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  From its politics to its public lands to polygamy, Utah has always been fertile ground for news. Here on UPR, The Salt Lake Tribune presents a fresh way for Utahns to process the headlines. Behind the Headlines, a live weekly broadcast, examines the week’s top local stories through the eyes of reporters on the beat.

KCPW's producer and news host Roger McDonough and a rotating panel of the state’s top journalists – including columnist Paul Rolly, investigative reporter Matt Canham, senior government reporter Robert Gehrke, reporter Kathy Stephenson and others – will talk about what’s happening in the Beehive State along with the hows and whys.

Listeners can join the discussion by sending questions to #TribTalk on Twitter, Google+, commenting on sltrib.com or calling (801) 355-TALK.

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Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gills says officers were legally justified when they shot and killed Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert institutes a mask mandate for K-12 schools, but not for the state as a whole. And some lawmakers and businesses push for greater flexibility in state liquor laws during the pandemic. 

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This week in Utah news:

Spencer Cox’s lead over Jon Huntsman grows in the race for Utah governor, as ballots are slowly counted amid precautions of the coronavirus pandemic. We’ll give a full recap of Tuesday’s primary election.

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Utah's ongoing surge in coronavirus cases and the usefulness of masks in curbing the spread. The enduring protests over the police-shooting of Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal. And the big contributions fueling next week's Republican primary in the race for Utah governor. 

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The Supreme Court rejects President Trump’s bid to end DACA. The Salt Lake City Council makes minor changes to funding for police. And while the risk of COVID-19 exposure is ‘higher than ever,’ Utah moves forward with a ‘full-blown’ economic recovery.

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Meatpacking employees and their supporters marched Tuesday in Logan demanding that a company close its Hyrum plant for cleaning and that workers be paid while they grapple with a coronavirus outbreak, affecting 287 workers at the facility.

 

Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune

The ongoing protests in Salt Lake City sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneaopolis. Black Utahns ask for policy changes locally to address systemic racism. And Utah’s ‘sharp spike’ in COVID-19 cases - with a related jump in hospitalizations. 

Deseret News

Utah’s Hispanic community sees more coronavirus cases than any other race or ethnicity in the state. Environmentalists say the long-awaited strategic plan for the Utah Inland Port uses a lot of green jargon, but is low on sustainability specifics. And super-spreader events: the scenarios you want to avoid to try to stay safe. 

Zak Podmore | Salt Lake Tribune.

Investigations are launched into the alleged actions of a former University of Utah police officer in the Lauren McCluskey case. No settlement is reached between the parents of the murdered student athlete and the university. And a COVID-19 update from San Juan County and the Navajo Nation.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert lowers the coronavirus risk level in the state, with some notable regional exceptions. The new revelations about the no-bid, multimillion dollar state contracts for TestUtah.com. And a deep dive into what we know - and don't know - about coronavirus immunity. 

Salt Lake Tribune

The spike in coronavirus cases on the Navajo Nation. The occasional conflicts playing out in Utah businesses over mask-wearing. And the Utah lawmaker calling for a full reopening of the state, despite the recommendations of public health officials. 

Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune

Utah suspends its contract with a controversial surveillance company after its founder is revealed to have once been an active member of the Ku Klux Klan. Questions emerge about the TestUtah initiative after data shows a lower positive test rate than is seen in other labs. And Utah gets a refund for the $800,000 it spent on malaria drugs to treat COVID-19. 

John Locher | Associated Press

Utah officials say they’re still exploring buying 200,000 treatments of a malaria drug, despite a recent study showing it does more harm than good in the fight against COVID-19. Lawmakers meet for their second special session this month. And the latest news from the Utah governor’s race. 

Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune

Utah unemployment numbers soar, while small businesses plead for more state help in the midst of a pandemic. Lawmakers meet in a largely-digital special session. And official estimates vastly underestimate the number of coronavirus cases. 

Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune

Half of Utah’s nursing homes in contact with the state have had a COVID-19 case. Travelers arriving in Utah will have to fill out coronavirus health questionnaires. And Utah lawmakers consider clamping down on local stay-at-home orders.  

Rick Egan | Salt Lake Tribune

A Salt Lake County inmate becomes the first incarcerated Utahn to test positive for coronavirus. Intermountain Healthcare plans pay cuts for some medical staff during the COVID-19 outbreak. And Salt Lake City negotiates the purchase of an eclectic Sugarhouse property, and plans to turn it into a public art park. 

USA Today

magnitude 5.7 earthquake hits Utah. Rep. Ben McAdams tests positive for the coronavirus. And statewide efforts aim to slow a pandemic. 

Salt Lake Tribune

After a final day of questions, a vote to allow witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump is expected Friday. A lawsuit alleges violent and illegal actions during a law enforcement raid on the home of a Utah family. And Salt Lake City's school superintendent announces her retirement, but a board member says she was forced out. 

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 A judge throws out Salt Lake City’s lawsuit against the Utah inland Port. Sen. Mike Lee lambasts the Trump administration over its briefing on the assassination of a top Iranian general. And the Utah program that sends public employees to Mexico to buy their medications at a deeply discounted rate. 

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President Donald Trump is impeached. Utah Republican Congressmen Chris Stewart, Rob Bishop and John Curtis vote against impeachment, while Democrat Ben McAdams votes for it. And a whistleblower claims that the LDS Church stockpiled $100 billion in charitable donations.

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Lawmakers tackle tax reform in a special legislative session. Despite bed availability, some homeless men in Salt Lake City say the new Men's Resource Center is too far away. And Sen. Mitt Romney objects to a big jump in fees for obtaining genealogical records from the federal government.

Steve Griffin | Salt Lake Tribune file photo

Data on jaywalking citations in Salt Lake City shows an apparent targeting of the city's homeless population. The historic Utah Theater is 'sold' and slated for demolition. And the University of Utah football team heads to the PAC 12 championship and beyond.  

Saul Loeb | Pool Photo via AP

Rep. Chris Stewart defends President Donald Trump amid ongoing impeachment hearings. A new poll shows that more than half of Utah women believe that they have a lower status than men. And a legislative audit finds Utah oil and gas regulators aren’t regulating all that much.  

Alex LaBaron | Associated Press

Nine women and children with Utah ties are killed in Mexico. Salt Lake City Councilwoman Erin Mendenhall is elected the next mayor of Utah's capital city. And The Salt Lake Tribune becomes a nonprofit organization. 

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A massive tax reform proposal by state lawmakers draws fire from teachers and poverty advocates. State and local leaders say they’ll consider keeping the downtown homeless shelter open through the winter to address a long-predicted shortfall in beds. And poll monitors in San Juan County report irregularities in the early voting process, including potential electioneering.

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With less than a month to Election Day, the race for Salt Lake City mayor intensifies with debates, endorsements and deeper dives into the issues. Rep. Ben McAdams throws his support behind the Trump impeachment inquiry. And Sen. Mitt Romney and the president clash in a war of words that has included “appalling” and “pompous ass.”

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