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Redistricting meeting in Rose Park hears comment from public on district lines

By Jordan Miller | September 17, 2021, 1:02 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Teachers in red with buttons that read #red for ed, wave their hands in support of comments made for education at the tax reform task force has what may be its final meeting at the Utah Capitol on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, with teachers turning out in large numbers to oppose any weakening of guarantee for public education funding. A new study shows Utahns rank third in the nation in participation at public meetings.

Utahns lag behind in voter turnout, new study shows

By Matt Canham | September 18, 2021, 3:45 p.m.

(Gordon Welters | The New York Times) A C-17 aircraft arrives with some of the final people evacuated from Afghanistan, at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, Monday, Aug. 30, 2021.

Here’s how many Afghan refugees are headed to Utah

By Matt Canham | September 16, 2021, 12:09 a.m.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Sen. Kathleen Riebe, D-Cottonwood Heights, talks to concerned Utah voters Teresa Carlson and Helen Moser with the League of Women Voters about possible partisan gerrymandering of the redrawn redistricting lines on Aug. 19, 2021 at the Millcreek Library.

Utah Democrats argue independent redistricting commission will create the only ‘legitimate maps’

By Matt Canham | August 19, 2021, 9:24 p.m.

(Photo courtesy of the Utah House of Representatives)  Utah House Speaker Brad Wilson swears in Steve Christiansen to fill the vacancy left by former Utah Rep. Ken Ivory in 2019.

Why some lawmakers want to ban critical race theory in Utah classrooms

By Bryan Schott | May 17, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | The Salt Lake Tribune) Randy Revoir, a Nephi rancher, checks in on his cattle in Juab County on Thursday, April 8, 2021. Revoir has banded together with other livestock producers to form the Central Utah Livestock Association, a group that offers a $20,000 reward for tips leading to the arrest of anyone who kills a member's animal. Livestock shootings soared in 2020 during the pandemic, but the reasons for the increase are unclear.

Shootings of Utah cows, horses skyrocketed during the pandemic. And no one really knows why.

By Bethany Rodgers | April 12, 2021, 1:27 p.m.

(Trent Nelson | Tribune file photo) The Utah state Capitol on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. By the end of 2020, the Utah Treasurer’s Office received $52.1 million in lost and unclaimed property.

Utah treasurer has $52M in unclaimed property. See if a piece of it belongs to you.

By Marina McNairy | April 9, 2021, 3:55 p.m.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Dave Larsen, manager of Doug's Shoot'n Sports in Taylorsville, on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Larsen said sales at his store last year were the highest of any year since he began working there in 1984. State statistics confirm that 2020 was a banner year for firearms sales.

Utah gun sales broke all records in 2020. Here’s why.

By Karina Andrew | Marina McNairy | April 5, 2021, 12:00 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

Robert Gehrke: How Utah became a digital privacy leader, while making a few mistakes along the way

By Robert Gehrke | April 4, 2021, 12:00 p.m.

(Rick Egan  |  Tribune file photo)  Utah Democratic Party Chairman Jeff Merchant speaks at a party gathering at Eisenhower Jr. High in this Feb. 23, 2019, file photo. Merchant, who wasn't chair at the time of the photo, is not seeking a second term in the post.

Status quo or new blood? Four candidates join race to lead Utah’s Democrats for the next 2 years.

By Bryan Schott | April 3, 2021, 12:02 a.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  Tribune file photo)  Delegates stand with hands over hearts during the national anthem at the Utah Republican Party's 2019 Organizing Convention at Utah Valley University in Orem. Five candidates filed to be the new chair of the GOP by Thursday's deadline, with the winner to be elected at the May 1 state party convention.

Five candidates line up to lead the Utah Republican Party

By Bryan Schott | April 2, 2021, 11:35 a.m.

(Chris Detrick  |  Tribune file photo)  Protesters hold up signs and demonstrate as Chairman Peter Corroon speaks during the 2017 Utah State Democratic Party Organizing Convention at Weber State University in Ogden, June 17, 2017. They were protesting against the Democratic Party's response to the allegations against Rob Miller, which the party apologized for on Thursday.

Utah Democratic Party issues apology for its handling of sexual harassment complaints 4 years ago

By Taylor Stevens | April 1, 2021, 7:46 p.m.

(Photo courtesy Utah Department of Public Safety) The Utah Department of Public Safety is set to soon launch a new pilot project that will explore the use of digital driver licenses, or a state identification card that can be stored on your phone. The Driver License Division says mobile identification cards could be more convenient and offer Utahns more privacy.

Want a digital driver license? Utah begins a pilot project to explore the idea

By Taylor Stevens | March 31, 2021, 6:14 p.m.

(screengrab from Banjo company website) Park City-based Banjo has a contract with the state of Utah to create a live-time surveillance system to help law enforcement and other entities respond to situations faster. Some experts worry about privacy implications.

State auditors find that Banjo oversold its surveillance tech to the Utah attorney general’s office

By Bethany Rodgers | March 30, 2021, 11:15 p.m.

(Scott Sommerdorf | Tribune file photo) In this March 4, 2018 file photo, Westpointe Community Council Board Chairwoman Dorothy Owen speaks about feeling bullied by state government as Utahns concerned about environmental health consequences and community impact from creating a state controlled inland port authority in Salt Lake City's northwest quadrant. Owen and Richard Holman, another west side Salt Lake City representative, were recently removed without explanation from an inland port community advisory council.

Utah Inland Port removes west-side representatives from community advisory council without explanation

By Taylor Stevens | March 26, 2021, 12:00 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | Tribune file photo) Gov. Spencer Cox, shown in this March 11, 2021, file photo, signed legislation on Tuesday that orders the merger of the Utah departments of health and human services, to be completed by July 1, 2022. Some have questioned the wisdom of the change during a pandemic.

Utah health, human services agencies to merge next year

By Taylor Stevens | March 23, 2021, 11:25 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | Tribune file photo) Gov. Spencer Cox provides updates on the ongoing pandemic as he speaks at a news conference in Salt Lake City on Thursday, March 11, 2021.

Gov. Spencer Cox says all Utahns 16 and older can start making COVID-19 vaccine appointments next week

By Taylor Stevens | March 19, 2021, 5:24 p.m.

(Rick Bowmer | AP file photo) In this Aug. 26, 2019, photo, baked earth is shown along the receding edge of the Great Salt Lake near Antelope Island, Utah. Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signed an emergency order Wednesday declaring a state of emergency due to drought conditions.

Gov. Cox declares drought emergency for all of Utah

By Taylor Stevens | March 18, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  | Tribune file photo) State Republican Party Chair Derek Brown speaks at the GOP's 2019 Organizing Convention at Utah Valley University in Orem, May 4, 2019. Brown is not seeking reelection to the post after serving a single two-year term.

Utah Republican Party chair says he will not run for reelection

By Bethany Rodgers | March 16, 2021, 9:15 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | The Salt Lake Tribune) Spanish language interpreter Lina Vega-Morrison translates for the Hispanic community during a press event at the Utah Capitol on Monday, March 15, 2021, to announce the launch of a new online application for Emergency Rental Assistance.

Utahns impacted by COVID-19 can now apply online for rental assistance

By Bethany Rodgers | March 16, 2021, 7:01 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | Tribune file photo) Gov. Spencer Cox holds media availability at the Capitol in Salt Lake City, March 5, 2021, during the final day of the Utah Legislature’s 2021 general session.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox says conservatism has to be more than ‘owning the libs’

By Bryan Schott | March 11, 2021, 6:46 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  Tribune file photo) Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes joined a coalition of Republican attorneys general in suing the Biden administration over an executive order on climate change.

Utah’s attorney general joins multistate effort to sue President Joe Biden over climate change order

By Bryan Schott | March 9, 2021, 6:49 p.m.

(Isaac Hale | Special to The Tribune) Donated items await to be sorted as Gov. Spencer Cox talks with philanthropist Pamela Atkinson before a press conference held at The Road Home Midvale Family Center on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

Gov. Spencer Cox asks Utahns to donate to homeless fund

By Karina Andrew | March 2, 2021, 8:48 p.m.

(Rick Egan | Tribune file photo) This Jan. 5, 2021, file photo shows new apartment buildings on 400 South in Salt Lake City. Utah renters can apply for rent assistance online beginning March 15.

Need help paying rent? Starting March 15, here’s how to get it.

By Karina Andrew | March 1, 2021, 8:39 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson was assigned a full-time security detail shortly after the November election public safety officials confirmed to The Tribune. Officials say the increased security was in response to a credible threat.

Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson has been under a full-time security detail since shortly after her election

By Bryan Schott | February 25, 2021, 1:08 p.m.

(Rick Egan  |  Tribune file photo)  A UTA bus in Downtown Salt Lake City, Aug. 6, 2019.

UTA adopts first-ever 5-year service plan

By Lee Davidson | February 24, 2021, 9:48 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten  | Tribune file photo) A new study says payday loan rates in Utah are the second-highest in America. Only Texas is higher.

Utah’s payday loan rates are 2nd highest in America

By Lee Davidson | February 19, 2021, 10:56 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | The Salt Lake Tribune) Gov. Spencer Cox speaks at a news conference in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021.

Utah has opened up vaccinations to those 65 and older immediately

By Taylor Stevens | February 18, 2021, 10:02 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  Tribune file photo) This May 29, 2020, file photo shows Kat Webb, then a recent Utah State University graduate and reporter, with her son Hendrix Twitchell as she overlooks one of her deadline reporting pieces related to COVID-19 and the Navajo Nation. When the coronavirus arrived last year, Webb, like many Utahns, found herself working from home.

Survey: Tell the Tribune about your telework experience

By The Tribune Political Team | February 16, 2021, 2:05 p.m.

(Rick Egan | Tribune file photo)  Tom Gibbs arranges a bottle in the display case in the Premium section on opening day of the new state liquor and wine store in Saratoga Springs, on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. If lawmakers approve, liquor story employees could get raises.

Utah liquor store employees might get a raise — if lawmakers go along

By Kathy Stephenson | February 13, 2021, 12:34 a.m.

(Rick Egan | Tribune file photo) Pedestrians wearing face masks during the pandemic exit a UTA bus in downtown Provo on Sept. 11, 2020.

UTA ridership plummeted last year, but agency still did well financially

By Lee Davidson | February 10, 2021, 7:17 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Crystal Rose is a state caseworker who has to work a second job to make ends meet. Rose was photographed in Midvale on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021.

Low pay for Utah state workers causes chronic understaffing, forces some onto government assistance

By Bethany Rodgers | February 7, 2021, 5:32 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  Tribune file photo) Deidre Henderson speaks after being sworn as lieutenant governor at Tuacahn Center for the Arts in Ivins on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. Henderson's new intern is a political veteran that is very close to the new lieutenant governor.

Utah Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson’s intern seems overqualified

By Karina Andrew | February 6, 2021, 1:00 p.m.

(Al Hartmann | Tribune file photo) J Truman, left., talks during an Oct. 3, 2018 panel at the University of Utah with playwright Mary Dickson. Truman died Thursday of cancer, which he blamed on fallout from nuclear weapons testing.

Fierce advocate for ‘downwinder’ cancer victims of atomic testing dies

By Lee Davidson | February 5, 2021, 7:16 p.m.

(screengrab from Banjo company website) Park City-based Banjo had a contract with the state of Utah last year to create a live-time surveillance system to help law enforcement and other entities respond to situations faster. Some experts worried about privacy implications.

In wake of Banjo controversy, auditor warns against expansive state deals with firms collecting personal data

By Leia Larsen | February 2, 2021, 2:45 a.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

Robert Gehrke: Utah can be the leader in digital privacy, just pass this bill

By Robert Gehrke | January 27, 2021, 2:13 p.m.

(Rick Egan | Tribune file photo) Traffic on 400 South in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021.

Traffic has returned to nearly normal on Utah highways

By Lee Davidson | January 22, 2021, 9:57 p.m.

(Rick Egan | Tribune file photo) A TRAX train pulls up to a stop on 400 South in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. The Utah Transit Authority is dropping proposal for a TRAX extension through the Point of the Mountain, and is proposing a bus rapid transit line instead.

UTA discards proposal for $1 billion TRAX at Point of Mountain; seeks bus rapid transit there instead

By Lee Davidson | January 22, 2021, 12:41 a.m.

(Al Hartmann  |  Tribune file photo) This Jan. 6, 2015, file photo shows the Salt Lake Valley and Oquirrh Mountains looking southwest from the Gateway mall as an inversion and smog begin building. The Department of Environmental Quality, which monitors air quality, along with water and waste management in the state, would be merged with the Department of Natural Resources under legislation being drafted in coordination with the new Spencer Cox administration.

Does a plan to merge Utah’s environment and natural resources agencies signal a waning commitment to clean air, water in Utah?

By Brian Maffly | January 22, 2021, 12:55 a.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  Tribune file photo) Spencer Cox speaks at his inauguration as Utah's 18th governor at Tuacahn Center for the Arts in Ivins on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. At left are Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson and Gabe Henderson. The budget plan Cox released Monday morning totals nearly $22 billion and includes a 5.83% increase for the public school basic funding formula and $1,000 teacher bonuses.

Gov. Spencer Cox unveils his first budget plan, ringing in at nearly $22B

By Taylor Stevens | January 22, 2021, 12:53 a.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Spencer Cox is sworn in as Utah's 18th Governor at Tuacahn Center for the Arts in Ivins on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox is sworn in as Utah’s 18th governor

By Taylor Stevens | January 22, 2021, 12:54 a.m.