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The Build Act would merge several federal programs into a new 'development finance corporation' whose purpose would be to mobilize private sector investments to support economic growth in developing countries.
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One Utah State University student was chosen along with 20 others from across the nation to attend a summit in Washington D.C. to collaborate on a new bipartisan bill called the BUILD Act. The bill would support bringing private sector funds to fight global poverty.

Lee Castillo will challenge Republican Rep. Rob Bishop in November.
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  Social worker Lee Castillo has won the Democratic primary to challenge eight-term Republican Rep. Rob Bishop in November.

Castillo defeated Weiland in Tuesday's primary to become the Democratic nominee for northern Utah's 1st Congressional District. The district runs across the northern part of the state.

Lee Castillo leads in Democratic primary.
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 Social worker Lee Castillo was leading businessman Kurt Weiland in the Democratic primary in Utah's 1st Congressional District, but the race was too close to call.

Castillo led by more than 10 percentage points in votes tabulated by The Associated Press Tuesday night.

Mitt Romney defeated opponent Mike Kennedy to win the Utah GOP primary race Tuesday.  Romey will face Democrat Jenny Wilson in November’s general election to fill the seat of retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch.

There were two primary races for seats in Congress. In the U.S. Congressional District 3 race, Christopher N. Herrod conceded to John Curtis in the Republican primary. Curtis received 74.35 percent of the vote.

Lee  Castillo will represent the Democratic Party in the U.S. Congressional District 1 race against Republican incumbent Rob Bishop.  

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Flashing his trademark smile and touting a patched-up relationship with the president, Mitt Romney rolled through the Republican primary in his adopted Utah on Tuesday and took another step in his political comeback that would have him assume the Senate seat of retiring Orrin Hatch.

Mitt Romney and Mike Kennedy were forced into a runoff primary since neither won 60 percent of delegates' votes.
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  Mitt Romney is readying for a second chance to dispatch a state lawmaker who defeated him at the state Republican Party convention in the race for a Utah Senate seat.

He's competing with Mike Kennedy in a primary election Tuesday to replace U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, who is retiring after more than 40 years in office.

Clark Davis and Scott Sandall, Republican Candidates for Utah State Senate District 17, shake hands after Tuesday's debate.
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Republican primary election candidates for the Utah state senate seat representing Tooele, Box Elder and Cache counties met Tuesday in Wellsville.  The candidates discussed school safety, education funding and Utah tax policy.

U.S. Senate candidate Mitt Romney defended himself at a debate Tuesday from attacks on his status as a recent Utah transplant who has previously criticized President Donald Trump.

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  An initiative that would have made it easier for Utah political candidates to bypass party conventions has failed to make the ballot after vigorous campaigning by opponents.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox's office said Tuesday that questions on medical marijuana, redistricting and Medicaid expansion had reached the threshold to be on the ballot in November.

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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.

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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.

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