SALT LAKE CITY — Here’s a look at the news for June 14.


Educators talks about Utah’s suicide problem

The rise of suicide in Utah has some educators feeling worried they’re missing students who are suffering from mental illness and considering suicide, the Deseret News reported.

The youth suicide rate in Utah quadrupled from 2007 to 2015. But educators, like Salem Hills High School principal Bart Peery, still lose sleep over which students are suffering from these issues.

For Peery, inviting a social worker to meet with students once a week isn’t enough. The students need more help.

“I have students in crisis here every day, and I’ve got to get some help for them,” he told the Deseret News.


Many Utahns can’t keep up with housing surge

A new report revealed that low-income Utahns can’t keep up with the surging rise of housing costs, the Deseret News reported.

The study, released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, found Utah’s minimum wage workers would need to work 98 hours a week to rent a two-bedroom apartment in the Beehive State.

Nationwide, minimum wage earners would likely have to work 122 hours a week to afford average rent costs.

“Housing prices continue to rise far beyond the reach of low-income wage earners,” Utah Housing Coalition Executive Director Tara Rollins said. “Without assistance, the gap between what low wage jobs earn and what rental housing costs here is simply unbridgeable.”


Gov. Herbert doesn’t plan to run again

Gov. Gary Herbert said again Wednesday that he plans to leave his elected office once his current term ends in 2020, according to the Deseret News.

Herbert, who took office in 2009, previously said his second term would be his last.

The Utah governor boasts a 70 percent approval rating, which is a relatively consistent number for Herbert during his time in …read more

Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News


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