Government

Government

Cloudy, cool August restrains melt of Arctic sea ice

Arctic Sea Ice

WASHINGTON (AP) — Arctic sea ice this summer dropped to its eighth lowest level on record, new federal data show. That’s far below average, but considerably above the record low set five years ago. The National Snow and Ice Data Center said Tuesday that on Sept. 13 sea ice in Arctic shrank to its...


Government

US housing starts fall 0.8 pct., a 2nd straight monthly drop

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homebuilders slowed their pace of construction by 0.8 percent in August, the second straight monthly decline. A steep drop in multifamily construction more than offset a slight gain in single-family-home building. The overall drop occurred even though would-be homebuyers face both...


Business

The Latest: Intel panel invites Trump lawyer to open hearing

Trump Russia Probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the ongoing investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 election (all times local): 5 p.m. The Senate intelligence committee is inviting Donald Trump’s personal lawyer to testify in an open hearing next month as part of its investigation into Russian...


Government

Qatar emir takes nation's case on Saudi-led embargo to UN

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. Qatar’s ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani urged leaders at the United Nations General Assembly to back his request for talks to end the months-long crisis between his country and a Saudi-led coalition. The “unjust” blockade on Qatar is an attempt to destabilize a sovereign...


Government

The Latest: Graham upbeat about health care repeal effort

Congress Health Overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the GOP effort to repeal former President Barack Obama’s health care law (all times local): 2:52 p.m. A chief sponsor of Republican bill to dismantle Obamacare says he’s “never felt better about where we’re at” but stopped short of predicting the GOP has the votes to...


State

Huntsman says Moscow's meddling led to low level of trust

Congress Russia Ambassador

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be U.S. ambassador to Russia, told Congress on Tuesday that Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election led directly to the lack of trust between the two former Cold War foes. Appearing before the Senate...


Police & Fire

Utah sheriffs push for greater autonomy from county governments

Paul Ray wants more power for Utah sheriff's offices

The author of Utah’s firing squad execution bill now wants more power for county sheriff’s offices. Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, says county governments are micromanaging the elected lawmen.


Local

Two-year study aims to overhaul UTA fare collection system

Davis County ski resort bus

The Utah Transit Authority is seven months into a 23-month study designed to make UTA’s fare collection system simpler, more affordable and accessible and better aligned with costs of service.


Government

No hard data yet on homeless migration after Operation Rio Grande

Homeless Shelter-Police Presence Salt Lake

No firm data exists to determine whether the Ogden area has seen a significant surge in its homeless population since Operation Rio Grande commenced in Salt Lake City in mid-August.


Police & Fire

What Utah state law says about the power sheriffs have

Davis County Sheriff Todd Richardson

A separation-of-powers conflict is brewing between some Utah sheriffs and county governments. Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, says commissions are meddling in sheriff’s operations and he wants to change state laws to strengthen sheriffs’ autonomy.


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