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Trump planning wave of more than 100 pardons, but so far not himself, source says

Trump planning wave of more than 100 pardons, but so far not himself, source says

Steve Holland, Reuters  |  Posted Jan 18th - 11:17am

U.S. President Donald Trump at this point is opting not to issue a pardon for himself as he prepares an expansive list of more than 100 pardons and commutations for release on Tuesday, a source familiar with the effort said.
Vice President-elect Harris to step down from Senate seat Monday

Vice President-elect Harris to step down from Senate seat Monday

Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 10:22am

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will resign her Senate seat on Monday, two days before she and President-elect Joe Biden are inaugurated.
Inside Utah fight to expand the scope of physician assistants amid health care shortage

Inside Utah fight to expand the scope of physician assistants amid health care shortage

Ashley Imlay, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan 17th - 7:50pm

As Utah and the entire nation grapple with a health and mental health care shortage in rural and underserved communities, one group of medical providers say they're uniquely poised to respond — physician assistants.
'It was a non-event': U.S. capitals see few protesters after bracing for violence

'It was a non-event': U.S. capitals see few protesters after bracing for violence

Nathan Layne and Brendan O'Brien, Reuters  |  Posted Jan 17th - 6:26pm

Law enforcement officers far outnumbered protesters at state capitol grounds on Sunday, as few Trump supporters who believe the president's false claim that he won the 2020 election turned out for what authorities feared could be violent demonstrations.
'Unprecedented' show of force meets modest protest at Utah Capitol on Sunday

'Unprecedented' show of force meets modest protest at Utah Capitol on Sunday

Art Raymond, Deseret News  |  Updated Jan 17th - 6:14pm

State law enforcement officers and Utah National Guard members far outnumbered a small group of armed protesters on the grounds of the Utah Capitol complex just before noon on Sunday.
In first for Utah, a police chief is tapped to lead state office on criminal justice

In first for Utah, a police chief is tapped to lead state office on criminal justice

Annie Knox, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan 17th - 5:56pm

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox has selected a police chief to oversee criminal justice initiatives, a first in the nearly 40-year history of the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice.
Alexey Navalny detained on return to Moscow 5 months after being poisoned

Alexey Navalny detained on return to Moscow 5 months after being poisoned

Mary Ilyushina, Sebastian Shukla and Angela Dewan, CNN  |  Posted Jan 17th - 12:14pm

Russia's leading opposition figure and chief Kremlin critic, Alexey Navalny, was detained by local police on Sunday, moments after his return to the country.
Biden outlines 'Day One' agenda of executive actions

Biden outlines 'Day One' agenda of executive actions

Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 9:28am

In his first hours as president, Joe Biden plans to take executive action to roll back some of the most controversial decisions of his predecessor and to address the raging coronavirus pandemic, his incoming chief of staff said Saturday.
France says Iran is building nuclear weapons capacity, urgent to revive 2015 deal

France says Iran is building nuclear weapons capacity, urgent to revive 2015 deal

John Irish, Reuters  |  Posted Jan 17th - 7:57am

Iran is in the process of building up its nuclear weapons capacity and it is urgent that Tehran and Washington return to a 2015 nuclear agreement, France's foreign minister was quoted as saying in an interview published on Saturday.
Legislator wants to make Bridal Veil Falls a state monument after development battle

Legislator wants to make Bridal Veil Falls a state monument after development battle

Ashley Imlay, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan 17th - 7:12am

A state legislator hopes to make Bridal Veil Falls a state monument after a developer's proposal to build an aerial tram and lodge there became public late last year.
Utah Democrats select retired doctor to fill seat left by late Ogden Rep. Lou Shurtliff

Utah Democrats select retired doctor to fill seat left by late Ogden Rep. Lou Shurtliff

Ashley Imlay, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan 16th - 6:26pm

The Utah Democratic Party on Saturday announced its selection to fill the seat left open by the death of Ogden Rep. LaWanna "Lou" Shurtliff.
Governors complain over pace of COVID-19 vaccine shipments

Governors complain over pace of COVID-19 vaccine shipments

Lauran Neergaard, Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar and David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 5:37pm

Governors bitterly accused the Trump administration Friday of deceiving the states about the amount of COVID-19 vaccine they can expect to receive as they ramp up vaccinations for senior citizens and others. But the government attributed the anger to confusion and misguided expectations on the part of the states.
Internal watchdog to probe how Justice Department prepared before Capitol riots

Internal watchdog to probe how Justice Department prepared before Capitol riots

Sarah N. Lynch and Brad Heath, Reuters  |  Posted Jan 16th - 8:53am

The U.S. Justice Department's internal watchdog will review how the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies prepared and responded to the storming of the U.S. Capitol by President Donald Trump's supporters, Inspector General Michael Horowitz said on Friday.
Retired doctors and more syringes: Biden lays out plan to get America vaccinated

Retired doctors and more syringes: Biden lays out plan to get America vaccinated

Trevor Hunnicutt, Reuters  |  Posted Jan 15th - 8:39pm

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Friday said he would order increased production of syringes and other supplies to ramp up vaccinations against COVID-19 and improve upon the Trump administration rollout that he called a "dismal failure."
How Utahns can make their voices heard during the 2021 legislative session

How Utahns can make their voices heard during the 2021 legislative session

Graham Dudley, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan 15th - 6:26pm

State legislators from both sides of the aisle shared their tips Thursday for how to get in touch with lawmakers this legislative session.
350 Utah National Guardsmen heading to DC for inauguration security

350 Utah National Guardsmen heading to DC for inauguration security

Jasen Lee, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan 15th - 5:17pm

With possible civil unrest facing the nation's capital on the eve of the presidential inauguration, a group of Utah citizen soldiers will be among those providing protection.
Gov. Cox declares preemptive state of emergency ahead of planned weekend protests

Gov. Cox declares preemptive state of emergency ahead of planned weekend protests

Graham Dudley, KSL.com  |  Updated Jan 14th - 8:49pm

Gov. Spencer Cox has asked the UHP, the Utah National Guard and area police to "stand ready to ensure the safety of lives and property."
Fast-growing southern Utah county getting a new road through tortoise habitat

Fast-growing southern Utah county getting a new road through tortoise habitat

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan 14th - 8:43pm

A proposed 4.5-mile, four-lane highway on Washington County's wish list for more than two decades received the green light Thursday from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Land Management.
Utah lawmakers preview 2021 legislative session with emphasis on education, equity

Utah lawmakers preview 2021 legislative session with emphasis on education, equity

Graham Dudley, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan 14th - 8:16pm

The United Way of Salt Lake hosted the hourlong Q&A session featuring pre-recorded responses from legislative leaders and prominent members of both parties.