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Jennifer Dobner

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  • John Swallow ï Former Utah Attorney General Utah attorney general’s office rejects Swallow demand for $1.5M in legal fees
    Utah’s top law enforcement office says it won’t pay the $1.5 million legal bill racked up by former Utah Attorney General John Swallow in successfully...
    Updated May 26 2017 11:43 am   |     |   Share

  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    A fight is erupting over how to develop the land around the Clearfield FrontRunner Station. It had long been proposed as a transit-oriented development that would be a regional center for growth with apartments, retail and offices. Now, much of it may become a train car manufacturing plant for Stadler, a company that has been at the center of some UTA scandals. UTA gives initial OK to controversial land deal in Clearfield
    After a monthlong delay, the Utah Transit Authority Board on Wednesday voted to green-light a controversial development project near its Clearfield Fr...
    Updated May 25 2017 03:57 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |  Tribune file photo)   Developer Terry Diehl smiles from a front row seat in the gallery in the Utah House of Representatives as Greg Hughes is sworn in as the Speaker of the House on the first day of the 2015 Legislature, Monday Jan. 26. Payments to Diehl during bankruptcy raise new questions about ties to Utah power brokers
    About two months after developer and former Utah Transit Authority board member Terry Diehl filed for bankruptcy in March 2012, the money began pourin...
    Updated May 23 2017 12:04 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  Tribune file photo)   Former Utah Transit Authority board member Terry Diehl, a developer, is the subject of a state investigation into conflict-of-interest issues raised in a legislative audit. Judge rules civil suit against developer Terry Diehl can proceed
    A judge on Tuesday refused to temporarily halt a civil lawsuit filed against indicted real estate developer Terry Diehl, saying assertions that the la...
    Updated May 17 2017 12:41 pm   |     |   Share

  • Marc Sessions Jenson testifies on the fourth day of John Swallow’s public corruption trial at the Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. Swallow-Shurtleff accuser Jenson freed early from parole
    A onetime businessman who was embroiled in the political scandal that left two former Utah attorneys general facing criminal charges was released from...
    Updated May 15 2017 10:45 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  Tribune file photo)   Members of Mormons Building Bridges participate during the Utah Pride Parade last year. Bet you’ve heard this before: Days of ’47 Parade rejects Mormons Building Bridges
    It’s beginning to feel like an annual ritual. Mormons Building Bridges applies for a slot in Utah’s largest celebration of its heritage — the Days of ...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:41 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |   Tribune file photo)   Night falls on the State Capitol Building on the second to last day of the legislative session, Wednesday March 8, 2017 in Salt Lake City. Leaked survey shows Mormons believe teachers, tourism industry have more political power than LDS Church in Utah
    When it comes to Utah politics, most local Mormon church leaders and members believe the faith should wield considerable influence, but say they think...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:32 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Lennie Mahler  |   Tribune file photo)   Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans, center, is seeking re-election to the GOP’s top post. As Utah Republicans prepare to elect a new leader, division lingers over SB54 and debt
    This year’s race for Utah Republican Party chairman hinges largely on shades of difference about how each of three candidates plans to fight a new law...
    Updated May 08 2017 11:05 am   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  Tribune file photo)   A statue of Brigham Young on the campus of the eponymous university in Provo, Utah. LGBTQ students discuss challenges faced at Mormon-owned BYU in first-ever forum
    How has your mental health been affected as an LGBTQ student? On a college campus in 2017, the question might not raise many eyebrows. But that it was...
    Updated Apr 29 2017 10:26 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |   Tribune file photo)   Jeremy Johnson intends to take the Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination in a lawsuit filed by the Federal Election Commission claiming there was a scheme to funnel illegal donations to federal candidates. Jeremy Johnson to invoke Fifth Amendment in campaign scheme lawsuit
    Jeremy Johnson plans to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination rather than respond to an ongoing Federal Election Commission la...
    Updated Apr 26 2017 11:41 am   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  Tribune file photo)   Former Utah Transit Authority board member Terry Diehl, a developer, is the subject of a state investigation into conflict-of-interest issues raised in a legislative audit. Developer Terry Diehl may be bankrupt and facing charges, but it looks like a pretty good life
    From a distance, developer Terry Diehl seems to have had it all. He lives in a $4 million house on nearly 7 acres at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Cany...
    Updated May 22 2017 05:33 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Operation Underground Railroad founder Tim Ballard is joined by Utah Senator Orrin Hatch at a gathering in Lehi on Wednesday to discuss child sex trafficking and legislation aimed at cracking down on it. Hatch joins founder of child-trafficking rescue group in call for funding, resources
    Lehi • Sen. Orrin Hatch on Wednesday condemned the “scourge” of child sexual abuse and trafficking and pledged to work to ensure federal funding for p...
    Updated Apr 23 2017 02:41 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |   Tribune file photo)    Troy Williams, leader of Equality Utah. The LGBTQ-rights organization is seeking a second stay on a lawsuit over Utah’s now-repealed law banning discussion of homosexuality in Utah schools. Second stay sought in ‘no promo homo’ lawsuit pending school rule changes
    A federal judge on Friday was asked to extend the hold on a lawsuit that challenged Utah’s sex education laws barring the advocacy of homosexuality so...
    Updated Apr 17 2017 11:58 am   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  | Tribune file photo)    Clark Aposhian gives instructions during a free concealed firearms permit class to Utah educators at the Salt Lake City Library, Friday, January 3, 2014. Despite firearm-friendly climate, more than half of Utahns don’t own a gun
    Utah is generally seen as a gun-friendly place. State gun laws are permissive, more than 230,000 residents hold concealed-weapon permits, and there’s ...
    Updated Apr 08 2017 11:28 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  Tribune file photo)   Former Utah Transit Authority board member Terry Diehl, a developer, is the subject of a state investigation into conflict-of-interest issues raised in a legislative audit. Politically connected Utah developer, former UTA official Terry Diehl allegedly concealed $1M in FrontRunner project earnings
    A federal grand jury on Wednesday handed up a 12-count indictment against Terry Diehl, a politically connected real estate developer and former Utah T...
    Updated May 22 2017 05:33 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   President Thomas S. Monson speaks during the morning session of the 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Sunday April 2, 2017. Saratoga Springs ‘thrilled’ to be getting Utah’s 18th Mormon temple
    A squeal rang out inside the LDS Conference Center with Sunday’s announcement that the faith plans to build an 18th temple in Utah, this one in Sarato...
    Updated Apr 04 2017 07:59 pm   |     |   Share