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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing
May 16, 2013


Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday
by Bryan Schott
Countdown: There are 174 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 257 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 533 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 970 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. 

Salt Lake County and Davis County prosecutors are now investigating Attorney General John Swallow and his predecessor Mark Shurtleff [Tribune].

Sen. Todd Weiler says Utah should change its constitution to make the office of Attorney General appointed by the governor instead of elected [Tribune, Deseret News].
Lawmakers will likely wait until all of the investigations into John Swallow’s conduct are finished before they will consider taking any action against the embattled Attorney General [Daily Herald, Standard-Examiner, KUTV].

Sen. John Valentine says he wants to take a very close look at a recommendation from the NTSB to lower the threshold for drunk driving [Tribune, Deseret News].

Delegates to Saturday’s GOP convention will consider a resolution calling on the state to reject Common Core standards [Tribune, Deseret News].

Mitt Romney purchases two houses in Utah [Tribune, Deseret News].

Utah business owners are urging lawmakers to create more liquor licenses due to a severe shortage [Tribune].

West Valley City leaders and activists with the Latino community agree on “cultural competency” training for police officers after allegations of racial profiling [Tribune, Deseret News].

A Nevada water official says Gov. Gary Herbert’s rejection of a water-sharing deal is a “slap in the face to the state of Nevada” [Standard-Examiner].

The landslide at Kennecott’s Bingham Canyon Mine could be the biggest manm ade slide in North American history [Tribune].

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Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Keep caucuses and conventions

Editorial: A flood of scandal: Probes should uncover everything

Businesses battle Utah's liquor license bottleneck

Utah senator considers cutting state's drunk driving threshold

Senator pushing to have Utah's attorney general appointed

Health reform gap for Native Americans may affect few Utahns

Becker appoints former ACLU lawyer to city attorney post

House passes Ute tribe land swap

Utah schools to get record amount of school land trust money

Gun school for southern Utah teachers: Free training on a firing range

Peg McEntee: Grass-roots Mormons preach Earth-friendly gospel

Salt Lake, Davis prosecutors also investigating Swallow

GOP delegates to consider Common Core resolution

IRS chief ousted over tea party scandal

He's back: Romney buys houses in Utah

West Valley City meets with Latino leaders after racial profiling allegations

Deseret News

Kraig Powell: Utah Republicans should embrace Common Core

Dan Liljenquist: Chaffetz's search for truth in Benghazi paid off

Jay Evensen: Obama's scandals argue for liberty over security

Editorial: Reduce DUI levels

Angry Orrin Hatch: IRS guilty of willful deception

Are the poor represented in government?

Rep. Bishop not ecstatic about military furlough

School officials report on class size reduction

WVC Police assure Latino leaders that dismissed cases not tied to racial profiling

Utah GOP convention agenda includes vote on Common Core

Group touts housing tax reform

Valentine: Too soon to say whether blood alcohol limit should be lowered

BLM proposes to open lands near Vernal for tar sands development

Journalists push back against Obama administration for seizure of Associated Press records

Mitt Romney to live in Utah — at least some of the time

Swallow headlines spark question: Should Utah attorney general be elected or appointed?

Other

Hits and Misses (City Weekly)

Utah's attorneys general, past and present, learn the high cost of a free golf vacation (City Weekly)

Former Utah legislator Stephen Sandstrom featured on 'The Daily Show' (Daily Herald)

Legislator: Attorney general should be appointed, not elected (Daily Herald)

Senate: No actions on AG until investigations complete (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: Change the purpose of education (Standard-Examiner)

Utah AG Swallow a 'dead man walking' politically? Area legislators speak up (Standard-Examiner)

Layton mayor race heating up (Standard-Examiner)

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