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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing
July 30, 2013

How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - Tuesday Edition
by Bryan Schott
Countdown: There are 99 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 183 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 458 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 895 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. 

Early voting in August’s primary elections starts today and continues through August 9 [Tribune].

Sen. Aaron Osmond’s call to end compulsory education in Utah is raising eyebrows in the state’s political community [Deseret News].

Osmond knows he’s kicked up a proverbial hornet’s nest, but says it’s time to have a serious discussion on how to improve education [Utah Policy].

The Salt Lake County Council may authorize an independent evaluation of county-funded mental health services [Deseret News].

The Utah State Auditor’s office will look at how well the state’s schools comply with State Board of Education fiscal policies [Deseret News].

Environmental groups shut down work on a road to a tar sands mine in the Book Cliffs region [Tribune].

A study finds average internet speeds in Utah are the fastest in the western U.S. [Deseret News].

A former Mitt Romney staffer throws cold water on the current plotline of HBO’s “The Newsroom” [Tribune].

Business owners say innovative road designs to reduce congestion are making it difficult for customers to reach their establishments [Tribune].

New Census numbers show one out of every 11 Utahns in poverty are college students [Tribune].
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