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Morning must reads for Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 116th day of the year. There are 249 days remaining in 2017.

Speaker Greg Hughes wants a special session to change how Utah fills vacancies in Congress. The Utah Legislature may investigate a questionable donation to the University of Utah. President Donald Trump backs down in the budget fight with Congress.

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Hughes wants a special session immediately to address U.S. House vacancies

Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes says Gov. Gary Herbert needs to call an immediate legislative special session to pass a law detailing how a U.S. House replacement is picked....

Love op-ed: Replace Dodd-Frank with CHOICE Act

Rep. Mia Love unveils new legislation designed to offer banks and their customersrelief fromthe constricting regulations of Dodd-Frank. Among other things, theCreating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers, and Entrepreneurs (CHOICE) Act would encourage bankstohold c...

Legislature may investigate questionable donations to the University of Utah

The Utah Legislature may conduct some kind of audit/investigation into a wealthy L.A. doctor’s $12 million gift to the University of Utah, supposedly for research work, says House Speaker Greg Hughes....

Poll: Utahns want Trump to change or undo Bears Ears

As President Donald Trump readies an executive order to review the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, a new poll shows Utahns favor reducing or rescinding at least one of those monuments....

Business-friendly states like Utah are growing at the expense of those that tax and spend

Utah has the best economic outlook of any state in the nation, according tothe latestedition of the American Legislative Exchange Council's Rich States, Poor Statesrankings.Theannual economic competitiveness report (which Utah has dominated for ten years running) continues t...

Huntsman Cancer Institute controversy could turn into a huge mess

There is an interesting dynamic playing out this week up at the University of Utah, and just a mile south in the U of U Research Park headquarters of the Huntsman chemical/cancer-fighting empire....

Hatch recaps visit to Bears Ears, praises president's action on monuments

Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the senior Republican in the United States Senate, spoke on the Senate floor about his visit to the recently designated Bears Ears National Monument and the President’s forthcoming executive order, which will address past presiden...

Policy News

Confidence in Utah's economy drops to previous levels in April after jump in March
The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index decreased in April after a big jump in March, mirroring national sentiment....

Downtown Achievement Awards call for nominations
Exceptional contributions to Salt Lake City’s downtown will be recognized at the annual State of Downtown, presented by the Downtown Alliance. Awards will be presented during the Alliance’s annual meeting in July....

Office of the State Auditor releases audit of The Utah State Board of Education Dual Language Immersion Program
The Office of the State Auditor released its Audit of The Utah State Board of Education Dual Language Immersion Program focusing on federal grants received for language immersion education....

Governor appoints Weilenmann School Director to State Charter School Board
Gov. Gary R. Herbert announced that he has appointed Park City’s Weilenmann School of Discovery Executive Director Cynthia K. Phillips to the Utah State Charter School Board....

Real Women Run spring training registrations up 110%
Registrations for the Real Women Run Spring Training are now up 110% from last year’s training....

Office of the State Auditor releases findings for the Utah Municipal Finance Cooperative II Trust
The Office of the State Auditor released its findings for the Utah Municipal Finance Cooperative II Trust....

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Review or no review, Utah's national monuments should stay

FBI takes interest in Daggett County jail probe

Lindon charter high school named Utah's best by U.S. News and World Report

Utah County GOP leaders, legislators clash over rules

Chaffetz says Michael Flynn may face 'repercussions for a violation of law' after accepting Russian money

Mixed up about whether you're in a bar or restaurant with alcohol? There's now a sign for that in Utah

Jewell defends Bears Ears monument process

Jeremy Johnson to invoke Fifth Amendment in campaign scheme lawsuit

Gehrke: What would Jason Chaffetz's resume look like?

Zinke will recommend Bears Ears fate within 45 days

Dem challenging Mia Love could lead to a first - two black women facing off in a Utah general election

Deseret News

Boyd Matheson: The value of values

Editorial: The country needs leadership that reunites

Chaffetz defends White House for not providing information about Flynn payments

Imprisoned Jeremy Johnson refusing to respond to feds in FEC case

Sign of the times: A restaurant is a restaurant, a bar is a bar in Utah

Interior Secretary Zinke: Bears Ears at center of national monument review

County Council votes on intent to protect Jordan River from homeless impacts

National consumer confidence outpacing local attitudes

Board to oversee new homeless shelters gearing up for new role, considering appointment of Josh Romney

Beckerle back: U. reinstates fired CEO of Huntsman Cancer Institute

What now? Rift exposes tensions in University of Utah health care system

Mormon history stars in legal brief on Trump travel ban


Utah County's air quality status moved from 'non attainment' to 'serious non attainment' (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Al Gore's New Group Demands $15 Trillion To Fight Global Warming (Daily Caller)

Trump vows to confront anti-Semitism on Holocaust Remembrance Day (The Hill)

Ivanka Trump faces tough audience in European women (Politico)

Judge blocks part of Trump's sanctuary cities executive order (CNN)

Wall 'Will Get Built,' Trump Insists, as He Drops Funding Demand (New York Times)

Trump Names Retired Marine Corps General To Lead Secret Service (NPR)

Some grumbling before the all-senators North Korea briefing (CNN)

House Freedom Caucus leaders back new health-care plan (Washington Post)

Trump reviews power to establish federal lands (CNN)

Washington braces for unveiling of Trump's tax reform plan (Washington Post)

Trudeau vows to defend Canadian interests in call with Trump (The Hill)

Wise Words

"An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation." John Marshall

Lighter Side

A Little Note
"Chelsea Clinton recently said that when her mom traveled, she would leave a note for her every day that she was gone. Though every day the note just read, "Keep an eye on your father." Jimmy Fallon

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