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News Brief: Student Medicaid, Inland Port & Sock Puppets

A woman with short, dark hair wearing a royal jacket appears in court.
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Salt Lake Tribune
Kaden Fralick, 21, is one of 10 defendants facing both felony and misdemeanor charges for protesting the Inland Port development in July. She appeared in court Tuesday represented by attorney Lawrence Sleight.

Tuesday evening, November 26, 2019


Inland Court Appearance

Ten protestors who were arrested at an inland port demonstration this summer made their first appearance in court this morning. In July, activists gathered in Salt Lake City to oppose the creation of the port, citing environmental concerns. They’re now facing charges of rioting and criminal trespass, and are scheduled to reappear in early February. — Cami Mondeaux

Museum And Mayor’s Office Fight Over Funds

The Leonardo Museum and Salt Lake City’s Office of the Mayor are duking it out over who is responsible for repairs and maintenance of the museum property amid growing bills. A letter sent by Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s office in October issued a notice of default to the Leonardo on its loans from the city. The letter, which FOX13 first obtained, points to years of unpaid bills for utilities and maintenance totaling more than $398,000, and says collection must resume immediately. A statement from the The Leonardo today calls the letter “disappointing and disingenuous,” and accuses the mayor’s office of leaking it in a bid for good publicity. Museum officials say The Leonardo has proposed a payment plan for repairs and maintenance. — Caroline Ballard

Rhyming For The Record

Joshua Palmer, a 24-year-old music student at BYU, recently rapped for 30 consecutive hours in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest “rap marathon.” The Cedar City native said he’s still waiting on official results from the world record-keeping organization but hopes the accolade will help set him apart as he endeavors to enter the music industry. The previous record of nearly 26 hours was set in 2017. Read the full storyDavid Fuchs

Mayor-elect Holds Office Hours

Mayor-elect Erin Mendenhall will be holding “office hours” with the public over the next several weeks at libraries, beginning at the Marmalade Branch Library on Tuesday. In a press release, Mendenhall says she wants to hear from voices across the city, and that this is an effort to make the transition between mayors inclusive. Office hours will take place at different library branches through mid-December. — Caroline Ballard


Elderly Woman Defrauded Nearly Half A Million Dollars

A Logan, Utah resident has been charged with defrauding a vulnerable older adult of nearly half a million dollars. Thomas Fairbanks is accused of devising schemes to defraud investors through his business SupplyLine Partners. Fairbanks is also accused of gaining the trust of an elderly woman, opening a joint personal check & savings account with her, and then diverting $462,000 from that account. He will make his initial appearance in federal court on Dec.ember 5th. — Caroline Ballard


BYU Idaho Reverses Course On Medicaid

After nearly two weeks of protest, Brigham Young University-Idaho is reversing its decision that would have barred students from enrolling if Medicaid was their only form of health insurance. The university announced the move Monday night, saying the well-being of students and families is important to them and that they “apologize for the turmoil caused by our earlier decision.” Read the full storyJames Dawson, Boise, Idaho

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