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When Utah state Rep. Karianne Lisonbee drafted her bill to lower the age for obtaining a concealed-weapon permit from 21 to 18, she had one group in mind: college-age women. “They want to be able to defend themselves from rape …

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  • President-elect Donald Trump smiles as he arrives to speak at an election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) Poll: Majority of Utahns now view Trump favorably
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  • Francisco Kjolseth  |  Kjolseth Photography The Spiral Jetty earth works on the North edge of the Great Salt Lake created by artist Robert Smithson in 1970 is visible on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. The 1,500 ft long spiral that is 15 ft wide has been below water many times since its creation in an ever changing landscape. Gov. Gary Herbert signs bills involving abortion, highways and the Spiral Jetty
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Former Salt Lake City Mayor Ted Wilson stands beside his official portrait in the hallway outside the Mayor’s office in the City-County building Monday March 20. He served three terms as mayor from 1976-1985 before becoming director for the Hinckley Insititute of Politics.  Wilson is 76 years old now, a bit grayer but still enjoys bicycling, rock climbing and skiing. Ted Wilson calls it a day — and it’s real this time
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  • Gov. Gary Herbert Guv vetoes bill that could have cut Democrats out of state boards
    Gov. Gary Herbert vetoed his first bill of the 2017 Legislature on Friday — a controversial one that would have removed the requirement to appoint at ...
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Budget
Board adopts policy reforms in wake of blistering Unified Fire Authority audit
Updated Mar 21 2017 10:55 pm

Here's how President Trump's proposed budget hikes and spending cuts might affect Utah
Updated Mar 16 2017 11:45 pm

Utah’s $16B budget boosts school spending, state worker wages, Medicaid growth
Updated Mar 10 2017 02:50 pm

Breakneck approval of over $1B in borrowing with little or no public comment leads to questions
Updated Mar 07 2017 11:50 pm

Governor: Utah tax reform delayed, not dead
Updated Mar 08 2017 05:12 pm

BIll OKs liquor stores keeping some profits
Updated Mar 09 2017 02:38 pm

Legislature approves state budgets, bulk of new funding reserved for education
Updated Mar 09 2017 04:47 pm

Food-tax hike is dead in Utah’s Legislature
Updated Mar 08 2017 08:57 am

Final budget boosts school funding, gives state workers a raise
Updated Mar 03 2017 11:37 pm

Gov. Herbert won’t oppose hiking sales tax on food
Updated Mar 02 2017 10:17 pm


Crime
Herbert signs nation’s first 0.05 DUI bill; Utahns split on issue
Updated Mar 25 2017 05:54 pm

'Something is seriously wrong': Hatch, Lee decry Democrats' 'litmus tests,' back Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch
Updated Mar 21 2017 08:11 am

Domestic violence gun bill advances to full Senate
Updated Mar 02 2017 01:22 pm

Protest against lower blood alcohol limit planned for St. Patrick's Day in Salt Lake
Updated Mar 25 2017 05:55 pm

Interlocks stopped 2,573 attempts by Utah DUI convicts to drive after drinking last year
Updated Mar 15 2017 11:42 am

Utah Legislature adopts toughest drunken driving law in nation
Updated Mar 08 2017 11:24 pm

Bill advances to allow quicker release of police body camera videos
Updated Mar 07 2017 01:39 pm

HIV-positive sexual disclosure bill heads to Senate
Updated Mar 06 2017 01:56 pm

Proposed crime of livestock harassment gets closer to becoming Utah law
Updated Mar 03 2017 07:15 pm

House OKs bill to enhance penalties for drug dealing near homeless shelters
Updated Mar 06 2017 01:56 pm


Culture
Pressure pours in on possible veto of drunken driving bill
Updated Mar 25 2017 05:54 pm

Protesters call for Hatch and Lee to push back against Trump
Updated Mar 22 2017 04:22 pm

As protesters rally in Utah Capitol, Gov. Herbert scrutinizes toughest-in-nation DUI bill
Updated Mar 23 2017 07:33 pm

Zion Curtain lives on, but new Utah liquor law provides alternative options
Updated Mar 09 2017 06:10 pm

Utah Legislature strikes so-called ‘no-promo homo’ law
Updated Mar 08 2017 10:16 pm

Bill to allow suing porn distributors for harm to minors advances
Updated Mar 08 2017 03:52 pm

‘Zion Curtain’ alcohol reform bill zips through House
Updated Mar 06 2017 01:57 pm

Gov. Herbert supports ‘Zion Curtain’ bill and lowering blood-alcohol content limit for DUI
Updated Mar 02 2017 10:19 pm

New alternative offered to Utah’s ‘Zion Curtain’ liquor law: ‘Washington state wall’
Updated Feb 28 2017 11:10 pm

‘Zion Curtain’ bill quickly runs into controversy, industry concerns
Updated Feb 28 2017 09:59 am


Elections
Poll: Majority of Utahns now view Trump favorably
Updated Mar 26 2017 06:00 am

Utah Democrat Jenny Wilson appointed to national party transition team
Updated Mar 20 2017 12:07 pm

Utah leaders hailed voter turnout in election. Actually, we were among the worst in the nation
Updated Mar 16 2017 11:47 pm

Meet the Democrat running against Rep. Jason Chaffetz — and raising loads of money
Updated Mar 11 2017 04:23 pm

Hatch says he’ll seek an eighth term, his office walks it back
Updated Mar 10 2017 12:08 am

Bill advances to allow voters to make their voting records private
Updated Mar 08 2017 05:12 pm

After unusual Republican Party support, Democrat passes election-reform bill
Updated Mar 06 2017 02:02 pm

Idea for runoff elections killed after Utah GOP reneges on deal
Updated Mar 02 2017 10:45 pm

Committee approves bill aimed at stopping ballot alphabet games
Updated Mar 02 2017 01:21 pm

Bill goes to governor seeking to shorten election lines
Updated Mar 02 2017 01:23 pm


Education
Gov. Herbert signs more education, public lands, election bills
Updated Mar 21 2017 03:17 pm

House backs $5k bonuses to draw top teachers to low-income schools
Updated Feb 28 2017 01:22 pm

House urges later start times for high schools
Updated Feb 24 2017 12:49 pm

House delivers double punch to ballot drive seeking to increase tax for education
Updated Feb 14 2017 11:00 am

Lawmakers support bill aimed at curbing bullying of teachers
Updated Feb 08 2017 11:45 am

House panel punts on plan to reward teachers working in low-income schools
Updated Feb 06 2017 10:59 am

Senators say Utah schools will be ‘kept whole’ without a tax increase
Updated Feb 01 2017 12:21 pm

Seat belts could be required in new Utah school buses
Updated Jan 26 2017 09:47 pm

Herbert launches drive to help more Utahns qualify for high-pay jobs
Updated Jan 28 2017 10:12 pm

Utah senator’s bill would allow schools to keep funding when students graduate early
Updated Feb 21 2017 08:52 pm


Environment
Residents opposing paved Dimple Dell trail deliver over 6,000 signatures
Updated Mar 22 2017 04:22 pm

Salt Lake City ponies up $1.5M toward Bonanza Flats preservation
Updated Mar 21 2017 11:13 pm

Interior names energy and mineral chief new acting BLM director
Updated Mar 15 2017 08:28 pm

Salt Lake County won’t help pay for Bonanza Flats
Updated Mar 21 2017 08:30 pm

Utah lawmakers pass tax incentive for refineries to produce cleaner gas
Updated Mar 09 2017 10:37 am

Senate passes clean-fuel tax incentive
Updated Mar 06 2017 02:02 pm

Fate of Bears Ears in question as Senate confirms Montana Rep. Zinke as Interior secretary
Updated Mar 01 2017 11:28 pm

Senate shrinks $60M manufacturing tax break to $1.8M, pushes for cleaner-burning fuels
Updated Mar 01 2017 02:03 pm

Chaffetz probes Bryce Canyon tweet welcoming Bears Ears
Updated Feb 21 2017 11:10 pm

Measure pushing environmental, air issues at new prison site is a nonstarter
Updated Feb 22 2017 12:49 pm


Health
Sen. Mike Lee alone in Utah delegation cheering pulling of GOP health care bill
Updated Mar 24 2017 10:29 pm

Utah’s all-Republican delegation hard to pin down on health-care vote
Updated Mar 24 2017 12:44 pm

Despite repeated Trump overtures, Sen. Mike Lee remains a no on health care bill
Updated Mar 22 2017 04:10 pm

Utah lawmakers send marijuana-research bill to guv to sign
Updated Mar 10 2017 02:52 pm

House OKs plan to limit ‘surprise billing’ for medical emergencies
Updated Mar 07 2017 01:43 pm

Abortion-reversal information bill heads to full Senate
Updated Mar 02 2017 01:21 pm

After harsh debate, House passes abortion-information bill
Updated Feb 24 2017 11:13 pm

Utah Senate gives early nod to medical marijuana research bill
Updated Feb 23 2017 01:02 pm

Bill advances to stop ‘surprise billing’ for medical emergencies
Updated Mar 25 2017 08:37 pm

Bill would require doctors to tell women about abortion-reversal options
Updated Feb 13 2017 11:30 am


Immigration
Salt Lake City joins brief challenging Trump’s threat to ‘sanctuary cities’
Updated Mar 23 2017 11:09 am

Salt Lake City joins cities asking high court to uphold rights for detained immigrants
Updated Feb 15 2017 03:17 pm

Utahns oppose Trump’s plan to curtail refugee immigration
Updated Jan 27 2017 09:32 am

Utah business leaders worried about Trump actions on immigration, trade
Updated Feb 08 2017 04:58 pm

Utah’s Lee backs Trump’s authority for immigration ban
Updated Feb 07 2017 11:13 am

Salt Lake County Council condemns Trump's refugee moratorium
Updated Feb 02 2017 11:26 am

Utah’s Mia Love fears Trump’s immigration order will close door on innocent people
Updated Jan 31 2017 08:03 am

Utah Gov. Herbert not on board with Trump’s refugee, immigrant actions
Updated Jan 27 2017 11:01 pm

SLC shirks Trump, refuses to enforce his immigration edict
Updated Jan 27 2017 09:30 am

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


Local
Controversial West Jordan councilman Jeff Haaga steps down
Updated Mar 22 2017 04:21 pm

West Jordan pulls change of government question from ballot
Updated Mar 17 2017 12:25 pm

Salt Lake City officially opens new affordable housing project
Updated Mar 15 2017 11:43 am

SLC council asks Outdoor Retailer to come back, join public-lands strategy
Updated Mar 10 2017 02:47 pm

Salt Lake City cancels controversial Simpson Avenue property deal tied to homeless shelter plan
Updated Feb 28 2017 11:12 pm

West Jordan struggles over change-of-government issue
Updated Mar 02 2017 02:16 pm

Salt Lake City Council wants to pay for street improvements, but how?
Updated Feb 23 2017 08:00 pm

Warmer temps lead Salt Lake City to resume compost pickup
Updated Feb 23 2017 08:00 pm

With or without Outdoor Retailer, leaders press on with convention center hotel
Updated Feb 21 2017 11:40 am

Holladay leaders vow to obey the law, pay Utah sales tax on online purchases
Updated Feb 21 2017 11:41 am


Poverty
West Valley City ‘rejects’ homeless shelter site selection process
Updated Mar 21 2017 11:32 am

New homeless plan to meet demand despite 500 fewer shelter beds? Here’s the math
Updated Mar 25 2017 05:53 pm

Fences will separate homeless shelter from The Gateway mall
Updated Mar 20 2017 12:07 pm

Gov. Herbert signs bills on homelessness, panhandling, payday lenders
Updated Mar 17 2017 09:54 pm

Salt Lake City officially opens new affordable housing project
Updated Mar 15 2017 11:43 am

Local city leaders brace for a homeless shelter they’re powerless to stop
Updated Mar 09 2017 02:38 pm

New shelter to be in West Valley or South Salt Lake — cities already bearing plenty of state burdens, residents say
Updated Mar 13 2017 03:58 pm

Homelessness front and center during 2017 session
Updated Mar 10 2017 02:51 pm

Tai chi class offers SLC’s homeless a taste of stability amid the chaos
Updated Mar 06 2017 07:57 am

Homeless funding bill empowers state to override city in picking Salt Lake County shelter site
Updated Mar 25 2017 09:58 pm


Security
FBI confirms Russia, Trump probe; Utah’s Stewart notes that doesn’t mean wrongdoing
Updated Mar 21 2017 11:39 am

Poll: Utahns back congressional probe of Russian hacking in 2016 election
Updated Jan 25 2017 11:07 pm

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 Feb 06 2017 10:35 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


Transportation
UTA ridership down, so bonuses are, too
Updated Mar 23 2017 11:10 am

Landslide near Bryce Canyon limiting SR-12 to single lane
Updated Mar 20 2017 05:55 pm

Utah leaders learn $1B in highway money attracts a lot of friends
Updated Mar 20 2017 12:08 pm

$2.9B SLC airport rebuild could be too small just 5 years after it opens
Updated Mar 16 2017 09:44 am

Utah Legislature votes to require helmets for motorcyclists up to age 21
Updated Mar 08 2017 10:10 pm

Utah guv will have final say on kick-starting automatic gasoline tax hikes
Updated Mar 08 2017 09:55 pm

Utah Senate gives early OK to allowing ATVs on Salt Lake County roads
Updated Mar 08 2017 07:16 pm

Watered-down UTA reform bill advances
Updated Mar 09 2017 02:41 pm

Senate quickly OKs plan to borrow $1 billion for Utah highway projects
Updated Mar 07 2017 01:39 pm

New gas-tax bill emerges, would raise levies higher, faster
Updated Mar 02 2017 10:34 pm