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Salt Lake City mayoral race is getting crowded after Mayor Jackie Biskupski announced she will not seek election

More candidates join an already-crowded field after Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski announces she won’t be running for a second term. Governor Gary Herbert quietly lets a bill allowing the storage of depleted uranium in Utah become law. And the passage of a controversial gravel-mine protection bill draws the ire of environmentalists At 9 […]

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The 2019 legislative session in review

Bills at the 2019 Utah legislative session addressed hate crimes, abortion bans, radioactive waste, the alcohol content of store-bought beer, conversion therapy, naming a state reptile, reconsidering the state flag and so much more. At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune editor Jennifer Napier-Pearce, and reporters Taylor Stevens and Benjamin Wood join KCPW’s Roger […]

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A prominent LGBTQ advocate resigned from a state suicide task force after a conversion therapy bill was drastically altered in the legislature

Amendments drastically alter a bill to ban conversion therapy in Utah, leading to the resignation of a prominent LGBTQ advocate from a state suicide task force. Utah lawmakers abandon a proposed tax overhaul, for now. And prosecutors drop counts against a medical cannabis patient facing drug charges. At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune […]

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BYU police department faces decertification after not investigating alleged officer misconduct

BYU’s police department faces decertification after failing to investigate alleged misconduct by one of its officers. A measure that would prevent cities from banning plastic bags advances at the legislature. And Utah U.S. Rep. Ben McAdams votes against president Trump’s border emergency. At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune government and politics editor Dan […]

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Lawmaker expects Utah hate crimes bill to meet with opposition in Senate

Utah hate crimes bill clears another hurdle, but its sponsor says he expects a fight on the senate floor. Lawmakers unveil a proposal ban so-called conversion therapy. And the Sandy City Council opens an investigation into the city’s response to contaminated water. At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune senior managing editor Matt Canham, […]

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