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PM News Brief: Salt Lake Police Shooting, BYU Football Returns & Bears Ears National Monument

Photo of Bears Ears Buttes.
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Every summer, Bears Ears’ supporters gather at the iconic buttes to celebrate the importance of the area to Native people. This year, the event moved online due to COVID-19.


Utah COVID Update

Utah health officials announced 373 new cases of COVID-19 Monday. Officials have warned people to stay vigilant during the Labor Day holiday and continue to social distance and wear masks, after the state saw a spike in cases following Memorial Day weekend. One more person has died due to COVID — a Salt Lake County resident who was hospitalized at the time of his death. So far, nearly 692,000 people have been tested for the virus. And about 84% of Utahns have recovered from the disease. — Ross Terrell

Northern Utah

BYU Football Returns On Labor Day

College football is back for Utah as Brigham Young University kicks off its season this evening against Navy in Maryland. BYU is one of the few major colleges in Utah to be playing a football season. The University of Utah, Weber State, Southern Utah and Utah State and have all had their seasons postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. BYU’s game versus Navy starts at 6 p.m. on ESPN. — Ross Terrell

Salt Lake City Police Shoot Autistic Boy

An investigation in the shooting of a 13-year-old autistic boy by Salt Lake City police is underway. Authorities from SLCPD said they were called to a home in Glendale Friday night, with a report of a boy who had threatened people with a weapon. The boy allegedly ran and was shot by an officer. The boy's mother, Golda Barton, told KUTV that she had called police because her son was having a breakdown and needed a crisis intervention team. He’s recovering in a hospital from injuries sustained in the incident. — Associated Press

Southern Utah

Native Groups Celebrate Bears Ears Monument

Every summer, Bears Ears’ supporters gather at the iconic buttes to celebrate the importance of the area to Native people. This year, the event moved online due to COVID-19. Navajo tribal member Tara Benally spoke on a panel hosted by Utah Diné Bikeyah Sunday. She said that Bears Ears should be a place where Native youth can heal. “If my son can sit there and rest, that means I did something right, that means we did something right coming together,” Benally said. President Donald Trump cut the boundaries of the monument by more than a million acres in 2017. — Kate Groetzinger, Bluff

Judge Orders Census Operations To Continue

A federal judge has sided with the Navajo Nation, issuing a temporary restraining order against the U.S. Census Bureau. The order prohibits the Bureau from winding down census operations until a court decides whether to issue an injunction against them next week. The Navajo Nation sued the Census Bureau for moving the deadline for the 2020 population count up to the end of September, after saying it would run through the end of October. Only around half the households on the Navajo Nation have completed the questionnaire so far. — Kate Groetzinger, Bluff


Two Neighboring Counties Have Different COVID-19 Outcomes

Two neighboring counties in Idaho have very different hospitalization rates due to COVID-19. Those two counties also have different policies for containing the virus — the hospitalization rate in Canyon County, where there is no mask mandate, is more than twice that in Ada County, where masks have been required since mid July. — Amanda Peacher, Mountain West News Bureau

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