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Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 313th day of the year. There are 52 days remaining in 2017.

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Lawmakers reach compromise with Gov. Herbert and A.G. Reyes to release secret legal opinion on CD3 special election

An agreement has been reached between GOP Gov. Gary Herbert, Attorney General Sean Reyes, and GOP legislative leaders: The Legislature will get Reyes' legal opinion on the 3rd Congressional District election process, and lawmakers will make it public....

Herbert taps Ron Gordon as general counsel

Gov. Gary Herbert has a new legal counsel, Ron Gordon, who has just missed stepping into one of the messiest legal issues the governor has seen in eight years in office....

Retooled Count My Vote ballot initiative keeps current dual-track system for candidates

Organizers of the Count My Vote ballot initiative are retooling their proposal to keep Utah's current dual track system for candidates to get on the ballot....

Curtis names Norman as chief of staff, begins search to fill other staff positions

Congressman-Elect John Curtis announced that Corey Norman will be joining his congressional office in Washington, DC as the Chief of Staff....

Kathie Allen blasts Mormons, Republicans on Twitter following loss

Shortly after she lost the CD3 election to Republican John Curtis, Democratic nominee Kathie Allen sent out (then deleted) a tweet that slammed Utah County voters for blindly voting for Mormons and Republicans....

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?...

Policy News

Hatch, Donnelly suicide prevention bill passes in the Senate
The National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act, sponsored by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN), passed in the Senate....

Stewart's bipartisan bill passes House
The House passes H.R. 3922 which included the text of Rep. Chris Stewart's (R-Utah) bipartisan bill, the National Health Service Corps Strengthening Act of 2017....

Sens. Lee, Leahy support USA Liberty Act
Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee reported the USA Liberty Act to the House floor with 27-8 support....

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Holly Richardson: Campaign season is dead. Long live campaign season.

Michelle Quist Mumford: Will 2018 be the year of the Utah Democrat?

Editorial: There is reason to hope that Curtis will be part of the solution

Gov. Gary Herbert appoints new general counsel

Republican John Curtis, Utah's new congressman-elect, set to be sworn in, cast first vote Monday

Count My Vote ballot drive shifts course, will try to preserve current election law - mostly

Homeless hotline won't take reports, Liberty Wells residents tell Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski

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A. Scott Anderson: Envision Utah - 20 years of empowering vibrant communities

Op-ed: The Second Amendment is meant to ensure that the people always have the means to defend themselves

Op-ed: Work is foundational to restoring dignity

Jay Evensen: By now we should understand that homelessness can't be solved quickly

Editorial: Trump administration's memo on religious liberty upholds sound principles

Utah lawmakers propose $4,000 salary stipends for special ed teachers

Congressman-elect John Curtis says he'll be sworn in Monday

New Count My Vote initiative would keep Utah's convention system

Lawmaker pitches statewide funding equalization program for Utah schools

Energy symposium highlights natural resource wonders in Utah

Utah launches new DEA strategy to combat painkiller, heroin addiction

Feds to help Utah put spotlight on dangers of opiates

'We're scared': Liberty Wells residents plead for help from Operation Rio Grande spillover


Weber County officials ask groups eyeing change in government to unite (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

U.S. stocks close at record on anniversary of Trump's election (MarketWatch)

Iran-North Korea's 'axis of evil' may be Trump's biggest threat (CNBC)

Maui budget crisis has begun (Maui News)

Biden feared Clinton mud-slinging 'would stop at nothing' (Daily Mail)

How Brazile's book exposes liberal media's Hillary health coverup (New York Post)

NASA is working with Uber on its flying taxi project (CNBC)

Group Calling National Anthem Lyrics Racist, Anti-Black (CBS Sacramento)

A black student wrote those racist messages that shook the Air Force Academy, school says (Washington Post)

CBO: Repealing Health Coverage Mandate Would Save $338 Billion (NPR)

Rand Paul has 6 broken ribs following alleged assault (CNN)

White House implements new Cuba policy restricting travel and trade (Washington Post)

Wise Words


"It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one." George Washington

Lighter Side

Medical Marijuana

"In an interview, "Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek revealed that he once tripped hard on hash brownies. Apparently, Trebek spent hours saying "What is, 'my hand' for 800?" Conan O'Brien

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