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Surviving the shutdown: How Zion and its park rangers are making do

Mikayla Shoup, St. George News  |  Posted Jan 17th - 9:45pm

With the government shutdown on its 26th day and 800,000 federal employees still furloughed or working without pay, national parks have been experiencing the effects.

Mayor Jackie Biskupski celebrates 'cultural shifts' in 2019 State of the City address

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted Jan 17th - 9:12pm

Biskupski's 2019 address — in contrast to last year's speech, when she called for tough changes, including a tax hike and a new bond to pay for streets — was a victory lap for the mayor as she headed into her fourth year in office.

Utah A.G. Seans Reyes named to federal Asian-American, Pacific Islander commission

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Jan 17th - 8:04pm

President Donald Trump appointed Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes to the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on Thursday.

Utah voters blame Trump the most for shutdown, but congressional Democrats a close second

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Jan 17th - 4:38pm

President Donald Trump gets the most blame from Utahns for the ongoing federal government shutdown in a new poll, but congressional Democrats aren't far behind.

Rep. Ben McAdams assigned to House Financial Services Committee

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Jan 17th - 12:21pm

Rep. Ben McAdams, Utah's newest member of Congress and only Democrat in the delegation, has been assigned to the House Financial Services Committee.

Pritzker signs bill allowing Illinois to license gun dealers

John O'Connor, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 12:08pm

Gov. J.B. Pritzker authorized state regulation of firearms dealers Thursday in a reversal of his predecessor's policy and prompting a gun owners group to threaten legal action against Illinois.

McAuliffe uses state PAC to help Iowa, NH Democrats

Alan Suderman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 10:28am

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has dusted off his old state political action committee to accept big donations and cut checks to Democratic parties in early-voting states as he weighs a presidential run, campaign finance records show.

2020 Democrats face a choice: Fight Trump or ignore him?

Elana Schor and Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 10:38pm

When Sen. Elizabeth Warren took the stage earlier this month at this city's ornate Orpheum Theatre, Tricia Currans-Sheehan posed a pointed question to the expected presidential contender.

Utah city appoints new mayor who pleaded guilty last year to DUI

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted Jan 16th - 4:09pm

A Layton councilman and former Salt Lake City director of 911 who garnered statewide attention last year after he was arrested for drunken driving has been picked to serve as Layton's mayor.

From travel to IPOs, how shutdown is upsetting US economy

Christopher Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 3:32pm

Delta Air Lines can't get eight new aircraft in the air. Roughly a million government employees and contractors aren't being paid. Some Americans who are trying to start small businesses face delays in obtaining the required tax identification number from the IRS.

After crossing into Guatemala, new group of migrants sets sights on Mexico

Sonia Perez D., Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 2:32pm

More than 1,000 Hondurans were walking and hitchhiking through Guatemala on Wednesday, heading toward the Mexico border as part of a new caravan of migrants hoping to reach the United States.

Some Utah IRS workers called back; courts postponing cases as shutdown continues

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL and Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Jan 16th - 2:03pm

As the shutdown drags on, several hundred IRS employees are expected to be called back to work, while federal courts have had to stop dealing with some civil cases.

Now a 2020 candidate, Gillibrand builds campaign on gender

Juana Summers, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 12:06pm

A day after she jumped into the presidential race from a glimmering Manhattan television studio, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand returned Wednesday to her upstate New York hometown to preview a campaign that is expected to put gender front and center.

McAdams reschedules town hall meetings while Curtis plans to attend his virtually

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Jan 16th - 11:44am

Rep. Ben McAdams has rescheduled town hall meetings planned for next week in light of Congress canceling a planned recess, while Rep. John Curtis will show up virtually to hear from his constituents.

The IRS is recalling 46,000 workers to handle tax returns

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 10:15pm

The Internal Revenue Service is recalling about 46,000 of its employees furloughed by the government shutdown — nearly 60 percent of its workforce — to handle tax returns and pay out refunds. The employees won't be paid during the shutdown.

No pay, no Washington apartment for new Utah Rep. Ben McAdams

Dennis Romboy, KSL and Ladd Egan, KSL TV  |  Posted Jan 15th - 8:04pm

"I’m not able to get into an apartment until I have a pay stub. It’s a minor inconvenience compared to what other people are going through."

Bloomberg believes he can be elected president despite age

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 7:02pm

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday that if he decides to run for president he can still win despite being older.

Sen. Sherrod Brown to tour early states before 2020 decision

Elana Schor and Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 6:52pm

Sen. Sherrod Brown is launching a tour of three states that cast pivotal early votes in the 2020 presidential primary.

North Carolina elections board let green card holder vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 5:14am

A federal judge has chastised election officials in North Carolina who let a Korean woman with a green card vote in three elections.