• Utah reports 562 new COVID-19 cases as rate of positive tests jumps sharply; BYU jumps to 560 infections

    Utah reports 562 new COVID-19 cases as rate of positive tests jumps sharply; BYU jumps to 560 infections
    Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing free access to critical stories about the coronavirus. Sign up for our Top Stories newsletter, sent to your inbox every weekday morning. To support journalism like this, please donate or become a subscriber.The rate of positive COVID-19 test results in Utah rose sharply Tuesday, reaching its highest level yet — which suggests many infected people are not being tested, state health officials have said. Meanwhile, Utah County numbers co
  • Chicago Bulls hire Billy Donovan as head coach to replace Jim Boylen

    Chicago Bulls hire Billy Donovan as head coach to replace Jim Boylen
    Chicago • The Chicago Bulls hired Billy Donovan as their coach Tuesday, landing one of the top candidates on the market to lead a rebuilding team with an overhauled front office.The 55-year-old Donovan spent the past five seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He replaces Jim Boylen, who was fired after the Bulls finished 22-43 and were one of the eight teams that didn’t qualify for the NBA’s restart at Walt Disney World.In a statement, Donovan thanked ownership and said he&rsq
  • ‘Unfathomable’: U.S. death toll from coronavirus hits 200,000

    ‘Unfathomable’: U.S. death toll from coronavirus hits 200,000
    The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, by far the highest in the world, hitting the once-unimaginable threshold six weeks before an election that is certain to be a referendum in part on President Donald Trump’s handling of the crisis.“It is completely unfathomable that we’ve reached this point,” said Jennifer Nuzzo, a Johns Hopkins University public health researcher, eight months after the scourge first reached the world’s richest nation,
  • Mormon Women for Ethical Government urges Romney, Senate to hold off on replacing Ginsburg

    Mormon Women for Ethical Government urges Romney, Senate to hold off on replacing Ginsburg
    Mormon Women for Ethical Government, a nonpartisan group with more than 7,000 members, urged the U.S. Senate to wait until after the election to select a replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.“We are disappointed by the rush to hold Supreme Court hearings in the midst of a highly contentious election,” the group said Tuesday on its Facebook page. “While we respect the constitutional right of the president to nominate and the Senate to confirm, there is no constit
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  • New University of Utah center aims to prevent relationship and sexual violence on college campuses

    New University of Utah center aims to prevent relationship and sexual violence on college campuses
    Leaders of a new center at the University of Utah hope their work will not only help people better understand relationship and sexual violence, but prevent it from happening in the future.“We can offer safeguards for victims all day long, but if we’re not addressing perpetrators and common perpetrator behaviors, we’re really not going to be able to eradicate these issues on our campus," Kwynn Gonzalez-Pons, an advisory board member for the Center for Violence Prevention, said T
  • Gov. Herbert moves Provo and Orem to 'orange’ restrictions, as Utah reports 650 new COVID-19 cases

    Gov. Herbert moves Provo and Orem to 'orange’ restrictions, as Utah reports 650 new COVID-19 cases
    Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing free access to critical stories about the coronavirus. Sign up for our Top Stories newsletter, sent to your inbox every weekday morning. To support journalism like this, please donate or become a subscriber.With a statewide spike in COVID-19 cases focused largely in Utah County, Gov. Gary Herbert is placing the county’s two largest cities, Provo and Orem, under tougher restrictions.Herbert ordered those cities to go back to an “
  • Feds want governors to make phone calls cheaper for inmates, including in 16 Utah jails

    Feds want governors to make phone calls cheaper for inmates, including in 16 Utah jails
    Federal regulators are asking governors — including Utah’s Gary Herbert — to put limits on how much jails can charge inmates and their families for phone calls.The Federal Communications Commission noted that they don’t have the power to regulate how much county jails charge for in-state phone calls. So they urged state leaders to lower the costs for people who are incarcerated.“We know that keeping inmates and their loved ones connected reduces recidivism and helps
  • New University of Utah center aims to prevent relationship, sexual violence on college campuses

    New University of Utah center aims to prevent relationship, sexual violence on college campuses
    Leaders of a new center at the University of Utah hope their work will not only help people better understand relationship and sexual violence, but prevent it from happening in the future.“We can offer safeguards for victims all day long, but if we’re not addressing perpetrators and common perpetrator behaviors, we’re really not going to be able to eradicate these issues on our campus," Kwynn Gonzalez-Pons, an advisory board member for the Center for Violence Prevention, said T
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  • Utah men convicted of cheating in bass fishing tournament

    Utah men convicted of cheating in bass fishing tournament
    A pair of Utah men have been convicted of felony charges stemming from attempts to cheat in a bass fishing tournament.Robert Dennett, 45, and Kamron Wootton, 35, pleaded guilty last month to felony bribery or threat to influence a contest and misdemeanor unlawful release of wildlife and unlawful captivity of protected wildlife, KTVX-TV reports.Conservation officers received a report of illegal activity in October 2018 through a tip line.Charging documents said Dennett and Wootton took several ba
  • Paul Krugman: Voting GOP means voting against health care

    Paul Krugman: Voting GOP means voting against health care
    If you or someone you care about are among the more than 50 million Americans suffering from preexisting medical conditions, you should be aware that the stakes in this year’s election go beyond abstract things like, say, the survival of American democracy. They’re also personal. If Donald Trump is reelected, you will lose the protection you’ve had since the Affordable Care Act went into effect almost seven years ago.The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has made this even m
  • Chris Stewart bill to create 988 suicide hotline heads to White House

    Chris Stewart bill to create 988 suicide hotline heads to White House
    The nation soon should have a new three-digit suicide prevention hotline — 988 — similar to dialing 911 for emergencies.On a voice vote, the U.S. House give final passage Monday to the Senate version of the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act. Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, pushed the identical House version of the bill. The legislation now goes to President Donald Trump for his consideration.“This easy-to-remember hotline will save lives,” Stewart said, after working f
  • ‘Utah Politics’ podcast: How the Supreme Court fight could change the 2020 election

    ‘Utah Politics’ podcast: How the Supreme Court fight could change the 2020 election
    On Tuesday, Sen. Mitt Romney ended any hope Democrats had that they would be able to stop President Donald Trump from appointing a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who died last week.S.V. Date, a senior White House correspondent for the Huffington Post says he’s not surprised Romney decided to join with other Republicans to say they’d vote on Trump’s nominee this year, even though four years ago, Republicans objected to a vote on President Barack Obama
  • Utah 7-Eleven clerk arrested for running over shoplifter with his car

    Utah 7-Eleven clerk arrested for running over shoplifter with his car
    A Salt Lake City convenience store clerk was arrested after he ran over an alleged shoplifter with his car.According to a probable cause statement, the 60-year-old 7-Eleven clerk attempted to stop the unidentified shoplifter, who fled the store on foot. The clerk got in his car and pursued the shoplifter in an attempt to “detain him for police.”However, the clerk “struck … the suspect/victim with his vehicle, driving over his legs.” The clerk then crashed his car i
  • Adam Silver says ‘best guess’ is new NBA season won’t start until 2021

    Adam Silver says ‘best guess’ is new NBA season won’t start until 2021
    NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in an interview with CNN on Tuesday afternoon that his “best guess” about the start of the 2020-21 NBA season is that it won’t actually begin until after the new year, but that his goal remains for the league to play as close to “a standard season” as is possible.When the league originally formed its restart plan following months of hiatus due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the original target timeline for the 2020-21 campaign
  • Next NBA season likely won’t start until 2021, goal is to play with fans, Adam Silver says

    Next NBA season likely won’t start until 2021, goal is to play with fans, Adam Silver says
    NBA commissioner Adam Silver announces that the 2023 NBA All-Star game will be held at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret NewsSALT LAKE CITY — As 26 of the NBA’s 30 teams have transitioned to offseason mode, the biggest question facing the league moving forward is when next season will start.
    On Tuesday, commissioner Adam Silver told broadcaster Bob Costas in an interview on CNN that, “I continue to believe that
  • Slumping RSL needs a win badly as Rio Tinto home stand comes to an end

    Slumping RSL needs a win badly as Rio Tinto home stand comes to an end
    Real Salt Lake is in the midst of a funk.Just a month ago, the team scored 10 goals in the span of three games and was putting out gutsy results despite conceding the first goal. But lately, the opposite has been true.RSL has lost two consecutive home games and scored only four goals in the previous four games, three of which have been losses. It sits 11th in the Western Conference standings with 14 points.And RSL’s struggles have mostly come at Rio Tinto Stadium, where the team usually pl
  • Brian D. King: Latter-day Saints should stand with immigrants

    Brian D. King: Latter-day Saints should stand with immigrants
    To Latter-day Saints, like myself, Christ is the ultimate example of compassion. Throughout his earthly ministry, he took pity on the poor, the meek and those who could not take care of themselves. He fed the hungry, and he clothed the naked. In his words: “For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in.”The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is no stranger to homelessness. Its members remember that early
  • With Provo moving back to Orange level, BYU home football opener will be played in an empty LaVell Edwards Stadium

    With Provo moving back to Orange level, BYU home football opener will be played in an empty LaVell Edwards Stadium
    Days away from BYU’s home opener against Troy on Saturday, the University’s plan to allow up to 6,000 fans in LaVell Edwards Stadium has been scrapped.On Tuesday, Gov. Gary Herbert announced Provo and Orem would move from low risk to moderate, or yellow to orange, due to the spike in coronavirus cases. The decision results in the upcoming Troy and LA Tech (Oct. 2) games to go forward with no fans in attendance.The change in restriction level will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Wedne
  • Slavery in Utah? LDS Church, others urge voters to wipe it from the state constitution

    Slavery in Utah? LDS Church, others urge voters to wipe it from the state constitution
    A coalition of politicians, religious leaders and civil rights activists are urging Utahns to pass Amendment C on the ballot to remove old wording in the state constitution that they say still allows slavery as a punishment for crime.“This is about righting a wrong,” said Rep. Sandra Hollins, D-Salt Lake City, the only Black in the Legislature, who persuaded lawmakers to unanimously approve putting Amendment C on the ballot.Even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made a
  • New restrictions for Provo, Orem as Utah reports 650 new coronavirus cases

    New restrictions for Provo, Orem as Utah reports 650 new coronavirus cases
    Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing free access to critical stories about the coronavirus. Sign up for our Top Stories newsletter, sent to your inbox every weekday morning. To support journalism like this, please donate or become a subscriber.With 650 new coronavirus cases reported statewide on Tuesday, Provo and Orem will go back to an “orange” or moderate restriction level at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday.Rich Saunders, the executive director of the Utah Department of
  • Utah COVID-19 hospitalizations rise sharply, with 650 new cases Tuesday

    Utah COVID-19 hospitalizations rise sharply, with 650 new cases Tuesday
    Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing free access to critical stories about the coronavirus. Sign up for our Top Stories newsletter, sent to your inbox every weekday morning. To support journalism like this, please donate or become a subscriber.With 650 new coronavirus cases reported on Tuesday, Utah’s rate of new diagnoses continued to rise.For the past seven days, Utah has averaged 857 new positive test results per day — far exceeding July’s top week-long av
  • BYU, UVU warn in-person classes may end if COVID-19 cases continue to climb

    BYU, UVU warn in-person classes may end if COVID-19 cases continue to climb
    The presidents of Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University threatened Tuesday to close their campuses for the rest of the semester if students continue refusing to follow health guidelines — especially as cases of the coronavirus keep climbing at both schools.In a joint letter Tuesday to all students, the leaders say that they’ll be watching both behavior and the daily virus numbers over the next two weeks. And, “if circumstances do not improve,” they will take
  • Eric Bergstrom: The Salt Lake School Board needs an intervention

    Eric Bergstrom: The Salt Lake School Board needs an intervention
    Most students in the Salt Lake City District started school Sept. 14, a full three weeks after their in-state peers. The delay was caused by both preparation time required for an ill-conceived, remote-only learning plan and unforeseen weather. Now that enrollment and attendance numbers are known, alarm bells are ringing.Of highest concern:Enrollment is down 1,000 students, on track to be the steepest decline in the district’s history.700 high school students still need computers.3,000 stud
  • Mountain West, Utah State aiming for an Oct. 24 start to the football season. Can they pull it off?

    Mountain West, Utah State aiming for an Oct. 24 start to the football season. Can they pull it off?
    The Mountain West Conference is pushing forward with plans for a fall football season, and it is doing so aggressively.The Group of Five conference, which includes Utah State as one of 12 teams spread across eight states, is eyeing an eight-game regular season beginning Oct. 24 and culminating with a Mountain West championship game on Dec. 19, multiple outlets reported Monday evening.Multiple league sources painted the situation to The Salt Lake Tribune Monday evening as fluid, but with legitima
  • Pope says children with autism are beautiful, unique flowers to God

    Pope says children with autism are beautiful, unique flowers to God
    Vatican City • Pope Francis told a group of children with autism and spectrum disorders Monday that they are beautiful, unique flowers in the eyes of God.Francis met with members of an Austrian center for autism, Sonnenschein (“Sunshine”), in an audience at the Vatican. He told them that the center’s name evoked a flower-filled lawn in the sun “and the flowers of this house are you!”Speaking to the children, their parents and caregivers from the center, Francis
  • Navajo Nations extends weekend lockdown because of new virus cases

    Navajo Nations extends weekend lockdown because of new virus cases
    WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. • The Navajo Nation is implementing a stricter weekend lockdown as it looks into new clusters of coronavirus cases from family gatherings and off-reservation travel.Residents of the vast reservation that extends into New Mexico, Arizona and Utah will be required to stay home from Friday evening until early Monday morning. More recent weekend lockdowns were a day shorter.Tribal President Jonathan Nez said public health experts and contact tracers are investigating new COVI
  • Gordon Monson: Dr. Kalani Sitake is tackling BYU’s pandemic problems as much as mastering football

    Gordon Monson: Dr. Kalani Sitake is tackling BYU’s pandemic problems as much as mastering football
    One by one, Kalani Sitake channeled Dr. Gregory House or, for you old-timers, a kinder, gentler Marcus Welby, M.D., answering the questions he was asked during his weekly virtual news conference, most of which had more to do with medical issues and the effects of a pandemic than with actual football.Sitake started the thing off all coach-style, talking about BYU’s coming matchup with Troy, looking forward to his team’s home opener on Saturday, mentioning that the Trojans had blown ou
  • Utah’s Post Malone leads the nominations for the Billboard Music Awards

    Utah’s Post Malone leads the nominations for the Billboard Music Awards
    Utah resident Post Malone leads the field with 16 Billboard Music Award nominations — including Top Artist.The rapper is also nominated for Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Streaming Songs Artist, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Male Artist, Top Rap Tour, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Rap Album, Top Streaming Song, Top Collaboration (fan voted), and two nominations for Top Rap Song.That’s actually one fewer nomin
  • ‘Hamilton’ at Eccles Theater moving to July 2021, because of COVID-19

    ‘Hamilton’ at Eccles Theater moving to July 2021, because of COVID-19
    The musical “Hamilton” won’t be playing at Christmastime in Salt Lake City — but the show will be in town for the Fourth of July.Broadway at the Eccles, the company that brings touring Broadway shows to downtown Salt Lake City’s Eccles Theater, announced that the national production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical will not have its scheduled run of Dec. 15 through Jan. 17 — because of COVID-19 delays.Instead, the show has been
  • Another Salt Lake County high school closes for ‘deep cleaning' after surpassing 15 COVID-19 cases

    Another Salt Lake County high school closes for ‘deep cleaning' after surpassing 15 COVID-19 cases
    Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing free access to critical stories about the coronavirus. Sign up for our Top Stories newsletter, sent to your inbox every weekday morning. To support journalism like this, please donate or become a subscriber.A West Jordan high school is suspending classes on Tuesday after health officials Monday confirmed more than 15 coronavirus cases at the school.Copper Hills High School was to undergo a “deep cleaning and thorough disinfecting&rdqu

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