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USU expands land grant mission under outgoing presidency

Stan Albrecht, USU's 11-year president, is retiring. But he hopes the institution's land grant mission will be a priority for the next leader. Read more »

April 24, 2016

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Utah Dems nominate Weinholtz to run for governor

Nearly two-thirds of the state's registered Democratic delegates turned out for the statewide convention Saturday, putting many of their candidates on the November ballot, including Mike Weinholtz. Read more »

April 23, 2016

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Less than 15 percent of candidates took signature-gathering path to primary ballot

Less than 15 percent of state and federal candidates successfully used Utah's new signature-gathering path to the primary ballot. Candidates who hired others to gather signatures for them paid... Read more »

April 23, 2016

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Big turnout for Utah Democrats' national delegate elections

The line to register to participate in the Utah Democratic Party's first round of elections for national delegates Friday afternoon nearly stretched the length of the Salt Palace Convention Center... Read more »

April 22, 2016

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Former Utah Sen. Bob Bennett now dealing with stroke

Already suffering from pancreatic cancer, former Utah Sen. Bob Bennett had a stroke last week that paralyzed the left side of his body. Read more »

April 21, 2016

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GOP, Democratic lawmakers get testy over Utah's public lands fight

Democratic and Republican state lawmakers unleashed on each other Wednesday over whether Utah should sue the federal government to gain control of millions of acres of federal land in the state. Read more »

April 20, 2016

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Report: Utah still among the worst states for dirty air

Some Utah cities are still among the worst air quality in the country, despite improvement, according to a report from the American Lung Association. Read more »

April 20, 2016

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Herbert asks Legislature to fight against Bears Ears monument

State lawmakers will consider a resolution opposing President Barack Obama creating a new national monument in southeastern Utah when they go into special session next month. Read more »

April 20, 2016

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Judge declines to force Swallow prosecutors to turn over evidence

A judge sees no reason to force prosecutors to turn over evidence in former Utah Attorney General John Swallow's criminal case that they say they already have provided or will provide. Read more »

April 19, 2016

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Brewvies sues Utah alcohol department over threat to pull liquor license

A Salt Lake movie theater sued the state alcohol control department on Tuesday after the agency threatened to revoke its liquor permit for serving drinks while screening "Deadpool," which features... Read more »

April 19, 2016

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Medical cannabis advocates look to ballot initiative for 2018

After abandoning plans to put medical cannabis on the November ballot, patients are looking ahead to 2018. Read more »

April 19, 2016

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San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman reports to jail for illegal ATV ride

San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman reported to jail Tuesday to serve a 10-day sentence for an illegal ATV protest ride in a protected southern Utah canyon. Read more »

April 19, 2016

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Utah becomes first state to declare pornography a public health crisis

Utah became the first state in the country to declare pornography a public health crisis, and called on the industry and businesses Tuesday to help keep "evil, degrading, addictive" materials away... Read more »

April 19, 2016

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Democratic gubernatorial candidates fire at GOP governor, lawmakers in debate

Democratic gubernatorial candidates Vaughn Cook and Mike Weinholtz took aim at Utah's Republican-dominated state government more than each other in their first debate Monday. Read more »

April 18, 2016

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Three Utah gubernatorial candidates announce running mates

Three gubernatorial candidates announced their pick for lieutenant governor Monday. Read more »

April 18, 2016

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Governor, legislative leaders agree to restore vetoed education funds

Gov. Gary Herbert will call state lawmakers into special session next month to restore nearly $4.8 million in education funding he vetoed in March. Read more »

April 18, 2016

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S.L. County GOP slams door on two incumbents

Salt Lake County Republicans voted down two incumbents at their convention at Cottonwood High School Saturday. Read more »

April 16, 2016

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Federal judge upholds controversial Utah election law

A federal judge late Friday upheld the state's controversial new election law that the Utah Republican Party tried to get thrown out with two separate lawsuits. Read more »

April 15, 2016

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Salt Lake County Republicans to hold party convention Saturday

Eight Republican incumbents will face challengers from within their own party Saturday during the Salt Lake County GOP convention. Read more »

April 14, 2016

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Utah GOP should be held in contempt if it doesn't comply with SB54, state says

State lawyers say the Utah Republican Party should be held in contempt for telling two different courts it would comply with Utah's controversial election law and then saying the opposite in court... Read more »

April 14, 2016

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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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