Behind the Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune


The big boost a small, unproven Salt Lake City company got from the pandemic, and why the Securities and Exchange Commission began inquiries. The Utah Inland Port Board approves a truck-to-train transloading facility for Salt Lake City's northwest quadrant. And some Utah officials appear to be skirting transparency laws by using their private cell phones to conduct government business. 

Utah's Canyon Country


Utah's members of Congress ask to meet with President Biden before he takes action on national monuments. Senate hopeful Becky Edwards charts a moderate path, and slams Mike Lee as too 'strident.' And the high cost of housing is pushing many renters in Utah to a financial breaking point. 

KUTV

A freshman Republican congressman answers a barrage of questions from constituents about his vote for a commission to investigate the U.S. Capitol attack. The Utah Jazz advance to the next round of the NBA playoffs - a team effort - but with star performances by shooting guard Donovan Mitchell. And a Tribune columnist offers her take on the importance of Pride celebrations.

Drought, Police Reform, And More On Behind The Headlines

May 28, 2021
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Drought strains Utah's water supplies and the dry conditions mean a severe (and expensive) fire season may be coming. Conservationists object to proposed exploratory drilling near the edge of Dinosaur National Monument. And a year after George Floyd’s death, how much has changed in Utah police practices?

KUER


This week in Utah news:

Utah lawmakers meet in a special session to allocate federal coronavirus relief funds - but guns, masks and critical race theory end up on the agenda as well. Plus, with the best record in basketball the Utah Jazz head to the NBA playoffs. How far can the team go?

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 Utah Gov. Spencer Cox says he's exploring the idea of paying residents to get vaccinated. Meanwhile, Cox is cancelling COVID-related unemployment payments in the state. And the various ways Utah restaurants and bars are responding to the lifting of public health orders. 

Salt Lake Tribune


This week in Utah news:

First Lady Jill Biden makes a (very) quick visit to Utah. Senator Mitt Romney gets booed by delegates at the state GOP convention. And the LDS Church asks a court to toss out James Huntsman’s lawsuit seeking a tithing refund.  

KUTV


This week in Utah news:

The Bureau of Land Management offers a $10,000 reward after a prehistoric petroglyph panel was defaced with the words ‘White Power.’ Utah’s new homeless services coordinator says that rather than building a new shelter, existing facilities need to transition people out of homelessness more quickly. And the challenge to protecting threatened cultural relics inside the Bears Ears National Monument.

 

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  This week in Utah news:

State epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn announces that she is leaving the Utah Department of Health. A draft audit recommends changes to some practices of Salt Lake City Police. And the Utah Supreme Court considers a question central to the future of the Utah Inland Port: who controls the land - and the tax revenue it generates?

 

Salt Lake Tribune


This week in Utah news:

A new 'homelessness czar' is appointed to oversee Utah's response to the growing number of unsheltered people in the state. Local refugee resettlement groups express frustration that President Biden has yet to expand the numbers of refugees the U.S. is willing to accept. And after three years in sanctuary in a Salt Lake City church, Vicky Chavez and her two daughters can now leave without fear of deportation.

 

Salt Lake Tribune


This week in Utah news:

The end of the statewide mask mandate is nigh! But Salt Lake City says not so fast. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland visits Utah as part of a review of National Monuments. And Weber County commissioners declare their county a ‘Second Amendment sanctuary.’

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This week in Utah news:

How state leaders tried to help a Draper pharmacist import hydroxychloroquine, even as experts warned the drug wasn't useful in treating COVID-19, and could actually be dangerous. Multiple women accuse the communications head for the Salt Lake County Republican Party of harassment, leading to the resignation of the chair of the county’s GOP. And a power grab in Utah County, as commissioners there wrest control of the $100 million budget away from the independently elected county clerk. 

KUTV


A member of a prominent Utah family accuses the LDS Church of fraud and sues to try to recoup millions of dollars in tithing. The increased oversight coming for Utah's 'troubled teen' industry. And the bills signed, left unsigned and vetoed by Utah Gov. Spencer Cox - including measures on pornography, social media, bail reform, and the Utah Inland Port. 

KUTV


Analysis shows that millions of dollars of COVID relief was paid to TestUtah for coronavirus testing. Petitioners ask Gov. Spencer Cox to veto a bill creating a bank of funds for projects of the Utah Inland Port. And with vaccine appointments opening up to Utahns 16 and older next week, what do kids, pregnant women, and those who have already been infected need to know? 

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Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes joins a multistate lawsuit challenging an executive order on climate change by President Biden. A year into a global pandemic, a sports reporter turned COVID columnist reflects on lessons learned. And religion reporter Peggy Fletcher Stack recalls her brush with forger and bomber Mark Hoffman. 

A bill that would bar transgender girls from K-12 girls sports stalls in a Utah Senate committee. A measure to allow a name change for Dixie State University appears to have life again. A House committee advances a proposal to block cities and counties from creating gun regulations. And Deb Haaland is poised to become the first Native American to head a Cabinet department.

At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Brian Maffly and Taylor Stevens, along with news columnist Robert Gehrke, join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about the week’s top stories.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox suggests he won’t sign a bill that would bar transgender girls from competing in female K-12 sports. A new study shows that Utahns who seek payday loans pay 652% annual interest — the second highest rate in the nation. Sen.


Sen. Mitt Romney's close call during the Jan. 6th Capitol violence gets a spotlight during this week's impeachment proceedings. With the backing of Paris Hilton, Utah lawmakers seek to reform the state's 'troubled teen' industry. And Wall Street looks to commodify water in the West. 

More than 7,000 people sign a petition seeking to remove a Utah school board member over her comments about LGBTQ students and Black Lives Matter. A new bill at the legislature seeks to prevent transgender girls from participating in female sports in Utah schools. Utah says it will begin vaccinating those 65 years of age and older beginning March 1st.  And a comment during a legislative committee meeting triggers 'alarm bells' for opponents of the Utah Inland Port.

A Utah lawmaker pursues impeaching Attorney General Sean Reyes.

Sandy Democratic Rep. Andrew Stoddard said his filing was over Reyes's efforts challenging the outcome of the 2020 presidential election and in response to his ties to the Republican Attorneys General Association and their "involvement in the domestic terror attack on our Nation’s Capitol." 

Lawmakers meeting to override Gov. Herbert's veto.
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The 2021 Utah legislative session kicks off under unusual circumstances. Among the many items up for consideration are several police reform measures and an effort to put pressure on schools to resume in-person classes. Plus, a new president means a significant change in public lands policy, and a likely reversal of strategy for two Utah national monuments. And Camp Last Hope, a new kind of homeless encampment, takes shape in Salt Lake City.

University of Utah Health


Utah’s all-GOP House delegation calls president Donald Trump's second impeachment a mistake that will divide the nation. Huge demand for vaccines causes the Salt Lake County Health Department's scheduling website to crash. And the CEO of a Utah pharmacy is charged with importing a controversial COVID-19 medication in falsely labeled shipments from an unapproved drug provider in China.

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The storming of the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob calls into question the stability of America's democracy. Two members of Utah's congressional delegation vote to object to the will of the American people as expressed through the presidential election, even as Sen. Mitt Romney remains steadfast in his defense of democratic norms. And Utah welcomes a new governor.  

Salt Lake Tribune

Utah records its highest single-day increase in COVID-19 deaths. Frontline healthcare workers become the first residents to receive vaccine doses in the state. Lawmakers plan to give $1,500 bonus to Utah teachers, but may withhold the bonus from educators in the Salt Lake City School District. And federal land managers pull the plug on a Utah tar sands lease after the revelation that the applicant was a contractor with the Bureau of Land Management.

 

Salt Lake Tribune

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert gets an earful from Republican state lawmakers for his coronavirus measures. After getting COVID-19, some Utah children are hospitalized with a serious illness. A state lawmaker aims to create a criminal defense for drivers who hit and kill protesters during a riot. And an audit into the dealings of the former head of the Utah Department of Agriculture finds free spending and cronyism.


Deseret News


Utah logs its highest single-day increase in coronavirus cases, and hospitals are close to being overwhelmed. Republican Burgess Owens maintains his lead over incumbent Democratic Congressman Ben McAdams in Utah’s hotly contested 4th District. And with the arrival of cold weather, homeless service providers hit snags as they try to finalize plans for overflow shelter space for people experiencing homelessness this winter.

 

The New York Times

Election Day may have come and gone, but the results of some races, like the 4th Congressional District contest, remain too close to call. Two Utah Republicans push back against President Trump's false, post-election claims - while urging everyone to take a deep breath and calm down. And with Utah coronavirus numbers again shattering records, officials warn that the worst is yet to come. 

Salt Lake Tribune

While coronavirus cases surge in Utah, Gov. Gary Herbert warns that hospitals are starting to fill up. Facing pressure from constituents, lawmakers debate reigning in the governor's emergency powers. And candidates for Attorney General and Utah's 2nd District seat clash during debates.

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With coronavirus cases still surging, Utah adopts a new pandemic strategy. Elections officials urge residents to vote by mail and return their ballots early. And Sen. Mitt Romney calls American politics a "vile, vituperative, hate-filled morass." 

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This week's other debate between the two candidates vying to become Utah's next governor. The audit that says Utah did ‘not adequately anticipate or prepare’ for the onset of the pandemic. And the benefits for the unemployed that are about to expire — while the state pushes to get people back to work. 

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