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News roundup: GOP reps see dead body during U.S.-Mexico border tour

GOP reps see dead body during border tour. Election results are in for mayoral primary. Hatch officially ends White House bid.

Happy Wednesday. Republican congressmen touring the U.S.-Mexico border saw something unexpected: a dead body floating down the Rio Grande. The members, from New Jersey, Kansas and Texas, later were told the body was that of a Honduras national who was the victim of drug trafficking. [Politico]

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Topping the news: Ron Bigelow and Karen Lang move on in the race for West Valley City mayor after yesterday's primary election. [Trib] [DNews]

-> A roundup of other Salt Lake County cities that held primaries shows four incumbent mayors who survived challenges while Murray's residents sought newcomers for their general election ballot. [Trib]

-> One incumbent and seven newcomers advance to the general in bids for the Salt Lake City Council. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @briangrimmett: "Looking at the number of votes cast in these municipal elections is kind of sad. Less votes than a high school class president."

Happy birthday: to SL Co. Councilman Michael Jensen and SLC mayoral adviser Helen Langan.

In other news: Sen. Orrin Hatch has finally put to bed his bid for the presidency, closing the Orrin Hatch Presidential Exploratory Committee after more than a decade of inactivity. [Trib]

-> Hatch talks about the NSA surveillance programs and AG Eric Holder's recent announcement on mandatory minimum prison sentences on Fox's Good Day Utah. [Fox13]

-> Park City leaders and Catholic officials urged Rep. Rob Bishop to back immigration reform during a rally Tuesday. [Trib]

-> The Utah Division of Water Quality is still assessing the level of damage done by the diesel spill at Willard Bay from Chevron's 760-mile pipeline in March. Government agencies are considering the fines and punishments Chevron will face. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Brigham City Mayor Dennis Fife has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct following an altercation with Councilwoman Ruth Jensen. Fife has paid a fine to resolve the complaint. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley gives his take on SL Co. Republican Chairman Chad Bennion's criticism of DA Sim Gill. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly discusses Salt Lake City's speed cops' misplaced priorities, the frustrations of bureaucracy and justice for serial scammer Wayne Reed Ogden. [Trib]

-> More than 25 organizations and services are expected at the South Salt Lake Neighborhood Health Fair on Thursday evening. [Trib]

Nationally: Newark Mayor Cory Booker won the Democratic primary in the Senate race in New Jersey. Booker is fighting for the seat left open by the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., who passed away in June. [Politico] [WaPost]

-> First Lady Michelle Obama is teaming up with some of the biggest names in the business to release a rap album encouraging children to exercise and eat healthily. The first lady will appear in video cameos alongside the stars, but will not be singing. [NYTimes] [Politico]

-> Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., the sole surviving speaker from the Aug. 1963 March on Washington, is leading the fight to reinstate the portion of the Voting Rights Act struck down by the Supreme Court earlier this year. [NYTimes]

-> Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is seeking to rally Republican support for an immigration bill by suggesting that if Congress doesn't take care of it, President Barack Obama will. [Politico]

-> A diverse cohort of immigration reform advocates across the country, including evangelicals and Internet moguls, are using diverse tactics to push their cause during the August recess. [WaPost]

-> Fueled by the actions of leaker Edward Snowden, the NSA is cutting 90 percent of its system administrators. This would hugely reduce the number of contractors involved in the agency's proceedings and transfer more of the operation to a cyber cloud. [WaPost]

Where are they?

  • Gov. Gary Herbert attends the Native American Summit at Utah Valley University, visits the Department of Agriculture and Food and drops by the Labor Commission.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams holds a Wasatch Front Regional Council meeting and a Criminal Justice Advisory Committee meeting.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker joins a capital city education meeting, talks to SLC Sustainability Director Vicki Bennett and meets with Federal Transportation Administration Region 8 Administrator Linda Gehrke.
  • President Barack Obama remains on vacation in Martha's Vineyard.

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 Isobel Markham

Twitter.com/thomaswburr and Twitter.com/i_markham



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