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Weber officials oppose two bills that could legalize medical marijuana

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been corrected to attribute a quote to Kevin Eastman, director of Weber Human Services, who also commented on the lack of studies on marijuana drug interactions. The Standard-Examiner regrets the error. Law and health officials in Weber and Morgan counties are...


Health

American Lung Association blasts Utah for poor control of e-cigs among youth

The group says Utah is flunking in efforts to save lives through better control of tobacco products — including the boom in e-cigarettes among teens.


Government

Utah lawmaker wants to revive polygamy ban with revisions

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — In the wake of a court decision that de-criminalized polygamy in Utah, a state lawmaker unveiled a proposal Wednesday to revive the ban on living with multiple so-called spiritual wives. The plan from Republican Rep. Mike Noel of Kanab would make it a felony to live with...


News

Straight-ticket voting stays; bill killed in committee

SALT LAKE CITY — Heading into Tuesday’s House Government Operations Committee meeting, state Rep. Jeremy Peterson, R-Ogden, was hopeful that House Bill 119 — ending the straight-ticket voting option in Utah — would move through the committee. Peterson left...


Government

UTA giving out free bus, train rides to hundreds who take eco-friendly pledge

The Wasatch Front’s air quality tends to turn murky in February, a result of winter inversions that trap pollutants in the area’s lower-lying valleys. So, the Utah Transit Authority is asking people to commit to taking public transportation this month and drop by one of three locations...


Government

Clinton lawmaker's bill makes some human trafficking cases a capital crime

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill that would raise human trafficking to a capital offense in some cases cleared a House committee Tuesday, but not without significant discussion about the value, effectiveness and inordinate cost of death penalty cases. Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clinton, presented HB136,...


Government

Breastfeeding bill brings talk of 'milking', babies in mines

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A proposal to require businesses to accommodate breastfeeding mothers at work has passed the Utah Senate despite concerns from one lawmaker who wondered if it would lead to babies in coal mines. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that another lawmaker compared pumping to...


Outtakes

Painful, frightening to watch Utah Legislature and presidential campaign

As these words are being written, I’m sitting on my comfy couch and watching coverage of the Iowa caucuses. My remote control is getting a workout bouncing between CNN, MSNBC and Fox News – so much that I’ve received an onscreen warning that the remote’s batteries need to be...


Government

Utah lawmaker says human trafficking should be capital crime if victim dies

Death penalty opponents say a Utah lawmaker’s proposal allowing the state to execute someone convicted of human trafficking even if the criminal didn’t actually kill the victim would be unjust, costly and unconstitutional.


Government

Iowa's other losers: polls that showed Trump ahead before caucus

A disappointing night in Iowa for Donald Trump was just the latest setback to pollsters around the world. The results in the state’s presidential caucuses on Monday showed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz beating Trump in the Republican contest by 28 percent to 24 percent -- an outcome that was contrary...


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