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News Brief: Food Stamps, Air Quality & Romney's Take On Ukraine

Photo of smog over Salt Lake City.
Brian Albers
(KUER File photo) Central Utah has had poor air quality the past few days, but rain and snow are in the forecast for Thursday.

Wednesday evening, December 4, 2019


Work And Food Stamps

Nearly 700,000 people nationwide could lose food stamps under new federal rules that tighten work requirements, and in Utah, it could hit the poorest county the hardest. The Trump administration announced on Wednesday the change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which administers the food stamp program. In Utah, over 170,000 people rely on the aid. Around 400 could potentially lose their benefits, all of whom are in San Juan County. — Jon Reed

Poor Air Quality

Central Utah has been experiencing hazy conditions and poor air quality the last few days. Sensitive groups like those with asthma and heart disease are advised to reduce activity outside, and mandatory action is in place, including recommendations to carpool and a ban on solid fuel burning. Rain and snow is forecast to move into the area Thursday. — Caroline Ballard


Romney On Ukraine Question

Republican Utah Senator Mitt Romney said Tuesday that Ukraine did not interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, breaking with several of his Republican colleagues who are pushing that debunked theory. — Sonja Hutson

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