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Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 333rd day of the year. There are 32 days remaining in 2017.

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Today At Utah Policy

Lawmaker says eliminating 'secret' bills will improve transparency in the Utah Legislature

State Rep. Dan McCay says he just may have a solution to so many bills being drafted these days for the Utah Legislature to consider....

Utah's international exports should hit $12 billion this year

Utah's international trade continues to grow, and the state is on pace to finish the year up 3% over 2016....

A conversation with Derek Miller (video)

Derek Miller, President and CEO of World Trade Center Utah joins Managing Editor Bryan Schott to talk about President Trump's recent trip to Asia....

Trump to visit Utah on Monday to announce Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante reductions

President Donald Trump will visit Salt Lake City on Monday to unveil his decision to reduce the size of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments....

Weekly survey: Tax reform

Republicans in Congress are trying to push their tax reform package through before Christmas. Do you think they'll do it? Do you support the tax reform package? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Podcast: Interview with World Trade Center Utah's Derek Miller

Derek Miller, President and CEO of World Trade Center Utah speaks with Managing Editor Bryan Schott....

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Policy News

Utah consumer confidence remains high, propelled by fast-growing labor market
After a record-setting high last month, the Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index (CAI) has remained relatively flat, decreasing only slightly from 125.4 in October to 124.4 in November....

Sen. Lee statement on Macmanus nomination
 Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) released the following statement regarding the nomination of Joseph Macmanus to be the US Ambassador to Colombia:...

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Local Headlines

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Many Utah bars and restaurants pay their liquor fines late, forcing state officials to crack down on delinquents

Utah's famed bighorn sheep thriving in Zion National Park, so state plans to move some to Bears Ears

Utah's hepatitis A outbreak grows to 87 cases

Trump will shrink Bears Ears during Utah visit Monday, when five tribes promise to sue him

Trump to meet with Mormon leaders while in Utah to shrink Bears Ears, Grand Staircase monuments

Utah taxpayers may need to spend billions of dollars to control rapid growth around Point of Mountain, a study suggests

Salt Lake City police asked for two dozen more officers. The City Council wants twice as many.

West Valley City breaks ground on another phase of downtown project

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Is it time for a Senator Romney?

Report: Point of the Mountain circa 2050 could be grim without heavy investment

A.G.: More than 20% of Utah alcohol law violators skipping fines

Trump to visit Salt Lake on Monday to announce national monument reductions

Salt Lake City Council wants to hire 50 more cops

Consumer attitudes remain upbeat in November, index says

Utah health officials urge precautions amid hepatitis A outbreak

Rep. John Curtis introduces his first bill

National Headlines

Elizabeth Warren's Pocahontas Pickle (U.S. News & World Report)

GOP gains momentum on tax cuts (The Hill)

Court sides with Trump in CFPB leadership dispute (Politico)

Conyers Scandal Highlights Divisions, Generational and Gender (New York Times)

Cokie Roberts: Oh, We All Knew To Avoid Getting in An Elevator With Rep. Conyers (Townhall)

Having 'white nuclear family' promotes white supremacy, says New York professor, report says (FOX News)

Net Neutrality Hits a Nerve, Eliciting Intense Reactions (New York Times)

Trump ratchets up pressure on China with rare trade action (Politico)

Trump administration approves Arctic Ocean oil exploration (The Hill)

US Tax Plan Emboldens Stock Bulls While Economists Fret (Bloomberg)

Dow soars 255 points to record as Senate gets closer to passing tax reform (CNBC)

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