- Winter Storm Warning issued for Salt Lake; Tooele Valleys (ABC 4) - Heavy snow is expected and will intensify tonight through the early morning hours.
- UDOT asks commuters to delay travel Wednesday as snow continues to fall (KSL) - "If drivers can stay off the roads tomorrow morning, they can avoid the worst of the weather, and give our crews a chance to remove the snow from the highways,” said UDOT official John Gleason.
- Utah lawmaker proposes restricting attorney general's power to involve state in lawsuits (KSL) - House Minority Leader Brian King introduced a resolution, HJR 14, that would put the issue before voters in the 2022 general election. It would restrict the AG to lawsuits that support the state's interests as reflected in law or administrative rule or policies adopted by the Legislature or governor.
- 2 arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, murder in case of missing Utah woman (KUTV) - Orlando Tobar, 29, and 21-year-old Jorge Medina were taken into custody for aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony, and aggravated murder, a first-degree felony, according to a probable cause affidavit.
- Provo High School art teacher given national recognition (Daily Herald) - James Rees has been teaching for almost 30 years and was recently named the National Art Education Association Educator of the Year.
- USU Recognized for best undergraduate research program in nation (USU Today) - “USU student researchers are making a direct difference for our communities and the state,” said Alexa Sand, associate vice president for research at Utah State. “We are honored to accept the Council on Undergraduate Research’s most prestigious award on their behalf.”
- Schedules offer road to independence for people with autism (Daily Herald) - There’s no “secret formula” for helping people with autism gain life skills, but if there was, it might look like the photographic activity schedules refined by Utah State University’s Tom Higbee.
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- $13.5M settlement in Lauren McCluskey’s case gets initial approval from Utah lawmakers - The amount makes it the largest legal settlement in Utah history.
- Utah is beginning to see herd immunity, says Intermountain doctor - “We’re probably somewhere just under 20% [immunity] at this point. … It’s not enough, but it is helping,” Dr. Brandon Webb said.
- Incarcerated youths in Utah could earn a college degree in custody under a new bill - Youths in Utah’s juvenile justice system could take college classes while in custody — and earn up to a bachelor’s degree — under a landmark bill proposed by Rep. Lowry Snow. The bill passed out of committee unanimously.
- Utahns drove less in 2020 with the pandemic. So why did their auto insurance premiums go up? - An increase in claims could be the driver.
- Resolution urging Utah schools to retire Native American mascots fails on House floor in surprising vote - Republican lawmakers spoke out against the measure, which failed 27-45.
- Unity isn’t impossible. George Washington showed the way - The road ahead will test the very prospects and promises of the America Washington fought for and the fears he warned of in his farewell address. The effectual defense and protection of the Palladium of American unity must be bolstered in order to withstand the relentless and divisive assaults of our day.
- Justin Timberlake is sorry. Is it too late to matter? - The pop singer’s apology to Janet Jackson and Britney Spears raises questions about the statute of limitations on regret and forgiveness.
- Utah’s refreshing message after Lee and Romney vote their separate ways - GOP leadership in Utah has responded in a unique, refreshing and deeply American way. Noting that Romney voted to convict and Utah’s other Senator, Mike Lee, voted to acquit, the party issued a statement that said, “The differences between our own Utah Republicans showcase a diversity of thought, in contrast to the danger of a party fixated on ‘unanimity of thought.’”
- Utah smokes California in latest ranking of best performing U.S. cities - The annual Milken Institute Best-Performing Cities Index has Provo-Orem in the #1 spot for top-performing economies, with 2 other Utah cities in the top 10.
- ‘Confusing leadership’ spurs call for central office on homelessness to combat the issue - HB347, sponsored by Rep. Steve Eliason, R-Sandy, would create an Office of Homeless Services within the Department of Workforce Services. The bill gets its first hearing Wednesday morning in the House Government Operations Committee.
- Should Utah pony up more money to bring shows like ‘Yellowstone’ back to Beehive State? - A bill that would more than double subsidies for films that shoot in the Beehive State sparked a passionate debate in the Senate on Tuesday.
- Experts warn against easing up on wearing masks as Utah reports 591 new cases, 1 death - Utah’s seven-day rolling average for coronavirus cases is now about the same level it was in October, “when we really started to see the fall/winter surge. A thousand per day is still too high.”
- Utah House slaps down effort to discourage Native American mascots in public schools - Rep. Elizabeth Weight urged her fellow lawmakers to support the nonbinding resolution, arguing that Native American mascots “often are disrespected.”
- National poll shows Mitt Romney still on the radar as 2024 GOP presidential candidate - The Politico/Morning Consult flash poll found Romney would get 4% of the vote, tying him with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. (He’s not running.)
- New Zealand releasing Auckland from brief COVID-19 lockdown (Reuters) - Auckland’s nearly 2 million residents were plunged into a snap three-day lockdown on Monday, after a more contagious COVID-19 variant that first emerged in Britain was detected in a family of three.
- Pfizer Could Be an Even Bigger Winner After These 2 Fantastic Findings (Motley Fool) - Pfizer's vaccine seems to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and not just prevent infection in vaccinated individuals and the vaccine appears effective against the UK and South African variants.
- New York Gov. Cuomo facing calls to apologize for undercounting Covid-19 nursing home deaths (NBC News) - "He needs to make a sincere apology to the families of the victims," said a longtime Democratic Party strategist, who asked not to be identified by name. "I know it's hard for him to apologize, but he just has to. It's the right thing to do, and the Republicans have made this a cause célèbre to go after him."
- Anthony Fauci wins $1 million Israeli prize for his work on Covid-19 and other infectious diseases (CNN) - Fauci won the 2021 Dan David Prize because of his exceptional work with infectious diseases over his life, including HIV, Ebola, Zika, and most recently, Covid-19.
- Biden Suggests All Americans Could Be Offered Vaccines by August (New York Times) - Last week, the Biden administration said it had secured 200 million more doses of coronavirus vaccines, enough to inoculate every American adult. The additional doses amount to a 50 percent increase in the vaccine supply, and will give the administration the number of doses that necessary to cover 300 million people by the end of the summer.
- Coronavirus vaccine shipments face ‘widespread delays’ because of winter storm (Washington Post) - Hazardous conditions are slowing major distribution hubs in the Southeast and causing ripple effects for scheduling appointments and monitoring storage sites.
- Vaccine envy is real. Here’s how to tame it. (Washington Post) - “We all want the vaccine, and it seems accessible; it’s not like a villa in Beverly Hills. But envy is like a weed. It starts growing, and if you don’t prune it, it will cover the entire tree.”
- This is how many Salt Lake County teachers and school staff opted to get the vaccine (SL Trib) - Each of the five districts reported between 65% and 76% of employees have received the first dose. Alpine School District, the largest in the state, reported 77% of its 8500 employees have received the first dose.