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During the monthly news conference on Thursday, Governor Gary Herbert spoke about improving mental health resources and anti-bullying efforts in Utah.

Mitt Romney under criticism for comments about pastor.
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Utah Senate candidate Mike Kennedy is defending a prominent Baptist minister who has come under fire from Mitt Romney and others for his past criticism of Mormonism, Islam and Judaism. 

Kennedy said that it was "embarrassing" for Romney to call Pastor Robert Jeffress a "religious bigot."

Ex-Iron County Republican Party treasurer arrested for soliciting sex.
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 A former Republican Party official in southern Utah has pleaded guilty to soliciting sex from a prostitute.

Blake Cozzens filed a guilty plea in court Tuesday and was sentenced to 12 months of probation and a fine of $1,000.

A letter sent to Cache County residents who signed a petition supporting a ballot initiative that, if passed, would legalize the medical use of marijuana for individuals with qualifying medical illnesses has led to inquiries by the Utah Lt. Governor's office. Opponents of the initiative claim many who signed the petition have been misled. A group of those being asked to remove their signatures say they are being harassed.

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A group of conservative Republicans has hired a firm to persuade Utah voters to remove their names from a ballot initiative petition that would cement Utah's candidate nominating system.

Fundraising disclosure forms show Keep My Voice spent $174,000 on the effort. Backer Dave Bateman says that he's heard voters were misled, believing it was for other causes like to get Mitt Romney on the ballot.

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Clear Recovery is working with private property owners to house clients at a duplex just two blocks south of Logan High School on 100 West. The sober living center would be located in a neighborhood which is zoned for traditional, single family use, a designation which also allows for up to three unrelated persons to live together in a single unit.

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The news conference began with Governor Gary Herbert thanking the candidates running for office this year. He then encouraged the public to step up and pay attention to what will be on this year’s ballot.

Lawmakers meeting to override Gov. Herbert's veto.
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Utah lawmakers will hold a veto override session Wednesday afternoon to try to undo Gov. Gary Herbert's rejection of two bills expanding their powers.

The Republican governor in March vetoed a bill that would force the attorney general to release legal opinions requested by lawmakers and another bill allowing lawmakers to defend state laws in court, a role that belongs to the attorney general.

Speaker Greg Hughes, who mentioned that Legislature needs to strengthen its powers.
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Utah lawmakers will call themselves into a special session to override Gov. Gary Herbert's vetoes of two bills the governor said went too far in expanding the Legislature's powers.

Legislative leaders announced Wednesday that more than two-thirds of the House and Senate favor an override.

Utah lawmakers are not immune to the sexual misconduct scandals and accusations taking over the country.
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State lawmakers across the country have been forced out of office, stripped of leadership posts or chastised after sexual misconduct allegations since last year. Utah wasn't immune.

Republican Rep. Jon Stanard of St. George resigned in February, days before allegations surfaced that he met with a prostitute in taxpayer-funded hotel rooms.

The headline-grabbing case shone a light on sexual misconduct allegations in a generally conservative state where most lawmakers are Mormon.

Children playing outside.
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After Utah passed the United States' first law legalizing so-called free-range parenting, groups from New York to Texas are pushing for similar steps to bolster the idea that supporters say is an antidote for anxiety-plagued parents and overscheduled kids.

Critics say letting kids strike out on their own can expose them to serious dangers. But lawmakers and advocates in several states say the protective pendulum has swung too far. They want to send a message that parents who raise their children in a healthy environment can grant them more freedom.

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Making caucus meetings more accessible to voters has been a high priority for Rob Craig since he became chair of the Utah County Republican Party last May.

Restaurants that serve alcohol will no longer be required to hang signs stating that they are a restaraunt and not a bar.
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Utah's governor has signed a bill allowing restaurants to take down state-mandated signs near their doors stating that they're a restaurant, "not a bar."

Gov. Gary Herbert announced Tuesday that he signed the measure, a change that restaurants have cheered.

The Pill, a birth control method used my many women to prevent pregnancy.
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Utah's governor has signed a bill allowing women to get birth control directly from a pharmacist rather than visiting a doctor each time they want to obtain or renew a prescription for birth control.

Republican Gov. Gary Herbert signed the law Tuesday to allow women to get birth control pills, the patch or vaginal rings directly from a pharmacist. Similar laws are in place in a handful of other states, including California, Colorado and Oregon.

Delegates for state political party conventions will be chosen at neighborhood caucus meetings around the state amid a climate of bickering at the Utah Republican Party over the nomination system for candidates.

The meetings will be held Tuesday night. The current nomination process allows candidates to gather voter signatures to get on the primary election ballot as an alternative to the caucus/convention system.

Utah Republican Party logo.
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A federal appeals court has ruled against Utah's Republican Party and upheld a state law overhauling how political parties nominate candidates.

The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday said the 2014 law balances the state's interest in managing elections while allowing political parties and residents a way to express their political choices.

Utah Republicans Looking For Border Security Compromise

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New numbers have Utah business and political leaders hopeful for immigration reform.
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New numbers show Republicans, including Trump voters, support legislation for increased border security in exchange for a path to citizenship for Dreamers. Many Utah businesses and GOP leaders support the compromise.

Gina Haspel, President Trump's nominee for CIA director.
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A former top intelligence official says U.S. senators should give "appropriate scrutiny" to President Donald Trump's nominee to run the CIA for her role in the agency's waterboarding of terror suspects.

Former CIA Director John Brennan said in a Wednesday speech in Salt Lake City that the Senate intelligence committee that will vet nominee Gina Haspel should be fair but ensure Haspel did not inappropriately overstep her authority in the interrogation program.

Rep. Rob Bishop Votes Yes On Bill Aimed To Improve School's Safety
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U.S. Representative Rob Bishop has voted in favor of a house resolution, which will provide funding to make public schools more safe. 

Mitt Romney meets with USU students
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Students on the Utah State University Logan campus had an opportunity to shake hands with a former governor, Olympic organizer and past presidential candidate Wednesday.

A Utah bill that would have allowed for the importation of cheaper pharmaceutical drugs into the United States was debated during the 2018 legislative session. House bill 163 failed, but there is an increased interest by some companies to find market-driven ways to bring down the cost of medications

Senate President Wayne Niederhauser.
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Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser says he's not running for re-election this year.

He said in a statement Wednesday that he recently decided not to seek re-election because he thinks it's time for "a new face with fresh energy and ideas."

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Making caucus meetings more accessible to voters has been a high priority for Rob Craig since he became chair of the Utah County Republican Party last May.

Utah's top elections officer says he won't allow the state Republican Party to enforce new party rules attempting to kick out candidates in two congressional districts who attempt to gather voter signatures to become the party's nominee.

Republican Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox told KUER-FM that he won't allow someone to remove another person from their political party.

Speaker Greg Hughes, who will not be running for re-election in 2018.
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Nearly one-fifth of state lawmakers are not running for re-election this year.

The retiring lawmakers include some big names like Speaker Greg Hughes, tax-guru Republican Sen. Howard Stephenson and Republican Rep. Mike Noel, known for his clashes with environmentalists.

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