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Situational awareness - August 15, 2018

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Operation Rio Grande. Omarosa's revenge blitz continues. Twitter suspends Alex Jones.



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Operation Rio Grande

As the effort to combat homelessness in Salt Lake City passes the one-year mark, officials say there's still much to be done - http://bit.ly/2BbgYr9

Education funding

A new study finds Utah is falling behind on efforts to fund programs to help at-risk students - http://bit.ly/2BaBeZM


Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Not in my back yard? Then Utah's growth problems will show up at the front door

Holladay residents, hoping to block a high-density development on the former Cottonwood Mall site, file a lawsuit seeking a special election

Crime is down in Salt Lake City, but police say Operation Rio Grande shifted homeless people to other areas

Psst. Want to buy some surplus land? Utah's transportation department has so much, it doesn't have a full inventory yet.

President Trump signs legislation, sponsored by Utah lawmakers, to create 911-style suicide hotline

On tap for year 2 of Operation Rio Grande? Stop the dispersement of drug dealing and find jobs for people who are homeless.

Salt Lake City to ask residents whether it should spend $87 million on road repairs

Deseret News

Op-ed: Utah and Salt Lake City need to rethink scooters

Jay Evensen: Scooters are everywhere, but don't set fire to them yet

Editorial: The U.S. may need a 'Space Force,' but not today

Defense bill to transfer federal land for USU space dynamics research

No 'mission accomplished,' but Operation Rio Grande successes celebrated

Idaho nuclear power plant 'game changing' for Utah?

No stars upon thars: Utah drivers' licenses could cause problems at airport

Decision about USTAR's fate delayed

Road Home continues hearings with lawmakers about response to critical audit

Salt Lake City voters will decide fate of $87 million bond to fill 'enormous financial pothole'

Trump signs Hatch, Stewart suicide prevention hotline bill




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Today At Utah Policy

At one year mark, officials say Operation Rio Grande is just getting started

The multi-jurisdictional effort to help the homeless in Utah Operation Rio Grande is one year old, and government, civic and business leaders came together for a two-hour briefing on its successes Tuesday afternoon....
Utah lagging behind on funding to support at-risk students according to new study

It's well known that Utah falls way short in per-pupil spending for public schools....
Rep. Stewart's National Suicide Prevention Hotline legislation signed into law

President Donald Trump signed Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) and Senator Orrin Hatch's (R-Utah) legislation, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline Improvement Act (H.R. 2345), into law. ...
Hatch proposal to enhance Utah State Space Dynamics Lab signed into law in defense bill

President Trump signed into law the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, critical defense legislation that included a proposal from Senator Hatch to enhance Utah State University's Space Dynamics Laboratory....

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Policy News

Gov. Herbert statement on the death of Draper Fire Battalion Chief Matt Burchett
Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement following the death of Draper Fire Battalion Chief Matt Burchett, who died Monday due to injuries sustained fighting the Mendocino Complex Fire in Northern California:...

National Headlines

When the accused is a woman: a #MeToo story's lessons on gender and power (Vox)

Nelson's narrow lead with Florida Latinos worries Democrats (Politico)

Gary Johnson Jumps Into New Mexico Senate Race (Daily Beast)

Poll: Majority of GOP agrees news media is 'enemy of the people' (CNN)

Twitter responds to Massachusetts mayor boycotting Sam Adams beer because brewery's co-founder thanked Trump (FOX News)

'Shut down the Senate!' Supreme Court confirmation roils Feinstein race. (McClatchy)

CNN poll: Most say Mueller should try to end investigation before Election Day (CNN)

Keith Ellison Wins Primary In Minnesota, As DNC Reviews Domestic Abuse Allegations (NPR)

Trump ally Kobach wins Republican governor primary in Kansas (Reuters)

Christine Hallquist, a Transgender Woman, Wins Vermont Governor's Primary (New York Times)

Trump's Trade War Is Rattling China's Leaders (New York Times)

Wise Words

Know Your Past

"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots." Marcus Garvey


Lighter Side

Can't Fix Crazy

"It just came out that when she worked in the White House, Omarosa secretly recorded Trump on her phone. I don't know what's crazier - the fact that people keep recording the president, or that Omarosa worked in the White House." Jimmy Fallon


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