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Utah’s July job growth numbers increased 3.2 % over the past 12 months, adding 43,800 non-farm workers to payrolls.

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Wasatch Front housing prices increased 0.8 % from June to July; more than doubling the jump in housing costs nationally during the same period.

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The Utah State School Board held off on a decision today to approve a tax deal that would bring a Facebook data center to West Jordan. The school board is one of five taxing authorities that have to sign off on the deal.

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The outdoor recreation industry gathers again in Salt Lake City next week for its summer trade show. But, even before the hundreds of companies arrive, they’re having an impact statewide.

One example is Gregory Mountain Products, which has made backpacks for decades. It faced a big decision two years ago, when a Chicago company purchased the brand.

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Democratic State Senator Jim Dabakis says if Utah lawmakers don’t take action this year to loosen up liquor laws, he’s going to launch a ballot initiative to privatize liquor sales in the state.

How Brexit Might Impact Utah’s Economy & Trade

Jun 24, 2016
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Stocks closed with some heavy losses after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. Utah, like the rest of the world, is experiencing the effects of uncertainty in the market.

Ancestry Looking to Grow with New Headquarters in Lehi

Jun 22, 2016
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Ancestry.com opened its new headquarters in Lehi Wednesday. For the past three decades, the family history company has been headquartered in Provo. CEO Tim Sullivan says the new location in Lehi at the Point of the Mountain will help the company attract top talent from both Salt Lake and Utah Counties.

Utah Company InsideSales.com Named Top Disruptor

Jun 9, 2016
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The Provo-based company InsideSales.com has been named on CNBC’s list of top 50 companies in the country poised to unseat corporate giants.

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Rio Tinto Kennecott will soon begin work on a project aimed at preparing the south slope of their tailings impoundment for a major earthquake.

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Businesses that use the words ‘Park City’ in their names might lose the right to do so.  The company Vail Resorts has filed an application to trademark Park City.

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With the sale of the Salt Lake Tribune to Paul Huntsman being finalized, the Utah Newspaper Project has dropped their federal anti-trust lawsuit.

Utah Businesses Brace for Overtime Rule Change

May 29, 2016

This month, the White House unveiled a labor rule change that will make millions of Americans newly eligible for overtime pay.

Tourism Spending At Record High

May 27, 2016
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A new report from the University of Utah shows that tourists spent 8 billion dollars in the state last year. 

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The estranged husband of restaurateur, real estate developer, and LGBT advocate John Williams has been arrested on suspicion of murder and arson. Williams died in a house fire at his Salt Lake City home over the weekend. Friends and colleagues are still reeling from the loss of such an influential figure.

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Pilots who use South Valley Regional Airport in West Jordan will soon be without a service provider, after Leading Edge Aviation could not come to an agreement with the Salt Lake City Department of Airports on a new lease.

A project is underway to create a dataset of Utah’s entrepreneurial community. Leaders from an organization based in New York City are here to launch the Mapping Utah project.

Salt Lake City Department of Airports

The new Salt Lake City International Airport will be adding a second concourse to the one already planned. 

Salt Lake Tribune Sold To Huntsman Family

Apr 20, 2016
Brian Grimmett

Digital First Media has sold the Salt Lake Tribune to Paul Huntsman, son of billionaire businessman Jon Huntsman Sr.

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The CEO of one of Utah’s largest tech start-ups Domo made a major announcement this week.

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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.

Paid Family Leave Bill Held for Further Study

Feb 18, 2016
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A bill that would provide paid parental leave to state employees may not make it to a vote this legislative session.

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Utah-born rodeo legend Lewis Feild died this week of pancreatic cancer.

Committee Puts A Hold On Zion Curtain Bill

Feb 16, 2016
Brian Grimmett

Members of the Utah Senate Business and Labor Committee voted Tuesday to put several alcohol related bills on hold, including one that would remove the so-called “Zion Curtain” from restaurants.

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Republican Utah Senator Todd Weiler is sponsoring legislation that would improve working conditions for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. But he says Utah will probably not lead out on the issue of paid parental leave.

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The Salt Lake City International Airport is offering a new premium parking service that travelers can reserve online in advance of their airport visit.

Utah Department of Commerce Warns Against Scams

Jan 4, 2016

The Utah Division of Consumer Protection is warning Utahns to be on the lookout for some major scams in 2016.

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The Utah Film Commission works to promote the state as a destination for TV and movie productions. In 2015, 23 projects finished production in the state, including a network television series. The commission is now trying to keep that momentum in the year to come.

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Several winter snow storms in December have been a welcome sight for Utah ski resorts and supporting businesses.

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Tens of Thousands of people will be traveling through the Salt Lake City International Airport this holiday season and airport crews will work overtime to keep flights moving, even during the worst winter storms.

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Utah Department of Workforce Services November job numbers out Friday show 8 of 10 private sector industry groups added workers compared to last year.

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