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A new “homelessness czar” is appointed to oversee Utah’s response to the growing number of unsheltered people in the state. Refugee resettlement groups express frustration that President Joe Biden has yet to expand the number of refugees the U.S. is willing to accept. And after three years in sanctuary in a Salt Lake City church, Vicky Chavez and […]
The end of the statewide mask mandate is nigh. But Salt Lake City says not so fast. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland visits Utah as part of a review of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. And Weber County commissioners declare their county a “Second Amendment sanctuary.” At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Leia Larsen and […]
How state leaders tried to help a Draper pharmacist import hydroxychloroquine, even as experts warned the drug wasn’t useful in treating COVID-19, and could actually be dangerous. Multiple women accuse the communications head for the Salt Lake County Republican Party of harassment, leading to the resignation of the chair of the county’s GOP. And an alleged power grab […]
A member of a prominent Utah family accuses The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of fraud and sues to try to recoup millions of dollars in tithing. There’s increased oversight coming to Utah’s “troubled teen” industry. And a look at the bills signed, left unsigned and vetoed by new Gov. Spencer Cox, including measures on […]
Analysis shows that millions of dollars of COVID relief went to TestUtah for coronavirus testing. Petitioners ask Gov. Spencer Cox to veto a bill creating a bank of funds for projects of the Utah Inland Port. And with vaccine appointments opening up to Utahns 16 and older next week, what do kids, pregnant women and those who have already been infected […]
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes joins a multistate lawsuit challenging an executive order on climate change by President Joe Biden. A year into a global pandemic, a sports reporter turned COVID columnist reflects on lessons learned. And religion reporter Peggy Fletcher Stack recalls her brush with forger and bomber Mark Hofmann. At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune […]
The 2021 legislative session ends Friday, and lawmakers are rushing to get their work done. House and Senate leaders announced a $50 million investment to support affordable housing and homeless services. Lawmakers also repealed last year’s reform that overhauled the cash bail system in Utah. And, in the session’s waning days, the COVID-19 “endgame” bill aims to bring a halt to […]
A bill that would bar transgender girls from K-12 girls sports stalls in a Utah Senate committee. A measure to allow a name change for Dixie State University appears to have life again. A House committee advances a proposal to block cities and counties from creating gun regulations. And Deb Haaland is poised to become the first Native American to head […]
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox suggests he won’t sign a bill that would bar transgender girls from competing in female K-12 sports. A new study shows that Utahns who seek payday loans pay 652% annual interest — the second highest rate in the nation. Sen. Mike Lee vows to do battle with companies that he says are biased against conservatives. And […]
Sen. Mitt Romney’s close call during the Jan. 6 Capitol siege gets a spotlight during this week’s impeachment proceedings. With the backing of Paris Hilton, Utah lawmakers seek to reform the state’s “troubled-teen” industry. And Wall Street looks to commodify water in the West. At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Lee Davidson, Jessica Miller and Zak Podmore, […]
More than 7,000 people sign a petition seeking to remove a Utah school board member over her comments about LGBTQ students and Black Lives Matter. A new bill seeks to prevent transgender girls from participating in female sports in Utah schools. The state says it will begin vaccinating those 65 and older in March. And a comment during a legislative committee meeting […]
A Utah lawmaker pursues impeachment of Attorney General Sean Reyes. The state’s U.S. senators are split on the upcoming Senate trial of former President Donald Trump. And legislators consider a bill to let Utahns carry a concealed firearm without a permit. On Friday morning, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Lee Davidson and Bethany Rodgers, along with editorial page editor George […]
The 2021 Utah Legislature kicks off under unusual circumstances. Among the many items up for consideration are several police reforms and an effort to pressure schools to resume in-person classes. Plus, a new president means a significant change in public lands policy, and a likely reversal of strategy for two Utah national monuments. And Camp Last Hope, a new kind of […]
Utah’s all-GOP House delegation calls President Donald Trump’s second impeachment a mistake that will divide the nation. Huge demand for vaccines causes the Salt Lake County Health Department’s scheduling website to crash. And the CEO of a Utah pharmacy is charged with importing a controversial COVID-19 medication in falsely labeled shipments from an unapproved drug provider in China. At 9 […]
The storming of the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob calls into question the stability of America’s democracy. Two members of Utah’s congressional delegation vote to object to the will of the American people as expressed through the presidential election, even as Sen. Mitt Romney remains steadfast in his defense of democratic norms. And Utah welcomes a new […]
Utah in 2020 will be forever defined by the coronavirus pandemic. But it was also a year of protest and social upheaval, of a contentious, divisive election, of an earthquake, a windstorm, an impeachment trial and even a mysterious monolith. At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune senior managing editor Matt Canham, managing editor […]
A second wave of COVID-19 vaccine shipments have arrived in Utah, with more hospitals across the state beginning to give shots to their front-line workers. Another 30 deaths reported, putting Utah’s death toll from COVID-19 at 1,126 Thursday, which marked the end of the virus’s deadliest two weeks since the pandemic began. Utah lawmakers are adding $400 million […]
This week in Utah news: Utah’s Governor and Governor-elect condemn a decision by Attorney General Sean Reyes to join a lawsuit aiming to overturn the presidential election. Reyes joined 16 other attorneys general Wednesday in endorsing the Texas petition that seeks to invalidate the election results in four battleground states captured by President-elect Joe Biden. In the […]
A group of government economic development leaders and rural business interests took the chance to extol the many benefits a satellite port would bring to their ailing economies during the Utah Inland Port Authority Board’s quarterly meeting on Wednesday. Proponents of the satellite port model say it would address some of the concerns environmental advocates have raised […]
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert gets an earful from Republican state lawmakers for his coronavirus measures during a Tuesday meeting. The group, led by the governor and Gov.-elect Spencer Cox, spent more than four hours with Republican House members, explaining the reality of the risk, and the reason for the response. After getting COVID-19, some Utah children are hospitalized […]
Utah reported a record-shattering 3,919 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, with record-high hospitalizations and the virus’ deadliest single week since the pandemic began. Between 4.5% and 5% of those cases will end up in the hospital, Gov. Gary Herbert said at a Thursday news conference. “Those numbers should be alarming to all of us,” he said, warning […]
Election Day may have come and gone, but the results of some races, like the 4th Congressional District contest, remain too close to call. Two Utah Republicans push back against President Trump’s false, post-election claims – while urging everyone to take a deep breath and calm down. And with Utah coronavirus numbers again shattering records, […]
With Utah reporting 1,837 new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations reaching a new record high Thursday, Gov. Gary Herbert declared that “the time for talk is over — it’s time foraction.” But that action isn’t coming from the Utah Capitol. Herbert said local governments will have to decide whether to enforce the mask orders and gathering […]
Gov. Gary Herbert warned that as the state experiences record-high coronavirus hospitalizations and case counts continue to climb, the health care system is at or near capacity. “It should cause us all alarm,” Herbert said, warning that “our hospitals are starting to fill up.” The Utah Department of Health reported 1,543 new coronavirus cases on […]
Declaring Utah’s continuing surge of coronavirus cases “unacceptable,” Gov. Gary Herbert announced the state will abandon its previous color codes for a new strategy that ties restrictions to local case numbers and testing rates. Starting Tuesday, each county will receive a weekly rating of high, moderate or low “level of transmission,” depending on its rate […]
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