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Alty News: National Guard Deployed in Baltimore; Salt Lakers Slightly Oppose Prison Relocation in SLC

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The National Guard was called in to deal with riots in Baltimore in response to the controversial death of an African-American held in police custody.

Top of the Alty World

"National Guard Deployed as Baltimore Erupts After Years of Police Violence, Economic Neglect"—Democracy Now!

A key expert on lethal injections in a Supreme Court case did his research on the website—ProPublica

Justice Anthoney Kennedy's questions during the gay-marriage case seem to suggest his vote is not a sure thing.—Slate

GOP hopeful Rand Paul blames unrest in Baltimore on absentee fathers.—Mother Jones

Top of Alty Utah

A slight majority of Salt Lakers don't want the prison relocated to the capital city.—Utah Policy

Lawmakers took a hard look at issues surrounding police use of force at a recent committee meeting.—Utah Political Capitol

Conservationists are looking for volunteers to track rare Utah wolverines and lynx.—Salt Lake City Weekly

Sen. Mike Lee talks with the Polite Podcast about his legislative process and his goals in the Senate.—Utah Politico Hub


The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates calls out the hypocrisy of calls for nonviolence by authorities that can't answer tough questions about the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore.

When nonviolence is preached as an attempt to evade the repercussions of political brutality, it betrays itself. When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse. When nonviolence is preached by the representatives of the state, while the state doles out heaps of violence to its citizens, it reveals itself to be a con. And none of this can mean that rioting or violence is "correct" or "wise," any more than a forest fire can be "correct" or "wise."—The Atlantic

The Long View

Salt Lake City Weekly examines Utah's overlooked but gargantuan industrial banking sector.

With the heft of its industrial banks, which are also known as Industrial Loan Corporations (ILCs), Utah has emerged as a marquee state for financial services. According to statistics compiled by the Utah Department of Financial Institutions, which regulates industrial banks and other state-chartered banks, the Beehive State is the fourth-largest center for state-chartered banking in the nation, with $277 billion in assets anchored within its borders. Only New York, Massachusetts and California top Utah on this list. $143 billion of these assets are in ILCs held by corporations, like General Electric, Target and the Flying J truck-stop chain.

What these banks are and how they operate, though, isn't widely known outside of financial and political circles. In the past decade, the state of Utah and the lobbying firm Foxley & Pignanelli have become the largest cheerleaders for this arm of the banking industry, which according to Frank Pignanelli—a lobbyist, executive director of the National Association of Industrial Bankers and former Democratic legislator—directly and indirectly support thousands of jobs throughout the state.—Salt Lake City Weekly

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