Utah doesn’t plan change to plans for Medicaid with work requirement

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah officials aren’t making changes to the plan to expand Medicaid and institute a work requirement, despite a federal judge halting a similar effort in Kentucky last month, they said Wednesday. The state is awaiting federal approval for its proposal and wouldn’t change course unless directed by the federal government, state Medicaid and Health Financing Director Nathan Checketts said. “We’re looking to them if they’re going to revise that guidance in any way, and we’ll make a decision at that point how we’ll modify, if any, to meet that request,” he said after a meeting with state lawmakers. A federal judge in Washington, D.C., last month… Read More

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At the Letters: Rumours swirl as Blue Jays arrive at All-Star break

Hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling, At the Letters connects Toronto Blue Jays fans with the stories, numbers and characters surrounding the team. Expect new episodes every Wednesday. In the latest episode, Ben and guest host Ryan Dixon discuss J.A. Happ‘s all-star selection and the latest rumours surrounding the Blue Jays and Red Sox before catching up with Arden over the phone …. At the Letters Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling take fans inside the Blue Jays and around MLB with news, analysis and interviews. Home | Subscribe | Ben on Twitter | Arden on Twitter Here’s how the conversation unfolds: • Ben and Ryan start by discussing J.A.… Read More

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GM Pelinka: Lakers landing LeBron is ‘ultimate validation’

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Rob Pelinka says the Los Angeles Lakers aren’t trying to beat the Golden State Warriors at their own game. Instead, they’re building a team around LeBron James to do something different. Pelinka spoke publicly Wednesday for the first time since the Lakers’ remarkable off-season overhaul began, and the irrepressibly optimistic former agent radiated excitement about the future for a team that hasn’t made the playoffs in five seasons. “To get the commitment from LeBron James to come to the Lakers for four years was really the culmination of everything we’ve been working towards,” Pelinka said. “When LeBron chose to come here, it was the ultimate validation… Read More

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‘Fresh start’? Salt Lake County’s nominees for new UTA board draw concern, criticism

SALT LAKE CITY — As state and local officials attempt to give a fresh start to the scandal-riddled Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake County officials have approved two nominations for the county’s seat on UTA’s new three-member governing board. And they’re both familiar faces. They include Draper Mayor Troy Walker, who has served on UTA’s board of trustees since 2012, and Laynee Jones, the former program director of the now-dissolved Mountain Accord, a stakeholder group that has now transformed into the Central Wasatch Commission to guide long-term decision making in the central Wasatch Mountains. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and a nominating committee made up of a handful of… Read More

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Report: Yankees make strong offer for Orioles’ Machado

The New York Yankees have made a strong trade offer to the Baltimore Orioles for star shortstop Manny Machado, reports Jon Heyman of Fancred.com. sources: yankees have made a strong offer for manny machado. haven’t heard they are the favorite, but they are clearly a player at this point. @Ken_Rosenthal said there was “increased” interest from NYY a couple days ago. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 11, 2018 Rumours surrounding the pending free agent have kicked into overdrive during the past week, with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers and Boston Red Sox reportedly also in pursuit. The 26-year-old is enjoying a monster season, slashing .314/.385/.574 with 23 home runs… Read More

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Uber is hiring dozens of ‘mission specialists’ to help relaunch its autonomous vehicle program after deadly Arizona crash

Uber says it will replace a host of operators who had been monitoring the company’s fleet of self-driving vehicles on the road, after one of those vehicles fatally struck a pedestrian in Arizona in March. The ride-hailing company is hiring 55 “mission specialists” who will report technical data and feedback to developers. Uber has made sweeping changes to its autonomous-vehicle program since that fatal collision in Arizona. Since then, the company has paused its autonomous vehicle program in several states and laid off hundreds of people. Uber is replacing the drivers who had been monitoring the company’s self-driving vehicles during road testing, and replacing them with dozens of specialized technicians.… Read More

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Tech titan Elon Musk’s latest cause: Checking for unsafe water in Flint, Mich.

Water samples from 2015 show a range of contamination in tap water from Flint, Mich. (FlintWaterStudy.org Photo) Elon Musk didn’t even wait to get back from his Asia trip to start a new philanthropic campaign, this time to do something about the contaminated water supply in Flint, Mich. The genesis of Musk’s involvement with the years-old Flint controversy echoes how he came to build a mini-submarine for the soccer-playing boys trapped in a Thai cave. It all started with a seemingly flip suggestion from comedy writer Cullen Crawford — plus an assist from Don A. Bailey, a Flint native who runs a blockchain consulting firm called Lab Mouse Security. Bailey… Read More

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