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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning must reads for Friday, March 3, 2017

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 62nd day of the year. There are 303 days remaining in 2017.

Lawmakers plan to boost public education funding by $200 million next year. Swallow found not guilty. Herbert would support reinstating sales tax on food. 

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Lawmakers set to boost public school funding by $200 million next year

Utah lawmakers are looking to boost spending for public education by 4% this year while fully funding expected student growth....

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Some good reform efforts

Two items this week as Utah legislators rush to finish off the 2017 general session, which ends at midnight next Thursday....

The Zion Wall is coming down, coming down, coming down

Editor's note: The following is satire. Rep. Brad Wilson unveiled legislation that, among other things, will tear down the so-called Zion Wall....

Minority legislators object to modification to Utah's 'Stand your ground' law

Over the objections of two racial minority members of the Utah House, representatives passed a bill that would “clarify” that judges and attorneys can’t bring up objections to the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law in any lawsuits where a per...

'Never drink anything bigger than your head' - Bernick and Schott on politics #319

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott explain everything that happened during week #6 on Utah's Capitol Hill....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics #319

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott run down week #6 on Utah's Capitol Hill....

Weekly survey: Should Utah restore the sales tax on food

Legislative leaders are coalescing behind a plan to restore the state portion of the sales tax on food. Do you agree with this idea? Let us know in our weekly survey....

Chaffetz says Sessions should recuse himself from Russia investigation

Rep. Jason Chaffetz said Thursday morning that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should recuse himself from any investigation involving the Trump White House ties to Russia....

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Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Juvenile justice reform would save young lives and tax dollars

Editorial: Bad gun bill caught in crossfire

What's a humane way to kill an animal? Gas-chamber bill dies after Utah agencies split on method

'Good teachers deserve to be rewarded': Bonus bill sails through Senate committee

Idea for runoff elections killed after Utah GOP reneges on deal

New emissions requirement targeting Utah County nears passage

Gov. Herbert supports 'Zion Curtain' bill and lowering blood-alcohol content limit for DUI

Gov. Herbert won't oppose hiking sales tax on food

Rolly: A toast to Utah liquor reforms - one step forward, two steps back

New gas-tax bill emerges, would raise levies higher, faster

House OKs bill to enhance penalties for drug dealing near homeless shelters

Proposed crime of livestock harassment gets closer to becoming Utah law

Reactions to Swallow acquittals from the players, the politicians, the jurors and more

Utah's biggest political scandal ends with zero convictions as jury clears Swallow

Deseret News

Greg Bell: All Utahns, including stay-at-home mothers, must prepare for the workforce

Editorial: Swallow verdict an opportunity to assess ethics, transparency and money in politics

Utah lawmakers call on federal government for 3-digit suicide hotline

Utah lawmakers hope Trump administration grants flexible Medicaid funding plan

Getting or renewing a driver's license may get more expensive

Committee sends abortion rule bill to full House

House burns midnight oil without reaching agreement on tax plan

Utah bill: Stand your ground even if safe escape possible

'Napoleon Dynamite' star visits Utah Legislature

Salt Lake leaders file brief supporting transgender bathroom access

Gas tax formula change expected to increase prices at the pump advances

House committee advances helmet law for riders under 21

Social media reacts to the John Swallow 'not guilty' verdict

Troy Rawlings: Swallow verdict was 'predictable to any prosecutor'

Chaffetz among first high-ranking Republicans to call for A.G. recusal on Russian issues

Jury acquits John Swallow of all charges


Op-ed: Federal overreach is bad, according to Jason Chaffetz. Except in D.C. (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Gov. Herbert says Zion Curtains don't work. That's a good reason to scrap them (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Press coverage of Trump in first month of office: 88 percent 'hostile,' says new study (Washington Times)

Trump's advisers push him to purge Obama appointees (Politico)

Terror Threat to U.S. Airports Said to Grow as al-Qaeda Rebounds (Bloomberg)

Lawsuit against BuzzFeed over publishing ex-spy's dossier moves to federal court (McClatchy)

Sessions Removes Himself From 2016 Campaign Investigations (Bloomberg)

Touring Warship, Trump Pushes Plan to Expand Military (New York Times)

Paul Ryan's feeling confident about repeal-and-replace. McConnell not so much. (Washington Post)

Interior secretary repeals ban on lead bullets (The Hill)

EU Parliament Seeks To Reinstate Visas For American Travelers (NPR)

Carson and Perry sworn in (The Hill)

EPA halts inquiry into oil and gas industry emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas (Washington Post)

Wise Words

Remember Peace and Brotherhood
"The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood." Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lighter Side

"Another big story is Trump's ongoing feud with the media. Especially his tweet where he called the press "the enemy of the American people." And the American people said, "No, that would still be kale. No one likes kale." Jimmy Fallon

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