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All of the stories surrounding the allegations surrounding Utah Attorney General John Swallow.

News Brief: Bishop Joins A Ticket, St. George Growth Slows & Arent Announces Retirement

Photo of Patrice Arent in the Utah State Capitol building.
Cory Dinter
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KUER
Long-serving Democratic lawmaker Patrice Arent announced Thursday that she would retire at the end of her term.

Thursday evening, Jan. 16, 2020

STATE

Rep. Rob Bishop Joins Thomas Wright’s Gubernatorial Ticket

Former Utah GOP chair and candidate for Governor Thomas Wright has tapped Utah Congressman Rob Bishop as his running mate. Read the full story. — Sonja Hutson

SOUTHERN UTAH

St. George Slow Down

The St. George metropolitan area has ranked among the fastest-growing regions in the country for decades. But now there are signs of a slowdown. Read the full story. — David Fuchs, St. George

NORTHERN UTAH

State Rep. Patrice Arent To Retire

Democratic Rep. Patrice Arent announced Thursday that she will not be seeking reelection. After nearly 20 years in office as both a Utah representative and senator, Arent says she is stepping down to work more closely with community organizations. Though she was public about a cancer diagnosis last year, Arent emphasized that she is not stepping down for health reasons. Arent is founder and co-chair of the Legislature’s Clean Air Caucus and co-chair of the House Ethics Committee. — Jessica Lowell

SLC Food Equity Program

Salt Lake City’s new program on food equity is calling for applicants to join its advisors. The Resident Food Equity Advisors program would look for ways to improve access to healthy foods in the city, particularly for vulnerable and marginalized communities. The program hopes to hear from low-income individuals and those at-risk for food insecurity. Sustainability Program Manager Supreet Gill says they want to hear stories not just of hardship, but also tradition, culture and experience. — Caroline Ballard

REGION

Living Buildings

Building materials like concrete come with a high environmental cost: They can’t be recycled and they have a lot of carbon emissions. But researchers from the University of Colorado and Montana State University found that microscopic organisms eat up carbon dioxide, and create structures strong enough for people to stand on. It can also repair itself under the right conditions. It could be years or even decades before we see these bacteria buildings materialize though. — Madelyn Beck, Mountain West News Bureau

NATION

Utah Activists Rally For “Fair” Impeachment Trial

On Thursday, activists gathered in front of Sen. Mitt Romney’s Salt Lake office to advocate for a “full and fair” impeachment trial. Romney has said he’s open to hearing from additional witnesses like former national security advisor John Bolton. Senators were sworn in today for the trial, which is set to begin on Tuesday. — Jessica Lowell

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