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A push to raise the limit on beer in grocery stores is back at the State Capitol after legislation hit some turbulence last week.

Sen. Daniel Thatcher hugs Troy Williams
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The Utah Legislature has passed a significant overhaul to the state’s hate crimes statute, a measure Gov. Gary Herbert said he was eager to sign and would provide a “powerful tool” for protecting vulnerable communities.

House Speaker Brad Wilson and Senate President Stuart Adams
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Following days of closed-door meetings, top House and Senate leaders reached a tentative deal on Tuesday that would fund the state’s $19 billion budget.

SLC Mayor Files Lawsuit Over Utah Inland Port

Mar 11, 2019
Mayor Jackie Biskupski
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Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski has mounted a legal challenge to the state’s new inland port, accusing state leaders of usurping the city’s taxing and land use authority.

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President Trump officially nominated David Bernhardt on Friday to become the nation’s next interior secretary as questions swirl about the nominee’s conflicts of interest.

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The same snow that’s helped wash away smog episodes along the Wasatch Front this winter has created a kind of pollution factory in the Uinta Basin. Conditions have led to more than two weeks of high-ozone days in Utah’s oil and gas country.


Utahns lost an hour of sleep over the weekend with Daylight Saving Time, a twice yearly disruptive change of the clocks that at least one state lawmaker has proposed putting an end to — eventually.

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State lawmakers voted against advancing legislation to address who is liable when a loaned firearm is used in a crime. The measure was motivated by the fatal shooting of a University of Utah student last fall.

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With less than a week left in the Utah legislative session, lawmakers are busy prioritizing and passing bills. So far, they’ve introduced 830 pieces of legislation and 267 have passed both chambers.

Here’s a look at some of Friday’s movement:


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February’s wet weather has helped ease drought’s grip on Utah, as heavier than normal rain and snow have resulted in a statewide snowpack that’s at normal or better.

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When Millcreek residents learned that their neighborhoods were being considered in a study commissioned by their city, they said Google helped them understand what that meant.

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Gov. Gary Herbert and top Republican leaders announced Thursday they will not pursue tax reform this session, an about-face coming just hours after the bill’s chief sponsor expressed confidence about its chances.

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Utah’s Republican Gov. Gary Herbert’s request for the Trump administration to rollback restrictions on 4 million acres of national forest land in his state has environmentalists raising flags that it could spur a wave of states in the region to follow suit.

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From ominous speeches to political message bills, the specter of socialism is haunting the Utah Legislature this session.

Tenna Hartman
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House lawmakers will determine the fate of a sweeping tax reform package scheduled for debate today.

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Updated 5:03 p.m. MST 3/6/19

In a press conference at the Capitol Wednesday, two key supporters of legislation that would have banned conversion therapy with minors in Utah resigned from the Governor’s Youth Suicide Task Force.

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Despite being cleared of unfounded harassment allegations last month, the head of Grand Canyon National Park is refusing to return to her job right away. Park superintendent Chris Lehnertz was hastily reassigned five months ago after the federal investigation was launched.

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Utah’s growing interest in environmental issues has translated into an explosion of environmental legislation and budget requests in the 2019 General Session.

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Updated 3:30 p.m. MST 3/6/19

A bill to raise the alcohol limit of beer sold in grocery and convenience stores from 3.2 percent alcohol by weight to 4.8 percent met stiff resistance in a House committee Wednesday morning and was changed substantially before getting the green light.

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Utah’s planned inland port potentially could reach to far corners of the state under a bill approved by a House committee Tuesday afternoon, despite criticisms from community advocates living near the center of the planned project.

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A bill to strengthen the state’s hate crimes law passed the full Senate on Tuesday and will next be considered by the House, a first for such legislation in recent years.

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The details on the lengthy federal investigation exonerating Chris Lehnertz of creating a hostile work environment were released Tuesday.


Longtime KUER classical music host and Salt Lake City actor Gene Pack died over the weekend. Many called the 86-year-old Pack an icon in the local arts community.

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Since the October 2018  death of student-athlete Lauren McCluskey, her parents have been outspoken about how the University of Utah handled the matter.

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The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from the Utah Republican Party over the state’s five-year-old election law, S.B. 54, allowing a candidate multiple pathways to the primary ballot.

Archie Archuleta
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Hundreds gathered to celebrate the life of the late Salt Lake City civil rights activist, Robert “Archie” Archuleta at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center on Saturday.

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A state lawmaker is proposing a carbon tax to stimulate a shift away from fossil fuels.


But it's uncertain whether the Republican-controlled State Legislature will advance the bill with just nine days before the Utah’s 2019 legislative General Session ends.

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Salt Lake City has invested $2 million into two housing projects in the city’s east and west sides.

One project will create 75 permanent supportive housing units for people who are transitioning out of homelessness. It is the first housing development of its kind in a decade, the city said.

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Utah legislators on the House Judiciary Committee questioned on Friday the scope of a bill that would ban a controversial form of psychotherapy.

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A parade of critics from a cross section of Utah industries swarmed a House committee hearing on Friday to object to a Republican plan that would add new taxes for a raft of services.