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Day 2: Legislature tackles education, taxes, liquor laws, campaign contributions

KSL.com  |  posted 36 minutes ago
On the second day of the 2015 Utah Legislature Tuesday, lawmakers began work on several education bills. They also discussed bills dealing with tax increases, liquor laws and campaign contributions.
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Utah veterans: Bergdahl deserves punishment for desertion

Jed Boal  |  posted Jan 27th - 8:02pm
The Pentagon said there is no decision to prosecute former Taliban prisoner Bowe Bergdahl for desertion, but sources told NBC News the Idaho native will be charged. For a number of Utah veterans, the story stirs up intense emotion.
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Bill seeks to improve civic engagement among students

Morgan Jacobsen  |  posted Jan 27th - 7:37pm
The Senate Education Committee recommended a bill for Senate approval Tuesday that would require students to pass a citizenship test before they can earn a high school diploma.
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Business community supports tax increases for schools, roads

Lisa Riley Roche  |  posted Jan 27th - 7:32pm
A group of Utah business leaders Tuesday said it's time for lawmakers to invest in both education and transportation, even if that means increasing taxes.
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Broadway star, local artists to perform at benefit concert

Faith Heaton Jolley  |  posted Jan 27th - 7:30pm
The second Utah's Stars and Friends performance was announced Tuesday as a benefit concert and will feature broadway star Alfie Boe and several local artists.
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House committee holds bill setting limits on campaign contributions

Lisa Riley Roche  |  posted Jan 27th - 7:24pm
A House committee voted Tuesday to hold a bill that would place limits on how much could be contributed to political candidates.
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Bill would increase incentives for early high school graduation

Morgan Jacobsen  |  posted Jan 27th - 7:20pm
Lawmakers are considering a bill that would increase the incentives and resources for students to graduate early from high school through Utah's Centennial Scholarship program.
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Strack family murder-suicides stemmed from fear of apocalypse, police say

Pat Reavy  |  posted Jan 27th - 6:51pm
Apparently concerned with the "evil in the world" and a pending apocalypse, Benjamin and Kristi Strack took the lives of three of their children and then killed themselves with lethal doses of drugs, Springville police believe.
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Drug-related charges filed against former Ogden police officer

Pat Reavy  |  posted Jan 27th - 6:46pm
A former Ogden police officer once assigned to drug investigations has been charged with allegedly distributing drugs himself.
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Anti-capital punishment group protests firing squad bill

Katie McKellar  |  posted Jan 27th - 6:42pm
A Utah lawmaker's proposal to resurrect the use of firing squads would restore a gruesome relic of the state's Wild West past, a group opposed to capital punishment said Tuesday afternoon.
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Dea Millerberg to parole board: 'I do deserve to be here'

Pat Reavy  |  posted Jan 27th - 6:35pm
A parole board member told Dea Millerberg, who is serving time for her part in the drug-related death of 16-year-old Alexis Rasmussen, that she should prepare for the possibility of serving her full five-year prison sentence.
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LDS statement could push controversial bills forward

Dennis Romboy  |  posted Jan 27th - 6:31pm
Now that the courts have spoken on same-sex marriage in Utah, lawmakers are poised to tackle controversial proposals on religious freedom and nondiscrimination. Statements from the LDS Church could change how the Utah Legislature handles such issues.
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LDS leaders reemphasize protection of religious freedoms, support for LGBT nondiscrimination laws

Tad Walch  |  posted Jan 27th - 6:25pm
Senior LDS leaders affirmed Tuesday the church's consistent support for nondiscrimination laws that balance the rights of LGBT people with provisions that protect religious freedom. They also called for civility in debate.
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Man accused in BYU gropings accepts diversion agreement

Emiley Morgan  |  posted Jan 27th - 6:16pm
Accused BYU groper Nathan Eric Fletcher, 23, accepted a diversion agreement Tuesday that will lead to the dismissal of two counts of sexual battery, a class A misdemeanor, as long as Fletcher completes the terms of the agreement.
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Apartment fire drives 20 residents from home

Pat Reavy  |  posted Jan 27th - 6:15pm
Investigators still did not know Tuesday what started a fire that displaced 20 people from an apartment complex near Weber State University.
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I-80 reopens after power lines went down near airport off-ramp

Megan Marsden Christensen  |  posted Jan 27th - 6:09pm
Traffic in both directions on I-80 near the Salt Lake International Airport off-ramp reopened Tuesday evening after some live power lines came down, closing the area for over an hour.
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Imagine Dragons to perform concert on plane for lucky fans

Faith Heaton Jolley  |  posted Jan 27th - 4:58pm
Grammy-winning band Imagine Dragons partnered with Southwest Airlines and announced Monday that they will perform a concert at 35,000 feet for a few lucky fans.
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Senate committee passes bill to beef up liquor law enforcement

Dennis Romboy  |  posted Jan 27th - 4:21pm
A bill that would divert fines from alcohol violations to the Utah Attorney General's Office for increased enforcement cleared a Senate committee Tuesday.
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Clark Gilbert announced as new president of BYU-I

KSL.com  |  posted Jan 27th - 4:01pm
During Tuesday's regularly scheduled devotional at Brigham Young University-Idaho, Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced a change in the leadership of the university.
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Lawmakers take first look at public education budget bill

Morgan Jacobsen  |  posted Jan 27th - 3:58pm
Lawmakers began working to determine budget appropriations for Utah's public schools Tuesday, with a special focus on finding ways to improve financial efficiency.
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