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News roundup: Critics fear new Utah data center will spy on Americans
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Critics worry about Utah NSA center. GOP rejects nomination process change. Lee: Gun-control bill will die.

Happy Monday and happy Tax Day. The new NSA data center opening up in Utah has critics concerned about what type of information will be stored there, specifically whether any Americans' phone conversations or emails will be archived at the site. The head of the NSA told Fox News that wouldn't be the case — "No...we don't hold data on U.S. citizens" — but privacy observers aren't so sure they trust that statement. [FoxNews]

Topping the news: A ballot initiative that would change the way the Utah Republican Party nominates its candidates is looking more likely after the party rejected a series of changes. [Trib] [DNews] [UtahPolicy]

-> Sen. Mike Lee says on NBC's Meet The Press that any gun-control legislation is just going to hurt law-abiding Americans and that he's not sure the measure could even pass Congress to begin with. [Politico]

-> Due to faltering support, an override of Gov. Gary Herbert's veto on a bill that would allow gun owners to concealed carry without a permit is looking less likely. [Trib]

Fun videos: SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams held a fund-raiser over the weekend, turning a typical rubber-chicken dinner into a roast of sorts. Check out some of the comedy relief. Spencer Stokes: [UtahPolicy]. Todd Weiler: [UtahPolicy]. Greg Hughes: [UtahPolicy]. Ben McAdams: [UtahPolicy]. And Bryan Schott's review of the night: [UtahPolicy].

Tweet of the day: From @toytoy757: "It's a Monday/Tax day combo....no good will come of this."

Happy birthday: To B. Murphy.

Opinion section: Rep. Chris Stewart, who chairs the House Environment subcommittee, outlines his views on climate change. [Trib]

-> A Spanish-language radio host pleads the case for a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. [Trib]

-> Valley Mental Health's CEO says he supports a Senate bill that would bolster federal funding for mental health programs. [Trib]

-> The director of the Office of Management and Budget plugs President Barack Obama's budget proposal as a way to reduce the deficit. [Trib]

-> A Georgetown philosophy student looks at LDS apostle Boyd K. Packer's words on gays and lesbians through an Aristotelian filter. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly says that inklings of a movement to do away with Utah's way of nominating candidates reveals a culture of political power wrangling. [Trib]

-> A Western policy analyst suggests a new system for compensating federal lands subsidies states. [Trib]

-> The president of Maverik warns consumers about hidden fees in credit card swipes.[Trib]

-> A local scientist says the Antiquities Act protects his Utah heritage and laments efforts to undermine the act. [Trib]

-> George Pyle says it will take more than just reforming the caucus system to bring about real political change in Utah. [Trib]

-> LaVarr Webb and Frank Pignanelli take a look at the new transportation developments hitting Salt Lake City. [DNews]

-> John Florez wonders how technology and job growth will merge - and what it will mean for workers. [DNews]

-> Jay Evensen laments tax day. [DNews]

-> Parents of a special needs student at Bingham High School defend the school's basketball coach, who resigned amid allegations that he verbally abused players. [DNews]

-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett says the GOP missed an opportunity to seize on Obama's budget and show that he knows entitlement reform is needed. [DNews]

Weekend in review: UTA rolled out its new Airport TRAX line on Sunday, with a community celebration on the day before featuring free rides, games for kids and an appearance by Gov. Gary Herbert. The six-mile line was finished two months ahead of schedule and 20 percent under budget. [Trib] [DNews] [Herald]

-> Sen. Orrin Hatch crossed the aisle to work out a deal that would help migrant workers and farmers, which is set to be included in a larger Senate bipartisan immigration reform plan. [Trib]

-> Attorneys for Utah AG John Swallow say that a complaint lodged against him has no merit and is politically motivated. [Trib] [DNews]

-> New science teaching standards that include information on climate change could be taught in Utah's public schools. [Trib]

-> Cars, cash and motorcycles were among items seized in jettisoned West Valley City drug cases. However, it's unlikely that those involved will get their property back. [Trib]

-> Navajo Nation leaders met with the Utah Board of Education to discuss a data sharing plan to help students at tribal schools. [DNews]

-> Salt Lake City's Office of Diversity and Human Rights received a social justice award from the U.'s College of Social Work. [DNews]

-> As part of annual state earthquake preparedness exercises, local geologists are holding a town hall-style forum to talk about Utah's seismic risks. [Trib]

Nationally: Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a Tea Party conservative whose parents immigrated from Cuba, could be putting his career on the line by supporting a bipartisan Senate immigration reform deal pushed by the "Gang of Eight," of which he is a member. [WaPost]

-> Aside from Rubio, here are four other senators to watch on the immigration deal.[WaPost]

-> While the bill isn't set to be unveiled until Tuesday, some companies and businesses are bracing their lobbying groups to hit Capitol Hill after the details are released.[Politico]

-> In the wake of renewed nuclear concerns, the Environmental Protection Agency is set to publish new guidelines on how to deal with radioactive contamination. [NYTimes]

Where are they?

SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams is in Washington, meeting with the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, the Committee on Environmental and Natural Resources, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the White House Council of Environmental Quality.

SLC Mayor Ralph Becker is in Washington for a Center for State and Local Government Excellence board meeting.

WVC Mayor Mike Winder meets with SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams and West Jordan Mayor Melissa Johnson.

President Barack Obama meets with senior advisers, honors BCS football champions University of Alabama Crimson Tide and receives credentials from ambassadors from China, Argentina, Tunisia, Georgia and El Salvador.

Got a tip? A birthday, wedding or anniversary to announce? Email us at cornflakes@sltrib.com. If you haven't already, sign up for our weekday email and get this sent directly to your inbox. [Trib]

— Thomas Burr and Emily AndrewsTwitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/emilytandrews

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