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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning must reads for Thursday, July 27, 2017

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 208th day of the year. There are 157 days remaining in 2017.

State leaders vow to crack down on the homeless problem in downtown Salt Lake City. Orrin Hatch breaks with President Trump on the issue of transgendered soldiers. The Senate fails again to pass an Obamacare repeal measure.

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Today At Utah Policy

Wilson: Utahns are ready for new leadership in Washington

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jenny Wilson says she's running in 2018 because she thinks Utah is ready for new leadership in the Senate....

Top LDS Church lobbyist tapped to head Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

The LDS Church's top government affairs person, John Q. Cannon, will be hired by the Utah Legislature to run its largest staff office, leaders of both political parties, both House and Senate, decided Wednesday night....

State leaders promise to crack down on 'deplorable' chaos in downtown Salt Lake City

In light of two murders in 18 hours in the Rio Grande area of Salt Lake City, top state, city and county officials met with Gov. Gary Herbert in the Capitol Wednesday to lay out an enhanced plan to deal with the city's homeless problems especially the dr...

Sen. Orrin Hatch sides with transgender Americans after Trump's call to ban them from military service

Sen. Orrin Hatch said Wednesday that the U.S. should not "be discriminating against anyone" following President Donald Trump's decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military....

Weekly survey: Will negative attacks on Curtis work?

Outside groups have launched a series of negative attacks against Provo Mayor John Curtis in the GOP primary election for Utah's 3rd Congressional District. Will they work? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Policy News

Hatch urges fair and thorough investigation into Russian meddling
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the senior member and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, spoke in a Judiciary Committee hearing examining "Oversight of the Foreign Agents Registration Act and Attempts to Influence US Elections: Lessons Learned from Current...

Rep. Bishop announces Veterans Resource & Education Fair
Rep. Rob Bishop UT-01 will host a Veteran's Resource & Education Fair on August 7, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center....

Utah Legislature awards international relations services contract to World Trade Center Utah
The Utah Legislature awarded a contract to World Trade Center Utah to help it accomplish its international relations duties and responsibilities....

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes receives Public Servant Award at International Leadership Foundation annual gala
Last week, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes was honored at the annual International Leadership Foundation Business Conference and Awards Gala with an international Public Servant Award for his outstanding professional achievements domestically and globall...

Utah Clean Energy receives national Regulatory Champion of the Year Award
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council recently awarded Utah Clean Energy, with a 2017 3iAward, recognizing the nation's best in "innovation, ingenuity and inspiration" in renewable energy and energy efficiency. The winners in four categories were based on a ...

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Salt Lake Tribune

Michelle Quist Mumford: The notorious Utah Bar

Editorial: Don't forget Utah, Outdoor Retailers. The future is still ours.

Outdoor recreation meant $12B to Utah's economy last year

Riverton is working to take more control of its police protection. Will other cities follow suit?

A surprise - not a happy one - could be coming to your mailbox

Provo Mayor John Curtis holds a big lead in the GOP primary to replace Jason Chaffetz

Hatch breaks with Trump, says transgender people should be able to serve in the military

Ex-Interior Secretary calls move to shrink Bears Ears illegal, on 'the wrong side of history'

Gov. Gary Herbert opens new front on lawlessness around Salt Lake City's homeless shelter

Orem candidate says city emails show mayor broke law playing politics with taxpayer resources

Frustrated Wayne County attorney resigns, publicly explains reasons to counter 'outrageous rumors'

Trump calls for release of Utahn Josh Holt during talks on Venezuela sanctions

Lawmaker: Utah's veteran educators may need to 'die off' before technology fills classrooms

Is Bears Ears too big? New poll says Utahns split on shrinking the monument

House OKs Rep. Love's plan to use public money for Congress members' home security

Senate Republicans fail in latest effort to kill Obamacare, look to try again

Mormon church's lobbyist is Utah Legislature's choice to lead its research office

West Jordan appoints interim city manager

Medical marijuana meeting drums up support for Utah to legalize it

Utah's transgender military vets are stunned by Trump's reinstatement of service ban

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Don't overreact by eliminating the elected county recorder's office

A. Scott Anderson: Business recruitment incentives make sense for Utah's economy

Editorial: No more talk. Salt Lake City needs action to help Rio Grande homeless

Exhibitors mixed on Outdoor Retailer moving to Colorado

Education software a boon to teach reading or a bust when teachers lack training?

Labels, changing measurements impede failing schools' turnaround, educators say

Mormon leader tells Black Leadership Summit that religious liberty means 'fairness for all'

Counties seek state's help with special election cost

Some GOP ballots accidentally sent to unaffiliated voters

Utah leaders warn drug lords 'we're coming,' but disclose no details of new plan

Jewell bashes Trump administration over monument review

Utahns denounce Trump's ban on transgender troops in U.S. military


Editorial: With 35 elections to decide, it's time to start paying attention in Weber Co. (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden's 1st full-time mayor Glenn Mecham remembered as force for progress (Standard-Examiner)

Northern Utah beneficiaries laud Obamacare as U.S. lawmakers debate its future (Standard-Examiner)

Valley Scout leader not offended by Trump's Jamboree speech (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Why the Rust Belt just gave Donald Trump a hero's welcome (New York Post)

Palin to subpoena two dozen reporters in defamation suit (New York Post)

Trump-supporting drag queen feels wrath of LGBTQ community (Miami Herald)

Scaramucci says he will contact FBI, Justice Dept. over leaked financial disclosure (The Hill)

GOP momentum grows for more modest plan to overhaul Obamacare (Washington Post)

Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas Will Be Nominated as Religious Ambassador (New York Times)

Former Debbie Wasserman Schultz Aide Arrested for Bank Fraud (New York Magazine)

American Muslims growing more liberal, survey shows (CNN)

Rep. Scalise discharged from hospital weeks after shooting, to begin rehabilitation (Washington Post)

Youngstown man shines in spotlight at Trump rally (WKBN)

Fed, Leaving Rates Unchanged, Expects to Wind Down Stimulus 'Relatively Soon' (New York Times)

Wise Words

Competitive Advantage

"An organization's ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage." Jack Welch

Lighter Side

Fake News Cont.

"The other big story is this interview President Trump did with The New York Times. And the paper said that he made several false claims. And Trump was like, "But you chose to print them, so once again, fake news." Jimmy Fallon

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