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Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 291st day of the year. There are 74 days remaining in 2017.

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Legislature to sue Attorney General's office to release legal opinion on special election process

The Republican-controlled Utah Legislature will sue GOP Attorney General Sean Reyes in an attempt to get an opinion on whether Gov. Gary Herbert violated law in not calling a Legislature-requested special session earlier this year....

Hatch's health is good, but eyesight declining

 U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, 83, has difficulty seeing these days, apparently losing clear vision with a large percentage of his eyesight, his office confirmed to UtahPolicy Tuesday....

Mayor Biskupski releases new police body-worn camera policy

 Mayor Jackie Biskupski issued an Executive Order governing the release of police body-worn camera recordings of officer-involved critical incidents in Salt Lake City....

Orrin Hatch raised nearly $1 million last quarter

Even though Sen. Orrin Hatch has not yet decided whether he will run for an eighth term, his fundraising is showing no signs of slowing down....

CYBER24 Episode 3 - Internet of Things

In the third episode of CYBER24, we down and look at the security risks of IoT - or the Internet of Things....

Win a copy of 'Grant' by Ron Chernow

We're giving away a copy of the latest book from Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Ron Chernow....

Press release: Hatch sets record straight on one-sided opioid report

Monday on the Senate floor, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the senior Republican in the United States Senate, addressed the Washington Post's recent misleading report about Congress's ties to the drug industry....

Chaffetz says he doesn't see the case to keep McConnell as Senate Majority Leader (with video)

Former Utah Representative turned Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz joined the attack from the political right on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying he does not "know what the case is" to keep McConnell in that position....

Policy News


Hatch: Budget resolution key to meaningful tax reform
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the Senate Finance Committee Chairman, discussed the importance of passing a budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2018 to make unified tax reform possible....

Business leaders gather for fourth annual Utah Global Forum
More than 400 Utah business leaders gathered for the fourth annual Utah Global Forum, presented by Gov. Gary R Herbert. The theme of this year's event was "Prosperity Through Diversity."...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Stop deporting mothers

Hughes questions whether University of Utah had a 'Cinderella-slippered' deal when it directed donation money back to donor's company

Audit gives Utah Olympic facilities high marks, but says they need a $40M upgrade to host Games again

Study: Most Utah races are noncompetitive, leading to low voter turnout

Provo Mayor John Curtis takes a big lead in newest poll

Federal government carries biggest financial burden for $81 million price tag for homeless services in Utah, audit says

Legislature eyes suing attorney general for refusal to release legal opinion on special election

Amid healthy economy, state ends fiscal year with $26 million surplus

Rio Grande Street closure gets SLC Council's approval

SLC Council approves new airport director to oversee $3B rebuild

Deseret News

Op-ed: Utah's new tool for changing the bail system

Op-ed: Don't introduce business practices into public education

Report: Ballot initiatives may invigorate Utah voters

Feds to drop 11 criminal charges against ex-UTA board member

Attorney files to expand lawsuit against Mountain Accord to all counties, cities involved

Audit: U. didn't follow state bidding laws with $12 million gift for gene sequencing

Audit: Utah's spending on homelessness exceeded $80 million in 2016

Is Salt Lake City a water monopoly? State commission dives for answers

Salt Lake City passes ordinance for 2-year closure of Rio Grande Street

Utah lawmakers may take attorney general to court to get opinion released

Utah's Olympic facilities need $39 million in upgrades, legislative audit finds

Sen. Orrin Hatch 'disappointed' over withdrawal of drug czar nominee

Forum touts virtues of diversity in Utah's culture and economy

Other

Diversity, not 'bubbles', brings Utah prosperity, according to leaders at Utah Global Forum (Daily Herald)

Editorial: A plan to get traffic moving again in I-15 express lanes (Standard-Examiner)

Few attend hearing on Summit County's proposed property tax increase (Park Record)

Winter Olympic map could expand through Park City area (Park Record)

Park City seen as critical to any Winter Olympic bid in Utah (Park Record)

Utah forms Olympic exploratory committee, Park City will be represented (Park Record)

National Headlines

FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow (The Hill)

Jaguars apologize to local military for anthem demonstration (Associated Press)

Senior Homepage Editor Reveals Biased Political Agenda at New York Times (Project Veritas)

Harvey Weinstein Scandal Could Finally Change Hollywood's Culture of Secrecy (Variety)

Hollywood's Other 'Open Secret' Besides Harvey Weinstein: Preying on Young Boys (Daily Beast)

New health deal falls flat with GOP (The Hill)

Where's Jesus? Vegas guard's vanishing just the latest mass-shooting mystery (New York Post)

Heritage Foundation considers top White House aide, Cubs co-owner as next leader (Washington Post)

George Soros Transfers Billions to Open Society Foundations (New York Times)

White House denies Trump joked about Pence being anti-gay (Politico)

Amazon Caused Donald Trump to Lose $400 Million in Net Worth, Says Forbes (Fortune)

Wise Words

Trust

"The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them." Ernest Hemingway

Lighter Side

Near Miss

"An asteroid passed by the Earth, missed us by 26,000 miles. Which in space terms is close. In fact, the asteroid was planning to hit us, then it saw what's going on down here and said, "You know what? I'm going to keep going that way, I want no part of that." Jimmy Kimmel

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