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Budget
Nearly three dozen local governments seek property tax increases
Updated Jul 27 2015 02:00 pm

Salt Lake County gets $5.8M for State Street land
Updated Jul 27 2015 10:50 am

Primer on Utah’s ‘forgotten tax’
Updated Jul 07 2015 11:43 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 Jul 07 2015 05:32 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


Crime
Becker and police to crack down on drug trafficking around homeless shelter
Updated Jul 28 2015 11:01 pm

Herbert tours prison with an eye toward rebuilding
Updated Jul 29 2015 10:50 am

ICE deports accused Guatemalan murderer captured in Utah
Updated Jul 23 2015 08:07 pm

Salt Lake County OKs DA merger with city prosecutors
Updated Jul 20 2015 06:29 pm

Value of Utah State Prison land in Draper depends on what replaces it
Updated Jul 14 2015 11:03 pm

‘There is just too much information’: No end in sight for decision on new Utah prison site
Updated Jul 09 2015 11:56 am

Coming soon to every Utah neighborhood: Police body cameras
Updated Jul 07 2015 10:37 pm

Jury’s out on Salt Lake County’s defense of the indigent
Updated Jul 06 2015 11:11 am

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 Jul 14 2015 04:19 pm


Culture
Utahns who support gay rights: the young, less religious, non-LDS
Updated Jul 14 2015 09:36 pm

Utah guv: Gay marriage issues will take time to work through
Updated Jul 08 2015 10:55 pm

Utahns rally to stop city from removing civil-rights mural
Updated Jul 23 2015 10:47 pm

Utah taxpayers’ tab for attempt to block same-sex marriage: $1.2 million
Updated Jul 14 2015 09:29 pm

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

Mia Love treads cautiously through Confederate flag debate
Updated Jul 10 2015 08:32 pm

Utah’s growing Latino population attracts national LULAC convention
Updated Jul 07 2015 02:27 pm

Sugar House’s Monument Plaza a success, but what about the rest of the city?
Updated Jul 09 2015 08:13 pm

Utah lawmaker: Does logic behind gay-marriage ruling open door to ‘polygamy, bestiality’?
Updated Jul 07 2015 11:38 pm

Salt Lake County rejects two sites for arts facility
Updated Jul 06 2015 11:01 am


Elections
Could Sen. Orrin Hatch be keeping the door open on another term?
Updated Jul 29 2015 10:17 am

Voters not keen on tax hike for $150M ‘open space recreation’ in SLC, poll shows
Updated Jul 27 2015 10:46 am

There’s one Utah town where votes really don’t count
Updated Jul 29 2015 08:51 pm

Billboard PAC: Anybody but Becker for Salt Lake City mayor
Updated Jul 28 2015 01:36 pm

Mail ballots return slowly as in-person, early voting begins Tuesday
Updated Jul 28 2015 10:49 am

Sen. Orrin Hatch gives Sen. Mike Lee money, but no endorsement
Updated Jul 25 2015 08:00 am

Recreation taxes a hit with counties and cities
Updated Jul 27 2015 10:50 am

Attention grabber in fight against tax increase: free money
Updated Jul 24 2015 01:24 am

Tribune poll: Biskupski leads Becker in Salt Lake City mayoral race
Updated Jul 22 2015 10:09 pm

Maps, postcards to educate county voters
Updated Jul 23 2015 03:42 pm


Education
Legislature won’t override any of Herbert’s five vetoes
Updated Jul 07 2015 05:38 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
Utah’s Lee angers fellow Republicans with anti-Obamacare tactics
Updated Jul 28 2015 09:56 pm

Two strikes, but Republicans still not out in push to kill Obamacare
Updated Jul 24 2015 05:29 pm

Utah governor open to legalizing medical marijuana
Updated Jul 24 2015 08:36 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 Jul 24 2015 10:06 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


Immigration
New SLC police chief to Latinos: ‘We will not ask you to prove if you are American’
Updated Jul 09 2015 10:49 pm

Immigration official: Boost Latino power by helping more become citizens
Updated Jul 09 2015 08:56 am

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 21 2015 06:54 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


Local
Will the Olympic Oval become the heart of Kearns?
Updated Jul 30 2015 05:04 pm

Nonprofits picked to lead Salt Lake County initiatives
Updated Jul 29 2015 10:50 am

Tooele County leaders stepping back from 24 percent pay raise
Updated Jul 27 2015 10:51 am

South Jordan’s incoming chief a believer in community policing, body cameras
Updated Jul 10 2015 11:49 am

Vows exchanged in darkened Salt Lake County halls
Updated Jul 07 2015 02:10 pm

Sugar House’s Monument Plaza a success, but what about the rest of the city?
Updated Jul 09 2015 08:13 pm

County adds Gary Swensen’s name to park
Updated Jul 06 2015 11:00 am

West Jordan city attorney submits resignation
Updated Jul 20 2015 07:32 pm

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 Jul 07 2015 10:00 pm


Poverty
Is 500 West Salt Lake City’s new Pioneer Park?
Updated Jul 23 2015 10:54 pm

Salt Lake County’s free computer labs staying open, for now
Updated Jul 07 2015 11:40 pm

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 Jul 07 2015 02:17 pm

Wrangling continues over what to do with Utah’s other 14,000 homeless
Updated Jul 07 2015 01:42 pm

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


Security
Ex-Qwest CEO: Likely the NSA snatched emails, calls during Salt Lake Olympics
Updated Jul 29 2015 10:28 pm

Utahns in Congress angry over Iran deal
Updated Jul 14 2015 08:42 pm

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


Transportation
Feds promote UTA innovation as way to save money
Updated Jul 29 2015 08:51 pm

Utah transit leaders take a test ride on an electric bus
Updated Jul 28 2015 07:58 am

Utah’s 50 busiest intersections — and how the state plans to unclog them
Updated Jul 26 2015 11:29 am

UTA quietly approves, cancels Japan trip
Updated Jul 21 2015 07:58 am

As UTA aims to increase ridership, it drops instead
Updated Jul 13 2015 11:06 pm

How should Utah spend $3.5B on transportation?
Updated Jul 13 2015 12:56 pm

Rule giving neighbors say over highway billboards may vanish
Updated Jul 10 2015 11:49 am

Thousands pulled over for violating Utah’s new seat-belt law
Updated Jul 06 2015 12:00 pm

UTA says counties receive — almost — their fair share of services
Updated Jul 07 2015 11:46 pm

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

Welfare