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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning must reads for Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 199th day of the year. There are 166 days remaining in 2017.

Obamacare repeal collapses. Lawmakers won't make changes to Utah's new DUI law until next year. Wilson jumps in the race to challenge Hatch in 2018.

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Lawmakers say they're in no hurry to 'fix' .05% DUI law

When the controversial 0.05 percent DUI bill passed the end of the 2017 Legislature, Gov. Gary Herbert signed it into law saying he'd call a summer special session perhaps in July to revisit the whole issue of drinking and driving in Utah....

What's the biggest threat facing our grandchildren?

I'm an old guy with 15 grandchildren. So, naturally, I'm concerned about the world I'm leaving behind for them....

Lee breaks ranks with Senate GOP, will vote 'no' on health care bill

Sen. Mike Lee announced Monday evening he would not to move forward with the current Senate health care proposal, meaning the measure is dead for now....

Trump associate says Bundy family should be pardoned

One of President Trump's former advisers says he should pardon Cliven Bundy and his sons....

Wilson makes it official, announces bid for U.S. Senate

Democrat Jenny Wilson is officially jumping into next year's U.S. Senate race, a move that was widely expected....

Policy News

House passes annual defense spending bill
Representative Rob Bishop (UT-01) issued the following statement on House passage of H.R. 2810, the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):...

Hatch: Lowering corporate tax rate a top priority in tax reform
In a speech on the Senate floor, Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) reiterated the momentum behind reforming our nation's tax code and said lowering the U.S. corporate tax rate from one of the highest in the world to one of the lowest is a top priority in curren...

Fox Files: 'Amazon incentives'
Team Utah has had the good fortune of announcing some major projects this summer....

Call for nominations - EDCUtah Annual Leadership in Economic Development Awards
On September 12 the Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah) will recognize two individuals and one organization that have made a significant impact on the economic landscape of Utah. Nominations are now open for the following recognition:...

Local Headlines

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Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Arrest of Mormon bishop shows that communities must work together to protect children from abuse

One last thing from former Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder on jail crowding: 'Who in the hell thinks we don't need a bed?'

UTA ranks well at keeping costs low - but has trouble attracting riders, according to new report

Utah County to match Salt Lake County's population in next 50 years

SL County Councilwoman Wilson launches 2018 Senate bid, hoping to take on Orrin Hatch

Rolly: Signs, laws and bureaucrats - why it took 19 months for a music store owner to put up an e-board

Downtown Road Home shelter is no longer admitting homeless families

Of GOP contenders to replace Chaffetz, Provo mayor has raised the most - and he's still not even close to the Democratic challenger

Utah's Colonial Flag shows off at the White House's Made in America event

Counties sue state to overturn Legislature's 'unfair' tax breaks for airlines

Lawyer representing canyon landowners warns Central Wasatch Commission to halt all work amid Mountain Accord lawsuit

Thousands of Venezuelans in Utah participate in vote aimed at protecting their homeland's constitution

In August, the Millcreek Council and its mayor won't be working for free anymore

Utah's Lee and others balk on health care bill, prompting McConnell to shift from replacing Obamacare to repealing it

Deseret News

Boyd Matheson: If we want to solve our nation's problems, we need to strengthen families

Editorial: Utah must fight for laws that drive the state in a safe direction

Democrat Jenny Wilson sets sights on Sen. Orrin Hatch in 2018

Rape trial pushed back for prominent Latino activist; plea negotiations ongoing

Lawmakers seek recommendations on eminent domain policy for charter schools

Another TV commercial in 3rd District primary race set to air

Big changes - and big growth - for Utah County over next 50 years

Rural jobs initiative kicks off in Box Elder, Cache counties

Herrod opposes special prosecutor investigating Russia-Trump ties


GOP House incumbents Bishop, Stewart outdistance challengers in fundraising (Standard-Examiner)

Cache Valley helps spark governor's 25K jobs initiative (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

The anti-Trump resistance that cried wolf (The Week)

Samantha Power agrees to meet with House intelligence committee; Susan Rice testimony delayed (CNN)

No Trump slump in tourism but there could be a Trump bump (Wall Street Journal)

Trump vows to protect 'Made in America' products (Reuters)

Who is Ty Cobb? The top corruption lawyer just hired by Donald Trump (Independent)

Trump administration unveils goals in renegotiating NAFTA (Washington Post)

Trump officials open border to 15,000 more foreign workers (Washington Post)

Murray: 'I am not going to resign,' despite urging by councilmember (KING5.com)

Archfoe of Bernie Sanders targets senator's wife, and may gain clout (Boston Globe)

Marijuana deal calls for up to 20 percent tax on pot sales (Boston Globe)

Climate change deal squeaks out of California Senate despite gas price worries (Sacramento Bee)

Wise Words


"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure." Abraham Lincoln

Lighter Side


"Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan is calling for stronger sanctions against Russia for its election meddling. Ryan said, "We must keep Russia out of our elections until we need them again in 2018." Conan O'Brien

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