Roger McDonough

The Palm Beach Post

Student survivors of the Parkland, Fla. school shooting lose the venue for their Utah rally. Vicky Chavez, a woman from Honduras who came to the U.S. seeking asylum, loses an appeal to have her case reconsidered by the courts. She says she'll keep trying, while she and her daughters remain sheltered at the local church that has housed them since January. And how quickly are Utah judges signing off on search warrants for law enforcement?

 

The Journal

At their convention, San Juan County Republicans express deep frustration over recently redrawn voting district boundaries that give the county's majority Navajo population a greater say at the ballot box. Salt Lake County sues pharmaceutical companies over the opioid crisis, while the state of Utah debates doing the same. And after turning their season around, the Utah Jazz are headed to the playoffs. 

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The woman who says she was raped by a Missionary Training Center president sues the LDS Church and comes forward to tell her story. The state of Utah asks for control of unclaimed water in Bear Lake, prompting concerns from environmentalists about downstream effects. And how Salt Lake City's priorities for an inland port were pushed aside during this year's legislative session. 

KUTV

Thousands of Utah high school students walked out of their classrooms Wednesday in protest of gun violence. We get the reaction to that, as well as the reaction to the many Utah legislators who announced they will not be running for reelection. All of this and more on this edition of Behind The Headlines. 

At 9 a.m. Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Lee Davidson and Benjamin Wood, and columnist Robert Gehrke join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to reflect on the session and talk about the week’s top stories.

Washington Secretary of State

The Weber County  District Attorney's office filed charges of forgery and violations of petition procedures against two contractors for a company called Gather.  Gather is working to collect signatures to get the Utah Medical Cannabis Act and the Direct Primary Election initiatives on the ballot this November. 

BLM

Grand County Republican Rep. Carl Abrecht's HJR1 is pretty straightforward. Its 36 short lines of text conclude with an appeal to Utah's congressional delegation. The message? Pass legislation to make Utah exempt from future National Monument designations.

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Utah lawmakers on Friday rejected a proposal to add a fee to plastic or paper bags in the state, and advanced a measure to prevent local governments from taking their own action to curb the use of plastic bags. 

Deseret News

The latest attempt to strengthen Utah's hate crime laws at the State Legislature dies without even getting a hearing. Although science points to the burning of fossil fuels as a driver of climate change, Utah lawmakers refuse to acknowledge the concept. And Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, who advocated for a reduction to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, failed to disclose that he owned land within the monument. 

mass.gov

House bill 58 would allow people on bicycles to treat stop signs like yield signs, and to stop and look both ways before proceeding through a red light.

Currently, cyclists are required to follow vehicle rules for stop signs and stop at red lights for 90 seconds, and then proceed if the intersection is clear.

Salt Lake Tribune

St. George Republican Rep. Jon Stanard abruptly resigns from office, citing a desire to spend time with his ailing father. But soon after the announcement, allegations that he paid a prostitute for sex surface. Rob Porter, a Trump administration official with ties to Utah's senators, quits after his ex-wives accuse him of physical abuse. And the Utah House advances a $1.72 million tax break proposal for EnergySolutions, a radioactive waste company. 

Katherine Taylor

Citing successful legal and lobbying efforts from last year to see two Utah national monuments downsized, a nonprofit organization is once again asking the state to fund its operations. As it did at the 2017 legislature, the Foundation for Integrated Resource Management or FIRM is again requesting $500,000 from the state. 

The Salt Lake Tribune

On the eve of her scheduled deportation, a young mother and her two children find sanctuary at the Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City. The cost of moving the state prison is turning out to be more than lawmakers originally told the public, as the price tag nears $700 million. And the state spent $33 million to file an unfinished application for the Lake Powell pipeline. 

portland.gov

Salt Lake Democratic State Senator Jani Iwamoto wants to make the penalty for killing a police dog more severe. Her Senate Bill 57 would make killing a police service animal a second degree felony, instead of the third degree felony that it is now. 

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Utah lawmakers on Friday advanced a measure that would let prospective candidates for political office get on the ballot, even if they can't file in person. 

Rep. Craig Hall's House Bill 113 would give individuals temporarily outside of Utah the option to file electronically, as long as they appeared before an elections official via a video link.

blm.gov

A Utah lawmaker wants to send a message to Washington. That message? Exclude the state of Utah from future national monument designations. 

Dani Hayes

In his last opening remarks as House Speaker, Greg Hughes congratulated his fellow lawmakers, and himself, for working collaboratively to work to address homelessness, for enacting justice reform, for continued economic growth in the state, and for resolutions encouraging changes to Utah national monuments.

Newsmax.com

Recently obtained documents show how a uranium mining company pressured the Trump administration to shrink Bears Ears National Monument. Federal regulators tentatively approve moving forward with the $1 billion Lake Powell Pipeline project. And Utah Gov. Gary Herbert proposes a major bump in education funding for the state.