Another bridge scandal for Chris Christie? LDS Church excommunicates Kate Kelly. Shurtleff, Swallow used businessman's jet, Ferrari.
Happy Tuesday. Is there another bridge scandal for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie brewing? Investigators looking into the whole bridge closure issue from last year have stumbled on to another concern: That Christie officials pushed to divert money from the Port Authority to fix a state-owned bridge -- which isn't part of the Port Authority's purview -- against the advice of lawyers. A securities probe is now ongoing. [NYTimes]
Topping the news: Kate Kelly, founder of the Ordain Women movement, was excommunicated from the LDS Church; despite her sadness from the ruling, Kelly said, "I love the gospel and the courage of its people. Don't leave. Stay, and make things better." [Trib] [DNews] [StandEx] [KUTV] [KSL] [Fox13] [NYTimes] [LATimes]
-> Search warrants from the June 2 raid on former Utah Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow indicate that the two men borrowed indicted businessman Jeremy Johnson's jet and Ferrari and that Swallow had a stash $10,000 in his home. [Trib] [DNews] [KSL] [KUTV]
-> Primary election day is today for Utah, but the polls may not see many voters as no big-name candidates or races are on the ballot. [KUTV] Bob Bernick makes his predictions of who will win today. [UtahPolicy]
Tweet of the day: From @lemckay: "Loooool Swallow/Shurtleff are the gifts that keep on giving."
-> From @cboyack: "10k? Swallow should have invested in bitcoin. Investigators wouldn't have a clue what to do with it."
-> Paul Rolly says former AG Mark Shurtleff wasn't as concerned about a 2001 police raid in Midvale where a woman says officers pointed guns at young children. [Trib]
-> The owner of Hamblin Custom Furniture Frames says UTA has been plotting with the Utah Department of Transportation to take the land his factory currently resides on in downtown Salt Lake City to build a garage. [Trib]
-> Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, has introduced a bill to stop non-law enforcement agencies from obtaining weapons after the Bureau of Land Management and Cliven Bundy dispute. [Trib]
-> Promoting the scenic byway between Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef national parks could help bring in millions of tourism dollars. [Trib]
-> A former staffer to Rep. Jason Chaffetz who lied about his war injuries killed himself in March, according to court records. [DNews]
-> Mayor Ralph Becker commends cities nationwide for their efforts to reduce the ill effects of climate change. [DNews]
-> Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke about the Ukrainian crisis and Obama urged him to de-escalate forces in the region. [WaPost]
-> An investigation of the Department of Veterans Affairs reveals that whistleblowers within the agency were ignored previous to the scandal that resulted in the resignation of Director Eric Shinseki. [Politico] [LATimes]
-> Obama is keeping the buzz alive with his signing of a memorandum to protect bees. [WaPost]
Where are they?
-- Thomas Burr and Courtney Tanner
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