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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.

Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico, to speak at the U.

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Jan 15th - 4:41pm

Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico, will speak at the University of Utah Feb. 12 as a guest of the Tanner Humanities Center.

Bill would repeal, replace Medicaid expansion initiative approved by Utah voters

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Jan 15th - 3:16pm

The voter-approved ballot initiative expanding Medicaid coverage to some 150,000 low-income Utahns would be repealed and replaced by a more limited plan under a bill being drafted for the 2019 Legislature.

Washington lieutenant governor skips speech over gun fears

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 12:31pm

Washington state's lieutenant governor declined to preside at Gov. Jay Inslee's State of the State speech Tuesday, saying he was concerned people might bring concealed weapons to the joint session of the Legislature.

1,500 GoFundMe pages have been set up by furloughed government employees

Doug Criss, CNN  |  Posted Jan 15th - 11:22am

The pleas on GoFundMe come from people across all walks of life. A single mom. A librarian. A Border Patrol agent. Even an artist.

AP sources: Gillibrand moving toward 2020 bid in coming days

Juana Summers, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 8:39am

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is expected to move toward launching a 2020 presidential campaign within days by forming an exploratory committee, according to several people familiar with her plans.

Sen. Mitt Romney, Rep. Chris Stewart call for Iowa GOP congressman to resign over white supremacy comments

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Jan 14th - 8:37pm

Sen. Mitt Romney and Rep. Chris Stewart want an Iowa GOP congressman to resign over comments he made about the terms “white nationalist” and “white supremacist.”

Utah officials starting plan for prolonged federal government shutdown

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Jan 14th - 7:32pm

Utah remains in "decent" shape as the partial government shutdown enters its fourth week but won't be able to keep federal programs going longterm, a state budget official said.

Why Gov. Herbert proposes $1.8M for new civilian parole and probation hires

Carter Williams,  |  Posted Jan 14th - 7:02pm

A portion of Gov. Gary Herbert’s 2020 budget proposes $1.8 million for 22 new hires to help ease the workload of Utah's parole and probation agents.

McAuliffe uses state PAC to help Iowa, New Hampshire Dems

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

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has used his old state political action committee to raise big money and cut checks to Democrats in Iowa and New Hampshire as he weighs a presidential run.