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How would a federal government shutdown affect Utah?

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The chances of a shutdown have fluctuated hourly. If it happens, what could that mean for Utah?


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JEFF FLAKE: Free press is the despot’s enemy

Mr. President, near the beginning of the document that made us free, our Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “We hold these truths to be self-evident...” So, from our very beginnings, our freedom has been predicated on truth. The founders were visionary in this regard,...


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Senate leader expects governor's education appointees to be blocked

JEFFERSON CITY — State lawmakers plan to vote in March on Gov. Eric Greitens’ appointees to the state Board of Education. If senators block these appointments, as some have vowed to do, they will be banned forever from serving. During a press briefing Thursday, Sen. President Pro Tem Ron Richard,...


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House lawmakers discuss implementing work requirements for Medicaid eligibility

JEFFERSON CITY — State lawmakers are discussing the possibility of implementing work requirements for Medicaid eligibility. The topic came up at a House appropriations subcommittee hearing this week, when Rep. Justin Hill, R-Lake St. Louis, asked Steve Corsi, acting director for the state’s...


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Vision Zero town hall meetings on traffic safety scheduled

A series of town hall meetings on the city’s Vision Zero policy will take place within the next two weeks. A member of the Columbia City Council will host each of the sessions in each ward. The meetings will allow the public to provide input on street safety and receive additional information on...


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EDITORIAL: Good budget cuts, even small ones, are welcome

Gov. Eric Greitens boasted during his State of the State speech last week that his administration cut 30 cars and four aircraft from its fleet. We support the cost-saving action, although, in the scheme of things, it amounts to a drop in the bucket. With the most recent cuts in planes/automobiles,...


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Missouri joins voter registration accuracy, access initiative

Missouri joined the Electronic Registration Information Center, or ERIC, making it the 23rd state to take part in this voter registration accuracy and access initiative. States created ERIC to help maintain an accurate voter registration record, according to ERIC’s website. The Pew Center on the...


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It’s In The Mail: Aetna Agrees To $17M Payout In HIV Privacy Breach

Aetna  settled  a lawsuit for $17 million Wednesday over a data breach that happened in the summer of 2017. The privacy of as many as 12,000 people insured by Aetna was compromised in a very low-tech way: The fact that they had been taking HIV drugs was revealed through the clear window of the...


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Russia probes come up against claims of executive privilege

Trump Russia Probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and lawmakers haggled Thursday over what former chief strategist Steve Bannon and other top aides to President Donald Trump can tell Congress as it investigates possible connections with Russia. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been critical of the White...


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AP FACT CHECK: Shutdown wouldn't halt military

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WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a stretch, at best, to think the military would bear the brunt of a partial government shutdown, as President Donald Trump asserted Thursday at the Pentagon. Although he was meeting Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and other senior Pentagon officials to get briefed on two key...


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