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Congress’ ‘lamest of the lame duck’ sessions. Police-related shootings under scrutiny. More secret bills on Utah’s Capitol Hill. Happy Monday. Congress’ lame duck session, the few weeks of legislati...

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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
An apache helicopter lands after the excercise demonstration in September. Utah would be among first to lose Apache helicopters under Army plan
    According to a draft plan, the U.S. Army wants to take possession of four dozen Apache helicopters from a number of National Guard bases, and Utah wou...
    Updated Nov 23 2014 05:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Jennifer Mayer, President of the Utah Coalition of La Raza relates stories of joy from many Latino children after hearing news about immigration. Latino activists and families gathered on the South steps of the Utah Capitol on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, for a press conference to talk about President Obama's immigration executive order. Utah Latinos celebrate Obama immigration orders
    It was appropriate that the sun shone brightly Friday on Suyin Chong as she stood on the Utah Capitol steps with fellow undocumented immigrants and ac...
    Updated Nov 21 2014 08:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Thomas Burr  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Rep.-elect Mia Love checks over a list of her favorite offices to pick from on Wednesday before she was asked to select one in the House lottery system. Love picked Cannon 217, currently occupied by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., who is moving to bigger digs. Utah’s Mia Love on committee overseeing banks
    Utah’s incoming member of Congress, Mia Love, will hold a seat on the committee that oversees the Treasury and the Federal Reserve when she joins the ...
    Updated Nov 21 2014 10:52 pm   |     |   Share
  • Paul Rolly: Could ghosts from the past be spying at BYU?
    Could the spirit of Ernest L. Wilkinson be lurking in the Brigham Young University building where religion classes and faculty meetings are held? The...
    Updated Nov 23 2014 08:56 pm   |     |   Share


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 Ana Canenguez (rear) hugs (front) Israel Valerdi (front) following a prayer vigil at the Wallace Bennett Federal Building in Salt Lake City last year. Canenguez, who has been fighting deportation to El Salvador, remains in the state. Obama orders may help Utahns the most
    A higher percentage of undocumented immigrants in Utah could benefit from President Barack Obama’s new immigration executive orders than in any other ...
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, left, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, and South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood mark the completion of Utah’s first ever multi-modal recreation corridor at a Grand Opening Press Conference on September 19 near the 600 East crossing.
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    Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is poised to take the helm of the National League of Cities, where he will push for a federal law requiring online r...
    Updated Nov 21 2014 05:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, told President Barack Obama that there are Mike Lee to Barack Obama: Shutdown may be out, but Congress will fight back
    Washington • Sen. Mike Lee says President Barack Obama should expect political backlash for his executive actions to protect immigrants from deportati...
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Tony Yapias answers questions from latinos gathered at Centro Civico Mexicano following the historic announcement by President Barack Obama to transform immigration policy and spare 5 million from deportation. Goodbye, fear; hello, hope — Utah Latinos applaud Obama’s immigration action
    To Javier Soledad, the announcement by President Barack Obama that he will issue executive orders to protect 5 million undocumented immigrants from de...
    Updated Nov 22 2014 05:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
The Partnership for a New American Economy (seated in foreground) host a live roundtable media event on Thursday November 20 in Salt Lake City to renew efforts to pass meaningful immigration reform as soon as possible.  The partnership is composed of state political and business leaders. 


Utah business leaders debate whether Obama is hurting immigration reform
    Utah business leaders long had planned to call again Thursday for Congress to pass immigration reform, but their event veered into an impromptu debate...
    Updated Nov 22 2014 05:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • Paul Rolly: Utah’s newest state senator fighting a $38,000 judgment
    If nothing else, Utah County Republicans are consistent. First, there was the revelation that the victor for a Utah County Commission seat at the cou...
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  • FILE - In this July 19, 2004 file photo, Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun makes a statement to the media outside Quantico Marine Base in Quantico, Va. Marine spokesman Lt. Col. Cliff Gilmore said Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, that a judge decided last week to deny Cpl. Hassoun's request for another Article 32 hearing, the military equivalent of a grand jury hearing. Gilmore said Hassoun's general court-martial is scheduled to begin at Camp Lejeune on Dec. 8 before the judge, Marine Maj. Nicholas Martz. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File) Marine from Utah has request denied; trial scheduled
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    Updated Nov 20 2014 11:12 am   |     |   Share
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  • Speaker: Utah lawmakers must have a say on expansion of bombing range
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  • Concealed weapon permit numbers dip
    The number of Utah concealed weapon permits issued went down by a quarter in the past year. About 81,300 out-of-state residents and another 20,300 Uta...
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  • Davis County lawmaker wants jail fees legal again
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  • FILE - This June 18, 2010, file photo shows the firing squad execution chamber at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah. Ten years after banning the use of firing squads in state executions, Utah lawmakers on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, endorsed a proposal to resurrect the practice in order to head off problems with the lethal injection drugs. (AP Photo/Trent Nelson, Pool, File) Firing squad executions back on the table in Utah Legislature
    A legislative committee wants to bring back the firing squad as one of the primary methods for executing condemned criminals in Utah. The Law Enforcem...
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  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Shutting off NSA's water gains support in Utah Legislature
    A Utah legislative committee on Wednesday asked a lawmaker to refine a bill that seeks to — eventually — shut off water to the National Security Agenc...
    Updated Nov 20 2014 10:02 am   |     |   Share
  • West Valley adopts payday ordinance changes
    West Valley City • Utah’s second-largest city had, at last count, 46 payday lenders of one stripe or another. City officials don’t want any more. The...
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  • Limits on campaign contributions lose again in Utah Legislature
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  • UTA extends promotion for 20% off fares with FAREPAY card
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Budget
Slower education growth relieves some budget pressure
Updated Nov 19 2014 11:56 am

Utah officials to feds: Pay up for public lands
Updated Oct 03 2014 02:33 pm

Utah ends budget year with $166M surplus
Updated Oct 03 2014 02:32 pm


Crime
Salt Lake City police to open books for study on rape investigations
Updated Oct 16 2014 02:06 pm

Utah inmates to get unique chance at public service
Updated Oct 03 2014 02:36 pm

Salt Lake City Council to weigh mandatory rape-kit testing
Updated Oct 03 2014 02:30 pm

County to get free help with criminal justice system
Updated Oct 03 2014 11:04 am

Utah prison review aims to find new approach
Updated Aug 06 2014 08:44 am

Bill: Porn exposure to kids could affect custody fights
Updated Feb 26 2014 04:08 pm


Culture
Utah watchdog says it can’t disclose consumer complaints
Updated Nov 18 2014 11:24 am

Guv says Utah’s alcohol laws do no harm
Updated Nov 14 2014 11:34 am

Utah leads nation in computer ownership
Updated Nov 14 2014 12:25 pm

Governor: Play online game to guide Utah’s future
Updated Oct 15 2014 02:18 pm

Utah likely to debate new amendment after gay-marriage ban falls
Updated Oct 25 2014 08:18 pm

Utah’s Mike Lee: Unelected judges shouldn’t decide gay marriage
Updated Nov 20 2014 09:00 am

Utah legislators may rewrite state law on gay marriage
Updated Oct 25 2014 08:18 pm

Utah governor disappointed, but ready to uphold gay marriage
Updated Oct 15 2014 02:00 pm

Pelosi: Unleash power of women
Updated Oct 03 2014 02:36 pm

Mormons’ close-knit nature, values drive them to GOP
Updated Oct 03 2014 02:30 pm


Elections
Utah’s Mia Love on committee overseeing banks
Updated Nov 21 2014 10:52 pm

Rep.-elect Love’s new mentor: Rep. Paul Ryan
Updated Nov 21 2014 08:31 pm

Limits on campaign contributions lose again in Utah Legislature
Updated Nov 19 2014 08:33 pm

Utah Democrats lose 3 House seats they thought they’d won
Updated Nov 21 2014 05:07 pm

Chaffetz to head key oversight panel in U.S. House
Updated Nov 18 2014 10:47 pm

Jackson wins by single vote to claim Valentine's Utah Senate seat
Updated Nov 18 2014 11:17 am

Love starts her ‘first day of school’ in D.C.
Updated Nov 13 2014 08:32 pm

Candidates make their cases for Senate seat
Updated Nov 06 2014 02:40 pm

Early voting begins Tuesday in Utah
Updated Oct 21 2014 08:48 am

2nd District: Stewart, Robles reject extremist labels
Updated Oct 16 2014 03:03 pm


Education
Slower education growth relieves some budget pressure
Updated Nov 19 2014 11:56 am

Education issue shows split between Love, Owens in Utah’s 4th district
Updated Nov 01 2014 05:13 pm

Senate panel OKs bill to rein in student-loan garnishment
Updated Mar 04 2014 08:35 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

Utah delegation ‘proud’ of Canyonlands, but urges against monument
Updated Oct 03 2014 02:29 pm

Utah commission rejects proposed fee for solar homes
Updated Aug 30 2014 09:42 am

Herbert to monument supporters: Come visit
Updated Aug 06 2014 10:40 pm


Health
No Medicaid expansion deal reached in Utah
Updated Mar 14 2014 07:26 pm

Bill to raise smoking age goes up in flames
Updated Mar 03 2014 06:17 pm

Bill would allow insurance for infertility treatments
Updated Feb 21 2014 06:28 pm


Immigration
Obama orders may help Utahns the most
Updated Nov 22 2014 10:45 am

Utah Latinos celebrate Obama immigration orders
Updated Nov 21 2014 08:15 pm

Learning how to turn exotic dishes into U.S. jobs and profits
Updated Nov 13 2014 12:07 pm

Separated Utah family still keeping American dream alive
Updated Oct 03 2014 02:34 pm

Lee, Cruz vow to block any lame-duck action
Updated Oct 03 2014 02:29 pm

Officials urge immigrants to report labor abuses
Updated Aug 29 2014 08:59 am

Updated Sep 19 2014 05:09 pm


Local
West Valley adopts payday ordinance changes
Updated Nov 21 2014 11:37 am

Rideshare firms to SLC: Our way or the highway
Updated Nov 18 2014 09:14 am

Olympic icon is stored like scrap at Salt Lake City impound lot
Updated Nov 14 2014 08:58 am

Orem rejects new billboard restrictions
Updated Nov 13 2014 12:08 pm

Former Ogden mayor is sought-after economic development guru
Updated Oct 03 2014 02:24 pm

Regional park to start taking shape in Bluffdale
Updated Oct 16 2014 02:06 pm

Corporations are people — cities, too
Updated Oct 16 2014 01:45 pm

West Valley City adopts moratorium on rezoning for new housing
Updated Oct 15 2014 04:27 pm

Draper city rushes to hand off oversight of Traverse Ridge district
Updated Oct 15 2014 10:30 am

Salt Lake City’s ‘diamond in the rough’ West Side to be polished
Updated Oct 03 2014 02:39 pm


Poverty
National report: Getting children out of poverty requires a two-generation approach
Updated Nov 13 2014 12:07 pm

Utah praised for initiative to end chronic homelessness
Updated Oct 15 2014 02:18 pm

Utah praised for initiative to end chronic homelessness
Updated Oct 08 2014 10:54 am

Utah seeks ways to end cycle of poverty as a family tradition
Updated Oct 03 2014 02:40 pm

More affordable housing for Utahns — and much more
Updated Oct 03 2014 02:37 pm

Residents can weigh in on homelessness Wednesday evening
Updated Aug 29 2014 10:37 am


Security

Transportation
One of every five drivers in Utah express lanes breaking rules
Updated Nov 19 2014 11:01 pm

Just two people speak at UTA budget hearing
Updated Nov 21 2014 08:49 pm

Utah cities seek sales tax increase to improve local roads
Updated Nov 21 2014 08:49 pm

UHP to strictly enforce 70 mph limit
Updated Nov 19 2014 11:55 am

Highway Patrol drops opposition to 70 mph speed limit
Updated Nov 21 2014 05:04 pm

Utah civic leaders launch unified drive for transportation funding increase
Updated Nov 21 2014 01:44 am

Utah set to bump speed limit on urban freeways to 70 mph
Updated Nov 21 2014 05:06 pm

State to impose minimum monthly fee for express-lane solo drivers
Updated Nov 14 2014 06:27 pm

UDOT urges drivers to prepare for coming snow
Updated Nov 20 2014 08:56 am

7,500 Utahns have now applied for expedited airport screening
Updated Nov 14 2014 12:25 pm

Welfare