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West Jordan pulled the plug Tuesday on a deal to entice Facebook to build a massive data center in Utah with the promise of a hefty tax-incentive package worth up to $260 million over 20 years. The deal killer was …

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  • (|  Tribune file photo)    Former Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds Former Summit County sheriff tapped as director of troubled Utah Communications Authority
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  • Organizer of Utah’s troubled commemorative gun program is now target of consumer complaint
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  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally in Fredericksburg, Va., Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) New poll shows Trump holds 15-point lead in Utah, thanks largely to Mormon vote
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  • In this July 1, 2016 photo, a sign shows the entrance to the Facebook Data Center in Prineville, Ore. When timber was king, Crook County was the nation’s top producer of ponderosa lumber. But with the catastrophic decline in the timber industry, and the global recession after that, suddenly the digital revolution is providing the county and its main town, Prineville, with a rare second chance. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky) Will unprecedented tax proposal for Facebook in Utah lure others or open ‘Pandora's Box’?
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Budget
Midvale leaders, residents don’t like it, but council OKs big tax hike
Updated Aug 11 2016 05:14 pm

Who says civil servants can’t make good money? Number of city, county employees earning $100K in Utah has jumped 64 percent in 5 years
Updated Aug 09 2016 12:25 pm

Midvale tries a new approach to floating tax-hike plan
Updated Aug 07 2016 02:02 pm

State Auditor to scrutinize Unified Fire Authority after top officers got bonuses
Updated Aug 12 2016 09:35 pm

Despite fuzzy claims, 53 Utah local governments are proposing property tax hikes
Updated Jul 25 2016 10:53 am

Utah auditor: Local governments’ insurance co-op suffers ‘culture of excess’
Updated Jul 20 2016 11:00 pm

Governor signs drone-restriction measure, all Utah special-session bills
Updated Jul 18 2016 09:06 pm

State looking to build new 10,000-seat, $17M arena at Utah Fairpark with help from Mormon church
Updated Jun 16 2016 10:50 am

SLC passes tight budget without fixing golf deficit, other big-ticket problems
Updated Jun 16 2016 10:53 am

Impact fee cash piles up even as Salt Lake City faces budget squeeze
Updated Jun 06 2016 11:09 am


Crime
Former Summit County sheriff tapped as director of troubled Utah Communications Authority
Updated Aug 23 2016 10:34 pm

Bid to censure West Jordan city councilman falls short
Updated Aug 11 2016 05:15 pm

Utah auditor makes recommendations in wake of $1 million embezzlement scandal
Updated Aug 09 2016 10:39 pm

Feds to decide whether to bring charges against two who stole from troubled Utah agency
Updated Aug 09 2016 11:38 am

Utah lawmaker looks to tighten laws keeping guns out of hands of abusers
Updated Aug 04 2016 11:04 pm

New report rips State Auditor for failing to detect fraud years ago at Utah Communications Authority
Updated Aug 03 2016 09:30 pm

State focuses on prison land that Salt Lake City supports, environmentalists don’t
Updated Jul 29 2016 10:19 pm

Scandal-rocked Utah agency suffers setback in search for new leader
Updated Aug 01 2016 12:00 pm

Utah councilman issued citation, told police being a government official gives him ‘protection’
Updated Jul 29 2016 04:33 pm

Brainstorming new gun laws — Congress, Utah politicians show little interest
Updated Aug 23 2016 02:46 pm


Culture
Utah Heritage and Arts director steps down
Updated Aug 19 2016 08:47 pm

Study: Utah’s wage gap for black women is 10th worst in the U.S.
Updated Aug 16 2016 10:55 pm

Two years and counting: Hoberman Arch still MIA
Updated Aug 16 2016 04:22 pm

Penthouse goes after Utah governor, Mormon church on anti-porn resolution
Updated Aug 03 2016 03:05 pm

‘Gavel gap’ — Utah’s bench least diverse in nation with white men holding 79 percent of judgeships
Updated Jun 22 2016 10:45 pm

Video: Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox tells gay community his ‘heart has changed’
Updated Jun 22 2016 12:13 pm

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


Elections
New poll shows Trump holds 15-point lead in Utah, thanks largely to Mormon vote
Updated Aug 23 2016 11:14 pm

Clinton makes unprecedented appeal to Mormon voters, but will it pay off?
Updated Aug 15 2016 05:58 pm

Opponent attacks Rob Bishop’s reliance on out-of-state donations
Updated Aug 23 2016 09:26 pm

Mitt Romney, Daffy Duck: Some Utah voters plotting alternative choices to Trump, Clinton
Updated Aug 22 2016 07:43 am

Utah’s Stewart: Russia ‘trying to meddle in everything we do,’ including elections
Updated Aug 20 2016 03:50 pm

Libertarian Gary Johnson’s comments on religious freedom and Mormons may hurt in Utah
Updated Aug 02 2016 11:31 am

Trump running mate Mike Pence, son Donald Jr., coming to Utah
Updated Aug 18 2016 09:19 pm

Utah’s lieutenant governor says, barring huge changes, he won’t vote for Donald Trump
Updated Aug 16 2016 11:08 am

‘Classic Bill Clinton,’ in town to raise money for Hillary, talks about candidate’s values and discusses religious freedom
Updated Aug 11 2016 10:42 pm

Utah guv sticking by Trump, says ‘unvarnished’ comments part of his appeal
Updated Aug 11 2016 10:47 pm


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
Most Utahns oppose spending public money on Oakland coal port
Updated Aug 19 2016 09:39 pm

Utah counties pull Oakland port loan application, but haven’t given up on project
Updated Aug 19 2016 07:11 pm

Poll: Most Utahns favor a Bears Ears National Monument
Updated Aug 17 2016 08:18 pm

Land acquisitions will protect Salt Lake City’s watershed and Bonneville Shoreline Trail
Updated Jul 28 2016 10:43 pm

Herbert fully backs Bishop lands bill after aide suggested setting it aside
Updated Jul 19 2016 10:49 pm

In a pledge for the planet, Salt Lake City vows to shift to all renewable energy, all the time by 2032
Updated Jul 18 2016 12:24 pm

Bears Ears book will be sent to members of Congress
Updated Aug 17 2016 08:18 pm

Lands lawsuit unlikely until next year, a few expense details emerge
Updated Jun 15 2016 10:31 pm

Utah’s lawsuit over federal lands nearly ready, expenses questioned
Updated Jun 15 2016 01:31 pm

Kennecott wells aim to keep tailings in place
Updated Jun 03 2016 11:13 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 Jul 29 2016 08:35 pm

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
Ex-congressman: Mormon leaders suffer ‘episode of incoherence’ in opposition to Trump’s Muslim ban
Updated Aug 23 2016 09:16 pm

‘We are allies,’ says Mexico’s new consul in Utah
Updated Jul 18 2016 12:25 pm

While some celebrate being American, others actually become new citizens
Updated Jul 01 2016 10:23 pm

‘You can’t imagine how much this hurts’: Supreme Court decision on immigration saps hope, angers Utah Latinos
Updated Jun 24 2016 07:48 am

Census: Utah’s Latino population grows to more than 400,000
Updated Jun 23 2016 08:26 am

Chaffetz scolds Obama administration for failure to deport undocumented criminals
Updated Jul 02 2016 04:53 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


Local
Salt Lake County Equestrian Park to get upgrade
Updated Aug 22 2016 12:28 pm

South Jordan contemplates Mulligans’ future
Updated Aug 18 2016 11:48 am

More parking coming to Grandeur Peak trailhead
Updated Aug 11 2016 10:58 pm

Granite all-alumni reunion brings echoes of old songs and cheers
Updated Aug 09 2016 09:42 am

Water will continue flowing for Riverton residents’ lawns, gardens
Updated Aug 09 2016 10:48 pm

Salt Lake City’s 90-day parking amnesty program begins
Updated Aug 10 2016 10:58 am

Salt Lake County benefits to cover gender dysphoria treatment, including reassignment surgery
Updated Aug 03 2016 03:04 pm

Salt Lake County to finally have just one 911 dispatch system
Updated Aug 03 2016 03:04 pm

New development plan in the works for old Granite High School
Updated Aug 01 2016 02:04 pm

SLC police, officials host conversation to ‘not make enemies of each other’
Updated Jul 22 2016 11:54 am


Poverty
Clock is running on siting two new homeless shelters in Salt Lake City
Updated Aug 18 2016 11:47 am

Back on the street: Evicted homeless family owes thousands in attorney fees and penalties
Updated Aug 13 2016 10:24 pm

Auditors smack Utah regulators for lax enforcement of payday industry
Updated Aug 02 2016 09:17 pm

NIMBY or not, the hunt is on for homeless shelter sites in Salt Lake City
Updated Jul 22 2016 10:14 pm

Midvale family shelter a world away from chaotic downtown homeless scene
Updated Jul 22 2016 07:43 pm

No quick fix in Pioneer Park area for homeless, residents or businesses
Updated Jun 13 2016 09:15 am

Feds to fund rents for more homeless vets in Utah
Updated Jun 04 2016 10:42 am

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 Jun 02 2016 07:25 pm

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


Security
U. conference: Global threats grow amid questions of U.S. commitment
Updated Aug 01 2016 11:57 am

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


Transportation
Park Service seeks comment on Lake Powell ferry plans
Updated Aug 22 2016 07:35 pm

Drive a lot? It won’t hike car insurance much in Utah
Updated Aug 22 2016 05:01 pm

UTA disputes report it has made no progress in implementing new safety system
Updated Aug 17 2016 10:42 pm

UTA says it’s close to hiring new chief, a year after former boss retired
Updated Aug 17 2016 01:41 pm

Audit suggests need for beefed-up oversight of highway contractors
Updated Aug 02 2016 10:31 pm

Groups opposing Provo-Orem transit project appeal to Utah Supreme Court
Updated Aug 01 2016 11:57 am

Lane, ramp closures may tangle freeway driving
Updated Aug 01 2016 04:50 pm

UTA wins $20 million grant to improve access to transit stops
Updated Aug 01 2016 11:59 am

Park City Transit wins grant for electric buses
Updated Aug 01 2016 11:58 am

UTA’s upcoming ‘change day’ to launch free trolley bus service
Updated Jul 28 2016 10:51 am