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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning must reads for Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Good Tuesday morning and Happy Valentine's Day from Salt Lake City. Today is the 45th day of the year. There are 320 days remaining in 2017.

Herbert proposes a compromise on Bears Ears. Lawmakers seek a modest boost for education funding. Utah would be hit hard by a trade war with Mexico.

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Lawmakers consider free speech on Utah's college campuses

While the Berkeley student riot that denied an alt-right speaker on campus is not the reason, perhaps there couldn’t be a more timely debate over four of state Rep. Kim Coleman’s free speech at public colleges efforts....

Utah would be big loser in trade war with Mexico

Donald Trump's idea to impose a border tax on goods coming from Mexico would have a significant economic impact on Utah, and not in a positive way....

'I have questions with Bryan Schott' - Derek Miller (video)

Derek Miller, President and CEO of the World Trade Center Utah, says a border tax on goods coming from Mexico would impact Utah's economy negatively....

Lawmakers propose modest boost for education funding, want to eliminate teacher licensing fees

Utah lawmakers unveiled their funding priorities for Utah public schools this year, recommending about $170 million in new spending....

Herbert says a smaller Bears Ears National Monument would be a good compromise (with video)

GOP Gov. Gary Herbert floated a possible compromise on the controversial Bears Ears National Monument on Monday: A litter of little Cubby Ears....

OFA encouraged by chaotic outcome of Chaffetz town hall

Last week, thenationalmedia provided glowing, wall-to-wallcoverage of the raucous results of Rep. Jason Chaffetz' town hallin Cottonwood Heights, apparently approving of the behavior of the angry leftists whopacked the meetingand shouted the congressman down. Now, Organizing...

Lawmaker wants private investment to fix Utah's infrastructure

One Utah lawmaker thinks private investment is the cure for funding Utah's infrastructure needs....

Podcast: Derek Miller, President and CEO, World Trade Center Utah

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

Conflict of interest could hamper Reyes' bid for job in Trump administration

Attorney General Sean Reyes is widely rumored to be the front-runner to become chairman of the Federal Trade Commission under President Donald Trump. However, a potential conflict of interest could hurt his prospects....

Utah Foundation
Research department takes EDCUtah to new heights
While working on a new economic development plan, community leaders in the City of South Ogden needed help with a location quotient analysis and an economic overview of the city, so they turned to EDCUtah's Research Department for assistance....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Paul Mero: Here are women's issues conservative legislators should address

Editorial: Utah juvenile justice reforms should be approved

Senate reverses course on $20 marriage license fee

Rooftop solar tax credits will be phased out under bill OK'd by House

Free teacher licenses and 3% school spending bump in latest budget numbers

A lawsuit involving American Indian artifacts, alleged excessive force and a Utahn's suicide has hit another wall

Utah groups pushing greater local control of public lands, wildlife seeking $4 million in state money

Rolly: Chaffetz's town-hall protesters have no voice. What's the NRA's excuse?

Mountain View Corridor could become 'Minuteman Highway'

Salt Lake City joins cities asking high court to uphold rights for detained immigrants

John Swallow's public corruption trial enters Week 2

Gehrke: Just when you thought sanity had been restored to the Utah GOP ...

Speaker: Lawmakers won't act on nonpartisan ed-board bill

Fifty percent hike in 911 fees sought to upgrade emergency system

Chaffetz's committee begins to overturn D.C. law legalizing assisted suicide

House committee approves bill to end Utah school grading

Sheriff urges lawmakers to again extend benefits for fallen Utah officers

Hughes, others decry 'state problem' of homelessness

There are 95 free social events paid for by groups seeking to influence Utah Legislature

Chaffetz's unsubstantiated claim of out-of-state professional agitators fuels more anger

Deseret News

Kerry Gibson: We need respectful communication from all sides

Deidre Henderson: The people of the 3rd Congressional District

Editorial: Legislature should provide funds for indigent legal defense

Bill would allow sunscreen use at public schools

Bill prohibiting abortion pill prescriptions via telemedicine on hold

Senate panel OKs resolution calling for Medicaid block grants

Bill providing protections in overdose reversals advances

Bill would change how courts look at parents' disabilities in child custody cases

Jay Evensen: Tax hike for schools? It's all in how you ask the question

Salt Lake among 20 cities opposing long detention for immigrants

Short-term rental bill advances in House committee

Bill would allow patients, doctors to request partial drug prescriptions

Lawmakers seeking 3 percent school spending increase, waving teacher license fees

House panel passes bill to prevent 'gamesmanship' in tax increase initiatives

Doug Robinson: The DJ on Capitol Hill marks 31st legislative session

Civic leaders encourage residents to support Salt Lake homeless sites

Official: No Utah dams currently a cause for concern


Despite Facebook rumors, Jason Chaffetz does not yet have plans for another town hall (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

New York Times Reporter Reprimanded for 'Hooker' Comment About Melania Trump (Hollywood Reporter)

Republicans' Struggles to Replace Obamacare Feel Like Deja Vu All Over Again (Bloomberg)

20% of dams in populated areas lack emergency plan (USA Today)

Immigration authorities arrested 680 people in raids last week (Washington Post)

David Duke gives ringing endorsement to Rep. Keith Ellison for DNC chair (Washington Times)

Right set to fight back on town hall protests (The Hill)

Democrats' Quandary on Gorsuch: Appease the Base or Honor the Process (New York Times)

Senate confirms Mnuchin as treasury secretary (Washington Post)

Federal judge rejects request to block Dakota Access pipeline - for now (Washington Post)

Mexico ready to retaliate by hurting American corn farmers (CNNMoney)

The woman behind the boycott that is pressuring retailers to dump the Trumps (Washington Post)

Wise Words

Valentine's Day
"If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love." Maya Angelou

Lighter Side

Attack Us!
"Nordstrom's stock went up after President Trump attacked them on Twitter for dropping Ivanka's clothing line. Then RadioShack said, "Would you mind attacking us?" Jimmy Fallon

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