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2008-07-25 06:00:28

By Steve Tetreault By STEVE TETREAULT STEPHENS WASHINGTON BUREAU WASHINGTON - Sen. Harry Reid on Wednesday introduced a bill in Congress to crack down on polygamous groups, charging that crime is organized and "rampant" within the communities. Reid's first stop today to promote the bill will be at a hearing that he largely organized with the Senate Judiciary Committee. The measure calls for formation of a federal task force to combat "the unique set of crimes committed by...

2008-07-24 12:01:15

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Thursday accused Republicans of blocking efforts to deal with high gasoline prices. Speaking on the Senate floor, Reid, D-Nev., said Republicans have stopped efforts to extend tax credits for innovators, roll back tax breaks for oil companies, adopt a cap-trade system to address global warming, protect consumers from price gouging, set a renewable electricity standard, go after OPEC for price-fixing, curb speculation on commodities markets and improve...

2008-07-24 09:00:41

By Ben Winslow and Lee Davidson Deseret News WASHINGTON -- Even without an invitation, members of Utah's polygamous communities plan to appear at today's U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on crimes associated with polygamy. Mary Batchelor, director of the pro-polygamy group Principle Voices, and two other members of independent fundamentalist communities will be there, alongside representatives of the Fundamentalist LDS Church. They are upset that the FLDS have been excluded from...

2008-07-23 21:00:26

By Brooke Adams, The Salt Lake Tribune Jul. 23--A Senate hearing set to take place Thursday perpetuates a long history of persecution of a religious minority, according to a spokesman for a polygamous sect. In a three-page letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Salt Lake City attorney Rod Parker said it is "unfortunate" that the panel will meet to discuss polygamy without allowing the subjects of the hearing to respond. "History is replete with examples of misinformation becoming...

2008-07-21 15:00:56

LAS VEGAS, July 21 /PRNewswire/ -- WHAT: The National Clean Energy Summit, hosted Tuesday, August 19 by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, Nevada Senator Harry Reid and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) will join industry leaders, scientists and policy experts to define an agenda that accelerates the development of renewable energy, energy-efficiency technologies and robust clean energy...

2008-07-15 09:00:00

The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to hold a hearing in Washington next week on alleged crimes involving the Fundamentalist LDS Church. Politicians, activists and ex-FLDS members are being contacted by staffers for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and asked if they would be willing to testify before the committee on July 24. "I have been asked to testify," ex-FLDS member Carolyn Jessop said Monday, the day she was contacted by the senator's office. Jessop was the fourth wife...

2008-07-15 06:00:30

By Brooke Adams, The Salt Lake Tribune Jul. 15--Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will take his quest for a federal investigation of a polygamous sect before the Judiciary Committee next week. The Nevada Democrat requested and received the July 24 hearing before the committee, during which he will present evidence to support a federal crime investigation of The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a spokesman said. Jon Summers, who works in Reid's Washington,...

2008-07-12 12:00:24

By Mannix Porterfield, The Register-Herald, Beckley, W.Va. Jul. 12--Warning: Coal is hazardous to your health. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid didn't exactly put his criticism in those words, but his demeaning attack on West Virginia's bedrock industry doesn't rest well with some members of the state's delegation in Congress. "Coal makes us sick," the Nevada senator told Fox Business News in an interview last week. Reid found some support in the American Lung Association, which...

2008-07-10 06:00:26

By Steve Tetreault By STEVE TETREAULT STEPHENS WASHINGTON BUREAU WASHINGTON - A Senate panel on Tuesday chopped more than 20 percent from the Department of Energy's 2009 budget for a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain. The energy and water subcommittee's action signals months of uncertainty ahead as to whether DOE will have enough money to manage its newly submitted license application for the Nevada site if Congress carries out the cut. The Senate subcommittee approved a...

2008-07-08 21:00:15

By Thomas Burr, The Salt Lake Tribune Jul. 8--WASHINGTON -- A measure that would require annual inspections of some of the nation's aging dams, including more than a dozen in Utah, hit a snag Tuesday during a Senate hearing. Critics question whether the push is too broad and shortchanged on funding. Under Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's bill, the Bureau of Reclamation would have to annually inspect all of its inventory of dams, levees and canals and prioritize projects to repair...