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Supreme Court leans toward Sen. Cruz over campaign finance challenge

Supreme Court leans toward Sen. Cruz over campaign finance challenge

Lawrence Hurley and Andrew Chung, Reuters  |  Posted Jan. 19 - 8:34 p.m.

Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday appeared sympathetic toward Republican Sen. Ted Cruz's challenge to a provision of a major campaign finance law.
'Our work's not done,' President Joe Biden says at 1-year mark

'Our work's not done,' President Joe Biden says at 1-year mark

Alexandra Alper and Trevor Hunnicutt, Reuters  |  Updated Jan. 19 - 8:25 p.m.

President Joe Biden acknowledged Americans' frustration as his first year in office came to an end on Wednesday, but said the United States was on track to meet considerable challenges from the coronavirus pandemic and inflation.
Utah leaders launch initiative calling for design submissions for new state flag

Utah leaders launch initiative calling for design submissions for new state flag

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 19 - 7:11 p.m.

Utah leaders officially launched a movement to redesign the state's flag Wednesday.
Supreme Court spurns Trump bid to keep Capitol attack records secret

Supreme Court spurns Trump bid to keep Capitol attack records secret

Lawrence Hurley, Reuters  |  Updated Jan. 19 - 5:18 p.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected former President Donald Trump's request to block the release of White House records sought by the Democratic-led congressional panel investigating last year's deadly attack on the Capitol by a mob of his supporters.
Spread of omicron inevitable in Utah but masks help, health officials tell lawmakers

Spread of omicron inevitable in Utah but masks help, health officials tell lawmakers

Wendy Leonard, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 19 - 4:57 p.m.

Utah health officials told lawmakers that the omicron variant of COVID-19 will spread regardless of community mitigation efforts, but masks will slow the spread.
Utah man avoids jail time after pleading guilty to Jan. 6 Capitol riot charge

Utah man avoids jail time after pleading guilty to Jan. 6 Capitol riot charge

Jacob Scholl, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 19 - 12:23 p.m.

Jacob Wiedrich was sentenced to three months of home confinement and three years of probation on a charge in connection with last year's Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot in Washington, D.C.
Former Utah legislator arrested in new child porn investigation

Former Utah legislator arrested in new child porn investigation

Pat Reavy, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 19 - 11:24 a.m.

A former state lawmaker, homeless advocate and registered sex offender has been arrested by the Internet Crimes Against Children task force.
Advocates ask students to help propel period products bill

Advocates ask students to help propel period products bill

Ashley Fredde, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 19 - 10:24 a.m.

Community advocates and lawmakers endorsing a bill placing period products in all Utah schools have turned to students to propel the cause through the legislative session and into school bathrooms.
Utah Senate president tests positive for COVID twice on first day of session

Utah Senate president tests positive for COVID twice on first day of session

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 19 - 10:20 a.m.

Utah Senate President Stuart Adams spent the first day of the Utah Legislature's 2022 general session in person even though he tested positive for COVID-19 twice Tuesday morning.
Why didn't lawmakers listen to hundreds of emails they got supporting independent redistricting?

Why didn't lawmakers listen to hundreds of emails they got supporting independent redistricting?

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 19 - 7:41 a.m.

Hundreds of emails obtained by the Deseret News and KSL Investigates team show an outpouring of disapproval regarding the recent, highly controversial redistricting process.
Biden to give away 400 million N95 masks starting next week

Biden to give away 400 million N95 masks starting next week

Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan. 19 - 6:58 a.m.

The Biden administration will begin making 400 million N95 masks available for free to Americans starting next week, now that federal officials are emphasizing their better protection against the omicron variant of COVID-19 over cloth face coverings.
'We want peace': Blinken to meet Russian, Ukrainian officials, US says

'We want peace': Blinken to meet Russian, Ukrainian officials, US says

Simon Lewis and Susan Heavey, Reuters  |  Posted Jan. 18 - 10:50 p.m.

U.S. President Joe Biden's top diplomat will seek to defuse a crisis with Moscow over Ukraine when he meets the Russian foreign minister in Geneva this week.
Mitt Romney on voting rights bill: President Joe Biden, Democrats venturing into 'deep hysteria'

Mitt Romney on voting rights bill: President Joe Biden, Democrats venturing into 'deep hysteria'

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 18 - 9:56 p.m.

Sen. Mitt Romney expressed his opposition to the Democrats' voting rights bill Tuesday, including saying those who favor voter identification aren't racist.
2022 Utah Legislature Day 1: Lawmakers swiftly lock crosshairs on local COVID-19 restrictions

2022 Utah Legislature Day 1: Lawmakers swiftly lock crosshairs on local COVID-19 restrictions

Katie McKellar, Deseret News and Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Updated Jan. 18 - 6:21 p.m.

Utah lawmakers kicked off the 2022 general session on Tuesday with words of optimism for brighter days as Utah continues to be engulfed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
'We have a crisis now': How Utah fares in new report on traffic deaths, safety laws

'We have a crisis now': How Utah fares in new report on traffic deaths, safety laws

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 18 - 6:10 p.m.

Utah isn't alone in an uptick of traffic crashes, injuries and deaths over the past two years, according to a national roadway safety coalition.
Rudy Giuliani, other Trump lawyers hit with subpoenas over Jan. 6 US Capitol attack

Rudy Giuliani, other Trump lawyers hit with subpoenas over Jan. 6 US Capitol attack

Jan Wolfe, Reuters, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan. 18 - 5:38 p.m.

The congressional committee probing the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol issued subpoenas on Tuesday to three lawyers who joined former President Donald Trump's unsuccessful attempt to overturn his election defeat: Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell and Jenna Ellis.
Utah courts will still hold virtual hearings after pandemic, chief justice says

Utah courts will still hold virtual hearings after pandemic, chief justice says

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 18 - 5:05 p.m.

Utah's court system will not fully return to pre-pandemic operations as virtual accessibility has helped more people access justice.
Utah Senate gives preliminary OK to overturning county mask mandates

Utah Senate gives preliminary OK to overturning county mask mandates

Bridger Beal-cvetko, Deseret News  |  Updated Jan. 18 - 4:48 p.m.

The Utah Senate has passed a joint resolution to overturn Salt Lake and Summit counties' mask mandates, but it must pass the House before it becomes final.
What do rural Utah lawmakers hope to accomplish during the 2022 legislative session?

What do rural Utah lawmakers hope to accomplish during the 2022 legislative session?

Bridger Beal-cvetko, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 18 - 12:03 p.m.

Lawmakers from rural areas are working to make sure the Legislature can meet the unique needs and priorities of their constituents.
You can now order free at-home COVID tests online. Here's how

You can now order free at-home COVID tests online. Here's how

Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan. 18 - 11:25 a.m.

The Biden administration on Tuesday quietly launched its website for Americans to request free at-home COVID-19 tests, a day before the site was scheduled to officially go online.
Democrats to start voting rights showdown with no clear path to victory

Democrats to start voting rights showdown with no clear path to victory

Andy Sullivan, Reuters  |  Posted Jan. 18 - 11:04 a.m.

President Joe Biden's Democrats will bring their push to protect voting rights to the floor of the Senate this week, where it is roundly expected to fail in the face of united Republican opposition.
What are Utah lawmakers prioritizing in 2022? A lot — just not COVID-19. Here's why

What are Utah lawmakers prioritizing in 2022? A lot — just not COVID-19. Here's why

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 18 - 9:23 a.m.

As they head into the 2022 general session Tuesday, leaders of the Utah Legislature have big budget items like water, transportation, housing and education top of mind.
Gov. Cox, Utah lawmakers form a working group on diversity and inclusion for K-12 education

Gov. Cox, Utah lawmakers form a working group on diversity and inclusion for K-12 education

Jacob Scholl and Katie Workman, KSL.com  |  Updated Jan. 17 - 9:31 p.m.

State lawmakers announced Monday that a new working group will focus on incorporating a diversity and inclusion curriculum in K-12 classrooms.
When should Utah police be allowed to use 'no-knock' search warrants?

When should Utah police be allowed to use 'no-knock' search warrants?

Bridger Beal-cvetko, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 17 - 1:18 p.m.

Utah police officers would be required to knock and demand admission to a home multiple times when executing a search warrant if a proposed piece of legislation is signed into law.
Another midterm worry for Biden White House: probes and impeachment attempts

Another midterm worry for Biden White House: probes and impeachment attempts

Jeff Mason and Jarrett Renshaw, Reuters  |  Posted Jan. 17 - 10:45 a.m.

The U.S. midterm elections are some 10 months away, but President Joe Biden's administration and allies already foresee possible scenarios.
Will lawmakers support bill filed to remove death penalty in Utah?

Will lawmakers support bill filed to remove death penalty in Utah?

Jacob Scholl, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 17 - 10:01 a.m.

A new bill in the Utah Legislature seeks to renew past efforts to eliminate the death penalty in Utah. Will lawmakers support the effort this time?
Biden to continue push for voting rights bill as he honors King's legacy

Biden to continue push for voting rights bill as he honors King's legacy

Andrea Shalal, Reuters  |  Posted Jan. 17 - 8:07 a.m.

President Joe Biden traveled to Philadelphia on Sunday to honor the legacy of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., as he continues to press for voting rights legislation and concerted action to combat rising extremism.
New bill would allow bereavement for those suffering miscarriage or stillbirth

New bill would allow bereavement for those suffering miscarriage or stillbirth

Kiersten Nuñez, KSL-TV  |  Posted Jan. 16 - 10:50 p.m.

A first of its kind proposed bill will reach Utah's Senate floor this week. SB 63 Bereavement Leave Amendments would add miscarriage and stillbirth to the state's bereavement time.
Utah's poor air quality shortens life expectancy by 2 years. A new bill could show the true cost

Utah's poor air quality shortens life expectancy by 2 years. A new bill could show the true cost

Bridger Beal-cvetko, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 16 - 7:13 p.m.

Poor air quality along the Wasatch Front has been found to decrease life expectancy by two years on average, yet Utah doesn't collect data about the human toll of dirty air.
1 bad week for President Joe Biden? Mitt Romney says it's more like 52 bad weeks

1 bad week for President Joe Biden? Mitt Romney says it's more like 52 bad weeks

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 16 - 4:09 p.m.

President Joe Biden didn't just have a bad week, he has had a bad year, Utah Sen. Mitt Romney said Sunday.
By the numbers: Stats that tell story of Biden's first year

By the numbers: Stats that tell story of Biden's first year

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan. 16 - 2:20 p.m.

By some counts, President Joe Biden can lay claim to a banner first year in office. But numbers also reveal plenty of setbacks.
Republican Party could skip traditional US presidential debates

Republican Party could skip traditional US presidential debates

Jason Lange and Kanishka Singh, Reuters  |  Posted Jan. 16 - 12:15 p.m.

The U.S. Republican Party on Thursday said its future presidential candidates might not participate in debates run by the Commission on Presidential Debates due to concerns about fairness, upending decades of tradition.
Businesses react to ruling against Biden vaccine mandate

Businesses react to ruling against Biden vaccine mandate

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan. 15 - 7:43 p.m.

For companies that were waiting to hear from the U.S. Supreme Court before deciding whether to require vaccinations or regular coronavirus testing for workers, the next move is up to them.
Oath Keepers founder pleads not guilty to sedition in US Capitol attack

Oath Keepers founder pleads not guilty to sedition in US Capitol attack

Bruce Tomaso and Jan Wolfe, Reuters  |  Posted Jan. 15 - 4:54 p.m.

The founder and leader of the far-right Oath Keepers group, Stewart Rhodes, on Friday pleaded not guilty to seditious conspiracy charges for his alleged role in the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Utah Republicans react to the Supreme Court blocking Biden's vaccine mandate for businesses

Utah Republicans react to the Supreme Court blocking Biden's vaccine mandate for businesses

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 14 - 5:19 p.m.

Utah GOP leaders hailed the U.S. Supreme Court decision blocking the Biden administration's vaccine mandate for large businesses as a victory for employers, workers and freedom.
Goodbye 'godsend': Expiration of child tax credits hits home

Goodbye 'godsend': Expiration of child tax credits hits home

John Raby, Fatima Hussein and Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan. 14 - 3:16 p.m.

For the first time in half a year, families on Friday are going without a monthly deposit from the child tax credit.
Utah's 2022 economy projected to be 'hot' but some might get burned

Utah's 2022 economy projected to be 'hot' but some might get burned

Art Raymond, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 14 - 10:59 a.m.

At the annual Utah Economic Outlook & Public Policy Summit on Thursday, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox celebrated the state's current economic vibrancy.
Utah's gnarly drought prompts governor to issue 'water action' plan

Utah's gnarly drought prompts governor to issue 'water action' plan

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 13 - 10:11 p.m.

Citing the extreme drought that had Utah in a chokehold last summer, pummeling residents to conserve water, Gov. Spencer Cox released Thursday what is the first chapter in "Utah's Coordinated Action Plan for Water."
11 Oath Keepers first to be charged with seditious conspiracy in Capitol attack

11 Oath Keepers first to be charged with seditious conspiracy in Capitol attack

Sarah N. Lynch and Jan Wolfe, Reuters  |  Updated Jan. 13 - 6:25 p.m.

U.S. prosecutors on Thursday charged the founder of the far-right Oath Keepers militia, Stewart Rhodes, and 10 alleged members of the group with seditious conspiracy for their role in the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.
Salt Lake County Council declines to overturn mask mandate

Salt Lake County Council declines to overturn mask mandate

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Updated Jan. 13 - 5:31 p.m.

A proposal to overturn Salt Lake County's mask mandate failed during a Salt Lake County Council meeting on Thursday.
What Chuck Schumer has to say about Mitt Romney's Biden-Trump comparison

What Chuck Schumer has to say about Mitt Romney's Biden-Trump comparison

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 13 - 5:18 p.m.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer took strong issue with Utah Sen. Mitt Romney comparing former President Donald Trump to President Joe Biden over election integrity.
Arizona Sen. Sinema sinks Democrats' hopes for passing voting rights reform

Arizona Sen. Sinema sinks Democrats' hopes for passing voting rights reform

Moira Warburton, Reuters  |  Posted Jan. 13 - 2:33 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema rejected President Joe Biden's plea to jettison the Senate's filibuster rule to allow Democrats to pass a voting-rights bill.
'The year of the tax cut — again': Here's how Utah lawmakers want to cut taxes in 2022

'The year of the tax cut — again': Here's how Utah lawmakers want to cut taxes in 2022

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 13 - 9:34 a.m.

Heading into the 2022 Legislative session set to kick off next week, lawmakers are already lining up with proposals to slash taxes for Utahns.
President Joe Biden pays silent tribute as Harry Reid lies in state at US Capitol

President Joe Biden pays silent tribute as Harry Reid lies in state at US Capitol

Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan. 12 - 6:06 p.m.

The late Harry Reid was remembered Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol as a "legendary leader," a hardscrabble Democrat who rose from poverty in a dusty Nevada mining town to deliver landmark legislation from the Senate's most powerful position.
Utah health officials say review of COVID treatment scoring has nothing to do with Tucker Carlson

Utah health officials say review of COVID treatment scoring has nothing to do with Tucker Carlson

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 11 - 10:49 p.m.

Utah's risk factors for determining who qualifies for limited monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19 are being reevaluated, the state health department announced Tuesday.
Mitt Romney says Joe Biden is going down the same road as Donald Trump on elections

Mitt Romney says Joe Biden is going down the same road as Donald Trump on elections

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 11 - 8:27 p.m.

Utah's two Republican senators condemned Democrats' effort to eliminate the Senate filibuster as President Joe Biden said Tuesday there is "no option" but to eliminate the rule to pave the way for sweeping voting rights legislation.
Sen. Lee again asks DOJ to explain treatment of Capitol rioters vs. violent 2020 protesters

Sen. Lee again asks DOJ to explain treatment of Capitol rioters vs. violent 2020 protesters

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 11 - 5:56 p.m.

Utah Sen. Lee complained that the DOJ has failed to answer questions about whether the agency treats U.S Capitol rioters harsher than those who took part in violent 2020 protests.
Biden targets Republicans, supports Senate rule change for voting rights law

Biden targets Republicans, supports Senate rule change for voting rights law

Trevor Hunnicutt, Reuters  |  Updated Jan. 11 - 4:31 p.m.

President Joe Biden on Tuesday made an impassioned plea for U.S. voting rights legislation stalled in Congress and said Democratic lawmakers should make a major change in Senate rules to override Republican opposition.
Biden spending bill ignites debate over dairy methane pollution

Biden spending bill ignites debate over dairy methane pollution

Leah Douglas and Nichola Groom, Reuters  |  Posted Jan. 11 - 4:26 p.m.

Collecting and selling methane gas created by livestock and manure is at the center of a debate over Pres. Biden's social spending plans.
Trump challenges Capitol riot lawsuits, says fiery speech was official act

Trump challenges Capitol riot lawsuits, says fiery speech was official act

Jan Wolfe, Reuters  |  Posted Jan. 11 - 7:39 a.m.

Donald Trump's lawyer argued in court on Monday that the former president cannot be sued over his fiery speech before the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol because he was acting within the scope of his official presidential duties.
Why Mitt Romney defended GOP senator whom Donald Trump called a 'jerk'

Why Mitt Romney defended GOP senator whom Donald Trump called a 'jerk'

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 10 - 9:30 p.m.

Utah Sen. Mitt Romney defended a Republican colleague whom former President Donald Trump called a "jerk" Monday for saying the 2020 election was fair in a weekend interview.
Cox exempting state workers from mask mandates disregards public's health, mayor says

Cox exempting state workers from mask mandates disregards public's health, mayor says

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Updated Jan. 10 - 5:15 p.m.

Gov. Cox told state workers they are exempt from new mask mandates — a move that Salt Lake County's mayor says disregards the health of the community.
'Yes means yes': Should Utah have an affirmative consent law?

'Yes means yes': Should Utah have an affirmative consent law?

Bridger Beal-cvetko, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 9 - 9:04 p.m.

Sexual conduct without affirmative consent would be considered a third-degree felony in Utah under a proposed piece of legislation.
No concessions, no breakthroughs: Russia, US cast pall on Ukraine talks

No concessions, no breakthroughs: Russia, US cast pall on Ukraine talks

Tom Balmforth, Doina Chiacu and Mark Trevelyan, Reuters  |  Posted Jan. 9 - 8:12 p.m.

Russia said on Sunday it would not make concessions under U.S. pressure and warned that this week's talks on the Ukraine crisis might end early, while Washington said no breakthroughs were expected and progress depended on de-escalation from Moscow.
Intel reports repeatedly failed to forecast Capitol riot

Intel reports repeatedly failed to forecast Capitol riot

Eric Tucker and Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan. 8 - 9:45 p.m.

Intelligence reports compiled by the U.S. Capitol Police in the days before last year's insurrection envisioned only an improbable or remote risk of violence, even as other assessments warned that crowds of potentially thousands of pro-Trump demonstrators could converge in Washington and create a dangerous situation.
Freedom from mandates is focus at Utah Eagle Forum convention

Freedom from mandates is focus at Utah Eagle Forum convention

Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 8 - 8:15 p.m.

Government "encroaching on freedoms" was top of mind during Saturday's annual convention of Utah conservatives — the majority of whom did not wear face masks, despite a new and active emergency public health order requiring them to do so.
Millions live near abandoned oil and gas wells. What does the government plan to do about it?

Millions live near abandoned oil and gas wells. What does the government plan to do about it?

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 8 - 4:47 p.m.

A program spearheaded by the Bureau of Land Management and bolstered by the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package is aimed at plugging forgotten wells, found in over half of U.S. states.
Salt Lake County mask mandate to take effect Saturday

Salt Lake County mask mandate to take effect Saturday

Carter Williams and Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Updated Jan. 8 - 1:38 p.m.

Utah's largest county will once again have a mask mandate in place starting this weekend.
As spending bill stalls, Biden climate goals remain elusive

As spending bill stalls, Biden climate goals remain elusive

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan. 8 - 12:15 p.m.

President Joe Biden faces a steep path to achieve his ambitious goal of slashing planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, amid legislative gridlock that has stalled a $2 trillion package of social and environmental initiatives.