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Budget deal includes wildfire disaster fund to end borrowing

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 11:56am

A spending bill slated for a vote in Congress includes a bipartisan plan to create a wildfire disaster fund to help combat increasingly severe wildfires that have devastated the West in recent years.

US Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. sees Trump, Putin moving toward formal meeting

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 6:42am

President Donald Trump suggested he would soon meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Seven weeks earlier, U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr. told a Moscow radio station the two leaders were headed in that direction.

Pence to speak at fundraiser for New Hampshire governor

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:02pm

Vice President Mike Pence is visiting New Hampshire to discuss the Trump administration's tax plan and speak at a fundraiser for Republican Gov. Chris Sununu's (soo-NOO'-nooz) 2018 re-election campaign.

Utah governor signs bill allowing medical marijuana use by terminally ill patients

Ben Lockhart, KSL  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:11pm

A bill giving terminally ill patients access to certain forms of medical cannabis was signed into law this week by Gov. Gary Herbert.

Saccone concedes Pennsylvania US House race to Lamb

Marc Levy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 7:18pm

Republican Rick Saccone conceded defeat to Democrat Conor Lamb on Wednesday night in a closely watched special election in Pennsylvania, more than a week after the end of a remarkable race that has shaken GOP confidence ahead of the November midterm elections.

Land deal finalized to clean up, develop old Salt Lake landfill, likely for inland port

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 7:00pm

A real estate arm of the LDS Church has donated to a state agency the site of the old Salt Lake City landfill — a 770-acre property in the city's northwest quadrant that has long been eyed as part of an inland port development.

The Latest: Democrats giddy after Illinois primary showing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:46pm

The Latest on Illinois' primary and the November governor's race (all times local):

Democrats giddy about odds of retaking Illinois' top job

Sara Burnett, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:44pm

Democrats are giddy following Illinois' primary about their chances of reclaiming the governor's office from a GOP incumbent who barely survived his own nomination fight.

GOP candidate tweet alludes to shooting a congressman

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:18pm

A former Secret Service agent who says he is a Republican candidate for secretary of state in Kentucky has apologized for a tweet about U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth that alluded to him shooting the congressman.

Election ruling draws mixed reviews from Utah caucusgoers

Annie Knox, KSL  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 7:03am

Evan Boberg, a used car salesman, believes a federal appeals court made a bad decision Tuesday when it effectively allowed Utah candidates to continue gathering voter signatures to make their way onto primary election ballots.

Rep. Lipinski of Illinois narrowly wins Democratic primary

Sara Burnett, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:20am

Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois, one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress, narrowly won a primary Tuesday over a progressive newcomer who argued the congressman's views no longer reflect the Chicago-area district he has represented for seven terms.

Rauner, Pritzker win primaries in Illinois governor's race

Sara Burnett and John O'Connor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 11:52pm

The race for Illinois governor will be a battle between two deep-pocketed candidates who've already sunk more than $120 million of their own money into the contest, putting it on pace to become the costliest such campaign in U.S. history.

Departing Sen. Cochran 'optimistic about the future' of US

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:35pm

Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi has given a farewell speech in the U.S. Senate, where he's the longest-serving current member of Congress.

Wisconsin judge orders Walker to call special elections

Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:25pm

A Wisconsin judge Thursday ordered Gov. Scott Walker to call special elections to fill a pair of legislative seats vacated by fellow Republicans, handing a victory to Democrats who have pushed for the elections to be held.

The Latest: Walker won't say if he'll call elections

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 11:59am

The Latest on lawsuit to force Gov. Scott Walker to call special elections (all times local):

Woman in affair that led US rep to resign still wants to run

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 6:36pm

A woman whose affair with a married eight-term Pennsylvania congressman led to his resignation says bad weather prevented her from filing paperwork on time to run for a U.S. House seat in Pittsburgh.

Republican Rick Saccone concedes Pennsylvania congressional race to Democrat Conor Lamb

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 5:32pm

Republican Rick Saccone concedes Pennsylvania congressional race to Democrat Conor Lamb.

The Latest: Lawmaker doesn't remember alleged incidents

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:08pm

The Latest on former Hawaii House Speaker Joe Souki resigning to resolve sexual harassment allegations (all times local):

Lawmaker accused of abusing colleague won't seek re-election

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:12pm

A Pennsylvania lawmaker who is the subject of a protection-from-abuse order against him by another lawmaker over claims he was violent and abusive toward her says he won't run for re-election.