Once again, what President Trump called ‘Fake News’ turns out to be true. Love, McAdams spar over position on abortion rights. South Salt Lake councilwoman questions sexism after female mayor denied a raise.
Happy Friday. There have been a number of times in which President Donald Trump or his surrogates have flatly denied something — only to have that denial contradicted weeks or months later by new documents or statements. That’s again the case with the audio recording of the president talking about the agreement by the National Enquirer to pay $150,000 to a former Playboy centerfold model for her story of an affair a decade ago with Trump. Trump and aides denied any knowledge but the audio reveals the president knew about it. [WaPost]
Topping the news: Incumbent Rep. Mia Love accused her 4th District opponent, SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams, of supporting “unrestricted abortion,” but the mayor insists that he shares Love’s anti-abortion stance. [Trib]
-> South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood was denied a pay raise, leading Councilwoman Sharla Bynum to question whether sexism was a motive. [Trib]
-> The $1 million medical bill of a man in Utah County custody awaiting trial for allegedly repeatedly sexually abusing his step-daughter has caused a rift between the county’s sheriff and its commission. [Trib]
Tweets of the day: From @dsamuelsohn: “I’ve been the victim of more than six minutes worth of white noise butt-dial voicemails over the last 24 hours from both Rudy Giuliani and Lanny Davis. That’s a reporter’s life in 2018 in a nutshell.”
-> From @MEPFuller: “If ‘ghosting’ is when you just disappear, ‘shadow banning’ should be when you take three days to respond and are like, ‘oh sorry, just saw this LOL.’”
-> From @byrdinator: “a fun thing about automated transcription is that it will always end up writing ‘terrorists’ instead of ‘tariffs,’ which makes trade interviews more interesting. ‘manufacturers are fearful of terrorists and they’re fearful of interest rates going up,’ local lawmaker says”
Happy Birthday: Today to Weber State’s Julie Snowball and Lt. Gov.'s Office Special Assistant India Nielsen, on Saturday to state Sen. Ralph Okerlund, Utah Insurance Commissioner Todd Kiser, BYU football video coordinator Errol K. Seaver, UTA planner Leo Masic and Caroline Updike, and on Sunday to state Rep. Bruce Cutler.
Behind the Headlines: Tribune reporter Taylor Stevens, government and politics editor Dan Harrie and editorial page editor George Pyle join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about the week’s top stories, including the opening of a cop shop on the west side of Salt Lake City and a mother who left a loaded gun in the bathroom at the Living Planet Aquarium.
Every Friday at 9 a.m., stream “Behind the Headlines” online at kcpw.org or tune in to KCPW 88.3 FM or Utah Public Radio for the broadcast.
In other news: Utah Lake reopened Lincoln Beach and its marina after test results showed a drop in concentrations of toxic cyanobacteria, but the health department says levels are still over the threshold for safe human contact. [Trib] [DNews] [ABC4] [DailyHerald]
-> The death of Steve Powell, father-in-law of a woman missing since 2009, Susan Powell, has ignited grief and frustration in those who hope to find answers in the nearly decade-old case. [Trib]
-> As the state’s strong economy continues to attract people and housing prices keep climbing, home sales are down in most of the state, leaving officials to worry about the effects of a housing deficit in Utah’s urban center. [Trib]
-> While Utah law mandates that public libraries and schools filter access to pornography, a new study from the United Kingdom suggests that filtering technology is not efficient enough to do so. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley illustrates an incident at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium where a mother left her loaded handgun inside the bathroom of a children’s play area. [Trib]
-> Robert Gehrke says SLC Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s passivity, especially towards a controversial inland port proposal, could cost the mayor her re-election next year. [Trib]
Nationally: Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say the agency has met the court-ordered deadline to reunite migrant children with their families, but hundreds of children remain in federal custody. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [NPR]
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