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PM News Brief: Vaccination Landmark, Kane County Poop & MLB All-Star Game Move

A photo taken in Kane County.
Lexi Peery
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KUER
Kane County saw an influx of tourists last year because of the pandemic. That brought along challenges with crowding, graffiti and poop. This story and more in Wednesday evening's news brief.

Wednesday evening, April 7, 2021

State

Utah Celebrates “Vaccination Landmark”

Utah health officials celebrated a “vaccination landmark” Wednesday. More than 1 million residents have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine. That accounts for 44% of the state’s eligible population. However, officials also announced 612 new cases of COVID-19. That’s the most in a single day since mid-March. Hospitalizations and the state’s positivity rate are also slightly up compared to a week ago. — Ross Terrell

Southern Utah

Kane County Dealing With Poop Problem

Kane County saw an influx of tourists last year because of the pandemic. That brought along challenges with crowding, graffiti and poop. County officials said there’s been a problem with people not being aware of proper etiquette. Some places off the side of roads are like “a feces field.” So, in preparation for another busy year, the county is working to educate travelers on how to relieve themselves responsibly. — Lexi Peery, St. George

Region/Nation

MLB’s All-Star Game Move To Colorado Shines Light On State’s Voting Laws

Major League Baseball decided this week to move its All-Star game to Colorado from Georgia. That has unleashed a wave of misinformation about Colorado voting laws from conservative figures who are falsely equating voting rights in the two states. MLB’s move came in response to Georgia’s restrictive new voting measures. Voting experts say Colorado’s laws make it one of the easiest states to cast a ballot. — Robyn Vincent, Mountain West News Bureau