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It is estimated  around 416,000 American soldiers lost their lives fighting in World War II. Around 2,000 of these soldiers were Utahn’s. Milne’s Stories Behind The Stars project is recovering these lost stories.

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The artistic team for Salt Lake City’s Pioneer Theater Company has been using their costuming talents to make masks. Throughout the pandemic, they have donated masks to various places and are now selling them to keep staff employed.

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Over nearly four decades, the Cache Valley Cruise-In has grown to be one of the largest car shows in the state. This year, almost all of the event has been canceled because of coronavirus, except for the parade down Logan’s Main Street.

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All across the nation prisons and jails have become high risks for coronavirus outbreaks.  The lack of space makes it harder to create social distancing between inmates. Despite this, Utah’s prisons have been able to keep their numbers low. 

Finding Love From A Safe, Social Distance

Jun 29, 2020
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Since March, multiple dating apps have reported significant increases in use. Cooper Boice is the owner of the dating app Mutual, which is targeted to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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With COVID-19 cases in Utah growing by nearly 10% each day, Gov. Herbert announced Wednesday that mask-wearing will be mandatory at all state facilities, including higher education facilities and liquor stores. He said although he believes masks help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, he has is not planning on issuing a statewide mandate 

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Tuesday night, Utah’s Republican Gubernatorial candidates, John Huntsman, Spencer Cox,  Greg Hughes, and Thomas Wright got into a feisty discussion about the state’s financial stability.

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Reduced hours at work and job loss due to the pandemic mean food insecurity has increased throughout Utah. When it comes to making a donation to the Utah Food Bank, CEO Ginette Bott saids a dollar goes a lot further than you may expect. 

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A Cache Valley choir that sings for people who are dying can’t provide in-person music because of social distancing, but said the worldwide organization they are a part of has made four downloadable songs available online.

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June is a time when the LGBTQ+ community comes together to celebrate Pride Month. But the Salt Lake City Pride festival was postponed to September because of the coronavirus. The Utah Pride Center has already moved most support groups online and that may be where this year's festival is held as well.

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As dining restrictions in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic closed restaurants across the county, many customers turned to online delivery platforms, such as grubhub, or doordash in order to continue eating from their favorites spots. As take-out became the new norm and safety precautions increased and restaurants were forced to adapt.

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Many missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been sent home early or relocated due to the coronavirus. With 2020 being a census year, these missionaries and their families may have confusion about where their location should be reported as.

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The coronavirus has already taken the lives of nearly 90,000 Americans and is projected to take more. Utah State University scientists are researching new drugs to treat the novel coronavirus. 

Plastic Bag Reduction Efforts Ease During Pandemic

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As efforts are made to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, many individuals have stopped bringing reusable bags to the store and some businesses are discouraging the use of these bags as well

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Being stuck at home all day has led many people to feel they should get more done-- get their side hustle going, learn to play the piano, get in shape. Social media may fuel or heighten this pressure as people see others post their goals online as part of a trend that is sometimes called "quarantine glow-up."

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 In March, Census field operations were delayed to protect workers. This week, field operations have resumed in some parts of the country, including Salt Lake City and Orem. 

On Tuesday, Governor Gary Herbert announced Utah restaurants, bars, and other food service establishments would need to close their dine-in options by Wednesday evening. Local restaurants are concerned this will have detrimental effects on both their employees and their overall business.

Respond To 2020 Census By Mail, Online

Mar 16, 2020
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Thursday was the first day of the 2020 census. For the first time ever you can complete the 2020 census online. The census bureau hopes this will make it easier to complete and will increase accuracy. You can also complete the census over phone or mail.

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Plastic bags. We use them all the time. We pack our groceries in them and receive our local Chinese take-out in them. Plastic bags are everywhere. According to the Wall Street Journal, 100 billion plastic bags are used in the United States each year.