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Partisanship Top Concern Among Voters

A new report studies the links between rising political partisanship and declining voter turnout in Utah. And it’s a major concern for

County Looks to Hire Convention Center Hotel Consultant

An important vote could happen tomorrow for a proposed convention center hotel that would accompany the Salt Palace. The Salt Lake County

Politics Up Close: Millcreek Incorporation Debate, Senator Orrin Hatch

This fall, Millcreek voters will decide if the east-side suburb should remain a township or incorporate as the county’s 17th city. What

NRCC Shells Out Ad Money to Beat Matheson

How much is defeating Democratic Utah Congressman Jim Matheson worth to the National Republican Congressional Committee? At least a million dollars or

Steven Powell Sentencing Tomorrow

Friday, the father-in-law of missing West Valley City resident Susan Cox Powell will learn the punishment he’ll receive after being convicted of

U of U Physicist Compares New Magnetic Sensor to Drop of Paint

A new magnetic field sensor developed by physicists at the University of Utah doesn’t take up much space. In fact, the scientists

Updated Survey Method Reveals More Uninsured, Smokers

Updated survey methods used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Utah Department of Health indicate higher numbers of

Salt Lake Tribune Launches Crime Mapping Project

It’s impossible for every car break in or vandalism to be reported in the news. But a new project from the Salt

SLC Library Starts New Director Search

The Salt Lake City Library has started a nationwide search for a new executive director, following Beth Elder’s resignation last fall. Transitional

Politics Up Close: State Auditor Auston Johnson, GOP Mayoral Debate Highlights

Auston Johnson has been Utah’s State Auditor for the past 17 years, and as he runs for re-election this cycle, is touting

Leavitt’s Role in Romney Campaign Swiftly Attracts Criticism

The presidential race has been buzzing this week over a well-known Utah politician who’s stayed in the political sphere since leaving office.

Lee: Don’t Bully Supreme Court on Health Care Law Ruling

Freshman Utah Senator Mike Lee joined other Republicans on the Senate floor this morning, accusing Democrats of trying to influence the U.S.

Move to Amend Initiative Could Conflict with State Law

Despite having the support of Mayor Ralph Becker and the chair of the Salt Lake City Council, a proposed ballot initiative calling

Nevada GOP Chair Says Wimmer Not Offered Job

On Monday, former State Representative Carl Wimmer said he’d accepted a job offer to be political director of the Nevada Republican Party.

Utah Startup Measures Digital Influence to Predict Election Results

During any given election year, poll numbers often don’t correlate with reality. But a Northern Utah-based startup seems to have found a

Disease Caused by Rodent Exposure Kills Two Utahns

Two adult Utahns have died in the past month from Hantavirus infection, which leads to a deadly lung disease. And that comes

Politics Up Close: Senate Candidate Dan Liljenquist, County Council Hopeful Joe Demma

Former Republican State Senator Dan Liljenquist was counting on a strong showing in the GOP caucus meetings this spring to knock off

“No Labels” for Huntsman

More than 60,000 people called in this week to hear a message from a group calling itself No Labels, bemoaning the lack

Salt Lake City Ranked Seventh-Most Friendly for Small Businesses

A new survey conducted by an online marketplace for hiring local business services shows Salt Lake City is a friendly place

Salt Lake City Considers Off-Leash Dog Tag Program

Salt Lake City leaders are considering an off-leash dog tag program to increase revenue for maintaining off-leash dog areas and developing new

Politics Up Close: Utah House Candidate Angela Romero, Congressional Candidate Charles Kimball

Social justice and human rights are among the important issues for Angela Romero. The Democratic hopeful for the Utah House of Representatives

Traffic Fatalities Up in 2012

As Utahns hit the road for the Memorial Day weekend, the Utah Department of Transportation is alarmed about the number of traffic

Liljenquist Sticks With Debate Fight

Republican Senate hopeful Dan Liljenquist isn’t giving up on his efforts to get more than one debate with his opponent, incumbent Senator

Hatch, Lee Oppose U.N. L aw of Sea Convention

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the military’s support of the United Nations Convention on the Law of The Sea discussed today

Utah Delegation Backs Keystone XL Pipeline Motion

Utah Congressmen Jim Matheson and Jason Chaffetz were among House lawmakers voting this morning in favor of a motion to move the

Politics Up Close: New Budget Report, SL County Council Candidate Mel Nimer

The state of Utah’s general fund is being eroded by tax exemptions and earmarks, hurting important needs like colleges and universities, the

Lee’s Budget Fails in Senate, Along with Several Others

A good chunk of this week was spent in the U.S. Senate debating and rejecting several budget proposals. And among them was

Conservation Group Argues Against Tar Sands Project

A conservation group is appealing the Utah Division of Water Quality’s preliminary approval of a permit for a tar sands project at

Bennett Says 2012 Very Different Year for Hatch than 2010 Was for Him

While longtime Republican Utah Senator Orrin Hatch will fight to keep his party’s nomination on June 26, former Senator Bob Bennett didn’t

Politics Up Close: Senate Candidate Breck England, Rep. Fred Cox

If you recognize the name Breck England, it could because of his frequent op-eds in the newspaper, lambasting the Utah Legislature. Or