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News roundup: National radio network drops Limbaugh, Hannity

Published July 29, 2013 7:22 am
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Limbaugh, Hannity out at 2nd-largest radio network. A guide to the Swallow scandal. Lee takes shut down criticism as 'compliment.'

Happy Monday. The nation's second-largest radio network is dropping Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity after negotiations over distribution rights and costs broke down, Politico reports. The two popular, conservative radio hosts will still be heard on a slew of stations but soon no longer on Cumulus-owned ones. The company has seven stations in Utah, though none of them are news talk radio format. [Politico]

Topping the news: Confused about the multiple investigations and allegations in the AG John Swallow scandal? Here's the Tribs handy guide to navigating the maze [Trib]

-> Sen. Mike Lee says he is unconcerned that senators on both sides of the aisle are critical of his attempt to garner enough support to block funding for Obamacare or shut down the government. In fact, he's taking their disapproval as a compliment. [Trib] [DNews] [ABC4]

-> New federal requirements for school lunches are facing push back from Utah schools worried about waste and students missing out on enough food. [Trib]

-> UDOT's different style of intersections has decreased gridlock in some areas but could also be hurting neighboring businesses. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @HuntsmanAbby: "Donald Trump says he's looking hard at 2016. Phew, I was worried the GOP wouldn't have any reasonable candidates this next go around!"

Opinion Section: Paul Rolly ponders how different the relationship was between Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, back in 2005 when Lee was working as then-Gov. Jon Huntsman's chief counsel. [Trib]

-> Rolly also analyzes Sen. Aaron Osmond's two, seemingly opposite positions on publicly funded education in Utah. [Trib]

-> President Barack Obama says Washington's top priority should be reversing trends that have been eroding the middle class, and calls on both parties to put aside "slash-and-burn partisanship" to get the job done. [Trib]

-> A contributor to Writers on the Range says that firefighters should be able to use their own judgment when it comes to deciding whether it's too risky to try to save homes during wild fires. [Trib]

-> An SLC art historian and educator is offended by Glenn Beck's exhibit at the Grand America Hotel in which he displays an early copy of Anne Frank's diary next to a handkerchief soaked in Adolf Hitler's blood. [Trib]

-> A member of the SL Co. Democratic Progressive Caucus says the UTA is overpriced and inconvenient, ignoring the needs of the working poor, the elderly and the disabled, and believes the authority's executive board must be held accountable. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley gives his take on the GOP's response to Obama's economic plans. [Trib]

-> George Pyle addresses America's Original Sin - slavery - and how it can never be removed from the country's DNA. [Trib]

-> An anthropology professor at Utah Valley University discusses how NSA leaker Edward Snowden has raised questions regarding the structure of international laws. [Trib]

-> An SLC photographer and writer argues that artist Norman Rockwell's vision of the American ideal is no vision for modern America. [Trib]

-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb discuss Sen. Osmond's opinion that public education in Utah should be compulsory, common core standards and whether taxes should be increased for public education. [DNews]

-> The president of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment argues that Utah's alarming rate of autism - linked to high pollution levels - is a reason why the hospital incinerator in North Salt Lake should be closed. [DNews]

-> The president and CEO of AAA Fair Credit Association argues Utah residents without bank accounts may not be able to purchase insurance required under the Affordable Care Act. [DNews]

-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett says style counts in elections and folks should be watching the gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey as omens for 2014. [DNews]

Weekend in Review: Our D.C. notebook talks Pioneer Day celebrations Washington-style and Sen. Orrin Hatch's 13,000th senate vote. [Trib]

-> Taylorsville officials have decided to make dumpster diving illegal. During the city's annual cleanup in the next month, taking things from the large trash bins that will be placed in different neighborhoods will be considered theft and the scavenger will face conviction. [Trib]

-> In a bid to encourage their fellow senators to be frank about which tax deductions and credits they feel are the most important, Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Max Baucus, D-Mont., have promised to keep all suggestions private for the next 50 years. Some lawmakers, among them Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., have offered their opinions publicly. [Trib] [DNews]

-> The grandson of a WWI veteran accepted a purple heart medal on his grandfather's behalf last Friday. Utahn Pfc. Walter Herbert Anderson fought and was wounded by mustard gas in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in October 1918. [Trib] [DNews]

-> A 15-year-old Kaysville Eagle Scout raised $1,500 to install a sign in Barnes Park to memorialize the work of Emily and Rulon Barnes, who lost their three children in a car accident in 1947 in which three other children also died. After the accident the Barnes couple devoted the rest of their lives to helping children, and donated 30 acres of land to the city to create Barnes Park. [Trib]

-> Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the BLM to stop the agency from leasing up to 810,000 acres in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming for oil shale and tar sands development. The groups are concerned about the potential impact on air quality, harm to flora and fauna, depletion of the Colorado River and acceleration of global warming. [Trib]

-> The Count My Vote group, which is launching an initiative drive to change how Utahns pick their candidates for office, has reportedly raised $70,000 from four donors, and is expecting more money to follow. [Trib]

-> As Geneva Rock begins digging deeper into the mountainside at Point of the Mountain, residents are concerned about the effects on air currents and the potential health impacts of the dust the mining creates. [Trib]

-> A group of Salt Lake government and community leaders met Saturday at the Downtown Farmers Market to speak about the impact of climate change and efforts that can be made at the local level to combat the problem. [DNews]

Nationally: NYC mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner has vowed not to quit the race, despite his campaign manager throwing in the towel. [WaPost] [Politico]

-> Congress is signaling that they want new legislation to limit the power of the NSA to collect Americans' phone and Internet activities. [NYTimes]

-> Detroit is hoping to ease some of its debt by pushing those too young to qualify for Medicare to take out health insurance on the new exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act. [NYTimes]

-> Republican senators are almost unanimous in their support for Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., over challenger Liz Cheney. [Politico]

-> After voting to pass some of the country's strictest gun control laws in Colorado, gun activists have forced state Senate President John Morse and fellow Democratic Sen. Angela Giron into recall elections. [NYTimes]

-> A group of bipartisan senators has suggested legislation that would permit the House speaker and the Senate president to fill inspectors general positions whenever the president fails to nominate a candidate within 210 days of a spot opening up. [WaPost]

-> A group of far-right Republican senators is working on advancing a Senate bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. [NYTimes]

Where are they?

Rep. Jason Chaffetz joins Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., for an NRCC fundraiser in Bountiful and appears on Fox News.

President Barack Obama lunches with Hillary Clinton, welcomes the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants to the White House and joins AG Eric Holder and Labor Secretary Tom Perez to meet with civil rights leaders, state and local elected officials to discuss strengthening the Voting Rights Act.

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