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Monday, March 11, 2019

Back That Ash up

Final week of legislative session kicks off with a repentant teacher, grandstanding lawmakers and energetic youth protesters.
In a uniquely Utah moment, Valley View Elementary School students and their parents met at the Capitol Monday to call on the Davis School District to train their teachers so they can recognize Catholic students on Ash Wednesday.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Dog and Pony Show

The Legislature’s final days are upon us.
Fear not, dear drinkers—the task force will not be entirely comprised of non-drinking Mormons.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Abortion & Taxes

Guv tackles ‘divisive’ issues during monthly news conference.
“Of all the issues we’ve ever had, at least in my lifetime, there has been nothing more divisive than the idea of abortion,” Herbert said.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

‘One Big, Blue Family’

Mayor, Chief Brown honor the SLC Airport Police Department’s history.
When city officials asked Craig Vargo to participate in the ceremony that retired the Salt Lake City Airport Police badge and patch, the airport police captain reluctantly agreed.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

‘Renegade Republican’

Romney talks medical cannabis, public lands and climate change during Capitol visit.
“I’d like to see the state be able to take out the dead wood and put it through lumber mills so it can be used in housing construction and so forth,” Romney said.

Ending a “Dangerous and Discredited” Practice

Lawmakers, LGBTQ advocates draft bill that would ban conversion therapy on minors.
If it becomes law, Utahns could file complaints with the state’s Department of Professional Licensing.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Finding a Home

Guv, homeless advocates ask Utahns to make small donations on taxes to help fight homelessness.
While the guv admitted “nobody’s perfect, but we’re trying to help as much as we can,” people like Cornelius have found a stable home in the state.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Bringing Hope

Dispatch from Suicide Prevention Day on Capitol Hill.
Another debate to watch in the coming weeks is an as-yet unfiled bill that would ban conversion therapy, a psychologically harmful practice that attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation.

Monday, February 18, 2019

‘They Messed with the Wrong Gays’

Social media plays key role in identifying aggressor in downtown hate-crime incident.
Sal Trejo says he’s left the alleged hate-crime's aftermath to the police. “I personally don’t want to have any other contact with him,” he says of the assailant.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Feeling Radioactive

Lawmakers move radioactive waste bill forward, scrap bill preventing people from changing genders on birth certificates.
To the relief of many in the LGBTQ community and beyond, lawmakers decided to abandon Rep. Merrill Nelson’s bill to prevent persons from changing the gender on their birth certificates.

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