• A late surge pushed Republican John Curtis's total spending past Democrat Kathie Allen in November's special Congressional election. The total expenditures from all candidates in that election were just under $2.5 million [Utah Policy].

  • Sen. Brian Shiozawa suddenly resigns from the Utah Senate after accepting a job with the Trump administration [Utah Policy].

  • Shiozawa's resignation puts SD8 in play for a possible Democratic pickup in the 2018 election [Utah Policy].

  • A Utah judge rules a plan to switch to partisan elections for state school board members violates Utah's Constitution [Tribune].

  • Advocates deliver 20,000 chocolate chips to Sen. Orrin Hatch's office to urge him to prioritize finding funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program [Deseret News].

  • UDOT Director Carlos Braceras is working to modernize transportation in Utah [Utah Policy].

  • Salt Lake City's master transit plan aims to make public transit use more widespread by 2040 [Tribune].

  • Utah's high school graduation rate increases to 86 percent [Daily Herald, Deseret News, Tribune].

  • The Salt Lake City Council is urging other cities in Utah to follow their lead and focus on building more affordable housing [Deseret News].

  • The number of payday loan stores in Utah drops after lawmakers approve changes that give people in a financial pinch more options [Associated Press].

  • Utah wins an international road safety award for dropping the legal blood alcohol level to the lowest in the nation [Deseret News].

  • The nasty inversion hanging over the Wasatch Front is expected to stick around for a couple of weeks [Deseret News].