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US Rep. Blake Moore town hall attendees put focus on COVID-19

PLEASANT VIEW — The COVID-19 pandemic and vaccinating took center stage at a town hall meeting held by U.S. Rep. Blake Moore. The lawmaker, responding to queries and comments put to him by those attending, expressed opposition to vaccine mandates, like the one ordered by President Joe ...

Davis County’s elected leaders to get 6% pay bump

FARMINGTON — Elected officials in Davis County are getting a 6% bump in pay, the first notable hike since 2018. Elected officials "have families like you and I. They're professionals," Davis County Commissioner Bob Stevenson said Thursday. Commissioners approved the pay raise on Tuesday ...

Utah Legislature passes congressional districts over protest

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Republican-controlled Utah Legislature approved a new congressional map Wednesday that further carves up Democratic-leaning Salt Lake County and largely ignores the work of an independent redistricting commission approved by voters. The map will next go to ...

Bail reform is back: Lawmakers pass compromise package

SALT LAKE CITY — A bail reform compromise bill, neither loved nor hated by those closely involved in its writing, surfaced in the Legislature and gained near-unanimous approval Wednesday. “At its core, this bill moves us away from wealth-based pretrial detention and toward a pretrial ...

Dixie State University name change passes Utah Legislature

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Southern Utah’s Dixie State University is poised to change a name often associated with the Deep South and slavery after the Utah Legislature approved a new name Wednesday over local backlash. The Republican-controlled Legislature voted to change the name to Utah Tech ...

Honorary street name for slain grocer gets mixed support from Ogden commission

OGDEN — A motion to recommend approval of an honorary designation for a portion of 675 North to be named Satnam Singh Drive — so dubbed in memory of Singh, who died after being shot in his corner store Feb. 28 — resulted in a 4-4 tie by the Ogden City Planning Commission last week. Any ...

GOP lawmakers approve redistricting maps over opposition

SALT LAKE CITY — Republican Utah lawmakers gave an early nod of approval Monday to redistricting maps that further carve up Democratic-leaning Salt Lake County, despite urging from a crowd of frustrated people to choose districts drawn by a voter-approved independent body. Many speakers ...

Rep. Mike Schultz of Hooper elevated to Utah House majority leader

SALT LAKE CITY — A Weber County lawmaker has been elevated to majority leader in the Utah House, the second-ranking leadership post. The Utah House Majority Caucus on Tuesday elevated Rep. Mike Schultz, a Republican from Hooper, to the spot to replace Francis Gibson. Gibson, a Republican ...

Utah House OKs congressional map carving up Salt Lake County

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Republican-controlled Utah House approved new congressional maps Tuesday that set aside the work of a voter-approved independent redistricting commission in favor of boundaries that further carve up the Democratic-leaning Salt Lake County. The maps were passed by a ...