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Salt Lake County’s search for an ideal location for a mid-valley cultural facility akin to the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in downtown Salt Lake City is back to square one. After lengthy consid...

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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Naveen Navarajan says a few words after being sworn in as a new United States citizen, during a ceremony at Scera Park, in Orem, Friday, July 3, 2015. Unique way to celebrate Independence Day: become U.S. citizen
    Orem • Gabriel Bowen arrived as an Ecuadorean at Orem’s Scera Park on Friday. He departed as one of America’s newest citizens — celebrating Independen...
    Updated Jul 04 2015 05:18 pm   |     |   Share
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Senator Orrin Hatch, left, talks with Dave Hansen back stage before Hatch's speech before the Utah Republican Party Convention held at Salt Lake Community College Saturday afternoon. Rolly: Gov. Herbert complains to Mia Love about campaign manager’s double duty
    Gov. Gary Herbert might be feeling some heat from the challenge to his re-election bid next year from Overstock.com Chairman Jonathan Johnson. Herbert...
    Updated Jul 03 2015 01:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Kids play at Valley Regional Park on Thursday. Valley Regional Park is being named after Gary Swensen, a longtime County Parks and Recreation boss who developed this facility and many other parks in the county. County adds Gary Swensen’s name to park
    The first property Gary Swensen helped buy for Salt Lake County became a 90-acre park surrounding four softball diamonds in Taylorsville. From now on,...
    Updated Jul 04 2015 09:00 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker shakes the hand of former state legislator Jackie Biskupski after the Salt Lake City mayoral debate at KSL TV Wednesday July 1, 2015.  The debate was sponsored by the Pioneer Park Coalition. Becker’s bucks: How much of an advantage are they?
    How important is fundraising in the race for Salt Lake City mayor? The contest traditionally has not been won with expensive TV and radio ads. But ret...
    Updated Jul 02 2015 10:45 pm   |     |   Share


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  • (Tribune file photo)  
 Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox on Thursday rejected a proposed initiative to put term limits on hundreds of board and commission members appointed by the governor. Cox says the state Constitution reserves such power to the executive. Term-limits supporters say they may appeal the decision to court. Utah blocks term-limit drive for state appointees
    Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox blocked a petition drive seeking to limit terms for appointees to hundreds of state boards by ruling Thursday that it is “pa...
    Updated Jul 02 2015 10:50 pm   |     |   Share
  • (J. Scott Applewhite  |  The Associated Press)  
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, right, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, walk to a closed-door meeting in the Old Senate Chamber in 2013. Ted Cruz lavishes praise on Mike Lee in new book
    Washington • Days before the October 2013 government shutdown, Sens. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz bowed their heads in the Texas Republican’s Capitol office,...
    Updated Jul 04 2015 10:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • Feds may sue Utah over law aimed at protecting prescription drug records
    The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration may take the state of Utah to court over a law that took effect earlier this year aimed at protecting the pri...
    Updated Jul 02 2015 08:02 am   |     |   Share
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    News roundup: Emails document Hillary Clinton’s struggle with fax machine
    The LDS reaches out to the Pride Center. Clinton tries to learn how to fax. Becker faces his challengers. Happy Thursday. The latest trove of Hillar...

    Updated Jul 02 2015 05:27 am   |     |   Share
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Utah Tax Commission Chairman John Valentine, right, administers the oath of office to newly appointed commissioner Rebecca Rockwell. New Utah tax commissioner means one Democrat on panel
    The Utah Tax Commission has a new member — the first since voters last year rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to remove a requirement for p...
    Updated Jul 03 2015 10:54 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, former state legislator Jackie Biskupski, community activist George Chapman, City Council Chairman Luke Garrott and businessman Dave Robinson participate in the Salt Lake City mayoral debate at KSL TV Wednesday July 1, 2015.  The debate was sponsored by the Pioneer Park Coalition. Mayor debate: Hopefuls go after Becker on police chief's ouster, homelessness
    Two-term incumbent Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker stood his ground Wednesday afternoon under withering criticism from four challengers who jabbed a...
    Updated Jul 02 2015 08:16 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
The Flag of Utah, American Flag and Deseret Flag at Ensign Peak Nature Park Wednesday July 1, 2015. The state of Deseret flag still flies over Salt Lake City
    The Flag of the Kingdom of God of the State of Deseret flies above Utah’s capital city at the Ensign Peak Nature Park — a Salt Lake City municipal par...
    Updated Jul 02 2015 11:01 am   |     |   Share
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    FILE - Rancher Cliven Bundy speaks at a protest camp near Bunkerville, Nev. Friday, April 18, 2014.  (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher) News roundup: Cliven Bundy talks western lands with Sen. Rand Paul
    LDS leaders pen gay marriage letter. Bundy and Rand Paul chat. And the Utah hate crime that wasn’t a hate crime. Happy Wednesday. Renegade Nevada ra...

    Updated Jul 01 2015 05:40 am   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Magna Township council member LaDell Bishop waits his turn to give his approval of the amended boundaries of Magna Township.  The Salt Lake County Council listens to public comment on the boundaries of the townships and unincorporated islands involved in this November's Community Preservation election, Tuesday, June 30, 2015.   Council finds enough common ground to move forward with ‘preservation’ plan for Salt Lake County townships, unincorporated areas
    Willow Creek will remain a single community for the “Community Preservation” election in November, with residents facing a choice of remaining unincor...
    Updated Jul 01 2015 10:42 am   |     |   Share
  • West Jordan city attorney submits resignation
    West Jordan City Attorney Jeff Robinson has declined an invitation to return to work and submitted his resignation more than two months after he was a...
    Updated Jul 01 2015 10:43 am   |     |   Share
  • FBI blocks new Utah background checks on undocumented-immigrant drivers
    Sen. Curt Bramble calls it a “very frustrating bureaucratic situation.” His new SB184 becomes law Wednesday, and was supposed to begin more robust bac...
    Updated Jul 01 2015 12:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • A Confederate flag flies at the base of Stone Mountain Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Stone Mountain, Ga. At Georgia's iconic Stone Mountain, where the Confederacy is enshrined in a giant bas-relief sculpture, the Ku Klux Klan once held notorious cross-burnings and rebel battle flags still wave prominently, officials are considering what to do about those flags. The park, which now offers family-friendly fireworks and laser light shows, is readying its Rolly: Magna to Confederate group: Keep your flag at home
    In a staredown with a Confederate veterans group, the all-volunteer Magna Days Parade Committee refused to blink — or bend. The Utah Division of the ...
    Updated Jul 01 2015 07:53 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  Tribune file photo)  
Cities along the Wasatch Front converged on county commission meetings today to ask for a sales-tax increase to be placed on the Nov. 3 ballot. Mayors say the need for extra money for local roads and transit is urgent. Opponents, including the Utah Taxpayers Association, say the issue should wait until next year's election, when voter participation is expected to be higher. Utah cities want higher tax for transportation, ask counties to put it on the ballot
    Across the Wasatch Front on Tuesday, mayors crowded into meetings with county leaders to urge them to put a proposed sales-tax increase for transporta...
    Updated Jun 30 2015 10:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  Tribune file photo)  
The Independence Day weekend can be one of the deadliest on Utah highways, warn Department of Transportation officials. The busiest times on Utah roads will be Thursday from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday night after fireworks shows. Officials warn of July 4 weekend road delays, urge caution
    As Utahns plan road trips for the long July Fourth weekend, officials are warning them to expect delays on some key stretches of freeway. They also ur...
    Updated Jul 01 2015 12:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

David Nielson putts on the ninth green at Mulligans, Monday, June 1, 2015. Golf course fight driving force in South Jordan elections
    Most of the crowd of candidates running for South Jordan City Council got their call to action more than a year before the campaign filing deadline. A...
    Updated Jun 30 2015 07:30 am   |     |   Share
  • POLITICS
    Supporters of the Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans bring the Georgia State flag up the steps of the Capitol, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001 in Atlanta, during their annual Robert E. Lee Birthday celebration. The annual celebration honors Lee and shows support for Southern heritage and its symbols. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith) News roundup: Brawl breaks out in South Carolina over the Confederate flag
    Support for Confederate flag wanes, but backers still want to see it fly. Shurtleff pleads not guilty. SLC mayoral candidates to debate Wednesday. H...

    Updated Jul 03 2015 10:54 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  Tribune file photo)  
Cities along the Wasatch Front converged on county commission meetings today to ask for a sales-tax increase to be placed on the Nov. 3 ballot. Mayors say the need for extra money for local roads and transit is urgent. Opponents, including the Utah Taxpayers Association, say the issue should wait until next year's election, when voter participation is expected to be higher. Cities to pitch county leaders on holding tax-increase votes
    Dozens of Wasatch Front mayors plan to parade together Tuesday into meetings to tell county leaders that they need a sales-tax hike for local roads an...
    Updated Jun 29 2015 10:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • Pioneer Park Coalition sponsors Salt Lake City mayoral debate Wednesday
    Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker will be joined by four challengers Wednesday in the first televised debate of the mayoral contest sponsored by the P...
    Updated Jun 30 2015 12:23 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  Tribune file photo)  
The Utah Transit Authority tries to ensure that each county receives as much in services as it pays in taxes and fares. But there is some deviation, so Salt Lake, Tooele and Weber counties pay more than their fair share. UTA says counties receive — almost — their fair share of services
    A new Utah Transit Authority analysis says its long-range plans will ensure that each county along the Wasatch Front receives roughly the same share o...
    Updated Jun 29 2015 10:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • Primer on Utah’s ‘forgotten tax’
    The Utah Taxpayers Association recently released a primer on the sales tax that contains some interesting facts about what the organization calls the ...
    Updated Jun 29 2015 12:09 pm   |     |   Share

 

Budget
Primer on Utah’s ‘forgotten tax’
Updated Jun 29 2015 12:09 pm

Becker’s big budget projections: Could they lead to a tax increase?
Updated May 19 2015 07:30 am

House passes Chaffetz bill to get tougher on tax delinquents
Updated Apr 20 2015 12:42 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


Crime
Feds may sue Utah over law aimed at protecting prescription drug records
Updated Jul 02 2015 08:02 am

Feds to handle expanding probe into Miller-McAdams claims
Updated Jun 27 2015 08:00 am

Utah man faces financial hurdle to sue the officer who shot his dog, Geist
Updated Jun 25 2015 07:57 am

Salt Lake City tries a different approach to fighting crime, dealing with homeless
Updated Jun 10 2015 08:47 pm

Senate confirms Huber as Utah’s new U.S. attorney
Updated Jun 10 2015 07:31 pm

As UHP moves to adopt rules on force, do other Utah departments need the same?
Updated Jun 09 2015 12:10 pm

What’s next in prison relocation? Utahns have their turn to speak
Updated Jun 08 2015 12:36 pm

Senate panel advances U.S. attorney for Utah nominee
Updated Jun 04 2015 07:51 pm

Prison commission chairman blasts Utah County rep for saying most lawmakers want prison in SLC
Updated Jun 04 2015 01:38 pm

Contrary to police union, Salt Lake chief says crime down, no need for more cops on street
Updated Jun 03 2015 09:38 am


Culture
Salt Lake County rejects two sites for arts facility
Updated Jul 04 2015 05:14 pm

Utah lawmaker: Does logic behind gay-marriage ruling open door to ‘polygamy, bestiality’?
Updated Jun 27 2015 05:35 pm

The state of Deseret flag still flies over Salt Lake City
Updated Jul 02 2015 11:01 am

Mike Lee urges local, federal laws for religious protection in coming gay-rights fights
Updated Jun 12 2015 08:34 am

Poll: Utahns wary of any conflicts in A.G. campaign donations
Updated Jun 30 2015 11:33 am

Mormon rivals: Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman move from friendship to bitter feud
Updated Jun 07 2015 10:25 pm

Audit: Utah A.G.’s office needs clearer whistleblower protection, ethics guides
Updated Jun 23 2015 11:05 pm

Mia Love returns donation from man linked to Charleston shooter
Updated Jun 23 2015 08:49 pm

Salt Lake City police Chief Chris Burbank out after ultimatum from Mayor Ralph Becker
Updated Jun 12 2015 08:58 am

Business as usual? A.G. Reyes’ campaign donations raise conflict-of-interest questions
Updated Jun 07 2015 03:19 pm


Elections
Becker’s bucks: How much of an advantage are they?
Updated Jul 02 2015 10:45 pm

Ted Cruz lavishes praise on Mike Lee in new book
Updated Jul 04 2015 10:02 pm

Utah blocks term-limit drive for state appointees
Updated Jul 02 2015 10:50 pm

Council finds enough common ground to move forward with ‘preservation’ plan for Salt Lake County townships, unincorporated areas
Updated Jul 01 2015 10:42 am

Utah cities want higher tax for transportation, ask counties to put it on the ballot
Updated Jun 30 2015 10:56 pm

Pioneer Park Coalition sponsors Salt Lake City mayoral debate Wednesday
Updated Jun 30 2015 12:23 pm

Golf course fight driving force in South Jordan elections
Updated Jun 30 2015 07:30 am

Hearing Tuesday on Salt Lake County community boundaries
Updated Jun 29 2015 04:06 pm

‘Mormon Rivals’ — Huntsman fought Romney, then endorsed him, sort of
Updated Jun 15 2015 08:13 pm

Many Utah cities pushing for election this year to hike sales tax
Updated Jun 15 2015 10:37 am


Education
Legislature won’t override any of Herbert’s five vetoes
Updated Apr 20 2015 12:41 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
Two strikes, but Republicans still not out in push to kill Obamacare
Updated Jun 25 2015 10:04 pm

Utah governor open to legalizing medical marijuana
Updated May 14 2015 09:26 pm

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


Immigration
Unique way to celebrate Independence Day: become U.S. citizen
Updated Jul 04 2015 05:18 pm

FBI blocks new Utah background checks on undocumented-immigrant drivers
Updated Jul 01 2015 12:05 pm

In Utah speech, U.S. immigration chief says system is unjust
Updated May 14 2015 07:55 am

Bishop Wester: Immigration reform may require reforming ourselves first
Updated Apr 28 2015 10:40 pm

Orrin Hatch votes yes, Mike Lee votes no on confirmation of Loretta Lynch for attorney general
Updated Apr 23 2015 06:15 pm

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


Local
County adds Gary Swensen’s name to park
Updated Jul 04 2015 09:00 am

West Jordan city attorney submits resignation
Updated Jul 01 2015 10:43 am

Golf course fight driving force in South Jordan elections
Updated Jun 30 2015 07:30 am

Cities to pitch county leaders on holding tax-increase votes
Updated Jun 29 2015 10:04 pm

West Jordan invites ousted city attorney back to work
Updated Jun 29 2015 12:02 pm

As many as 12 ducks a day are dying in Utah’s Sugar House Park
Updated Jun 24 2015 01:59 pm

Ralliers decry proposed closure of Salt Lake City’s Glendale Golf Course
Updated Jun 22 2015 12:12 pm

Monument Plaza enlivens Sugar House after years in the making
Updated Jun 13 2015 11:31 am

Salt Lake City police Chief Chris Burbank out after ultimatum from Mayor Ralph Becker
Updated Jun 12 2015 08:58 am

Council signs off on two offices for the DA
Updated Jun 10 2015 12:09 pm


Poverty
Salt Lake County’s free computer labs staying open, for now
Updated Jun 29 2015 11:59 am

Outfitters fear Obama-ordered wage hike could sink their rafts
Updated Jun 10 2015 10:19 pm

Salt Lake County may pull the plug on its computer labs
Updated Jun 09 2015 08:30 am

Salt Lake County awarded $1.6 million grant to fight homelessness
Updated Jun 05 2015 11:36 am

Wells Fargo gives $500,000 to fight homelessness in Salt Lake City
Updated May 28 2015 02:14 pm

Outside expert says Salt Lake City’s homeless services disorganized and dysfunctional
Updated May 14 2015 10:45 pm

Consultant: Solving homelessness in Utah requires 24/7 program, not just housing
Updated May 14 2015 11:51 am

Wrangling continues over what to do with Utah’s other 14,000 homeless
Updated May 11 2015 02:39 pm

Utah's chronic homeless numbers drop from 1,932 to 178 in 10 years
Updated Apr 29 2015 01:42 pm

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


Security
Senate passes Utah Sen. Mike Lee’s domestic spying reforms
Updated Jun 02 2015 10:23 pm

White House urges passage of Lee’s anti-spying bill after NSA ruling
Updated May 08 2015 09:12 am

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 Apr 28 2015 09:10 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
UTA says counties receive — almost — their fair share of services
Updated Jun 29 2015 10:41 pm

Busy Orem intersection may become freeway-like interchange
Updated Jun 29 2015 11:58 am

If Utah voters approve tax hike, UTA eyes expanding bus, airport service
Updated Jun 29 2015 12:00 pm

Study: UTA rail projects helped fuel economic growth
Updated Jun 29 2015 12:02 pm

UTA thinks twice about switch to distance-based fares
Updated Jun 25 2015 11:38 am

Uber offers free rides to Utah Arts Festival
Updated Jun 23 2015 11:07 pm

UTA shows how transit fuels economic benefits, say transporation, government leaders
Updated Jun 23 2015 11:15 am

The Utah Effect: 25% of downtown Salt Lake travelers use mass transit, just 3.4% for metro area
Updated Jun 15 2015 09:42 am

Big Layton road project begins — with controversial design
Updated Jun 10 2015 10:26 pm

Deadline on train safety a challenge for UTA
Updated Jun 06 2015 11:05 am

Welfare