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On a Saturday afternoon last year, two parents in Northern Utah were worried about their teenage son. He had a history of depression, and had been spending more time in his room than normal. He also hadn’t been washing his hair or eating well. 

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Demonstrations for police reform continued Saturday night in Salt Lake City, as more than 100 people gathered at the Capitol waving banners displaying “Black LIves Matter” and “White Silence = Violence.”

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In his decade in office, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill estimates he has reviewed nearly 100 uses of deadly force by police officers. In his most recent review, he cleared the officers who shot and killed Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal on May 23. Gill has ruled only a few of the killings unjustified though.

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Friday evening, July 17, 2020

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President Donald Trump rolled back much of the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, Thursday, saying it will expedite job-creating projects

The first time Mark Ritchie and Leah Hardy laid eyes on their new camper, it was after they'd bought it.

"It was like, 'Oh my God, it's tiny.' Which was great," Ritchie said recently while standing outside their home in Laramie, Wyo. "It made me feel actually more confident dragging it around. Because when I see people with giant trailers, I go, 'Thank God that's not me.'"

San Juan County school board meeting.
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School will likely look very different in the northern and southern regions of San Juan County this fall, given a stark split in parental preferences. 

The San Juan School District surveyed parents to come up with a reopening plan, which was approved by the school board on Thursday. Around 60% of parents in the southern region of the county said they prefer online learning, while over 70% in the north said they want school to resume in-person. 

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Thursday evening, July 16, 2020

Following Utah’s June 30 primary, Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams, the incumbent for the state’s 4th Congressional District, has more than 28 times the cash in his campaign coffers compared to his Republican challenger, former NFL Player Burgess Owens. 

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Utah County Commission Meeting Screenshot

Thursday morning, July 16, 2020

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It’s been known for months that the coronavirus is disproportionately impacting people of color. In Utah, the Latinx population is by far the hardest hit. They make up nearly 41% of the state’s cases, yet only 14% of the population. 

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Wednesday evening, July 15, 2020

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Lee Hale / KUER

Utah leaders for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently sent a letter to members urging them to wear masks in public and be “good citizens” to “help promote the health and general welfare of all.”

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Utah’s Democratic candidate for governor Chris Peterson added his voice to a growing number of Democrats in the state calling for a statewide mask mandate to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Wednesday morning, July 15, 2020

Imagine if your state health department put out a press release specifically naming your family, and listing the number of your family members with COVID-19. 

That, says Ken Lucero, is exactly how it felt in April when New Mexico announced a coronavirus hotspot in his community, the Pueblo of Zia. 

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Utah state Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, plans to sponsor a bill that would prohibit organizations, like political campaigns, from turning in voters’ ballots for them. 

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Tuesday evening, July 14, 2020

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Utah renters would need to make almost $20 an hour to afford a typical two-bedroom apartment or home. But the average renter in the state makes about $5 less than that.

Updated at 7:50 p.m. ET

President Trump spoke in the White House Rose Garden on a broad range of topics on Tuesday, pitching himself as the stronger competitor over rival Joe Biden to manage the deadly coronavirus pandemic and steer the U.S. economy to prosperity.

His remarks come amid mounting concerns raised by public health officials about his administration's aggressive pitch to return the United States to normalcy, including pushing guidance for schools to reopen for in-person classes this fall.

Salt Lake City police officers in riot gear lined up opposite protesters on Thursday evening.
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Tuesday morning, July 14, 2020

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The Midvale City Council recently stalled on a decision to pull out of the Unified Police Department. And on July 1, Taylorsville voted to leave UPD to form its own, more community-based law enforcement agency.

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Monday evening, July 13, 2020

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Dalene Redhorse lost her dad and her grandfather over the weekend. Both lived at the Four Corners Regional Care Center in Blanding and tested positive for COVID-19 last week. 

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Monday morning, July 13, 2020

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Over 40% of COVID-19 cases in Utah are Latinos but they only make up about 14% of Utah’s population. Often a lack of access to health care services leaves these populations vulnerable. 

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Caroline Ballard / KUER

In the two months leading up to the June Republican primary election, more than 73,000 Utahns registered with the Utah GOP. 

Some Democrats and left-leaning unaffiliated voters temporarily switched their affiliations to participate, since only registered Republicans could vote in the primary. 

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Friday evening, July 10, 2020

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Homeownership among Black Americans is at its lowest level since 1968. That’s according to a new study out of Brigham Young University and published in the journal Race and Social Problems. As of last year, just 41% of Black Americans owned homes, compared to nearly 75% of white Americans. KUER’s Caroline Ballard spoke with the study’s author, assistant professor of sociology at BYU, Jacob Rugh, about the implications of those numbers. 

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Utah’s medical community is calling on state officials to mandate wearing face masks in public. In a press conference Friday, representatives from the state’s largest health care systems said they’re concerned about recent spikes in coronavirus case numbers, and worry the state’s hospitals could soon be overrun.