Tyler Hewitt

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Tyler Hewitt is the web/social media assistant at UPR. He writes stories every day, updates the website and manages the station's Twitter and Facebook pages. Tyler is a senior at Utah State University and is studying public relations, marketing, and psychology. He loves to write, listen to music, play video games, play tennis and hang out with his fiancé and cat, Juno. He is a great plant dad and recently started collecting vinyl records!

Utah reported nearly 2,300 cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, along with 17 additional deaths.

Several Utah healthcare providers announced Wednesday they are putting a hold on requiring vaccines for employees. The decision comes after courts halted the federal mandate that required all caregivers to be vaccinated.

As the world rushes to deal with the omicron COVID-19 variant, doctors at Intermountain Healthcare say people in Utah should focus on the variant that’s already here — the delta variant.

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More people across the state are starting to report package theft from their porches as the holiday season nears. 

TestUtah is seeing record-breaking numbers as many Utahns are lining up to make sure they are safe after their Thanksgiving gatherings and travel.

The omicron COVID-19 variant is continuing to raise concerns as the holiday season continues.

The post-Thanksgiving travel rush is hitting airports across the country as people feel more comfortable flying again. Salt Lake City International Airport staff say an estimated 26,000 passengers went through the airport on Sunday.

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Zion National Park officials announced that park shuttles will not be operating starting Monday and will remain out of service until Dec. 23.

With talk about the National Football League possibly expanding, Governor Spencer Cox says he doesn’t know if there’s a limit to how hard he would push to get an NFL team in Utah.

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Home sales across the Wasatch Front reportedly declined in October compared to the previous year, and prices remain high, according to new data from UtahRealEstate.com.

The Period Project, a movement dedicated to putting free menstrual products in school restrooms across Utah, held a rally on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning as lawmakers were gathered for interim meetings.

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With Thanksgiving coming up, the Utah Food Bank has been hard at work doing its part to feed the hungry. If you’re wondering how you can help, the organization says the traditional Thanksgiving turkey and sides may not be the best options.

One of the ten bills Governor Spencer Cox signed into law Tuesday requires employers to allow COVID-19 vaccine exemptions while prohibiting any action against employees who submit for exemption.

The Utah National guard is celebrating 75 years of service to the state of Utah and the country.

Go Utah has announced a new grant to help small businesses pay employees for time off related to the COVID-19 vaccine. $500,000 in CARES Act funds are available for businesses to pay employees for the time allocated for getting the shot or for time off related to any side effects.

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According to the Utah Department of Health, ten percent of Utah children between the ages of 5 and 11 have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose. Kids between 5-11 make up 12% of Utah’s total population. 

At least four cities and towns in Utah appear to have elected their first women mayors: North Logan, West Valley City, Park City and Parowan.

A new study from Intermountain Healthcare shows that depression and anxiety were heightened during the coronavirus pandemic, which in turn put patients at greater risk for developing heart disease. The findings of this study were presented during the American Heart Association’s 2021 Scientific Session.

The Sundance Film Festival has announced new details on some locals-only opportunities for the 2022 festival that’s scheduled for January 20-30. The Local Lens program focuses on providing new and returning film lovers who live in Utah free or discounted screenings.

Utah Governor Spencer Cox says he will not veto any bills the Utah State Legislature passed in special session this week.

A group of Utahns met Wednesday on the steps of the Utah State Capitol to call on Governor Spencer Cox to veto the redistricting map bill recently passed by the legislature.

A bill detailing reasons why an employee could be exempted from getting a COVID-19 vaccine is on its way to Governor Spencer Cox’s desk for either his signature or veto.

State Rep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy) says the recent death of 10-year-old Isabella Tichenor highlights the problem of youth suicide in the state of Utah.

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The Utah House of Representatives passed a bill redrawing the state’s congressional maps Tuesday afternoon. The House approved House Bill 2004 with a vote of 50 to 22, sending it to the senate.

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Travel restrictions impacting more than 30 countries have now been lifted, meaning more international visitors will be headed to the U.S. shortly.

Logan High School is starting classes two hours later than normal following a bomb threat made in a social media post overnight.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has decided to move most of its missionaries serving in Ethiopia out of the country as war and civil unrest continue to escalate.

On Sunday, the Navajo Nation reported 85 additional COVID-19 cases and four more deaths. Sunday marked the 15th time in the last 38 days that the tribe has recorded any coronavirus-related deaths.

People along the Wasatch Front are paying a lot more money for rent than they did a year ago, and experts are saying rent prices in Utah will keep rising.

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The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is reminding the public not to take desert tortoises from the wild. So far this year, there have been nine tortoise-related cases in Utah.

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