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Herbert says he's making progress on his 'Healthy Utah' plan. Utah's payday loan rates among the highest in the country. Lt. Governor's office to investigate anonymous mailer.

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  • 935 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • Gov. Gary Herbert has two big tasks ahead of him with his alternative to Medicaid expansion, convincing the feds and Utah lawmakers to sign off on the plan [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  • Salt Lake City police officials say they are going to make improvements to how they deal with the backlog of rape kits in sexual assault cases [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • A study says Utah's payday loan rates are among the highest in the nation [Tribune].
  • Sen. Mike Lee holds a town hall meeting in Ogden [Standard-Examiner].
  • Accused fraudster Jeremy Johnson's plan to force former Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow to testify in his casehits a roadblock [Tribune].
  • The Lt. Governor's office is launching an investigation into an anonymous mailer sent to delegates in Utah County ahead of last weekend's convention [Daily Herald].
  • The South Jordan City Council approves an apartment complex over the objections of a number of citizens and the mayor [Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • 1790 - Benjamin Franklin died at the age of 84.
  • 1861 - The Virginia State Convention voted to secede from the Union.
  • 1961 - CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched an invasion of that country at the Bay of Pigs in a failed attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro.
  • 1964 - The Ford Motor Company unveiled the Mustang.
  • 1969 - Sirhan Sirhan was convicted for the murder of Robert F. Kennedy.
  • 1970 - The astronauts from Apollo 13 splashed down safely after a ruptured oxygen tank crippled their spacecraft.
  • 1975 - Phnom Penh fell to the Khmer Rouge, ending Cambodia's five-year civil war.


Today At Utah Policy

Bryan Schott's Political BS: Remember My Name
Two names are going to dominate Utah politics for the next decade or so - Cox and McAdams....

Schott and Thatcher to Cover Salt Lake Comic Con
What happens when a political reporter and a Utah State Senator attend one of the biggest pop-culture conventions in the state? Let's find out!...

Herbert's 'Healthy Utah' Plan Could be a Political Hot Potato
Will most of the 61 Utah House Republicans accept the taking of $258 million in federal dollars annually for GOP Gov. Gary Herbert's "Healthy Utah" Medicaid expansion?...

Featured Items

A Giant In Our City � Michael O. Leavitt
On Thursday, April 10, the Salt Lake Chamber honored former Utah governor Michael O. Leavitt as A Giant In Our City, one of the most prestigious business awards in the state....

Utah Immigration Reform: Triumph or a Dud?
When it became law in 2011, the Utah Compactwas hailed as a national model for immigration reform, but three years later not much has changedfor the livesof illegals in Utah, reports National Journal....

Weekly Survey: Future of the Salt Lake Tribune
The Salt Lake Tribune recently reduced staff (again) and eliminated their stand-alone Saturday faith section. What do you think the future holds for the venerable newspaper? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Mexico Trade Mission 'Ol�'
Gov. Gary R. Herbert recently concluded a successful trade mission to Mexico to broaden collaboration opportunities in education, innovation and technology....

ALEC: Utah Has Best Economic Outlook
The America Legislative Exchange Council putsUtah at the top of its 2014 rankingof states with the strongest economic climates....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Bundy is a lawbreaker, not a hero

Bad weather boosts Utah prices

Chris Stewart has big cash lead over Robles in Utah's 2nd District

LDS leader, Obama meet to push for immigration reform

Herbert: Feds say 'no deal breaker' in Utah health-care expansion plan

County extends deadline to join committee charting future of townships

Will Uinta pipeline hurt Utah's drinking water?

Utah poised to tighten rules on booze education

Paul Rolly: Candidate blames convention eviction on Mia Love's campaign

Deseret News

Editorial: An immigration opportunity

Southern Utah left wanting for water

Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker invites residents to schedule one-on-one meetings

Utah consumer prices up 1.4% over one year ago

Less energy use, better cars help drive decreases in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions

LDS Church reaffirms stance on immigration

Other

LDS leader reaffirms church's position on immigration (Daily Herald)

City of Provo looks for ways to trim budget before deadline (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Jeb Bush's wife, family issues key to 2016 (Politico)

Yellen vows 'continuing commitment' to economic support from Fed (The Hill)

White House preps new sanctions to punish Russia over Ukraine (The Hill)

Obama phones Cantor on immigration (The Hill)

Bloomberg plans $50M gun control network (Associated Press)

Obama, Biden visit Pennsylvania to promote job-training plan (Reuters)

Obama's departing health chief mulls U.S. Senate run: report (Reuters)

Ex-Calif. city manager gets 12 years for corruption (USA Today)

Signature drive will continue, leader of minimum-wage initiative in Oklahoma City says (NewsOK)

New SAT: What will those questions look like? (Newsday)

Democrats Hagan, Nunn and Grimes among big winners in Senate campaign fundraising (Washington Post)





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