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Supreme Court justices signal they'll OK new abortion limits, may toss Roe

Supreme Court justices signal they'll OK new abortion limits, may toss Roe

Mark Sherman and Jessica Gresko, Associated Press  |  Updated Dec. 1 - 4:35 p.m.

In the biggest challenge to abortion rights in decades, the Supreme Court's conservative majority on Wednesday signaled they would allow states to ban abortion much earlier in pregnancy and may even overturn the nationwide right that has existed for nearly 50 years.
Utah joins 14 other states in letter blasting bank boycott of coal, oil and gas

Utah joins 14 other states in letter blasting bank boycott of coal, oil and gas

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Dec. 1 - 4:03 p.m.

Two leading Utah officials say banks shouldn't be forced to decide between traditional and alternative fuel sources amid a growing debate between business and climate.
Roe v. Wade challenge isn't about banning abortion, it's about state rights, Sen. Mike Lee says

Roe v. Wade challenge isn't about banning abortion, it's about state rights, Sen. Mike Lee says

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted Dec. 1 - 6:17 a.m.

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to take up the most significant abortion case in nearly 50 years, a dozen Republicans senators advocated for returning the issue to states.
Which Utahns pay more county taxes?

Which Utahns pay more county taxes?

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 30 - 4:11 p.m.

A new report highlights a large discrepancy in tax burden between those who live in rural counties versus urban areas.
Judges dubious toward Trump bid to suppress U.S. Capitol riot records

Judges dubious toward Trump bid to suppress U.S. Capitol riot records

Jan Wolfe, Reuters  |  Posted Nov. 30 - 1:47 p.m.

U.S. appeals court judges on Tuesday signaled skepticism toward former President Donald Trump's bid to keep records about his conversations and actions before and during the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot by a mob of his supporters away from congressional investigators.
Why conflict over religious exemptions is only going to get worse

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Why conflict over religious exemptions is only going to get worse

Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 30 - 11:08 a.m.

Lawmakers in states like Utah and Iowa are combatting workplace vaccine mandates by broadening access to religious exemptions.
Judge blocks COVID-19 vaccine or testing rule for health workers in 10 states

Judge blocks COVID-19 vaccine or testing rule for health workers in 10 states

Tom Hals, Reuters  |  Posted Nov. 30 - 10:28 a.m.

A federal judge on Monday blocked in 10 states a Biden administration vaccine requirement, finding the agency that issued the rule mandating health care workers get vaccinated against the coronavirus likely exceeded its authority.
Congress aims to avoid government shutdown with vote this week

Congress aims to avoid government shutdown with vote this week

Reuters  |  Posted Nov. 29 - 8:47 p.m.

The Democratic-controlled U.S. Congress could vote as early as Wednesday to continue funding the federal government, according to congressional aides, avoiding what would be a politically embarrassing partial shutdown.
'Gifts from the Heart' is Biden White House Christmas theme

'Gifts from the Heart' is Biden White House Christmas theme

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov. 29 - 6:31 p.m.

The theme is said to be inspired by people the Bidens met as they traveled the country in 2021.
New omicron COVID variant cause for concern, not panic, Biden tells US

New omicron COVID variant cause for concern, not panic, Biden tells US

Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Updated Nov. 29 - 2:55 p.m.

President Joe Biden called the new COVID-19 variant omicron a cause for concern but "not a cause for panic" Monday and said he was not considering any widespread U.S. lockdown.
Supreme Court set to take up all-or-nothing abortion fight

Supreme Court set to take up all-or-nothing abortion fight

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov. 28 - 6:21 p.m.

Both sides are telling the Supreme Court there's no middle ground in Wednesday's showdown over abortion. The justices can either reaffirm the constitutional right to an abortion or wipe it away altogether.
Republican lawmaker Boebert apologizes for anti-Muslim slur

Republican lawmaker Boebert apologizes for anti-Muslim slur

Steve Holland, Reuters  |  Posted Nov. 27 - 8:35 p.m.

Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert apologized on Friday after suggesting that a Democratic colleague, Rep. Ilhan Omar, had been part of a "jihad squad" on Capitol Hill.
Former Gov. Herbert to serve on national education board

Former Gov. Herbert to serve on national education board

Mark Jones, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted Nov. 27 - 6:29 p.m.

Former Utah Gov. Gary Herbert will serve as a member of the National Assessment Governing Board, filling an open post on the board available for a Republican governor.
With grocery costs rising, lawmakers and religious leaders say Utah should eliminate 1.75% food tax

With grocery costs rising, lawmakers and religious leaders say Utah should eliminate 1.75% food tax

Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 24 - 7:01 p.m.

Some Utah lawmakers and religious leaders argue that the sales tax for groceries is a larger burden for people who are struggling financially.
Alex Jones, Roger Stone subpoenaed by House Jan. 6 committee

Alex Jones, Roger Stone subpoenaed by House Jan. 6 committee

Farnoush Amiri, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov. 23 - 6:54 a.m.

A committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection issued subpoenas Monday to five more individuals, including former President Donald Trump's ally Roger Stone and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, as lawmakers deepened their probe of the rallies that preceded the deadly attack.
Monica Zoltanski becomes Sandy mayor-elect after city finally certifies 21-vote election margin

Monica Zoltanski becomes Sandy mayor-elect after city finally certifies 21-vote election margin

Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com  |  Updated Nov. 22 - 11:06 p.m.

Sandy City Council members voted Monday to certify the city's mayoral election after recounts kept the race in limbo for several weeks.
Biden gives Fed's Powell nod to finish pandemic repair

Biden gives Fed's Powell nod to finish pandemic repair

Howard Schneider and Jeff Mason, Reuters  |  Posted Nov. 22 - 1:26 p.m.

President Joe Biden on Monday nominated Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell for a second four-year term to finish guiding the economy out of the pandemic crisis.
Paid family leave in spotlight as Senate weighs Biden social spending plan

Paid family leave in spotlight as Senate weighs Biden social spending plan

Susan Heavey, Reuters  |  Posted Nov. 22 - 12:22 p.m.

Democrats are pressing ahead with Biden's social and environmental spending plan in the Senate, where the bill may undergo major changes on issues such as paid family leave to satisfy party centrists.
These are the 3 lawsuits against federal vaccine mandates Utah has filed

These are the 3 lawsuits against federal vaccine mandates Utah has filed

Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 21 - 7:52 p.m.

Utah has taken part in three lawsuits contesting different federal vaccination mandates, including those for federal contractors, businesses with over 100 employees, and health care workers.
Native American confirmed as head of National Park Service

Native American confirmed as head of National Park Service

Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov. 21 - 2:05 p.m.

The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved the nomination of Charles "Chuck" Sams III as National Park Service director, which will make him the first Native American to lead the agency.
5 things to know about new Utah State Prison — and when old one will be torn down

5 things to know about new Utah State Prison — and when old one will be torn down

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 20 - 7:11 p.m.

Utah is closing in on the final chapters of the yearslong, controversial saga of building a new prison from scratch.
As Biden's big bill advances, so does Pelosi's big legacy

As Biden's big bill advances, so does Pelosi's big legacy

Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov. 20 - 1:05 p.m.

Deep into the grueling negotiations over President Joe Biden's big domestic policy package, when it seemed that bickering among Democrats would never stop, Speaker Nancy Pelosi let everyone in on a little secret.
Recount fiasco throws tight Sandy mayoral race into limbo

Recount fiasco throws tight Sandy mayoral race into limbo

Kyle Dunphey and Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Updated Nov. 19 - 9:02 p.m.

Sandy residents will have to wait to see who their next mayor is, after the Sandy City Council voted Thursday night to not certify the election results.
Utah GOP congressmen vote no on $2T Build Back Better plan. One called it a 'scam'

Utah GOP congressmen vote no on $2T Build Back Better plan. One called it a 'scam'

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 19 - 7:11 p.m.

All four of Utah's Republican congressmen voted against the Democrats' sweeping social spending bill Monday, including one who went so far as to call the legislation a "scam."
Utah House Republican leader tests positive for COVID-19

Utah House Republican leader tests positive for COVID-19

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 19 - 2:05 p.m.

One of Utah's top legislative leaders has tested positive for COVID-19.
Harris was briefly 1st woman to be acting US president as Biden underwent colonoscopy

Harris was briefly 1st woman to be acting US president as Biden underwent colonoscopy

Jeff Mason, Reuters  |  Updated Nov. 19 - 12:54 p.m.

U.S. President Joe Biden briefly transferred power to Vice President Kamala Harris Friday as he underwent a colonoscopy, making her the first woman to hold the presidential reins in U.S. history.
US House passes Biden's $1.75 trillion social spending bill

US House passes Biden's $1.75 trillion social spending bill

David Morgan, Richard Cowan and Moira Warburton, Reuters  |  Updated Nov. 19 - 12:48 p.m.

President Joe Biden's $1.75 trillion bill to bolster the social safety net and fight climate change secured enough votes to pass the House on Friday. The bill will now be sent back to the Senate.
US House vote on Biden's $1.7T social spending bill delayed by hourslong speech

US House vote on Biden's $1.7T social spending bill delayed by hourslong speech

Richard Cowan, David Morgan and Moira Warburton, Reuters  |  Updated Nov. 18 - 10:06 p.m.

The vote on U.S. President Joe Biden's $1.75 trillion social spending bill was delayed in the House of Representatives on Thursday, by an hourslong, circuitous speech by Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
Has Utah done 'horrible job' branding itself? Governor says state's wild growth tells different story

Has Utah done 'horrible job' branding itself? Governor says state's wild growth tells different story

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 18 - 8:59 p.m.

Gov. Cox pushed back against Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith's recent comments that Utah has done a "horrible job" of branding itself as it's seen as the "easy state to pick on."
KSL Investigators fact check claims from legislative debate over new Utah self-defense law

KSL Investigators fact check claims from legislative debate over new Utah self-defense law

Daniella Rivera, KSL-TV  |  Posted Nov. 18 - 7:12 p.m.

A Utah lawmaker is calling for the legislature to reconsider House Bill 227, a new self-defense law, based on what he's learned from prosecutors and a KSL investigation.
Governor says Utahns should 'pump the brakes' over banning books in schools

Governor says Utahns should 'pump the brakes' over banning books in schools

Brian West, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 18 - 1:07 p.m.

Asked about reports over banning or pulling books from school libraries, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said Thursday that Utahns should "take a step back" and "make sure that we're not doing something we'll regret."
Yellen extends US default deadline to Dec. 15 after highway payment

Yellen extends US default deadline to Dec. 15 after highway payment

David Lawder, Reuters  |  Posted Nov. 17 - 10:22 p.m.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Tuesday extended a deadline for a potential U.S. government default to Dec. 15 from Dec. 3, giving Congress more time to raise the federal debt ceiling as lawmakers also consider a massive social spending and climate bill.
What Sen. Mitt Romney says left the United States 'showered with shame'

What Sen. Mitt Romney says left the United States 'showered with shame'

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 17 - 8:58 p.m.

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, again criticized the American troop removal in a Senate committee hearing Wednesday.
Utah advocates, community members call on lawmakers to end 'period poverty'

Utah advocates, community members call on lawmakers to end 'period poverty'

Ashley Fredde, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 17 - 6:37 p.m.

The Utah Policy Project has created legislation to implement and appropriate funds to increase access to free, safe and quality menstrual products in Utah's public and charter schools.
Judge sentences US Capitol rioter 'QAnon Shaman' to over 3 years in prison

Judge sentences US Capitol rioter 'QAnon Shaman' to over 3 years in prison

Mark Hosenball and Jan Wolfe, Reuters  |  Posted Nov. 17 - 4:42 p.m.

A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced the U.S. Capitol rioter known as the "QAnon Shaman" for his horned headdress to 41 months in prison for his role in the deadly Jan. 6 attack by followers of then-President Donald Trump.
US House censures Republican Gosar for posting violent video

US House censures Republican Gosar for posting violent video

Moira Warburton and David Morgan, Reuters  |  Updated Nov. 17 - 3:07 p.m.

The U.S. House of Representatives censured one of its members for the first time in over a decade on Wednesday, rebuking a Republican over an anime video that depicted him killing progressive Democrat Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and swinging two swords at President Joe Biden.
Transgender athlete issue returns as bill seeks to codify existing high school sports rules

Transgender athlete issue returns as bill seeks to codify existing high school sports rules

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 17 - 3:06 p.m.

The debate about whether transgender girls should be able to play on girls' sports teams returned to the Utah Legislature on Wednesday as a new bill was introduced that's said to be more palatable to LGBTQ advocates.
What is the FAUCI Act? Why it's a jab at nation's top infectious disease doctor

What is the FAUCI Act? Why it's a jab at nation's top infectious disease doctor

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 17 - 8:54 a.m.

A Utah congressman is taking aim at the nation's top infectious disease doctor with a bill unflatteringly titled the FAUCI Act.
Sen. Mike Lee to Homeland Security secretary on border crisis: 'Fix it or step down'

Sen. Mike Lee to Homeland Security secretary on border crisis: 'Fix it or step down'

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 17 - 8:23 a.m.

Utah Sen. Mike Lee called for Homeland Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to fix the situation at the U.S. border with Mexico or resign during a line of blistering questioning in a Senate committee hearing Tuesday.
Biden, Xi stick to their positions but turn down the heat in 3-hour talk

Biden, Xi stick to their positions but turn down the heat in 3-hour talk

Andrea Shalal, Michael Martina, and David Brunnstrom, Reuters  |  Updated Nov. 16 - 7:35 a.m.

President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping stressed their responsibility to the rest of the world to avoid conflict as the heads of the two top global economies opened their closely watched talks on Monday.
Democrat Beto O'Rourke running for Texas governor in 2022

Democrat Beto O'Rourke running for Texas governor in 2022

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov. 15 - 3:13 p.m.

Democrat Beto O'Rourke is running for governor of Texas, pursuing a blue breakthrough in America's biggest red state.
'Blue-collar blueprint to rebuild America': Biden signs $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill

'Blue-collar blueprint to rebuild America': Biden signs $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill

Reuters  |  Updated Nov. 15 - 2:54 p.m.

President Joe Biden on Monday signed into law a $1 trillion infrastructure bill at a ceremony on the White House South Lawn attended by Democrats and Republicans who pushed the legislation through a divided U.S. Congress.
Vermont's Patrick Leahy, longest serving US senator, announces he won't seek reelection

Vermont's Patrick Leahy, longest serving US senator, announces he won't seek reelection

Ali Zaslav and Alex Rogers, CNN  |  Posted Nov. 15 - 9:13 a.m.

Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat and the longest-serving U.S. senator still in office, announced Monday he won't seek reelection for a ninth term next year, after serving in the chamber since 1975.
Biden advisers say pandemic, not policies, fueling inflation

Biden advisers say pandemic, not policies, fueling inflation

Doina Chiacu, Reuters  |  Posted Nov. 14 - 4:03 p.m.

U.S. President Joe Biden's economic advisers defended his policies on Sunday amid rising inflation that they said was a global issue related to the COVID-19 pandemic, not a result of the administration's programs.
Utah redistricting map battles underscore independent-panel hurdles across the US

Utah redistricting map battles underscore independent-panel hurdles across the US

Lindsay Whitehurst and David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov. 13 - 7:09 p.m.

Utah's new redistricting maps are sparking backlash and highlighting the challenges that independent panels face in an era of deep political divisions and surging gerrymandering.
Nations compromise on coal to strike UN climate agreement

Nations compromise on coal to strike UN climate agreement

Seth Borenstein and Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Updated Nov. 13 - 4:27 p.m.

Negotiators at the this year's U.N. climate talks pored over fresh proposals Saturday for sealing a deal that could credibly be said to advance worldwide efforts to tackle global warming.
Federal infrastructure bill gives $50 million boost to Utah County water project

Federal infrastructure bill gives $50 million boost to Utah County water project

Ladd Egan, KSL-TV  |  Posted Nov. 13 - 1:15 p.m.

A water-delivery project in a growing part of Utah County will move along more quickly thanks to the federal infrastructure bill that President Joe Biden is expected to sign Monday.
Biden plans big bipartisan bill signing; Republican backers face threats

Biden plans big bipartisan bill signing; Republican backers face threats

Steve Holland and David Morgan, Reuters  |  Posted Nov. 13 - 10:20 a.m.

The White House is planning a big ceremony on Monday for President Joe Biden's signing of the $1 trillion infrastructure bill Monday with Republican lawmakers, amid a toxic political climate in the United States.
What's the answer to labor shortage, supply chain issues? Romney says young people are key

What's the answer to labor shortage, supply chain issues? Romney says young people are key

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 12 - 10:30 p.m.

As companies grapple with labor shortages and supply chain issues, some are steering young people away from four-year college programs and making technical careers more appealing.
With a stroke of a pen, Dixie State became Utah Tech University

With a stroke of a pen, Dixie State became Utah Tech University

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 12 - 9:07 p.m.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signed into law Friday legislation that renames Dixie State University as Utah Tech University.
Jobs vs. jabs: Federal court upholds stay on Biden's 'sledgehammer' vaccine mandate

Jobs vs. jabs: Federal court upholds stay on Biden's 'sledgehammer' vaccine mandate

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 12 - 8:05 p.m.

A federal appeals court late Friday upheld its stay of the Biden administration's vaccine mandate for larger businesses, saying it leaves workers with a choice between "their jobs and their jabs."
Utah Gov. Cox signs off on controversial congressional map that 'cracks' Salt Lake County

Utah Gov. Cox signs off on controversial congressional map that 'cracks' Salt Lake County

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 12 - 5:31 p.m.

It's official. The next generation of Utah's congressional district boundaries has been set for the next 10 years.
Trump adviser Bannon criminally charged for defying Jan. 6 subpoena

Trump adviser Bannon criminally charged for defying Jan. 6 subpoena

Jan Wolfe, Reuters  |  Posted Nov. 12 - 2:38 p.m.

Stephen Bannon, a longtime adviser to former U.S. President Donald Trump, has been criminally charged for failing to comply with a subpoena issued by a House of Representatives committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, the Justice Department said on Friday.
Does Republican Party event with LGBTQ conservatives signal enlarging the GOP tent?

Does Republican Party event with LGBTQ conservatives signal enlarging the GOP tent?

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 12 - 12:30 p.m.

A high-profile group of Republicans, including former President Donald Trump and several with Utah ties, gathered with the nation's largest conservative LGBTQ organization in Florida this past weekend.
Gratitude helps Utah veterans feel remembered, mayor says

Gratitude helps Utah veterans feel remembered, mayor says

Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 11 - 5:21 p.m.

A Veterans Day ceremony in West Jordan was one of many throughout the state Thursday to honor and give thanks for individuals who have given service to the United States.
Power play pits rural Utah concerns against Southern California

Power play pits rural Utah concerns against Southern California

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 11 - 2:58 p.m.

A majority of Utah lawmakers voted to wrest some of the autonomy away from the Intermountain Power Agency that runs a coal-fired power plant in Utah.
Utah Legislature extends timetable for state flag redesign

Utah Legislature extends timetable for state flag redesign

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 11 - 12:59 p.m.

The Utah Legislature gave the state flag task force another year to consider ideas for a redesign.
'They've cracked us': Opponents decry Utah redistricting as congressional map heads to governor

'They've cracked us': Opponents decry Utah redistricting as congressional map heads to governor

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Updated Nov. 10 - 10:43 p.m.

The Utah Senate on Wednesday morning voted 21-7 to approve a map that would set Utah's congressional district boundaries for the next 10 years.
How the NAACP grades Mitt Romney, Mike Lee on voting rights, COVID-19 relief

How the NAACP grades Mitt Romney, Mike Lee on voting rights, COVID-19 relief

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 10 - 8:03 p.m.

It's probably not a surprise that a Utah senator who described a Democratic election reform bill as being written "by the devil himself" received a failing grade from civil rights groups that strongly backed the legislation.