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ACLU sues the state over inadequate legal defense for poor Utahns

The ACLU of Utah and law firm Holland and Hart have filed a class action lawsuit against the state.

2 suspend state Senate campaigns, 1 re-enters race

After two Republican candidates for state Senate District 13 suspended their campaigns Tuesday, it appeared Rep. Jacob Anderegg, R-Lehi, would be running unopposed. On Wednesday, the race took... Read more »

April 13, 2016

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Utah GOP tells court it won't comply with controversial election law

The Utah Republican Party doesn't intend to comply with the state's controversial election law, even after the Utah Supreme Court rejected its arguments that political parties and not candidates... Read more »

April 13, 2016

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GOP state Senate candidate questions campaign donation to opponent

A Utah House member running for state Senate is taking issue with his incumbent opponent receiving campaign contributions from a charter school management company. Read more »

April 13, 2016

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Former Attorney General John Swallow wants criminal charges against him thrown out

Ex-Attorney General John Swallow wants the criminal charges against him thrown out because he says investigators wrongfully seized protected emails between him and his former lawyer. Read more »

April 12, 2016

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Appeals court rules against 'Sister Wives' in Utah polygamy law case

A federal appeals court Monday overturned a judge's decision striking down the cohabitation provision in Utah's polygamy law. Read more »

April 11, 2016

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Popular lawnmower exchange program is back

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality is once again hosting a lawnmower exchange for area residents who want to trade in their gas-powered lawnmowers or lawn trimmers. The machines are... Read more »

April 11, 2016

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Salt Lake County Democrats vie for ballot spots

Several Democrats vied for positions on the November ballot at the 2016 Salt Lake County Democratic Party Nominating Convention. Read more »

April 9, 2016

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Utah Supreme Court rejects GOP arguments in SB54 dispute

The Utah Supreme Court ruled against the Utah Republican Party on Friday, mandating that candidates — not the party — can choose how to access the primary election ballot. Read more »

April 8, 2016

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Utah County GOP requiring candidates to pledge loyalty to party

The Utah County Republican Party is requiring candidates to express full support of the GOP prior to running for office. Read more »

April 7, 2016

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Gov. Gary Herbert says there's no need for an override session

Gov. Gary Herbert said Wednesday he believes he can show lawmakers there's no need to override his recent veto of $4.5 million in funding for early education programs. Read more »

April 6, 2016

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Start By Believing Day promotes better response to sexual assault survivors

Rep. Angela Romero, D-Salt Lake City, and other Utah House Democrats joined advocates for victims of sexual assault on the Capitol steps Wednesday morning to promote awareness for Start By... Read more »

April 6, 2016

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Judge rejects Utah GOP arguments over disputed state election law

Signature gathering provisions to get on the primary election ballot under Utah's disputed election law are not unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. Read more »

April 6, 2016

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Sponsor hopes new law will push more young adults to be organ donors

A new law just passed by the Utah Legislature requires universities to provide students with organ donation information. Experts hope more young adults will become donors as a result. Read more »

April 6, 2016

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Ex-A.G. John Swallow now wants preliminary hearing in public corruption case

Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow now wants a preliminary hearing that he passed on earlier, apparently due in part to a "poor understanding" of the process. Read more »

April 5, 2016

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Salt Lake County offers $200K to help Road Home's Midvale Center

The Salt Lake County Council has agreed to spend $200,000 to help cover unanticipated operating costs of the Road Home's Midvale Center resulting from legislation that requires year-round operation... Read more »

April 5, 2016

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McAdams to ask council for $200K for Midvale Center's operational costs

Salt Lake County Ben McAdams will ask the County Council to appropriate $200,000 to help cover operational costs of the Road Home's Midvale Center, which can operate year-round under legislation... Read more »

April 4, 2016

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Utah Supreme Court hears arguments over disputed state election law

Utah Supreme Court justices poked at the Utah Republican Party's interpretation of a controversial new state election law in a hearing Monday as hundreds of candidates work to get on the primary... Read more »

April 4, 2016

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Officials face tight deadlines on partial Medicaid expansion

The Legislature passed it. The governor signed it. But HB437, which proposes to extend Medicaid to 16,000 of the state's poorest of the poor, is still nothing more than a piece of paper until the... Read more »

April 2, 2016

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GOP legislative leaders stirring up support for veto override session

GOP legislative leaders are stirring up support for an override session to restore $4.5 million in funding for early education programs vetoed by Gov. Gary Herbert. Read more »

April 1, 2016

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College tuition and fee increases approved for next year

College students will see a bigger chunk of their paychecks going to tuition and fees next year after the Utah State Board of Regents approved rate increases for each of Utah's public colleges and... Read more »

April 1, 2016

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Convicted businessman Jeremy Johnson headed to jail, possible long prison term

U.S. marshals escorted convicted felon Jeremy Johnson to jail Friday pending a June sentencing hearing, which appears likely to end in a long prison sentence for the one-time wealthy Internet... Read more »

April 1, 2016

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First GOP gubernatorial debate set for April 11

The first debate between Gov. Gary Herbert and two of his fellow Republican challengers was announced Friday. The debate will be held April 11, nearly two weeks before the state GOP convention. Read more »

April 1, 2016

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Herbert vetoes $4.5M for early childhood education, lawmakers consider override

Two programs that focus on early childhood education may not get extra funding from the Legislature after this year's round of vetoes by Gov. Gary Herbert late Wednesday. But lawmakers are... Read more »

March 31, 2016

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Sponsor of vetoed grandparents rights bill to work with Gov. Herbert to refine legislation

The sponsor of a grandparents' rights bill vetoed by Gov. Gary Herbert over concerns it could jeopardize adoptive parents' rights said Thursday he is willing to work with the governor to refine the... Read more »

March 31, 2016

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Gov. Herbert vetoes bills, early education funding

Gov. Gary Herbert waited until just before his midnight Wednesday deadline to veto three bills and budget line items in three others passed by the 2016 Legislature. Read more »

March 31, 2016

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Final tally: Bernie Sanders wins 29 delegates in Utah Democratic caucus

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders picked up 29 delegates after running away with the Utah Democratic presidential preference caucus last week. Read more »

March 30, 2016

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Utah college students could pay hundreds more in tuition and fees this fall

Utah's college students could be paying anywhere from $108 to $278 more in tuition next year, with additional increases in student fees at some institutions. Read more »

March 30, 2016

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Students get close-up look at Utah County agriculture

The Utah County chapter of the Utah Farm Bureau organized its Farm Field Days at a Springville farm, where second-graders were able to learn some of the ins and outs of agriculture, and where some... Read more »

March 30, 2016

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Herbert signs controversial Rocky Mountain Power legislation

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed 31 bills into law on Wednesday, including the controversial Sustainable Transportation and Energy Plan Act. Critics say the measure gives Rocky Mountain Power too much... Read more »

March 30, 2016

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Nominees announced for Utah Court of Appeals

The Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission has announced a list of nominees to fill two current vacancies on the Utah Court of Appeals. Read more »

March 29, 2016

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Money in place for new state liquor store in Syracuse

Money for a new state liquor store in Davis County was among several alcohol-related measures Utah lawmakers approved in the legislative session that ended earlier this month. Read more »

March 29, 2016

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Committee to begin search for site of new Salt Lake homeless shelter

Now with $9.25 million in state and federal money in hand, city and county officials can continue searching for solutions to homelessness in Utah. The next step? Choosing a site for a new homeless... Read more »

March 29, 2016

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Utah governor signs bill requiring abortion anesthesia

The governor has signed a bill that makes Utah the first state to require doctors to give anesthesia to women having an abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy or later. Read more »

March 29, 2016

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Associated grocery store pharmacies now carry overdose reversal drug

Some of Utah's most popular independent grocery stores and pharmacies will now make naloxone, an overdose reversal drug, available without a prescription. Read more »

March 28, 2016

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Firefighters appeal lawsuit over prescription drug database

Two Utah firefighters asked a federal appeals court to revive their lawsuit against state authorities who the men claim falsely accused them of prescription drug fraud after a warrantless search of... Read more »

March 28, 2016

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Coal story: It's about Utah, California and what lies ahead

Environmental groups and some California politicians don't want Utah coal shipped out of Oakland, but proponents of an export terminal say it is a solid business venture and a critical lifeline to... Read more »

March 26, 2016

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'Huge' rise in STDs alarms Utah health officials

Experts are alarmed by what they say is a huge rise in gonorrhea cases in Utah falling largely on communities that have historically been considered low-risk. Read more »

March 25, 2016

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Utah voter priorities shifting to reflect concern with health care, environment

The Utah Foundation 2016 Priorities Project reveals Utah voters are most concerned about health care, with a few environmental issues also showing up among their Top 10 priorities. Read more »

March 25, 2016

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Herbert signs off on Medicaid expansion, funding for homeless

Gov. Gary Herbert signed two bills Friday that will fund millions in assistance for Utah's neediest — $9.25 million for homeless services and $15 million in medical coverage for the poorest... Read more »

March 25, 2016

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Jury finds Jeremy Johnson guilty of just 8 of 86 charges against him

A key figure in the criminal cases against ex-Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff was found not guilty of 78 of the 86 charges against him Friday. Ryan Riddle was found guilty of... Read more »

March 25, 2016

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Highlights of the 200-plus bills Utah's governor has signed

Utah's governor has signed more than half of the 474 bills state legislators passed during the 2016 session. Read more »

March 24, 2016

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$4.6M campaign promotes Utah as iconic road trip destination

Gov. Gary Herbert and the Governor's Office of Economic Development unveiled a new $4.6 million advertising campaign Thursday to promote Utah tourism. Read more »

March 24, 2016

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Despite record caucus turnout, fewer votes cast for president than in 2008

Just over a year ago, Mitt Romney warned Utah leaders that the state GOP's decision to switch from a presidential primary to a party-run caucus election was "a bad decision" that would limit voter... Read more »

March 24, 2016

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Sanders wins big, but Utah Democratic Party still hasn't awarded delegates

Bernie Sanders trounced Hillary Clinton in the Utah presidential preference caucus Tuesday, but state Democratic Party officials still didn't know Wednesday how many delegates to award the Vermont... Read more »

March 23, 2016

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Bernie Sanders defeats Hillary Clinton in Utah Democratic presidential caucus

Sen. Bernie Sanders appears to have had a big night at Utah's first-ever presidential preference caucus. Read more »

March 22, 2016

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Utahns have lots to chew on heading into presidential preference caucus

After months of saying he'd like to see a governor in the White House, Gov. Gary Herbert endorsed Republican Sen. Ted Cruz for president on Monday, a move Ohio Gov. John Kasich's Utah campaign... Read more »

March 22, 2016

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'In God We Trust' Utah license plate to become new standard option

Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill Monday that will standardize the "In God We Trust" license plate as an option for Utah motorists. Read more »

March 21, 2016

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Herbert says he'll vote for Ted Cruz in Utah presidential caucus

Gov. Gary Herbert announced Monday that he will join Mitt Romney during Tuesday night's caucus meeting and vote for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as the Republican presidential nominee. Read more »

March 21, 2016

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Utah urges local ownership of some federal water projects

A resolution passed this last session by Utah lawmakers encourages Utah's congressional delegation to seek a title transfer for ownership of some federal water projects. Those transfers have... Read more »

March 21, 2016

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Jeremy Johnson asks for a mistrial in fraud, money laundering case

Jeremy Johnson has asked for a mistrial in the in the fraud and money laundering case against the ex-millionaire and two of his business partners, as jurors wrapped up a second day of deliberations. Read more »

March 21, 2016

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