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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning must reads for Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 80th day of the year. There are 285 days remaining in 2017.

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch hearings continue Tuesday. Pres. Trump rallies Republicans to support Obamacare repeal. FBI is investigating whether collusion occurred between Trump campaign and Russian operatives.

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WTC Utah President & CEO Derek B. Miller receives a CEO of the Year award

Utah Business magazine presented World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah) President and CEO Derek B. Miller with a CEO of the Year Award today at ceremony held at the Grand America Hotel. “I have always been interested in international development, international busines...

West Valley lawmakers oppose shelter plan

A bipartisan group of legislators representing West Valley City and surrounding communities have published an open letter voicing their opposition to Salt Lake County’s proposal for a possible homeless shelter within West Valley City. Citing the rushed rollout of the p...

Smith, Carpenter form new public policy consulting business

Long-time communications and public policy operatives Marty Carpenter and Wesley Smith have formed a new public affairs strategy shop named 24NINE. Here is a look at this new political consulting business.Tell us about 24NINE -- why you formed the business and what your serv...

Low tax burden is great - but more money needed for education

One of the most difficult challenges for policymakers is divining that fine line between a tax burden that is sufficient to provide necessary services to citizens, and a burden that is too high and drives away businesses and hurts economic viability.Where that line is locate...

How Trump can get a political win through NAFTA renegotiation

President Donald Trump could get a much-needed political win if he can successfully renegotiate the NAFTA trade pact, but his window for doing so is very short....

Derek Miller on Trump, Russia and international trade (with video)

Derek Miller of the World Trade Center Utah discusses the latest news about the Donald Trump administration and Russia....

Lee met with Trump to discuss GOP health plan (Updated)

Sen. Mike Lee made a trip to Florida this weekend to discuss the GOP plan for replacing Obamacare with other Republican bigwigs....

'Political Insiders' weigh in on Hatch and Chaffetz's political future

Our "Political Insiders" and readers say Sen. Orrin Hatch should not run for an 8th term in the Senate in 2018. But, they're not sure if Rep. Jason Chaffetz's political fortunes have dimmed because of some of his recent public gaffes....

Policy News

Brad Baird, EDCUtah's 'loaned executive,' to retire
When Brad Baird joined EDCUtah in 2004, he was the seventh loaned executive from Questar Corporation to put on an economic development hat. In April he'll retire after more than a decade of service to the organization and as the longest tenured loaned executive to work at ED...

U. S., Salt Lake Chambers host cybersecurity conference
The Salt Lake Chamber, in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will host a conference  on Thursday to help small and mid-size businesses develop, evaluate, and strengthen their cybersecurity programs. Top experts from government, law enforcement, and the ...

Luncheon with the Ambassador of Paraguay
World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development and the Salt Lake Chamber, is delighted to welcome His Excellency Germán Hugo Rojas Irigoyen, the Ambassador of Paraguay. ...

Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing rolls out updated Controlled Substance Database
Francine A. Giani, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Commerce announced that the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) has released the newest software version of the State’s Controlled Substance Database (CSD) which records all controll...

Governor signs 84 bills
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has signed 84 bills, bringing the total number of bills signed from the 2017 General Legislative Session to 103....

Local Headlines

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Salt Lake Tribune

Hatch: Gorsuch is qualified, and politics shouldn't stop him

Editorial: Utah should have kept teacher mentoring program

Will new robotics, new mandate spur faster testing of Utah's rape kits - or fuel a new backlog?

Lawyer contends bigamy bill is case of LDS legislators discriminating against polygamists

Gov. Herbert signs more education, public lands, election bills

FBI confirms Russia, Trump probe; Utah's Stewart notes that doesn't mean wrongdoing

West Valley City 'rejects' homeless shelter site selection process

Hatch, Lee back Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch, decry Democrats' 'litmus tests'

New homeless plan to meet demand despite 500 fewer shelter beds? Here's the math

Despite repeated Trump overtures, Sen. Mike Lee remains a no on health care bill

Push to test rape kits has slowed work at state crime labs in Utah, other states

Deseret News

Op-ed: The myths and facts behind a .05 blood-alcohol content law

Op-ed: Gorsuch's nomination highlights contrasting views of a judge's role

Op-ed: Who are we as a people?

Editorial: College campuses should practice more civility

Trump's proposed budget cuts would hurt Utah arts and dance groups

Herbert signs dozens of bills, including changes to sex ed statute

Hatch, Lee urge Senate against politicizing Gorsuch hearings

West Valley official calls homeless site selection 'fake process,' threatens litigation

Rep. Chris Stewart wants FBI to 'crack' heads of classified info leakers

'We're not pulling back' from helping refugees, LDS leader says as First Presidency increases budget

West Jordan sees new membership on Salt Lake City airport board as chance for 'economic boon'

School board resolution affirms city schools do not collect info on students' immigration status

Road Home owner plans for larger role in overseeing service providers


Editorial: Let it shine (Daily Herald)

Unused Ogden fire station could transform into day center for homeless families (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden city, school district put up fence separating students and homeless adults (Standard-Examiner)

Layton burn plant closure will improve air quality, but overall benefits mixed (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

GOP leadership sets up 'spin room' ahead of health care vote (USA Today)

Trump pressures 'sanctuary cities' that won't hold undocumented immigrants (USA Today)

Almost half of Canadians want illegal border crossers deported (Reuters)

White House: 'No evidence' of Trump-Russia collusion (The Hill)

Democrats are powerless to block Neil Gorsuch -- but they still have a decision to make (CNN)

Judge Gorsuch Goes to Washington (Atlantic)

Ivanka Trump moves into West Wing office, acknowledges 'no modern precedent' for her role (Washington Post)

Paul Ryan's moment of truth (Washington Post)

Conservatives on health care bill: Negotiations are over (CNN)

Trump drops 208 spots on Forbes list of billionaires (Washington Post)

Laptops And Electronics Banned On Flights From Some Middle Eastern Countries (BuzzFeed)

Wise Words

Confession of Character
"People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lighter Side

"While he was in Tennessee . . . .Trump gave a speech from the estate of former President Andrew Jackson. Trump may have been confused because he also praised Andrew Jackson's brothers Michael, Jermaine, Randy, and Tito." Jimmy Fallon

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