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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning must reads for Friday, July 7, 2017

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 188th day of the year. There are 177 days remaining in 2017. Today is the 168th day of Donald Trump's presidency.

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Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns divided on whether journalists who publish classified information should be prosecuted

Well, so much for freedom of the press. Utahns are evenly split over whether journalists who publish leaked information from the government should face criminal prosecution....

Bob Bernick's notebook: Sins of the father

 What an interesting political year 2017 has become....

Calm down sports fans. Gordon Hayward won't sink Tanner Ainge's campaign

Sorry Utah Jazz fans. The Gordon Hayward to Boston deal is not going to have much, if any, a political impact on Tanner Ainge this year....

Weekly survey: Will Hayward to the Celtics hurt Ainge's congressional bid?

Gordon Hayward spurned the Utah Jazz to sign with the Boston Celtics this week, a team run by Tanner Ainge's father, Danny. Will Hayward's decision hurt Tanner Ainge's bid for Congress? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Election Experts See Flaws in Trump Voter Commission's Plan to Smoke Out Fraud

Vice President Mike Pence's office has confirmed the White House commission on voter fraud intends to run the state voter rolls it has requested against federal databases to check for potential fraudulent registration....

Chaffetz rips GOP over healthcare plan (with video)

Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz is wasting zero time making waves in his new role as a Fox News contributor. On Thursday he said Congressional Republicans haven't figured out what they're doing with health care....

Hatch still raising massive amounts of campaign cash

Even though there's lots of speculation Sen. Orrin Hatch may not run for another term in 2018, he's still pulling in tons of campaign cash....

Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune:Hike of the week: North Taylor Canyon in Ogden--Tribune:A modern journey on the Oregon Trail tells a story of risk and reward Weekend EventsNew Films-- The Exception: Tribune review-- The Journey: Tribune review-- Spider Man: Homecoming: Tribune review...

Industry sponsored mobile app now available to connect teachers with volunteers
The STEM Partners Foundation today announced the release of the STEM Mentor Exchange (STEM MX), a mobile app designed to connect teachers with industry volunteers and resources and provide students with the learning experiences that will prepare them for the thousands of new...

Utah PTAC's Chuck Spence elected to leadership post in national association
The Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers is pleased to announce that Chuck Spence, Program Director of the Utah PTAC, has been elected as Region 9 Director of the Association....

Local Headlines

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Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Better Boundaries initiative would improve government in Utah

Our Schools Now to hold public meetings across Utah Tuesday on $700M tax hike initiative

Chaffetz uses first appearance as Fox News contributor to deride GOP fumble on health care

Gary Ott's family has been granted legal guardianship, police report confirms

Trump's policies test religious freedom, GOP senator tells BYU audience

Last refugee families arrive in Salt Lake City ahead of Trump's travel ban

Hatch promotes rapid DNA bill as he tours Utah crime lab

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke orders faster approval of oil and gas drilling on federal lands

Zuckerberg. Gates. Hatch? New immigration board has big-name supporters

Utah House speaker calls for homeless czar, as guv wants to explore quick-action options

Health bill opponents stage peaceful sit-in at federal offices in Salt Lake City

Final proposal: West Davis freeway takes controversial route, with environmentally friendly tweaks

Deseret News

Editorial: Utah's decision to hand over already-public records in voter fraud probe is the wise choice

Elizabeth Smart, Ed Smart tout Sen. Orrin Hatch's rapid DNA testing bill

Highway officials identify proposed West Davis Corridor route

Sutherland Institute launches new campaign

Ahead of travel ban, brother and sister refugees arrive in Utah

Demonstrators hold all-day sit-in near Hatch, Lee offices to oppose health care bill

Chaffetz jabs Congress, praises Trump in debut as Fox News commentator

Following Speaker Hughes' call for homeless 'czar,' talks among mayors and governor underway


West Davis Corridor a done deal, pending one final federal approval (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Poll: Majority of voters back Trump travel ban (Politico)

McConnell says a limited health-care bill is needed if Obamacare repeal dies (Associated Press)

Trump warns Putin to stop his aggression in Syria and Ukraine (Daily Mail)

President Trump's Remarkable Warsaw Speech (Free Beacon)

All eyes on Trump-Putin dynamics as they meet for first time at G20 (Reuters)

Protester arrested after threatening comments outside Sen. Flake's Tucson office (CNN)

Doctors move Steve Scalise to intensive care amid infection concerns (CBS News)

The Network Against the Leader of the Free World (New York Times)

Pence Calls for Return to the Moon, Boots on Mars (Space.com)

Challenging Trump, Gov. Brown plans world 'climate action summit' in SF (SFGate)

Interior aims to speed oil and gas permitting on public lands with 30-day reviews (Washington Post)

Wise Words

Open Government

"The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." Patrick Henry

Lighter Side

Vacation Photos

"A new poll found that 10 percent of people post vacation photos on social media to make others jealous, and 100 percent of people click on them to see co-workers in a bathing suit." Seth Meyers

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