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Utah Governor Gary Herbert says he'll sign the hate crimes bill passed by the legislature.  Herbert tweeted Tuesday night that he looked forward to signing SB103 into law, which he said will serve as a powerful tool in providing critical protections to Utah residents. 


Provo Republican Rep. Norm Thurston’s House Bill 267 would have prompted an application from Utah to the Department of Health and Human Services. 



Layton Republican Rep. Steve Handy said his bill would create an 11-member commission to study the concept of replacing the current Utah state flag. On the House floor on Friday, Handy said his legislation wasn't necessarily about getting rid of the current version, but about evaluating potential new designs for the flag. 

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If the Great Salt Lake dries up much more than it already has, the consequences could be devastating.

Woods Cross Republican Sen. Todd Weiler’s SB119 meant to extend the ban on large trucks currently in place for the Legacy Parkway in Davis County. The original expiration date for that ban is January 1st of 2020. If the ban expires, it would end fifteen years of Legacy Parkway being a quieter alternative for commuters – and for the residents who live along the road’s edge.

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House Joint Resolution 8, by Rep. Sandra Hollins, targets a clause in the Utah constitution allowing slavery as a form of criminal punishment.  Hollins told her fellow representatives on Monday that the exemption to a blanket ban on slavery originated with the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, abolishing slavery.  


Scott Baird, deputy director of the Department of Environmental Quality told members of the House Natural Resources, Agriculture and Evironment Committee on Tuesday that while DEQ didn't support or oppose House Bill 220 (Radioactive Waste Amendments), the agency wanted to highlight the fundamental change in policy shift it represented.


A Senate Committee on Friday debated a resolution urging the federal government to end the practice of separating children from their families at the US-Mexico Border. The resolution also called for federal policymakers to act to reunite children who have already been separated.


Last year, with the clock ticking down on the legislative session, Democratic Rep. Carol Spackman Moss saw her bill to let cyclists yield at stop signs and traffic signals hit its own red light.

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On the first day of the 2019 Utah Legislative Session, lawmakers introduced bills to repeal or significantly alter the full Medicaid expansion passed by voters in November. 

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Former Utah State University football player Torrey Green, accused of sexually assaulting six women when he was student, takes the stand during the second week of his trial. Lt.

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Days before being sworn in as Utah's newest senator, Mitt Romney 

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Salt Lake Tribune editors reflect on the stories that defined 2018, including the debate around medical marijuana, the seismic shifts inside the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, election-year battles, fallen heroes, gun protests and wildfires. 

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The Utahns in the running to replace Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who is stepping down amid ethics investigations. A new report shows a link between Wasatch Front air pollution and miscarriages, but many doctors aren't talking about it with their patients. And neighbors work to shut down a homeless hospice clinic on Salt Lake City's east side. 


Rep. Chris Stewart defends President Trump's comments on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying "journalists disappear" everywhere.  Also, activists are suing the state, after the Utah Legislature passes a medical marijuana law that replaces the ballot measure passed in the midterm elections. And with two years left in the mayoral term of Rep.-elect Ben McAdams, candidates come forward to convince Democratic delegates to make them Salt Lake County mayor.  


Lawmakers hear from the public on the Utah Cannabis Act, which will be put to a vote during a special session of the state legislature. Also, an Inland Port watchdog criticizes the naming of oil and gas advocates to a new technical committee. And Sen. Mike Lee blocks a bipartisan attempt to protect the special counsel investigation. 

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Rep. Mia Love's campaign sues to stop counting ballots in Salt Lake County, while the margin in the 4th congressional district race turns razor-thin. Seventy-one incarcerated people died in Utah jails in the past five years. And Salt Lake City jockeys to host another winter Olympics. 

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The dust is settling after the 2018 midterm elections. What does the future hold for the citizen ballot initiatives that passed? Plus, President Donald Trump lashes out at Rep. Mia Love. And Utah remembers North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor, who was killed in an insider attack in Afghanistan. At 9 a.m. Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporter Brian Maffly, government and politics editor Dan Harrie and editor Jennifer Napier-Pearce join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about the week’s top stories.

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Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes holds a public meeting to discuss the medical cannabis compromise legislation he crafted with proponents and opponents of Proposition 2. Also, due to high drug costs, a Utah health insurance group is paying for public employees to fill prescriptions in Mexico. And the local faith community responds to the recent shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. 

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Student survivors of the Parkland, Fla. school shooting lose the venue for their Utah rally. Vicky Chavez, a woman from Honduras who came to the U.S. seeking asylum, loses an appeal to have her case reconsidered by the courts. She says she'll keep trying, while she and her daughters remain sheltered at the local church that has housed them since January. And how quickly are Utah judges signing off on search warrants for law enforcement?


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At their convention, San Juan County Republicans express deep frustration over recently redrawn voting district boundaries that give the county's majority Navajo population a greater say at the ballot box. Salt Lake County sues pharmaceutical companies over the opioid crisis, while the state of Utah debates doing the same. And after turning their season around, the Utah Jazz are headed to the playoffs.

The woman who says she was raped by a Missionary Training Center president sues the LDS Church and comes forward to tell her story. The state of Utah asks for control of unclaimed water in Bear Lake, prompting concerns from environmentalists about downstream effects. And how Salt Lake City's priorities for an inland port were pushed aside during this year's legislative session. 


Thousands of Utah high school students walked out of their classrooms Wednesday in protest of gun violence. We get the reaction to that, as well as the reaction to the many Utah legislators who announced they will not be running for reelection. All of this and more on this edition of Behind The Headlines. 

At 9 a.m. Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Lee Davidson and Benjamin Wood, and columnist Robert Gehrke join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to reflect on the session and talk about the week’s top stories.

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The Weber County  District Attorney's office filed charges of forgery and violations of petition procedures against two contractors for a company called Gather.  Gather is working to collect signatures to get the Utah Medical Cannabis Act and the Direct Primary Election initiatives on the ballot this November. 


Grand County Republican Rep. Carl Abrecht's HJR1 is pretty straightforward. Its 36 short lines of text conclude with an appeal to Utah's congressional delegation. The message? Pass legislation to make Utah exempt from future National Monument designations.