Topping the news: Donald Trump is in a statistical tie with Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical general election match up in Utah, a new poll shows, adding fuel to the notion that Utahns don’t really like Trump’s style. [UtahPolicy]
-> Department of Health officials say sexual assault costs the state $4.8 billion annually and they want state lawmakers to take action. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13] [KUTV]
-> Salt Lake County DA Sim Gill attended a rally to show his support for medical marijuana legislation. [Trib] [APviaKUTV] [Fox13] [DNews] [ABC4]
Tweets of the day: From @markknoller: "Didn’t win Powerball or an Oscar. Not my day."
From @JoshuaGreen: "Last night’s #Powerball: 5, 16, 24, 30, 37, 39, 40 -- wait, no, that’s @SenSanders 1 yr trendline in IA-Selzer poll."
Tune in: Alana Kindness of the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Utah Department of Health violence prevention specialist Megan Waters join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about a new study that concludes the financial cost of sexual assault comes to $5 billion annually in Utah. Watch Trib Talk live at 12:15 p.m. MT on sltrib.com.
In other news: Rep. Rob Bishop’s House Natural Resource Committee plans to hold an oversight hearing in St. George to hear complaints about the Bureau of Land Management. [Trib]
-> Sen. Mike Lee is called the most interesting Republican in Washington for the conservative ideas he’s put forward recently. [TheWeek]
-> A private lab had to be decontaminated after it received live anthrax spores, according to recently released documents. [Trib]
-> An independent investigator says "questions still remain" in the officer involved shooting of James Barker, though legal authorities say the case is done and the officer acted within the law. [Trib]
-> The Utah Women’s Coalition is a new group that is pushing legislation to give legal protection to breastfeeding mothers. [Trib]
-> David Damschen was sworn in as the new state treasurer. [Trib] [DNews]
-> UTA officials say they would need expensive double tracking to solve FrontRunner delays. [Trib] Also its bus from Salt Lake to Park City sees big ridership gains. [Trib]
-> Utah Department of Transportation has launched the environmental study into converting parts of Bangerter Highway into a freeway. [Trib] [Fox13]
-> The Utah Supreme Court has reinstated a case involving a rural police chief who failed to act while his brother was committing domestic violence. [Trib]
Nationally: Sen. Ted Cruz failed to disclose a favorable loan from Goldman Sachs during his 2012 Senate run. [NYTimes] [CNN] [WaPost]
-> Iran returned the 10 American sailors who were taken captive on Tuesday. [CBS] Iranian State TV released a video showing the sailors apologizing for the incident. [ABC]
-> As Hillary Clinton steps up her criticism of Bernie Sanders, his campaign sees a huge influx in donations. [WaPost]
-> The Republican Party is starting to plan for a contested convention. [Politico]
-> Al Jazeera America is closing up shop after giving it a run in the contested TV news space for the past three years. [USAToday]
Where are they?
- Rep. Jason Chaffetz, along with the rest of Utah’s House delegation, sits down with fellow Republicans for a strategy session.
- Gov. Gary Herbert in Baltimore for the House Republican Legislative Conference.
- Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox joins the retirement gathering for John Harija then meets with the Salt Lake Kiwanis Club.
- State Auditor John Dougall joins state Treasurer Dave Damschen in a meeting with management from Utah School & Institutional Trust Fund Office.
- SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams heads to a United Way of Salt Lake Board meeting and then the Evidence2Success board orientation. He judges a speech competition for Academy for Math, Engineering and Science.
- President Barack Obama holds a town hall at McKinley Senior High School in Baton Rouge, La, before returning to Washington.
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-- Thomas Burr and Michael Anderson
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