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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.

Utah’s growing opioid problem and what’s being done to stop it

Carter Williams  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:01am

Since 1999, the amount of opioid-related deaths from illegal and legal opioids has skyrocketed. With a statewide crisis on its hands, law enforcement officials, legislatures and medical professionals are all banding together searching for a solution.

AP Photos: Young migrants survive on their own in Serbia

Muhammed Muheisen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 7:44am

In an abandoned warehouse in the Serbian capital of Belgrade, Rasool, a 12-year-old from Jalalabad, Afghanistan, has spent the last six months sleeping on the ground, warming himself by fires, showering with cold water and eating meals distributed by aid groups.

Dozens rally against Chaffetz through song, not chants

Ben Lockhart  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 10:50pm

At the rally Monday in Provo, there was singing, and lots of it. In keeping with the theme of Presidents Day, participant belted out the words to "The Battle Hymn of The Republic," "My Country 'Tis of Thee" and "This Land Is Your Land."

Trump taps military strategist as national security adviser

Catherine Lucey and Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 8:21pm

President Donald Trump has tapped Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a prominent military strategist known as a creative thinker, as his new national security adviser, replacing the ousted Michael Flynn.

Vitaly Churkin, Russia's ambassador to UN, dies suddenly at 64

Richard Roth and Holly Yan, CNN  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 5:28pm

Tributes poured in Monday for Vitaly Churkin, the Russian ambassador to the United Nations who died suddenly in New York. He was remembered for his intellect, wit and the pride he took in serving his country.

Utah's anesthesia abortion law unenforced

Hallie Golden, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 3:31pm

Utah enacted a law requiring that fetuses receive anesthesia before elective abortions starting at 20 weeks gestation. Nine months later, the only licensed clinic providing those abortions says no changes have been made in how doctors perform them.

DNC race remains tight as energized Democrats combat Trump

Lisa Lerer and Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:33pm

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.