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(Patrick Semansky | AP file photo) Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., departs Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, after the Senate passed a second coronavirus response bill.

Bernie Sanders is awarded 16 of Utah’s 29 Democratic delegates

By Benjamin Wood | March 26, 2020, 3:03 a.m.

(Courtesy photo) State Auditor John Dougall on Tuesday became the running mate of Republican gubernatorial candidate  Aimee Winder Newton.

Aimee Winder Newton picks Utah Auditor John Dougall as her running mate in the governor’s race

By Benjamin Wood | March 24, 2020, 10:22 p.m.

(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Hope Preston welcomes home her brother Elder Kaleb Preston, from his mission in the Philippines, at the Salt Lake City International Airport. The Prestons are from Kaysville, Sunday, March 22, 2020.

Coronavirus brings hundreds of LDS missionaries back to Utah

By Benjamin Wood | David Noyce | March 24, 2020, 2:24 a.m.

(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Department of Health state epidemiologist Angela Dunn announces the first death in Utah attributed to the coronavirus, during a news conference at the Utah Health Department, Sunday, March 22, 2020.

Utah’s first coronavirus death was a Davis County man over age 60

By Benjamin Wood | March 23, 2020, 1:49 a.m.

(Trent Nelson | Tribune file photo) Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow, charged with public corruption, at a pre-trial hearing in Salt Lake City, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017.

Ex-A.G. John Swallow says his corruption trial will make him a better attorney general

By Benjamin Wood | March 20, 2020, 10:53 p.m.

(Chris Detrick | Tribune file photo) In this March 2, 2017 photo, former Utah Attorney General John Swallow talks to members of the media after his trial in Salt Lake City. Swallow was acquitted of criminal charges and his legal fees were paid by the state.

Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow, ousted by scandal, wants his old post back

By Benjamin Wood | March 20, 2020, 3:29 p.m.

(Rick Egan  |  Tribune file photo) Doug Owens chats with Leroy Tharp as he campaigns in a shopping center in West Jordan, Monday, November 3, 2014

Familiar faces join the 2020 race for the Utah Legislature

By Benjamin Wood | March 20, 2020, 3:49 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Sen. Deidre Henderson, R-Spanish Fork, speaks after being announced as Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox's running mate in the campaign for governor, in Salt Lake City on Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Spencer Cox picks his running mate in Utah’s race for governor — state Sen. Deidre Henderson

By Bethany Rodgers | Benjamin Wood | March 20, 2020, 7:01 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  Tribune file photo) Sen. Deidre Henderson, R-Spanish Fork, listens to comment at the first public hearing for SB102, which would make polygamy between consenting adults an infraction (punishable by a ticket but no arrest or jail time) instead of a felony, on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. At right speaking in favor of the bill is Jessica Christensen of Hope After Polygamy and at left, preparing to speak against the bill, is Tonia Tewell of Holding Out Help.

Utah lawmaker who led abortion walkout won’t seek reelection

By Benjamin Wood | March 19, 2020, 12:14 a.m.

(Steve Griffin | Tribune file photo) In this Nov. 22, 2016, file photo, Jack Jones, left, culinary arts instructor at the Weber Basin Job Core in Ogden, helps Alondra Medina, Alejandro Pereez, Alan Hurtado and Seth Carroll who are students in the Utah Restaurant Association's ProStart Culinary training program, as they prepare Thanksgiving dinner for more than 1,000 families. For the past several years, the Restaurant Association has collaborated with the Salvation Army and Chartwell's Dining Services to provide the holiday meal. The Union Building Kitchen on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City.

State auditor dings teen chef education program over ‘dummy’ checks

By Benjamin Wood | March 17, 2020, 10:12 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |   Tribune file photo) Rep. Patrice Arent, D-Millcreek, who is retiring at the end of her current term, speaks with colleagues during the first day of the session at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Monday, Jan. 26.

Utah Legislature signs off on repeal of straight-party voting

By Benjamin Wood | March 14, 2020, 1:00 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten  |  Tribune file photo) Teachers in Salt Lake City’s teacher union stage a walkout and rally at the Capitol to protest teacher pay in an effort to pressure the Utah State Legislature as it decides how much money it will allocate to the state’s education system Friday. Teachers began the rally at the Federal Building and walked up Capitol Hill to the statehouse for a rally in the rotunda, Feb. 28, 2020.

Utah lawmakers turned to teachers — and now to voters — for a budget fix

By Bethany Rodgers | Benjamin Wood | March 13, 2020, 5:25 a.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Linking arms for a photograph, the governor, Utah Education Association members, state representatives and others gather in the Gold Room at Utah Capitol on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, following an announcement on a compromise  changing rules about funding for education that will be put before voters on the November ballot.

Utah’s biggest teachers union signs on to compromise plan for schools funding

By Benjamin Wood | March 12, 2020, 2:50 a.m.

(Courtesy Utah Senate Democrats) This photo shows the six female senators who walked out of the chamber Tuesday night in protest of the mandatory ultrasound bill. From l-r are Sens. Ann Millner, R-Ogden; Karen Mayne, D-West Valley City; Jani Iwamoto, D-Holladay; Luz Escamilla, D-Salt Lake City; Deidre Henderson, R-Spanish Fork; and Kathleen Riebe, D-Cottonwood Heights.

Every woman in the Utah Senate walked out in protest of a mandatory ultrasound bill

By Benjamin Wood | March 12, 2020, 1:29 a.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  Tribune file photo) Gov. Gary Herbert answers questions from reporters on a number of topics at the Utah Capitol on Thursday, March 5, 2020, as the Legislative session enters its last week.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says deal is close on school funding shift

By Benjamin Wood | March 10, 2020, 10:57 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten | Tribune file photo) "It costs over $1,000 a month to keep my child alive," said Diana Thomas, left, protesting the high cost of insulin with her daughters Grace, 13, center, and Laura, 16, to the right. Grace Thomas has diabetes. Diabetes patients, their families and supporters rallied on the state Capitol lawn, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.

Utah lawmakers pass bill to cap insulin prices

By Benjamin Wood | March 10, 2020, 11:20 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten  |  Tribune file photo) The Marathon Petroleum refinery in Salt Lake City, Jan. 9, 2020. Marathon now produces Tier 3 fuel, that reduces the sulfur in gasoline from 30 parts per million to 10, enabling a car's catalytic converter to run more efficiently and reduce volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxide emissions on all vehicles.

Senate OKs tax break for refineries not producing cleaner fuel

By Benjamin Wood | March 10, 2020, 2:03 a.m.

(Social Security Administration) This is a screen shot of the main page of the Social Security Administration. Utah lawmakers are considering a $15M tax cut for Social Security recipients.

Utah lawmakers looking at $15M Social Security tax cut

By Benjamin Wood | March 10, 2020, 4:40 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth |  Tribune file photo) In this 2016 file photo, 5th grade students take a short "Brain Break," at Ascent Academy in Farmington dance and sing along to a video on the screen.

Utah PTA joins in support of big schools funding change

By Benjamin Wood | March 10, 2020, 1:05 a.m.

(Rick Bowmer | AP file photo) In this Feb. 28, 2020, photo, teachers from the Salt Lake City School District are shown during a rally at the Utah State Capitol. Income tax money can only be used for education in Utah, but lawmakers are now backing  a complex proposal to change that in hopes of shoring up the state's shrinking sales-tax base.

Utah House passes ‘monumental solution’ for education funding

By Benjamin Wood | March 7, 2020, 2:57 a.m.

(Rick Bowmer | AP photo) Senate budget chairman Jerry Stevenson looks on during a Senate news conference at the Utah state Capitol, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Salt Lake City.

Utah budget plan would ‘keep the lights on’ but not much more

By Benjamin Wood | Bethany Rodgers | March 7, 2020, 2:49 a.m.

(Rebecca Santana | AP file photo) The ultrasound of a woman who went to the Hope Medical Group for Women on Feb. 20, 2020, in Shreveport, La. The clinic is one of three in the state that provides abortions to women, and it is challenging a state law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The Supreme Court is hearing the case on March 4. The Utah Legislature has advanced a similar bill.

Utah House votes to require ultrasounds before abortions

By Benjamin Wood | March 5, 2020, 11:44 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Sen. Daniel McCay, R-Riverton, has his first hearing on SJR9, a proposed amendment that would end the requirement that all Utah income tax revenue be spent on public education. The proposal passed out of committee on Thursday, March 5, 2020, with a 6-2 vole along party lines at the Utah Capitol.

Big Utah school funding changes clear first legislative hurdles

By Benjamin Wood | March 6, 2020, 2:10 a.m.

(Leah Hogsten  |  Tribune file photo) This Feb. 28, 2020, file photo shows teachers in the Salt Lake City School District during a walkout and march from downtown Salt Lake City to the state Capitol to protest teacher pay in an effort to pressure the Utah State Legislature as it decides how much money it will allocate to the state’s education system.  A bill scheduled for public hearing Thursday would change the state constitution's earmark to allow income tax revenue to be spent on noneducation programs.

Plan to loosen Utah’s education funding earmark emerges

By Benjamin Wood | March 5, 2020, 2:37 a.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  Tribune file photo)  Rep. Ray Ward, R-Bountiful, amended a bill on burial or cremation of fetal remains to target the measure only at abortions and exclude miscarriages. This Nov. 3, 2017, file photos shows Ward, a physician, during a committee hearing at the Utah state Capitol.

Utah fetal remains burial bill now squarely targets abortion

By Benjamin Wood | March 5, 2020, 1:09 a.m.