Gary Herbert en Utah Legislature Opens Annual 45 Day Session <p>The Utah Legislature opened its annual 45 day session this Monday morning and will take on the issues of cleaning up Utah's dirty air, figure out how to fund education and roads as well as consider campaign finance reform. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:02:16 +0000 Leslie Thatcher 9170 at Utah Legislature Opens Annual 45 Day Session Cox Sworn In As Utah Lieutenant Governor <p>SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Spencer Cox has been sworn in as Utah&#39;s new lieutenant governor, becoming the the eighth person to hold the office.</p><p>Cox took the oath of office at the state Capitol on Wednesday afternoon, shortly after his appointment was approved by the Senate.&nbsp;</p><p>Gov. Gary Herbert selected Cox to replace Greg Bell, who is stepping down to return to the private sector.&nbsp;</p><p>Cox was a freshman Republican lawmaker, attorney and telecommunications executive from Fairview, a small town in Central Utah.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 02:46:00 +0000 KPCW 5499 at Cox Sworn In As Utah Lieutenant Governor Lawmakers Approve $7,000,000 To Keep National Parks Open <p>SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah lawmakers have authorized the state to spend another $7,000,000 to keep Utah&#39;s national parks open through December 1 after the sites were temporarily shuttered due to a partial shutdown of the federal government.</p><p>The Senate and House unanimously approved the spending Wednesday evening, but it was unclear if the money would need to be used.</p><p>Congress appeared to be closing in on a deal late Wednesday to reopen the government.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 02:35:00 +0000 KPCW 5501 at Utah Outdoor Summit Set For May 8 <p>SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Gov. Gary Herbert outdoor recreation director says he will hold a Utah Outdoor Summit to leverage the economic potential of the state&#39;s wild and spectacular lands.&nbsp;</p><p>Brad Petersen has been busy during his first 90 days on the job. He&#39;s in charge of promoting Utah&#39;s $5.8 billion outdoor-recreation economy and aligning the state&#39;s 600 gear manufacturers and distributors. His job is unique among federal, state and local governments.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 22:17:00 +0000 KPCW 5498 at Utah's GOP Governor Appoints Clear-Air Team <p>SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Gov. Gary Herbert is appointing 38 people to a Clean Air Action Team charged with taking a wide look at options to solve Utah&#39;s air pollution problem.</p><p>Officials say it goes beyond the job of Utah&#39;s Air Quality Board, which is adopting mandatory emissions cuts for everything from household products to industrial smokestacks.</p><p>Government action won&#39;t achieve federal air-quality standards until 2019 at the earliest. Herbert wants improvements sooner.</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:46:00 +0000 KPCW 5493 at Utah's GOP Governor Appoints Clear-Air Team