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Another Plan for Granite High School Rejected

Mar 15, 2016
Granite School District

The future of the old Granite High School is up in the air again after the South Salt Lake mayor vetoed the latest plan for its development. The city officials can’t seem to come to an agreement about what to put there.

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Rocky Mountain Power is trimming the cost of electricity thanks to the annual exercise of rebalancing. The electric-power company announced plans Tuesday to cut customer electricity bills by $14.3 million because of last year’s energy markets.

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Chelsea Clinton held several events in Utah on Tuesday in an effort to gain more support for her mother’s presidential campaign.

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The Utah Republican Party once again argued against an alternative path to the primary ballot in federal court Monday. 

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State lawmakers added money to Utah’s budget last week for suing the federal government over public lands. The question is whether they’ll use it.

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Utah Valley University officials announced Friday that the school will receive funding to build a new performing arts center on the grounds of the Orem campus.

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The legislative session ended with no action on medical marijuana, but lawmakers and advocates are already strategizing for their next moves.

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San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman is appealing his federal conviction for organizing an ATV protest ride nearly two years ago into Recapture Canyon. He’s scrapped his lawyers and is now handling his own defense. 

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Homeless service providers are looking forward to more shelter options, likely outside the overburdened Rio Grande Corridor in Salt Lake City.  Utah lawmakers set aside money this year to move forward with that plan.

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One of the most hotly contested issues in the legislature this year was medical marijuana, but lawmakers ran out of time before they could pass any legislation.

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Almost half of the revenue generated from mineral mining on federal lands comes back to Utah. It’s typically used to build community centers and roads in the rural counties where the mining’s done. But lawmakers want to use the money now to transport Utah products into foreign markets.

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A debate over whether or not to halt the death penalty in Utah ended without lawmakers acting on legislation as time ran out on the last day of the 2016 general session.

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In 2018, Utah voters will notice a D or an R next to names of candidates running for the state school board. The Utah legislature passed a bill Thursday that will make school board races partisan after the 2016 election.

State lawmakers gave final approval to a bill that would allow public schools to provide firearm safety training to students.

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Water managers warn that Utah faces over $30 billion in water needs in coming decades. But auditors reported last year that the state’s water oversight is too patchy to know what projects are really needed.

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After several years of debate, the Utah legislature has approved a partial Medicaid expansion, but Democratic lawmakers say they’re not done with this issue yet.

Members of the Utah House have passed a bill that lowers criminal penalties for parents of truant schoolchildren.

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In the next 24 hours the Utah House will debate a bill to repeal the death penalty in Utah, but one lawmaker has a plan to change the bill entirely.

The full Utah House will get the opportunity to debate repealing the death penalty after a house committee narrowly voted to send it forward.

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The Utah Senate voted Tuesday to expand the state’s Medicaid program, but only to cover a small population living in extreme poverty. 

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Advocates say consumer electric rates are at risk, thanks to a bill that’s advancing in the final days of the legislative session.

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New legislation that could disrupt Utah’s so-called school-to-prison pipeline got final approval from the House of Representatives Monday. Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle are hoping there’s enough time for the Senate to consider the bill before the session ends Thursday. 

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Lawmakers have just a few days left to decide whether to use public dollars to help finance a California shipping terminal.

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One medical marijuana bill appears to be dead in the Utah legislature, while another advances to the House floor.

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A bill that would ban teachers from using physical force to stop a student from damaging school property passed out of a house committee Monday. But the legislation may not make it to the Senate before the session ends on Thursday.

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A federal judge issued an order last week indicating that the signature thresholds called for in Utah’s election laws are too high. With a few days left in the legislative session, one lawmaker has just introduced a bill to address that problem.

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Critics of federal government gathered Saturday at the state Capitol. Like other rallies around the West, theirs was a show of support for the Oregon wildlife occupiers and anti-federal activists who remain in jail.

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A bill to restrict employers’ ability to require employees to sign a non-compete agreement is suddenly drawing the attention of a large number of business owners and employee rights advocates.

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The state House of Representatives has approved a bill that would provide Medicaid benefits to a limited number of Utahns in poverty. Most House Republicans supported the measure, but Democrats were conflicted.

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Supporters of jailed rancher Cliven Bundy and the Oregon wildlife refuge occupiers are planning rallies nationwide Saturday.

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