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A.M. notes: Stewart to run for Senate? Herbert announces new program for tech, Taylor Swift album update

Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, speaks to inmates at the Utah State Prison in Draper on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017.
Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, speaks to inmates at the Utah State Prison in Draper on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

Here’s a look at the news for Aug. 24.

Chris Stewart in the Senate?

Utah Rep. Chris Stewart said Wednesday he would very likely run for Senate if current Sen. Orrin Hatch decided not to, according to the Deseret News.

Stewart said he supports Hatch for another run. But the Utah representative said he has spoken to Hatch about a potential run, adding that Hatch was "supportive" of the move, according to the Deseret News.

Hatch has gone back and forth about whether he'll seek re-election in 2018 but has yet to announce any decision.

Stewart said he has reached out to fundraisers and local leaders to see what support he might have in the future.

"We're patient," he said.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Gov. Herbert announces pipeline for Utah grads

Gov. Gary Herbert announced Wednesday a new program that would help make homegrown talent into information and technology workers, according to the Deseret News.

The new IT Pathways Program, which is put on by both the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Silicon Slopes, will help companies and schools develop young talent to help improve the state's workforce.

"The IT Pathways Program will fill critical workforce needs in our state and ensure the continued success of Utah's tech industry," Herbert said. "This program will be an important investment — for education, for our growing workforce, for the IT industry and for economic opportunity — in other words, for Utah's future."

The program will look to track student progress from elementary school all the way through college, hoping to encourage young students to embrace tech work.

"(IT Pathways) is not only an immediate need right now, but it will certainly help us in the long haul to make sure we have a continuing flow of labor with skills necessary to align with the global marketplace," Herbert said.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Good news for SLC airport

The Salt Lake City International Airport received some good news this week, ranking highly among the world's busiest airports, according to the Deseret News.

A new report from found that Salt Lake City's airport has the second-best on-time percentage, hovering around 90.7 percent. That means travelers are on time either leaving or coming to Salt Lake City on 90.7 percent of trips.

"Those who live in the West can trust SLC to be an efficient hub to travel across the country," the report said.

Salt Lake ranked only behind Daniel K. Inouye Airport in Honolulu.

See more at the Deseret News.

Taylor Swift announces new album, new single

Pop star Taylor Swift announced Wednesday she will be releasing a new album on Nov. 10, according to the Deseret News.

Swift will also drop a new hit single Thursday night at midnight.

Swift shared the album's release date and cover on Instagram after a few days' worth of videos and cryptic social media posts hinting at a release.

Not much is known about Swift's new album.

For more, read the Deseret News.

Rich Hill goes nine innings without a hit and then …

Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill threw a no-hitter through nine innings.

In the 10th inning, though, Hill gave up a home run, losing the game.