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After mediation by Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, Utah County and five cities reached a compromise Monday that will avoid asking some voters to cast two different ballots — one in person and one by mail — in t...

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  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
The Wasatch County town of Wallsburg is a quiet, bucolic town, just east of Deer Creek Reservoir, August 22, 2015. The hamlet of Wallsburg hasn’t forgotten the 2013 election it didn’t hold
    Wallsburg • This Utah mountain village of about 300 souls is not on the way to anywhere and few pass through, save deer hunters or Girl Scouts on thei...
    Updated Aug 31 2015 09:09 am   |     |   Share
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    News roundup: What the Bible would sound like if Donald Trump was telling the story
    Rand Paul comes to Utah. Trump Bible. The Legacy of Joe Hill. Happy Monday. After Donald Trump had a hard time naming a favorite Bible verse, Twitte...

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  • Rolly: After a lightning strike changed his career path, Fred Ball took Utah’s business world by storm
    The recent death of longtime Salt Lake Chamber President Fred Ball brought to mind a favorite story he used to tell that demonstrated the self-effacin...
    Updated Aug 31 2015 06:00 am   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Above, the telephone pole outside the 37th Street home in S. Ogden is decorated with Army Staff Sgt. Kurt Curtiss' photo and a flag that another S. Ogden resident placed there thanking Curtiss for his service.  South Ogden native, Army Staff Sgt. Kurt Curtiss was on a recovery mission at a hospital with his unit when he was caught in crossfire and killed, said his sister, Lynn Burr. Curtiss has lived in both Utah and Arizona. He served two tours of duty in Iraq before being transferred to Fort Richardson in Alaska. He was deployed to Afghanistan last year, and had been home for a visit about a month ago. Army report describes 2009 death of Utah soldier, doesn’t mention Bowe Bergdahl
    Fifteen days after a Utahn, Staff Sgt. Kurt Curtiss, died in an ambush in Afghanistan, an Army investigator submitted a report on what happened. The ...
    Updated Aug 30 2015 10:41 am   |     |   Share


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A watch tower is seen at the Wasatch facility during a February media tour at the Utah State Correctional Facility in Draper. Guv names former Salt Lake City Councilman Carlton Christensen to prison board
    A former Salt Lake City councilman and lifelong west-sider will represent the capital on a state board overseeing construction of a new prison. Gov. G...
    Updated Aug 30 2015 03:11 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Republican Kentucky Senator Rand Paul visits Utah and speaks at a fundraising event at Alder Home Security in Orem on Saturday. Rand Paul pulls out the red meat for a libertarian audience in Orem
    Orem • Rand Paul brought his message of limited government and strict observance of the U.S. Constitution to Utah Saturday. A crowd of several hundred...
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After hiding Prison is leaving Draper, but Corrections bosses stay put
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  Tribune file photo)  
Gov. Gary Herbert, front middle, and members of the so-called Gang of Six are still working behind the scenes on a Medicaid exansion plan.But details are hard to get consensus on. One proposal floated is to increase the sales tax on food. Taxing food one option being floated for Utah Medicaid expansion
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    Updated Aug 29 2015 01:10 pm   |     |   Share
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Do state-mandated car safety inspections reduce the number of crashes? A new federal report says there is no evidence such programs translate to fewer accidents. Utah is one of just 16 states requiring the check-ups. Do Utah’s mandated car safety inspections prevent crashes?
    A new federal report questions whether state car-safety inspection programs really help decrease accidents. Utah is one of just 16 states that still r...
    Updated Aug 28 2015 09:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  Tribune file photo)  
Census numbers shows that nearly 184,000 people a year move within the greater Salt Lake metro area. Most -- about 126,000 -- move to a different residence within the area. Where people come from when they move to Salt Lake-area, and where they go when they leave
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  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Jackie Biskupski and her son Archie, 5, celebrate the primary win, August 11, 2015 at Stoneground Kitchen. Former state legislator Jackie Biskupski and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker won Tuesday's primary race for the mayor's seat and will face off in the Nov. 3 general election. Biskupski to campaign full-time for SLC mayor
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    Updated Aug 29 2015 08:59 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Volunteers of America to build new homeless shelter for youth
    The Volunteers of America and the organization’s supporters Thursday celebrated the groundbreaking of a new 30-bed Youth Homeless Shelter at 888 S. 40...
    Updated Aug 28 2015 10:52 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah city ready to hire new city manager, move on from infighting
    West Jordan is close to hiring a new city manager — a move leaders hope will help put an end to missteps and infighting that have plagued Utah’s fourt...
    Updated Aug 28 2015 10:53 am   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  Tribune file photo)  
Sugar House streetcar nears the end of the line at Farimont Park. A newly approved transportation plan includes proposals for double tracks to increase the streetcar's frequency from every 20 minutes to 15 minutes. $3M for Sugar House streetcar rails part of Utah plan
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    Updated Aug 28 2015 10:53 am   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Ron Jibson, Chairman, Utahns for Responsible Transportation Investments speaks to community leaders from northern Utah at a press conference in Midvale Thursday August 27 to launch an Utah civic, business leaders launch campaign for sales tax hike
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    Updated Aug 28 2015 09:36 am   |     |   Share
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  • FILE- In this Aug, 22, 2014, file photo, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, right, speaks during a news conference at the Iowa Choice Harvest in Marshalltown, Iowa. Vilsack said his agency plans to spend more than $200 million over the next three years on programs to protect greater sage grouse, regardless of whether the bird receives federal protections. A formal announcement was planned Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File) Ag secretary promises more sage grouse spending across West
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  Tribune file photo)  
UTA says a major focus of extra revenue from a sales-tax increase, if approved by voters, will be expansion of bus service.
UTA says tax hike would help it increase bus service
    The Utah Transit Authority Board on Wednesday approved a general plan on how it would spend money from a proposed sales-tax hike for transportation. A...
    Updated Aug 28 2015 01:45 am   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  Tribune file photo)  
Rush hour traffic northbound on I-15 in Farmington. A new study says the average Salt Lake-area commuter last year experienced 37 hours of congestion-caused delay and had related expenses (fuel and time) of $1,059. Salt Lake congestion bad, but better than most large urban areas
    While traffic congestion is a big problem in the Salt Lake metro area, traffic is still generally better here than in almost all other large urban are...
    Updated Aug 28 2015 01:45 am   |     |   Share
  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters during a rally, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Dubuque, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) BYU poll says Donald Trump would beat Hillary Clinton in Utah
    Utah voters would prefer Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical 2016 showdown, according to a new online poll conducted by Brigham Young ...
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    Updated Aug 26 2015 11:34 am   |     |   Share

 

Budget
State to pay $650k to autistic student who tumbled from bus
Updated Aug 19 2015 11:10 am

Nearly three dozen local governments seek property tax increases
Updated Jul 27 2015 02:00 pm

Salt Lake County gets $5.8M for State Street land
Updated Jul 27 2015 10:50 am

Primer on Utah’s ‘forgotten tax’
Updated Jul 07 2015 11:43 pm

Becker’s big budget projections: Could they lead to a tax increase?
Updated May 19 2015 07:30 am

House passes Chaffetz bill to get tougher on tax delinquents
Updated Apr 20 2015 12:42 pm

Hey, Utah, it’s tax day Wednesday — time for bargains, stress, fatal crashes and many unhappy returns
Updated Apr 15 2015 11:03 am

Budget cuts, loss of 900 IRS jobs in Utah, mean delays, headaches for taxpayers
Updated Apr 09 2015 09:23 am

Guv signs two bills raising Utah taxes by more than $150 million
Updated Jul 07 2015 05:32 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


Crime
Guv names former Salt Lake City Councilman Carlton Christensen to prison board
Updated Aug 30 2015 03:11 pm

Utah lawmakers: Prison move a ‘slap in the face’ to SLC, already burdened with halfway houses
Updated Aug 21 2015 01:34 pm

Herbert signs resolution to move prison to SLC
Updated Aug 20 2015 09:23 pm

Police body cameras: statewide policies or agency by agency?
Updated Aug 20 2015 12:51 pm

Bills would seal information on administrative disciplinary actions
Updated Aug 23 2015 10:41 pm

Legislature OKs prison move to Salt Lake City
Updated Aug 28 2015 12:43 am

Lawmakers face choice: Move Utah prison to SLC or keep it in Draper
Updated Aug 19 2015 11:08 am

Great Salt Lake, or Salt Lake airport: Utah prison’s specific site still unknown
Updated Aug 15 2015 11:15 pm

Special session on prison move slated for Wednesday
Updated Aug 17 2015 11:27 am

Utah man whose face was chewed by police dog agrees to settlement with city
Updated Aug 13 2015 09:49 am


Culture
Where people come from when they move to Salt Lake-area, and where they go when they leave
Updated Aug 28 2015 10:13 pm

After Utah Capitol scuffle, American Legion will move from office — to a bigger one
Updated Aug 26 2015 11:07 am

Utah Capitol will have its first tree in 7 years — but a fake
Updated Aug 26 2015 11:08 am

Ashley Madison website hack shows at least 20 Utah government emails
Updated Aug 22 2015 12:09 pm

Utah on path for near-record repeal of gun permits
Updated Aug 18 2015 11:47 am

Utahns who support gay rights: the young, less religious, non-LDS
Updated Jul 14 2015 09:36 pm

Utah guv: Gay marriage issues will take time to work through
Updated Jul 08 2015 10:55 pm

Utahns rally to stop city from removing civil-rights mural
Updated Jul 23 2015 10:47 pm

Utah taxpayers’ tab for attempt to block same-sex marriage: $1.2 million
Updated Jul 14 2015 09:29 pm

The state of Deseret flag still flies over Salt Lake City
Updated Jul 02 2015 11:01 am


Elections
The hamlet of Wallsburg hasn’t forgotten the 2013 election it didn’t hold
Updated Aug 31 2015 09:09 am

Biskupski to campaign full-time for SLC mayor
Updated Aug 29 2015 08:59 pm

BYU poll says Donald Trump would beat Hillary Clinton in Utah
Updated Aug 26 2015 09:54 pm

During Utah visit, Bush says Trump will flame out
Updated Aug 25 2015 11:02 pm

Utah County moves ahead with sales-tax election
Updated Aug 26 2015 11:08 am

Residents in some Utah County cities may be asked to vote twice on Nov. 3
Updated Aug 22 2015 11:19 am

Official final primary election results in Salt Lake County
Updated Aug 19 2015 09:41 pm

Dislike a law? Proposal may make it easier for voters to overturn it
Updated Aug 20 2015 12:48 pm

Lawmakers debate giving parties power to decide split-vote primaries
Updated Aug 28 2015 01:00 am

SLC’s $150M parks and trails bond DOA; council says cause of death ‘cancer’ of golf courses, election
Updated Aug 19 2015 10:29 am


Education
Redrawing state school-board districts considered
Updated Aug 21 2015 07:47 pm

Legislature won’t override any of Herbert’s five vetoes
Updated Aug 20 2015 08:32 pm

Kirk Jowers leaving Hinckley Institute of Politics at U.
Updated Apr 16 2015 10:52 pm

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


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
Taxing food one option being floated for Utah Medicaid expansion
Updated Aug 29 2015 01:10 pm

Utah’s Lee angers fellow Republicans with anti-Obamacare tactics
Updated Jul 28 2015 09:56 pm

Two strikes, but Republicans still not out in push to kill Obamacare
Updated Jul 24 2015 05:29 pm

Utah governor open to legalizing medical marijuana
Updated Jul 24 2015 08:36 pm

Utah business groups, with Mia Love’s help, push for repeal of Obamacare tax
Updated Apr 08 2015 12:29 pm

Legislature tackles major issues — with one big exception
Updated Jul 24 2015 10:06 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


Immigration
Utah congresswoman, daughter of immigrants, attends naturalization ceremony
Updated Aug 25 2015 12:29 pm

More states following Utah’s lead to license undocumented-immigrant drivers
Updated Aug 19 2015 07:33 am

A batch of young new citizens is minted in Utah
Updated Aug 17 2015 11:27 am

Two Utah top cops oppose making local police immigration agents
Updated Aug 06 2015 08:51 am

New SLC police chief to Latinos: ‘We will not ask you to prove if you are American’
Updated Jul 09 2015 10:49 pm

Immigration official: Boost Latino power by helping more become citizens
Updated Jul 09 2015 08:56 am

Unique way to celebrate Independence Day: become U.S. citizen
Updated Jul 04 2015 05:18 pm

FBI blocks new Utah background checks on undocumented-immigrant drivers
Updated Aug 28 2015 01:44 am

In Utah speech, U.S. immigration chief says system is unjust
Updated May 14 2015 07:55 am

Bishop Wester: Immigration reform may require reforming ourselves first
Updated Apr 28 2015 10:40 pm


Local
Utah city ready to hire new city manager, move on from infighting
Updated Aug 28 2015 10:53 am

New bike lane project on 200 West moving toward completion
Updated Aug 28 2015 05:05 pm

Where, oh where, is the Hoberman Arch?
Updated Aug 24 2015 12:40 pm

Judge won’t wade into dispute over proposed 90% pay cut for West Jordan mayor
Updated Aug 28 2015 01:36 am

New apartment project on 900 East will add affordable housing options
Updated Aug 20 2015 12:47 pm

How much funding should Salt Lake County public arts get?
Updated Aug 18 2015 10:38 am

Salt Lake County deputy mayor on way out
Updated Aug 17 2015 10:53 pm

Poll: Residents believe Salt Lake City’s west side gets shaft
Updated Aug 14 2015 05:30 am

West Jordan City approves big pay hike for manager
Updated Aug 14 2015 01:53 pm

SLC mayor’s former spokesman gets demotion, pay cut for online politicking
Updated Aug 13 2015 07:37 pm


Poverty
Volunteers of America to build new homeless shelter for youth
Updated Aug 28 2015 10:52 am

SLC councilman says INN Between homeless hospice ‘found loopholes’ in order to open
Updated Aug 21 2015 11:59 am

In new poll, voters say homelessness a ‘major problem’ in downtown Salt Lake City
Updated Aug 18 2015 04:24 pm

Is 500 West Salt Lake City’s new Pioneer Park?
Updated Aug 01 2015 09:00 pm

Salt Lake County’s free computer labs staying open, for now
Updated Jul 07 2015 11:40 pm

Outfitters fear Obama-ordered wage hike could sink their rafts
Updated Jun 10 2015 10:19 pm

Salt Lake County may pull the plug on its computer labs
Updated Jun 09 2015 08:30 am

Salt Lake County awarded $1.6 million grant to fight homelessness
Updated Jun 05 2015 11:36 am

Wells Fargo gives $500,000 to fight homelessness in Salt Lake City
Updated May 28 2015 02:14 pm

Outside expert says Salt Lake City’s homeless services disorganized and dysfunctional
Updated May 14 2015 10:45 pm


Security
Utahns sue over government spying during 2002 Olympics
Updated Aug 20 2015 07:39 am

Rocky Anderson threatens suit over alleged spying during 2002 Olympics
Updated Aug 11 2015 09:37 pm

Ex-Qwest CEO: Likely the NSA snatched emails, calls during Salt Lake Olympics
Updated Jul 29 2015 10:28 pm

Utahns in Congress angry over Iran deal
Updated Jul 14 2015 08:42 pm

Senate passes Utah Sen. Mike Lee’s domestic spying reforms
Updated Jun 02 2015 10:23 pm

White House urges passage of Lee’s anti-spying bill after NSA ruling
Updated May 08 2015 09:12 am

Snowden journalist visits U., says goal of the NSA is to ‘eliminate all private communications’
Updated Apr 08 2015 12:24 pm

Iran deal not tough enough, say Utah’s Republicans in Congress
Updated Apr 03 2015 10:15 pm

Utah's Mike Lee, Orrin Hatch sign GOP letter to Iran; White House furious
Updated Apr 28 2015 09:10 pm

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


Transportation
Do Utah’s mandated car safety inspections prevent crashes?
Updated Aug 28 2015 09:36 pm

Salt Lake congestion bad, but better than most large urban areas
Updated Aug 28 2015 01:45 am

Utah civic, business leaders launch campaign for sales tax hike
Updated Aug 28 2015 09:36 am

$3M for Sugar House streetcar rails part of Utah plan
Updated Aug 28 2015 10:53 am

UTA says tax hike would help it increase bus service
Updated Aug 28 2015 01:45 am

One of every five drivers in Utah carpool lane is a violator
Updated Aug 20 2015 10:54 pm

Major I-15 construction finished in south Davis County
Updated Aug 24 2015 12:43 pm

Census: Commuters to Salt Lake County come from all over Utah
Updated Aug 20 2015 06:17 pm

With 80 mph zones on I-70, real speeds remain about the same
Updated Aug 17 2015 11:26 am

UDOT OKs long-range transportation plan for rural Utah
Updated Aug 17 2015 11:28 am