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Trump calls for death penalty to 'get tough' on drug pushers

Darlene Superville and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:57pm

Unveiling a long-awaited plan to combat the national scourge of opioid drug addiction, President Donald Trump called Monday for stiffer penalties for drug traffickers, including embracing a tactic employed by some of the global strongmen he admires: the death penalty.

Early voting for Illinois primary far exceeds last midterm

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 2:28pm

The number of voters casting early ballots for the Illinois primary has far exceeded the number who voted early four years ago.

Longtime Salt Lake County clerk being challenged by her own employee

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:42am

Salt Lake County's longtime clerk, Sherrie Swensen, is gunning for an eigth term after nearly three decades in office — but her elections director, Rozan Mitchell is challenging her.

Lawmakers: Delay in federal monitor for UTA underscores need for agency overhaul

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 8:59am

Not having a federal monitor in place to oversee the Utah Transit Authority nearly a year after a deadline set in a nonprosecution deal underscores the need for the major changes just made to the agency, lawmakers said Friday.

Sen. Heitkamp: Democratic party far from dead in red states

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 4:28pm

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, who is facing a tough re-election fight as the only Democratic statewide officeholder in North Dakota, expressed optimism Saturday for the future of her party in conservative-leaning states such as her own.

Xi reappointed as China's president with no term limits

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 7:41am

China's rubber-stamp legislature on Saturday unanimously approved the reappointment of Xi Jinping as president with no limit on the number of terms he can serve.

Utah governor signs controversial inland port bill, plans special session to make fixes

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 10:29pm

Despite calls from Salt Lake City leaders, residents and some county officials to veto the controversial bill establishing an inland port authority in the city's northwest quadrant, Gov. Gary Herbert on Friday signed the bill.

Michael Flynn campaigns in 1st appearance since guilty plea

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 9:38pm

Disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn campaigned for a Republican congressional candidate in California Friday in his first public appearance since pleading guilty to lying to the FBI.

Quiz: Can you spot the fake news stories?

Jacob Klopfenstein,  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 8:04pm

Do you have what it takes to spot the real news headlines amid the fake ones? Take’s weekly fake news quiz to find out.

Utah governor signs law legalizing 'free-range parenting'

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 4:44pm

So-called free-range parenting will soon be the law of the land in Utah after the governor signed what appears to be the country's first measure to formally legalize allowing kids to do things on their own to foster self-sufficiency.

Fired top diplomat Tillerson says he's praying for America

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 12:54pm

Fired top diplomat Rex Tillerson says he's praying for America.

Wyoming guns in church bill signed by governor

Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 11:02am

Gov. Matt Mead has signed into law a measure allowing people to carry concealed weapons into churches and other houses of worship in Wyoming.

Utah governor gets Scouting for Food drive started

Preston Cathcart, KSL  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 10:48am

Utahns can leave on their doorsteps bags or boxes filled with nonperishable food items by 9 a.m. Saturday, and Boy Scouts assisted by the National Guard across the state will pick them up.

Feral cats make Western Governor's list of invasive species

Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 10:34am

Western U.S. governors have compiled their first region-wide list of the worst invasive species for their states.

Flake eyes 2020 primary challenge to stop Trump

Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 8:38am

Jeff Flake has a direct message for the Republicans of New Hampshire: Someone needs to stop Donald Trump. And Flake, a Republican senator from Arizona, may stand up against the Republican president in 2020 — either as a Republican or an independent — if no one else does.

Romney seeks Marriott post he can't hold as a US Senator

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 2:41pm

Mitt Romney is running for re-election to Marriott International's board of directors, but his campaign said Monday that he'll resign from that post if elected in November to the U.S. Senate, which bars senators from serving as an officer or board member of any publicly-held company.

Pawlenty files campaign committee for Minnesota governor run

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 1:40pm

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Monday he created a campaign committee to run for his old job, the most concrete step yet after months of speculation whether the Republican would return to politics following his short-lived 2012 presidential campaign.

Lamb, Saccone in line for primary contests in new districts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 3:04pm

Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone each could see a primary contest in new congressional districts after they battled for an existing district in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Texas accuses more schools of 'unlawful electioneering'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 9:58am

Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has ordered two more school districts to stop "unlawful electioneering activities," accusing them of using state funds to endorse a political candidate.