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Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 292nd day of the year. There are 73 days remaining in 2017.

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McAdams's candidacy puts 4th CD seat into play

Well, that didn't take long....

McAdams makes it official. He's challenging Mia Love in 2018

Salt Lake County Democratic Mayor Ben McAdams announced Wednesday night that he's going to run against U.S. Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, next year in her 4th District....

Cox says curbing opioid crisis is key to Operation Rio Grande's long-term success

U.S. drug companies "need to get their act together" in helping diminish the opioid drug use in America, Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox said Wednesday....

Hot ticket! Utah lawmakers will get the chance to see 'Hamilton' when it comes to Utah next year

Utah's 104 legislators will get the chance to see the hit Broadway musical "Hamilton" when it comes to Salt Lake City early next year as long as they pay market price for the ticket....

Matheson says the Senate is 'broken,' which is why he's mulling a 2018 run

Boyd Matheson says there's one big question to answer before he decides whether to run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Orrin Hatch....

Podcast: Interview with Boyd Matheson

Boyd Matheson, President of the Sutherland Institute, speaks with Managing Editor Bryan Schott about his possible candidacy for the U.S. Senate next year....

Mark Thomas named Utah Senate Chief of Staff

Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser has appointed Mark Thomas to serve as Utah Senate chief of staff....

Weekly survey: Medical marijuana

There may be a ballot initiative before Utah voters next year to legalize some types of medical marijuana. Do you think it's time to legalize medical cannabis in Utah, or is more study needed? Let us know in our weekly survey....

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....

Policy News

Utah Nursing Consortium: Healing Utah's nursing gap
It's no secret that Utah's population is growing, aging and become more chronically ill....

Free international marketing seminar on Nov. 1. Marketing your food products to an audience
Come learn the ins and outs of international marketing from industry experts. You can sell your food products to hungry consumers around the world by connecting to a global audience....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Michelle Quist Mumford: #MeToo

Holly Richardson: #MeToo

Utah man accused of raping BYU student is acquitted

Utah group seeks audit of Lake Powell Pipeline project, water data after finding 'discrepancies'

Operation Rio Grande disrupts drug dealers, but it hasn't put them out of business

Salt Lake City flights are packed, but that attracts expanded service

House majority leader endorses Republican John Curtis in race to fill Utah's vacant seat

Grand jury hands up watered-down indictment of ex-UTA board member Terry Diehl

As leaders assess first two months, Operation Rio Grande gets a thumbs up from Utah voters

Utah House Speaker Hughes agrees to debate homeless expert who criticized Operation Rio Grande

Curtis sidesteps Trump in Utah congressional debate while Allen and Bennett take president to task

State treasurer warns state takeover of UTA could damage Utah's credit rating

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams jumps into U.S. House race against Rep. Mia Love

Mark Thomas named new Utah Senate chief of staff

Legislative leaders vote to sue attorney general to seek release of secret legal opinion on special election

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: How many votes do you need to be considered a winner?

Natalie Gochnour: The next 50 years will be a test of community leadership for a growing Utah County

Ex-UTA board member now faces 3 criminal charges after feds drop 11

Utah elections director picked as state Senate chief of staff

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams running for Congress

Feds seek to stop Shoshone band from selling hunting licenses on Ute lands

Utah lawmakers to pursue legal action against A.G. over special election opinion

Officials: Operation Rio Grande has brought 'zombie land' under control

Accusations fly over water use data, Lake Powell Pipeline

Utah's VidAngel files for bankruptcy, pausing court fight

Utah submits Amazon HQ2 bid amid community concerns

Curtis avoids talking about Trump in debate, but Allen, Bennett kept bringing him up

Sen. Orrin Hatch raises nearly $1 million in three months, still mum on re-election decision


Op-ed: Weber County Jail offers excellent medical care (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: If lawmakers can reach an agreement on Obamacare, they can renew CHIP (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Team Obama's stunning cover-up of Russian crimes (New York Post)

Oprah denies interest in 2020 bid (The Hill)

Push is on to disbar James Comey after Clinton scandal (Washington Times)

Shakeup at Democratic National Committee, Longtime Officials Ousted (NBC News)

Gold Star father: Trump's words misconstrued (CNN)

Senators Are Pushing Ahead with a Health Care Deal as President Trump Sends Mixed Signals (TIME)

Sessions spars with Dems at heated oversight hearing (The Hill)

Towering cross-shaped monument on public land is unconstitutional, court rules (Washington Post)

Early 2020 poll of New Hampshire finds Sanders, Biden, Warren on top (Washington Post)

Border wall prototype construction wrapping up (10News)

Fusion GPS officials visit Capitol Hill, won't testify (Politico)

Wise Words


"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth." Buddha

Lighter Side

Puerto Rico

"The president's inexplicable battle with Puerto Rico rages on. Trump fired off a trio of early-morning tweets saying Puerto Rico's infrastructure was a disaster before Hurricane Maria, blaming them for their own financial problems, and warning that the government won't be there to help them indefinitely. And also, those paper towels? He wants those back." Jimmy Kimmel

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