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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., center, leaves the House Chamber after voting on the Republican tax bill, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans muscled the most sweeping rewrite of the nation's tax laws in more than three decades through the House. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Here’s a look at the news for Dec. 20.

Senate passes GOP tax legislation

The U.S. Senate narrowly passed a sweeping rewrite of the country’s tax laws after midnight on Wednesday, bringing joy to several Republicans who are searching for their first major political win under President Donald Trump, according to the Associated Press.

The new tax plan is “a deeply unpopular bill” among Americans, but GOP lawmakers “insist Americans will learn to love it when they see their paychecks in the new year,” the Associated Press reported.

The Senate passed the legislation on a party-line vote, 51-48. The bill sped through the House with a 227-203 vote.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan praised the new bill for meeting the needs of the American people.

"This was a promise made. This is a promise kept," Ryan said.

Read more from the Associated Press.

New convenience store to open at the SLC airport

Park and wait drivers will have a few more options for food and beverages while they wait for people to arrive.

According to the Deseret News, local civic and business leaders, including Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, helped launch a new Touch n’ Go convenience store at the park and wait section of the Salt Lake International Airport.

The $4 million retail facility opens on Wednesday. It includes a Chevron gas station, a Beans and Brews Coffee House, a Burger King and a Costa Vida.

"The demand for high-level service and convenience at the airport is only growing as we spend more and more time traveling," Biskupski said. "The addition of the Touch n' Go store is one more convenience Salt Lake City can offer our passengers."

Read more at the Deseret News.

Pushback over new Utah DUI threshold

The American Beverage Institute on Tuesday pushed back against Utah’s lower DUI threshold that will take effect next year, according to the Deseret News.

The hospitality and alcohol trade group said that the Beehive State faces trouble enforcing a law that requires people to install breathalyzers on their vehicles. These devices often lock the car until the driver is sober.

Sarah Longwell, the trade organization's managing director, told the Deseret News that Utah lawmakers "should focus on enforcing existing laws targeting convicted drunk drivers rather than passing new ones that target moderate social drinkers.”

Utah’s new BAC law, which sets the BAC rate at .05 percent, takes effect next December.

Read more at the Deseret News.

The state’s biggest battery for electric vehicle chargers

Packsize International just unveiled its new battery at 50 electric vehicle charging stations, making it the largest private installation in Utah, the Deseret News reported.

State and local leaders gathered at the company’s headquarters to celebrate the milestone.

Packsize CEO Hanko Kiessner said on Tuesday that he hopes the charges will encourage his employees and the public to switch over to zero-emission vehicles.

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"Utah has 1.32 plug-in electric vehicles per 1,000 people, and the state’s population is 3.11 million," Kiessner said. "This equates to approximately 2,356 PEVs in the state. We can and must do better.”

Read more at the Deseret News.


Bernard Law, ex-Boston archbishop disgraced by priest sex abuse scandal, dies at 86 [NBC News]

Uber dealt blow after EU court classifies it as transport service [Reuters]

Yemen war: Iran denies supplying rebel missile fired at Riyadh [BBC]

Turkey says U.S. isolated on Jerusalem, issuing threats [Reuters]

South Korea asks U.S. to delay joint military drills until after the Winter Olympics [The Washington Post]