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Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 306th day of the year. There are 59 days remaining in 2017.

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Utah GOP leaders decide to end lawsuit over SB54

The Utah GOP is dropping their expensive lawsuit against the SB54 compromise....

Feds approve Utah's Medicaid waiver

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced its approval of a 2016 request from the state of Utah to expand Medicaid services to 4,000 - 6,000 Utah adults without dependent children....

Mia Love says Hatch is retiring, Hatch's office says not so fast

Rep. Mia Love was overheard by a reporter in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday saying this would be Sen. Orrin Hatch's last term, but Hatch's office quickly poured cold water on that idea....

Weekly survey: Who will win the CD3 special election?

Time to call your shot! Who will win next week's special election in CD3? Let us know your prediction in our weekly survey....

Policy News

Westminster hosts discussion on civility in politics and public life with local leaders
Westminster College hosts a discussion entitled "Civility in Politics and Public Life" with Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox (Republican) and Salt Lake County Mayor and candidate for Utah's 4th Congressional District Ben McAdams (Democrat) on November 2, at 7 p.m., in the Viev...

Office of the State Auditor releases review of Morgan County internal controls
The Office of the State Auditor officially released its Review of Morgan County Internal Controls.  The Office identified four findings with associated recommendations which are detailed in the report....

Office of the State Auditor releases audit of the Uintah Transportation Special Service District
The Office of the State Auditor officially released its Audit of the Uintah Transportation Special Service District.  The Office identified eight findings with associated recommendations which are detailed in the report....

Reince Priebus joins Michael Best as President & Chief Strategist
Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is returning to Michael Best & Friedrich LLP as President and Chief Strategist and Chair of the Board of Advisors for Michael Best Strategies LLC, the firm's government relations and public affairs group....

25th anniversary of the Utah Freedom of Information Hotline
The law firm of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless is pleased to announce the 25th anniversary of the Utah Freedom of Information Hotline a firm-sponsored pro bono service that provides free legal assistance to Utah journalists and members of the public seeking ac...

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: The best bad news about Medicaid in Utah

UHP says buses used by some charter and private Utah schools fall short of safety standards

Championing 'American energy dominance,' feds to scrap master plans for leasing public lands

Want to go to Arches? You may soon need a reservation, under a new Park Service plan.

Most Utahns say a baker with a religious objection shouldn't have to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple

Case against ex-UTA board member Terry Diehl keeps changing, right up to eve of trial

Feds approve Utah Medicaid waiver, which will help Operation Rio Grande by expanding drug treatment

State auditor: Special district in Uintah County violates open meetings laws

From raising taxes for schools to legalizing medical pot, Utah ballot initiatives rake in more than $500K in October

Utah Republicans to drop lawsuit over SB54 law on picking candidates; right wing says it may oust state GOP chairman

Deseret News

Op-ed: San Juan drought has morphed from economic issue to one of public safety

Natalie Gochnour: Dispatches from Jordan to Israel, pt. 4: Western Wall blessing for our governor

Editorial: US must defend the integrity of democratic processes

More Utah high school seniors drinking alcohol, report shows

Feds approve $100M Medicaid waiver for Utah's most needy

Audit: Uintah County special district violated open meeting laws, lacked controls over spending

State GOP chairman says party dropping SB54 lawsuit


Ogden's Polk school at heart of debate over $106.5 million bond proposal (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

The Democratic Civil War Is Getting Nasty, Even if No One Is Paying Attention (New Yorker)

Pelosi moves to muzzle Trump impeachment talk (Politico)

Panic Hits Hollywood and Media Elite: Which Harasser Will Be Outed Next? (Hollywood Reporter)

DNC: White men shouldn't apply for tech jobs (FOX News)

Republicans race to finish tax bill as pressure mounts (The Hill)

CIA Releases Hundreds of Thousands of Documents from Osama bin Laden (Weekly Standard)

Uzbek man charged in New York attack said he 'felt good' about what he did (Reuters)

Argentina mourns death of five of its citizens in New York attack (Reuters)

Who Is Jerome Powell, Trump's Likely Pick for Fed Chair? (Fortune)

Trump kills class-action rule against banks, lightening Wall Street regulation (Reuters)

Ex-Yahoo chief, Equifax execs to testify before Senate panel (The Hill)

Wise Words


"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." Benjamin Franklin

Lighter Side

No. 6

"A fast food restaurant in Australia is celebrating Halloween by offering a hamburger in a blue bun, sprinkled with real ants and worms. Or as Arby's calls that, "The No. 6." Conan O'Brien

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