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Jeremy Keele helped establish Salt Lake County’s first “Pay for Success” program — later expanded by the state — that made preschool education available to more low-income students through a private-public partnership. Now County Mayor Ben McAdams’ senior adviser is …

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  • Rolly: Mike Lee has a new phone buddy: Barack Obama
    To say Sen. Mike Lee has not been a supporter of President Barack Obama would be an understatement of monumental proportions. Utah’s freshman Republi...
    Updated Dec 26 2014 08:39 am   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Pat Fleming, director of Behavioral Health Services for Salt Lake County, is retiring Dec. 31 after a lengthy career as a champion for mental health and substance abuse education and treatment. Thursday Dec. 18, 2014. ‘His commitment ... has saved lives’: Pat Fleming leaves Salt Lake County post, but not his mental-health mission
    Retirement does not mean Pat Fleming is giving up the fight to help people with mental-health and substance-abuse issues get the treatment they need t...
    Updated Dec 26 2014 05:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Jeanine Crosland, her dog Gizmo, pose for a portrait outside the Bishop Weigand Homeless Day Center Tuesday December 23, 2014. Crosland thinks the Road Home should remain at its current location due to its close proximity to the train and bus station and it is within the free fare zone of Trax. Business interests pushing homeless shelter relocation, provider says
    Few public officials ask this question out loud: Is the homeless population in the way of creating a vibrant Rio Grande district around Pioneer Park? ...
    Updated Dec 24 2014 07:00 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah’s population grew by 40,115 this year
    Utah’s population grew by an estimated 40,115 people over this year, according to new report released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. “That’s like ...
    Updated Dec 23 2014 10:20 pm   |     |   Share


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  • Rolly: Mike Lee vs. Santa — ’Twas the night before Christmas in Utah
    ’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the House, The speaker will wear a tie, instead of a blouse. After four long years as the leader o...
    Updated Dec 24 2014 11:42 am   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  Tribune file photo)  
Sen. Mike Lee, with his wife Sharon standing next to him, and Mia Love at the far right, showing enthusiastic support, at a rally in South Jordan, Utah, soon after the government shutdown that sent his approval rating plummeting. It was an image that Democrats would use against her in the 2014 campaign. Excerpt: Mia Love’s never-ending campaign goes for the win
    Editor’s note: This is the seventh and final excerpt from The Salt Lake Tribune’s new book: “Mia Love, The rise, Stumble and Resurgence of the Next GO...
    Updated Dec 23 2014 08:20 am   |     |   Share
  • Love picks veteran TV journalist as spokesman
    U.S, Rep.-elect Mia Love announced Monday she has hired veteran KSL political reporter Rich Piatt as her communications director. "I am thrilled to ha...
    Updated Dec 22 2014 09:46 pm   |     |   Share
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President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration are a dud in Utah, according to a new public-opinion poll. Some say the overwhelming opposition is due, at least in part, to the president's unpopularity in the heavily Republican Beehive State. Two in three Utahns dislike Obama’s immigration orders
    By a wide 2-1 margin, Utahns dislike President Barack Obama’s recent executive orders to allow more undocumented immigrants to remain in the country, ...
    Updated Dec 22 2014 10:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Drivers line up for gas at Costco at 1800 S. 300 West in Salt Lake City Monday Dec. 22, 2014 . Gasoline is under $2 a gallon in some places in the Salt Lake area, mostly at Costco and Sam's Club. Gas under $2 a gallon at some Utah pumps — Merry Christmas!
    Just in time for Christmas travel, gasoline prices in the Salt Lake metro area are dipping under $2 a gallon at some stations. To add to the cheer, th...
    Updated Dec 22 2014 10:16 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Jon Huntsman Sr. says he has no interest in meeting with Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who he considers an embarrassment to the state. Jon Huntsman Sr. calls Utah Sen. Mike Lee ‘an embarrassment’
    Jon Huntsman Sr., Utah’s wealthiest man, considers Sen. Mike Lee an extremist and predicts that Lee will face a major Republican challenge in 2016. “A...
    Updated Dec 22 2014 10:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Metro Support Deputy Chief Fred Ross leads a discussion during a women's support meeting at Salt Lake City Police Department's Metro Support Resource Center, 420 W. 200 South, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. The meetings are held every Tuesday at 1 p.m.  for women and every Thursday at 1 p.m. for men. Rolly: Searching for hope amid Salt Lake City’s homeless
    While standing in line at The Road Home shelter to get a bed for the night, Bryson Garbett saw at least 40 illegal drug deals go down in two hours. Th...
    Updated Dec 23 2014 12:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Utah Department of Corrections officer walks through the medium security Wasatch A block at the Utah State Prison in Draper.  It's among the oldest buildings at the prison, built in the early 1950's. Moving the Utah State Prison isn’t a done deal
    It's possible that the Utah State Prison isn't going anywhere. Sure, the state Legislature has said it's time to move the penitentiary out of Draper, ...
    Updated Dec 22 2014 08:53 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Maj. Gen. Brent H. Baker Sr., Ogden Air Logistics Complex commander (left) Sen. Orrin Hatch, Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, Air Force Sustainment Center commander and Rear Adm. Randolph Mahr, DoD F-35 Deputy Program Director; sing along to the Air Force song, at a presentation where dignitaries and workers at Hill Air Force base got their first look at the the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter, Friday, September 20, 2013. Expanding Air Force’s Utah training range to fly again in 2015
    Sen. Orrin Hatch will try in 2015 to expand the U.S. Air Force’s Utah Test and Training Range while state and local politicians and policy makers nego...
    Updated Dec 22 2014 12:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf  |  Tribune file photo)  
U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, isn't seeking an eighth term in the Utah House. The only Utah Democrat in Congress for nearly 20 years, Matheson stuck to a moderate, bipartisan playbook that others see as the only glimmer of hope for Democrats in the state going forward. Matheson’s legacy: A Democrat who can win over Republicans
    Washington • On one of his last days in Congress, Rep. Jim Matheson holds court in the ornate Rayburn Room just off the House floor. His office is gon...
    Updated Dec 22 2014 11:35 am   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Kody Partridge, Derek Kitchen and Moudi Sbeity, plaintiffs in Kitchen v. Herbert, along with attorney Peggy Tomsic, toast on the anniversary of Judge Robert J. Shelby's ruling that overturned the same-sex marriage ban in Utah. The celebration was held at Trolley Square in Salt Lake City on Saturday. Salt Lake City party celebrates anniversary of same-sex marriage ruling
    There were kisses, hugs, tears, speeches and champagne or punch toasts Saturday to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the decision that legalized s...
    Updated Dec 21 2014 11:43 am   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Troy Williams, Executive Director of Equality Utah, shakes hands with Stan Penfold, Salt Lake City Council Member, after he proclaimed Dec. 20 Freedom to Marry Day on behalf of Mayor Ralph Becker, on the anniversary of Judge Robert J. Shelby's ruling that overturned the gay marriage ban in Utah. The celebration was held at Trolley Square in Salt Lake City, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Salt Lake City mayor proclaims Dec. 20 ‘Freedom to Marry Day’
    Marking the first anniversary of a historic ruling that struck down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker proclaimed Satu...
    Updated Dec 20 2014 10:16 pm   |     |   Share
  • UDOT gets $750,000 federal grant for safety signs
    The Utah Department of Transportation is getting a $750,000 Federal Highway Administration grant to speed the use of portable, variable speed-limit si...
    Updated Dec 20 2014 11:25 am   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Barrier and signs blocks the entrance to Butterfield Canyon Road at about 13100 South and 9000 West.  The right side of the road is Kennecott property and left side is BLM land both are posted no trespassing.  A toll road or tunnel up Butterfield Canyon and down Middle Canyon on the other side of Oquirrh Mountains has been proposed as an improved shortcut between Tooele and southwest Salt Lake County. Toll tunnel, road proposed for shortcut through Oquirrhs
    Sen. Aaron Osmond is proposing legislation to allow a toll road — or perhaps a toll tunnel — to improve a now-tricky shortcut through the Oquirrh Moun...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 11:09 pm   |     |   Share
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Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is recusing himself from the defense of Utah's new candidate-nominating law, which is being challenged by the Utah Republican Party. Reyes recusing himself from defense of Count My Vote suit
    Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is removing himself from having any role in the state's defense of a law changing the way candidates are nominated in...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 09:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • County proposes new regulations for e-cigarettes
    Murray • The Salt Lake County Board of Health held a public hearing Thursday evening in advance of updatinh regulations of electronic-smoking devices....
    Updated Dec 19 2014 11:09 pm   |     |   Share
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    Updated Dec 19 2014 05:11 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Judge Constandinos Himonas listens as Gov. Gary Herbert speaks to the media during a press conference announcing Himonas' nomination to the Utah Supreme Court, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at the Utah State Capitol. Gov. Herbert nominates Judge Himonas for Utah Supreme Court
    Gov. Gary Herbert has nominated Judge Constandinos Himonas to fill a vacancy on the Utah Supreme Court created by the retirement of Justice Ronald Neh...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 08:29 am   |     |   Share
  • Rolly: Utah restaurant Cinegrill loses something in its move: its liquor license
    The 70-year-old Italian restaurant Cinegrill will be operating without a liquor license for the first time in the Salt Lake City staple’s venerable hi...
    Updated Dec 18 2014 10:13 pm   |     |   Share
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Budget
Herbert unveils a ‘darn good budget,’ seeks big boost in school funding
Updated Dec 11 2014 09:07 pm

Utah will have another $638M to spend thanks to spike in growth
Updated Dec 09 2014 10:36 pm

Pay commission: Give governor a 36.5 percent salary bump
Updated Dec 10 2014 03:00 pm

Highway projects: $1.2B in bonds proposed
Updated Dec 05 2014 08:48 pm

Slower education growth relieves some budget pressure
Updated Nov 19 2014 11:56 am

Utah officials to feds: Pay up for public lands
Updated Oct 03 2014 02:33 pm

Utah ends budget year with $166M surplus
Updated Oct 03 2014 02:32 pm


Crime
Tooele open to prison, but not near Motorsports Park
Updated Dec 08 2014 10:12 pm

Salt Lake City police chief vows end to rape-probe backlog
Updated Nov 25 2014 11:00 pm

Salt Lake City police to open books for study on rape investigations
Updated Oct 16 2014 02:06 pm

Utah inmates to get unique chance at public service
Updated Oct 03 2014 02:36 pm

County to get free help with criminal justice system
Updated Oct 03 2014 11:04 am

Bill: Porn exposure to kids could affect custody fights
Updated Feb 26 2014 04:08 pm


Culture
Beard ban at Mormon schools getting stricter, students say
Updated Nov 25 2014 11:50 am

Top Mormon leaders mostly Republican; two switch to unaffiliated
Updated Dec 08 2014 03:00 pm

Chaffetz: Oversight will actively probe Obama administration
Updated Dec 17 2014 09:40 pm

Competing proposals on gay rights to be aired in 2015 session
Updated Dec 18 2014 12:15 pm

Humor abounds as Horiuchi retires
Updated Dec 18 2014 12:10 pm

Harry Reid blames ‘right-wing wackos’ for removing his name at SUU
Updated Dec 12 2014 08:44 pm

Politically connected among owners of prison-site prospects
Updated Dec 04 2014 09:44 pm

Residents say local farming key to Utah way of life
Updated Dec 05 2014 11:27 am

Sandy City to explore anti-porn options after complaint over racy magazine covers
Updated Dec 05 2014 11:29 am

One of every three Utah senior citizens has a disability
Updated Dec 02 2014 09:59 pm


Elections
Reyes recusing himself from defense of Count My Vote suit
Updated Dec 19 2014 09:43 pm

Lee defends weekend move, denies opening door on Obama nominees
Updated Dec 16 2014 08:25 pm

Rocky Anderson will not run against Ralph Becker for Salt Lake City mayor
Updated Dec 17 2014 01:31 pm

After four years, Utah Democratic director moving on
Updated Dec 15 2014 08:27 am

Mike Lee could be vulnerable if Count My Vote changes stick
Updated Dec 15 2014 08:33 am

Gov clarifies, says Count My Vote reforms are constitutional
Updated Dec 10 2014 06:14 pm

Salt Lake City to recognize opposition to ‘Citizens United’ ruling
Updated Dec 24 2014 03:32 pm

Mike Lee hires Huntsman’s ex-chief of staff
Updated Dec 15 2014 08:33 am

Gov. Herbert lauds GOP for suing him
Updated Dec 10 2014 06:14 pm

A Love-Owens rematch? Democrat says it could happen
Updated Dec 05 2014 10:14 pm


Education
Slower education growth relieves some budget pressure
Updated Nov 19 2014 11:56 am

Education issue shows split between Love, Owens in Utah’s 4th district
Updated Nov 01 2014 05:13 pm

Senate panel OKs bill to rein in student-loan garnishment
Updated Mar 04 2014 08:35 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
‘His commitment ... has saved lives’: Pat Fleming leaves Salt Lake County post, but not his mental-health mission
Updated Dec 26 2014 05:41 pm

County proposes new regulations for e-cigarettes
Updated Dec 19 2014 11:09 pm

House GOP goes to school on most pressing state issues
Updated Dec 17 2014 01:00 pm

No Medicaid expansion deal reached in Utah
Updated Mar 14 2014 07:26 pm

Bill to raise smoking age goes up in flames
Updated Mar 03 2014 06:17 pm

Bill would allow insurance for infertility treatments
Updated Feb 21 2014 06:28 pm


Immigration
Two in three Utahns dislike Obama’s immigration orders
Updated Dec 22 2014 10:33 pm

House votes to kill president’s immigration changes
Updated Dec 04 2014 10:03 pm

Utah joins 16 states in suit challenging Obama immigration orders
Updated Dec 03 2014 10:03 pm

Utah’s Chaffetz pounces on Homeland Security chief over immigration (with video)
Updated Dec 17 2014 02:56 pm

Utah scraps most of 'show me your papers' immigration law
Updated Nov 25 2014 10:53 pm

New voice praising Obama: Mexican consul to Utah
Updated Nov 24 2014 10:10 pm

Obama orders may help Utahns the most
Updated Nov 22 2014 10:45 am

Utah Latinos celebrate Obama immigration orders
Updated Nov 21 2014 08:15 pm

Learning how to turn exotic dishes into U.S. jobs and profits
Updated Nov 13 2014 12:07 pm

Separated Utah family still keeping American dream alive
Updated Oct 03 2014 02:34 pm


Local
Keele leaving SL County for U. policy lab
Updated Dec 27 2014 10:24 am

Three sites make the cut for new prison: Eagle Mountain, Salt Lake, Tooele
Updated Dec 22 2014 10:16 pm

Salt Lake City prison sites could get hit by tsunami-like wave
Updated Dec 18 2014 12:14 pm

Salt Lake County OKs nearly $10M in ZAP tax grants
Updated Dec 18 2014 12:16 pm

State leaders plan to put new sites on prison list
Updated Dec 17 2014 12:39 pm

West Valley OKs police body camera project
Updated Dec 17 2014 07:18 pm

West Valley City proposes changing developer impact fees
Updated Dec 16 2014 08:51 am

Commission has misgivings about Utah prison site finalists
Updated Dec 17 2014 07:49 pm

Salt Lake City lauds fight against ‘Citizens United’ case
Updated Dec 15 2014 11:20 am

Salt Lake City Council: Downtown library hours decision on hold; disco ball, flower festival a go
Updated Dec 10 2014 07:56 pm


Poverty
Business interests pushing homeless shelter relocation, provider says
Updated Dec 24 2014 07:00 am

Momentum building to move Salt Lake City homeless shelter
Updated Dec 18 2014 08:08 am

Morgan County has nation’s 12th lowest poverty rate
Updated Dec 19 2014 11:10 pm

Salt Lake City considers moving homeless shelter
Updated Dec 15 2014 08:27 am

U.S. mayors fear hunger, homelessness will rise under GOP Congress
Updated Dec 11 2014 10:15 pm

National report: Getting children out of poverty requires a two-generation approach
Updated Nov 13 2014 12:07 pm

Utah praised for initiative to end chronic homelessness
Updated Oct 15 2014 02:18 pm

Utah praised for initiative to end chronic homelessness
Updated Oct 08 2014 10:54 am

Utah seeks ways to end cycle of poverty as a family tradition
Updated Oct 03 2014 02:40 pm

More affordable housing for Utahns — and much more
Updated Oct 03 2014 02:37 pm


Security

Transportation
Gas under $2 a gallon at some Utah pumps — Merry Christmas!
Updated Dec 22 2014 10:16 pm

Toll tunnel, road proposed for shortcut through Oquirrhs
Updated Dec 19 2014 11:09 pm

UTA budget restores some holiday service
Updated Dec 18 2014 12:16 pm

Vision for ‘national parks highway’ has Grand County hole
Updated Dec 15 2014 11:20 am

A benefit of ‘Big Brother’ watching: smoother Utah traffic
Updated Dec 12 2014 02:12 pm

Leaders drop wells-to-rails plan for Uinta Basin oil
Updated Dec 08 2014 11:00 pm

New 70 mph urban freeway speed limit coming Monday
Updated Dec 05 2014 10:52 pm

Highway projects: $1.2B in bonds proposed
Updated Dec 05 2014 08:48 pm

Utah leaders study increases for gas tax, sales tax, registration fees
Updated Dec 05 2014 11:30 am

After fatality in weekend crashes, UDOT changes intersection of Bangerter, Redwood
Updated Dec 06 2014 05:36 pm

Welfare