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Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 299th day of the year. There are 66 days remaining in 2017.

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Today At Utah Policy

Mark Thomas moves from the Utah Elections Office to the Utah Senate

When you personally helped bring down the state's top law enforcement officer and been in court battles with some of the most powerful politicians around, what is next for you?...

Sen. Mike Lee: 'I'm certain' President Trump has lied (with video)

Sen. Mike Lee says even though President Donald Trump doesn't always tell the truth, it shouldn't derail conservatives from pushing their political agenda....

Guest opinion: Modernizing Utah's oil & gas oversight will help clear the air

Oil and gas air pollution is a serious problem in Utah but a new rulemaking from the Utah Department of Environmental Quality will help by modernizing and improving the state's oversight of oil and gas operations....

So, uh, I guess we need to protest Thursday?

Though the Thor films have not been among my favorites from the Marvel Universe, I'm really looking forward to the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok....

CYBER24 Episode 4: Wolf in sheep's clothing - business email compromise

How many emails do you get a day? Studies show the average American received nearly 100 emails each day and many would say that's a slow morning at the office....

The Voter Fraud Commission wants your data - but experts say they can't keep it safe

The voter-fraud-checking program championed by the head of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity suffers from data security flaws that could imperil the safety of millions of peoples' records, according to experts....

Weekly survey: Will Mia Love win in 2018?

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams joined the race to challenge Rep. Mia Love in 2018 last week. Will he, or another challenger, knock off the two-term Republican? Give us your thoughts in our weekly survey....

Policy News

Love, Sinema express concern regarding proposed parks entrance fee increase
Congresswoman Mia Love (UT-04) and Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) called on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to stop a proposal by the National Park Service (NPS) to significantly increase entrance fees at 17 national parks....

Top 5 reasons to attend the Salt Lake Chamber's Government Affairs Bootcamp
The Salt Lake Chamber's 2nd Annual Government Affairs Bootcamp is quickly approaching....

GOED appoints Life Science Director
The Governor's Office of Economic Development announced that Clark Cahoon, fund manager for the Technology Commercialization and Innovation Program, has been appointed as the life science cluster director. ...

USTAR awards industry partnership program grant to address wastewater issues
USTAR recently awarded an Industry Partnership Program (IPP) grant for a project that aims to solve wastewater issues with a technology that could also create bioenergy....

Trade mission connects Utah companies to Middle Eastern markets
Gov. Gary R. Herbert is leading a delegation of 19 Utah companies on a trade mission to Amman, Jordan and a trade mission to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Israel this week. Jordan and Israel are gateway countries for businesses interested in expanding into Middle Eastern mark...

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Even with Salt Lake City's investment, it'll take more coordinated planning to create enough affordable housing

Two-thirds of Utahns support ballot initiative to expand Medicaid, poll says

Slim majority of Utah voters likes tough new DUI law, with very active Mormons driving support

Count My Vote revises hearing schedule on primary election initiative

'Its days are numbered': Conservative group seeks to end death penalty in states, including Utah

Utah transit board member questions plan to borrow $88.5M when the agency is $2B in debt

Feds narrow criminal case against ex-UTA board member Diehl - again

Deseret News

Natalie Gochnour: Dispatches from Jordan to Israel, part 2: Lowest point on earth, closest point to heaven

A. Scott Anderson: Time to act on housing affordability

Op-ed: Tax reform should end favoritism

Jay Evensen: How do we know when a politician has lost it?

Utah members of Congress walk line between Trump and Flake, Corker

States urge revamp on sage grouse management

Jon Huntsman Sr., Mitt Romney among those helping to raise money for Rep. Mia Love

Feds drop another criminal charge against former UTA board member

UTA trustees adopt tentative budget that includes $88.5 million in bonding

Count My Vote set to hold public hearings this week


Hotel under construction could catalyze downtown development (Logan Herald Journal)

Local legislator hosts discussion on addiction, local opportunities for recovery (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

A year of Clinton lies about the Trump dossier exposed as Hillary's lawyer is under fire for falsely denying paying for it (Daily Mail)

The Trump dossier was Clinton's dirtiest political trick (New York Post)

Obama-era uranium deal yields new questions, new accusations and new investigation (CNN)

Las Vegas shooter's laptop missing its hard drive (ABC News)

Federal judge refuses to order the Trump administration to resume ACA payments (Washington Post)

A Half-Century Later, Papers May Shed Light on JFK Assassination (New York Times)

For the first time, a majority of Republicans support marijuana legalization (Washington Post)

Flake's exit gives GOP new hope in Arizona (The Hill)

Next Fed Chair Will Help Determine Pace Of Interest Rate Hikes (NPR)

Everything to Know About President Donald Trump's New Drone Program (Fortune)

Time for the Feds to Say What They Know About Kaspersky (WIRED)

Wise Words


"The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal." Aristotle

Lighter Side

Busy Town

"For the last 24 hours, Donald Trump has been the president of busy town. This morning [Oct 12], he signed an executive order to get rid of some key provisions of Obamacare. For instance, the care part." Stephen Colbert

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