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Gold stars on Utah licenses will cost millions, lawmakers told

Art Raymond, KSL  |  Posted Oct 18th - 7:52am

Members of the Utah Legislature's Transportation Interim Committee heard presentations Wednesday on the cost of getting Utah drivers' licenses compliant with Homeland Security requirements and UDOT's research of automated license plate readers.

School retrofits, more mental health resources needed, school safety committee says

Mike Anderson, KSL TV  |  Posted Oct 18th - 6:20am

A school safety advisory committee has presented their list of recommendations for safer schools to a legislative committee.

Farm-rich Salinas exemplifies California's housing struggles

Kathleen Ronayne, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 11:48pm

Middle-school English teacher Maryam Powers doesn't take vacations. To earn additional money, she picks up an extra period of teaching when she can and mentors new hires. But to afford the mortgage on a $330,000 three-bedroom home she purchased in Salinas in 2015, Powers still must rent out the master bedroom for $800 a month.

What to watch for in first Heitkamp-Cramer debate

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 10:44pm

The first debate between Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Republican challenger Kevin Cramer comes as Heitkamp is under heavy pressure in a race Democrats badly need for any shot at controlling the Senate.

GOP's Lance, Democrat Malinowski trade attacks in debate

Mike Catalini, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 8:27pm

Republican Rep. Leonard Lance touted his record as bipartisan and jabbed his Democratic challenger as a "carpetbagger" and potential Nancy Pelosi supporter, while Tom Malinowski called the five-term incumbent is ineffective and a failed check on President Donald Trump in an hourlong and at-times testy debate Wednesday.

Gov. Baker: I misspoke; will vote for GOP Senate candidate

Steve Leblanc, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 8:14pm

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday that he hadn't decided if he would vote for fellow Republican and U.S. Senate candidate Geoff Diehl even though he has publicly endorsed his candidacy — but quickly backtracked and pledged to cast a ballot for Diehl.

McCaskill-Hawley race turns nasty over sting videos

Summer Ballentine, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 7:45pm

Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill's campaign manager on Wednesday called for her Republican rival Josh Hawley to launch an investigation of footage of her campaign taken by a conservative group known for "sting" videos of liberal organizations.

Utah House, Senate GOP support medical marijuana bill; detractors say it won't happen

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Oct 17th - 7:00pm

House and Senate Republicans appear to be on board with a proposed compromise bill for dispensing medical marijuana in Utah, but detractors say lawmakers are putting on a show and patients will never get medical cannabis.

The Latest: South Carolina gov hopefuls draw final contrasts

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 6:13pm

The Latest on the first of two general election debates between the candidates competing for South Carolina governor (all times local):

Kobach proposes tougher work rules for welfare in Kansas

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 5:23pm

Republican Kris Kobach promised Wednesday to push for tougher work requirements for welfare and state health coverage recipients in Kansas, building on existing policies that have populist appeal but draw criticism as punitive toward the poor.

Maine's 4 gubernatorial candidates vie for public's support

Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 5:17pm

Maine's four gubernatorial candidates on Wednesday tried to make their case with voters with weeks to go before the Nov. 6 election.

Debate pits Bishop against newcomer challengers

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, KSL  |  Posted Oct 17th - 5:16pm

Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, took to the stage Wednesday night at Logan's Utah State University to argue why voters should send him back for another term in Congress. His challengers are Lee Castillo, a Democrat, and Eric Eliason, United Utah.

Utah lawmaker says gas station sweepstakes games often amount to gambling

Annie Knox, KSL  |  Posted Oct 17th - 4:39pm

A Utah lawmaker is again seeking to clarify that sweepstakes games functioning like pseudo-slot machines are illegal in the Beehive State.

Nevada's famous pimp expected to win election despite death

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 2:56pm

Nevada's most famous pimp tried to bring the state's legal brothel industry into the mainstream by mingling with celebrities, showcasing his business on HBO and staging outlandish publicity stunts.

Minnesota House hopeful calls marriage, fraud claims 'lies'

Amy Forliti, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 2:37pm

A Minnesota Democratic candidate for Congress is poised to become the first Somali-American elected to the U.S. House. But as the election approaches, Ilhan Omar is dogged by questions about her past.

Democrats, Menendez facing tough fight in blue New Jersey

Mike Catalini, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 2:16pm

In deep blue New Jersey, Sen. Bob Menendez is in a brutal political fight against his GOP rival, putting Democrats — who are pouring cash into the race— on the defensive as they seek to hold onto imperiled seats in red states.

Sen. Joe Manchin extols bipartisan work in op-ed pieces

John Raby, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 2:13pm

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, facing a tough re-election in three weeks in a state President Trump won by 42 percentage points in 2016, has co-written a series of op-ed pieces with Republican senators in an effort to demonstrate his bipartisan chops.

Florida to bend voting rules in counties hit by hurricane

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 8:32am

Florida is going to bend some of the voting rules for voters living in counties hammered by Hurricane Michael.

Poll finds vast majority of American Jews will vote Democrat

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 6:23am

A new survey indicates an overwhelming majority of American Jews plan to vote for Democratic candidates in the upcoming midterm elections.