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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning must reads for Friday, July 14, 2017

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 195th day of the year. There are 170 days remaining in 2017.

Utahns aren't sure who they trust more to handle health care. It will cost big bucks to replace Common Core in Utah. Republicans are scrambling to find support for the latest Trumpcare bill.

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Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns aren't sure who they trust to handle health care

Utahns aren't sure whether they think Republicans or Democrats would be better at handling health care legislation....

Bob Bernick's notebook: My favorite Rod Decker stories

News came this week that long-time TV reporter Rod Decker is going to retire in September....

Trump's Russia Lawyer Isn't Seeking Security Clearance, And May Have Trouble Getting One

The ongoing investigations into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia involve reams of classified material. Yet Marc Kasowitz, the New York lawyer whom President Donald Trump has hired to defend him in these inquiries, told ProPublica through a spokesman th...

History says Republicans should hang on to Chaffetz's seat in November

Bad news for Utah Democrats. Congressional seats rarely flip parties in special elections....

Weekly survey: Did the Trump campaign collude with the Russians?

Donald Trump Jr. admitted this week he met with a Russian lawyer who promised to provide damaging information about Hillary Clinton as part of a Russian government effort to aid his father's campaign. ...

Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune:Utah Hike of the Week: Clyde Lake in the Uintas--Tribune: Utah wildlife officials bust myths and fears about bats-- Tribune: Grab a passport and explore the revamped Energy Loop National Scenic Byway in central Utah-- Tribune: What you can learn from a...

Collaborative panhandling campaign launched
Local leaders launched a strong message to the community Thursday: "Support panhandling, and you support, drug trafficking, crime and alcoholism." This new informational campaign aims to direct resources to homeless service providers, rather than individual contributions to ...

Hatch: Updated healthcare discussion draft puts Utah patients first
Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement on the updated Better Care Reconciliation Act updated discussion draft:...

Sen. Lee issues statement on new Senate health bill
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Thursday after a new version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act was released:...

Adobe to expand in Utah
The Governor's Office of Economic Development announced Adobe will add up to 1,260 new high-paying jobs in Lehi and an initial estimated $90 million in capital investment to the state....

State launches Utah Search and Rescue assistance card
The Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation, in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development and the Division of Emergency Management, recently launched the Utah Search and Rescue Assistance (USARA) card program....

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation ad

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Did Utah's Amazon deal need to be so sweet?

Jon Huntsman Sr., four-time cancer survivor, says he'd 'love to' try medical marijuana

On anti-DUI-law ad, Hughes says 'Bullying like that doesn't work in our state.' But it wasn't meant for Utah anyway.

Rolly: Why Utah sometimes seems like Polluter Protection Inc.

Salt Lake City officials: If a panhandler approaches you, just walk on by

Hate Common Core? It'll cost Utah $100 million to replace, school board member warns

Sen. Mike Lee 'withholding judgment' on GOP health care bill - even though it includes some of his ideas

In wake of the Brian Head Fire, commissioner pushes state to talk to U.S. Ag secretary about forest management

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Politics is broken, but regular Americans can provide solutions to problems

Editorial: Any bid for the Winter Games must be clean and transparent

Hatch backs new GOP Senate health care bill, Lee undecided

'Extremely rural' K-10 school asks board for 4-day week

Chaffetz resignation requires counties to pony up $675K for special election

Task force warned gas tax like 'a rock star playing final concert'

Officials: Begging 'abets lawlessness,' don't give panhandlers cash


Editorial: Voters can exercise patriotism by registering, voting in August election (Daily Herald)

Ogden-WSU-McKay transit project $22.5 million short of getting federal funds (Standard-Examiner)

Lawmaker not offended by group's ad demanding repeal of BAC law (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Obama DOJ let Russian lawyer into US before she met with Trump team (The Hill)

Donald Trump buddies up to 'great president' Emmanuel Macron (The Sun)

Bill Belichick draws mixed reaction for shirt with soldier and armed man in turban (Boston Globe)

Amazon is getting too big and the government is talking about it (MarketWatch)

Monthly Federal Spending Tops $400B for First Time (CNSNews.com)

Paul Ryan urged people to be civil for a day. Social media response was about as civil as you'd expect. (Washington Post)

Scalise operated on for infection related to bullet wounds (Washington Post)

Democrats signal support for quick vote on FBI nominee Wray (Politico)

Gov. Jerry Brown says the existence of humanity rests on his climate change deal (Los Angeles Times)

Yellen Treads Carefully on Regulatory Issues in Senate Panel Appearance (New York Times)

Trump promises to crack down on foreign steel, but delays continue (Washington Post)

Wise Words


"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." T. S. Eliot

Lighter Side

New Poll

"According to a new poll, Americans find former FBI Director James Comey to be more trustworthy than President Trump. Also, more Americans prefer Pepsi to the bottle marked "rat poison". Seth Meyers

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