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UTA gives bonuses despite not reaching goals. Is there a link between air pollution and a rising rate of deaths among young children? The McCarthey family is "moderately interested" in re-acquiring the Salt Lake Tribune.


  • 47 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 180 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 263 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 544 days to the 2015 elections
  • 620 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 915 days to the 2016 presidential election
Thursday's Utah political news highlights:
  • The Utah Transit Authority awards partial bonuses to some executives even though they didn't reach the goals tied to those bonuses [Tribune].
  • A routine audit finds that the Utah Transit Authority failed to renew the registration on some of their vehicles [Tribune].
  • How should we interpret the numerous "legislative report cards" that grade the performance of Utah's lawmakers? [Utah Policy]
  • Advocates worry that there's a link between pollution and the rising number of baby deaths in the Vernal area [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch signs on to a measure designed to aid victims of child pornography [Deseret News].
  • Concerns about drought conditions are growingin southern Utah [Tribune].
  • Phil McCarthey says his family is "moderately interested" in buying back the Salt Lake Tribune [KUTV].
  • Salt Lake County wants to take over control of the Utah Theatre in downtown Salt Lake City [Tribune].
  • South Weber city councilman Michael Poff appears in court on felony communications fraud charges [Standard-Examiner].
On this day in history:
  • 1541 - Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto reached the Mississippi River.
  • 1884 - Harry S. Truman, the 33rd president of the United States, was born.
  • 1886 - Atlanta pharmacist John Styth Pemberton invented the flavored syrup for Coca-Cola.
  • 1945 - President Harry S. Truman announced that World War II had ended in Europe.
  • 1970 - The album "Let it Be" by the Beatles was released.
  • 1973 - Militant American Indians who held the South Dakota town of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrendered.
  • 1987 - Gary Hart withdrew from the race for the Democratic presidential nomination after questions about his relationship with Donna Rice.
  • 1999 - The Citadel, South Carolina's formerly all-male military school, graduated its first female cadet.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: A good grading system measures mastery of subjects

Rolly: Utah mayor's campaign money appears mysteriously

City subsidizes golf course, officials say, as residents plead to save Mulligans

Report: Ammo tracking lacking at Utah Tooele Army Depot

Is air pollution causing Vernal's neonatal deaths to rise?

Water worries, unlike water itself, rising in southern Utah

UTA: Hitting goals no priority

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Smarter Sentencing Act

Jay Evensen: Why the Nigerian kidnapping case matters to us

Editorial: Stable families are the key to overcoming income inequality

Advocates question whether baby deaths in Vernal are linked to pollution

State agency announces $6M grant program for STEM education

Despite rain, Utah's water outlook dreary

Hatch, Schumer introduce bill to help child pornography victims


Hatch introduces bill to aid victims in child porn cases (Daily Herald)

Provo Council presents $197 million budget (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: Student-centered or subject-centered education? (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: High court correct on prayer (Standard-Examiner)

Sudden city staff resignations stun South Weber (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Rush Limbaugh rips women Monica Lewinsky writers (Politico)

Cruz derides Obama 'pattern of lawlessness' in executive action (The Hill)

White House rejects Russian troop claims (The Hill)

Report from GAO finds one federal layoff from sequester (The Hill)

House passes resolution calling for IRS special counsel (The Hill)

The Most Surprising Thing About Monica Lewinsky's Vanity Fair Article (Slate)

GOP-led House votes to hold former IRS official in contempt (CNN)

Bible curriculum set for Oklahoma part of evangelization strategy by family behind Hobby Lobby (Associated Press)

Lynne Cheney says Clintons behind Monica Lewinsky story. Really? (Christian Science Monitor)

Surveillance-bill compromise close in House, would end mass NSA collection of phone data (Washington Post)

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