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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing
August 06, 2013

How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - Tuesday Edition
by Bryan Schott
Countdown: There are 92 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 176 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 451 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 888 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. 

The legislative panel tasked with investigating Attorney General John Swallow’s alleged misdeeds holds their first meeting today [Deseret News].

The Attorney General’s office has been taken off the case against Mark Sessions Jenson, who has levelled numerous bombshell allegations against Swallow [Tribune].

Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee join the fight to preserve the tradition of starting meetings with a prayer [Tribune].

Candidates for offices in West Valley City say restoring confidence in the embattled police department is a top priority [Tribune].

Valley Mental Health makes an agreement with Salt Lake County to reduce the number of patients who will be dropped due to budget cuts [Fox 13].

Cuts in food stamp benefits will affect more than 250,000 Utahns [Deseret News].

Two plants that mostly grow over oil shale deposits in Utah could be listed as endangered species, complicating plans to mine in those areas [Tribune].

A new study says between 6 and 12-percent of the natural gas in Utah’s Uinta Basin is escaping into the atmosphere [Tribune].

A federal lawsuit claims a Utah Transit Authority maintenance worker was required to have sex with her boss and managers turned a deaf ear to her complaints [Tribune].

BYU is once again named the nation’s most “stone cold sober” campus, the 16th straight year the school has earned that honor [Deseret News].
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