A bill introduced in the Vermont state Legislature would ban cellphone possession by anyone under 21. The measure was introduced by a gun-rights supporting Democrat trying to make a point in the wake of a recent law raising the legal gun purchasing age to 21 for those who haven’t completed a safety course. [TimesArgus]
Topping the news: President Donald Trump proposes streamlining the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), saying it will lead to jobs and economic development. Environmentalists warn the move will have “disastrous consequences,” including for Utah’s beloved red rock. [Trib] [NTYviaSlTrib] [NYT]
-> Utah Republican candidates for governor have their first joint public forum, beginning the process of defining their differences on everything from the controversial tax reform legislation to job creation and women in government. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Harmons grocery stores comes out in support of the referendum to repeal tax reform, especially the food tax, and says petitions will be available for signing at its locations around the state. [Trib] [Fox13]
Tweets of the day: From @GovHerbert: “I’m grateful for @realDonaldTrump’s efforts to streamline NEPA. Environmental Protection is crucial, and a simpler, faster, and more certain process is a win for everyone. Taxpayers and the environment will both benefit from these changes.”
-> From @TribTomWharton: “Please explain how cutting environmental regulations helps the environment?”
-> From @pdayton: “We have only one planet.”
Happy Birthday: To Bobby Harrington, and, belatedly, to Utah Policy’s Bob Bernick. Also, on Saturday, to former SLC Mayor Jackie Biskupski and XMission founder Pete Ashdown.
Behind the Headlines: Tribune reporters Erin Alberty and Taylor Stevens, and news columnist Robert Gehrke join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about the week’s top stories, including the program that pays for Utah public employees to go to Mexico to get certain medications at a discounted rate.
Every Friday at 9 a.m., stream "Behind the Headlines" at kcpw.org, or tune in to KCPW 88.3 FM or Utah Public Radio for the broadcast. Join the live conversation by calling (801) 355-TALK.
Weekly News Quiz: Last time, 84% of you knew that Utah launched a fee per miles driven program to raise money for highways, but only 28% of you knew that photo-only tours will cease at Antelope Canyon. Think you kept up with the news this week? Take our quiz to find out. If you’re using The Salt Lake Tribune mobile app, click here. [Trib]
-> President Trump responded to Senator Mike Lee’s criticism of the White House’s briefing on Iran by saying it was due to military officials not wanting to share secret plans in a large group, and that many Congress members said it was the best briefing ever. [Trib]
-> A Weber County attorney lost his bid asking for a federal judge to be removed for bias and favoritism against him. [Trib]
-> Protesters in Utah met at the Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building in Salt Lake to decry the possibility of war with Iran. [KUTV]
-> Affordable housing is becoming a key issue in Weber County with local leaders saying they are creating a housing panel to explore the problem. [StandEx]
-> Draper police vehicles are switching from red and blue lights to only blue because studies show that blue lights are easier to see. [Trib]
-> A Native American coalition has filed two lawsuits in federal court challenging President Trump’s decision to shrink the Bears Ears National Monument. [Fox13]
-> Pat Bagley warns that Trump’s proposed changes to the National Environmental Protection Act will wreck the planet.
Nationally: The House passed a resolution aimed at pushing President Trump to seek congressional approval before further military intervention in Iran. Eight Democrats join Republicans in opposition, including Utah Rep. Ben McAdams. [NYT] [LATimes]
-> U.S. officials are suggesting that an Iranian anti-aircraft missile mistakenly struck a Ukrainian jetliner killing all 176 people on board hours after Iran launched a ballistic attack on U.S. military bases in Iraq. [APviaSlTrib] [NYT] [LATimes]
-> The New York Times obtained video appearing to show an Iranian missile hitting the Ukrainian jet minutes after its takeoff from Tehran. [NYTimes]
-> In New Hampshire, the first presidential primary state, Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders have picked up support while Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren have dipped, creating a four-way race. [Monmouth University poll]
-> Unidentified sources say Utah U.S. Attorney John Huber has concluded a Department of Justice-ordered investigation into corruption allegations against Hillary Clinton without finding evidence of wrongdoing. [WaPost]
-> House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has yet to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate in an attempt to pressure Republicans into calling witnesses and documents blocked by the Trump administration. [NYT] [LATimes]