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Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 285th day of the year. There are 80 days remaining in 2017.

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Rocky Anderson apologizes for endorsing Jackie Biskupski

Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson is not pulling any punches when it comes to criticising current Mayor Jackie Biskupski....

Podcast: Interview with Rocky Anderson

Over the weekend, former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson took to Facebook to apologize for endorsing current Mayor Jackie Biskupski during the 2015 campaign....

Weekly survey: Gun legislation following Las Vegas

Do you think either Congress or the Utah Legislature will address meaningful gun legislation following the massacre in Las Vegas? Let us know what you think in our weekly survey....

Policy News

Salt Lake Chamber signs letter urging Trump administration to modernize NAFTA, 'Do no harm'
The Salt Lake Chamber joined more than 300 state and local business associations from across all 50 states in expressing its support for a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and urging the Trump administration to "do no harm" as negotiations continue....

STEP Grant now accepting applications
The application period for the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant is open now through Oct. 31. The program is managed by World Trade Center Utah and funded in part through a grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration....

Sutherland Institute welcomes new board members
Sutherland Institute welcomed two new board members: Derek Brown and Brad Harr. The announcement came from Stan Swim, chairman of the Board of Trustees....

Announcing the 1st Real Women Run event in Logan 'Top of Utah'
Women in northern Utah and surrounding communities who want to get involved in politics as candidates, campaign managers or community leaders, are invited to join the first ever Real Women Run training event in Logan on November 4, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM in t...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Michelle Quist Mumford: Having women in leadership roles matters

Editorial: Birth control is basic medicine

Enrollment drops at Utah State University for the second year in a row

Utahns earning too much for federal subsidies could feel brunt of new health insurance rate increases

Utah's attorney general is fighting to keep legal opinion secret on 3rd District election

Gehrke: There's some good reasons for Ben McAdams to challenge Rep. Mia Love, but there's some risks too

House committee OKs bill to curb president's monument-creation power under 111-year-old Antiquities Act

Leading homelessness expert calls Operation Rio Grande a 'disaster'

Deseret News

Op-ed: Don't let hysteria take away our freedoms

A. Scott Anderson: Tax reform will take patience and compromise

Jay Evensen: Are casinos culpable in Vegas mass shooting?

Editorial: The past 30 years of economic activity in Utah is astounding

UTA may need another $10 million on Provo-Orem bus line due to cost overruns

Utah congressman's bill to curb monument designations clears committee hurdle

Former NSA, CIA chief warns of 'complicated' world during talk at UVU

Community health centers anxiously await congressional action on expired funding

Leaders at Salt Lake homeless summit praise Rio Grande plan; expert calls it 'misguided'

Diverse group urges cooperation in divisive Western lands debate

UVU still biggest public Utah university with 37,000 students

Disabled rights activists in Utah target Hatch, urge his support


Cache County mulls property tax increase (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Trump suggests challenging TV network licenses over 'fake news' (Reuters)

An old-school pharmacy hand-delivers drugs to Congress, a little-known perk for the powerful (STAT)

Pope wants Catholic opposition to death penalty increased (AFP)

Harvey Weinstein's wife is leaning on Huma Abedin (Page Six)

Trump's Justice Department moves on Harvey Weinstein and orders FBI to open probe over fears he will 'do a Polanski' (Daily Mail)

The Tax Reform Tipping Point (U.S. News & World Report)

'Confidence in our country is back,' Trump says as he promotes tax reform plan (CBS News)

Conservatives Want to Make Mitch McConnell the Symbol of a Toxic Washington (New York Times)

Kirstjen Nielsen, White House Aide, Is Picked to Run Homeland Security (New York Times)

Democrat stops just short of forcing House vote on Trump's impeachment (Washington Post)

Las Vegas shooting survivor files lawsuit against bump stock maker, MGM Resorts over deadly attack (New York Daily News)

Wise Words


"If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen." Ronald Reagan

Lighter Side

Good News Bad News

"So this was the closest thing I could find. A group of Turkish archaeologists claimed they've uncovered the final resting place of St. Nicholas, Old St. Nick. How do you explain that to kids? "I have some good news about Santa and some bad news. Good news is he was real. Santa is real and Santa is dead." Jimmy Kimmel

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