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Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 312th day of the year. There are 53 days remaining in 2017.

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Curtis easily cruises past Allen in CD3 special election

The Democratic wave that hit other states on Tuesday night missed Utah as Republican John Curtis easily defeated Democrat Kathie Allen in the special election in Utah's 3rd CD. ...

Weekly survey: 'Fake news' on social media

We're learning more about how Russian "troll farms" used social media to spread misinformation during the 2016 election. Would you support or oppose a law requiring social media companies to remove "fake news" posts or political content paid for by a foreign government?...

CYBER24 Episode 6 - Utah Fusion Center fights cybercrime across borders, nabbed Nigerian prince scammer

Do you remember back when you had your first email account and you received an unsolicited email from someone claiming to be a Nigerian prince?...

Will Texas massacre finally get military to improve its criminal reporting system?

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott had an urgent question Monday about Devin Patrick Kelley, the former U.S. Air Force airman who is accused of killing 26 people worshipping at a church service yesterday: How was it that Kelley, convicted of domestic violence and discharged for bad cond...

Policy News

Sen. Lee demands transparency from CBO on health care and taxes
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Tuesday after hearing reports that the Congressional Budget Office was in the process of changing its health care model to show that repealing the individual mandate would save significantly less money than the ag...

Mayor McAdams named finalist in national Ideas Challenge
The NewDEAL announced that Salt Lake Mayor Ben McAdams' work to reduce and prevent homelessness has made him a finalist in the 2017 New Ideas Challenge a competition among rising and innovative state and local policymakers to propose the best ideas for expanding opportunity...

Mayor Jackie Biskupski appoints education and law expert Angela Doan as Senior Advisor for Education
Mayor Jackie Biskupski has appointed education and law expert Angela Doan as her choice for Senior Advisor for Education....

Governor appoints new chair of Utah Board of Pardons and Parole
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Chyleen Arbon as chair of the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole....

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Inmate safety should be priority

Zion National Park's biggest headache: Keeping toilets clean

Republican John Curtis easily beats Democrat Kathie Allen, even in Salt Lake County

Wharton ahead in Salt Lake City's hot District 3 race; Fowler, incumbents coast to victories

Bonds passing in four of six school districts, including Granite and Canyons

Four incumbent mayors likely headed for the exits in Salt Lake County elections

Gehrke: Curtis won by appealing to the middle instead of the Republican fringe - let's hope he keeps that up

Michelle Kaufusi on way to making history as Provo's first female mayor

'High and dry' Blanding says no to booze sales - again

Deseret News

Op-ed: What are the professional responsibilities of teachers?

Jay Evensen: Remembering a mass killing from 1949, and getting no closer to an answer

Utah voters on track to OK more than $600 million in school bond issues

Curtis cruises in congressional race, eager to report to work

Security flaw may have exposed personal info on 21,000 Utah Express Pass users

Provo picks first female mayor; longtime Sandy leader ousted

Trump taps Farm Bureau CEO to head federal agency in Utah

Voter turnout tops 37 percent in Salt Lake, 30 percent in Utah County


Orem incumbents likely to lead for another four years; Vineyard could have new female mayor (Daily Herald)

If trend in ballot counts hold Provo will have its first female mayor (Daily Herald)

John Curtis claims victory in 3rd Congressional District race (Daily Herald)

Ogden voters turn back school bond proposal, Weber bond measure passes (Standard-Examiner)

Voters reject South Summit School District bond (Park Record)

Summit County voters select two East Side mayors to retain their seats, decide other top positions (Park Record)

Beerman bests Williams in Park City mayoral contest; Henney, Joyce also victorious (Park Record)

Congressman introduces a bill to transfer BLM ground to Hyde Park (Logan Herald Journal)

Daines elected Logan mayor; Anderson, Bradfield elected to council (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Poll: Views of Democratic Party hit lowest mark in 25 years (CNN)

The California Marijuana Tax Problem: Why Prices Could Increase 70% in 2018 (Fortune)

Robert Mueller's leak problem (New York Post)

Fusion GPS official met with Russian operative before and after Trump Jr. sit-down (FOX News)

In America, war between old and new industries challenges culture (The Hill)

Gore Lawyer David Boies Implicated in Insane, Ornate Plot to Discredit Weinstein Accusers (Law Newz)

Journalist Accuses Rev. Jesse Jackson of Sexual Harassment (NBC News)

GOP Tax Bill Could Pass The House By Next Week (NPR)

Donna Brazile said the 2016 primary was rigged before she said it wasn't (CNN)

Senators launch bipartisan push to enforce existing background checks law (Washington Post)

Wall Street throws a thumbs-up to Trump and rolls out record-setting deals (CNBC)

Wise Words


"The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse." James Madison

Lighter Side


"President Trump tweeted congratulations to the Houston Astros for winning the World Series. Trump said he's so happy for the Astros, he's only going to deport some of the players." Conan O'Brien

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