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The Legislature’s push to name a portion of the Veterans Memorial Highway — Interstate 15 — after the late House Speaker Becky Lockhart hit a roadblock when Gov. Gary Herbert vetoed the measure Wednesday, after requests from veterans, their families …

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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Gail Halvorsen, 94 years old and known around the world as the Berlin Candy Bomber, signs Richie Saunders' sweater as Jake Sexton waits his turn at Oquirrh Hills Middle School on Wednesday. ‘Candy Bomber’ Gail Halvorsen lands at Utah school
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    Washington • President Barack Obama will fly into Utah on Thursday and stay overnight before he offers remarks about the economy at Hill Air Force Bas...
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    (FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2011, file photo, then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hands off her mobile phone after arriving to meet with Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, Netherlands. Clinton emailed her staff on an iPad as well as a BlackBerry while secretary of state, despite her explanation that she exclusively used a personal email address on a homebrew server so she could carry a single device, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press)  . (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool/File) News roundup: Judiciary chairman: Hillary Clinton likely violated the law
    Judiciary chairman: Hillary Clinton likely violated the law. BYU poll finds strong support for Healthy Utah plan. Obama expected to stay overnight in ...

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Budget
Guv signs two bills raising Utah taxes by more than $150 million
Updated Mar 27 2015 11:38 pm

Movin' on up: Senate passes bill to give pay raise to governor, other top state elected officials
Updated Mar 13 2015 07:30 pm

Legislature puts $1.5 million in public funds behind Aggie sports
Updated Mar 12 2015 07:00 am

Legislature backs big bump in student spending, smaller than guv wanted
Updated Mar 06 2015 01:06 pm

Revenues rosy as budget building begins
Updated Feb 19 2015 11:37 am

Utah’s mild winter brings (some) snow-removal savings
Updated Feb 16 2015 03:02 pm

Salary for Utah governor may see 36 percent bump
Updated Feb 13 2015 11:44 am

Economic development or pork on parade? $241 million in requests to Utah Legislature committee
Updated Feb 18 2015 04:16 pm

Boat registration fees may rise $10
Updated Feb 12 2015 03:00 pm

County calculating impact of cheap gas, no snow
Updated Feb 11 2015 11:10 am


Crime
Police reform: How much does Utah need?
Updated Mar 31 2015 08:37 am

Herbert gives OK for prison-site selection, signs bill trumping Salt Lake City drive-thru ordinance
Updated Mar 27 2015 02:02 pm

Utah governor signs 55 bills into law, brings back firing squad
Updated Mar 25 2015 12:41 pm

Central Utah town welcomes prison expansion
Updated Mar 23 2015 09:57 pm

Criminal justice reforms approved, drug possession to be a misdemeanor
Updated Mar 12 2015 10:38 pm

As victims cheer, Senate passes two bills targeting abusers
Updated Mar 12 2015 02:53 pm

Legislators ease restrictions on drone use by police
Updated Mar 19 2015 11:25 am

Legislature approves restrictions on police warrants
Updated Mar 12 2015 03:57 pm

Cockfighting bill claws its way to final approval by Utah lawmakers
Updated Mar 12 2015 03:59 pm

Utah appears on verge of restoring firing squad for executions
Updated Mar 24 2015 09:45 am


Culture
LGBT anti-discrimination bill clears Legislature, on its way to Utah governor
Updated Mar 28 2015 05:03 pm

Anti-discrimination bill clears Utah Senate in historic vote
Updated Mar 07 2015 10:34 am

Indian monument dedicated as part of UTA mitigation at site of ancient village
Updated Mar 28 2015 11:15 am

Mormon leaders, LGBT groups trumpet new anti-bias bill as a ‘model’
Updated Mar 07 2015 05:36 pm

‘I think we’re going to make history together’: LGBT groups, LDS Church close to final religious liberty/nondiscrimination bill
Updated Mar 04 2015 02:18 pm

In new book, Utah’s Lee says some elected leaders are ‘subverting’ Constitution
Updated Mar 20 2015 10:02 pm

‘Powdered alcohol’ faces immediate Utah ban day after feds approve sale
Updated Mar 13 2015 10:05 pm

Bill allowing govt workers to opt out of performing same-sex marriages sails to final passage
Updated Mar 12 2015 12:10 am

Bills to help moms who breast-feed sent to governor
Updated Mar 12 2015 03:58 pm

Census: 1 of every 5 married Utahns has been remarried
Updated Mar 11 2015 03:01 pm


Elections
Google backs out of Mike Lee fundraiser because of probe
Updated Mar 31 2015 08:49 pm

Salazar to challenge Kitchen for Salt Lake City’s District 4 council seat
Updated Mar 26 2015 11:37 pm

Sen. Mike Lee’s re-election backed by Jon Huntsman Jr., Zions’ Scott Anderson
Updated Mar 11 2015 06:39 pm

House barely passes tweak to new primary election process
Updated Mar 10 2015 03:16 pm

House passes bill to keep partisan elections in counties
Updated Mar 06 2015 01:08 pm

Bill advances to allow presidential primary, a day after Mitt Romney requests it
Updated Mar 09 2015 12:11 pm

Mitt Romney attacks Utah GOP’s plan for presidential caucus
Updated Mar 05 2015 10:42 am

Utah House again defeats donation limits
Updated Mar 04 2015 03:32 pm

Count my Vote cries foul on primary ballot bill that advances to full House
Updated Mar 03 2015 01:21 pm

Senators stand firm by ‘Count My Vote’ election deal
Updated Feb 27 2015 03:27 pm


Education
Clock runs out on school board election compromise, solution could be left to judge
Updated Mar 13 2015 07:21 pm

Utah’s public schools got more funding during the 2015 Legislature, but still are not back up to pre-recession levels
Updated Mar 13 2015 05:00 pm

Lawmakers pass bill to discourage haves and have-nots after Utah school district splits
Updated Mar 11 2015 07:38 pm

If guv signs, opting in to sex-ed class would be law, not just policy
Updated Mar 19 2015 11:27 am

Lawmakers approve $75M property tax increase for schools
Updated Mar 12 2015 07:09 pm

Bill giving 25% of local per-student revenue to charters passes Senate
Updated Mar 11 2015 02:59 pm

Funding advances to renovate USU stadium, U.’s Orson Spencer Hall
Updated Mar 10 2015 04:05 pm

Is parade of ed-tech bills aimed at helping schools or vendors?
Updated Mar 09 2015 12:09 pm

House advances supply expense tax credit
Updated Feb 24 2015 01:00 pm

Committee OKs bid to amend Utah constitution, appoint school board members
Updated Feb 20 2015 05:33 pm


Environment
Air Force agrees to $219,000 fine in alleged mercury cover-up
Updated Oct 15 2014 04:27 pm

Utah governor: No surprises, no monument — for now
Updated Oct 03 2014 02:33 pm


Health
Legislature tackles major issues — with one big exception
Updated Mar 19 2015 09:56 pm

Hope for Utah Medicaid decision is alive, but barely
Updated Mar 12 2015 04:21 pm

Final 2 days: What's left at the Utah Legislature
Updated Mar 11 2015 09:25 am

Medical marijuana defeated by one vote in Utah Senate; lawmakers still ‘intrigued’ by idea
Updated Mar 10 2015 04:04 pm

House changes rules after Dems attempt to force vote on Healthy Utah
Updated Mar 10 2015 04:05 pm

Utah lawmakers get premium state health care while debating what to give the poor
Updated Mar 09 2015 04:12 pm

Hatch’s Obamacare-bridge plan may be a way out for high-court conservatives
Updated Mar 14 2015 06:35 pm

E-cigarette regulation bill advances to Utah House
Updated Mar 09 2015 12:10 pm

Utah House again rejects guv’s health plan, passes its own
Updated Mar 06 2015 10:19 pm

Dems force Healthy Utah vote in House, igniting fight with GOP
Updated Mar 06 2015 01:07 pm


Immigration
How the path of the Utah immigration debate turned a corner
Updated Mar 19 2015 10:17 pm

Bill passes to raise fees for immigrant driving privilege cards in Utah
Updated Mar 05 2015 01:45 pm

Utah’s Mia Love ‘excited’ to block Obama’s immigration orders, suggests ousting McConnell if he can’t deliver votes
Updated Feb 27 2015 11:34 am

Utah Senate approves another new-driver test, pricier driving cards for immigrants
Updated Feb 24 2015 12:58 pm

Herbert: Congress needs to ‘get off fanny’ and pass immigration reform
Updated Feb 20 2015 09:46 pm

Immigrant drivers could face higher fees, more robust background checks
Updated Feb 18 2015 07:52 pm

Utah speeders and Obama’s immigration actions linked in AG hearing
Updated Jan 29 2015 08:06 pm

Salt Lake City top cop defends Obama on immigration
Updated Mar 06 2015 07:52 pm

Congress’ Utahns back bill to thwart Obama’s immigration orders
Updated Jan 14 2015 10:18 pm

Utah hits 6-year low for immigrant driving privilege cards
Updated Jan 12 2015 07:00 am


Local
Herbicide mistake at SLC Cemetery to cost $300,000-plus
Updated Mar 27 2015 11:38 pm

Utah County group aims to keep development, zoning decisions at local level
Updated Mar 20 2015 08:04 pm

Memo to Salt Lake County departments: Expect more audits
Updated Mar 19 2015 10:14 pm

Would Google Fiber bridge the digital divide in Salt Lake City?
Updated Mar 15 2015 09:32 am

Bill promises to bring ‘peace’ to fractious Salt Lake County communities
Updated Mar 14 2015 11:12 am

Prison bill has sweetener that seems tailor-made for Salt Lake City
Updated Mar 13 2015 10:56 pm

If guv gives OK, Salt Lake County townships would unite for services while preserving boundaries
Updated Mar 13 2015 04:14 pm

‘Metro township’ bill advances for unincorporated S.L. County
Updated Mar 10 2015 03:17 pm

Eagle Mountain sells its electric, gas systems
Updated Mar 05 2015 01:42 pm

Cable license delayed to assure equity of terms
Updated Mar 04 2015 08:41 pm


Poverty
Program helps needy shop at Utah farmers markets
Updated Apr 01 2015 05:10 pm

‘I don’t want my daughter to see the struggles I went through’: Ogden program seeks to end Utah’s cycle of poverty
Updated Apr 01 2015 10:52 am

Pioneer Park Coalition schism again chalked up as miscommunication over homeless housing
Updated Feb 26 2015 10:38 pm

Pioneer Park Coalition sees another resignation, more member confusion
Updated Feb 24 2015 04:59 pm

Utah lawmakers kill bill to raise pay for tipped workers
Updated Feb 20 2015 11:30 am

Service provider resigns from Pioneer Park Coalition, saying group’s goal is ‘relocation’ of homeless
Updated Feb 18 2015 10:20 pm

Housing for the homeless: a scrum for site selection
Updated Feb 17 2015 07:34 am

Payday loan restriction bill defeated
Updated Feb 13 2015 11:44 am

City Council skeptical of mayor’s homeless commission
Updated Jan 22 2015 10:01 pm

Poll: Majority of Utahns favor payday loan reform
Updated Jan 16 2015 01:48 pm


Security
Utah's Mike Lee, Orrin Hatch sign GOP letter to Iran; White House furious
Updated Mar 09 2015 07:19 pm

Utah’s Hatch earns prime seat for Netanyahu speech to Congress
Updated Mar 03 2015 09:45 pm

Utah’s Air Force test range expansion questioned, but endorsed
Updated Feb 23 2015 12:07 pm

Utah’s Hatch seeks flexibility, including ground troops, for Obama to fight ISIS
Updated Mar 02 2015 06:22 pm

Utah’s Stewart named to Intelligence Committee
Updated Jan 15 2015 11:58 am


Transportation
Sign of weird winter: Wolf Creek Pass road opens a month early
Updated Apr 01 2015 06:42 pm

GREENbike rolls out for third year downtown
Updated Apr 01 2015 06:49 pm

Despite what you think, studies say Utah drivers, congestion aren’t all that bad
Updated Apr 01 2015 08:45 am

UDOT asks drivers to put down cellphones
Updated Mar 27 2015 11:01 am

Some veterans question naming part of I-15 after Speaker Lockhart
Updated Mar 27 2015 09:30 am

UTA report: Salaries aren’t higher than norm, but retirement and bonuses are
Updated Mar 26 2015 10:18 am

Do recent low fuel prices hurt or help UTA? Agency won’t say much
Updated Mar 23 2015 10:46 am

You'll pay more for gas in Utah — here's how legislators made it happen
Updated Mar 14 2015 11:11 am

Legislature OKs renaming I-15 stretch for Becky Lockhart
Updated Mar 19 2015 11:26 am

Legislature passes statewide regulation for Uber, Lyft
Updated Mar 19 2015 11:28 am

Welfare