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AM News Brief: An arrest in football player’s death, rural housing prices are rising & SLC council member resigns

Photo of utah housing. / Jason Finn
A new analysis from Headwaters Economics parses real estate prices and census data to paint a picture of soaring housing costs across the West. This story and more in the Monday morning news brief.

Monday morning, Oct. 4, 2021


High School Athletes Weigh New NCAA Rules

The NCAA changed its policies this summer to allow college athletes to profit off of their name, image, and likeness. Some high school athletes are factoring it into their decision of where to go to college. Max Alford received offers from Yale, Rice University and the Air Force Academy to play football, but he decided to commit to Utah State University. Alford said some of his mentors advised him to stay in Utah for college because of the connections he already has in the state, making it easier to get NIL deals in the future. Read the full story. — Martha Harris

Northern Utah

Arrest In Shooting Death Of U Football Player

Salt Lake City Police arrested a suspect Sunday in the murder of University of Utah football player Aaron Lowe. Lowe was shot and killed at a house party off campus last week. Police charged 22-year-old Buk M. Buk with aggravated murder, attempted murder and felony discharge of a firearm. University of Utah President Taylor Randall thanked Salt Lake City Police for their “continued professionalism and sensitivity” in investigating Lowe’s death. – Emily Means

Salt Lake City Councilmember Resigns

Salt Lake City Council member James Rogers announced his resignation effective Monday. Rogers represented District One on the city’s west side for eight years. He said in a statement that he was vacating his seat three months early because he wants to focus his attention on his children. The city council will choose a replacement in November to serve the rest of Rogers’ term, which ends in January. — Emily Means

Church Leaders Thank The Vaccinated

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held its biannual General Conference this weekend with only several hundred people in-person due to the ongoing pandemic. This is the fourth consecutive conference the church has held virtually due to COVID-19. Church President Russell M. Nelson thanked members who have followed church guidance to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Church leaders also announced 13 new temples across the world, including one in Utah’s Heber Valley. — Associated Press


Rural Housing Prices On The Rise

A new analysis from Headwaters Economics parses real estate prices and census data to paint a picture of soaring housing costs across the West. The rising prices applied not just to rapidly growing markets like Boise and Denver. Rural areas in the West that were once considered affordable places to live are feeling the crunch now too. — Robyn Vincent, Mountain West News bureau

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