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PM News Brief: Labor Day Weekend Traffic, Redistricting Software & College Football Kickoff

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Brigham Young University gets their football season started Saturday night against the University of Arizona. This story and more in Friday evening's news brief.

Friday evening, Sept. 3, 2021

State

Naloxone Shortage Puts Utah Organizations In Challenging Spot

Naloxone is a drug that helps reverse opioid overdoses. Earlier this year, one of its manufacturers, Pfizer, announced its single and multi dose supplies were depleted. As a result, Dr. Jennifer Plumb, with Utah Naloxone — an organization working to reduce overdose deaths, has had to scale back the number of kits she gives out. Plumb said that’s led to them having to prioritize who gets kits, which is really challenging. Other organizations say the lack of the drug could increase overdose deaths. Read the full story.Ivana Martinez 

UDOT Says Plan Ahead For Labor Day Weekend Traffic

If you’re planning to travel this Labor Day weekend, expect traffic delays along the Wasatch Front. Utah’s Department of Transportation says people should add 20 minutes to their trip Friday until 8 p.m. That’s if you’re traveling northbound on I-15 through Davis County. A number of smaller delays can be expected Monday afternoon into the evening in both directions on I-15. Those might pop up again in Davis County and near Nephi. U-DOT said state and national parks experience heavier traffic than normal during holiday weekends and drivers should plan ahead. — Ross Terrell

Redistricting Software Available For Utahns To Draw Their Own Maps 

The software for Utahns to draw and submit redistricting maps is now available. It allows Utah residents to submit their own maps of state House and Senate, Congressional and school board districts. The committee plans to consider submissions from residents during its process of redrawing political lines. The redistricting process happens every 10 years with the release of new Census data. The next legislative committee public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Grantsville. The independent commission that submits its own recommendations, will hold a public meeting Friday from 6 p.m to 10 p.m. in Monticello. — Ross Terrell

Utah’s College Football Season Gets Underway 

The college football season is underway. After a year with limited fans and shortened schedules, stadiums are reopening this year to full capacity crowds. Brigham Young University gets their season started Saturday night against the University of Arizona. That game will be played in Las Vegas. Utah State’s first game kicks off Saturday at 9 p.m. They’re set to take on Washington State in Pullman, WA. Dixie State University will get its season underway in St. George against Sacramento state. The University of Utah won Thursday night against Weber State. Southern Utah has dropped its first two games of the season. — Ross Terrell

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