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  • Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes joins GOP colleagues urging Senate to acquit Trump

    WASHINGTON — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes on Wednesday joined 20 of his Republican colleagues in urging the Senate to reject the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump because of the harm they warn it will cause to the presidency and the Constitution, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. The 21 attorneys general argue in a “friend of the Senate” brief — a playoff of a legal filing called a friend of the court brief — that Democrats’ charges against […]

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    Special interests provided 93.5% of donations to Utah legislators last year

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s legislators amassed plenty of campaign money in 2019, and special interest groups supplied 93.5 percent of it, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. Academics say that is unusual because in most states, studies say lawmakers raise about half of their money from individual voters and half from special interests. Utah’s big disparity raises questions about what those special interests — including realtors, banks, drug companies, law firms, the oil industry, tobacco companies, outdoor advertisers and more […]

  • SLC School District hears from parents about later high school start times

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City School District is letting parents weigh in on the possibility of moving to later start times for the district’s high schools. SLCSD held a “listening tour” event Monday night, and parents filled a school auditorium to listen and give feedback. One mom joked that “it’s sheer hell” trying to get her sleepy twin boys — freshmen at West High School in downtown Salt Lake City — out of bed at 6 a.m. […]

  • Salt Lake Tribune surveys Utah women on sexual assault and partner violence

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s rate of violent crime is far lower than the national average in almost every category. According to FBI crime statistics, Utah has: 2.3 murders per 100,000 residents compared to the national rate of 4.5, 44 robberies per 100,000 residents compared to the national rate of 102, And 119 aggravated assaults per 100,000 compared the national rate of 233. But Utahns are victims of rape at rates far above the national average, with 49.4 cases per […]

  • These BYU students have created a satirical website that makes fun of all things Provo — and it’s funny as heck

    SALT LAKE CITY – The Salt Lake Tribune says a new website is sort of like The Onion of Provo. Except at The Alternate Universe — the satirical website run by students at Brigham Young University — no casserole joke is off-limits, lists of classes “guaranteed to get you married” are encouraged, and everything gets better with more essential oils. “Provo — and Utah, too, for that matter — they’re just so weird,” teased Stephen Fortuna, the site’s founder. “Actually, […]

  • Salt Lake City will reduce the number of clean cars that can park for free next year by 87%

    For years, Salt Lake City has offered free parking to residents who have moved from standard gas-powered cars to cleaner models. And the program has worked — though a little too well in recent years, as more electric cars on the market have resulted in the city losing more parking money than it envisioned. To counteract that, the city is poised to make it harder to get a “green vehicles” permit by requiring new standards next year that will have […]

  • Megaplex locations in Utah among top sellers for ‘Star Wars’ tickets

    SALT LAKE CITY – The Salt Lake Tribune says that the Force was strong among Utah moviegoers this weekend, with seven locations in the Utah-based Megaplex Theatres chain ranking in the top 40 nationally for ticket sales of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” Two locations placed in the top 10: The Megaplex at The District in South Jordan, at No. 3; and the Megaplex Jordan Commons in Sandy, at No. 6. That’s according to film industry tracking sources, the […]

  • LDS Church fund unlikely to face IRS backlash, experts say

    SALT LAKE CITY – The Salt Lake Tribune says the Mormon world was rocked Monday when news broke that a whistleblower had accused The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of misleading members regarding more than $100 billion retained in accounts accumulated from tithing. But despite ample hand-wringing, legal experts are skeptical the news will trigger a backlash from the IRS, and they note that the LDS Church’s tradition of aggressive saving dates back decades. Read the full story at The […]

  • Fan who received lifetime ban sues Utah Jazz and Russell Westbrook

    SALT LAKE CITY — A man who was banned from Vivint Smart Home Arena is suing the Utah Jazz and Russell Westbrook, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. In a Jazz game at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder in March, Shane Kiesel reportedly shouted “excessive and derogatory verbal abuse” at then-Thunder star Westbrook. Kiesel was later issued a lifetime ban from the arena by the Jazz and the Larry H. Miller Group. In the lawsuit, Keisel’s attorneys argue that Keisel’s […]

  • Utah charter school enrollment dips for the 1st time in at least a decade

    The Salt Lake Tribune says enrollment at Utah’s charter schools — which have seen explosive growth in the past as they’ve attempted to be “education’s disruptors” — declined this year for the first time in at least a decade. The dip is largely unexpected but follows a particularly chaotic year for charters in the state. One was forced to close with millions in debts owed to overseas investors. Another filed for bankruptcy. A third was ordered to shut down after less than two years […]

  • Utah Rep. John Curtis now against impeachment

    WASHINGTON — Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah, had said he was keeping an “open mind” when it came to the House impeachment inquiry and weighing the evidence accordingly, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. No more. As House Democratic leaders unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — Curtis says he’s no longer on the fence. “I’ve tried throughout this process to keep an open mind, but the articles of impeachment before […]

  • Ten years later, search for Susan Cox Powell focuses on Utah mines

    The Salt Lake Tribune reports that in the first few days after Susan Cox Powell disappeared, West Valley City detectives traveled to some abandoned mines in Utah’s West Desert. They lowered cameras into shafts. The images didn’t lead to Powell’s body, but that hasn’t discouraged everyone. The 10th anniversary of Powell’s disappearance is Friday, and mines remain the most popular place to look for her. Earlier this year, the Utah Cold Case Coalition searched a mine it saw as a candidate for holding Powell’s […]

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