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News Brief: Earthquake, Winter Weather & Romney's Approval Rating

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Friday morning, Jan. 17, 2020

Northern Utah

SLC Emergency Shelter

As soon as next week, a vacant building in Salt Lake City will be used as emergency shelter space for homeless Utahns. The move comes just 11 days after into Erin Mendenhall’s term as mayor. Read the full story. — Nicole Nixon

Winter Weather Advisory

A winter weather advisory is in effect for much of northern Utah until 11 a.m. Friday. Commutes will be hazardous with periods of low visibility and slippery roads. UDOT has issued restrictions for Parley's and Cottonwood Canyons. Vehicles must have chains or four-wheel drive. — Roddy Nikpour

Southern Utah

Minersville Earthquake

Officials say a light, 4.0 magnitude earthquake rumbled beneath southwest Utah's Mineral Mountains Thursday evening. The University of Utah Seismograph Stations said no damage was expected, as the area is largely rural. Some residents in nearby communities felt the shock. Since 1962, there have been 17 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or higher in the 16 miles surrounding the earthquake's epicenter. — Roddy Nikpour


Romney Dips In Poll

President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial starts next week, and Utah Sen. Mitt Romney’s approval ratings saw a significant dip. The polling firm Morning Consult conducted the survey. It showed Romney’s approval rating among Utah voters dropped four points between October and January. The data show Romney’s approval fell among Republicans, but he saw an uptick in ratings from Democrats. The GOP Senator has said he will remain objective throughout Trump’s impeachment trial. But he has said he’d like to hear from additional witnesses. — Nicole Nixon


Controversy Over Teton Goat Removal

Teton National Park’s invasive mountain goat problem just got more complicated. That’s because the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission has condemned the park’s plans to use aerial gunners to eradicate the invasive species. Instead, they are recommending skilled, volunteer hunters. The Park Service says it needs to act rapidly and aerial gunners are the better choice. — Maggie Mullen, Mountain West News Bureau

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