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While most college interns will spend the summer slaving away in offices, Elena Studier talked her way into something more dramatic: traveling 10,000 miles in 38 days in 20 major cities in 15 states. The Ithaca, N.Y., native convinced her …

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  • Rolly: Word goes out to Utah Republican candidates: Sign pledge to repeal SB54
    In what appears to be a last-ditch attempt to intimidate Republican candidates who have accepted the legislative compromise allowing two paths to the ...
    Updated May 31 2016 08:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • POLITICS
    Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., hands a shoe to a fan during Game 7 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oakland, Calif., Monday, May 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) News roundup: Basketball-fan Bernie Sanders equates his campaign to the Golden State Warriors
    Bernie Sanders says he’s just like the Warriors. Dust may derail prison project. Orrin Hatch an obstacle to criminal justice reform. Happy Tuesday. ...

    Updated May 31 2016 08:58 am   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  Tribune file photo)   l-r Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, shown here during a 2014 news conference, are often at odds on issues that pit the establishment GOP against hard-line conservatives. But on the issue of criminal justice reform, they’ve done a role reversal. On criminal justice reform, Sens. Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch are at odds
    Washington • From the budget to immigration reform to new education policy, a well-established pattern has emerged from Utah’s two Republican senators...
    Updated May 31 2016 07:35 am   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Memo to signature gatherers: Beware of Big Brother in Utah County
    There’s a joke among Salt Lake City liberals that going to Utah County is like penetrating the Iron Curtain, and sometimes the officials south of Poin...
    Updated May 30 2016 09:46 am   |     |   Share


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  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    People walk on the dry lake bottom of the Great Salt Lake in Salt Lake City Thursday May 26, 2016. The drying of the lake could lead to toxic dust clouds that may impact the new prison. A new study from a University of Utah professor intends to determine what is in the dust that inmates and guards may breathe. Potentially toxic dust could delay building Utah’s new prison
    State leaders knew building a massive prison complex near the Great Salt Lake wouldn’t be easy. There are wetlands and migratory birds to worry about....
    Updated May 31 2016 09:28 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Chief Brian Dale visits with family, friends and colleagues after being sworn in as the new Salt Lake City fire chief at City Hall, Thursday, June 4, 2015. Salt Lake City fire chief announces his retirement
    Another Salt Lake City department head is on his way out. Fire Chief Brian Dale told Mayor Jackie Biskupski this week that he plans to retire Oct. 1, ...
    Updated May 28 2016 10:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Air Canada’s inaugural flight from Salt Lake City to Toronto departs beneath a water cannon salute as the plane departs, Saturday, May 28, 2016. Photos: Air Canada begins daily service from Salt Lake City to Toronto
    Fire engines offered a water cannon salute Saturday to honor the first Air Canada flight offering new service from Salt Lake City International Airpor...
    Updated May 31 2016 05:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   A morning run along Creekside Park in Holladay is illuminated by rising sun as crews with Salt Lake County Parks blow out water lines in anticipation of colder temperatures on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. The big green — 9 parks projects, maybe more, proposed for Salt Lake County
    Nine projects appear poised to receive significant funding from a voter-approved bond that will allow Salt Lake County to expand and maintain parks an...
    Updated May 31 2016 08:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Kids play in the water features in the Rotary Play Park at Liberty Park on Friday. Parks, streets still hurting in tight Salt Lake City budget
    The recession may be over, but times remain tough at City Hall. Salt Lake City is in a budget bind that will continue to force the municipality to def...
    Updated May 31 2016 05:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Gerald Folsom, who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII, is laid to rest at the Utah Veterans Cemetery in Bluffdale last week. In five to six years, there will be no more space for new veteran burials. Utah is looking for a new place to bury its veterans
    Bluffdale • The wind started blowing just as the hearse carrying Gerald Folsom’s casket arrived Wednesday at the Utah Veterans Cemetery and Memorial P...
    Updated May 29 2016 09:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)                The crowd at The Crumb Brothers Bakery stand at the opening Saturday of the Salt Lake Farmer’s Market, Saturday, June 9, 2012. A new farmers market at Village Center Plazain Holladay will open starting June 4, 2016, and running through Oct. 29 Farmers market comes to Holladay
    Holladay • The City Council has cleared the way for a new community amenity: a farmers market in the Village Center Plaza. The market, which Mayor Rob...
    Updated May 31 2016 05:32 pm   |     |   Share
  • POLITICS
    FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to guests at the Colorado Democrats 83rd Annual Dinner, in Denver. Colorado’s Democratic governor, John Hickenlooper, has released a candid autobiography that’s revived speculation he is positioning himself to join Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign ticket. Hickenlooper insists he hasn’t been approached by the Clinton camp. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File) News roundup: How Hillary Clinton loses to The Donald
    How Hillary Clinton loses to The Donald. Paul Huntsman says Tribune sale should close Tuesday. Secret Service punishes more then 40 employees who prob...

    Updated May 31 2016 05:32 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Utah candidate representing Ammon Bundy loses earlier court fight, must pay nearly $6,000
    It has been an interesting couple of weeks for former state lawmaker and one-time congressional candidate Morgan Philpot, who hopes to rejoin the Utah...
    Updated May 27 2016 11:13 am   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |   Tribune file photo)   Sen. Lincoln Fillmore, R-South Jordan, gives his speech for the Senate District 10 seat at the Salt Lake County Republican Convention, April 16, 2016, at Cottonwood High School. He defeated challenger Rich Cunningham but because of SB54 will face him in the June 28 primary. Salt Lake, Davis GOP picking favorites before primary election
    Following the lead of the Utah County Republican Party, GOP officials in Salt Lake and Davis counties are abandoning tradition and taking sides in con...
    Updated May 26 2016 09:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, left, and Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., center, listen as President Barack Obama speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 11, 2016, before signing the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). Coons and Hatch cosponsored the bill that would establish a Federal civil private cause of action for trade secret theft that would provide businesses with a more uniform, reliable, and predictable way to protect their valuable trade secrets anywhere in the country. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Hatch op-ed on Supreme Court nominee is posted early on Utah newspaper site
    Sen. Orrin Hatch was scheduled to meet Thursday with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, but a guest essay he wrote for the Deseret News mistakenly...
    Updated May 26 2016 08:20 pm   |     |   Share
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    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump applauds after singing the National Anthem during a rally at the Anaheim Convention Center, Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) News roundup: With Trump angering some in GOP, Libertarians say it’s their time
    With Trump angering some in GOP, Libertarians say it’s their time. Utah joins states suing Obama over bathroom issue. Poll: Utahns want Tribune to sur...

    Updated May 26 2016 10:40 am   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   1st Lieutenant Dan M. Eastman (a 96 year old veteran of WWII) shakes hands with Marine Sergeant Dennis Howland after receiving the Honor Salute at the Olympus Ranch Retirement Community in Murray, Wednesday May 25, 2016. At right are Lieutenant Colonel Matt Harmon and Lieutenant Colonel Robert King (retired, far right). 96-year-old World War II veteran is honored at Utah retirement community
    Olympus Ranch Retirement Community in Murray on Wednesday honored 1st Lt. Dan M. Eastman, a 96-year-old veteran of WWII. Eastman served in the U.S. Ar...
    Updated May 26 2016 07:38 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     The Calvary Baptist Church Choir performs during Oath of Office Ceremony for Mayor Jackie Biskupski and council members Andrew Johnston, Derek Kitchen and Charlie Luke at the City & County Building in Salt Lake City, Monday, January 4, 2016. Historic Salt Lake City Hall to undergo a major face-lift
    Salt Lake City Hall is scheduled for a major three-year overhaul. Crews with Big-D Construction will begin work June 6 on the castlelike building in t...
    Updated May 26 2016 12:47 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Jerry Benson, chats with Robert W. McKinley at the Utah Transit Authority Board meeting at Utah Valley University, Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Transparency hiccup: UTA Board adopts service plan for minorities before hearing criticism of it
    A first attempt at greater transparency by the Utah Transit Authority Board on Wednesday had a hiccup when the board adopted a plan on how to serve mi...
    Updated May 26 2016 07:40 am   |     |   Share
  • (Tribune file photo)   Taxi cabs llined up outside the Salt Palace. City Council skeptical of request for unlimited height at Salt Palace
    How high is unlimited height? That’s what the Salt Lake City Council would like to know in the wake of a request by Salt Lake County to remove height ...
    Updated May 25 2016 10:10 pm   |     |   Share
  • Salt Lake County celebrates 20 years of drug court success
    The second time Mindy Vincent lost custody of her son she knew it was time to get serious in dealing with her methamphetamine addiction. Lucky for her...
    Updated May 26 2016 10:45 am   |     |   Share
  • Jae C. Hong  |  AP File Photo In this photo taken in 2015 in Burbank, Calif.,  food truck Peaches’ Smokehouse & Southern Kitchen co-owner Diana Lamon hands a credit card back to a customer after taking an order. Orem City, Utah, has extended a prohibition on food trucks near key venues during its annual Summerfest, June 7-11. Orem food truck ban for Summerfest expanded
    Orem • The City Council adopted an ordinance amendment to prohibit food trucks from being on public streets within 1,000 feet of Scera Park during Ore...
    Updated May 26 2016 10:39 am   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo)   Many Utah school districts are unfazed by new federal rules regarding bathroom accommodations for transgender students. Mount Jordan Middle School in Sandy has unisex-bathrooms located in every hallway. But Utah has joined a federal lawsuit against the Obama administration, saying the issue is one of federal overreach, not bathrooms. Utah one of 11 states suing over transgender bathrooms
    Utah is one of 11 states that sued the administration of President Barack Obama on Wednesday over a memo that threatened federal education funding if ...
    Updated May 25 2016 10:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • Preschoolers donate money for all-inclusive playground
    Orem • A group of preschoolers handed a check Tuesday to City Council members to build a new, all-abilities playground. Preschool students from the P...
    Updated May 26 2016 10:40 am   |     |   Share

 

Budget
The big green — 9 parks projects, maybe more, proposed for Salt Lake County
Updated May 31 2016 08:05 pm

Parks, streets still hurting in tight Salt Lake City budget
Updated May 31 2016 05:30 pm

Jon Huntsman, Jim Matheson lead group pushing for more foreign aid
Updated May 19 2016 04:26 pm

State’s economic development partner failed to file tax returns for five years
Updated May 14 2016 01:42 pm

Audit: State doing poor job tracking job training and education cases
Updated May 12 2016 11:59 am

Water rate increases in store for most Salt Lake County residents
Updated May 11 2016 12:05 pm

House passes Chaffetz’s bill limiting paid leave for fed workers
Updated Apr 26 2016 07:54 pm

Salt Lake Film Society loses bid for tax exemption
Updated Apr 28 2016 05:34 pm

Salt Lake County job growth ranked No. 3 among nation’s large counties
Updated Apr 22 2016 11:19 am

Landfill hikes fees for tires, refrigerators
Updated Apr 20 2016 05:35 pm


Crime
On criminal justice reform, Sens. Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch are at odds
Updated May 31 2016 07:35 am

Potentially toxic dust could delay building Utah’s new prison
Updated May 31 2016 09:28 am

Salt Lake County celebrates 20 years of drug court success
Updated May 26 2016 10:45 am

UCA board grapples with funding freeze in wake of fraud, audit
Updated May 24 2016 10:24 pm

Utah’s Chaffetz testifies in push to impeach IRS chief
Updated May 25 2016 10:34 am

Two prostitution or massage busts in a year to cost a business license
Updated May 23 2016 02:18 pm

Utah federal court nominee, Ronald Russell, gets Senate committee support
Updated May 20 2016 07:13 pm

Audit says Utah agency ripe for fraud with lax controls, lack of transparency
Updated May 19 2016 04:27 pm

Utah Legislature will scrutinize agency hit by $1M embezzlement that lasted 10 years
Updated May 24 2016 10:07 pm

State panel rules against Tribune’s request to see AG’s records of alleged police choking
Updated May 13 2016 01:12 pm


Culture
Utah one of 11 states suing over transgender bathrooms
Updated May 25 2016 10:48 pm

Utah ban on alcohol sales and nudity does not infringe free speech, say governor, state attorneys
Updated May 19 2016 10:31 pm

Herbert says transgender restroom directive may harm children
Updated May 20 2016 10:57 am

In wake of governor fundraising controversy, Utah House speaker urges caution
Updated May 18 2016 10:57 pm

Bipartisan send-off for former Sen. Bennett
Updated May 16 2016 11:16 am

Brewvies seeks restraining order against state liquor regulators
Updated May 03 2016 03:56 pm

Utah lawmaker who helped lead prison move built town homes near prison
Updated May 02 2016 10:57 am

After overcoming mountains, deserts, early explorers now navigate state rules
Updated Apr 27 2016 11:08 am

Under campaign pressure, Overstock strips porn from site
Updated Apr 26 2016 08:10 pm

Broader Salt Lake County Council nepotism policy puts pressure on Recorder Gary Ott
Updated May 04 2016 05:15 pm


Elections
Salt Lake, Davis GOP picking favorites before primary election
Updated May 26 2016 09:38 pm

National tea party group endorses Johnson in Utah governor’s race
Updated May 25 2016 07:56 pm

Former Gov. Mike Leavitt advising Donald Trump’s transition team
Updated May 20 2016 09:57 pm

Democratic chief claims county clerks are running a GOP registration drive
Updated May 19 2016 10:34 pm

Utahn on Trump’s list of his top Supreme Court picks
Updated May 19 2016 04:27 pm

Report: Election Day registration working — so far
Updated May 19 2016 04:27 pm

Utah trying to decide how to run future elections — by mail, paper ballot or electronically
Updated May 19 2016 04:28 pm

Complaint seeks investigation into Herbert fundraising
Updated May 18 2016 07:24 am

Poll shows Trump gaining support in Utah, leads Clinton, Sanders
Updated May 16 2016 10:12 pm

Candidate Jonathan Swinton pitches himself as a marriage counselor for Washington, D.C.
Updated May 19 2016 04:40 am


Education
Utah committee has fun ‘ripping up’ school funding bill
Updated Feb 29 2016 02:32 pm

A rainy day fund for Utah’s higher education buildings?
Updated Feb 28 2016 09:50 pm

Senators reject bill to raise income tax on richest 1.5% of Utahns
Updated Feb 17 2016 10:40 pm

House OKs bill aimed at expanding kindergarten
Updated Feb 08 2016 09:26 pm

Bill advances to boost charter school funding by $40 million
Updated Feb 29 2016 06:47 pm

Battle over sex education returning to Utah Legislature
Updated Feb 03 2016 07:47 am

Utah’s Guv plugs solutions for health care, increases in school funding
Updated Feb 17 2016 05:19 pm

Longtime Utah Sen. Bob Bennett inducted into Hinckley Hall of Fame
Updated May 20 2016 06:06 pm

Defamation suit filed in closure of unaccredited Utah college
Updated Dec 15 2015 11:29 am

Diploma mill is biggest case for Utah Consumer Protection
Updated Nov 29 2015 10:24 am


Environment
Legislature expresses opposition to Bears Ears monument
Updated May 19 2016 09:04 am

White House urges Utah delegation to find consensus on Bears Ears
Updated May 09 2016 10:55 am

Companies to replace scores of trees illegally cut in Big Cottonwood Canyon
Updated Apr 22 2016 10:22 pm

Ahead of Jewell visit to Utah, speculation about Bears Ears monument
Updated Apr 19 2016 11:05 pm

Forest Service seeks comments on Snowbasin Resort projects
Updated Apr 17 2016 08:25 pm

Governor uses veto pen on six bills, including one for TV cooking show
Updated Mar 31 2016 11:00 pm

Utah guv signs bills on power regulation, porn and lands lawsuit
Updated Apr 29 2016 07:18 pm

Noel: Death of Scalia means timing is bad for Utah to sue over public lands
Updated Mar 11 2016 09:03 pm

Nina Dougherty, early fighter for clean air in Utah, dies at age 82
Updated Apr 16 2016 08:40 pm

Bill OK’d to require less-polluting water heaters
Updated Mar 12 2016 01:19 pm


Health
House passes Chris Stewart-led Zika bill, White House threatens veto
Updated May 20 2016 10:54 am

University of Utah named Olympic medical center
Updated May 13 2016 10:48 am

Compliance with Utah's new abortion law is medically impossible, critics say
Updated May 10 2016 09:20 am

Sim Gill finds ‘nothing worth celebrating’ over Utah Medicaid funding
Updated May 05 2016 10:21 pm

State commission grants $135,000 to fight against drug overdose
Updated Apr 06 2016 10:57 am

Obama to Utah: Fully expanding Medicaid would help 42,000 with mental-health needs
Updated Mar 29 2016 10:53 am

Money runs out for Utah medical-marijuana bill; ballot initiative looms
Updated Mar 12 2016 12:07 pm

Tobacco bills vaporized this year
Updated Mar 12 2016 04:42 pm

Fetal anesthesia bill headed to governor, who will sign it
Updated Mar 15 2016 10:55 am

Long fight over: Small-scale Medicaid expansion wins final approval
Updated Mar 08 2016 11:07 pm


Immigration
Chaffetz scolds Obama administration for failure to deport undocumented criminals
Updated Apr 28 2016 10:13 pm

Senate votes to extend implementation date of controversial immigrant program
Updated Mar 07 2016 10:19 pm

Utah’s guest worker law, never implemented, may be repealed
Updated Feb 08 2016 02:16 pm

Immigrants more likely than U.S.-born to work in 5 Utah industries
Updated Dec 21 2015 10:09 pm

Salt Lake City joins in defending Obama’s immigration actions
Updated Dec 07 2015 01:53 pm

White House asks Herbert to use his position to funnel refugee info
Updated Feb 17 2016 03:01 pm

Utah activist makes app to help ‘dreamer’ undocumented immigrants
Updated Nov 28 2015 04:32 pm

Most Utah GOP House members push for hold on Syrian refugees
Updated Feb 25 2016 06:33 pm

Utah’s members of Congress want to halt Syrian refugee program now
Updated Nov 18 2015 01:06 pm

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says state will still accept Syrian refugees; 27 peers say no
Updated Feb 17 2016 02:33 pm


Local
Farmers market comes to Holladay
Updated May 31 2016 05:32 pm

Orem food truck ban for Summerfest expanded
Updated May 26 2016 10:39 am

City Council skeptical of request for unlimited height at Salt Palace
Updated May 25 2016 10:10 pm

Preschoolers donate money for all-inclusive playground
Updated May 26 2016 10:40 am

Salt Lake City Council poised to allow tall buildings near Sugar House Streetcar
Updated May 23 2016 09:19 pm

Salt Lake County may name building after Horiuchi, but is war hero more deserving?
Updated May 21 2016 08:00 am

Salt Lake City’s ugly entrance and exit spark move to beautify 500 and 600 South
Updated May 23 2016 03:36 pm

Dimple Dell zoning proposal stirs up residents
Updated May 23 2016 02:18 pm

Planning Commission OKs revamp of Alta View Hospital campus
Updated May 23 2016 02:18 pm

Pedal to work Thursday and grab a bite to eat at one of seven pit stops
Updated May 19 2016 04:26 pm


Poverty
Volunteers of America open Salt Lake City youth center
Updated May 25 2016 03:57 pm

Homelessness rose 7% in Utah last year, even as economy grew
Updated May 14 2016 05:31 pm

Site selection begins for new homeless shelters in Salt Lake City
Updated Apr 19 2016 07:32 am

Utah has second-widest wage gap between women, men
Updated Apr 04 2016 11:07 pm

New homeless-youths shelter will offer security, counseling and education
Updated Mar 30 2016 10:36 pm

Help is on the way as Herbert signs bills for homeless aid
Updated Mar 28 2016 03:33 pm

Legislature allocates $9.2 million for homeless facilities and services
Updated Mar 12 2016 08:42 pm

New payday loan regulations receive final OK
Updated Mar 09 2016 08:44 pm

Bill to help Utah’s homeless advances
Updated Mar 12 2016 01:22 pm

Utah lawmakers quickly junk plan to hike minimum wage
Updated Mar 07 2016 02:14 pm


Security
Utah’s members of Congress blast Obama for plan to close Gitmo
Updated Feb 25 2016 02:27 pm

Utah law enforcement to welcome Syrian refugees and help them assimilate
Updated Dec 07 2015 10:14 pm

Utah’s Chaffetz: Obama’s safety ‘is in jeopardy’ with Secret Service lapses
Updated Feb 17 2016 04:29 pm

Utah Congressman Chris Stewart calls Edward Snowden a traitor
Updated May 30 2016 06:40 pm

America is key to world peace, two ambassadors tell Utah audience
Updated Oct 14 2015 09:05 am

Utahns sue over government spying during 2002 Olympics
Updated Feb 17 2016 04:36 pm

Rocky Anderson threatens suit over alleged spying during 2002 Olympics
Updated Aug 11 2015 09:37 pm

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 Sep 15 2015 06:37 pm

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


Transportation
Unique internship: Travel 10,000 miles in 38 days in 15 states
Updated May 31 2016 04:51 pm

TSA vows to keep security lines manageable at Salt Lake City International Airport
Updated May 25 2016 10:46 pm

Transparency hiccup: UTA Board adopts service plan for minorities before hearing criticism of it
Updated May 26 2016 07:40 am

SLC Airport taxicabs have lost a quarter of business to Uber, Lyft
Updated May 26 2016 10:41 am

Heavy travel expected for Memorial Day weekend
Updated May 26 2016 10:39 am

Salt Lake City to phase out smoking rooms at international airport
Updated May 24 2016 10:38 pm

UTA switches course, will open committee meetings amid negative feedback
Updated May 25 2016 08:51 am

‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign begins to push seat-belt use
Updated May 23 2016 08:16 pm

UDOT rejects ‘Shared Solution’ alternative to new West Davis freeway
Updated May 20 2016 10:29 pm

Study: UTA bus fares are least affordable among 20 major cities
Updated May 31 2016 09:00 am