah Legislature’s budget czar honored
Updated Dec 12 2016 04:08 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

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

Bill emerges to replace Utah’s unenforceable hate-crimes law
Updated Jan 17 2017 08:18 am

Hatch says Democratic attempts to derail Sessions A.G. nomination doomed
Updated Jan 10 2017 09:36 pm

Lawmaker proposes making Utah first state to lower alcohol limit to 0.05
Updated Jan 03 2017 02:48 pm

Utah animal advocates want to beef up requirement on shelter for dogs in bad weather
Updated Dec 27 2016 10:58 pm

Questions raised whether Utah building new prison bigger than it needs to be
Updated Dec 22 2016 02:39 pm

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

Chaffetz wants to probe ethics of federal ethics director critical of Trump
Updated Jan 16 2017 12:20 am

Mormons in Congress mirror percentage in U.S. population
Updated Jan 03 2017 10:38 pm

Mormon Tabernacle Choir will sing Trump, Pence into White House
Updated Dec 29 2016 08:26 pm

Utah lawmaker proposes to allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons without a permit
Updated Jan 10 2017 11:56 am

Pulitzer winner to Utah leaders: Changing world requires creativity, compassion
Updated Jan 04 2017 06:25 pm

Utah’s GOP members vote to gut ethics office, then reverse course
Updated Jan 03 2017 10:27 pm

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

Utah’s Guv seeks $50k from taxpayers for anti-pornography push
Updated Dec 12 2016 08:21 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

Meet the Utahns going to Washington to celebrate — and protest — Trump’s inauguration
Updated Jan 15 2017 09:18 am

Utah law unclear on filling potentially vacant U.S. House seat, legislators working on fix
Updated Jan 12 2017 11:34 pm

Utah’s Chris Stewart walks back ‘BS’ comment on Russian hacking, says information was withheld
Updated Jan 06 2017 10:41 pm

Utah Highway Patrol will send troopers to D.C. to aid security forces at Trump’s inauguration
Updated Jan 05 2017 01:20 pm

Utah Rep. Mia Love calls President-elect Donald Trump ‘kind, gracious’ after phone chat
Updated Jan 05 2017 01:20 pm

It’s an open question if Trump can restore coal-country jobs — but he’s brought hope
Updated Dec 27 2016 03:01 pm

Chaffetz cleared of allegations that he misused campaign funds
Updated Dec 29 2016 09:35 am

Utahns’ demand for Trump inaugural tickets exceed supply
Updated Dec 21 2016 11:01 pm

Trump may skip Utah in his victory tour
Updated Dec 19 2016 10:06 pm

Utah casts six electoral votes for Donald Trump amid shouts of ‘treason’
Updated Dec 27 2016 07:10 pm

Utah lawmakers feel compelled to respond to push for education tax hike
Updated Dec 15 2016 11:05 am

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

Hatch prods Interior nominee to help ‘repair damage’ of national monuments
Updated Jan 13 2017 12:15 pm

Snowbird zip line plan stirs complaints of ‘Disneyfication’ of mountains
Updated Jan 09 2017 08:12 am

Utah Sens. Orrin Hatch, Mike Lee push to rein in presidential power in wake of Bears Ears
Updated Jan 10 2017 11:45 am

Inside Obama’s decision to name the Bears Ears National Monument
Updated Jan 04 2017 03:49 pm

Interior looks to put 10 million acres off limits to mining to protect sage grouse habitat
Updated Jan 03 2017 04:40 pm

Noel lining up conservative backers in push to head BLM
Updated Dec 23 2016 08:31 am

Congressman Rob Bishop betting that there will be no Bears Ears monument
Updated Dec 28 2016 02:14 pm

Bishop calls Interior pick’s opposition to land transfers enviro spin
Updated Jan 12 2017 09:14 pm

Trump’s choice to head Interior opposes GOP’s effort to sell public lands
Updated Dec 15 2016 12:32 pm

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

Utah Lawmaker abandons bill to avoid abortion fight
Updated Jan 12 2017 11:19 am

Utahns in Congress ready to pounce on Obamacare repeal — but effective date might be years off
Updated Jan 05 2017 10:57 pm

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

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

City touts first completed development at ambitious Station Center project
Updated Jan 15 2017 11:00 am

Salt Lake City unveils 'micro-unit' affordable housing plan — 250-500 square feet for about $542 monthly
Updated Jan 10 2017 11:54 am

Salt Lake City announces paid parental leave for employees
Updated Jan 11 2017 10:52 am

Millcreek City leads county into a new era
Updated Jan 03 2017 02:49 pm

Public invited to address city leaders on new homeless resource centers
Updated Jan 01 2017 08:57 pm

Unpaid bills alleged in suit over The Leonardo’s ‘Flight’
Updated Dec 22 2016 10:44 pm

Salt Lake City Council members take heat, get threats for homeless-shelter sites
Updated Dec 22 2016 08:18 am

Biskupski names veteran SLC firefighter as new chief
Updated Dec 19 2016 09:05 pm

School district exploring demolition costs of old Granite High School
Updated Dec 13 2016 03:32 pm

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

Biskupski downplays city-county rift on homeless issues, McAdams requests money from Legislature
Updated Jan 14 2017 06:34 pm

Residents pack meeting, say only ‘solution’ for proposed Sugar House homeless shelter is to put it somewhere else
Updated Jan 14 2017 06:34 pm

Poor Utahns face big shortage of affordable housing
Updated Jan 11 2017 11:12 pm

Salt Lake County mayor calls for big changes to city’s plan for homeless shelters
Updated Jan 11 2017 11:24 pm

County mayor says Biskupski’s plan to swiftly close Road Home shelter will have ‘disastrous impact’ on homeless
Updated Jan 11 2017 10:51 am

Salt Lake City spent $7 million on Simpson Avenue site for planned homeless shelter
Updated Jan 10 2017 09:45 pm

Utah payday lenders' average interest rate roughly double that of 1960s Mafia loans
Updated Jan 06 2017 08:39 am

Biskupski continues to face resistance as councilwoman tries to nix Sugar House shelter site
Updated Jan 10 2017 09:45 pm

Did public get enough say on SLC homeless shelters?
Updated Jan 04 2017 01:00 am

About 100 residents blast SLC’s shelter-site choices, which Biskupski says could change
Updated Jan 04 2017 11:18 am

Utah Rep. Chris Stewart selected to lead House subcommittee on intelligence
Updated Jan 11 2017 09:09 pm

California critics warn that Utah pension fund’s hotel could be used to spy on U.S. agencies if it’s sold to Chinese
Updated Jan 06 2017 12:04 pm

CIA found Russia tried to hack election to help Trump? That’s BS, says Utah congressman
Updated Dec 12 2016 10:23 pm

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

Video: Semi hits Utah snowplow, sends it over 300-foot embankment
Updated Jan 13 2017 07:13 pm

Salt Lake City International Airport ranks No. 10 for firearms seized
Updated Jan 13 2017 09:29 pm

SLC Airport sets record for passengers
Updated Jan 12 2017 11:19 am

Happy New Year: No rise in Utah fuel tax
Updated Dec 30 2016 11:11 am

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 12 2016 05:44 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