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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.

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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.  

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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.


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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. 

Deseret News

Utah sees a big spike in coronavirus cases, with a whopping 911 new cases on Thursday. How children transmit the virus and what we know about Utah's school outbreaks. What polling says about the 4th District congressional race. And Sen. Mike Lee tries to downplay the role of climate change in this year's devastating wildfires. 

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A powerful windstorm causes widespread damage and one death in northern Utah. Salt Lake City police shoot a 13-year-old autistic boy. Neighboring states criticize Utah's proposed Lake Powell Pipeline. And the latest on the development of a coronavirus vaccine. 

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Salt Lake City will move to the "yellow" coronavirus restriction level. K-12 and higher-ed schools are forced to adapt after outbreaks. And with a September 30 deadline looming, a Utah-supported municipal nuclear power project comes under heightened scrutiny.  

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NBA teams strike to protest racial injustice in America. A Utah candidate takes to the stage during the Republican National Convention. And the boom in medical cannabis in Utah County.

Salt Lake Tribune

Lawmakers meet for a special session of the legislature to address ongoing coronavirus relief, tweaks to voting, and more. Gov. Gary Herbert declares a new state of emergency in response to the pandemic. And elected officials and business owners consider plans to address homeless encampments in Salt Lake City. 

Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake City suspends use of police dogs after a Black man was bit while complying with officers demands. An export terminal in Oakland California intended for shipping Utah coal is bankrupt, and waiting to see if Utah lawmakers will provide a $20 million bailout. And Salt Lake Tribune interim editor David Noyce discusses the future of the paper after the departure of editor Jennifer Napier-Pearce. 

NY Daily News

Tribune reporters Jessica Miller and Courtney Tanner, and news columnist Robery Gehrke join KCPW's Roger McDonough to talk about the week's top stories, including the findings of a report looking at how intimate evidence photos of Lauren McCluskey were handled.

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Utah officials react to President Trump's tweet calling mail-in voting fraudulent and suggesting a delay to the November election. The Utah Education Association calls on Gov. Herbert to keep schools closed this fall. And the latest science on how coronavirus is spread

Salt Lake Tribune

Utah County residents protest a mask requirement for students. After a rule change, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says Salt Lake City schools will be permitted to have in-person classes. And what's known and unknown about the long-term effects of COVID-19.

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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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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.

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. 

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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. 

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