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Politics & Elections

The RNC convention which will take place at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee in July accuses Secret Servic...
Steve Contorno and Kristen Holmes, CNN

RNC and Secret Service escalate dispute over security at Milwaukee convention

The RNC is accusing the Secret Service of ignoring security concerns around its July Milwaukee convention.
16 hours ago
Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall shares the 2024-25 recommended budget at a Salt Lake City Coun...
Mary Culbertson

SLC Mayor Mendenhall proposes her salary increase by 26% amid turbulent budget meetings

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall proposed a 26% salary increase for herself in the city's budget proposal meetings. Her office argues it's a deserved and overdue increase, while constituents question the amount.
2 days ago
Utah Capitol where lawmakers passed a deal to possible raise a tax and quickly spend the money on d...
Lindsay Aerts

Lawmakers defend Sept. 1 contract deadline on downtown plans

The deal to raise Salt Lake City's sales tax to help house the new NHL team and revitalize downtown is moving fast and lawmakers are defending the deadline.
2 days ago
AI could offer ‘enhanced opportunities’ to interfere in 2024 election, DHS warns as a voter cas...
Sean Lyngaas, CNN

AI could offer ‘enhanced opportunities’ to interfere in 2024 election, DHS warns

Artificial intelligence tools for creating fake video, audio and other content will likely give foreign operatives and domestic extremists “enhanced opportunities for interference” as the 2024 US election cycle progresses, the Department of Homeland Security said in a recent bulletin distributed to state and local officials and obtained by CNN.
3 days ago
Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may face internation...
Nadeen Ebrahim, CNN

Hamas and Israeli leaders may face international arrest warrants. Here’s what that means

The International Criminal Court prosecutor is seeking international arrest warrants for top Hamas officials and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on allegations of war crimes.
4 days ago
Abravanel Hall is pictured in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, May 8, 2024. Smith Entertainment Group, ...
Lindsay Aerts

Plan for updating Abravanel Hall estimated to cost hundreds of millions

Estimates for updating Abravanel Hall, home of the Utah Symphony, are estimated to cost over $200 million.
4 days ago
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 20: Former U.S. President Donald Trump with attorney Todd Blanche (L) retu...
Michael R. Sisak, Jennifer Peltz, Jake Offenhartz and Alanna Durkin Richer

Michael Cohen says he stole from Trump’s company as defense presses key hush money trial witness

Former Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen admitted to jurors in the Republican’s hush money trial that he stole tens of thousands of dollars from Trump’s company.
4 days ago
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hea...
Rashard Rose and Jack Forrest, CNN

Romney says if he were president he would have immediately pardoned Trump

Sen. Mitt Romney said that if he were president he would have “immediately pardoned” former President Donald Trump.
8 days ago
Landscape fabric covers the ground at a legal cannabis farm near Brewster, in north-central Washing...
Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press

Justice Department formally moves to reclassify marijuana as a less dangerous drug in historic shift

The Justice Department has formally moved to reclassify marijuana as a less dangerous drug, a historic shift in generations of U.S. drug policy.
8 days ago
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 15: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the National Peace Officers M...
Alanna Durkin Richer and Colleen Long

White House blocks release of Biden’s special counsel interview audio, says GOP is being political

The White House has blocked the release of audio from President Joe Biden’s interview with a special counsel about his handling of classified documents.
8 days ago
Fourth District congressional candidate Jake Hunsaker answers questions next to an empty podium dur...
Lindsay Aerts

Utah’s primary debates begin June 10

The Utah Debate Commission will host its series of local and federal primary debates starting June 10 ahead of Utah’s primary election on June 25.
9 days ago
FILE: Signs promoting the vice presidential debate are pictured on the University of Utah campus in...
Lindsay Aerts

Trump and Biden plan to skip October presidential debate in Utah

A planned presidential debate in October at the University of Utah is in serious jeopardy of officially being called off.
9 days ago
FILE: Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico speaks to the media prior to talks with German Chancellor O...
Karel Janicek

Slovakia’s populist prime minister shot multiple times in attempted assassination

Slovakia’s populist prime minister has been shot multiple times and gravely wounded after a political event.
9 days ago
FILE - This combo image shows President Joe Biden, left, Jan. 5, 2024, and Republican presidential ...
Zeke Miller, Jill Colvin and Josh Boak

Biden and Trump agree on debates on June 27 and in September, but details could be challenging

President Joe Biden says he won’t participate in the campaign debates sponsored by a nonpartisan commission, instead challenging Republican Donald Trump to a pair of debates.
9 days ago
FILE — The Alpine School Board is narrowing down options that could be put to voters in November...
Larry D. Curtis

Board votes to continue study of two-way split of Alpine School District

The board of education voted Tuesday to continue a study of a potential two-way split of the Alpine School District
10 days ago
overhead shot of Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City...
Larry D. Curtis

SL County Mayor Wilson ‘working diligently’ to keep Abravanel Hall as is

Keeping Abravanel Hall intact as Salt Lake City undergoes a "reimagining" is important to county mayor Jenny Wilson.
10 days ago
A sign reminding Copper Hills High School students and staff to keep their hands clean during the c...
Lindsay Aerts

Utah school districts working to prioritize what stays when COVID relief money runs dry

Utah's school districts are working to figure out how they will continue to pay for programs propped up by COVID-19 relief funds.
10 days ago
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 02: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks from the Roosevelt Room of the White House...
Fatima Hussein and Zeke Miller, Associated Press

Biden blocks Chinese-backed crypto mining firm from land ownership near Wyoming military base

President Joe Biden has issued an order blocking a Chinese-backed cryptocurrency mining firm from owning land near a Wyoming nuclear missile base.
11 days ago
** FILE **A desert tortoise finds relief from the sun under a bush in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve...
Michael Houck

Washington County leaders say new BLM plan could stop developing roadway

Washington County officials are asking residents to support a roadway that has been in development since 2009 but could end due to new federal plans for the area.
11 days ago
President Joe Biden speaks with CNN’s Erin Burnett during an exclusive interview Wednesday, May 8...
Jack Forrest, Andrew Millman and Avery Lotz, CNN

Biden faces bipartisan backlash on Capitol Hill over Israel ultimatum

 President Joe Biden is facing backlash from lawmakers in both parties over his ultimatum that a major Israeli offensive in the city of Rafah would result in a shut-off of some US weapons.
12 days ago
A voter delivers a ballot at the SAlt Lake County Government Center Nov. 21, 2023. Young voters wer...
Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com

Young voters in Utah underrepresented in 2022 midterms, census report finds

Young voters in Utah were underrepresented in the 2022 midterms, despite the state being the youngest state in the nation by median age.
12 days ago
Former US president Donald Trump's campaign sees Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as a political problem – a...
Alayna Treene, CNN

Trump campaign sees RFK Jr. as a political problem

In recent weeks, the Trump campaign has targeted Robert F. Kennedy Jr, with Donald Trump posting a video calling Kennedy a “Democrat plant” to pull votes away from him.
14 days ago
Former U.S. Rep. Chris Cannon leaves the KSL Broadcast House in Salt Lake City on Feb. 6, 2018. Can...
Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com

Former Utah Rep. Chris Cannon dies at age 73

Former Rep. Chriss Cannon, R-Utah, died Wednesday at age 73, Cannon served in the U.S. House from 1997 to 2009.
15 days ago
House Speaker Mike Johnson, at left, and Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, at righ...
Lisa Mascaro and Kevin Freking, Associated Press

House quickly rejects Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s effort to remove Speaker Johnson from office

Hardline Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has called for a vote to oust Speaker Mike Johnson, but lawmakers have quickly rejected it.
16 days ago

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