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News Brief: Worker Deaths & Campaign Finance

Photo of Downtown Salt Lake City.
Brian Albers / KUER

Friday morning, January 3, 2020

State

Worker Deaths Increase In 2018

The number of Utah workers who died on the job climbed last year with 49 recorded workplace deaths, according to the Utah Labor Commission. That’s up from 43 deaths in 2017, but the state’s fatal injury rate is below the national level. Nearly half of those deaths were transportation-related, and most came from mining and manufacturing jobs. The number of workplace deaths in Utah has fallen in recent years, as 2007 saw the most deaths in recent history with 78. — Jon Reed

Region

Campaign Finances For Childcare

Colorado and Utah are two of just six states nationwide that have laws allowing political campaign funds to be used for childcare expenses. But that may be changing. While 

Some states remain silent on the issue others operate on precedent -- meaning candidates can petition election authorities for permission on a case by case basis. But with more women running for office, several states have pending legislation. There is also a bill pending at the federal level. — Ali Budner, Mountain West News Bureau

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