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Doing everything required to hold a Nov. 3 election on the future of Salt Lake County’s sprawling unincorporated areas will be no simple task. “It’s got me fretting about getting this all done in time...

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  • (Annie Knox  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Mary Ann LeDosquet and Joe LeDosquet take a break from planting dahlia and lily bulbs at their home in Vernal, with their children Audrey, 8; Liam, 4 and Julia, 1. Julia was born with a rare birth defect known as tracheomalacia, which means the walls of her windpipe did not develop properly. Saturday, April 18, 2015. At 17 months, Julia's LeDosquet's condition has largely improved. But after hearing reports of other children born nearby with the same birth defect, her parents wonder if the Uinta Basin's thick wintertime smog played a role. Julia's older siblings Audrey and Liam were born healthy in Rexburg, Idaho and Lafayette, Colorado, respectively. At Vernal forum, questions about air pollution, pregnancies, research
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  • (With the flags of France and Utah behind him, Sam Boyack smiles moments after receiving the French Legion of Honor on April 18, 2015, in a ceremony at the state Capitol. Boyack, 91, of Sandy, was in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and participated in the liberation of France. Photo by Nate Carlisle/The Salt Lake Tribune)  Utah World War II veteran receives honor from France
    A representative of France on Saturday presented the French Legion of Honor to a World War II veteran from Sandy. Sam Boyack, 91, received the medal ...
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Family members at the funeral of former Utah Governor Norm Bangerter, in South Jordan on Saturday. Former Utah Gov. Bangerter remembered fondly as hardworking, caring
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    Updated Apr 19 2015 09:00 am   |     |   Share


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Budget
House passes Chaffetz bill to get tougher on tax delinquents
Updated Apr 18 2015 09:06 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 Apr 08 2015 04:25 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


Crime
Swallow likely to get his state pension whatever happens in criminal case
Updated Apr 15 2015 11:46 am

Secret Service apologizes to Jason Chaffetz over embarrassing leak; probe underway
Updated Apr 06 2015 10:52 am

Police reform: How much does Utah need?
Updated Apr 08 2015 04:26 pm

Herbert gives OK for prison-site selection, signs bill trumping Salt Lake City drive-thru ordinance
Updated Apr 08 2015 04:32 pm

Utah governor signs 55 bills into law, brings back firing squad
Updated Apr 08 2015 04:07 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


Culture
Group scolds Mormon apostle for ‘disparaging’ LGBT families
Updated Apr 09 2015 07:33 pm

Former Utah Gov. Norm Bangerter, who was in politics ‘for the right reasons,’ dies after stroke
Updated Apr 18 2015 03:02 pm

Report: Utah women losing ground in poverty and opportunity
Updated Apr 09 2015 10:59 am

Utah man who wore polo to Obama meeting says he would’ve dressed up if he’d known
Updated Apr 09 2015 11:17 pm

Obama’s talk with Mormon leaders is latest in long string of closed-off meetings, media group says
Updated Apr 06 2015 09:37 pm

Utahns want to know: Why did Obama stay at the Sheraton?
Updated Apr 08 2015 04:38 pm

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 Apr 08 2015 04:25 pm

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


Elections
Mormons are the most reliable Republicans, study shows
Updated Apr 08 2015 12:17 pm

Salt Lake County has no time to waste in preparing for vote
Updated Apr 19 2015 09:15 am

Ralph Becker gets 33 percent in Salt Lake City mayoral poll
Updated Apr 16 2015 10:29 pm

Herbert regrets GOP ‘infighting,’ believes party hopefuls will be on ’16 ballot
Updated Apr 16 2015 10:25 pm

Mia Love keeps campaign machine humming, raises more than $400,000 so far this year
Updated Apr 15 2015 10:47 pm

Dabakis drops out of Salt Lake City mayoral race
Updated Apr 15 2015 10:44 pm

Citizens United spending $200,000 on Mike Lee ads
Updated Apr 15 2015 11:41 am

Federal judge deals Utah Republican Party a blow in its challenge of new election law
Updated Apr 11 2015 11:05 am

Mike Lee’s new challenge: His three best friends are running for president
Updated Apr 10 2015 09:57 pm

Is Count My Vote deal unconstitutional? Judge says he wants to know why
Updated Apr 10 2015 08:35 am


Education
Legislature won’t override any of Herbert’s five vetoes
Updated Apr 18 2015 09:26 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

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


Immigration
Utah could get cash from Obama immigration orders to tune of $11M
Updated Apr 17 2015 08:34 am

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


Local
Salt Lake City issues water-shortage advisory
Updated Apr 15 2015 11:43 am

DA offices will be green, but not too green
Updated Apr 06 2015 09:29 pm

Deed: Nibley must remain a golf course or be returned to owners
Updated Apr 06 2015 10:53 am

Herbicide mistake at SLC Cemetery to cost $300,000-plus
Updated Apr 08 2015 04:25 pm

Utah County group aims to keep development, zoning decisions at local level
Updated Apr 10 2015 10:46 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


Poverty
At 79 and counting, Social Security faces some challenges of aging
Updated Apr 18 2015 05:14 pm

Program helps needy shop at Utah farmers markets
Updated Apr 08 2015 12:15 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


Security
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 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
Funding plans may make Bangerter Highway, U.S. 89 more like true freeways
Updated Apr 18 2015 09:26 pm

Utah road deaths are up, but officials say higher speed limits not the cause
Updated Apr 17 2015 10:42 pm

UDOT, UTA see bright financial future, thanks to new tax-hike law
Updated Apr 16 2015 09:56 pm

UTA brass will get bonuses, but how much remains a mystery
Updated Apr 15 2015 11:44 am

Despite recent criticism, UTA receives a 74 percent approval rating
Updated Apr 09 2015 10:57 pm

UTA gives itself high marks in annual report card
Updated Apr 08 2015 10:16 pm

UDOT sues Timpanogos Highway contractor for $29.4 million
Updated Apr 02 2015 09:54 pm

UTA’s gift to Idaho: free buses
Updated Apr 02 2015 10:29 pm

Herbert vetoes five bills, including bill designating Becky Lockhart highway
Updated Apr 01 2015 09:41 pm

Sign of weird winter: Wolf Creek Pass road opens a month early
Updated Apr 03 2015 11:11 am

Welfare