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Kelly: No use of US military to enforce immigration

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:42pm

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly pledged Thursday that America won't enlist its military to enforce immigration laws and that there will be "no mass deportations."

Critics 'dismayed' at revived concealed carry bill; Utah fed up with feds' wild horse problem

KSL.com  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:18am

Lawmakers revived a bill that failed last week that would allow concealed carry of guns without a permit, shocking critics. Lawmakers also want the federal government to take care of Utah's wild horse problem, calling it "a hell for the animals."

Conservatives learn dealing with Trump can be complicated

Lisa Lerer and Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:56am

For the past eight years, thousands of conservative activists have descended on Washington each spring with dreams of putting a Republican in the White House.

Trump administration lifts transgender bathroom guidance

Maria Danilova and Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:27pm

The Trump administration on Wednesday ended federal protections for transgender students that instructed schools to allow them to use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities.

Lawmaker wants to fuel food trucks' success by simplifying licensing

Wendy Leonard  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:03pm

A Utah lawmaker proposes to streamline licensing and permit procedures for food truck owners to avoid repetitive, costly and time-intensive inspections required by various municipalities and jurisdictions.

Chaffetz letter: Tweet from Bryce Canyon shows 'coordination' with White House

Ladd Egan and Tracie Snowder  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 7:02pm

A letter obtained by KSL shows Rep. Jason Chaffetz has been chasing down the intent behind a Bryce Canyon National Park tweet.

GOP legislative leaders still working on tax reform plan

Lisa Riley Roche and Katie McKellar  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:18pm

GOP legislative leaders are taking another look at the income tax piece of their tax reform package but are still working to put together a plan before the session ends March 9.

Bill to raise state income taxes on big earners fails to advance

Lisa Riley Roche  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:09pm

A bill that would boost the income tax rate from 5 percent to 7 percent on Utahns earning more than $250,000 failed to advance Wednesday in the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee.

Committees OK bill on sex ed; House backs death penalty for sex trafficking deaths

KSL.com  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:16pm

The Utah Legislature's Senate Education Committee gave unanimous approval to a bill that would treat all students equally with respect to sex education instruction and the House narrowly advanced a bill that would allow capital punishment for sex trafficking deaths.

Bill lowering age for concealed carry permit advances to Senate

Amy Joi O'Donoghue  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:07pm

A legislative proposal that would allow young adults ages 18 to 21 to apply for and receive a concealed carry permit passed the House on Tuesday by a 63-12 vote and goes to the Senate.

NASA in Tooele County? Lawmakers encourage new testing facility

Katie McKellar  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:35pm

State and county officials say NASA has its eye on a site about 10 miles south of Tooele for a new testing facility — and the site may have a competitive edge over others being considered in Texas, California and New York.

Chaffetz: President 'absolutely' wants to take action on Bears Ears

Lisa Riley Roche  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 7:00pm

President Donald Trump "absolutely" wants to take action to change the Bears Ears National Monument designation made by his predecessor, said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.

Exodus of outdoor show from Utah criticized by beneficiaries

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:11pm

Sales double twice a year at the Toasters sandwich shop in downtown Salt Lake City when tens of thousands of plaid-shirted outdoor retailer representatives arrive in town for a massive industry trade show.

Trump calls recent anti-Semitic incidents 'horrible'

Jeremy Diamond, CNN  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:55pm

President Donald Trump said Tuesday the recent spate of threats targeting the Jewish community in the US are "horrible" and "painful" as he faced a growing chorus of calls from Democrats and Jewish leaders urging him to speak out.

Utah leaders call for immigration reform, cite contributions of immigrants

Ryan Morgan  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:10pm

A group of over a dozen business leaders and lawmakers held a press conference Tuesday to discuss the economic contributions of immigration and to discuss concerns about current policies and suggestions for how to resolve some of the issues.

Chaffetz says he's already taken on Trump administration

Lisa Riley Roche  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:34pm

Rep. Jason Chaffetz said Tuesday he has already taken on President Donald Trump's administration on four issues but said the question of potential Russian influence is best handled by another congressional committee.

Trump pledges to unite 'divided country' after African-American history museum visit

Jeremy Diamond, CNN  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:16pm

President Donald Trump pledged Tuesday to combat bigotry and unite what he called a "divided country" after wrapping up his first visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Chafee blasts media over Trump 'onslaught,' metric coverage

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:36pm

Former Democratic presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee defended Republican President Donald Trump on Tuesday against a tiresome "full onslaught" by the "mainstream media" — and says he can relate to the commander-in-chief's struggles.

DNC race remains tight as energized Democrats combat Trump

Lisa Lerer and Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:51pm

Just days before Democratic activists pick a new party chair, the contest to head the Democratic National Committee remains fluid, as national leaders grapple with how to turn an outpouring of liberal protest against President Donald Trump into political gains.