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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Shirley Silversmith, Director Utah Division of Indian Affairs, right, opens the Galena Sundial Monument dedication ceremony on the Jordan River Parkway Friday March 27.  Lacee Harris, Northern Ute waits to give the opening prayer.  UTA, Utah Indian tribal leaders and Gov. Gary Herbert dedicated the monument.  Once there was controversy over FrontRunner violating an Indian burial ground in the area, and this sundial was part of the promised mitigation.  Indian monument dedicated as part of UTA mitigation at site of ancient village
    Draper • The Utah Transit Authority closed a contentious chapter Friday with American Indians over the protection of an ancient village site by dedica...
    Updated Mar 28 2015 11:15 am   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Monuments and grave markers at the Salt Lake City Cemetery, Friday May 17, 2013. Herbicide mistake at SLC Cemetery to cost $300,000-plus
    About 40 acres of grass at the Salt Lake City Cemetery were damaged last fall when a herbicide was accidentally applied to the grounds. The Public Ser...
    Updated Mar 27 2015 11:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • POLITICS
    News roundup: 13 words the media are not supposed to write about Hillary Clinton
    Banned words for Hillary Clinton. Harry Reid to hang it up. Opposition to the Becky Lockhart Highway. Happy Friday. No Mormon has held a higher poli...

    Updated Mar 27 2015 06:48 am   |     |   Share
  • (A pair of undocumented workers hang drywall in a new home development going up in Willard.  In the country for ten years, Martin (last name withheld), right, from Chihuahua who has two children, one born in the states supports his family regularly working construction and is concerned about the latest immigration issues developing.    Photo by Francisco Kjolseth/ The Salt Lake Tribune)   4/05/2006 One of every three Utah farmworkers is an undocumented immigrant
    A new study says that nearly one of every three farmworkers in Utah is an undocumented immigrant. So is one of every six construction workers. The Pew...
    Updated Mar 27 2015 07:53 am   |     |   Share


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  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
House Speaker Becky Lockhart addresses the Utah Republican Party 2014 Nominating Convention at the South Towne Expo Center, Saturday, April 26, 2014. Some veterans question naming part of I-15 after Speaker Lockhart
    Some military veterans, including the parents of a Marine killed in action, are asking Gov. Gary Herbert to veto a bill that would name a portion of t...
    Updated Mar 27 2015 09:30 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Rep. Paul Ray (R-Clearfield) speaks during a Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee meeting about the Federal 1033 Program in the House Building Wednesday September 17, 2014.  The Federal 1033 Program distributes surplus military weapons and equipment to local law enforcement agencies. Rolly: Utah legislator fires back at firing-squad foe, but move backfires
    Utah legislators who strike back at those who run counter to the Republican caucus echo chamber sometimes dig themselves into even deeper messes. For...
    Updated Mar 27 2015 10:40 am   |     |   Share
  • Salazar to challenge Kitchen for Salt Lake City’s District 4 council seat
    Community and political activist Nate Salazar is running for Salt Lake City’s District 4 council seat now held by Luke Garrott. After two terms, Garro...
    Updated Mar 26 2015 11:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • UDOT asks drivers to put down cellphones
    Taylorsville • Jason Davis was doing just fine as he drove through a tight, curvy mock construction zone course at 25 mph. Then his cellphone rang and...
    Updated Mar 27 2015 11:01 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Sen. Jim Dabakis (D-Salt Lake) speaks on SB 72 during the morning session at the Utah State Capitol Wednesday February 4, 2015. Would a Dabakis-Biskupski rift hand Becker a third term?
    Will he or won’t he? Not even Jim Dabakis knows for sure. But the fact that the Utah state senator is seriously — and quite publicly — considering run...
    Updated Mar 26 2015 10:17 am   |     |   Share
  • POLITICS
    Former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential nominee  Mitt Romney laughs while speaking to members of the business community at the Boise Centre, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 in Boise, Idaho. Romney says he's endorsing Republican governors and senate hopefuls across the country with the hope of gaining Republican control in the U.S. Senate and keeping control of red states. (AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Kyle Green)  LOCAL TELEVISION OUT (KTVB 7); MANDATORY CREDIT  News roundup: On Tonight Show, Mitt Romney has a laugh with his reflection
    Which government do you trust? The Mitt in the mirror. UTA’s agree to reduce executive pay. Happy Thursday. Jimmy Fallon played Mitt Romney’s reflec...

    Updated Mar 26 2015 07:07 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Construction continues around homes in Midway Wednesday March 25, 2015.  St. George, Heber, Vernal, Morgan among nation’s growth leaders
    St. George, Heber City, Vernal and Morgan County ranked among the nation’s fastest-growing areas last year — even though increases there and statewide...
    Updated Mar 26 2015 07:00 am   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
A steady flow of Trax train riders enter and exit trains at the 1300 South station, August 1, 2014. Government statistics show Salt Lake City and West Valley ranking 22nd nationally for transit rides per capita, indicating a growing acceptance of transit. UTA report: Salaries aren’t higher than norm, but retirement and bonuses are
    Utah Transit Authority General Counsel Bruce Jones announced his retirement Wednesday and is leaving with a nice parting gift: a retirement payment th...
    Updated Mar 26 2015 10:18 am   |     |   Share
  • Herbert gives OK for prison-site selection, signs bill trumping Salt Lake City drive-thru ordinance
    The plan to move the Utah prison from Draper took another step forward Wednesday, as Gov. Gary Herbert signed into law a bill giving the Prison Reloca...
    Updated Mar 27 2015 02:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • POLITICS
    News roundup: White House florist gone after clash with first lady
    White House florist gone after clash with first lady. Gov. Herbert signs e-cig regulation. Google Fiber coming to SLC. Happy Wednesday. The White Ho...

    Updated Mar 25 2015 01:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • Salt Lake City regulations for taxis, ridesharing could soon be moot
    Don’t get in that taxi cab without negotiating a price — you could be in for a bad trip. If Gov. Gary Herbert signs SB294 into law, taxi cabs would no...
    Updated Mar 25 2015 10:47 am   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert answers questions during his daily press conference, Thursday, February 12, 2015. He was asked if he has, or would officiate a same-sex wedding, and he answered that he would probably politely decline. Guv signs e-cig bill, white-collar crime registry and more
    Gov. Gary Herbert signed legislation Tuesday imposing new regulations on the liquids used in e-cigarettes and the businesses that sell them, despite a...
    Updated Mar 24 2015 10:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Utah turns to award-winning comedy to boost voter registration
    Utah remains one of the worst states in the nation in percentage of eligible voters who go to the polls, thanks largely to the cumbersome caucus-conve...
    Updated Mar 25 2015 08:21 am   |     |   Share
  • POLITICS
    News roundup: Hillary and Obama meet privately at the White House
    Hillary and Obama meet privately at the White House. Herbert signs bill to allow the return of the firing squad in Utah. Dabakis considering run for S...

    Updated Mar 24 2015 11:24 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah governor signs 55 bills into law, brings back firing squad
    Gov. Gary Herbert signed into law Monday a bill to make firing squads the state’s back-up method of execution — used whenever the state is unable to o...
    Updated Mar 25 2015 12:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Inmates walk to their jobs through a fenced corridor at the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison Monday March 23, 2015. Central Utah town welcomes prison expansion
    Gunnison • While several Wasatch Front cities have spurned a proposed Utah State Prison move to their communities, folks in this Sanpete County town c...
    Updated Mar 23 2015 09:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: A ticked Dabakis may run for mayor over last-minute sales-tax deal
    State Sen. Jim Dabakis was so upset about the last-minute amendment to the prison-relocation bill allowing Salt Lake City to impose a half-cent sales-...
    Updated Mar 23 2015 11:04 am   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Passengers board a TRAX train at Salt Lake International Airport for the ride back into downtown Salt Lake City , April 10, 2013. The six-mile line takes about 20 minutes to travel from downtown Salt Lake City to the airport as part of the green line from West Valley City. Trains will run every 15 minutes on weekdays, and every 20 minutes on weekends. Do recent low fuel prices hurt or help UTA? Agency won’t say much
    Back when fuel prices topped $3 a gallon, the Utah Transit Authority imposed temporary fare surcharges to help cover its extra costs. It also said hig...
    Updated Mar 23 2015 10:46 am   |     |   Share
  • POLITICS
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at an event hosted by the Center for American Progress (CAP) and the America Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Monday, March 23, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) News roundup: Why the Hillary Clinton email controversy won’t matter
    Why the Hillary Clinton email controversy won’t matter. Bennett says he’s optimistic about cancer treatments. Utah’s Lee pens new book about the Const...

    Updated Mar 23 2015 06:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Jim Urquhart  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Neighborhood Specialist Diana Petersen holds a Utah Horizon card  Wednesday, December 2 2009 at the Northwest Neighborhood Center Food Pantry in Salt Lake City. The new numbers are in and Utah has once again broken a for food stamp use. In these tough economic times, more people are looking for help with food. 12/2/09 Utah sees slow decline in food-stamp recipients
    As Utah’s economy improves and more people find jobs, the number of residents receiving food stamps has declined — just not very fast. In the afterma...
    Updated Mar 22 2015 03:35 pm   |     |   Share

 

Budget
Guv signs two bills raising Utah taxes by more than $150 million
Updated Mar 27 2015 11:38 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

Utah’s mild winter brings (some) snow-removal savings
Updated Feb 16 2015 03:02 pm

Salary for Utah governor may see 36 percent bump
Updated Feb 13 2015 11:44 am

Economic development or pork on parade? $241 million in requests to Utah Legislature committee
Updated Feb 18 2015 04:16 pm

Boat registration fees may rise $10
Updated Feb 12 2015 03:00 pm

County calculating impact of cheap gas, no snow
Updated Feb 11 2015 11:10 am


Crime
Herbert gives OK for prison-site selection, signs bill trumping Salt Lake City drive-thru ordinance
Updated Mar 27 2015 02:02 pm

Utah governor signs 55 bills into law, brings back firing squad
Updated Mar 25 2015 12:41 pm

Central Utah town welcomes prison expansion
Updated Mar 23 2015 09:57 pm

Criminal justice reforms approved, drug possession to be a misdemeanor
Updated Mar 12 2015 10:38 pm

As victims cheer, Senate passes two bills targeting abusers
Updated Mar 12 2015 02:53 pm

Legislators ease restrictions on drone use by police
Updated Mar 19 2015 11:25 am

Legislature approves restrictions on police warrants
Updated Mar 12 2015 03:57 pm

Cockfighting bill claws its way to final approval by Utah lawmakers
Updated Mar 12 2015 03:59 pm

Utah appears on verge of restoring firing squad for executions
Updated Mar 24 2015 09:45 am

Utah may toughen cockfighting laws after years of trying
Updated Mar 12 2015 03:59 pm


Culture
Indian monument dedicated as part of UTA mitigation at site of ancient village
Updated Mar 28 2015 11:15 am

Anti-discrimination bill clears Utah Senate in historic vote
Updated Mar 07 2015 10:34 am

LGBT anti-discrimination bill clears Legislature, on its way to Utah governor
Updated Mar 13 2015 08:22 am

Mormon leaders, LGBT groups trumpet new anti-bias bill as a ‘model’
Updated Mar 07 2015 05:36 pm

‘I think we’re going to make history together’: LGBT groups, LDS Church close to final religious liberty/nondiscrimination bill
Updated Mar 04 2015 02:18 pm

In new book, Utah’s Lee says some elected leaders are ‘subverting’ Constitution
Updated Mar 20 2015 10:02 pm

‘Powdered alcohol’ faces immediate Utah ban day after feds approve sale
Updated Mar 13 2015 10:05 pm

Bill allowing govt workers to opt out of performing same-sex marriages sails to final passage
Updated Mar 12 2015 12:10 am

Bills to help moms who breast-feed sent to governor
Updated Mar 12 2015 03:58 pm

Census: 1 of every 5 married Utahns has been remarried
Updated Mar 11 2015 03:01 pm


Elections
Salazar to challenge Kitchen for Salt Lake City’s District 4 council seat
Updated Mar 26 2015 11:37 pm

Sen. Mike Lee’s re-election backed by Jon Huntsman Jr., Zions’ Scott Anderson
Updated Mar 11 2015 06:39 pm

House barely passes tweak to new primary election process
Updated Mar 10 2015 03:16 pm

House passes bill to keep partisan elections in counties
Updated Mar 06 2015 01:08 pm

Bill advances to allow presidential primary, a day after Mitt Romney requests it
Updated Mar 09 2015 12:11 pm

Mitt Romney attacks Utah GOP’s plan for presidential caucus
Updated Mar 05 2015 10:42 am

Utah House again defeats donation limits
Updated Mar 04 2015 03:32 pm

Count my Vote cries foul on primary ballot bill that advances to full House
Updated Mar 03 2015 01:21 pm

Senators stand firm by ‘Count My Vote’ election deal
Updated Feb 27 2015 03:27 pm

Lee to conservatives: Shouting ‘freedom’ the loudest isn’t a qualification to be president
Updated Feb 26 2015 10:47 pm


Education
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

House advances supply expense tax credit
Updated Feb 24 2015 01:00 pm

Committee OKs bid to amend Utah constitution, appoint school board members
Updated Feb 20 2015 05:33 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
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

E-cigarette regulation bill advances to Utah House
Updated Mar 09 2015 12:10 pm

Utah House again rejects guv’s health plan, passes its own
Updated Mar 06 2015 10:19 pm

Dems force Healthy Utah vote in House, igniting fight with GOP
Updated Mar 06 2015 01:07 pm


Immigration
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

Herbert: Congress needs to ‘get off fanny’ and pass immigration reform
Updated Feb 20 2015 09:46 pm

Immigrant drivers could face higher fees, more robust background checks
Updated Feb 18 2015 07:52 pm

Utah speeders and Obama’s immigration actions linked in AG hearing
Updated Jan 29 2015 08:06 pm

Salt Lake City top cop defends Obama on immigration
Updated Mar 06 2015 07:52 pm

Congress’ Utahns back bill to thwart Obama’s immigration orders
Updated Jan 14 2015 10:18 pm

Utah hits 6-year low for immigrant driving privilege cards
Updated Jan 12 2015 07:00 am


Local
Herbicide mistake at SLC Cemetery to cost $300,000-plus
Updated Mar 27 2015 11:38 pm

Utah County group aims to keep development, zoning decisions at local level
Updated Mar 20 2015 08:04 pm

Memo to Salt Lake County departments: Expect more audits
Updated Mar 19 2015 10:14 pm

Would Google Fiber bridge the digital divide in Salt Lake City?
Updated Mar 15 2015 09:32 am

Bill promises to bring ‘peace’ to fractious Salt Lake County communities
Updated Mar 14 2015 11:12 am

Prison bill has sweetener that seems tailor-made for Salt Lake City
Updated Mar 13 2015 10:56 pm

If guv gives OK, Salt Lake County townships would unite for services while preserving boundaries
Updated Mar 13 2015 04:14 pm

‘Metro township’ bill advances for unincorporated S.L. County
Updated Mar 10 2015 03:17 pm

Eagle Mountain sells its electric, gas systems
Updated Mar 05 2015 01:42 pm

Cable license delayed to assure equity of terms
Updated Mar 04 2015 08:41 pm


Poverty
Pioneer Park Coalition schism again chalked up as miscommunication over homeless housing
Updated Feb 26 2015 10:38 pm

Pioneer Park Coalition sees another resignation, more member confusion
Updated Feb 24 2015 04:59 pm

Utah lawmakers kill bill to raise pay for tipped workers
Updated Feb 20 2015 11:30 am

Service provider resigns from Pioneer Park Coalition, saying group’s goal is ‘relocation’ of homeless
Updated Feb 18 2015 10:20 pm

Housing for the homeless: a scrum for site selection
Updated Feb 17 2015 07:34 am

Payday loan restriction bill defeated
Updated Feb 13 2015 11:44 am

City Council skeptical of mayor’s homeless commission
Updated Jan 22 2015 10:01 pm

Poll: Majority of Utahns favor payday loan reform
Updated Jan 16 2015 01:48 pm

Salt Lake City Mission helps homeless usher in new year with warmth, hope
Updated Jan 01 2015 09:35 pm

Business interests pushing homeless shelter relocation, provider says
Updated Feb 26 2015 09:47 pm


Security
Utah's Mike Lee, Orrin Hatch sign GOP letter to Iran; White House furious
Updated Mar 09 2015 07:19 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
Some veterans question naming part of I-15 after Speaker Lockhart
Updated Mar 27 2015 09:30 am

UDOT asks drivers to put down cellphones
Updated Mar 27 2015 11:01 am

UTA report: Salaries aren’t higher than norm, but retirement and bonuses are
Updated Mar 26 2015 10:18 am

Do recent low fuel prices hurt or help UTA? Agency won’t say much
Updated Mar 23 2015 10:46 am

You'll pay more for gas in Utah — here's how legislators made it happen
Updated Mar 14 2015 11:11 am

Legislature OKs renaming I-15 stretch for Becky Lockhart
Updated Mar 19 2015 11:26 am

Legislature passes statewide regulation for Uber, Lyft
Updated Mar 19 2015 11:28 am

Bill passes to ease UTA train crossing enforcement
Updated Mar 12 2015 03:59 pm

Bill advanced to regulate Lyft, Uber
Updated Mar 11 2015 03:03 pm

After years of battles, bill finally passes to toughen seat-belt laws
Updated Mar 11 2015 07:24 am

Welfare