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Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 341st day of the year. There are 24 days remaining in 2017.

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Today At Utah Policy

Utahns give Herbert, Romney sky high approval ratings

Riding high on new performance approvals in Utah, GOP Gov. Gary Herbert lambasted former presidential advisor Stephen Bannon on Wednesday, after Bannon took after adopted Utah son Mitt Romney....

Utah lawmakers clap back at Bannon after he trashes Romney

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon blasted Mitt Romney's decision to go on a Mormon mission instead of serving in the military. The reaction from prominent Utah Republicans was swift and savage....

Romney speaks with Trump

Mitt Romney had a phone call with President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning to discuss Trump's actions on public lands in Utah and next year's US Senate race....

Weekly survey: Trump's national monument changes

On Monday, President Donald Trump pulled federal protection from millions of acres of public lands in Utah and altered the borders of two national monuments. In response, environmental and other groups are prepping lawsuits against the move. What do you think will be the ult...

Utah health care costs are nation's lowest, but medical prices vary widely

A new report on health care costs in Utah finds that, while Utah's per capita health care costs are lower than any other state, charges for medical services can vary dramatically from one provider to the next....

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Policy News

Governor lowers flags in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
As authorized by the President of the United States of America, Gov. Gary R. Herbert has requested the lowering of the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day....

Sen. Lee applauds President Trump's Jerusalem announcement
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Wednesday after President Trump issued a proclamation recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital....

Hatch statement on President Trump's Israel announcement
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate, issued the following statement on the President's Israel announcement:...

Rep. Stewart announces new national park in Utah
Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) introduced legislation to create Utah's sixth National Park, Escalante Canyons Park and Preserve, H.R. 4558....

WTC Utah awards 38 STEP grants to Utah companies
World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah) recently awarded funding to 38 Utah companies as part of the State Trade Expansion Program. STEP is managed by WTC Utah and funded in part through a grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration. ...

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Local Headlines

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Utah health care providers are steadily raising rates and charging widely different amounts for common procedures, report says

UTA says its ridership is down because homeless riders were swept up in Operation Rio Grande

Hatch, Herbert, Mormon observers blast Bannon's attack on Romney's LDS faith as 'disappointing and unjustified'

A sexual harassment complaint alleges Utah County Commissioner Greg Graves intimidated staff and was prone to outbursts

The number of police officers in Utah is down by about 650 - not including the 5 disciplined on Wednesday

Gehrke: Steve Bannon's attack wasn't just targeting Mitt Romney, it pitted Alabama's evangelicals against Mormons

Utah Dine Bikeyah, Patagonia and others file latest lawsuit challenging Trump's authority to shrink Bears Ears

After Hatch said Trump had 'no choice' but to back Moore, the Utahn now says he's 'deeply disturbed' by the Alabama GOP Senate candidate

Park City is now the nation's 2nd wealthiest small urban area, with average incomes $27,000 more than in Salt Lake City

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Jay Evensen: Why national monuments are bad for democracy

Hal Boyd: Bannon's attack against Mormon missions and Mitt Romney has no moral authority

Editorial: Changes to UTA's board could bolster its public image

American Community Survey says Utah's getting older, earning more and paying more for housing

Utah County commissioner accused of sexual harassment, intimidation, bullying

Census data pinpoints diversity among Utah's Pacific Islanders

Salt Lake Comic Con organizer testifies he saw no trademark barrier to 'comic con' name

'You hid behind your religion': Bannon's comments on Romney draw fire from Utah leaders

Utah governor calls Steve Bannon a 'Mormon bigot'

Man announces excessive force lawsuit against police, then gets arrested


Complaint details sexual harassment allegations against Greg Graves, fellow commissioners call for his resignation (Daily Herald)

Logan mayor envisions smooth handoff to successor (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Was Jerusalem Declaration Trump's First Move Toward 'Deal of the Century'? (Weekly Standard)

I Believe Franken's Accusers Because He Groped Me, Too (Atlantic)

A Democratic Chorus Rises in the Senate: 'Franken Should Resign' (New York Times)

House passes bill loosening gun restrictions (CNN)

Democrat Pushes Vote On Trump Impeachment. It Didn't Succeed (NPR)

Republicans hammer Mueller, FBI as Russia investigation intensifies (Washington Post)

John Conyers III Was Arrested in February, Accused of Stabbing His Girlfriend (New York Times)

Homeless Population Rises, Driven By West Coast Affordable-Housing Crisis (NPR)

Chirps, hums and phantom noises - how bizarre events in Cuba changed embassy workers' brains (Washington Post)

LA to become largest US city with recreational marijuana (FOX News)

UnitedHealth Buys Large Doctors Group as Lines Blur in Health Care (New York Times)

Wise Words


"An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind." Mahatma Gandhi

Lighter Side

Rock Bottom

"Matt Lauer got a public message of support from Geraldo Rivera. In response, Lauer said, "My God, now I've really hit rock bottom." Conan O'Brien

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