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Utah Senate leaders say it's time to talk about gun control, school safety

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:10pm

Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, said Friday he believes it's time for Utah lawmakers to look at gun control in the context of school safety following last week's deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school.

Quiz: Can you spot the fake news stories?

Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 7:32pm

In the nine days since the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, conspiracy theories have begun to take route.

Bill OK'd to increase penalty for wrong-way DUIs

Preston Cathcart, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:40pm

A legislative committee voted Friday in favor of a bill that would increase the penalties for driving under the influence if the individual was also driving in the wrong direction on a freeway or controlled-access highway.

Ex-Trump aide pleads guilty, will cooperate in Russia probe

Chad Day, Tom Lobianco and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:06pm

A former senior adviser to President Donald Trump's election campaign pleaded guilty Friday to federal conspiracy and false-statements charges, switching from defendant to cooperating witness in the special counsel's probe of Trump's campaign and Russia's election interference.

Trump says arm US teachers; they love kids as others don't

Ken Thomas and Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:22pm

President Donald Trump told conservatives Friday that even Second Amendment supporters can get behind steps to fight gun violence in schools, offering a red-meat call for arming teachers and suggesting they would be more likely to protect students than a security guard who "doesn't love the children."

Utah bill would give teens fleeing polygamy more rights

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:12pm

Teenagers fleeing polygamous communities would get more legal protection from parents who could expose them to sexual abuse or forced marriage under a proposal approved Friday by a panel of Utah lawmakers.

Russian, Utah authorities seek next of kin for fallen WWII soldier

McKenzie Romero, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:11pm

Authorities in Utah are asking for help finding the only known relative of a World War II Soviet soldier whose remains were recently found in Russia.

Democrats accuse Texas of voter suppression in schools

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:02pm

Democrats are alleging new attempts at voter suppression in Texas, where the GOP-controlled Legislature's electoral maps and a strict voter ID law already have been previously struck down in federal court and the nation's first primary of the year is less than two weeks away.

Utah teacher agrees with Trump: Arming teachers is 'more of a solution'

Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:27am

Utah teacher Kasey Hansen says carrying a concealed weapon in school is “more of a solution” than hiding in a corner and waiting if an armed intruder enters the classroom. But Texas teacher Tara Bordeaux worries that she lacks “the instincts” of a law enforcement officer and can’t easily see herself carrying a gun in class.

Legislators to field questions, concerns on prison construction, inland port on Saturday

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 7:05am

West-side Salt Lake City legislators are hosting a town hall meeting Saturday, where they want to field questions and concerns about hot-button issues like the construction of the new Utah State Prison and the inland port in the northwest quadrant.

Romney talks his relationship with Trump, guns and school safety

Dave McCann, KSL TV  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:45pm

In his first one-on-one interview since joining the Senate race, Mitt Romney talks to KSL TV’s Dave McCann and opens up about his relationship with President Donald Trump, guns and school safety, and what the 2002 Winter Olympic Games did for him.

Utah attorney general kicks off a cultural celebration of Latinos at the Capitol

Preston Cathcart, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:44pm

Attorney General Sean Reyes kicked off a cultural celebration of Latinos at the Capitol. He gave the audience a few words about Utahn Latino identity which was followed by a various assortment of dances and music from across Latin America.

Grand jury indicts Missouri governor who admitted affair

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:16pm

A St. Louis grand jury on Thursday indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking a compromising photo of a woman with whom he had an affair in 2015. The Republican governor responded that he made a mistake but committed no crime.

The Latest: Greitens legal team seeks indictment dismissal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:00pm

The Latest on a grand jury indictment of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (all times local):

Trump says raise age for buying assault rifles, defying NRA

Jill Colvin and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:00pm

The nation should keep assault rifles out of the hands of anyone under 21, President Donald Trump declared Thursday, defying his loyal supporters in the National Rifle Association amid America's public reckoning over gun violence. He also pushed hard for arming security guards and many teachers in U.S. schools.

Sen. Mike Lee opposes AR-15 ban, says hard to distinguish from hunting rifles

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 7:33pm

During his annual address to state lawmakers, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, was asked about banning AR-15 rifles in the wake of last week's Florida school shooting that left 17 dead and sparked new debate about gun control.

Ex-staffer regrets racy photos sent to congressional hopeful

Bob Christie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:42pm

A former aide to Arizona Senate Republicans expressed regret Thursday that she sent pictures of herself in "various states of undress" to an ex-state senator now running for the U.S. House seat of a disgraced congressman.

Ossoff not seeking rematch in Georgia race for US House seat

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:31pm

Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff is not seeking a rematch against Republican U.S. Rep. Karen Handel, who defeated him last year in the most expensive House election in U.S. history.

Missouri Gov. Greitens says he made mistake but "did not commit a crime"; attacks prosecutor as "reckless liberal"

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:19pm

Missouri Gov. Greitens says he made mistake but "did not commit a crime"; attacks prosecutor as "reckless liberal"